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Black Sword Hack

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BLACK SWORD HACK is a dark fantasy roleplaying game inspired by books such as Michael Moorcock's Stormbringer or Karl Edward Wagner's Kane series. It is a stand-alone game that uses the Black Hack 2nd edition as a foundation and adds a few tweaks.

  • There are no classes, characters are built according to their origins (Barbarian, Civilized or Decadent).
  • Tools are included to help you build your own dark fantasy world
  • You'll find rules for dangerous spells, demon pacts, spirit alliances, twisted science, rune weapons as well as ship navigation and combat.
  • To help you start right away, the game comes with an introductory adventure: Scalpel Surprise.

As with our other games, you should be able to read the whole game and run your first adventure on the same day you got it!

 
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joan M December 04, 2020 9:54 am UTC
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Hi! Great game!
I have some doubts after reading the manual:
- How defense works? it counts as the number of actions a character can do?
- Enemies have 3 different actions, but are they restricted to also 2 actions?
- How would be your approach to add a rule for creating demon weapons or demon armors like in stormbringer game? do you think this will be too unbalancing?

Thank you!
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Alexandre J December 04, 2020 3:54 pm UTC
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Hi, thanks for the kind words. As for your questions:
_you can defend as much as you need during combat, that doesn't count against your number of actions.
_enemies only have two actions. Three are described to allow some variety.
_this would go against the game's atmosphere... But that's just my opnion. If you want to do it, here are a few guidelines: Tying a demon to a weapon or armor requires a Doom roll and the sacrifice of an attribute point (two if you get a 1 or 2 on your Doom roll). A failed attack roll with such a weapon costs you 1 HP for each failure. Same goes with a failed parry or defense if you have a demonic armor. Demons don't take weakness kindly. Adapt, change and tweak as much as you need.
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Nathaniel C November 30, 2020 9:21 am UTC
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How compatible is this with Black Hack 2e and other similiar spin-offs?
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Alexandre J December 01, 2020 12:32 am UTC
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It's very compatible, you can literaly plug things from Black Sword Hack and include them into any Black Hack based game and vice-versa. In fact, if you mix it with our other game (Extinction) you can make a Doom or Mutant Chronicles inspired campaign ^^
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Liam S November 29, 2020 8:07 am UTC
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Hi

I purchased the PDF back before the POD came out. I see there has been a discount code sent out, but I seemed to miss it? No stress just wondering if I missed out
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Alexandre J November 29, 2020 12:03 pm UTC
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Hi, you'll find my email in the discussions below, sent me a mail and I will send you the code.
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SeungHan O November 07, 2020 10:03 am UTC
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Jeff M November 06, 2020 10:22 am UTC
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Hello Alexandre, i have a question, i just skeemed over the book a couple time, and i played both original Stormbringer and Hawkmoon games, does the rules cover mental health as well ?
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Alexandre J November 07, 2020 1:48 am UTC
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Hello Jeff, no the game doesn't cover mental health as it didn't fit my perception of those stories and characters. Nonetheless you can use the rules of the Black Hack 2nd edition or those form my other game, Extinction. Basically make a Wisdom test and if you fail bad things happen (roll a d6 on a table that goes from "cold sweat" to "Hysterical blindness" or "Self-mutilation".
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Jeff M November 07, 2020 2:02 pm UTC
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*palmfaces* darn I forgot there were rules covering that in Extinction... Thanks Alexandre.
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Derek H November 03, 2020 12:12 pm UTC
I have read only a few Eternal Champion stories and have two questions-

What is twisted science?

Are there rules or suggestions for entities of Law and Chaos? I mean the higher ups in both hierarchies.
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Alexandre J November 03, 2020 12:42 pm UTC
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Twisted science is basically what you can see in the Hawkmoon series: steampunk-like technology, from firelances to gas masks and automatons.

Law and Chaos are embodied in their mortal servants so there are no hierarchies described in the book. Instead it focuses on creating the mortal servants of these powers.
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Sebastian P November 02, 2020 3:55 pm UTC
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Good morning the link to discount the POD, for those that had purchased the pdf previously, does not work for me. It is just a link to this page & the following error message is shown at the top:

"INVALID DISCOUNT: Discount link for (from publisher ) is not valid. Either it is expired (please contact the publisher if so), it is not valid for your account, or it is for a print option that is not yet approved."
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Alexandre J November 02, 2020 3:58 pm UTC
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Yeah I messed that up ! Send me a mail at ajeannette_AT_gmail_DOT_com and I''ll send you a new code.
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william N October 23, 2020 5:52 pm UTC
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Any plans on making a Conan themed version?
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Alexandre J October 23, 2020 9:26 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
No but you can easily do a Conan style campaign with this ruleset: ignore weird science and rune weapons and you're good to go.
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william N October 23, 2020 11:28 pm UTC
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I was thinking about doing those very things. I just though I'd check.
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Alejo T October 13, 2020 6:50 pm UTC
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Any chance this will get a PoD option?
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Alexandre J October 13, 2020 7:08 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Yes of course, in three weeks at the most. People who get the PDF now should get a discount for the POD.
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Wayne P October 10, 2020 9:15 pm UTC
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I have enjoyed my read-through. Good job. I do have questions and would like to report typos. Where is best place to report these?
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Alexandre J October 10, 2020 10:30 pm UTC
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There are two places, my forum: https://forumsdelours.vraiforum.com/index.php or my mail: ajeannette_AT_gmail_DOT_com

Thanks for the help!

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ED G October 09, 2020 1:39 pm UTC
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how to say ? a nice try from Kobayashi especially as I love black hack but here we ...we have a super hack minimalist Sword & Sorcery dark atmosphere very dark, with lots of new ideas ...(Origin, magic, runes ) transform, adapt, modify ...successful test
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simon O October 09, 2020 10:46 am UTC
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c'est beau c'est bon et ça rafraichit l'haleine! un système fluide et inspirant, qui plonge dès la lecture dans une ambiance noire et riche, qui donne tout de suite envie d'invoquer des démons et de raser des cités... meilleur rapport qualité prix que l'on puisse trouver pour un système de ce genre ...à acheter d'urgence!!
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Dimitri C October 07, 2020 10:53 am UTC
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Another masterpiece of sharp game mechanics design by Kobayashi. Perfectly suited to the genre (Hawkmoon, Elric, Eternal champion style), it pushes the Black Hack 2 to its finest !
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Pascal S October 07, 2020 7:26 am UTC
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The game reflects the feeling of Moorcock's works, Leiber or Wagner and proposes mechanisms that revive Black Hack and favour immersion in the genre: better use of armor, Wisdom for initiative, a much more balanced generation of attributes, the use of origin and background instead of class (more flexible and very evocative) and rules to favour immersion in the emulated genre (such as allegiance to the great forces of the universe).
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