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Recent weeks have seen the green shoots of recovery over at my dormant - yet ongoing - thought experiment-come-future superhero RPG campaign setting, Knight City.
I can't full explain what got me working over there again, but - bizarrely - the Harley Quinn animated series played a role in it.
The first, and most important, article I'd like to draw your attention to is the write-up of America's foremost superhero: Anthem.
This character is based upon one created, and run, by the late David Cotton, who died suddenly at the end of last month.
Although I never knew him, David was a dear friend of Adam Dickstein, who wrote, movingly, of the loss of his friend here.
When I read about David's love of the superhero gaming genre something clicked in my head and I approached Adam about memorialising one of David's characters in my setting as a non-player character.
I can't claim credit for this idea, though. I first came across it a year or so ago (time's a bit blurry these days) when a mother was asking people online to think about including an NPC in their campaigns based on her Dungeons & Dragons-loving son who had also tragically died too young.
I thought this was a lovely idea and it came back to me when I learned of David's passing.
After I drafted my version of Anthem's origin story, and ran everything by Adam, I got to thinking how cool it would be - once my luck points run out - if, one day, my own Acrobatic Flea could live on in other people's superhero roleplaying games.
Other recent postsings over at Knight City, which currently utilises my own personal hack of second edition Villains & Vigilantes (the superhero game that I grew up with), include:
- A redacted FBI document about investigations into a secretive organisation known as The Great Shadow Brotherhood. Initially, this idea spun out of my discussions with Adam about Anthem, as, in his games, that character's major foe was the SHADOW organisation. So, I took that, combined it with my love of cults and conspiracies, and wove together this potential plot hook.
- Another plot hook - and a couple of potential NPCs - came in a newspaper write-up about a new signing to Knight City's LAW Studios. Or was it simply an excuse to use some pictures of the gorgeous Cara Delevingne on my campaign blog?
- Finally, we have a write-up of the Weekly World News' Spycat. After featuring the character in my current weekly delve into the story potential of that wonderful publications headlines, I was encouraged by Justin 'Pun' Isaac to give Spycat some game statistics... and that's just what I did. As I was writing it, I started to get quirky Venture Bros./Rick and Morty vibes from the idea of presenting Spycat as a serious player in the universe of Knight City, which I rather liked.
|Between 2005 and 2007, Spycat has his own comic strip in Weekly World News, by Dick Siegel and Ernie Colón|