Dark Matter: inspiration and fun
Posted by Ron Edwards
More comics, creativity, and role-playing intersection – it’s a fine day. This is about Abby Baldwin’s own graphic novel Dark Matter, serving as the conceptual jumping-off point for role-playing my alpha version of Champions Now with her dad Robert. Here’s my conversation with Robert about all sorts of concepts and angles on it.
For quick reference on the project, I’ve done my own playtesting with the alpha version, as shown in my videos about the Defiants, and several other groups are giving my feedback (e.g. this post) about doing that too. I’m now moving into Beta testing with several groups at once, and receiving feedback from others too.
The Baldwins’ game’s content is described at his blog Graphs, Paper, and Games: Champions Now. It’s a teen-supers “villain school” story, as our hero Jackie, super-name Dark Matter, copes with peers, teachers, family pressure, secrets, and emergent hassles of all sorts. For purposes of play, Robert has shifted the action away from the specific setting of the graphic novel, at a different school that Jackie is attending as a visiting student for a short time. As you’ll see, one of the fun bits concerns how she invents a superhero persona, Ultraviolet, in order to team up with the hero Captain Hollywood, which was intended to be a brief practical tactic but gets a little out of hand.
In our discussion, you’ll see the following interesting topics:
- playing with your teen kid
- canonical content
- points vs. not-points build and play
- modes of story production in role-playing, callback to Allston/Mallonee distinction
- improvement in game and in comics
- disadvantages, callback to “balance” post
- setting, location, immediate situation; creativity
It’s really packed, grounds for a whole term’s coursework. Please fire away with all possible comments and questions.
You’ll notice I’m doing a lot of video posting lately, which is sort of my new thing over at Adept Play. It’s not going to be every time for the blog, and I figure it’ll settle out into about half and half eventually.
About Ron EdwardsGame author and publisher via Adept Press / Biology author and former professor
Posted on September 18, 2018, in Storytalk, Supers role-playing and tagged Aaron Allston, Abby Baldwin, Champions Now, Cynosure, Dark Matter, Dennis Mallonee, Dennis O'Neil, GURPS, Robert Baldwin, Stan Lee, Strike Force, The Bionic Six, The Coriolis Effect. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.