View Full Version : margaret Weis Production's new Marvel Heroic Roleplaying game.

02-10-2012, 06:45 PM
for those of you who hasn't heard: MWP has aquired the license to produce a new marvel roleplaying game that is due between late feb and march.

For those who hasn't followed the posts over at rpg.net: here's what we know:

Quick summary, as requested.

* Cortex Plus based. Uses d4, d6, d8, d10, d12.
* Traits rated by dice. No "default" attributes.
* Actions use dice from appropriate traits. All actions are opposed by reaction rolls. No fixed difficulty.
* Powers are grouped into Power Sets with special effects (SFX) and limits.
* Skills are grouped into broad Specialties such as Covert, Crime, Menace, Science, and Tech.
* Character baseline action die is one of three Affiliations: Solo, Buddy, Team, rated from d6 to d10.
* Default presentation is Marvel characters prepared for play, but you're able to make your own.
* Product line is event-based, i.e. event books for Civil War, Annihilation, Age of Apocalypse in 2012.
* Operations Manual is the rulebook which first appears in the Basic Game softcover ($20, February) and later bundled with premium edition event books ($40) though essentials editions will be available for event books if you don't want to buy the Op Manual again ($30)
* GM is called the Watcher and specific rules exist to enable him to force narrative. Otherwise narrative is shared w/players.
* No "generic" versions of Marvel characters. All are tied to specific events or points in Marvel history. Basic Game has two dozen heroes for play based on the first story arc of New Avengers from 2005 ("Breakout"), including New Avengers, FF, X-Men.

One announcement for today, though: MARVEL HEROES is now MARVEL HEROIC ROLEPLAYING. Just a slight name tweak. This is the name for the whole product line, i.e. all of the Event Books and the Basic Game will be considered MARVEL HEROIC ROLEPLAYING products. Not sure if that's going to be MHR or MHRP or what, but I think those acronyms end up being decided by you folks.

If you want to create new characters or model existing characters from the comics for whom you don't have a datafile already (we're providing those with every event), you'll use the guidelines in the rules to write up a datafile of your own. It's something of a break from the previous games in that we're actually assuming you'll play pregenerated heroes more often than not.

The release schedule that has been announced is for each of the 3 major event books to have supplement books which sound to me like they are about as close to roster books as one might expect: http://www.frpgames.com/cart.php?m=p...detail&p=77630 (http://www.frpgames.com/cart.php?m=p...detail&p=77630)

The Annihilation premium book description says it contains rules to scale things up to cosmic level.

the plan is for 16 books total in the game line to be released next year as follows:
Feb: the basic rule book is released
Mar: the Civil War event book premium and essential versions
Apr: the 50 states initiative book for Civil War
May: Young avengers / runaways book for Civil War
Jun: X-men book for Civil War, and the Annihilation event book premium and essential versions
Jul: Conquest for Annihilation
Aug: War of Kings for Annihilation
Sep: Thanos Imperative for Annihilation, Age of Apocalypse event book Premium and Essential versions
Oct: Generation Next for Apocalypse
Nov: Human High Council for Apocalypse
Dec: X-Ternals for Apocalypse.

There are a lot of power sets, power traits, special effects, and limits in the Operations Manual. Those are the building blocks of describing a character's powers. The datafiles in the Basic Game (which the Op Manual is part of) also have a lot of examples. If you remember the Marvel Super Heroes RPG from TSR (FASERIP) you'll have an idea of how easy it is to make new ones to suit.

The 30+ Villians for the basic game:

Armadillo, the Brothers Grimm, Bushwacker, Carnage, Chemistro, Constrictor, Controller, Count Nefaria, Crossbones, Crossfire, Crusader, Cutthroat, Electro, Graviton, Grey Gargoyle, Griffin, Hydro-Man, Jigsaw, Living Laser, Mandrill, Mentallo, Mister Fear, Mister Hyde, Purple Man, Razor-Fist, Scarecrow, Silver Samurai, Tiger Shark, Typhoid Mary, Vermin, Zzzax, the Wrecking Crew, the U-Foes, and our friends from the Savage Land (including Karl Lykos himself). Plus Yelena Belova, the other Black Widow.

Anything else you want to know?


should be interesting.