Well unless you have been living under a rock this last week the newest, hottest game on the market right now is Marvel Heroic Roleplaying from Margaret Weis Productions.
It is kinda-sorta billing itself as the spiritual heir to TSR's old Marvel Superheroes Game (aka FASERIP).
The new book out is called "The Basic Game" , obviously meant to recall the "Basic Game" of MSH and there is even a forward from Jeff Grubb. So MHR has a pedigree, of sorts, but how does it stack up to it's forefather?
I will be100% honest here. The rules took me a bit of reading, re-reading, asking other players and spending some time on RPG Net to understand. AND I Am still not 100% sure I got it right.
I have played around with Cortex+ before. I like ti for what it is and I'll admit I was a little concerned when I heard that the Marvel Game was going to use Cortex+. I like it for Smallville and Leverage where drama is important. I even suggested using it for a Modern Supernatural game, but I was not sold on it as a Supers game.
At this point I should point out that "Supers" might not be a good genre for this game. After all, "Supers" is not even in the title at all and the assumption here that everyone has powers of some sort.
In many ways this game is exactly as my friend Greg describes as the "Antithesis of the OSR".
This game is about building characters, the relationships between them and the drama. Which, if you think about it, is kinda what Marvel Comics is about. Does it matter really what the Hulk's strength is? No. Just that he is really damn strong. Can he pick up a tank and throw it? Sure if the Watcher (the GM, I kinda like that) says he does then he does. That simple. If it is a challenge, say can he out punch The Thing or Thor, then that is a different matter.
I think back to a scene I remember reading years ago. Spider-man teamed up with the Ghost Rider to catch a common foe. They are obviously very different kinds of heroes and they have their own way of doing things. The bad guy was actually not essential to the story, so much so that I can't even recall him. But the issue was more about their contrasting styles and more about how Spidey was horrified when Ghost Rider used Hell Fire on a bad guy. This sort of thing is perfect for these rules.
So I am going spend some time this week with this game and looking at the support information out there and how one can use this game.
My opinion of the game has gone up since I first picked it up. So who knows where I'll be by this Friday.