Monday, February 21, 2011

Hackmaster Character Generation

...is fucking tedious. I hope we actually get to play next time.

I am referring to the "4th" Edition of HM; I was sent a complimentary PDF of Hackmaster Basic sometime last year, but honestly I lost interest about twenty pages in. I'm fairly certain I deleted it.

Man, first I get bored with combat in rpgs, now I get bored with minutiae... it's like I'm not even a real gamer anymore!

7 comments:

  1. Personally, I feel like if chargen is going to take for-freakin'-ever then it needs to be as engaging as actually playing the game. Because at the point where chargen takes a noticeable percentage of a session, it has become part of playing the game rather than merely a preliminary.

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  2. Had the same experience. The character generation took forever. The damn thing of it is the game looks like a lot of fun, how can you not like a system that has some sort of fireball for every level. But in the end our group could not get past the char gen. I still have the HM books to grab stuff I like from them though.

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  3. Coming from the same experience as Tim, the Char Gen for 4th edition sucked. Still I am glad I got the books they are find to read and look at.

    As for 5th edition I found it much cleaner than 4th edition especially with it's quick character generation section.

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  4. The first time I did chargen for 4e Hackmaster we had a blast, but only because it reminded us of making heavily-houseruled characters back in the day. The second time I did it, it took forever and as soon as I'd finished I realized I'd overlooked a step early on in the process and my character was therefore technically illegal. Not so much fun anymore.

    As the novelty has worn off, if I were ever to venture down that path again, I'd just use an online generator to both speed the process and make sure I didn't miss anything.

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  5. I'm telling cheetah what you said. He will be crushed.

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  6. I don't think my attitude toward HM's character generation process will come as a surprise to him. This morning I woke up to find a text from him saying "You forgot to buy scabbards for your daggers" to which I replied "fuck scabbards"

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  7. No scabbards?!?! You are playing a dangerous game with that choice my friend.

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