Freebies: Marvel Super Heroes

Marvel Super Heroes Players' Book Recently the interest in superhero RPG is rising again. The recent release of ICONS made a lot of gamer extremely happy, DC and Green Ronin cooperate to bring us DC Adventures, there will be a 3rd edition of Mutants & Masterminds and BASH! Ultimate Edition just got nominated for the ENnies. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

One of the all-time classic super hero roleplaying games is definitely TSR’s Marvel Superheroes which is also known as the “FASERIP system”. The basic edition was released back in 1984, an expanded edition followed just two years later. As fellow RPG blogger Greywulf has shown in several of his posts, it’s pretty easy to convert characters from Marvel Superheroes to ICONS (and probably other modern superhero games as well). So it caan be used as a great resource for characters if you are into the Marvel Universe.

But it’s also a classic and now freely available roleplaying game. The site Classic Marvel Forever hosts a complete collection of both the basic and expanded edition of Marvel Super Heroes including rulebooks, adventures and sourcebooks. If you are into old-school superhero gaming, you should check this site out!

I have to admit I never played that classic game, but I am very interested in reading about your experiences with it.

Michael Wolf is a German games designer and enthusiast best known for his English language role-playing games blog, Stargazer's World, and for creating the free rules-light medieval fantasy adventure game Warrior, Rogue & Mage. He has also worked as an English translator on the German-language Dungeonslayers role-playing game and was part of its editorial team. In addition to his work on Warrior, Rogue & Mage and Dungeonslayers, he has created several self-published games and also performed layout services and published other independent role-playing games such as A Wanderer's Romance, Badass, and the Wyrm System derivative Resolute, Adventurer & Genius, all released through his imprint Stargazer Games. Professionally, he works as a video technician and information technologies specialist. Stargazer's World was started by Michael in August 2008.

5 thoughts on “Freebies: Marvel Super Heroes”

  1. MSH is a wonderful system, and I think has influenced superhero games from the indie Truth & Justice to the more recent ICONS.

  2. I have to agree… This was my first superhero rpg and I still have the books. I ran some pretty fun games using it. I was never a fan of character generation but still we played it for years. My players preferred it to Champions which they thought was too complex. This was back in High School, and they much rather have fun that figure which phase they acted on. Not on dig to Champions mind you. I love that system, I just never found people to play it with!

  3. It's a good game…the first I ever owned…and I played the crap out of it back in the day.

    Then Marvel SAGA came out and I never looked back.

    I still have all my old books, I just don't use them for anything.

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