Just what the inheritor of the century-old superheroic powers and the sixty-year-old superhero-veteran need: a barely-legal vlogging celebrity hound who claims to be the Bay Area’s’ own indispensable crime-fightin’ hero guy. Meet Komodo Dragon! (and thanks to Rod dropping by to be our entirely enjoyable guest player)
I am also pleased to present not one but two educational spots on the current energy grid of the state of California, especially the remarkable supervillain Disneyland otherwise known as The Geysers. Not fiction. Wow.
For you fans of Darius Darkstar, you can see him again, as well as enjoy PowerStar’s mad martial arts – the latter is a big deal because it showcases Mike, the guy, rather than the inherited and arguably not-too-well-fitting superpowers. Also, here’s Rod’s great picture of Advance as he appeared in the 80s.
This session provides a lot of room for discussing basic action framing: how do we know, how do we get there, what do the answers mean for the circumstances of the confrontation, and more. Quite a bit of Champions play simply turfs it to the GM, which is functional but goes a long way toward the mode of play which is merely the Autoduel Champions skirmish of the week.
I’ve been leaning my play so far to stay away from it, and tweaking rules and procedures to arrive at a more functional form. This session’s procedures may not be the solution but they do raise all the right questions, especially since you can see the players trying to work with me.
Part 1 is below as the embedded video. Part 2 is the fight itself. I think I may have missed one instance of the Basilisk’s deadly aura hurting someone upon being hit, or maybe I didn’t. I tell you, though, those two missed grab attacks hurt me.
After you check out the videos, I would like to discuss the gendering of an important character in the session. I went back and forth on it during prep, settling where I did in a fashion I think was the best decision, but also potentially prone to a specific trope I’m not pleased with. So why I went the way I did bears commenting.