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Black Sword Hack
by Eric B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/18/2020 09:40:37

Black Sword Hack is yet another great example of the family of Black Hack games delivering excellent experiences around an easy and fun core. Black Sword Hack utilizes an excellent Doom mechanic that is built around TBH's usage dice system that measures how the characters are tempting fate. In effect it's a blackjack system where players will always be tempted to draw one more time but at the risk of going bust, becoming doomed, and being put in real jeopardy. This is just one example of an evocative and thematic mechanic in Black Sword Hack that is also fun for its game implications. Additionally, this book does a great job of giving instructions for building your own world imperiled by the loss of balance and a drift toward a doom by Law or Chaos for campaign play which is both thematically interesting and useful for getting playing almost immediately.



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Black Sword Hack
by Thomas L. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/14/2020 09:50:38

Fantastic adaption of the Black Hack that really hammers home the Sword & Sorcery vibe. I especially like the origins and backgrounds mechanic, that let you build out a character without beingi tied to a class. Doom and Pacts are a really intersting take on the warlocks and wizards of classic fantasy, tying part of your magical ability to a demonic pact is ingenious and really fits the flavor of the game.

All in all this is a must have for any fans of Conan, Fafhrd & the Grey Mouser, or any of the classic S&S stories!



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Extinction
by Sébastien J. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/30/2020 03:30:37

Une belle réussite de Kobayashi qui utilise efficacement le Black Hack. Les ajouts plongent dans l'ambiance Sci-Fi horrifique et les outils sont un vrai plus pour mener et préparer. Ben joué !



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Black Sword Hack
by Sébastien J. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/14/2020 03:08:17

Comme souvent avec cet auteur, un jeu concis et efficace. Plein de bonnes idées qui émulent le genre annoncé. Facile à lire même avec un niveau d'anglais léger comme le mien. Je recommande fortement !

As often with this author, a concise and effective game. Full of good ideas that emulate the announced genre. Easy to read even with a light level of English like mine. I highly recommend it!



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Black Sword Hack
by JEAN P. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/12/2020 07:31:49

Like a doomed black sword, a sharp and powerful compact game, perfectly balanced between mood & system.



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Black Sword Hack
by Dimitri C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/08/2020 17:05:16

Another sharp designed game mechanics by Kobayashi. A game which emulates perfectly the genre (desperate end of times law vs chaos struggle Moorcock´s style). Based on the Black Hack 2, BSH adds and twists to the system goes straight to the heart of the universe: doom (die), cunning and desperate heroes, demon or spirit binding, weird science, how to build a world torn apart by Law and Chaos, role of the Balance and an introduction adventure to pack it all... a must have if you are interested by simple, straightforward yet sharply tuned mechanics and of course, dark and baroque fantasy.



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Rats in the Walls (artfree version)
by Jacob K. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/09/2020 21:26:07

This little RPG is a rare gem. Small in size, but giant in quality. The essence of a great horror game system is here, leaving out all that bunch of unnecessary rules, but there are still rules here! Only the necessary rules, so that this RPG conveys the feeling of a very light system, but very robust and efficient.



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Extinction
by Florent D. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/04/2020 04:44:23

I completly agree with everything Steven W. wrote in his review. I love how compact the information is presented in "Extinction". Small tables that open your imagination while refering to known tropes, so that you can create your universe of Extinction. Your are not bound by really long universe description, but have all the tools to play your "first encouter of the deadly kind"-campaign. I wanted to create a Black-Hack based Sci-Fi RPG. After I finished reading "Extinction", I buried the project, because I don't think i could do better than this masterpiece (so I'd use it: tinker less, play more !). Anyway, if you need an easy ruleset and compactly described universe for your friday night game (and it's already monday), Extinction is THE GAME TO GET. Remember: "In space, no one hears you sreaming at your D20"



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Extinction
by Steven W. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/08/2020 16:36:06

Extinction is almost 80 pages with minimal art and maximal playability. Based primarily on the D&D BlackHack rules engine, Extinction is designed to model a grungy, humans only "Hard" (if you don't look too close) sci fi unvirse like Aliens, Outland and Blade Runner.

The game does not have rules for ship-to-ship combat, or really any sort of vehicle combat, but those things don't happen in those films, and besides there are plenty of other OSR books out there to crib from. Similarly, there is not a huge bestiary because humanity is the biggest monster and OSR monster books are easy to find.

At this page count, at this price, this is a near perfect little game.



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Rats in the Walls
by Charles B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/07/2018 06:22:25

Rats in the Walls is the game I was waiting to play in the universe created by HP Lovecraft. It's a simple game, with a solid engine that's easy to pick up, but rich enough to play long campaigns. It's also a collection of very useful advises (the best I've read) to create and lead adventures inspired by HP Lovecraft stories. It is, finally, a short book, served by an effective layout and inspiring illustrations, which allows GMs to run great adventures without waiting. A total success!



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Rats in the Walls
by pascal o. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/06/2018 14:39:49

As a rule of a thumb, RitW can easly sustitute all your favorite Cthlulhu-like games. All you need to play is in there. In 50 pages you find: flexible PC's creation rules, 5 pages for a well-rouded character,

  • a game engine awfuly efficient and quick to learn: 8 pages to present and explain the core mecanics, the (deadly) combat rules, the sanity rules and the spells,
  • all the rest is just one of the best toolbox to help the GM to create his own stories

Now I'm just awaiting green light from Kobayashi to Lulu in order to get my printed copy !



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Rats in the Walls (artfree version)
by Will T. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/04/2018 15:53:33

Clearly written with a great section on how to run this genre. The gm section has great advice that can be applied to any game.



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Rats in the Walls
by Brian C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 07/03/2018 22:36:23

Where to begin with this wonderful game? This is a GREAT, rules-light cosmic horror rpg. The game cuts through all the rules clutter of more involved rpgs like a blowtorch through butter. All rolls are made by the players, giving the GM the freedom to narrate scenes and set up situations without having to fuss with or remember a plethora of rules. Roll high and the player gets what he or she wants. Roll low, and they either outright fail (if the GM determines the game can still proceed in the face of that failure) or they succeed with strings attached (if the GM has privately determined if a failed roll would bring the scenario to a screeching halt). It's simple, and it's effective. No cumbersome game mechanics calling attention to themselves to get around any perceived 'choke points' for failed rolls. NPCs and monsters do have very brief stat blocks, mostly what they can do as a consequence of players rolling poorly. GM decribes a monster about to attack. If the player does nothing, the monster will destroy the player-character (or do whatever horrible thing it does to victims). If the player makes an attack roll, or evasive action, or casts a counter-spell, or what have you, the player's roll determines if the player wholly wins that turn of conflict, perhaps is partially successful but suffers a consequence, or really fails badly and suffers a couple of consequences (damage, being put in a bad spot, etc.). Creating new player-characters is a lighting-fast process that can be done in a minute or two (literally), but there's room to grow that character and their attributes from session-to-session, so the game supports campaign play. Sanity rules are similarly brief, clean, efficient and evocative. Same for spellcasting. It's all here in a very tersely worded yet quite fulfilling power package. The artwork is very evocative, supporting the mood of the game without calling undue attention to itself. Very, very happy with this purchase. An absolute bargain at $6 U.S. dollars. I can see running just about any horror scenario from any other published system with an absolute minimum of conversion fuss. The players will enjoy making the dice rolls, adding to their characters from session to session, while the GM can delight in creating spooky adventures for the gaming group without all the mechanical headaches of more rules-heavy systems. Characters get better over sessions of play, but they stay firmly rooted in human frailty (a thug with a gun will give a character pause no matter how many sessions he or she has played through). Buy this game. It demands to be played, and it will not disappoint you. Brilliant stuff.



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Rats in the Walls (artfree version)
by Brian C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/15/2018 21:21:07

I've played and read a ton of Lovecraftian rpgs, folks. I love them. I'll keep this short: get this game. 'Rats in the Walls' is a winner. You can read this game and have the dice hitting the table in under an hour. It is elegantly simple but not simplistic. Supports one-shot and campaign play. Do yourself a favor and grab this one.



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Rats in the Walls (artfree version)
by A customer [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/15/2018 13:03:17

Just reading through the pwyw non-art pdf. It looks very very interesting. Easy to play and quick to get started I should think. Not necessarily a Cthulhu clone but could played as such or as a horror or uncanny type game (X-files in the 20s). The Twenties is where it's aimed at but there are notes for playing the game in other time periods. Straightforward mechanics and no fluff. But the really cool section is the advice on building adventures (Investigations) and the general advice on play. All very focussed and succinct. There's an excellent flow chart linked to the model character sheet to help create characters. Some nice little touches such as the fact that if you go and write an article or short story based on your horrific experience, you get some sanity points back! There's also a small conversion table so that you can import a pc from The Other Game of cosmic horror. One tiny quibble, some very minor use of the s word which might offend some folk (no, I don't mean socialist)! I'd love to see if there will be a third party license: I've already got a scenario in my head



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The game is under a Creative Commons by 4.0 License (except for the fluff part) so feel free to write and publish what you want for the game!
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