Wednesday, April 16, 2008

When in Doubt, Hack: A Motto to Game By

I've got a hole in my Knights of the Dinner Table collection of almost exactly one hundred issues. I picked up the first 2 years at a local comic store as they came out, along with the original Bundle of Trouble. I moved and that shop became inconvenient and I drifted away from the mag. Recently I got back on board at issue #128 or so. In between I have a couple issues I pulled out of various bargain bins.

Last night I started re-reading my back issues, something I do every once in a while. I thought I'd share a couple of my favorite panels. First off, from the Origins '03 Special, is a panel that perfectly encapsulates what it would be like to have me in your game:
From that same issue, here's much of the current 4E controversy in a nutshell:


Okay, I changed that one slightly. But only a little. The original talks about HackMaster version 4.25. Brian's line "4.25 is like" is the only alteration.

My alltime favorite KotD panel comes from issue #10. The set-up here is that Bob's dad has once again forbidden him from playing HackMaster. In order to continue to score experience points and treasure until the situation blows over, Bob hires a temp to play for him. The little guy passes Brian's quizz on rules knowledge. But Dave wants to know if the kid has the sand to run with his crew:


I should try Dave's hypothetical on new recruits to my games.