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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 may be ordered from the Squarehex website and will ship directly after the Kickstarter copies have been sent to backers.

 
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Jeremy H December 11, 2018 3:10 am UTC
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I'm nearing the end of a Kickstarter for a The Black Hack monster book. It leans towards 2e but should play well enough with 1e too. What do I need to put into the OGL statement for something built on TBH? Thanks in advance.

If you want to check out the KS, search for "The CFQ Vol. 1 -for- The Black Hack QUICKSTARTER".
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Nico S November 27, 2018 9:44 am UTC
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I noticed that there are unformatted rules for the first edition. They have no art and they really help new players understand the basic rules. Is there anything like that for this edition?
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Peter R December 03, 2018 2:43 pm UTC
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They'll be a $2 PDF that is essentially taken from the first 20 or so pages of the main book. We'll release that (free for Kickstarter backers) as soon as the print version of the short booklet goes to press. I'll also send an email to everyone that has bought the main PDF to let them know when it's out.
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Matthew D November 20, 2018 3:53 pm UTC
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Would 'Teratic Tome' be an appropriate monster manual for this framework?

Any other monster manual recommendations for this framework?
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Jeremy H November 21, 2018 2:27 am UTC
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I'm pretty sure David has one in the works. I like the Teratic Tome a lot, but you will have to convert it to use in TBH 2e. I am about to launch Quickstarter (low goal Kickstarter) for a conversion of my own 5e monsters into The Black Hack. I've been posting about it in the G+ and Facebook groups if you want to see samples of the page layouts and cover. One of my design goals is that you can print it out on your own booklet and get around shipping prices. They're smallish books, zines really. But I will likely include Paper Minis and VTT Tokens if it funds. I should have it listed on KS in the next 24 hours. I will share the links in the groups I mentioned earlier. :^)
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Heath B November 15, 2018 1:14 am UTC
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Is there a timeline when the backers will receive the physical copies? It's not imperative, I was just curious. I'm excited to have the physical copy in my grubby mitts.
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Peter R November 24, 2018 12:48 am UTC
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There's a new Update on the Kickstarter page. Estimated delivery date for the hardback books is end of January. The increased print run and the upgrade to stitched binding have pushed it back.
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Heath B November 24, 2018 2:47 pm UTC
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I just got that e-mail yesterday. I am very excited. I'd rather get the physical copy later than anticipated knowing it is being rigorously edited to be just right than to get a half-assed book that was rushed. Very cool, thank you for the response.
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Andrew York Y November 01, 2018 2:09 pm UTC
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I don't under stand what the D6 in AV represent.....or even how it really works. Can someone detail it for me?
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Janne P November 02, 2018 5:59 am UTC
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Here's a verbose explanation - the system's simple enough when you get it:

The d6s represent the armour's capacity for protecting your character from harm, and your character's ability to do repairs on their armour while adventuring.

When your character wears no armour at all, nothing gets in the way of damage they fail to defend against and that damage reduces your character's current total HP.

When your character does wear armour, its Armour Value provides you with a pool of as many Armour Dice. Think of AV as the armour's max HP and the number of Armour Dice you have in the pool as its current HP.

When your character is about to take any amount of damage while wearing armour you have the option to declare that the armour blocks the damage and your character takes none of it. To do so you set aside ("break") one d6 from your pool of Armour Dice. This does not change the armour's AV, just like your character's maximum HP does not change when they take...See more
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Michael B November 27, 2018 5:59 am UTC
Interesting mechanic, thanks for explaining! But does that mean that when repairing armour, a wizard, for example, has the same chance to repair a suit of chainmail as a dwarven smith? (Because they all just roll the set-aside Armour Dice?) Depending on the type of armour I'd imagine it being pretty frustrating to have a suit of plate (I assume it has the highest AV) break on the first day in the dungeon because of an unlucky dice roll.
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Janne P December 01, 2018 11:28 am UTC
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Rules-as-written (and as I've understood them myself, of course - I'm not infallible), all PC classes are equally good at repairing their armour. And yes, Plate & Mail is indeed the trickiest to repair on your own.

Your observation's valid for this style of armour rules - it's part of the charm, strategy and at times undoubtedly frustration to deal with tool breakage. If there's 1 point of HP damage coming your way, do you really want to use up an Armour Dice to block it? Probably not until you're starting to run low on HP. If you got only one broken Armour Dice left on your armour, do you want to risk breaking it and the armour with it completely, or do you retreat to your home base to have the armour repaired by an NPC for a price? Might be a good idea.

These choices and Usage Dice in general (which TBH 2e makes use of with certain other types of equipment) add to the uncertainty of an adventure. That, then, can be appealing or frustrating depending on individual likes and dislikes....See more
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George A November 01, 2018 9:54 am UTC
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This might seem really pedantic and dumb, but sweet Jesus can you justify the margins? I’m not sure how complicated this would be for you after-the-fact, but the way I see it, it’s an unprofessional blemish on an otherwise very polished presentation, and great book in general.
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Nathanial K November 13, 2018 8:42 pm UTC
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Don't listen to this guy. Your typography is excellent. I like the left aligned text and especially appreciate your use of ligatures.
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KIHA Y October 28, 2018 11:28 pm UTC
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For some reason my Avast thinks the new 2.2 file is a malware (downloaded through Mac OS Chrome). Could you check it out, please?
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Peter R October 29, 2018 12:17 am UTC
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We made and uploaded it in the same way as the previous two PDFs. Nobody else has had this issue, but I'll check again in the morning.
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Daniel B October 23, 2018 5:53 pm UTC
Cool! I bought The Black Hack a couple of weeks ago after hearing good things about it. Hadn't heard of it before, but for 3 bucks I wasn't going to lose a lot of money if it wasn't my cup of tea. Haven't had time to actually play it yet but it's definitely great! I feel tempted to get the second edition too! If anything, good luck on everything! :)
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Tony C October 22, 2018 4:24 pm UTC
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This is going to seem very puritanical, but I’d like to use the game I with high school students, but I can’t use it with wizard nipples. Ridiculous, I know, but administration is already nervous about something ‘new’ being introduced into their school and will look for any reason to say no.

I would never ask if I thought that it was relevant to the theme or artistic integrity of your work but I don’t feel like this is the case here. Would you consider uploading a no art version to drivethru, or, even better, a nippleless version?

Great product, sorry for the absurd request.
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Peter R October 22, 2018 5:09 pm UTC
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I'm pretty sure we can manage that. It might have to wait for a while until all the Kickstarter things are finished though.
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James S October 23, 2018 5:19 pm UTC
This was the one reason why I didn't back the latest Kickstarter. My kids and I play the original game regularly and enjoy it very much, but that's not something I want in front of my children. Great work otherwise.
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Jayme A October 30, 2018 11:36 pm UTC
I'd also be interested in a PG version.
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Andrew M October 17, 2018 4:57 pm UTC
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Is there really only ONE bookmark in this PDF? The Kickstarter version I got has only one, the title page.
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Peter R October 17, 2018 7:19 pm UTC
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We've had a couple of other people mention this and will be taking a look at adding it.
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Andrew M October 18, 2018 6:18 pm UTC
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Thanks, Peter. It is a small book, yes, but when you're at the table, being able to click a bookmark is really handy.
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Peter R October 21, 2018 8:28 pm UTC
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I've just uploaded a new version which now includes bookmarks and lots of corrections.
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Eric A October 22, 2018 2:41 am UTC
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If we find additional typos do we post those here or some where else? On page 83, top right column under the word “Feeble” is an errant “W”. Not sure what that stands for.
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Peter R October 22, 2018 10:43 am UTC
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Thanks. Here or the Kickstarter comments is fine. Probably just a day or two before the files go to print, but we'll continue to update the PDF after that.
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Jeff M October 16, 2018 10:49 pm UTC
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hello, i have a question :
will the hacks of the black hack using the first edition (obviously) will be easy to move to the second edition ?
thank for your answer
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Peter R October 22, 2018 1:48 pm UTC
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I think most of them will be fine with very little work. The main changes are with armour and spell usage. I suspect that some publishers of other Hacks will update to Second Edition and others might issue a some supporting conversion notes. We'll still leave the First Edition rules as a title on RPGNow too, so new and existing First Edition Material will always have that support.
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Jeff M October 22, 2018 3:37 pm UTC
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Thanks a lot for your answer.

At first glance I saw the HP changed, but it seemed easy to convert.

I also like some of the random tables, like the one for the unique character goods, holly symbol or familiar.
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