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The Black Hack Second Edition

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Black is Back!

New expanded Second Edition rules now include a wealth of extra material and tools for every Black Hack GM. The main rules still only take up 30 pages, but the full edition adds over 90 more pages of NPCs, monsters, dungeons, traps, magic items and much more.

The Black Hack is a super-streamlined roleplaying game that uses the Original 1970s Fantasy Roleplaying Game as a base, and could well be the most straightforward modern OSR compatible clone available. If speed of play and character creation, compatibility, and simple - yet elegant rules are what you yearn for. Look no further!

The Black Hack is a fast playing game and the rules can be picked up in minutes.

Print copies of The Black Hack Second Edition including a boxed set are now available and may be ordered from the Squarehex website.

 
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Eike Z November 25, 2021 6:46 pm UTC
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Password protected pdf? :(
I usually copy pages with interesting tables together into a separate pdf, for better reference and/or printing, but can't do it with this :(
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Guillaume P November 07, 2021 8:43 am UTC
Hi, I missed the latest kickstarter and I was wondering if/when the Boxed Set will be available again.
Also, I tried subscribing to the mailing list and create an account on Squarehex but I get a 404 error for both.
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Andrew B February 13, 2021 3:14 am UTC
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Hello. To the publisher, you should fix your link to the publisher homepage here on DTRPG. Change it from "Squarehex.co.uk" to "https://squarehex.myshopify.com/". Also, it might be a good idea to bold or underline the mention where to get the physical print versions of this book and other material here in the item descriptions (for this product and others), as I missed it for awhile.
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Evan L August 29, 2021 12:36 am UTC
Agreed, I get a security warning about the linked site.
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Médérig H November 02, 2020 6:43 pm UTC
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Hello, so I'm running a game of the Black Hack and ran into an issue : I don't know how to handle Monster vs Monster combat because monsters never roll to attack players, but what about when they attack another monster ?
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Forbidden K September 11, 2020 3:52 pm UTC
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Come play with us!
https://discord.gg/K5pfEEQ
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Noah A August 10, 2020 4:30 pm UTC
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Adding to earlier comments, I would also greatly appreciate a SFW version of the PDF! I've run TBH 1e for my kids, and would love to be able to use the new ruleset while avoiding some awkward conversations.
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Lynn F July 07, 2020 9:35 pm UTC
Does anyone know if the PDF is set up for easy printing (on my home printer)?
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Nathaniel J June 30, 2020 12:47 am UTC
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Is there a way to get an editable document? I purchased the PDF, but I would love to be able to edit it to hack it as my own (without purchasing an expensive PDF editor). Also, the PDF itself seems to be password protected, preventing a PDF editor from doing anything with it, even if I did purchase one. How can I remove this protection?
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August 28, 2021 2:35 am UTC
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Same here. I use an expensive PDF editor, and the bookmarks are incorrect, so I tried to fix my copy, but there's password protection. Why??!
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Scott N February 28, 2020 5:55 pm UTC
Well I gave up, just went back to playing AD&D 2E, no pod no sale (your loss not mine).
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Peter S May 21, 2020 11:12 pm UTC
You can find the print edition on the squarehex website, but sadly it isn't available here.
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Scott M January 14, 2020 12:24 pm UTC
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Why are some sections omitted from the table of contents (and bookmarks)? For example, "Overland Adventures".
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Giovanni C January 09, 2020 1:56 pm UTC
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I'm playing a campaign of this and we're having issues understanding how magic works.

In the manual, you say that when time is tracked using minutes, a spellcaster can spend an action to cast from a book or a scroll and making a test. If he fails the test, he suffers a random consequence. My cleric interpreted this rule as "outside of combat, I can cast a spell from by prayerbook as many times as I want", and since all the consequences in that table aren't mechanically bad (they are just kinda wacky), he just keeps spamming cure light wounds outside of combat and ignore the consequences because all they do is change his appearance. As a gamemaster, I just realized that I cannot damage my players outside of combat because they will always be instatly healed.
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Peter R January 10, 2020 9:27 am UTC
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In that instance I'd probably house rule that if reading a spell to cast it then it's only possible once per spell / per session. And/or you could say that only spells that aren't memorised can be read as reading a memorised spell wipes it from the caster's memory.
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Giovanni C January 10, 2020 11:03 am UTC
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Thank you for the reply and house rule suggestion. Does this mean that my cleric's interpretation of the ruleset is correct?
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matt G November 03, 2020 9:46 pm UTC
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Make the consequences worse. The PCs God denies them spell access till they've atoned via 3 hr of uninterrupted prayer, or they must gain a new convert to the religion, or must agree to vision-quest given by their God. etc.
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Louis C July 18, 2021 7:45 pm UTC
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I think your player's interpretation is correct but it's a case of working with the consequences and making them count. You can also introduce your own table, that is entirely within the spirit of the rules.

My cleric has just started to sweat grease, this is going to definitely make his life difficult. I have a mage with a crab claw hand, he thinks it's great but he's already starting to notice that the villagers are looking at him strangely, it's definitely going to have some ramifications. I'm tying this into the corrupting influence of the chaos worshippers who are in the background of the adventure. Soon the cleric's neutral god is going to start forcing him to take action or be cast adrift.
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Scott N January 07, 2020 11:17 pm UTC
found it on squarehex, holy COW! $70.00 to $USA for the box set. You really need a US distributor like Amazon.
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Peter R January 10, 2020 9:16 am UTC
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In the US you can get Black Hack material from Exalted Funeral, Noble Knight and Games Unlimited.
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Travis P February 26, 2020 4:18 am UTC
Sold out, all. They seem to sell out quite quickly when they get stock. I understand that's probably better than having overstock though.
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Jesse R February 26, 2020 11:31 pm UTC
Yeah. I keep looking at all of those (and eBay) but no luck :(
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Forbidden K September 11, 2020 4:01 pm UTC
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it's currently available at
https://www.exaltedfuneral.com/search?q=The+black+hack
and
https://www.nobleknight.com/Search?text=the+black+hack
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Scott N January 07, 2020 11:10 pm UTC
why no pod?!
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Peter R January 10, 2020 9:18 am UTC
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We printed a nice stitched hardback and loads of extra items. PoD is great but it's pretty limited.
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Joseph S November 17, 2021 11:32 am UTC
Unfortunately, your hardback books are out-of-print everywhere, and a lot of us missed the Kickstarter for the 2nd reprint. You are correct that POD is limited, but sometimes, it is the only way we'll see books get into our hands.
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Sam C December 22, 2019 2:22 pm UTC
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Confused about how shields and helms work on characters with lighter or heavier armour. If they just get +1 to the AV doesnt that mean a helm on someone wearing plate is more likely to break than one on someone wearing cloth?

And if a character has no armor but holds a shield, is the shield always fixed on a rest? (Rolling above a 0 on 1D6)

And why an encounter roll after everyone has a turn? We had three 6s in a row and the characters were basically needing a meal after every room. I know that basically a GM’s job is to tweak things they don’t like, but I’m wondering if I’m doing it wrong or not getting the intention behind some of these rules.
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Giovanni C January 09, 2020 2:11 pm UTC
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No, they add one armor die. Your armor value remains the same.
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July 04, 2019 6:32 pm UTC
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Just picked this up, loving what I'm seeing and ideas are already flowing for games.

Quick question, that I couldn't find the answer to. The book mentions Dungeon Level a few times, but never calls out what it is, or tips on generation. My guess is that the Dungeon Level is treated just like HD? Is there any relationship between the HD of monsters and the dungeon level? Or is the dungeon level just for calculating random monsters and trap HD?
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Nox S July 26, 2021 10:48 am UTC
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A bit late of an answer, but I believe stuff like the dungeon level would have influence on the traps or other non-enemy encounters that require attribute rolls to resolve. Like being a level 3 thief and trying to spot a dungeon level 5 trap would be made at a +2
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Peter F June 21, 2019 6:01 pm UTC
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saw the questing beast review view and thought this product looked awesome, so I'm just going to give you my money now.

I will say drivethrurpg needs to sort its search function out; I searched for this product and got everything that wasn't this product. I went to google and searched for it and the drivethrurpg page was the first return ffs.
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Jordan D October 11, 2019 10:55 am UTC
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word! same here!
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Kevin W December 11, 2020 8:57 pm UTC
Yep, this happens often, Drivethrus search is a joke.
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