This episode is a bit different than our usual ravings, in that we come about as close to “actual play” as I think we ever will. We were given copies of Hackmaster Basic and the Hacklopedia of Beasts by Kenzer & Company and were asked to review them on the show, which we present to you now.
We decided to record our session of character generation, play the game (off mic) the following week, and then record our reaction to the game itself the next week.
This episode is longer than most of our previous ones.
Cast (part1 – Character Gen): Eric, Mike, Dan, Mark & Shawn
Cast (part2 – Review): Eric, Mike, Dan, Jayson & Shawn
Running Time – 55:21
00:28 Topic: Hackmaster Basic – General Introduction
Character Generation Segment
01:16 Race and Class Choices & Stat Introduction
04:15 Strength Rolls
05:55 Intelligence Rolls
07:24 Wisdom Rolls
09:06 Dexterity Rolls
10:05 Constitution Rolls
11:44 Looks Rolls
13:00 Charisma Rolls
15:11 The Shopkeeper Rule
16:07 Mike Starts Over & Shawn’s Swapped Stats
17:13 Quirks & Flaws
28:54 Character Generation
31:20 Layout of the Book
32:37 Was it a Fair Shake?
33:04 Speed Factor
34:03 The Magic System
34:54 Exploding Damage
35:45 Skill System
38:23 Back to Character Generation
38:40 Is Hackmaster and Greyhawk a Good Fit?
39:59 Quirks & Flaws
41:13 Armor & Shields
43:14 Around Gamerstable
47:41 TANGENT: Time Life Books
Item Mentioned: Time Life Books
48:03 Back Around Gamerstable
49:55 Do We Endorse Hackmaster?
OFFICIAL TANGENT COUNT: 1
Editor’s Note: We would like to thank Greg for joining us in our game (in between recordings). He played the third dwarven fighter in the group… like we needed more of those.