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Saturday, 24 June 2017

[OPINION POLL] Capes: Are They Fashionable Or Not?

Ralph Hinkley (William Katt) Is The Greatest American Hero...

I've been revisiting the classic 1980's superhero TV show The Greatest American Hero lately and it got me thinking about superhero costumes and, in particular, the prevalence of capes as an integral motif of the genre.

To the general public, the cape is an iconic part of the superhero look, but in truth they're not as ubiquitous in comics, cartoons, and live-action as people might believe.

The cape is largely a part of the DC Comics look (e.g. Superman, Batman, Captain Marvel and his family, Dr Fate etc etc), whereas the 'young upstarts' at Marvel tend to forego this fashion choice, barring a few notable exceptions (e.g. Dr Strange, The Sentry, Thor).

My question to you is: if you were a superhero would a cape be part of your costume?



I'd also be interested in hearing the reasoning behind your choice and/or your general feelings about capes on superheroes.

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Friday, 23 June 2017

Fleamarket Friday: CRIT HAPPENS!!!


Following on from his wonderful weather dice and mood dice, Andy 'Cosmo-Joe' Watkins of 6d6 Studio is running another Kickstarter for funky dice - this time twenty-siders with a skull for a 20 (indicating a "crit") and a pile of poo for a "1".

The campaign, which runs until July 22, has already rocketed past its initial target of $1,000, with the stretch goals (shown below) unlocking alternate colour choices for the dice:


The dice are being manufactured by Q-Workshop (generally regarded as the 'go-to' people for quality gaming dice) and it's a low-cost buy-in ($5 gets you a single die).

Check out the campaign's Kickstarter page for more info on the dice as well as the investment levels on offer with price reductions when pledging for multiple dice.

Fleamarket Friday: Where Would Batman Be Without Robin?


The Sidekick, an oft-overlooked archetype in superhero RPGs, gets its own class write-up in the latest free offering from Justin Isaac for Jonathan Linneman's OSR superhero project, Light City.
Whether fighting back-to-back with their partner or washing the Heromobile, Sidekicks provide valuable assistance to their hero.
The four-page PDF of The Sidekick, which includes an example of the class - the seventh-level Rainbow Boy - can be found here on RPGNow.

Fleamarket Friday: For A New World There Must Be A New World Order...

Beautiful, shiny box sets...

Next week sees the launch of the Kickstarter to fund production of the highly-anticipated new edition of the venerable Top Secret roleplaying game, from its original creator - Merle M Rasmussen.

Here's the video for the Kickstarter, which lets you know a bit about the game:



Straight off the bat, I love the fact that it comes in a box set, but it also sounds like they've addressed one of my issues with the game mechanics (presumably somehow using the 'dice as stats' method).

In our current campaign, the way the mechanics are designed often makes our adventures feel less like James Bond and more like Scarecrow & Mrs King... where we're all Mrs King.

The impression I get from this is that player-characters will be competent agents (at least mechanically, how you play them is up to you!)

The launch of the Kickstarter is scheduled for 10am Pacific time (6pm in the UK) on Tuesday (June 27).

A sneak peek at what's in the box...
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