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BASHMAN
01-22-2010, 05:47 PM
Hi, I'm new to these boards, and glad to see that there is a board devoted to superhero gaming!

My name is Chris Rutkowsky and I wanted to let you know about BASH! Ultimate Edition (http://www.bashrpg.com). It is my most recent superhero rpg, and since someone mentioned it in another thread, I thought I'd open up a thread for questions or comments about it.

For those that don't know, BASH! stands for Basic Action Super Heroes and was developed out of my attempt to make a good game to play with kids. What we found in playtesting, though was it was a good game for all ages, and from that, Basic Action Games was born.

The way that the system works is that the players roll 2d6 and multiply the result by their stat or power to indicate the result relative to their opponent’s or the diffculty of an unopposed task. If the roll is “doubles”, roll another die and add it (repeat if it matches) before you multiply. The higher number is victorious.

The rules are meant to emulate many comic book tropes. The action is paced over a series of panels, pages, and issues (instead of actions, rounds, and sessions), just like a comic book.There are rules to cover collateral damage, chase scenes, escaping from death traps, and various other comic tropes. There are also rules for teamwork, so Heroes are rewarded when they work together; and hero points and Hero Dice which make it possible for characters of various power levels to be on the same team without one always outshining the rest.

If you want to know more, please feel free to ask questions. There is a preview of the book here (http://www.scribd.com/doc/22433236/BASH-Ultimate-Edition-Preview)and also a very in-depth review here (http://ronblessing.blogspot.com/2010/01/read-thru-bash-ultimate-edition.html).

Also, for anyone interested, if you post an archetype of a superhero you want to see built with the system, let me know and I'll see if I can build it.