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Get Rich or Die Trying!

They’ll certainly kill you if you ever show up back at the manor house. But you have no intention of going back. Who wants to barely survive, serving every sadistic whim of some wealthy asshole? Not you.

They say there are devils out there. Things that will suck the lifeforce right out of you and leave you as a drooling husk. But there are treasures! Treasures of such grandiosity that you can raise an army and come back and lay those bastards low. Won’t that be nice.

Or, maybe you’ll be ripped apart or poisoned or fall in a pit. Better that than spending one more second here.

What is This?

Lavender Hack is a grand strategy fantasy role-playing game of mismanaged party resources, rapidly dwindling time, diplomatic incidents, magical mishaps, starving in the wilds, running out of light in the dungeon, facing mutiny on the high sea, and going broke in service to your character’s wild ambitions!

How Does it Work?

Lavender Hack combines a d20 based Powered by the Apocalypse core with procedurals and minigames inspired by the new wave of OSR products.

The core mechanic in Lavender Hack is a d20 test, with weak successes on an 8+, strong successes on an 18+, fumbles on a natural 1, and criticals on a natural 20. From this core, procedures are built which feature four shared party resources, each represented by a usage die: food, light, gear, and fellowship. These resources can be used to add to tests in a variety of ways, at the risk of using more of the resource.

What’s in the Book?

  • Classes – Rules for the strong, wise, and deft, flexible palettes upon which to build many character concepts
  • Wilderness Exploration – Lavender Hack is very well suited for hexcrawls, with a clean exploration core using days broken up into six watches, and roles like guides and scouts
  • Ocean Exploration – Players take on the roles of captain, quartermaster, cook, and bosuns while dealing with weather and a restless crew
  • Naval Warfare – Rules for ship-to-ship and ship-to-kraken combat
  • Court – A diplomatic procedure for trading and interacting with factions out in the wilds
  • Dungeon Exploration – Dwindling light and soul sucking despair are just as big of hazards as the terrible monsters
  • Combat – Combat rules avoid fights to the death by featuring morale and degrading armor
  • Retainers – It’s better not to go it alone, even with the extra cost
  • Downtime – Buy, sell, craft, train, research, carouse, and get robbed back in town
  • Magic – Twenty spells, each with their own unique results for criticals, strong successes, weak successes, and fumbles
  • Monsters – Include the dire tarantula hawkwasp, which has a painful sting

Lavender Hack: Tarantula Hawk Wasp Edition is still under active development. Any feedback is very much appreciated! Thanks!

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Benjamin R May 21, 2020 12:19 am UTC
I don’t really understand the results for usage saves. If the save for the gear die is a strong success it says “the value is 2”. The value of what? Does the party still have equipment or not?
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Phil L May 22, 2020 1:43 pm UTC
Thanks for the feedback! I'll make sure to go over that section again - I can see how it's not clear. The idea is that you will always have a d20 usage die for resources, you can never lose it. If you have to step it down for some reason, instead of having no dice, that's one situation in which you'll make a save. For gear, a d20 represents a situation that's about as bad as it gets - both in quantity and quality.

Frequently, when you roll a non-d20 usage die, you'll use the value for some reason, usually to add to a test. For instance, let's say the company has a d6 gear die, and a player invokes their character's background to add it to a test. They roll a 4. That's the "value" of the result they'll use.

A d20 resource die can be used in the same way. But if a player invokes a d20 resource die, it's really a d2, so the values you would add to a test are usually going to be 1 or 2. However, because a d20 resource die is so bad, there's a chance you don't add anything (the value...See more
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Phil L May 09, 2020 10:29 pm UTC
Version 0.18 updates. Change list here:
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Phil L April 24, 2020 11:46 pm UTC
Version 0.17 updates. Change list here:
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Craig D April 21, 2020 6:30 pm UTC
I'm really enjoying this. I particularly appreciate the designer's notes.

I did notice that the Nereid's special abilities also appear under the Mystic, Apprentice in the bestiary. (Sorry for posting here. I was looking for a more direct form of communication, but wasn't able to find one.)
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Phil L April 21, 2020 10:52 pm UTC
Thanks! And yeah, good catch!

Not totally sure the best way to handle feedback. I created a forum on rpggeek I was thinking of using to capture thoughts:
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