Posted by: frithkin | November 4, 2017

A Rad Hack Rpg review type thingie

A somewhat recent rpg purchase counted amongst them Rad Hack . I have wanted to write a review ( a reading review ) of it for a while . Unsurprisingly to anyone paying even the smallest amount of attention , I am not exactly a dedicated blogger or even post with anything resembling any form of regularity.

Regardless I love this book and the game within it. The Rad Hack is by Karl Stjenberg , based upon the Black Hack rpg . As can possibly be discerned from the cover art ( and the title !!) The Rad Hack is a post apocalyptic rpg ,akin to the venerable Gamma World .

I mentioned Gamma World , the Rad Hack feels to me like a distillation of Gamma world . It has a synopsis on the back cover “Exciting adventures in a weird post apocalyptic world ” which would make a good brief sentence to introduce people to the game .

There is a lot going on, on the cover which I really like . I find my attention drawn to different parts of the cover everytime I look at it . It is beautifully coloful from the pink background to the different colours of the characters in the foreground .

A great thing about it is that it reinforces the theme of the game , and hints at what may be found while adventuring in your own post apocalyptic games .

Just a brief glance at this fantastical cover shows us first up, in the foreground, a mutant lizard character who , in a nice artistic touch, is wearing the Black Hack symbol ( the devils horns ) on his faded black tshirt . Close behind him to his right is a yellow mutant lizard (or bird? ) Type guy and beside him is a small grey robot !! ( I love robots ) .To the left is a spooked out Green frog mutant guy . Arrayed behind them are a variety of different peoples and creatures .

It also features some environments that may be found , from destroyed ruined cities , biodomes , mushroom forests . It even features pterodactyl , ufo’s and some kind of robot tripod vehicle !!.

Something else I like about this book is its dimensions . It’s 6’9 small and compact so ideal for putting into a bag to transport wherever it is you choose to game . It would maybe take an afternoon to read through and learn the game and maybe five to ten minutes to create a character. Character types you can choose from are mutants , robots ,humans and psionic . Also featured are profession and mutation tables modules tables for robot characters and psionic powers for psionic characters . Succinct rules for weapons quality of equipment and degradation which is great for reinforcement of the post apocalyptic genre are also featured . The rules are simple enough that it wont take long to get a handle on how they work and get player characters made and playing to the players hearts content . Get this game .


I had the briefest of ideas about a hex crawl with the setting being colonial Australia . Maybe with a 0 level funnel type thing like DCC rpg or the one by Lampblack and Brimstone for Dungeon World rpg , where all the players have a small handful of 0 level convict characters or something and go on adventures in the wilderness unknowns of Australia . Only with more weirdness. I am thinking of things like 

– Maybe Ancient Egyptians explored Australia so there are sphinxes and pyramids to explore 

– Admiral Zheng He may have been to the top of Australia so maybe there is a buried army of clay warriors ?!( I obviously am stretching a bit here , but Zheng He is way cool,and so are those clay warriors ) 

– Maybe other nations are setting up small  rival colonies ? 

Like I said just some ideas at this stage but its all food for thought I guess !?

Posted by: frithkin | July 17, 2016

Land of the Lost as  a Hexcrawl 

I have been watching the old Sid and Marty Croft , Land of the Lost on Dvd and  it got me thinking about a Land of the Lost Hex Crawl / dungeoneering adventure . You’ve got the possibility of random encounters with dinosaurs , grizzled prospector types from the civil war , ( an episode written by Larry Niven) primitive humans ( australopithecines ?) not to forget Sleestaks and those mysterious sky -pylons  !! Possibllities of finding and attempting to utilise advanced technologies , time storms dungeon crawls through cave networks and trying to find the way back to where you originally came from . 


Posted by: frithkin | December 9, 2015

Ummm ?


Posted by: frithkin | December 4, 2015

Talking to myself again 

I have talked to myself out loud for a long time . I seem to recall talking to myself as a child and can recall also , occasions were I was wandering around places talking to myself even conversing with myself and telling myself jokes at which I laughed of course !!? 

I have not ever expressly thought to do as the message above exhorts but I may give it a try .

I dont think I would reccomend talking to yourself out loud in public however   , that kind of behaviour tends to bother people .

Posted by: frithkin | December 3, 2015



Posted by: frithkin | December 2, 2015

Emily Bronte and her poetry 

I have enjoyed Emily Bronte’s poetry and novels for a long time and this is my particular favorite poem by her  . Possibly a bit morbid ? However I like it irregardless .


Posted by: frithkin | December 2, 2015


I have recently been rereading a number of Phillip K Dick short stories , and some novels which I have not read before .

I also very recently watched the animated film A Scanner Darkly . Which is both simultaneously beautiful and terrible  

I also found an e – zine called PKD – otaku which is a fanzine dedicated to disscussions of the works of Phillip K Dick and features interviews with the man himself also  and discussions surrounding his FBI files and other possibly strange ? Occurences . PKD Otaku

Posted by: frithkin | November 25, 2015

A review of a Zine 

I Wanted to write a bit about a zine that I got a while ago . It is called 6 iron spikes & a small hammer and is issue one . Not certain if there was any more issues . In this issue it mainly concerns the Sandbox of Doctor Moreau . It features an over view of the Herbert George Wells novel the island of Doctor Moreau and then proceeds to illucidate the  sandbox adventure . It is nice and simple a few random tables some hand drawn art reminiscent to me of the art in the little brown books of original D&D . Its definetly an old schoolcompatible adventure sandbox and has an endearing punky do it yourself feel to it which is something I really appreciate about the osr .   

Posted by: frithkin | November 10, 2015

Alice Mary Smith 

Alice Mary Smith is significant as being the first British woman to have composed and performed a symphony although she lived a generation before the composition of serious large scale works by women composers becoming accepted by women .*

I got some cds from the local library yesterday and one of them is a recording feauturing symphonys by Alice Mary Smith 

The one pictured above . I am wholly unfamiliar with her work and was intrigued enough to borrow it . It features clarinet and I really like clarinet so I thought I would give it a listen .

*this is from the liner notes of the above pictured and aforementioned cd .