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Black Sword Hack

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  • Black Sword Hack

    "BLACK SWORD HACK is a dark fantasy roleplaying game inspired by books such as Michael Moorcock's Stormbringer or Karl Edward Wagner's Kane series. It is a stand-alone game that uses the Black Hack 2nd edition as a foundation and adds a few tweaks."

    Note that the Black Hack started out as a very stripped down version of early D&D, emphasizing simplicity and ease of play.

  • #2
    There are quite a lot of these "stripped down" systems about these days. Its quite interesting that after the "bugger rules - i just want a group story" vogue, we've come back round to "just give me a limited few options to choose from 90% of the time". Fashion eh? Which leads me to conclude that there isn't a "better" style of game: fashions just come and go and come back again. Doesn't stop there being better/worse implementations though!


    • #3
      Whether you want a story game RPG, a more trad RPG, or some combination of both, there is certainly an embarrassment of RPG riches out there right now.


      • #4
        Haven't played RPGs for many many years, but minimalist systems definitely seem to be in vogue at the moment. I remember being struck by the beauty and simplicity of Dungeon World and other more recent Powered by the Apocalypse games. Another recent RPG heavily inspired by the Elric books, but with a few more rules, is Dungeon Crawl Classics.