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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Inspirational Reading Material Lays The Foundation For The New Knight City...


I've provisionally pencilled in next month as the start date on "renovating" my old Villains & Vigilantes setting, Knight City, for a new campaign (to follow on from our current Heroes & Other Worlds game, which is getting a bit apocalyptic!).

After some sneaky sounding out of the Tuesday Knights, when I was considering a game set in the town where I live, I discovered they preferred the idea - even for contemporary games - of fictional settings, and Clare brought up Knight City... which pretty much sealed the deal for me!

So I've dug out the old map (see the bottom of this article), and intend to polish the location entries I'd already written for the setting, then start filling in some others. Not too much, just enough to give a flavour of each district.

For new inspirational materials I've picked up the latest Mutants & Masterminds setting: Emerald City, and while 300-pages is way too much information to absorb (admittedly only about 200 of these are setting and the remainder is adventures), anything supers-related with Steve Kenson's name attached to it is bound to be golden.

Before Batman v Superman even came out, I acquired what I regard as one of the all-time great movie-tie-in publications, a Time Out Guide to both Gotham City and Metropolis (it's a flip book, with the two sections printed back-to-back).

It's an "in-universe" replica of genuine Time Out Guides, with sections on where to eat, what entertainment is available, sights to see etc and is simply magnificent (one of the first things I spotted was an entry on the Gotham branch of Jitters, referring to its Central City outlet... as seen, of course, in TV's The Flash, even though these two iterations of the DC Universe don't exist on the same world).

Rules-wise, I think we're looking at Guardians, because, at first glance, it's so easy to grok (being, essentially, an extrapolation of old school Dungeons & Dragons), stat up NPCs, houserule etc

Although there's always the chance of Third Edition Villains & Vigilantes popping up and turning out to be the saviour of superhero gaming...

2 comments:

  1. Sounds cool; keep us updated! FWIW, those Daily Planet Guides to Metropolis and Gotham that West End Games put out are pretty fun, as well.

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    1. Thanks, Linneman. Regular updates will be forthcoming once I get my act together.

      I think I have that Guide To Metropolis somewhere around here (unless it got sent to charity in one of 'old book purges').

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