Today it’s about semi-autobiographical comics – fiction pieces that depict things close to the author, drawing heavily upon their immediate concerns, small press almost by definition, but not featuring the author as a character or claiming to depict their actual life. They loot freely from themselves and their kin and acquaintances, but put it into just enough of a fictional blender to be its own thing. Read the rest of this entry →
Oh look! A post about the American demographic designated by the 24th letter of the English alphabet is pissing and moaning about its identity. But first, some comics.
These two covers depict publications from the same year, 1989. However, the past couple of months’ posting hasn’t been about them, but about a non-simultaneous comparison between GURPS: Supers and the prior Champions (1981-1985, up through third edition). Here at the end of what’s been, for me anyway, a gut-wrenching dozen posts, I’ll review and reflect upon why.
Getting a bit crispy. Read the rest of this entry →
Posted in Holiday
Not too surprising that I’m taking a whole post to discuss mid-80s role-playing super-villainy, is it?
I nipped back to the States for GenCon, to learn it’s culturally way too soon for me to set foot back there, but also to have some good times. I did see the full solar eclipse, but alas, gained no super-powers.
I jumped back into role-playing with gusto in late 1985, armed with Champions 3rd edition and a handful of enthusiastic friends. Before too long I was meeting lots of others playing the game, in person and through The Clobberin’ Times, and I got a good look at how plenty of people expected to play their heroes. How was it? Easy. In a word, they were killing all over the place.
Tags: Batman, berserk, Bill Willingham, Cadence Industries, Champions RPG, Code vs. Killing, Comics Code Authority, DC Heroes RPG, Dennis O'Neil, Elementals, God Loves Man Kills, GURPS: Supers, Marvel Super Heroes RPG, Punisher, The Clobberin' Times, Villains & Vigilantes, Wolverine
I have no trouble citing the single most profound detail of 1974-1977 Dungeons & Dragons: Read the rest of this entry →
Posted in Supers role-playing
Tags: Avengers, Champions III, Champions RPG, Daredevil, DC Heroes RPG, endurance, GURPS: Supers, Legion of Super Heroes, Longshot, Marvel Super Heroes RPG, Michael Stackpole, Secret Wars, Spider-Man, Superman, system, System Does Matter, The Evil That Lurks in the Hearts, Villains & Vigilantes, With Great Power RPG, X-Men