Greeting Fellow Gamers! I hope this Wednesday finds you well and in good spirits, and with lits of hope for a great weekend ahead! I myself will be having a double-game weekend, with both my local D&D 4E game on Friday night, and my bi-weekly 4E game in Ohio on Saturday night, so I have a lot to look forward to coming up in only a few days!
However, this week as promised, I won’t be reviewing a D&D 4E product, or even a Pathfinder product. But in honor of the incredibly successful opening weekend of The Avengers Movie, I am taking a look at the new Marvel Heroic Roleplaying Basic Game by Margaret Weis Productions. For those familiar with Ms. Weis, she was co-creator of the Dragonlance D&D setting, as well as many other modules, Dragon Magazine articles, and series of novels. Her company has developed an RPG engine called the Cortex System, which has been used in the Battlestar Glalactica RPG, the Serenity RPG, and other games based upon television series such as Smallville, Supernatural, and Leverage. A derivation called Cortex Plus was used with this new superhero RPG, offering a new innovation to standard roleplaying game systems.
To check out all the details about this game, please click the link below and head over to EN World to read the review in full:
Regretfully, I feel like the Marvel Heroic Roleplaying Basic Game is only half of a real roleplaying game, lacking a character generation system or resources for gamemasters to create additional adventures on their own. While the system includes a pre-made adventure and pre-made Marvel characters, without buying additional Events, there is no way for a Watcher (gamemaster) to continue to play the game with his (or her) fellow gamers.
Considering that a friend of mine was able to take the basic rulebook for Champions (published more than 20 years ago), and run several successful campaigns set in the Marvel Universe over the years using only comic books and a few online sources, it makes the Marvel Heroic Roleplaying Basic Game seem anemic and sad by comparison. I was definitely hoping for a better showing for a game carrying the Marvel Comics trademark, and although I am a huge fan-boy of all things Marvel, would prefer to pull out my old trusty Champions RPG, and just use it instead of this new partial build of a role-playing game.
So until next blog… I wish you Happy Gaming!