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Hackmaster Basic: Character Generation & Review – Ep 24

Jayson Called Dibs.

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.


Hackmaster Basic: Character Generation & Review – Ep 24


Cast (part1 – Character Gen): Eric, Mike, Dan, Mark & Shawn

Cast (part2 – Review): Eric, Mike, Dan, Jayson & Shawn

Running Time – 55:21


00:00     Intro

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

Review Segment

27:08     Initiative

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?

39:07     Aesthetics

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?

54:54     Outro




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.

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High Magic vs. Low Magic Fantasy – Ep20

Can you get more fantasy awesome than Frazetta?

This week we take a look at fantasy roleplaying and the debate over high magic and low magic. There are many different theories on which is better, but ultimately it is personal preference. We , as a group, tackle this topic with our usual fervor (or lack of) and as always… accomplish little.


High Magic vs. Low Magic Fantasy – Ep20


Cast: Eric, Mike, Dan, Mark, Jayson & Shawn
Total Run Time – 33:49


00:00     Intro

00:29     Topic: High Magic vs. Low Magic Fantasy

Items Mentioned: Deadlands, Aces & Eights, Cyberpunk 2020, Shadowrun

02:06     TANGENT: Jonah Hex

Items Mentioned: Jonah Hex (Movie), Jonah Hex (Comic)

03:12     Back on Topic

Items Mentioned: Star Trek, Star Wars

03:25     TANGENT: Q Continuum & Clint Howard Magic

Items Mentioned: Clint Howard, Wraith (Movie), Gathering of the Juggalos

04:19     Back on Topic

Items Mentioned:  Lord of the Rings, Middle Earth Roleplaying Game, Dragonslayer, Dungeons & Dragons, Conan RPG, Hackmaster, World of Greyhawk, Forgotten Realms, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay

11:35     TANGENT: Sea Princes Campaign & Cursed Magic

12:50     Back on Topic

13:33     TANGENT: Giant Eagles?

Item Mentioned: Dragon Age

13:46     Back on Topic

Items Mentioned: Munchkin Conan, World of Greyhawk, Game of Thrones, Wheel of Time

26:45     TANGENT: NPCs and Women on Boats

Item Mentioned: Deadliest Catch

28:12     Back on Topic

Item Mentioned: Planescape, Game of Thrones, Wheel of Time

30:42     TANGENT: Average Shadowrun Sniper Life Expectancy

Item Mentioned: Shadowrun

32:09     TANGENT: Thanks to Kenzer & Company

Items Mentioned: Kenzer & Company, Hackmaster

33:12     Outro



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