Last week I read Marvel Essentials Fantastic Four vol. 1 by Lee and Kirby, collecting issues #1-20 and Annual #1. I had the urge to dig the 1984 MSHRPG out of my basement and play. I remember the Thing narrating the combat section of the Battle Book -- It's Clobberin' Time!
Nothing reveals humanity so well as the games it plays. --- David Hartley, 18th c. English Philosopher
Have a look at classicmarvelforever.com for some really awesome TSR marvel goodness, folks... It's worth your time
I haven't read comics since the late 90's, and I'm no fan of marvel's current leadership, but that website is as up-to-date as you need. They've got stats for characters in this age and ages past, houserules, good discussions on the game.
I don't have my set anymore, either. Man, though... I used to LOVE it. There is just something satisfying about taking a swipe at Electro or the Beetle and knocking them high into the air and about 4 city blocks away! And then they crawl out of the rubble and come right back atcha!
If you're looking for realistic stuff, look somewhere other than this game. Guns usually do less than a super-hero punch, and lots of people get turned off by this.
...But if you're looking for realism, why are you playing a comic-book game?
If you check out that site over there, really plumb the forums for the maps that you can download and print. And print them. I can't state enough how much those maps really increase the fun and excitement of these games. I mean, they were included in the boxes for a reason.
Get the PDF's, download/print the maps, give it a whirl... And you will see what I mean!!!
Post by scottenkainen on Jul 22, 2015 9:20:08 GMT -6
Even though I've got my own game now I still love the 1984 Marvel Super Heroes game. Some caveats, though -
#1) Combat is long and dangerous for low-strength heroes (maybe allow heroes with high Fighting to score critical hits?), #2) Dodging is weak and doesn't really keep agile heroes safe (I would switch it to reducing color results rather than column shifts), #3) (as I mentioned above in this thread) The game's strengths play to single combats or short scenarios and not extended campaign play; advancement is extremely slow.