Pulling a fire out of the hat: Marvel Superhero Roleplaying Campaign update

My elaborate plan for the previous week's game having been smashed to pieces by the players' unforeseen decisions, this game session took a very different tack. We started with the aftermath of the heroes' unexpectedly quick smashing of an attempted ambush by a cadre of supervillains. Titanium, flush with success and dragging the severed torso... Continue Reading →

The perils of planning: Marvel Superheroes Roleplaying campaign update

Let's start at the beginning, shall we? Well, not the beginning, but a beginning in medias res, as it were... Having restarted the Marvel Superheroes campaign after months of hiatus (one of the few good things to come from this garbagy coronavirus pandemic is that the daughter is home and we've got enough people in... Continue Reading →

Rounding up the mavericks: Hoodies, pulps, and participles

Corralling a few interesting things I've run across in the last few days... Git along, little dogies! Bulletproof hoodies!? via Gunpowder and Ink... I love hoodies. Especially ones that can stop up to a .44 magnum.There is also this:LIFETIME WARRANTY: If you get shot (God forbid) with our hoodies on, we’ll send you a replacement... Continue Reading →

Menagerie (aka the Amazing Elephant Girl) – An origin story

After the second session of our superhero roleplaying campaign, my daughter decided to write something about her character's background. That old-school TSR-developed game system really helps fire up the imagination. Janey Nevitt turned into an animal for the first time when she was six years old. She had been walking hand-in-hand with her father in... Continue Reading →

The Return of the Indestructible Girl – Or, this is why we play

Friends, THIS is why we play our geeky games. My son posted the following on his blog after our second Marvel Super Hero Roleplaying session. I'd link to it, but it's friends only, so he let me republish it here. Table-top RPGs are really fun. You get to make a character and interact with a... Continue Reading →

The indestructible girl! Classic Marvel roleplaying campaign, week 2 (part 2)

Here's another flash-fiction story I wrote by way of setting up the second week of our Marvel superheroes roleplaying campaign. Wednesday, in the not too distant future Sidney Malloy puts her strawberry protein smoothie in the cup holder, wipes the sweat off her brow, and turns the treadmill up a notch. On the curved, wall-to-wall... Continue Reading →

The amazing elephant girl! Classic Marvel roleplaying campaign, week 2 (part 1)

So here's a little thing I wrote -- I guess you could call it flash fiction -- to get the players set up for our second Marvel Superheroes roleplaying game session. It picks up the tale a few days after our characters' first superhero action ever. Wednesday, in the not too distant future The alarm... Continue Reading →

Marvel superhero roleplaying week 1: The first encounter

In our first game session, we had a run-in with some baddies who tried to kidnap a friend of one of the player-characters. The characters hadn't met at this point and had no idea who each other were. This is the first time they've crossed paths. They're not costumed crusaders yet, either; this is the... Continue Reading →

Superheroes: No school like the old school

I don't know how many people even remember the old Marvel Super Heroes roleplaying game anymore. It's old-school -- published by TSR in 1984 and updated with an advanced version in 1986 -- and also short-lived, as was already out of print by the time I found it in the early '90s. It had been... Continue Reading →

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