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Whitehack Fourth Edition

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Whitehack is a complete fantasy role-playing game in the original tradition. In addition to custom settings and adventures, it can run just about any material from 1974 onwards with great ease and little or no conversion. This works by picking a very limited set of pieces from a traditional, modern or “foreign” stat block and then triangulating them to pin-point how a monster, spell or ability works.

Whitehack’s rules are built to meet the demands of long campaigns. It mixes old and new school mechanics to create an emergent game which helps you take your first steps and then keeps challenging you as you become a more experienced player.

The single book of rules is brief and concentrated in a small format with a traditional layout, completely sans art. This digital version comes with two hyperlinked, fully bookmarked and optimized PDFs: one for the tablet or computer, and one for the phone.

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Andrew M March 23, 2024 7:33 pm UTC
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I was pretty down on the quick turnaround from 3e to 4e, but the full notes on changes and the author's openness (not to mention the quality of the product) changed my mind. Purchased today.
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Jacek P February 16, 2024 10:49 am UTC
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Is there a way to buy printed 3ed (no hardcover) on Lulu or some other place? Just to have it in collection
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Christian M February 16, 2024 7:35 pm UTC
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Sorry no, not that I know of. But ask in the Whitehack communities, and I'm sure you will find someone who is willing to sell or trade.

Best,
C
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Matteo M December 05, 2023 2:42 am UTC
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I think the bookmarks in both pdf files are not working correctly. They just point to the cover page. I am using Preview on macos, but I got the same issue in the pdf viewer in Firefox. Anyone else had the same issue?
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Christian M December 05, 2023 7:38 am UTC
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Hi Matteo,

I just checked both versions, and they work correctly in all my viewers. The PDFs have been produced in the same manner since 3e in 2021, and there hasn't been a single report of this kind before. Please download and try again---maybe the file got corrupted somehow when you did it the last time?

Best,

C
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Matteo M December 05, 2023 1:42 pm UTC
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Hi Christian,

Thanks for looking into this.
I re-downloaded the files with different browser as well, and the bookmarks are still not working for me. It seems the nesting is all wrong: for example Core Rules is under Character Generation which is under Examples of Play and so on. Is this normal?
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Christian M December 05, 2023 2:06 pm UTC
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No, it is not. Let me investigate this a bit further. I'll get back to you as soon as possible!

Best,
C
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Matteo M December 05, 2023 7:03 pm UTC
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I see you uploaded a new file (testfix.pdf). I tried that file as well, using also ios and a different pdf viewer. Same issue. Not sure if it is helpful for you, I just thought to provide more info. Thanks for looking into this!
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Christian M December 06, 2023 3:51 pm UTC
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Thank you Matteo, that was just a temporary file that I uploaded to make sure the error was not on my side. I've been able to reproduce the error you found, and it seems that it is caused by some change to DTRPG's internal processes. I missed it at first, because I checked the files that I had downloaded after the last update -- and they were fine. But when I downloaded again, I could see the error you mentioned. I made a bug report yesterday, and DTRPG responded quickly, confirming the error and saying that they would get on it ASAP. So this is currently out of my hands, but I will be monitoring it closely. Thank you again for pointing this out!

Best,

C
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Christian M December 08, 2023 6:18 pm UTC
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Hi again Matteo,

I just got an e-mail from DTRPG: they have now rolled out their fix, and if you download the files again, everything should be working. You may need to clear cache and re-login to see it. I also updated the files for a minor, unrelated fix.

Should something like this happen again, remember that you can always use Whitehack's own ToC and Index. They are both hyperlinked, and you can reach them quickly at the bottom of each page: tap or click on the leftmost of chapter/pagenum to get to the ToC, and on the rightmost of chapter/pagenum to get to the index. Naturally, you should *also* have the bookmarks---but as these things overlap somewhat in functionality, they can cover for one another when something like this occurs.

Thank you again for bringing this to my and DTRPG's attention, and sorry for the trouble!

Best,

C
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Matteo M December 08, 2023 8:04 pm UTC
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Hey, I just tested and the files are still corrupted.
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Christian M December 08, 2023 8:20 pm UTC
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Hi Matteo,

I am guessing that what you are seeing now is some kind of cache issue. I have tested it myself, and two other users have also reported that things now work like they should. Please open a private browsing tab to get rid of all cookies and cache. Then log into DTRPG from that tab and download the file. You should get a fresh, fully functional file.

Best,

C
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Brian V November 12, 2023 1:14 am UTC
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An email about the recent update said it includes errata from the hardcover edition. Is that errata listed separately anywhere? In addition to the PDF, I've got a softcover edition, which I assume would not have that errata.
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Christian M November 12, 2023 7:54 am UTC
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The official errata document has not been altered, since the errors referred to in the pdf update note are a handful very minor ones that I don't track, like removing an 'e' in a misspelled word or changing a page reference from 47 to 48. I will update all Whitehack versions to include them as soon as possible.

Best,
C
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James N April 17, 2023 1:24 pm UTC
Is the Lulu pod perfect-bound or saddle-stitched?
Also, why no hardcover? I loved the previous editions’ HC ‘notebook’ iterations with the lovely dust covers.
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Christian M April 17, 2023 2:47 pm UTC
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Hi!

Lulu can only make saddle-stitched booklets of a maximum of 48 pages, and Whitehack 4e is 144, so it's perfect-bound.

I will investigate a hardcover version as I am testing out the notebook version. This takes some time, but it is likely that I will eventually be able to offer both a hardcover notebook and a hardcover regular copy.

That said, softcover 4e might be my own favorite of all Whitehack prints. It is smaller than before, just the right size for the hand. It is also light and kind of "bring me everywhere" :).

Best,

C
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Py R April 04, 2023 7:00 am UTC
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What is the difference between this and the previous edition? I can’t find any clarification on the other website.
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Christian M April 04, 2023 7:13 am UTC
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Hi! Take a look at the FAQ -- there's a list with what you need there!

Best,

C
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Py R April 04, 2023 7:26 am UTC
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Found it! Much appreciated!
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