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Please Note: The Mecha Hack has everything you need to play! This game is based on The Black Hack, but it’s a full, standalone game, and does not require any additional products in order to use.

Suit up with The Mecha Hack!

If you’re a fan of Gundam, Robotech, Pacific Rim, BattleTech, or Transformers, this is the rules-lite robot RPG you’ve been waiting for.

The Mecha Hack is a tabletop roleplaying game of titanic warmachines and their intrepid pilots, made with The Black Hack.

The Mecha Hack is fast, fluid, and fun, with a focus on cinematic, narrative gameplay inspired by anime and other mecha properties. Inside this A5-sized, 40-page book, you’ll find the complete Mecha Hack ruleset; four mecha chassis and four pilot archetypes; over a dozen add-on modules for your unique mecha; GM tools and mission generators; more than 30 enemy statblocks; printable monsters, mechs, and objects; and so much more!

  • Jump into a full, standalone mecha RPG with everything you need to run a variety of missions – from all-out war, to stealthy skirmishes, to base defense, and more.

  • Overcome challenges with a speedy and simple d20 roll-under resolution mechanic.

  • Form-fillable character sheet PDF and printable A-stand paper miniatures included!

  • Includes unit and terrain tokens for use with virtual tabletops like Roll20!

  • Build your own unique mecha by choosing your chassis, pilot, and modules.

  • Customize your mecha with tons of add-on options: weapons, armor, and consumables.

  • Battle more than 30 unique enemies, including hostile mecha, monstrous kaiju, enemy factions, and more.

  • Capture the tone of the super robot genre like never before with simple rules for overheating reactors, supporting allies, and tactical combat with cover and difficult terrain.

  • Prep games in minutes using the robust GM tools with mission generators and sample challenges.

  • Discover the mini-setting of Lodestar Alpha – a war-torn world of the far future.

  • Enjoy gorgeous, thematic art by Brandish Gilhelm of Runehammer Games.

Build your mecha. Form a fireteam. Drop into the combat zone.

It’s time to suit up, pilots.

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John G July 04, 2019 6:43 pm UTC
Matt, since I see you active on here... two questions. Well, first, a comment: I love the book. Great work, kudos to you and the team. Now the questions!

1. Is there a fan community somewhere? Discord, hopefully?
2. Is a second edition planned based on some of the changes in TBH 2.0?

Okay, I lied. Three questions.

3. Any advice on adding a component where the PCs are out of their mecha as much as they are in? I know there's some thought to that in the 'Downtime' passage, but I'm wondering if there's a supplement I don't know about or if you folks have done any more thinking on the subject.

Thanks in advance.
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Ryan D May 31, 2019 2:49 pm UTC
How are attributes generated for monsters? The stat blocks list which attribute their attack is tested against but not a value or how to generate that attribute in a way that's representative of their HD.
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Jean-Francois J June 01, 2019 12:38 pm UTC
My understanding is that the players do all the rolling except for damage.
There are a few good sessions on YouTube that you can look for.
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Jean-Francois J February 28, 2019 11:58 am UTC
I have not had a chance to play yet. Just watched a few of the online sessions on YouTube.
Have the rules on levels seen much use? I only saw one GM mention the level difference as a modifier.
Also, do they work the other way? In ex. your level 5 pilot fighting 1 Hd « hoppers » at (beneficial) +4? That would simulate nicely the mid-season trope where your heroes are now mowing through the basic troops that gave them trouble initially. Or does the hitpoint difference is enough for balance?
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Matt C March 09, 2019 12:01 am UTC
Hey Jean-Francois! Rules-as-written, there's no reverse modifier for enemies with a lower HD than the mecha. This is mostly handled by virtue of the mecha having better stats, more HP, and more modules. However, you could easily build this rule into your own games without breaking the system, and achieve that "mowing down enemies" feeling you're looking for. Thanks for the question!
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Jean-Francois J March 09, 2019 7:42 pm UTC
Thanks for the reply!
After watching a few more videos I see it balances pretty well.
Maybe I’ll just keep it in mind for a « mid-season special » and then go back to normal.
I clearly need more time to play!
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Jeremy H November 08, 2018 5:46 am UTC
I've been intrigued by this one for awhile but haven't bought it yet. Would it be possible to use this for PvP types games similar to Battletech?
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Matt C December 11, 2018 6:11 pm UTC
Hey Jeremy! Currently there aren't rules in the book for PvP, but it'd be fairly simple to hack some using the base system. I've heard from a few people that they love this system for running BattleTech because of the reactor die system for overheating.
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Sebastián P May 28, 2018 4:32 pm UTC
Have you thought on getting this translated into other languages?

I am particularly interested in Spanish.
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Matt C May 29, 2018 1:12 am UTC
Hey there! We hadn't really thought about that, but we will definitely consider it!
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Scott B May 27, 2018 4:30 pm UTC
Are there any plans for a print version of this book? Or for Print on Demand to be made available?
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Asher S May 27, 2018 6:53 pm UTC
Here's the print version :)
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Matt C May 27, 2018 7:04 pm UTC
Hey there Scott! As Asher pointed out, we do have a print version available for pre-order on Absolute Tabletop's online storefront, which includes a free copy of the PDF. We will be offering print-on-demand copies here on DTRPG as well eventually. Thanks for the question!
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