The dice unrolled
Nothing new on the RPG front here at Greywulf Towers other than a niggling desire to run a DC universe based superhero campaign as soon as possible.
On the one hand I’m excited about the direction DC is taking with it’s reboot of their whole universe. On the other hand I’m thinking Steve Kenson and the rest must be mightily pissed at DC for totally screwing with the universe right at the moment when they’re launching DC Adventures Heroes & Villains Volume I. Way to go with invalidating a book the microsecond it’s published, guys 1! And on the other hand, Dice Monkey makes the excellent point that the DC reboot is a perfect opportunity to jump start your own superhero campaign with a fresh new DC universe populated with shiny new heroes and new imaginings of the ones who have gone before.
Yes, I have three hands. Who knew?
Mutants & Masterminds 3e/DC Adventures is a superb system, especially if you like your games fairly crunchy. Character generation isn’t as complex as some folks fear, and your hero can be as simple or as detailed as you want. M&M is a game where you pick just how many Powers, Advantages (Feats), Skills, etc you have, not some bigass level-locked table. If you want your hero to have a multitude of Skills, he can have ’em. If you want a highly trained warrior, get lots of combat Advantages. Want a due with just one iconic Superpower, or loads? It’s up to you. You pay the points cost, and build the character you want, not a character who is limited to one Feat, two At-wills, one Encounter Power and a Daily Power.
M&M is about freedom of choice, and that’s always a Good Thing.
Dice Monkey is right. The DC Reboot is a chance to introduce the PCs and tailor the universe to your liking, all at the same time. Maybe Superman had a child with Lois Lane, and one of the heroes is Kid Superman (oh yeah!), or Green Arrow is a clone, a PC insists he is the real Green Arrow and is determined to prove it by any means necessary. How about playing a reformed Villain turned Superhero (I’m looking at you, Riddler), or Starheart, the living Green Lantern (oh Jade, I miss you already).
DC are playing their cards close to their chest regarding the whole reboot thing. If it takes off, the universe will remain forever changed (at least until the next Crisis. Damn you, DC). If not, then they will unboot and reset it back as it was before; it was all a Flashpoint-spawned trip into What-if Land and nothing more. I doubt that will happen though. This feels like the real deal. A reboot, for good or ill (at least until the next Crisis. Damn you, DC).
So, in the absence of role-playing, I’ve been playing rather a lot of Sins of a Solar Empire (Huge space battles! In space!), Minecraft, Terraria and getting back into World of Warcraft (free for the first 20 levels! Unlimited characters! Oh joy!). We live in utterly wonderful gaming times, do we not?
Till next time!
- Ok, it’s not that bad. Superman is still Superman and Batman is still Bats. But all those origins, histories and relationships….. it’s a whole new world ↩