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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Throwback Thursday: Original Villains & Vigilantes Returns To Print...


The great Villains & Vigilantes revival continues with Monkey House Games releasing a cleaned-up reworking of the original first edition of their seminal superhero roleplaying game.

Described as "[p]erfect for collectors and truly hard-core purists, this version comes with a new introduction by co-creator Jack Herman and totally remastered cover art by co-creator Jeff Dee".

For the PDF visit the MHG store on RPGNow, while if you want the book in print then visit the MHG store on Lulu.

I have to say, and I don't think it's just for nostalgic reasons, I love that cover art. I think it's my favourite of all editions so far (don't forget there was a 2.1 edition of second edition, with a fresh cover and rules corrections; you can see both second edition covers here).

As well as an interesting historical artefact, with the impending release of the game's third edition, this reprint is worth a read simply because creators Jeff and Jack have stated that third edition is as different to the enduring second edition (which Steve, Pete, and I played endlessly in our youth), as second edition was to the first iteration of the game.

Apparently, the Kickstarter campaign to fund the new edition (subtitled Mighty Protectors) won't be along for a couple of months, so I guess that leaves me plenty of time to work on regenerating my Knight City setting and playing around with the previous two editions of the rules.

Below you can see my much-loved and well-read copy of the first edition. My first superhero roleplaying game (purchased at Tunbridge Wells' Dark Tower, way back at the dawn of time), that I pored over, gamed the heck out of (largely on my own, at first, as I got to grips with the mechanics), annotated, and houseruled.

I've often talked about how HeroPress owes its existence to Villains & Vigilantes (and the campaigns Steve used to run for us); well, this is the book that started it all for me.


As you can also hopefully see from the following pictures of page spreads from the 1979 book, I've pencilled in rule changes and expansions, and I used the example character - Volcanic Man - to test drive the combat system (marking wounds and power depletion right there in the book; something I wouldn't dream of these days!)

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