Episode 2 – The Black Hack

In Episode 2, I talk about one of my favorite systems, The Black Hack. The SRD for the first edition is located on Github. The SRD for the second edition is on the Open Gaming Network. The PDF for the 2nd edition is on DriveThruRPG.

I being with voicemails from fellow creators.

The first from Tim Shorts at Gothridge Manor. I respond by talking about a number of languages I speak incorrectly. I also mention 0e Monstrosities from Matt Finch and others.

The second is from "froth" of the Thought Eater podcast. This gives me a reason to talk about my favorite introduction to Tékumel, The Petal Hack by Brett Slocum.

Logan from The Swordbreaker podcast also calls in. I really appreciate all the encouragement from other podcasts. This, of course, provides yet another opportunity to talk about The Petal Hack. (Yes, I call it The Empire Hack three times. In my defense, I was sick.)

I also talk about The Teratic Tome by Rafael Chandler.

I mention two live streams on Twitter available here and here. Then talk about the joys of The Black Hack.

I don't get to the Outro because I feel guilty for the episode link.

My questions for you are:

What is your favorite book about Tékumel? Are there other non-European fantasy setttings you enjoy?

What's your favorite monster book in any edition?

Tekumel Activity

The Tekumel group over at Yahoo groups has been very active lately. I check my email and I see lots of messages about all kinds of things. One thread asks the question, "What if a summer blockbuster movie was created based on Tekumel?" Besides being cool as all get out, lots of perspectives are shared about how, who, and what such a movie should look like. Another thread talks about a probable location to start a colony. The rationale is that the GM wants to start a campaign in a different way from the traditional way. Outside of that, there is excitement about an Open D6 based tekumel game starting up. There a good thread about insanity and how it is treated in Tekumel. There is even a thread about a player that will not play within the social norms of Tekumel.

All in all, some very good stuff. All of this makes me think that the interest in Tekumel may be picking up. Rock on Tekumel.