So, despite my initial criticisms of it being a cheap fad in the indie OSR scene, The Black Hack has pretty much infected me with how I love to run my games. This past week I’ve been compiling together my own playbook for all the ideas, house rules, and add-ons I want to use as my “core” system.
It’s become a 24-page booklet that I’ve already handed out to my players (including two kids I’ve run 5e for in the past.) I’d share it with you folks, but I totally ripped off a lot D&D line art — both official and fan stuff — because I wanted it to be awesome for my crew and not just a tech manual to study.
So instead, I present to you a blog post hitting my big changes. I’ll do my best to cite who I ripped off as best as I can.
The Mutant class in The Rad Hackis pretty flexible — you can easily be a mutant animal, plant, or some other strange humanoid. Still, I’ve had friends, followers, and even my spouse talk about how they wished the “Mutant Plant” was a class on its own. I decided to homebrew my own variant Plant class by re-skinning powers that already existed in the game. Enjoy!
This is a play report for Gutterpunk Sprawl-Crawl, a play-by-post campaign using The Rad Hack. This setting entails violence, drug use, and depraved morals — consider this your NSFW warning.
When we left off last session, Leper Prawn and Absolvo had made it out alive from the radioactive sewers and have emerged about a block away from Zom Zom’s, a notorious restaurant that is a hub for all sorts of mutants, nomads, and biker gangs.
Six years ago, I had my view on gaming flipped on its head. I was at the end of a two-year 4e D&D campaign; one that saw decks of power cards, miniatures, three different desktop applications, and combat encounters that lasted entire evenings. It was clear that, while we had a blast, that the days of such bloated systems were in need of ending. We needed something lighter, more elegant, and easier to run in the fewer hours we had.
That’s when Tim Kirk sent me a review copy of High Valor. And it blew my mind.
First off, if you haven’t seen it yet: CarPGis a new diceless rules-lite RPG framework written by my buddy Matt Bryant (the guy behind Main Sequence.)
While he designed it as a game to play on road trips with your buds, I’ve found it incredibly useful as a mechanic for playing Play By Post rpgs. In my past experience, play-by-posts worked either one of three ways: 1) The dice rolls were either handled completely by the moderator, leaving a sense of control out for the players. 2) The entire game was purely narrative focused, which while fun often felt more like a writing exercise than a game. And then lastly, 3) The die rolls were handled like normal (either on the honor system or with online dice rollers), and as a result the game system itself really bogged down the pace of the game.