A table-top roleplaying system that's a hack of a hack of the original Red Box version of a certain popular hack-and-slash fantasy game. That's a lot of hacking.

Wait, what?

Okay, yeah. That’s a bit of a mouthful, sorry.

Welcome to my little homebrew RPG project, which is a version of Red Box Hack that I’ve been working on since Summer 2009. I’ve been retooling the system to bring it back into the retro world of Basic D&D, with the original classes (plus 1 new one! I didn’t like the halfling.) and adding a smattering of adventure generation tools, enough that the Game Master can run things on the fly. The idea is that you have a quick and friendly read, highly accessible, with enough flavor elements to get you jazzed about it while keeping it open enough for customization.

  • You can see some of my inspirations here.
  • You can see the current list of "What I'm working on" here.

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2012 GenCon pre-gens

Mon 20
Posted by at 10:51 pm. Filed under: Actual Play | Tags: ,

Want to play Old School Hack even faster?

I ran OSH every single day at GenCon this year, and it was really invigorating to my enthusiasm for this game as well as a wonderful way to share it with fans and new friends who’ve come to love the system as well.

The game has its origins in the pursuit of a play-anywhere “cocktail napkin” level fantasy RPG, and that’s what I wanted to be able to do during my running around Indianapolis, so I put together these 4.25″ x 5.5″ double-sided character cards for quick and dirty gaming.

All you need is for your players to pick a name, pick a talent, and figure out what you’re adventuring after – all things you can do after you’ve started playing, even – and you’re good to go.

The character art is some of the stuff I’ve commissioned for next-level OSH stuff by the inimitable Kyle Ferrin, check his stuff out, it’s amazing and really captures what I want the game to feel like.

The pins this year were made by my awesome friend Stacy D of Frivology, watch for her selling her stuff soon at epicwares.com.

So without further ado:


Hope they come in handy!

Edit: Corrected the mistake in the cleric’s arena bonus, you may want to re-download!