Mark and Jahmal and me are doin’ it! Followers of Comics Madness know that I’m trying out my hard-won thoughts on best practices for “first-generation Champions,” prior to what I think of as the Big Wrong Move it underwent for its 4th edition in 1989. I spilled my every last thought on role-playing concepts and game design through a brutal series of posts, and this game is one of the results.
It’s set in the Kansas City greater metropolitan area, and as it happened, Mark and Jay independently came up with |”enhanced future soldier stranded in our time” concepts. We decided they came from opposing sides in the future war but are now partner super-heroes! They’re Agent One and ARC. See the attached sheet for what I sent the players.
I also asked that we specify a very concrete, real-world “thing” which concerned them, meaning players and heroes both, rather than have it all be SF/future imaginary conflicts. The players focused on issues concerning police, so we decided that there’s a police captain in the area who’s pushing for a full-on reversal of current policies. I’ve been reading about a few communities in the U.S. which went this route, refusing military material, refusing foreign training, refusing War on Drugs methods, et cetera. None of them are major cities, but I thought it’d be cool to have someone in there trying.
For the first outing, they ran into a villain I’ve been wanting to use for a long time, based on this design by J. E. Shields which I have the rights to. She never got a chance to show up in one of the comics I was doing, so now’s the time.
More about her later! Suffice to say she was tough and whacky, and they managed to stop her nefarious acts but not to apprehend her.
So much to talk about!! Rules concepts, play concepts, superhero concepts, and more. Look for it here in this space – it’s just gonna have to be a video of me ranting. We have an audio of the first run, to be posted soon, as well.
Here’s the final post of the multi-piece blog series I did on this topic: Knockout, with all the prior posts listed in it.