With respect to trademarks: HackMaster is a registered trademark of Kenzer and Company. Hacklopedia of Beasts, the Kenzer and Company logo. I’m reviewing the Hackmaster PHB. The HackMaster Player’s Handbook, from the cover, is unmistakably a parody of the Player’s Handbook. HackMaster, the game of choice for the Knights of the Dinner Table. As for cost, the Hackmaster PHB costs the same as most other main gaming system books.

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May have flaws such as tears, pen marks or highlighting, large creases, stains, marks, a loose map, etc. For example, “SW NM ” means shrink wrapped in near-mint condition. Hackmaster is a real game for gamers of old. Join Date Sep Posts Furthermore, the jokes are funny. If problem solving is the essence of roleplaying, then the journey to hero is the ultimate method of play. The cardboard backing of miniature packs is not graded.

The challenge of the game is to overcome difficult situations with a band of allies, none of whom are overly exceptional. As for cost, the Hackmaster PHB costs the same as most other main gaming system books.

I can see where it is important for honor and alignment to be enforced, but with the whole GM vs. Does our society not love the story of the everyday man that saves a child from a burning building or rushing river?


I felt that I had to write it If excessively worn, they will be marked as “card worn. Once again, a good GM can tone this part of the game down. Than starts the huge amount of appendixes where you find descriptions of the skills, talents, spells, character creation as well as advancement step by step explanations and a lot of other usefull stuff.

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It’s hard for me to respect a review of a game as complex as HackMaster from someone who obviously has not even played the game. Some of the older charts have been modified Stats between 11 and 14 are no longer “worthless”. Well, I suppose it might be part of the “joke”, but many of the new rules seem to be designed to be intenionally difficult to follow. Players can then use building points to increase the ability or wait and as they increase in level their abilities will increase gradually as well.

And, as a gamemaster, it provides alot adventure seeds for your campaign.

You might find some good material for your 3e game in it. Lightly used, but almost hackmsater new. It means a lot work for the GM to track the temporary as well as real honor of each charakter but it’s more than worth it, Chapter six and seven are about charakter quirks and flaws as well as skills and talents.

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The Hobbit is about the journey to becoming a hero. It explains the eight different schools of magic and give details about casting spells and spell components Once again, an experienced GM will be able to weed through the parody and pull out the nuggets of gold, but a better written PHB without the parody quite so in your face would be a better resource for those wanting to play a more “serious” style pb. If excessively worn, they will be marked as “tray worn.


True, some may be head-and-shoulders above their fellow man, but this is the exception rather than the rule. Infact constantly having to clarify what the mean to players was tiresome.

Therefor, you have a lot of skills but you have alot buiilding points, too.

Player Character Record Version 1. Are you considered a lowly deck swab or are you cheered pphb you walk down the cobbled streets of Farzey?

But HackMaster includes another element overlooked by the other games — the journey to becoming a hero. You can skip this entirely if you like but adding a 1 or 2 will give you some good hooks for role playing your character.

Hacklopedia of Beasts 3 – Elemental to Hippopotamus.