Hello everyone! I hope everything has been going well for you. As for me I have been tossing around the idea of running a Fallouty (is that a word?!?) role playing game for some time now. The issue I have been running into is that there is no actual rpg for it and finding the right rules to use or convert for it has been giving me fits. I didn’t want to have to do a full on conversion from the ground up as I don’t have the time for that. So I have basically been writing down ideas for a campaign and biding my time looking for a suitable system that is easy to use and convert, and also has the right “feel”.
The other day I was going through the different forums I haunt and saw mention of a game called “The Wasted Hack” by Aaron Frost. Its a post apoc rpg conversion based on “The Black Hack” by David Black. The Black Hack is a clone of the Original edition of D&D from back in the 70’s. In the earliest editions much of the heavy lifting and world building was left to the GM. This was rules lite at its best. Plenty of space for figuring things out on the fly and not having to check in the 43rd book of the 57th edition for a chart to see if your character uses his right or left hand to pick his/her nose, and which finger is used on Tuesdays. It was more about Role playing and not Roll playing.
These are the systems I cut my teeth on all those years ago and they hold a special place in my heart. As such the Wasted Hack is just the thing for my game, so I picked up the print edition bundle. I already have a ton of background material written over the last few years, so It will be easy to drop my world into the game’s framework and just tweak a few things here and there.
I also love to use minis and terrain in my games. I use paper minis and have a ton of minis and terrain from over the years and one set I am extremely excited to get to use is the Punks and Raggedy men set from David Okum at Okumarts games. These are post apoc characters at their best! They come from his Armageddon Outta Here series and include some walls and barricades as bonus features in the set. For $2.45 you can’t beat it! I’ll flesh out more terrain and figures soon and they will be used in a future post.
The campaign will be based here in Clarksville, Tn and the surrounding areas. It is currently the home of the 101st Airborne Division which has a huge base on nearby Fort Campbell. At one point in the 1950’s and early 60’s, the Birdcage at Ft. Campbell held one third of the Nation’s atomic arsenal. You can do self guided tours there now and I’ll post some picks on my next trip as it is only a few miles from my house. In the game, things change over the years and by the time the bombs fall in 2077 there has been a vault built in downtown Clarksville for the local dignitaries and brass from the base. I haven’t fully decided on where the characters will start, whether they’ll be from the vault or a local conclave, but I’ll get there. Pics will be posted here from game sessions as we play. There’s a fair bit to get ready so I’ll leave it here for now and will post again as I get things ready.
Take care everybody. Until next time, don’t forget to take your Rad-x!