- Oct 6, 2020
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I'm going to be honest here rather than kind. Your vitriol seems to outweigh your subject mater expertise. The fact that you don't know what The Black Hack is doesn't actually mean it's low rent or liminal, it just means you don't know the OSR that well. Additionally, no game has significant market share next to D&D, not in any meaningful way. However, and again, that doesn't mean those games aren't popular just that they don't weight as much as the gorilla in the room. So maybe you could talk about things in a way that makes sense in terms of actual market share and popularity and not just toss flaming bags of shit around because you don't' know any better? Just a thought.
I don't mind honest. I'll be honest in return. What "vitriol?" Never read the game. Never played it. Never heard of it before yesterday. (Neither, you might have noticed, have other posters in this thread.) No dog in the fight, really.
But what I have seen many a time are fanboys on forums touting this game or that game as the Next! Great! Happening! Thing! Call it Feng Shui or Castle Falkenstein, Dogs In The Vineyard or Mouse Guard, Buffy or Burning Wheel, Nobilis or Tri-Stat, Wushu or Ars Magica, Hackmaster or 7th Sea ...shit, I could go a few dozen deep on them. Games that were the hotly touted, rabidly defended flavor of the month, and games that vanished from the zeitgeist in a year or three.
And sure, SOMEone's out there playing pretty much anything. Hell, there are to my certain knowledge still two GMs running my homebrew, which I cringe at recalling how ramshackle it was, and which I discarded in 1982 to do Fantasy Trip instead. (They were players of mine, they had copies, they had my blessing.) For what it is worth. Which is not bloody much. So there are other folks on this forum who use Black Hack? Terrific. I hope you're all having fun with it. Say, what OSR games were you having fun with five years ago? Which ones will you be playing five years from now? (Never mind that if you think about it, the "OSR era" has stretched quite literally the entire lifespan of the RPG hobby; there never has been a time when people weren't playing with old-fashioned rulesets.)
So I'm rather with CRK on this one in finding the notion of a "Black Hack For Everything Era" more than a little pretentious. Obviously that bugs the hell out of you. So stipulated; your privilege.