Thursday, September 8, 2016

Villains and Vigilantes 3.0 Kickstarter

Jeff Dee and Jack Herman, the original creators of V&V are running a Kickstarter to produce a 3rd edition of the game. I know new editions are often painful but considering it's been 24 years since the 2nd edition I don't think anyone can say it's "too soon". I shared my thoughts on the game in a post about 5 years ago and to update that: haven't played it since then, still have the books. One of the best things about V&V is that it came out of someone's home campaign - it wasn't written to fit a specific universe, it wasn't written as a "product" - it was a game first and then a book on the shelf.

I do like to see original creators coming back to a game, especially considering the legal fight these two had to have to get here. It will be interesting to see how their perspectives have changed in 30+ years. Considering they were in high school when they wrote it I suspect there will be some notable differences.

The one disappointment: The book is in black and white. They are saying it's to save time and get it out there and that does make sense. Still, it's a comic book RPG - I'd love to see it done in full color. A future project, perhaps?

There is a pretty reasonable set of pledge levels, starting at $15 for the PDF. It's already funded so it's going to happen. Jeff Dee has run a few Kickstarters for other things previously and they've been playtesting the rules for a while now so I'm confident it will come out in a timely fashion. No uncertainties here - I'm in on this one.

Anyway, I was pretty happy to see this happen and thought I would share for anyone else out there who's a fan.

1 comment:

Adam Dickstein said...

I pitched in here too, a rarity for me. I don't really have the finances to back all the wonderful projects I wish to on Kickstarter, but this one is special.

I've always been curious about that weather controlling guy with the sword, who the Protectors' enemies were, and did Gauntlet have other gauntlets for special situations?

While I am usually not a guy who goes in for the company created settings of RPGs, I have always been intrigued by this one for the reason that it isn't ever given in the old books. It's implied, like Greyhawk, but your home game wasn't never dependent upon it.

Looking forward to this very much.