Superhero 2044, the game that pipped my beloved Villains & Vigilantes to the title of the "world's first superhero roleplaying game", is being reborn this year.
Checker Book Publishing Group, which generally publishes old comic strips such as Flash Gordon and Dick Tracy as well as reprints of comic book collections, is planning a Kickstarter for the Autumn to resurrect the game, which will also include "a collectable card version as well as a comprehensive pre-designed superhero universe".
Hunting around Checker's website unearths clues to suggest they intend to draw upon a lot of public domain characters, such as "The Black Terror, Uncle Sam, Thor, Fantomah, the Golden Age Daredevil, Arrow , Hercules, Street Fighter", going up against villains like "Dracula, Merlin, Moriarity , Fu Manchu, Cthulhu , The Mummy and over a hundred more". Although perhaps this is just for the card game iteration of Superhero 2044.
Superhero 2044's USP was always its futuristic setting and it looks as though Checker is wisely hanging on to that. Presumably, though, the game's rules' system (did it really even have a coherent one originally?) will get a total overhaul for the 21st Century.
|Really must get round to properly reading my old copy again...|
According to Wikipedia:
"Superhero 2044 was designed and published by Donald Saxman in 1977, with art by Mick Cagle, as a 32-page book with a black and white cover. A second edition was published the same year by Lou Zocchi as a ring-bound 50-page book, with a colour cover."It's worth noting that Zocchi is listed as being involved in this new version of the game, along with the legendary Steve Perrin (of Runequest and Superworld fame).
A hat tip (once more today) to Al Bruno III for bringing this interesting development to my attention. Watch this space for more news.
Sample pages and cards from the forthcoming Kickstarter RPG & card game: