Thursday, July 29, 2010

A Tale of Two Supermen

I have stated here in the past my preference for DC Comics heroes over that of Marvel.  Don't get me wrong, I read the hell out of Spiderman and X-Men as a kid, and reading The Tomb of Dracula was one of the things that got me into horror full scale.
But I have always liked DC's heroes more.  To me they were always more heroic than their Marvel counterparts.  So it should come as no shock that I am MAJORLY geeking out since I have not just one, but two DC-based RPGs out now.


I have seen both games now and I like them for very different reasons.  DCA is of course the sibling to the new Mutants and Masterminds 3.  It has some changes from the previous editions, most of which I am thinking are needed.  Abilities are rated different, and there are some new ones.  But all in all I like it.  
Smallville is Cortex but it is VERY different than previous versions of Cortex.  This is both good and bad.  I like the character creation system and it appeals to my desire to create a detailed character.  I like that the system has been opened up to play all sorts of different kinds of games now.  I can completely see how Leverage will work now.

Plus I still have Icons and BASH to look over, a full Cortex review to do.

I'd like to do up a character that works in all these systems.  I think I have the perfect choice too.  A while back we re-started our supers game and the world was a mixture of DC and Marvel.  Basically DC was Golden and some Silver age and Marvel was Silver and some modern age.  We were doing post modern.  Well I had read "Kingdom Come" and it dealt with Supes, Batman and Wonder Woman in a new age.   The final scenes dealt with Batman discovering that Wonder Woman and Superman were going to have a baby.  I thought wow, how power would that character be?  Half Kryptonian, half Amazon and Batman as a godfather?  Yes.  So that was my character.  Details to follow.

All of this will have to wait till after Gen Con of course.


Trey said...

Cool. I'm interested in seeing more details on the systems.

It seems odd timing for a Smallville rpg as the show is pretty long in the tooth these days.

Timothy S. Brannan said...

The Buffy RPG came out at the end of Season 5 and by then it's best days were past, so it's not that odd I guess.

Gaming Ronin said...

I really want to see more about ICONs. DCU, I just cant get behind another addition of M&M.

But then again im a huge FUDGE/ FATE fan.

Timothy S. Brannan said...

Of course!

It's going to take me a bit to get to it all.

Pun Isaac said...

The Smallville RPG is really interesting. Cam Banks ran a great session of it at Origins set in Keystone City. One of the coolest parts of playing it at Origins (other than the fact that Cam is a really fun GM), was that he sent all the players free copies of the pdf.

I've played some very roleplay heavy games, but Smallville stepped up the game. I've never played a game that placed so much emphasis on motivation. I've not delved into much into the pdf yet, but from what I've seen it looks great.

As for DC Adventures, I can't wait to get my nice shiny print copy soon.

Unknown said...

A very timely post for me. I've been really into Supers RPGs lately. I've got a major crush for ICONS and I have DC Heroes on order. And I'm still very fond of Truth & Justice.

I'm looking forward to your write-up of Cortex. I know nothing about it but I keep hearing it mentioned here and there.