Monthly Archives: November 2016

Black Hack- Deadlier Dying

A few months ago I was running my Barbarians of the Ruined Earth game (using The Black Hack rules) and one of the PC’s fell 3 times in various combats in the dungeon, rolling a 1 each time on the Out of Action table.  It got me thinking that it may be a little too forgiving for numerous drops to zero HP in a single day, so I decided to come up with an optional rule.  I haven’t toyed with it yet to see how well it works though.



When a character is reduced to zero HP, they are taken Out of Action (OofA), they are unconscious and cannot make any actions. When the fight is over/are out of danger, a character that is taken OofA rolls 1d20 and consults the table below to see what happens to them. If they survive, they gain 1d4 HP.  If the characters lose the fight or are unable to recover the body of the character, they are lost forever!

MORE DEADLY (Optional Rule): If a character falls repeatedly in during a day before they rest for 8 hours, the risk of permanent injury and death becomes greater.  The first time a character falls in battle, roll 1d20.  The second time, roll 1d20+1d10, and the third time roll 5d4.  There is no fourth time; if you fall that many times in a day, you’ve taxed your body to the limit and are dead.

Out of Action
1-4 KO’d: Just knocked out.
5-6 Fat Head: Disadvantage on all tests for the next hour.
7-9 Cracked Bones: STR, DEX and CON are temp -2 for the next day.
10-11 Cracked Skull: INT and WIS are temp -2 for the next day.
12-13 Crippled – STR or DEX is

permanently reduced by 2.

14-15 Brain Damage: INT or WIS permanently reduced by 2.
16-17 Disfigured: CHA reduced to 4.
18-19 Limb Lost: Need a prosthetic.
20 Dead: Not alive anymore.

Hubris Has Gone Copper on Drivethru and What Peeps are Saying About it!

Hubris has been out since Wednesday and it has gone Copper on Drivethru and as of publishing this post, the number one selling title on RPGnow (and 5th on Drivethru)!  I am thrilled at people’s reaction and support!

Here is a few things other people are saying about Hubris:

Łukasz Krupiński Shared:

That Hubris book… I’ve only skimmed it after buying it like half an hour ago, but I already can tell that it is the best D&D supplement I’ve read possibly ever. Definitely gonna print and bind it tomorrow.

And after reading through the book more, he later stated: 

Hubris is quite possibly the best D&D book ever. It is just so inspiring, but most importantly it’s usable, it’s hackable, it’s fast, it’s fun. It’s exactly the kind of stuff I want when I sit down to do a session prep and I don’t have a lot of time. Basically it’s what all D&D books should be and now that I have it I can’t imagine not using it.

Anders Hedenbjörk Lager Shared:

Just downloaded my Kickstarter PDF of HUBRIS. Dang. This might be the one that pushes me into DCC-land. My players have been mightily resilient when I have suggested some DCC, but this might do it. Otherwise, the material will sneak its way into my Blood & Treasure or Castles & Crusades game. Well done, man with the mighty finger! +Mike Evans

Zak Smith posted over at Playing D&D With Porn Stars:

A needle-eating dog with one ear and steel fangs

They need Hubris! A meatgrinder gonzo hatefuck murdering setting for Dungeon Crawl Classics. It’s the new hot thing!


Even if you don’t play Dungeon Crawl Classics, this is a fun setting book by +Mike Evans. Dozens of random tables to use or just give you inspiration. Not just boring text about gods and wars and people from 3000 years ago – actual stuff a GM may want to put into their game.

Chuck over at They Might Be Gazebos did a blog post about his various projects he’s got going on and a tidbit about Hubris:

There’s not much I can add in the way glowing reviews for this bad boy. It’s an in-your-face, rip-your-guts-out, and defile-the-corpse kind of setting. Yes, it is for Dungeon Crawl Classics and if that game ain’t your thing, it would make an awesome alien setting for Lamentations of the Flame Princess.

Hubris Has ARRIVED


On Wednesday I released Hubris upon the world.  You can buy this baby right here on Drivethru RPG.  The POD version is coming very soon!  Alex Mayo is formatting it and I’ll have to wait for proofs to be delivered to me for a look through.  Anyone who purchases the PDF now will receive a small discount on the POD version.

I have been really floored by the support for Hubris over the past few years by many in the RPG community (and my friends and family).  So  very heartfelt thank you to everyone who was interested and pushed me to make Hubris.  Also, I was really overwhelmed on Wednesday at the amount of support, likes, shares, and passing along the message that Hubris had released!  Thanks to all of you for the support!

I also want to give a huge thank you to those who worked on Hubris or volunteered their insight and time: Alex Mayo (layout and art- he’s bad ass.  Seriously, hire this dude), David Lewis Johnson (did amazing art for the book), Jeremy Duncan (talented motherfucking artist), Jason Sholtis (did a couple pieces for Hubris and grats on his MAJORLY successful Kickstarter for Operation Unfathomable!), Doug Kovacs (did some art and the map for the Hubris adventure: It came… FROM OUTER SPACE!) Jez Gordon (did font design for the title and motivation and suggestions), Harley Stroh (input, advice and support), Donn Stroud (good conversations and support), Adam Muszkiewicz (one sexy man and great conversations and support), Kelvin Green (what a swell dude!  He contributed much advice and support), James Raggi (great conversations about the industry, being a freelance designer, and how to do a successful KS), Bryan Mullins (always positive and excited!  Great conversations and support), Wayne Snyder (Wayne pulled me into the amazing DCC fold (not that it was hard), did art for Hubris, and was amazingly supportive), Chuck Thorin (one of my first playtesters for Hubris, was supportive, and great conversations), Ian Richmond (he volunteered his time to edit Hubris and has been majorly supportive of the book!), Joseph Goodman (for being supportive and letting me use his awesome DCC rules and his general enthusiasm over the project), and my wife Angie (she kicked my ass into gear if it was slacking, listens to my prattling about RPGs for HOURS, spent countless hours proofing and editing, logistics, etc. generally was the most AMAZING PERSON ON THE WHOLE PLANET, and did so many awesome and amazing pieces for Hubris- seriously, I’m a lucky man!)


The Vampire by Jeremy Duncan

What is Hubris? 

Hubris is a weird fantasy setting that uses the Dungeon Crawl Classics rules.  In Hubris you’ll find 10 territories filled with tables and charts to generate interesting locations and encounters, new occupations, 4 new classes, 5 new playable races, 3 new spells, 4 new patrons, including 3 patrons spells for each, 11 new and terrible gods, 14 tables and charts for a GM to use to aid them in their game or create interesting/fun situations, two new adventures to kick off a campaign, and 51 new enemies (including enemies that are unique thanks to random generation).  Hubris is hackable!  Each territory can be used as the GM wills!  Need a desert, swamp, or frozen tundra for your game?  Use what’s in Hubris!

Hubris- Bog Witch

Bog Witch by Jason Sholtis

Campaign Summary

Legend states that Hubris was created from the fetid corpse of a long-dead god. Hubris is a land of terrible creatures, grand inequality, strange and cruel gods, dangerous magic, opulent nobility, destitute commoners, people that have become corrupted and turned to savage beasts, constant wars, and worse.

Half Demon

Half Demon Race/Class art by David Louis Johnson

The kingdoms are not kind or benevolent: In the Blighted Sands the Klind are slavers and openly practice sorcery, offering sacrifices to their depraved serpentine god, Set. Across the continent the Fairweather kingdom is governed by a corrupt and inbred royal family with the nobility following suit. Esenbar is ruled by a staunch xenophobic theocracy that tolerates little outside of their strict doctrine. The barbaric Ingvar of the Frozen Wastes wage vicious battles against the savage frost giants of The Crag, and care little about the goings on of the world; their life is cut from battle with an axe or sword. The Black Queen rules the citizens of the Floating Island of Terror from her throne of bones and dreams terrible machinations for Hubris. Shadowfall, built in the remains of the burrow of a gigantic worm, is ran by vampires and their thralls, and they welcome all who are devious, vicious and cunning.


There are no easily recognizable heroes in the world. You wander the wilderness or delve into ancient ruins: out of desperation, some crazed need for adventure, or for some bizarre belief that the world can actually be made a better place. Though civilization offers you security and comfort, you shirk those in the hopes of gaining riches and power. But when you die, no one will sing songs of your deeds. You will die a horribly bloody death at the hands of some twisted abomination or by the knife of an assassin sent by some fat, scheming noble.


Your epic tale will be forgotten in days as the dangerous world continues on without you and the apathetic masses stay complacent to dogmatic control of their government.


This is not a fairy tale or an epic ballad. This is a savage world. This is Hubris.

Water Bear

Water Bear of the Blighted Sands by Angie Groves

I’m also very happy that a review has already appeared on Drivethru RPG by Randal A:

This is by far the best value out of any DCC product that I have ever bought. The setting is great, and very dark. There are TONS of charts in here that can be used to populate the settings or even just drop into your own campaign. The bestiary even includes a ton of charts so you can make all your monsters uniquie. Very highly recomended book. I’ve never reviewed anything on DriveThru before because I’ve never found anything this good.

Buy it, you won’t regret it!

(As soon as POD comes out I’ll be buying that too!)

 Anyways, I hope you enjoy using Hubris as you see fit!  Please feel free to like it, review it, and spread the word!  It is much appreciated!