The Kickstarter for the original edition of The Black Hack funded in just 5 days, raising over 1000% of its goal amount - more importantly however, it marked the moment a small set of house rules evolved into a fully-fledged DIY rpg movement. Today, I'm proud to launch this new Kickstarter as another evolution in the life of The Black Hack -- turning it into the most comprehensive and lightweight old school system available -- with all the gorgeous layout, artwork and trappings that it deserves.
The engine and design behind The Black Hack (TBH) is a simple, straightforward game written in a logical conversational tone. It provides all the experiences you'd expect a traditional fantasy RPG to deliver without clunky rules getting in the way of the action and the emerging character stories.
TBH doesn't force a trite grand fantasy setting upon the players either. Instead it comes accompanied by a full-suite of tools flavoured with old school fantasy sensibilities - culminating in a game that provides a foundation of preparation or improvisation for the imaginations of the GM and the players.
Peter Regan of Squarehex/Gold Piece Publications has assembled a legendary team to support the writing and design of the game. Artists Karl Sternjberg, Sean Poppe and Jeff Call will be providing detailed, evocative, old school art to fuel the readers' imaginations and Pookie will be providing editing duties to ensure the writing and rules are water tight.
The beta document has been written, laid out and is going through final playtesting sessions - now all we need to do is have it looked over by an editor, commission the final pieces of monster artwork and print it, which we aim to have done by October. If you pledge at a level that comes with print version of the main rulebook you will gain access to the production 'beta' document as soon as the project funds are transferred (normally 2 weeks after the project funding period ends). Thank you for taking the time to read this, but most of all thank you for sharing and supporting this campaign and the DIY RPG movement.
- David Black
- Level 0 - No reward.
- Level R - This is for retailers only. By selecting this pledge level you will get updates and the option to place a trade order if you wish in October.
- Level 1 - PDFs of both The Black Booklet and The Black Hack rules, plus PDFs of the 3 panel GM's screen and Character Sheets - £5
- Level 2 - All the PDFs, 20 page The Black Booklet in print, 3 panel GM's screen in print, 4 character class sheets - £12
- Level 3 - All the PDFs, 20 page The Black Booklet in print, 124 page The Black Hack rules in print, 3 panel GM's screen in print, 4 character class sheets. Beta Document access- £30
- Level 4 - All the PDFs, Black box, 20 page The Black Booklet in print, 124 page The Black Hack rules in print, 3 panel GM's screen in print, 4 character class sheets, 2 drop table box inserts, edgy black pencils, moody black dice (d4, 3d6, d8, d10, d00, d12, 2d20) & dice pouch, Beta Document access - £40
- Level 5 - All the PDFs, Black box, 20 page The Black Booklet in print, 124 page The Black Hack rules in print, 3 panel GM's screen in print, 4 character class sheets, 2 drop table box inserts, edgy black pencil, moody black dice (d4, 3d6, d8, d10, d00, d12, 2d20) & dice pouch, Beta Document access. PLUS an additional copy of the 124 page The Black Hack hardback with cloth/silver foiled covers exclusive to Kickstarter - £70
The Black Booklet - 'Quickstart rules for players' 300gsm matt laminated cover, 170gsm silk art pages.
The Black Hack - 'All the rules, all the things' Hardback matt laminated cover, 120gsm internal pages, black end papers.
The Black Hack - 'All the rules, all the things' Hardback with cloth/silver foiled cover, 120gsm internal pages, black end papers. Kickstarter Exclusive.
GM's Screen - 'Inspiration and GM tools' 3xA5 panels 300gsm matt laminated card.
Illustrated Character Sheets - Double sided a4 OSR style playbooks, one for each class.
The Black Box - 'Goodies' Matt black 1.5mm board with a silver foil printed lid. Dimensions are: 230x165x50mm. Dice are opaque black with white numbering. The dice pouches are black velvet. The pencils are matt black with black wood and black erasers printed in white.
The Black Hack Dice Tray - £10 Add-on (free for Level 5)
A compact Dice Tray featuring The Black Hack logo. These will be made by our friends at All Rolled Up. They are made out of neoprene, and fold flat or in half for storage. All backers that have selected the Level 5 reward will get one of these added FREE!
Additional Dice Trays may also be purchased by adding £10 per tray to a Level 5 pledge (maximum 10 per backer) as with the other add-ons, there is no additional postage to pay.
Backers at Level 4 may also purchase Dice Trays by adding £10 per tray to their pledges (maximum 10 per backer) as with the other add-ons, there is no additional postage to pay.
Here's a few preview shots of spreads from the hardback:
Although we didn't plan any stretch goals for the project, we've rethought things and have a few things lined up to make the rewards you receive even better. We're still working on some of these things and will reveal them once they've been nailed down with printers and suppliers. In the meantime here's one for starters though.
Stretch Goal 1 - 800 Backers UNLOCKED
Once we reach 800 backers an additional full page piece of artwork will be commissioned for the hardback rule books.
Stretch Goal 2 - 900 Backers UNLOCKED
Once we reach 900 backers, the dice in the boxed set will get an upgrade. The 3d6s in each set will be swapped out for dice with white pips on numbers 1-5 and a custom moulded Black Hack logo in place of the 1. Additional packs of the custom six-sided dice will also be available as add-on items.
Stretch Goal 3 - 1000 Backers UNLOCKED
Once we reach 1000 backers, both versions of the hardback will come with a ribbon bookmark. The Cloth-covered hardbacks will also come with a dust jacket, which will emulate the cover of the standard hardback, and protect its black and silver skin.
Stretch Goal 4 - 1100 Backers UNLOCKED
Printed Dice Pouches
Once we reach 1100 backers, the dice pouches included in the boxed set rewards will come with The Black Hack logo printed on them.
Final Stretch Goal - 1,200 Backers/£45,000 UNLOCKED
As a final Stretch Goal we're delighted to be able to offer this highly-requested upgrade to both editions of the hard back 124 page rule book. It will be unlocked once we hit 1,200 backers or £45,000. We are only able to offer this upgrade because of the tremendous support you've all shown this project.
T-Shirts & Hoodies
Whilst these are not part of the project. We do have a limited supply available to buy from Squarehex. If they sell well then we will get another batch printed. T-shirts cost £12 and Hoodies £28. If we don't have your size, let us know in the comments here or send a message and we'll add it if we do a restock. We also still have physical copies of the First Edition Black Hack rules along with the Sorrowset Setting and Character Sheets. Here's a link to everything:
Risks and challenges
This is my 17th Kickstarter project. All my past projects were delivered on or ahead of schedule. The main book is fully written and has been laid out. To be finished it just needs a few additional pieces of artwork and editing. The extra items (boxes, dice, screens, pencils etc.) have all been sourced and will be ordered while the main book is being edited so they will not slow down fulfilment when the books are delivered.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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