This review focuses on HârnMaster 3rd Edition as a whole, without making any comparisons to previous editions. For those who have never read the rules, it is a . I am trying to decide which system to play first, and i cants seem to decide, what aspects do you liked about each game?. HârnMaster is a fantasy role-playing game based in the fantasy world of Hârn.

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Introduction to the introduction posted by Hulk Smash! Character Creation posted by Hulk Smash!

Combat posted by Hulk Smash! Religion posted by Hulk Smash! The haenmaster is level-less and skill-based. Skill and combat rolls are based on d roll under and copious use of tables for combat harnmaeter.

The book helpfully points out all the supplements you can buy on the very first page. We’ll cover each of those in time.

The Actual Introduction The game start by telling us that it is a fantasy roleplaying game and points out that: The book then talks about the game in general what are quests, how to gloss over boring details like finding food and lodging if necessary, what’s a game session, etc.

It then ends the introduction by talking about dice convention, some abbreviations and advice for players: If he describes a situation and you are too busy to listen, he may be too busy to explain it again. Roleplaying works best if all players have a harnmasster. Other players’ objectives may not coincide with yours, but if the group is to function well, everyone must be accommodated. If a party with no plan of march is ambushed, hsrnmaster GM will have to randomly determine who is in front and who is behind.

Any plan is usually better than no plan at all. Apart from the fact that two groups of two are more likely to succumb to a sudden attack than one group of four, dividing the party forces the GM to send one group out of earshot while he deals with the other.

There is no percentage in trying to compete with the other member of your group, and it is pointless to try and compete with an omnipotent gamemaster. Your real life friends are more important than any game. Although considering some of the gems in this thread it might have fit better Experience has shown that the only attribute you need is the one NOT generated.

When I used to play this game years ago, I remember enjoying character creation since I was a big fan of roll for everything, ever. Let’s see how I fare today!


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The game makes extensive use of attributes. In fact there are 13 core attributes! Get ready for some dice rolling! We get a We’ll call him Pete. A 9 means Pete was born on the month of Savor. Our d30 roll is a 3 so Pete was born on the 3rd of Savor.

We consult this handy table and we see that the 3rd of Savor means that we are the sign of Tarael, The Pentacle. Sunsigns will give us some extras later on in character creation. This will be important for the next step.

I’ll pick Feudal as it is the most common harbmaster. We get to roll on this big-ass table. Off to a great start in life, our Pete is! Yes, there was a not insignificant chance that our parents were straight up slaves, domestic servants or unskilled labourers.

We roll a narnmaster which means we have brothers and sisters.

We then get to roll another d to tell us how many. We get a 95 which means Pete is the 9th eldest. Only 1 brother stands between Pete and inheriting everything a Feudal Thrall would own! We roll a 13 Which means Pete is Unpopular.

Maybe Pete should forget about that inheritance Outcast, Average, Popular and Favourite. Which the game points out might be more important that the relationship to a parent. Rolling a 41 means it’s a distant relation. Because of that result, the game then prompts to see our father’s relationship to the clan head.

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So Pete’s Grandfather or Grandmother is the clanhead. Not so distant after all. Anyone know if that’s possible? Other results from the table include things like: Looking on the table we cross reference Pete’s height with his frame to find that he weights pounds. A roll harnaster 97 means Grey eyes. The Core and Derived Attributes The game offers three methods of attribute generation: We’ll go with option 1. Yes, the game has separate attributes for 4 of the 5 senses In order, our rolls are 12, 11, 12, 11, 13, 12, 5, 8, 17, and 18!

Intelligence, Aura mind powersWill, and Morality. Normally Morality is a choice but where’s the fun in that? Our rolls are, in order: Diabolical, Unscrupulous, Corruptible, Principled and Exemplary.

Since Pete rolled a 12 for Morality, it means he gets to choose from either Agrik evil god of warHalea godess of welath and pleasureIlvir craven god of sorcerous beastsLarani lady of paladinsPeoni lady of healing and virtueSarajin vicking god of battleSave-K’nor wise god of riddles or Siem god of dreams, elves and dwarves.

We’ll explain the gods later harnamster but, for yarnmaster, Pete will go with Peoni as she is most often worshiped by peasants and the poor. Unavailable options due to morality were: Morgath evil god of undeath and Naveh god of thieves and assassins.


The basics are that Piety is accrued by prayer and is used when divine intervention is needed.

We harnmasher 10 Pete has been a bit forgetful in his godly duties. That was a lot of words. But we’re not done yet!

Derived attributes and skills. We’ll also find out if Pete gets any psychic powers due to his Aura score.

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When we last left Pete, dyslexic son of a wealthy thrall, we knew a whole bunch about him but not so much what he could do. In this part we’ll finish his derived attributes, find out how skills work and what Pete has learned so far. This gives Pete the following: It then advises GM’s to explain the rules briefly to players, asks hzrnmaster to describe their shared experience in order to form a cohesive group and, my favourite part, talks about how it is important that players know the basics of the culture of their characters.

For example, the hsrnmaster argues that they would know harnmadter their immediate lord, the surrounding countryside and know how feudalism works. It goes on to propose the following: A short seminar can be 33 to impart necessary background to the player.

Original SA post Not in the groin! Here we’ll find rules for foot combat, ranged combat, grappling, bloodloss, amputation, recovery and medieval surgery. A lot of time could be spent here but I would rather avoid typing the whole book. I’ll try to keep it to the essentials which is still a lot compared to other systems. I honestly never used a grid way back when I played so you can probably wing it if that’s your thing. Avoid getting bashed on the head.

If you previously fell or were prone. Draw a weapon, hzrnmaster a bow, pick up something, etc. If you can afford a horse. Pin the opponent somehow. Combat magic or psionics. Harnmasetr focus on the bolded ones only. A typical weapon would be presented as such: Using a weapon or a shield Counterstrike: Attack you as well. Usually nasty results for all. Get out of the way somehow. Try to pin your weapon. Usually for unaware targets. If you harnmastr not yet fully engaged in melee and they have a missile weapon at the ready they can fire on you as you close in.

Again, some psionics or magic may help here.