Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Growing my Hackmaster 4E Library

Classic stuff to say the least. Though I'm just barely scratching the surface of the PHB, and about a third of the way through the Garweze Wurld Gazetteer--I'm loving it. I simply love the feel of these books and this game. It's the KODT magic bottled and ready for genie release. And I do me one helluva genie! There's power in these here tomes my gaming friends. I highly recommend checking them out.

Why exactly? When the game is really an alternate 3rd edition of Dungeons & Dragons? Well, because it is THE 3rd edition of Dungeons & Dragons. And it's more than that. You know how, when you see or experience or hear something that you just can't quite put into words? That's what this game is like for me. It's just got something. It appeals to something in me that really hearkens back to the days when I began gaming.

What this magical something is exactly I'm not sure. But as I set the PHB down this afternoon after a short reading session I pondered what it was. Standing there staring into the middle distance Elric-like, it came to me. Hackmaster 4e makes me feel special. It makes me feel a part of something almost secret, like I've been admitted to a long hidden cabal, and shown the doorway to a marvelous and magical kingdom that few know about. It was the same feeling I had when I first began pulling the AD&D 1e books off the shelves some 30 years ago.

Not sure I'm explaining it well, but let's just say that HM4e has got the magic, and got it in spades.

So far I landed the PHB, GMG, HoB 1-8, GW Wurld Gaz, and Atlas. And I'm ordering more asap. I'll be reviewing each one and making the case for keeping this classic alive and well.