Super Hero Hack

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Super Hero Hack
« on: July 15, 2013, 02:55:42 PM »
Has anyone considered doing a Super Hero Hack of Monster of the Week?

I don't think it's to much of a leap from what's already provided in the book and the Playbooks.  Probably the only thing that would need some serious working would be what to do with the Weird Rating, and making Tags and Moves more accessible to fine tune the Players Heroes.

Here's the concept pitch...

Heroes use the same basic rules as Monster of the Week.  There are several new Playbooks based around heroic and comic trope archetypes.  These have one special Move per Playbook and each Hero gets three moves to pick from a Heroic Power Move list.  Things like Flight, or Blast, or Control, Teleport, etc. (if you're familiar with Mutants & Masterminds, you could really just take their categories or something similar).  These Heroic Power Moves have to be customized by Tags, three positive and three negative minimum but the only upper limit is set by the Game Masters discretion.

These Tags follow the +Advantage, -Weakness idea. So you could have +computer hud, -vulnerable: emp, ending up with something like Jarvis from Iron Man, or +stealthy, -worn for Batman's cowl.

Re-work Weird so it has options less to do with interacting with supernatural phenomena and more to do with unique super power use, making it more about power versatility than straight power strength.

Remove the Bleeding Out condition, and put in Bruised at 5 Harm, where it gives -1 Ongoing to all Ratings. Instead of Dead at 8 Harm, Heroes get incapacitated. It takes a concentrated effort on the part of Villains to kill them.

Most of the Monster and Minion moves already work in this theme (especially the Can Always Escape, and Must use Weaknesses) but there are probably a few that need to be changed to fit more with a Super Hero thematic.



So in sum, archetype Playbooks, custom Tags and Moves for powers, Weird re-worked, Harm Track adjusted, but otherwise everything can work as written for Monster of the Week.  Thoughts? Should it be done?


Re: Super Hero Hack
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2013, 11:16:33 PM »
I'll throw in a few ideas, but on the proviso that they're fairly off the cuff.

  • I'd just drop Weird.
  • Maybe do the playbooks in two parts, one about personality/approach and the other with a power set? That way you get a lot more combinations. This might be what you're getting at with the archetype/power distinction?
  • Having good and bad tags for each power is a good idea, it would give a lot more character detail.
  • Don't forget relationships beyond the super team: family, romance, kids, etc can all be there to either be put in danger or get stress from the hero lifestyle