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The Vantablack Hack

The Vantablack Hack

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The Vantablack Hack is a modification of David Black's "Black Hack", with the intent of stripping the system down to its very basics so others can use it as a platform for their own systems. The following modifications have been made for that purpose.

1. The system has been reduced from 126 pages to 8 pages and stripped of all theming or supplemental material, leaving only the basic mechanics.

2. Classes have been removed, replaced with a generic classless character generation system, but leaving room for new classes to be added.

3. Damage, previously coupled to Class, has been made dependant on a simple weapon system.

4. Rules for allowing the Stat-less enemies and NPC's to make stat rolls when needed. 

5. Various minor changes to leveling up, death, illness, etc.

If you are looking to make your own Hack, or just want a good ruleset to build on, this is the place to start.

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Brian C October 07, 2020 2:59 pm UTC
Hello! I notice that the 'Powerful Foes' rule is missing from the Vantable Hack. Is that intentional? Just wondering, because it would make sense that opponents with higher hit dice would be more difficult to oppose when making stat checks. Wondering if it was left out of the Vantable Hack on purpose or just an 'oops' oversight. Thanks for any insight you can provide...
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Bradley N October 21, 2020 1:40 am UTC
I left it out intentionally, mostly because I was uncertain how well it would interact with the way I changed the damage system. I worried it might make enemies too insurmountable. Which, depending on the type of game, might be fine. But for a more general ruleset I don't wanna be too mean. Feel free to use the rule though, if it works as you'd like.
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Brian C October 21, 2020 1:58 am UTC
Understood - thank you Bradley - it's good to know that it was left out on purpose, and for what reason. Nice job providing a 'lean, mean' system upon which to build!
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