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Old School Hacks Vol. 1: Hexcrawling - Wilderness Exploration and Random Encounters

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"It's...packed with amazing!"
-- James Introcaso, The Tome Show - Round Table 106

The following optional rules expand the Getting Lost section in the Wilderness rules (Dungeon Master’s Guide p. 106-112) and Random Encounter checks (p. 86), providing more opportunities for the player characters to interact with wilderness exploration (A.K.A. “hexcrawling”), and provide a framework on which to hang a slew of new ways to drop their hit points, increase their Exhaustion levels, or otherwise get them in trouble, as adventurers so often do!

Included is a detailed discussion of the theory, science, and art of building random encounter tables, as well as a hex map and five example wilderness encounter tables tied to it. Featuring plenty of combat, exploration, and evocative interaction-based encounters, there's enough material for several months of gaming, as well as a barebones setting that you can expand to create your own low- to mid-level campaign.

You'll receive:

  • A detailed system for wilderness exploration that combines the best of 5th Edition's elegance with old school hexcrawling.
  • A wilderness hex map.
  • Comprehensive discussion regarding building random encounter tables that make sense, feature a great variety of encounters, and enhance the feel of your campaign setting.
  • Five expansive tables of random encounters that suggest a bizarre and mysterious setting.
Hexcrawls in Play is an entire chapter of player-centric material:
  • A player-friendly discussion of what hexcrawl campaigns mean to them.
  • Tips and tricks on developing both player- and character-driven goals that promote a strong hexcrawl campaign.
  • Player Roles, a codification of "old school" roles like Caller, Mapper, and Quartermaster with hints, tricks, and tools on making these tasks fun and helping ease the burden of the DM's work!

Changelog

1.0

2.0 (4/28/2016) +Layout update, Hexcrawls in Play, Table of Contents

2.1 (7/10/2017) +New cover


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Old School Hacks series:

Old School Hacks Vol. 1: Hexcrawling - Wilderness Exploration and Random Encounters   Old School Hacks Vol. 2: Player Roles

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August 10th, 2017
Top notch content! Lots of detail about creating a hexcrawl (including a variety of methods for some of the aspects of it), running your hexcrawl, and a useful discussion about hexcrawling from the players' perspective. The author even takes the time [...]
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February 2nd, 2016
Somebody went to the best Dungeon Masters Guide ever written, the first edition of AD&D and perfectly infused Hexcrawling into the 5e system. At least I'm assuming the AD&D incorperation... WHICH I LOVE! Great little guide usuable in any campa [...]
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January 20th, 2016
Well, I only paid $2 for this, and I feel that it is worth five stars for that price point. The first section is a nice rules summary for navigating and getting lost, and even better than the rules were the commentary on when you should and shou [...]
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January 18th, 2016
First part of the PDF felt like a bit of a re-tread of Out Of The Abyss, but perhaps that is necessary for completeness. I enjoyed the random tables at the back. Worth the $5.00 that I paid for it. [...]
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