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!

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