Alright, I see a couple of openings I think I can hit for The Black Hack game I’ve had on the Moot Sheet for a good long time now.
It’s looking like I can run a 630pm MST game starting on either December 30th or January 13th for those interested. After we pick the start date, the game would run every two weeks until it completes. I doubt it will run more than three sessions and might only be two, but we’ll see how we all feel about it.
Here are some refreshed details:
Game Name: The Black Hack
- System / Setting: The Black Hack 2e
- Sessions: 2-3, Biweekly
- Concept: A streamlined, post-modern OSR experience with player-facing rolls, roll-under attribute mechanics, and the snazzy usage die
- Aim: Choose pregens or make low-level characters and complete a simple OSR-style adventure
- Tone: Fairly low fantasy – most humans are afraid of magic and don’t often see monsters, but they believe they are real.
- Subject Matter: Classic OSR stuff – exploration, resource management, fighting foes, finding treasure, leveling up
- Touchstones: Early versions of D&D, modern game theory
This game might be for you if want to play an OSR game but don’t love descending armor class, loads of saving throws, non-unified mechanics, XP for gold or other fiddly bits from back in the day that never quite struck your fancy.
This game might not be for you if you don’t like rulings over rules, not having access to highly differentiated and detailed character classes, and the fact that you might die ignobly and horribly in a ditch.
All of my games use Lines and Veils and the X-Card for safety tools. If you’ve never used those before don’t sweat it – I’ll explain them. They’re in place to make sure we all have a good experience at the table and have fun without getting stressed out.
The book itself has this to say about the game: PCs are human-centric and aren’t heroes, at least not at first. It’s a weird fantasy swords & sorcery game, a modern take on old school pulp fantasy.
I particularly like these bits: Adventure must be found. The world is cruel, weird, uncaring and gritty. And finally, You better be shrewd, or you’ll be dead.
Let’s do this!