Next March, Marvel returns to the world of tabletop roleplaying games with its recently announced Marvel Multiverse Role-Playing Game Playtest Rulebook.
Written and co-designed by award-winning and New York Times best-selling author Matt Forbeck (The Marvel Encyclopedia, Dungeons & Dragons: Endless Quest), the Marvel Multiverse Role-Playing Game Playtest Rulebook will introduce players to the all-new D616 System, an accessible and easy-to-learn system for newcomers to tabletop RPGs and a natural evolution for those familiar with the most popular tabletop role-playing games on the market.Slightly concerned by the D616 moniker, as it feels - without any additional detail - as though they've twisted the die mechanics to tie in with Marvel's nomenclature of its main comic book universe.
Use Might, Agility, Resilience, Vigilance, Ego, and Logic to win the day, and discover your true abilities as you face impossible odds!
Packed with illustrations from Marvel’s amazing comic book artists, the Playtest Rulebook will include full profiles for fans to become their favorite Avengers, mutants, and other heroes, including:
And many more!
However, the six stats (check the initials, by the way!) and other comments in the promo blurb make this sound suspiciously like a d20 game, some variation of D&D souped up for superheroes.
Gameswise, writer Matt Forbeck is no slouch, having created Brave New World (another superhero game) for Pinnacle, and contributed to Tales from The Loop and Deadlands.
Marvel and tabletop RPG fans who pick up and play the Playtest Rulebook will have an opportunity to help shape the game with a chance to offer feedback on the rules before its full release in 2023!.Marvel will be getting my money. That's guaranteed. Even though t sounds as though I'll be paying for an unfinished game!
But, as well as the potential source material, I shall be interested to see what this D616 System has to offer.
However, let's not forget that Marvel's last attempt to break into the field of RPGs, 2003's diceless Marvel Universe Roleplaying Game, that involved shuffling pebbles round on your character sheet or something, was an abject failure and axed after releasing just a couple of supplements.
The only iteration of a Marvel RPG that has really stood the test of time - although most other attempts have a loyal fanbase - is the original, published by TSR in the 1980's, the legendary Marvel Super Heroes.
Still regarded as one of the greatest roleplaying games of all time, with an expansive catalogue of official supporting material (that is constantly being supplemented by deeply-researched fan material), MSH remains the bar against which all the Marvel RPGs that followed are measured.