Saturday, June 5, 2021

New Marvel RPG?


Looks like Marvel is releasing a new RPG. It has been ten years since the last one so we're probably due. Matt Forbeck has done a lot of good work on other RPG's so it's in good hands but it sounds like it's being aimed at the 5E crowd given the stats:

"...Might, Agility, Resilience, Vigilance, Ego, and Logic ..."

So I'm assuming we won't see something as ridiculously interesting and innovative as Marvel heroic Roleplaying. It will be interesting to see how they use those - quick! Who has a higher Vigilance? Daredevil? Wolverine? Iron Man? That's sound, smell, and radar all competing in that race I would think. 

And what the heck is the D616 system? Do we have to call it that? I'm going to bet a 616 sided die is not at the heart of it. I guess we will see.

It's also a little odd that they're doing a "Playtest Rulebook" - shouldn't Marvel be able to fund a solid game development program? Paizo and FFG both did it I know but it's a little weird to see a paid test version coming out for Marvel - when it's published by Marvel! Time will tell.

If you're a fan of MHR it lives on in the very recently released Cortex Prime system you can find here

Interesting times - no doubt!


Adam Dickstein said...

"Who has a higher Vigilance? Daredevil? Wolverine? Iron Man? That's sound, smell, and radar all competing in that race I would think."

Daredevil's Sonar, Wolverine's Heightened Senses, and Iron Man's 'Radar' Sensors aren't their Perception or Vigilance. Those are their Superpowers. In my opinion, Vigilance is what you do with those abilities. Very likely it's how well, how often, and how quickly you use and pay attention to what those powers are telling you.

Just my initial thoughts.

Blacksteel said...

I'm with you on this I suspect. I'm assuming it's a numeric score similar to D&D and that begs the question whose is higher, then I want to complicate it by comparing how they would gather information. Assuming everyone has some kind of these same abilities, how does that interact with powers?

Joe Genero would just have normal vision etc. but conceivably might have a high score in "Vigilance". Would Daredevil, for example, possibly have a lower score but have it perform differently because of his power? No idea yet and I am assuming a lot - heck it could be a dice pool game - but seeing that in the list of standard abilities got the wheels turning a bit.

Blacksteel said...

...and of course I may be reading too much into this and Vigilance may just be your initiative modifier and not much else. 😋