I agree completely with WK on this matter...while I may be a moderate GM/DM depending on the game system I can't seem to run a Marvel game and have it be worth while if my life depended upon it. However I seem to be the only person I've ever met than can actually run a good or great DC Universe(WEG) game.
WK as far as the conventions thing goes I to look forward to a go to them when able...they are a superb way to learn new games and meet fellow gamers. Sadly enough I have yet to actually get to go to a GenCon but hopefully this year the money situation will be good enough to allow me to do so.
Wait... there's a DCU game out there? Like an actual game? Not a port from Mutants and Masterminds, or MURPG or anything like that? 1 Need link... 2. Hey Stealth, if you decide to run a DC game, count me in... And, I'll even let someone else play Supes for once (I've been doing it for a little while... and while I enjoy it... )
As for power levels... The whole Hulk thing has gotten out of control when it comes to power level... DC created Doomsday and Marvel went... "Uh.. yeah we've got that too.."
As for Thanos..
Thanos > Darkseid. Why is this my opinion you ask? I can, surprisingly, relate more to Thanos then I can to Darkseid... Darkseid is some nearly omnipotent "Anti-Superman Device" while Thanos is someone who actually has moral dillemas, and, especially after his stint in "The End" has been shown to choose the good of the universe over his own petty desires, something I've NEVER seen Darkseid even come CLOSE to doing. Also, Thanos seems to be more Neutral than Evil... YES I know he evicerated his mother when he was younger... But, saddly, in a sociopathic way I completely understood why... He wanted to know what made life possible, a Mother is an extention of what makes life possible.. I'm surprised he didn't castrate his father as well just to see how THOSE parts worked... Being a boy actually allowed Eros to be born lol... And YES I know he's done some truly evil things, but when the chips were down, and the universe needed him he sided on the side of the angels more often then not.. I site the Magus War, Infinity War, Infinity Crusade and The End as my examples of what I mean. Each time he COULD have sided with the villain, could have gotten a tremendous power boost by doing so, but he chose to aide the heroes, because it was for the greater good... Sorry, now I'm babbling, but Thanos is possibly my all time Favorite Marvel Character (Spidey might be my favorite hero, and Doom might be my favorite Villain, but Thanos... transends those concepts to me)
Post by WildKnight on May 24, 2009 21:45:56 GMT -5
There are two DC RPGs officially published
DC Heroes (which you can still get free online with the DC serial numbers filed off, called "Blood of Heroes") and the one stealth is talking about, DC Universe from West End Games. Both were good, DC Universe was truly phenomenal.
As far as Thanos... uh... sure I guess he once chose blah blah blah.... but you have to remember that in BOTH Infinity Wars, he was fine with destroying the entire universe if it meant he got more power. So I guess if you pick and choose WHICH Thanos you're talking about, he might transcend good and evil. But for the most part... he's just Marvel's rip-off of Darkseid (and I don't think Marvel has ever made bones about that)
Post by Mister Sinister on May 24, 2009 21:50:25 GMT -5
What in the blue hell is "netiquette?" ;D ;D
I'm with Dio on Thanos.
WK, if I ever have the amount of money it takes to attend those conventions in my pocket/account all at once, I look forward to meeting you. Highly unlikely though - I just released an international album I'm not getting paid for and then left the band. I'm an unemployed musican.
I heard the DCU rules were incredibly difficult to navigate. Am I to take it that this is not true?
Post by WildKnight on May 24, 2009 21:54:15 GMT -5
I'm an unemployed writer. We should do something to prove what awesome artists we are ;D
Uh... I guess some people might think the DC Universe rules were difficult. I didn't have that problem. If you've ever played the old West End Games Star Wars rules, they're incredibly similar.
Basically, you get a certain number of six-sided dice to roll depending on how skilled you are at something, and then you count the number of die that come up 3 or higher as successes. Compare successes to difficulty, and there you are.
Character creation CAN be a bit tricky, but no more so than most super hero RPGs, IMO.