Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Hack Attack

If you haven't heard of "The Black Hack" by David Black, then you have probably been living under a toadstool.  From what I gather Black Hack was not only spawned by the love of the OSR, but also by the Fifth Edition SRD (to a degree, at least some mechanics).  I have to say its cool.  

Here's the description:  The Black Hack is a super-streamlined roleplaying game that uses the Original 1970s Fantasy Roleplaying Game as a base, and could well be the most straightforward modern OSR compatible clone available. If speed of play and character creation, compatibility, and simple - yet elegant rules are what you yearn for. Look no further!

Black Hack alone has spawned numerous adventures and even a Zine! But not only that, Black Hack has spawned a whole bunch of Hacks of the Hack! (If I was witty I'd have some word for a hack of a hack, but I don't).  

I've read thru Black Hack and I quite like it.  I've always been drawn to the idea of rules lite systems.  At some point I'd like to give it a run, atleast as a one off.  And the fact that it doesn't clock in at a ton of pages, that's always nice as well.  That way I can print out a few copies for the table and myself.  I've really been a fan of the "rulings not rules" and this system seems to be right up that alley.  I mean there's rules, but obviously you can HACK em and do whatever you'd like. 

Here's a list of Black Hack specific products that I found. 

(Obviously there's a bunch, and its quite easy to find over at drivethru, I'm making this document for myself, I find it easy for myself to make decisions by doing the research, however I digress, here's the list!).  

This is by far not a complete list, and I am guessing that as I type this there maybe another hack making its way into the digital world, or quite possible being created in the back of a mad scientists brain.  I really adore that one little hack has started this huge thing that everyone is getting involved in.  There is more than enough here to appeal to most players as far as settings and concepts go.  (at least as far as players who like rules lite games)

The Hex Hack

Goblin Gambit - A black hack adventure

Librarians Of Doom - Adventure - A twist on the hack with some cyberpunk

Clever Title Using Hack & Class - Had a giggle at the title, NEW character classes for Black Hack. 

The Hunter Hack:   The Hunter Hack is a collection of magic weapons, monsters, and rules for running a Black Hack game about tracking and hunting giant monsters in the wilderness.

The Unearthed Hack: A collection of rules variants.  

The Class Hack: THE CLASS HACK presents 10 additional Classes inspired by the Original 1970's Fantasy Roleplaying game for the THE BLACK HACK OSR compatible clone.

The Race Hack - Extra races

The Drac Hack:  A creature list for Black Hack

A Hack Of Class:  More classes!

The Beast Hack: The Beast Hack is a bestiary containing over 60 monsters designed for use with David Black's fantastic Black Hack RPG. Old fantasy favorites as well as many originals are included in this book. So prepare yourself for a battle against some deadly beasts!  

Here's a list of HACKS!  Publisher's own twist on the idea of Black Hack, with their own little idiosyncrasies & coolness. 

The Pirate HackAhoy me matey's This ere be The Pirate Hack based on that Awesome and popular The Black Hack.  In The Pirate Hack you can choose your background, your class and even your Race! Yes that's right Race, why is it only Humans get to be Pirates? So you can choose from the Dwarfs, Elves or Half Orc Pirates, each with their own special abilities... oh and of Course Humans.

The Indie Hack: The Indie Hack (TIH) is a minimalist fantasy roleplaying game, build up from the ideas in The Black Hack, that is played with pencils, paper, dice, and imagination. It takes old-school gaming and gives it an indie edge: you get heroes, magic, traps, and monsters but the players get more control over the richness of the story.

The Blue Hack:   If you know about The White Hack, The Red Hack, and The Black Hack, you know where this is headed. BLUEHACK™ is a traditional tabletop role-playing game, played with paper, pencils and dice – it uses the Holmes Basic edition of that Original 1970s Fantasy Roleplaying Game as an inspiration, but it aims to create a distinct, streamlined flavour all of its own. - 

Great so now I have to go and look up White & Red As well! Oh and it`s a wild good chase, alright back the HACKS of the HACKS! 

Cyber-Hacked!The Black Hack: Cyber-Hacked! takes the awesome OSR rules created by David Black for The Black Hack and uses them to create a OSR-style cyberpunk system.  Simple rules for hacking, cyberware, car chases, drugs, and guns are included.

The Bikini Hack: The Bikini Hack is a mash-up of Bikini, Boards, & Bongos from Rarr! I'm a Monster Publishing and The Black Hack OGL rules by David Black. The game is based on all of the fun beach and surfing movies of the 60's where the kids just worried about when the next wave, or next kiss, was happening.  NOTE:  I recorded a band a few years ago called `The Thrashers`they would love this version.  

The Solo Hack:  The Solo Hack contains 11 solo adventures for use with David Black's The Black Hack. Each adventure is separate and independent from each other and can be played in any order. NOTE:  This would probably be a good way to learn how to play Black Hack. 

The Cthulhu Hack: You guessed it! All hail the great old one. 

The Jack Hack:  The Jack Hack is a game of trying to beat the odds in the depravity of late Victorian London. It has particular focus on the Whitechapel area just before, and around the time of the infamous Jack the Ripper murders.

The Pulp Hack:  A mad scientist has used old schematics from Nikola Tesla and a Peruvian demon stone to create an army of Rasputin clones. A group of robots from the far reaches of the galaxy have landed on Earth to study the brains of prominent composers. A fascist group has uncovered the lost scroll of the deathweaver in the Amazon forest and plans to hold the United States to ransom. These are the deliciously insane plots that you will be dealing with when you play The Pulp Hack.

The Powers Hack:  The Powers Hack puts the power into your hands, and when we say power we mean Super Powers, yes thats right using the power of The Black Hack we bring you a super Heroes Rpg in the tradition of the 1970's Roleplaying games.

The WasteLand Hack: The Wasteland Hack is Post Apocalyptic Roleplay powered by The Black Hack OSR. We have used all the rules of The Black Hack with a few tweaks and added some new ones. 

The Gene Hack:  The Gene Hack is intended to provide a framework for a setting that can be adapted to your liking, or created as you play. Your game can be set in a gamma irradiated post-apocalyptic earth; among masters of a universe far away; navigating space dungeons; or even a classic dungeon crawl—just flavor the details to your liking and the mechanics shouldn’t get in the way of your imagination.

The Space Hack:The Space Hack adds Starship Combat rules to The Black Hack without slowing down its streamlined core, launching the original 1970s fantasy role-playing game INTO THE STATOSPHERE and BEYOND!

The Rad-Hack:  The Rad-Hack is a fully illustrated, tabletop role-playing game, based on the highly popular OSR game "The Black Hack". The Rad-Hack is set in a weird, post apocalyptic future where Mutants, Robots, Psionics and Humans team up against the dangers of the wasteland in search of Tech, Slugs and Adventure!

The Cat Hack: The Cat Hack takes the OSR rules of The Black Hack and modifies it to work with a minimalist setting where the player characters are all cats!

The Anime Hack: The Anime Hack brings the frantic energy of Japanese animation to the tabletop in an easy to play multi-genre role playing game based on the fantastic Black Hack RPG. Based on the original 1970s fantasy role-playing game the rules are easy to follow and playable right out of the box. Character creation takes a few minutes and you'll be playing in no time. 

The Zero Edition (Zebra Hack!): goes back to a great emulation of The Original Game, Swords & Wizardry: White Box. It adjusts the classes to White Box standards, adds the three original demi-human races, and brings the spells and monsters from the White Box edition into the mix. You should be able to run 0E/WB characters straight out of the box.

The Stellar Hack:  The Stellar Hack. A sci-fi hack in space! A supplement you can use for your own space games or to add to your other space games. For Use withThe Black Hack, Additional Things and Guns & Ammo.

The Kid Hack: The Kid Hack takes the minimalist and simple rules of The Black Hack where the characters are all children in a battle with the supernatural world that only they can see!

The Super Hack: The Super Hack is a hyper-streamlined roleplaying game that uses the original 1970's Roleplaying Game and the wonderful THE BLACK HACK as a base. If you're looking for high octane Superhero action with a system that feels as familiar as an old glove - look no further!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

D100 Things Overheard In A Tavern

D100 Things Overheard In A Tavern
  1. Dragon? What Dragon?
  2. That lady over there, I wouldn’t talk to her, one time she turned me into a rabbit.
  3. Honestly I saw this strange ghost, nearly crapped my pants!
  4. Yes everyone knows about that old hermit, he lives by himself.  Oh? You’ve never heard of him, let me tell yah.
  5. The ground shook last night!  I thought for a heartbeat it might have been something I ate!
  6. One time this bloke strolls up and tells me that he was marooned on an island! And that he rode some sea turtles or something, I figured he’d had a few too many.
  7. Weirdest thing, the lights in the night sky.  For the most part they look like a beautiful reflection, something the gods dreamed up, but the other night I swear I saw something moving up there.
  8. The barley soup at the local tavern will cure just about any ailment, I had a wart on my foot the size of my big toe! It was gone the day after yesterday.  
  9. That old priestess I’ve see her walking at night, talking to herself.
  10. Nah it's just a myth that most cemeteries are haunted.  You know what is really haunted?  My love life!
  11. Normally I wouldn’t tell you this, but you seem like decent folk.  
  12. There was a thief hanging around the market lately, I was the one who found him out.  Caught him red handed, and told him to give me half, I did!
  13. One time I danced with a sprite, at least I thought it was a sprite….  They are pretty big aren’t they?
  14. I swear to the gods! There was a little leprechaun behind the tavern having himself a piss.  I said “Hey Buddy!”
  15. That old horse of mine, she’s been around for years, my grandfather gave it to me, it was his horse! Can you believe that?
  16. I never gamble.  Although…..
  17. Saw some giant tracks the other day, right outside of my house!
  18. Keep an eye out for those town guards, they’ll shake you down!
  19. Caught the biggest fish the other day, no word of a lie, it was this…… big!
  20. I said “you know what, I don’t believe your prophecies!”  And all they did was dismiss me, and walked away.  Can you believe that?
  21. I wouldn’t let anyone down, I’ve spent my life keeping people alive.
  22. We are always looking for farmhands, all we ever get is henchmen around here, what is up with that?
  23. I could do with a few less adventurer’s in this town, they come in and drink all the good ale!
  24. That blacksmith is making a suit of gold armour! Well atleast I think it was gold anyways, it was really shiney!
  25. You know what is weird, it's like there’s a sense of something else going on, like we are all in the imagination of some mad genius, is it just me?
  26. Never seen a mermaid, I saw a goat swim once though.
  27. Are you so sure about everyone in your group?
  28. Honestly this town needs an enema, or something like that, Is there a potion that we can get for those stuffy political types?
  29. The only way to earn your keep around here is to get down to work, traipsing all over the countryside adventuring, that’s not work! Plowing fields is work.
  30. I don’t have any silly superstitions about my gambling dice.  
  31. I was out hunting the other day, came across a bunch of deer south of the town.  
  32. Saw a bloke on the road, he was trying to sell me a bag of beans, told him to go the other way, i don’t need any beans! I’ve got a whole field full of em.
  33. Why is it that princess’s always get kidnapped and dragged off? How come you never hear of some fancy pants prince getting kidnapped.  You know if I was apt to it, I might try that.  Rewrite a bit o’ history.
  34. I heard about this old book, well my neighbour was talking about this old book.  Sounded kind of interesting, but I can’t read.  Weird runes in it.
  35. There was never anything to worry about, they made this big deal about what went down.  
  36. Maybe we ought to think this thru, your telling me that you saw a bunch of werewolves the other night, and the guard doesn’t want to do anything about it.  And now you're saying you want to go out and kill them?
  37. I’d like a snack, something cheezie.
  38. I’ve got to get up early tomorrow, lots to do.  Digging ditches, and graves.  
  39. I tend to wonder if all these shadowy guilds really exist.  You’ve heard of the assassins & the thieves guilds, are they really that organized?
  40. WHAT HO! That’s what this guy always says every time he walks in, I don’t even know what that means? Do you?
  41. It seems like there is always someone begging the local priest to get healed.  What are these people doing all the time?
  42. You ever notice that one in every two pirates you meet has a peg leg or arm?  That’s odd isn’t it?
  43. It’s really about the details, and the raspberry jam.
  44. That old myth about trolls turning into stone from the sunshine is false
  45. I kid you not, she had a head full of snakes!
  46. You ever lit oil on fire and throw it? It’s hilarious!
  47. No I haven’t seen your kids, you should really go out and find them.  That’s not the best parenting.
  48. And I said “yeah it's one of a kind”,  hahahah.
  49. So there I was mind my own business and all of a sudden this strange cat shows up in a tree.  
  50. Never underestimate a pissed off barbarian, or my wife for that matter!
  51. You should probably spend some time fixing up your armour, it’s barely holding together.
  52. There is this river, that runs down from the mountains, amazing tasting water, but it’s green.  Like lime green!
  53. Nope I’ve never heard of that god, are you sure you have the spelling right?
  54. Everything is possible within reason, it honestly depends on your outlook.  Oh and what time it is.
  55. You should have seen his face when I told him he was invisible.  That mad hatter ran across the street to steal tomatoes.
  56. I’ve never met a goblin with a sense of humour.
  57. I swear every time I meet an adventurer, they tell me about falling into pit traps, who designed all these things?  Why do you keep falling into them? You would think once is enough right?
  58. Nope nevermind… I think I just saw an illusion.  Wait a second….
  59. You know what’s really stupid?  Trying to sleep out in the wilderness.
  60. That was the worse case of bedbugs I’ve ever had!
  61. Pardon me?  Yes do you know if there’s any grey mustard at this tavern?
  62. Why do all wizards have beards anyways? Is that some kind of ritualistic club thing that I don’t know about? And why the moldy towers in the middle of nowhere?
  63. Sure you saw a vampire, sure.  
  64. I think that guy over there has a tunic that says NPC, I’d talk to him.
  65. Don’t you find it odd that there’s always a gent sitting in the corner with his hood up trying to not attract any attention to himself?
  66. You’re going to have to speak up, that damn bard was playing bagpipes again!
  67. I think you're mistaking me for someone who cares.
  68. It was an incredibly uplifting religious experience!
  69. Why are you hopping on one foot? Or nevermind, I think I’ve had too much to drink.  What can I do for you?
  70. You couldn’t pay me enough to go into that cave, smelled like bad cheese!
  71. My uncle hugged a bugbear once.  
  72. That lady serving the drinks, whatever you do don’t call her by her first name.  It’s shirley, don’t do it though.
  73. That is the absolute last time I drink in this establishment!
  74. Hey you big lug, wanna arm wrestle?
  75. Hold my beer while I kiss your elf.
  76. Everyone knows there’s no such thing as lizardmen, old ladies made that up to scare their grandkids.
  77. I’m not saying that I’m the king, I’m just saying have you ever seen us both in a room at the same time?
  78. I hear that Orc’s dance when they beat up adventurer’s, is that true?
  79. So there we were sitting in the “Green Dragon”, our feet up on a stool, listening to some good music, and in walks this great big guy who’s quite grumbly!
  80. Most of the stories you will hear in here are unlikely and in some cases lies.
  81. If you’re ever on fire, stop, drop and roll.  Well that is unless it’s magical fire, then I have no idea.
  82. The god’s must seriously be crazy!
  83. I like knitting, do you?
  84. Ever drank whiskey with a dwarf? I have!  And I still have a hangover.
  85. There’s this long story about a sword and a stone, I don’t really want to get into it.
  86. Somedays your the knight, somedays your the dragon.
  87. Never once did I say that.  I did say…
  88. Alright we’ve all heard the story about “breeyark”, if you don’t know what it means by now, you’re an idgit.
  89. But of course there’s a merchant looking for a caravan guard, why do you ask?
  90. See this here scar?  I got that when I was running from a direwolf.  Good thing there was a tree I could climb up!
  91. Remember to always have someone like an elf or a dwarf in your party, those types can see in the dark!
  92. There’s a local farmer, sells some pretty good rations, if your going out on a hike.  
  93. Best sleep ever!  No it wasn’t in this Inn, I’m just saying I slept really well last night.
  94. I’ve heard that some merchants will pay good gold for minotaur horns.  
  95. <the patron is deaf> he signs something to you.  
  96. HICUP! Well that was well brought up.
  97. Pretend I’ve never met you before.  Alright now go away.
  98. I was thinking about having a look around some old ruins.  What do you say, want to come along?
  99. If you ever find one of those bags of holding, don’t ever put another bag of holding into it.  Bad idea.
  100. SCREAMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHK! “Can someone get this arrow out of my shoulder???

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