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Superhero campaigns

Although I am no avid fan I like superhero comics, movies and computer games. I also own “Mutants & Masterminds“, the superhero RPG by Green Ronin. But I’ve never actually played in or even run a superhero campaign. Especially after watching “Dr. Horrible” I would like to run a short superheroes campaign perhaps using Savage Worlds or the beforementioned M&M. But I am still unsure how I should pull it off.

  • Homebrew setting or an already existing universe?
    Shall I create my own setting or shall I go with some preexisting world like the Marvel Universe? The problem with the latter is that shall the players play their favorite heroes from the comics or original characters?
  • Silly or serious?
    I mentioned “Dr. Horrible” before. The “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” was a superhero musical in three episodes by Joss Whedon (you’ve probably seen it). “Dr. Horrible” is great comedy. Creating a campaign following the “Dr. Horrible” route would probably allow funny characters and a lot of laughs. But you also could take the genre more serious and create something like the recent Batman movies. I always had some trouble with running “funny” campaigns, so I would probably run a darker campaign.

What are your thoughts on superhero roleplaying campaigns? Please share your experiences in the comments. I would love to read your ideas on the subject!

EuRoSoc

When Wizards of the Coast started Gleemax I was hoping for something just like Facebook but for gamers. I don’t think I have to tell what a major disappointment this site was. So when I lost hope, I thought about starting my own network. Hehe, it was a really megalomaniac idea and in the end I setup the “European Roleplayers Society” as a network on Ning.com. Ning is a free service that allows you to create your own social networks and from what I’ve seen so far it works pretty well. In order to get my network started I invited all my gaming friends, my WoW guild, wrote some blog entries, created several groups, uploaded some music and videos. But from all the people invited only a few registered and even less became active.
I now try to reinvigorate EuRoSoc by asking my fellow RPG bloggers for help. If you think that something like that could be a fun idea or just an interesting experiment, sign up and perhaps even join the groups, discussions et cetera. And if you like what you see, ask your friends to join. And don’t feel left out when you are not from Europe. I called it European Roleplayers Society because I thought it would be easier to attract people from the same continent as I live in. But if you hail from any other place, feel free to join us.

Five things I’ve learned about RPGs from “Mazes & Monsters”

  1. Roleplaying is all about the treasure you get at the end (and coping with your personal problems)
  2. Level 10 is where the fun is
  3. Improving the game means leaving your comfy room and go to a dark cave
  4. Roleplayers wear costumes
  5. If you lost your brother at an early age and your mother is an alcoholic, avoid playing RPGs. They are bad for you.

I actually watched this movie yesterday. “Mazes & Monsters” is an awful based on a novel that was itself based on inaccurate newspaper reports about the James Dallas Egbert III case. The movie is even worse than I remembered it. The depiction of roleplaying is inaccurate (of course) and the acting is bad. But if you are interested in the history of roleplaying and the attacks against it, this movie is very interesting. Make sure to check out the “60 Minutes on D&D” video (via The Escapist).