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Super Hero RPG
« on: March 05, 2017, 11:54:54 AM »
Hey guys

Anyone have any recommendations for a super hero role playing game?  If so, a brief description would be cool as well as if it is light or heavy (in terms of crunch).

Only thing I have played before is Heroes Unlimited, which was okay, but that was 15+ years ago.  I have also played D&D, Pathfinder, and GURPS. 

Just looking for some advice and games to do a bit of research on.
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Re: Super Hero RPG
« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2017, 04:45:21 PM »
Hey JMac,

Have not played a straight Superhero RPG game in forever but I had heard good things about Mutants & Masterminds though I have not tried it. They have a free starter PDF so you can get an idea of if will work for you.

http://freeronin.com/3e_files/MnM3_Quickstart.pdf


Hey guys

Anyone have any recommendations for a super hero role playing game?  If so, a brief description would be cool as well as if it is light or heavy (in terms of crunch).

Only thing I have played before is Heroes Unlimited, which was okay, but that was 15+ years ago.  I have also played D&D, Pathfinder, and GURPS. 

Just looking for some advice and games to do a bit of research on.

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Re: Super Hero RPG
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2017, 05:33:17 AM »
Thanks Gord.

I gave it a quick read, it looks like a cool take on superheroes.  I may try it out.
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Re: Super Hero RPG
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2017, 06:31:44 PM »
Anyone play Champions?  I heard it is pretty complicated.

I would also like to get a copy of any of the following if anyone has any to sell or trade:

Mutants and Masterminds 3rd edition
Champions 6th edition
Heroes Unlimited 2nd edition
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Re: Super Hero RPG
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2017, 09:19:52 PM »
I playtested Mutants and Masterminds before it came out, we had a great time, and the system seemed easy and fun.
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Re: Super Hero RPG
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2017, 03:39:38 AM »
I've played all of the games you mentioned and was not completely satisfied with any of them.

M&M was probably the most flexible, but that means there can be a wide gap in power levels between a min-maxing power gamer's character and the characters of less rules savvy players. It takes a spectacular GM to make it fun for everyone. I found it worked better for one offs with pre-gens than campaigns with open character gen.

My actual favourite superhero RPG, thus far, is Godlike, but it's way less configurable to your favourite comic book plots. Every power comes with a strong drawback, and it's set in WWII.
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Re: Super Hero RPG
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2017, 09:09:47 AM »
Im running this



in this setting




Played V&V back in the 80's so there's some nostalgia for sure, and now that we've relaxed with age, house rules are used where fitting.

Been rolling up Characters and working on opening scenario (how heroes meet). There will lots of Nazi Zombie fights for sure!
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Re: Super Hero RPG
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2017, 11:01:06 AM »
Thanks for all the advice.  You are all a bunch of super nerds!  Not just normal nerds, but super nerds!

I also stumbled across Savage Worlds RPG.  It is like GURPS in that it is a generic roleplaying system that can fit any genre.  One of them is Supers.  I read through the free on-line rules and it seems cool.  I like getting a preview of the basics for free, helps me decide if the system is any good.

Anyone play Savage Worlds (any genre)?  Is it any good?
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Re: Super Hero RPG
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2017, 07:57:31 PM »
JMac,

I have played some Savage Worlds (Vietnam setting mostly but also Pulp and Pirates with a bit of Fantasy thrown in). I have not tried the Supers for Savage Worlds. Savage Worlds is easy enough though and GM friendly. It is definitely not as as crunchy as GURPS; and, yes, I have (past action) played lots of GURPS.

I even played Villains & Vigilantes way back when and had fun with that too but I never owned or GMed it.

Let me know what you get up to.

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