2012 GenCon pre-gens

Mon 20
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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!

12 Comments on “2012 GenCon pre-gens”

  1. 1 Simon Forster said at 1:08 am on August 21st, 2012:

    Nice. They are so cute too :)

  2. 2 matt jackson said at 6:08 am on August 21st, 2012:

    I loved these, perfect for Cons. Added to my list of things to print out before GenCon2013!

  3. 3 Andrew said at 7:21 am on August 21st, 2012:

    Very cool!

    I think one improvement might be to put 2-3 talents typed in the talent spot, and let them check off the ones they take. That way they can spend Awesome Points to activate the others. Also, typing fits in there a lot better than scribble, and is a lot faster.

    Love the art!

  4. 4 Kennon "The Universe" Bauman said at 3:13 pm on August 23rd, 2012:

    Andrew (immediately above) has a fantastic idea there. Checkboxes are great time-savers.

    But seriously, this game is still great. I had the pleasure of playing in a slightly abbreviated game as the Magic User in which I rodeo’d a mist-wyrm (pronounced “Miyst WARM” apparently), took over a floating prison, and blew up a tower because it seemed like a good idea.

    I greatly look forward to seeing more come out for/with/about the game…but even if it doesn’t, rest easy knowing you’ve made something to be proud of.

  5. 5 The Dad Hatter said at 3:51 am on August 24th, 2012:

    Very cool. The nice thing about having them printable like this is being able to hold a copy as the GM and flip through them for initiative purposes.

  6. 6 Edward W. said at 10:15 am on October 30th, 2012:

    These are fantastic. I introduced my players to OSH and they love it. One of the things I particularly like about OSH as a DM is these neat playing aids which make it so easy to run a game. OSH is my favorite set of rules.

  7. 7 Mike H from Kelso, Washington said at 11:03 pm on December 1st, 2012:

    Really nifty.
    I really like the pregen sheets.
    Good work, Sir.

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  9. 9 dallas internet marketing said at 2:21 am on October 31st, 2017:

    a wonderful way to share it with fans and new friends who’ve come to love the system as well. thanks for sharing this.

  10. 10 dallas seo consultant said at 3:33 am on December 22nd, 2017:

    it now looks like he’s not going to do that.

  11. 11 packing tapes in pakistan said at 3:45 am on May 31st, 2018:

    it’s amazing, l really like this and I will also share with my colleagues. thanks for sharing this.

  12. 12 Mario said at 3:23 pm on November 3rd, 2022:

    Hello! Whats the name of the font of the site title? I saw it on the random adventure generator that hillpeople made and wanted to use it if you allow me!

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