Monday, September 21, 2009

Super Hero RPG's

When I got into rpg's, superheroes were every bit as important to me as were fantasy characters! I've played quite a few systems.

DC Heroes by Mayfair had a really good system. I mainly stuck to playing the DC characters, but they did have rules for creating your own hero.



Marvel Superheroes was another one that I had, and played quite a bit. Now this one had a better character generation system so I did make a few characters. One in particular that I remember creating was Captain Blitz, a West German superhero (yes I created him during the mid-eighties). I still have the game but the box is no longer around.



Another one that I have some great memories of was Champions. I loved the idea of getting a certain number of points to build a hero. And you could take weaknesses to get additional points.



Heroes Unlimited was one that I played a couple of times. I like the Palladium system! There, I admit it, it's just fun and every game is completely compatible!



Then there was Villains & Vigilantes, which I never played. I'm increasingly intrigued by this game, and one of these days I'll buy it from Ebay or something. I always liked the artwork, and the modules were very original!



All of these games remind me of how much gaming I'm not doing right now!

Traveller

I've been reading the Mongoose version of the Traveller rulebook lately, and I feel that it's pretty close to the original. For an old school game it doesn't lend it self to easy free form play though. I think I remember that the original was like this also.



When I first bought traveller, I bought the starter edition. This version didn't have any reference to the Third Imperium, it was just a generic sci-fi game. To this day, I'm still unfamiliar with the Third Imperium setting, but I have no problem with getting into it.

While searching the web for further Traveller knowledge, I came across this. BITS (British Isles Traveller Support) looks really interesting. I like that they are producing new material for the game, unfortunately it doesn't seem like any of their stuff is available in the U.S. I like that they call their books "Little White Books", as a contrast to the little black books.

If you get the chance, check them out. I plan on contacting them to see if any of their books are available in the U.S.