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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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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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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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Tony C May 08, 2019 10:10 pm UTC
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Hey, just wondering if you've considered offering the 'nipple-less wizard' edition I'd asked about awhile back. It seems like others would like that too. It's not clear that the character isn't wearing a top so really just erasing the nipples is all that's required.

Again, sorry to ask, it's ridiculous, I know, but there are a lot of places (workplace, schools...as described) where--but for those two pesky nips--your product could be used.

Love the system...for anyone considering buying the game, it is well worth it!
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Brian B May 03, 2019 11:24 pm UTC
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Hi everyone! I created this character sheet app that you can use to make your Black Hack 2E characters and manage them.

https://tbhbeyond.com/
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Tony C May 08, 2019 10:32 pm UTC
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This is fantastic! I thought about building one too, but now I don't have to. Thanks very much.
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Thomas B May 16, 2019 12:42 pm UTC
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This is awesome! Might be too much to ask, but would it be possible to import homebrewed classes/spells?
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Matt M April 27, 2019 5:12 am UTC
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I want to make sure I'm reading the rules correctly. Since players make attribute tests to attack and defend, does that mean that each monster/NPC is just as easy/difficult to hit (and to avoid being hit by) as any other? Are the hit points and damage dice the only mitigating factor here? It just seems odd that a dragoneffectively has the same armor class as a goblin.
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Greg W April 28, 2019 1:14 am UTC
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Hi Matt, If you check out p. 31 there is a very important rule called "Powerful Foe". Basically, if the monster/NPC's HD (that is, their level) is higher than the PCs, then you *add* the difference to the PC's roll when making attribute tests, attacking, defending, etc. So if the PC is first level (HD 1) and the dragon is level 8 (HD 8), then the PC would add +7 to his attempt to roll under the relevant stat. Makes quite a difference! So yes, monster level compared to PC level really matters.
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Matt M April 28, 2019 1:16 am UTC
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Ah! Thanks!
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Adam M May 07, 2019 3:33 pm UTC
Additionally, monsters may have special abilities that further differentiate monsters of the same HD, like Slippery, Stubborn, or Armored. While most special abilities in the sample monsters are more offensive or utility than defensive, see the Hobgoblin Bully, Harlequin Assassin, Giant Elementalist, Giant Chieftain, etc. for other ways different monsters may be harder/easier to harm.
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Christopher D October 02, 2019 11:56 am UTC
How do monsters defend against spells? The book mentions that characters can use attributes to defend against some magic, but what about monsters? The attribute test for memorized spells looks like it is made after spell effects are resolved. Does a cloud kill automatically work against that wyrm dragon?
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Brandon W March 09, 2019 7:31 am UTC
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Hey this is real rad! Just want to chime in with some other folks in the discussion and say that a PG version without the topless wizard would be great. I mostly play games with co-workers at the office and a no-nipple version would short circuit some awkward conversations!
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Sebastián P February 26, 2019 5:19 pm UTC
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How do I print the GM screen to make it look pretty?
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David T September 26, 2019 5:20 am UTC
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Long story short— I cut a piece of poster board to Legal Size (14 inches X 8.5 inches) and printed the GM screen double-sided. After laminating, I scored the fold lines with something equivalent to a bone folder and folded. It's approximately 6 3/4 X 13 3/4 inches, which works just fine for me.
But I'm sure you've already printed it by now.
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Patricio G February 17, 2019 9:15 pm UTC
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Just bought the game in pdf. The Prayer and spellbook format is meant for printing or for reading in cellphones?
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Charles B February 09, 2019 9:36 pm UTC
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Are there separate character sheets available?
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Thomas B February 15, 2019 8:30 pm UTC
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Also curious about this. It's not a huge deal but it can be a small annoyance printing the specific pages from the main PDF w/ the associated spellsheets.
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Andrew A March 23, 2019 11:47 am UTC
You should be able to "print" those pages one at a time, but instead of going to a printer, you just save them as a PDF. I know Windows has the option, can't remember if Mac has a save to PDF option. It may also depend on your PDF viewing program, but this way you'll have 4 separate character sheet PDFs
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Thomas B May 16, 2019 12:39 pm UTC
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dang! it seems so obvious now. Thanks!
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steve B January 13, 2019 4:05 pm UTC
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Hi, I'd like to split the PDF into Player's Handbook and Dungeon Master's Guide but it says I need to enter a password to edit the PDF. What would this be?
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Andrew A March 23, 2019 11:50 am UTC
As I said in an above comment, you should be able to save as a PDF when printing, so just "print" the pages you want to make available to players as a new document. Going thru the whole book though, I feel like many things in the GM- only part really should be visible to players, as a fair bit of it seems like basic game mechanics, but to each their own
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David A January 06, 2019 4:42 pm UTC
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Are wizards nerfed in 2e? They used to get a save bonus but now they get nothing but spells. Are their spells so much better than prayers? Otherwise clerics are a no-brain superior class?
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Peter R January 11, 2019 10:04 pm UTC
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I think the Wizard spells are more powerful. However, if you think they need a little extra add a house rule in your game.
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December 27, 2018 9:50 am UTC
Will there be a POD version made available?
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Peter R January 11, 2019 10:03 pm UTC
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No, but print copies can be preordered on the Squarehex site and will go on general sale once all the Kickstarter and preorder copies have been posted.
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David O December 16, 2018 6:24 pm UTC
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This is a great book. More than just a RPG, it has some fun setting and adventure creation tables in the back that are brilliant.
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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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