Astronomy Day

It’s Astronomy Day.  I would be remiss in not posting something.

Orion's Constellation

Savage Rifts

Savage Rifts GM's Manual

The Kickstarter for the Savage Worlds version of Rifts is in day three now.  It was funded in two and a half minutes and, as of this writing, is sitting at $188,446 (asking $8000 to fund it).  Fantastic.  I cannot express my joy that one of the my favorite game settings is getting converted to one of my favorite RPG systems.

I’m 100 bucks shorter in the bank account and it was worth every penny.  The game looks beautiful, is being handled by a stellar company and I’m super excited to see the finished product.  If you are interested in one of the most imaginative game settings using a great RPG system then check them out.

Spider-Man (Icons RPG)

Spider-Man

aka Peter ParkerSpider-Man

Transformed

Prowess 6
Coordination 8
Strength 7
Intellect 5
Awareness 4
Willpower 7

Stamina 14
Determination X

Powers
Wall-Crawling 7
Danger Sense 8

Webshooters
– Swinging 7
– (and so much more)

Specialties
Science, Technology

Qualities
Great Responsibility,

Background
XX

Notes
As always, a work in progress.

 

 

Captain America (Icons RPG)

CAPTAIN AMERICACaptain_America

aka Steve Rogers

Trained

Prowess 8
Coordination 6
Strength 6
Intellect 5
Awareness 5
Willpower 8

Stamina 14
Determination X

Specialties
Art, Athletics, Leadership, Martial Arts, Military, Wrestling

Powers
Shield:
– Damage Resistance 10
– Ranged

Qualities
American Hero, Super Soldier Serum

Background
XX

Notes
As always, a work in progress.

US Jones

U.S. Jones
Name:
Uriel ‘Uri’ Sasha Jones
Marital Status: Engaged
Known Relatives: Numerous
Group Affiliation: G-Men, Secret Service
Base of Operations: Washington, DC, Mobile
Height: 6’0″ Weight: 190lbs
Eyes: Green  Hair: Brown

History
Uri’s mother Elana emigrated from Russia with her parents, younger sister and four brothers. His father, Max Jones is a retired Air Force colonel and current senator.  With one parent being an immigrant and the other a former serviceman, Uri grew up in a very patriotic household.

After graduating from college he followed in his fathers footsteps and enlisted in the Air Force becoming a Pararescueman.  There he excelled and quickly rose through the ranks becoming a team leader.

He was recruited into the Secret Service by his former commander and then on to the ‘G-Men’ team when the government wanted it’s own specialized team of costumed operatives to investigate super powered crimes and liaise with the burgeoning superhero community.

His role on the team is Field Commander.

Personality
Family man. very intelligent and has an amazing grasp of tactics.

Appearance
Dressed as a typical Secret Service agent; black suit, sunglasses, ear piece and wrist mic.  He also has a more tactical outfit consisting of black fatigues, body armor and an M4.

Equipment
S&W M&P40
Personalized M4

Design Notes
The patriotic costume had to go.  Not because it was patriotic but because it was hideous looking.  Although the costume does indeed show up…

ICONS: The Assembled Edition now available!

It’s here, it’s awesome, and it’s on sale for the next couple days.  Grab a copy from Drive Thru RPG now.

 

 

 

Well this is exciting. ICONS: The Assembled Edition is coming

ICONS, a superhero RPG created by Steve (Mutants & Masterminds) Kenson is getting a new edition. Not only that, it is going to put out under Steve’s own gaming company Ad Infinitum Adventures.  He will be partnering with Green Ronin who will publish and distribute it.

Icons Assembled

Yes, it’s a cactus man.

For those of you that haven’t heard of ICONS and are looking for a fun, easy to play, supers RPG, I strongly urge you to check it out.  It has it’s roots in the classic Marvel Super Heroes Game by TSR as well as a dice mechanic influenced by the Fudge RPG.  It’s an excellent blending of the two and one of my top go to supers RPG’s.

From Green Ronin’s site:

The Assembled Edition brings Icons up-to-date with all that has happened since its initial publication and gives Ad Infinitum a solid foundation to build upon. It includes updates from Great Power (while preserving that book’s value as an expanded powers book) along with a lot of “core” material like pyramid tests (in all their glorious variations), supplemental rules from Villainomicon and Team-Up, and updated art and graphic design in the style of Great Power, all in a beautiful new hardcover book!

ICONS: The Assembled Edition is due out this summer.

Fantasy Flight Games’ new Star Wars RPG

Star Wars Edge of the Empire

Does anyone still play tabletop RPG’s? Fantasy Flight Games has released a new Star Wars RPG and it’s wonderful. The book is expensive at $60 but they have released a Free RPG Day adventure called Under a Black Sun that has an excellent rules summary and I have found myself referencing it over the core rulebook. It’s essentially quick start rules disguised as a free adventure. If you have an interest in the game, I would strongly suggest that’s the place to start.

Grab the adventure/rules summary here.

Describing the Flash Dilemma in a Facebook post

 

A discussion came up about the Flash and he was referred to as Wally but was quickly corrected as Barry.  A non comic reader didn’t quite get what we were talking about so I posted this.

 

In a nutshell.

Barry Allen – original Flash died sacrificing his life to save not the world, not the universe but the MULTIverse in 1985’s Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Wally West – Kid Flash took over his mentors role as the new (and arguably much better) Flash.

Sometime in 2009, Barry made his return to the DC Universe because “CSI shit is cool” (he was forensics in his day job) and Geoff Johns, DC’s head creative guy said so.

Flash forward (PUN!!) to 2011 and the DC universe under the guidance of Dan DiDio (said asshole), Jim Lee (good artist, shitty story teller) and Geoff Johns (good story teller but bad decision maker) decide to REBOOT the entire DC Universe again but this time conveniently forget to include the most popular Flash ever (he doesn’t exist anymore).

Moral? DC is swirling down the shitter. And don’t get me started on Donna Troy.

 

Am I right or what?

Golden Age Blue Beetle (Dan Garret and Dr. Franz’ relationship)

I have been thinking of ways to update some of the cool Public Domain Superheroes that are out there.  Below is an email to a friend that I sent describing the relationship between Dan Garret (The Golden Age Blue Beetle) and his scientist friend Dr. Franz.

In these Golden Age comic books they don’t really go too in depth with some of the characters motivations as to why they do what they do. What do we really know about Dr. Franz? He created the ‘Vitamin 2x’ serum and (possibly) the ‘cellulose chainmail’ Dan wears. Why would a druggist (old school pharmacist) know how to make chainmail out of plant fibers? Why would he help Dan? Well, I think I came up with a solution.

Dr. Franz (no first name known, yet) is Dan’s great uncle. We don’t know much about Dan’s parents other than his father was gunned down by a mobster and his mother died of the flu when he was a boy. In my version Dr. Franz is Dan’s mother’s uncle. Her parents were killed when she was a little girl and it was up to Franz to raise her. When she grew up, she met a nice rookie police man by the name of Michael Garret, fell in love, married and had a son they named Daniel. While Dan was still young his mother died which devastated both his father and Dr. Franz. More the latter because he was a solitary man, never took a wife and never expected to have children but he adored Dan’s mother more than life itself. The two grew apart and didn’t see much of each other.

Growing up, Dan idolized his father, now a detective who was investigating Chick Alonzo. Dr. Franz, a geneticist, went on to be a scientist and researcher for ‘Big Pharma’. He developed a serum, tied into a persons genetic structure, that would heal disease, and be able to ‘double themselves’. It was derisively referred to as ‘Vitamin 2x’ by his colleagues. Of course ‘Big Pharma’ didn’t want this to get public because there’s no profit in it and it gets shelved. Years go by, Dan grows up and joins the police force, his father gets murdered by Chick Alonzo and he creates the ‘Blue Beetle’ persona to go after him. This is the era I refer to as ‘Phase 1’ due to the pulp like plain clothes outfit. Dan and Dr. Franz reconnect at his fathers funeral. They both realize they are the only family they have now.

When Dan has his final confrontation with Chick Alonzo, he gets shot up pretty badly. While in a coma, Dr. Franz, frantic because he can’t lose another family member, goes to the hospital and takes a sample of Dan’s blood. He returns to his lab and keys the Vitamin 2x to Dan’s genetic structure. He returns to the hospital and discreetly injects it into Dan. Dan, of course, under goes a miraculous healing process and finds his strength and endurance effectively doubled. It’s almost like Marvel’s super soldier serum. This is the start of Phase 2, which I refer to him getting his armor and being a little more in the public eye. Also, it would start a whole other story line wherein the unscrupulous powers that be of ‘Big Pharma’ start enhancing their own subjects but without Franz’ help. And without Franz’ genius and morality to guide them, they really screw up.

I hope this makes a little more sense and have better motivation than ‘Hey, I’m just a kooky old scientist that’s going to help the hero’.