"This all-new Knights of the Dinner Bundle, presenting the long-running Knights of the Dinner Table comics series by Jolly Blackburn, is a companion to our revived March 2016 HackMaster Bundle, featuring the parody game introduced in KoDT that became a real, and much admired, fantasy RPG. This collection of over 1,600 pages draws from KoDT's entire 28-year run. We provide each comic complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.
Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, Reading is Fundamental.
The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$171. Customers who pay just US$9.95 get all nine titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $86) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the first five KoDT Bundle of Trouble compilations (reprinting KoDT issues #1-15), all three Tales from the Vault collections of scarce early strips, and the first volume of The CattlePunk Chronicles, Outlaw Trail.
Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $19.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with eight more titles worth an additional $85, including KoDT Bundle of Trouble Volumes 6 through 10 (collecting KoDT issues #16-30); the second CattlePunk Chronicles collection, Four Herdsmen of the Apocalypse; and two standalone books, Men That Hack and The Java Joint."
At least one more title will be added later. "When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early."
"In 2001, armed with an Advanced Dungeons & Dragons license from Wizards of the Coast, Kenzer and Company released HackMaster "4th Edition" -- a not-quite-parody of the AD&D 1E/2E rules that captured the spirit of the game seen in Knights of the Dinner Table. (There were no prior editions; "4th" was part of the spoof). HackMaster won that year's Origins Award for Game of the Year.
Through one of the more unusual paths in RPG history, HackMaster evolved into a full-fledged, full-featured RPG, spawning over 40 add-ons, supplements, and game aids. In 2011, as the original license was expiring, Kenzer started a long transition to a new version of HM. This "fifth edition" removes most of the parody aspects. The new game mechanics, written from scratch, incorporate the Honor, Skills, and Count-up systems from Kenzer's 2007 Old West RPG Aces & Eights. (We presented A&8 in our October 2015 Aces & Eights Bundle.) And HackMaster got a new setting: the Kingdom of Kalamar, made popular in a long line of Kenzer supplements from the D20 boom.
This revived offer presents all three massive HackMaster Fifth Edition core books -- the Player's Handbook with the rules system, the GameMaster's Handbook with additional rules and extensive advice, and the monumental Hacklopedia of Beasts monster manual. We also include the Frandor's Keep setting and several adventures and supplements. Together they provide everything you need for a complete campaign using this remarkable Old School game.
We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.
Ten percent of each payment (after gateway fees) goes to these two Kenzer and Company offers' designated charity, Reading is Fundamental.
The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$144. Customers who pay just US$12.95 get all five titles in this offer's Player Collection (retail value $57) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:
- HackMaster 5E Player's Handbook (retail price $40): The complete, current 400-page Fifth Edition rulebook. Includes the free HackMaster Basic introductory rulebook.
- Zealot's Guide Books 1-2 (total retail $7): These two short supplements present new clerical orders and dozens of spells.
- In the Realm of the Elm Kingand Legacy of the Elm King (retail $5 each): One of the best introductory HM adventures -- a search for missing children outside a small village near Frandor's Keep -- along with its free-standing follow-up, a traditional crawl through kobold-infested caverns in the half-wild lands around the village.
- HackMaster Player Resources: As a convenience to our customers, we've gathered many free HackMaster downloads from the Kenzer and Company website -- charts and play aids, reference sheets, and more.
- HackMaster 5E GameMaster's Guide (retail $40): This 370-page tome has rules, NPCs, treasure tables, and advice for every situation.
- Hacklopedia of Beasts 5E (retail $40): The massive, lavishly produced monster book that launched the HackMaster 5E project.
- Frandor's Keep (retail $15): A lonely military outpost on the creature-infested borderlands -- an ideal sandbox to start an adventuring career.
- HackMaster GM Resources: More free downloads from the Kenzer website -- these help the HM GameMaster.
These are unfortunately two offers that don't appeal to me. While I read a few issues of KoDT, I never found it especially funny or interesting, especially when compared to the wonderful Dork Tower. And the "Old School Revival" leaves me cold, to me one of the best things that ever happened to RPGs was the slow move away from that style of play. Having said that, both of these offers do give you a lot of content for a relatively low price, and if you find it interesting it's a reasonably good deal. But on this one it's my mileage that varies - I'm just not interested at all.
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