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 .


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