Welcome to Super-Boston
Game date: 4/23/17
City has Issues, which is like a high concept.
Our setting: Boston Sucks (and hopefully we’ll improve it)
Poverty, social injustice, post-terrorism, etc.
Game starts on Patriot’s Day, 4/17/2017.
Impending issue: Rise of the Metas
On 4/17/17, an alien ship flies overhead and sprinkles magic (stuff)
The start of the game may not necessarily be 4/17. The First Adventure could, but would not have to, include our powers.
Mike: I would like the table to define / provide input. Only *some* of the population has super powers. What is the public opinion – must you keep your secret hidden, or can you/are you willing to flaunt it?
One other reason to talk about 4/17/17 – everyone feels happy about Boston that day (Boston Pride!). Also, lots of people are outside. One of the runners gains super-speed and destroys the course record…then gets DQ’d.
In Wild Cards, the alien dust (or whatever), 7 of 10 people died. That doesn’t happen here.
Mike: This is not based off of Wild Cards. We are being granted powers which are neither good nor evil.
How the first session goes will largely determine how the government perceives / deals with empowered humans.
Players – aaron was thinking about playing a soaky character…material mimic. “Why wasn’t I tougher, why couldn’t I protect her?”
Scott – Former athlete that could have been someone but ended up being second fiddle everywhere. No idea what the power would be, but plenty of possibilities.
Eric – Since the cops are out and people are on vacation, shadow-themed character who’s robbing people’s penthouses. Or at least some kind of thief who becomes a way better thief. “Catburglar with a conscience”.
Scott: Dan, so are you an ex-marine?
40 total power choices.
Dan: a TV producer / production assistant by day, superhero by night…now with machine control. Or a rock star with Influence. Or the guy who transforms into a demon and kicks ass (hellboy?). Yup Dan’s our Influence guy – a one-hit wonder who never quite made it until he got his powers.
Aaron: Does that make us the Holograms?
Scott: roll d40 = Power Nullification
Mike – I need to incorporate…if you are in a room full of empowered humans, you will know this. “There sure area lot of empowered people here today.” Otherwise, you could tell one person but not pick one guy out of a crowd as being empowered. This would be *all* powered people. PN will give you more specific information, etc.
Of course, this means that some people can hide their abilities. And there will people who want to pretend to be powered. This slightly nerfs Power Nullification, but not overwhelmingly so.
Dan would like to add an enhancement for Group Control. His trouble is “There’s always a party somewhere.”
WRT Stunts, Mike has asked us to keep our three Stunts as pre-powerup stunts.
Darren (Scott’s character) covers Lenny’s show at the race and tells the world that he’s also Johnny Nacho, the masked Mexican wrestler who was big in Japan. The publicity takes off, complicating Lenny’s attempt to return to his former stateside glory.
Eric’s character may have overheard Aaron’s character talk about his loss and may have offered to cover his daughter’s medical costs.
During a social interaction (a contractual obligation), Lenny was in a bad mood and insulted Gordon Lipman’s wife. Gordon is pissed about it.
First adventure – I was covering the Patriots’ Super Bowl celebration…I saw my former college teammate drunk and harassing some lady…this guy, Gordon, was gonna smack the teammate with a bottle until I stopped him. Turns out he’s Hot Headed, and Darren wasn’t going to let Gordon get his ass whipped…so good guys stick together.
Owen (Eric’s character) was tired of the obscenely wealthy throwing their money around, so he started to rob the elite and selling the goods to donate to soup kitchens, churches, shelters, etc…all for the betterment of Boston. Someone donated a bunch of memorabilia to his shelter, the story of which Darren got to cover, and Darren realized that the “charity” happening around the city was mostly keeping up appearances. He puts two and two together, and warns Owen that he needs to keep quiet about some of that stuff…it’s clear to him that high society isn’t the heroes around here.
We talk a little bit about Johnny Nacho vs. Lenny Cooper – he’s trying to turn away from being Johnny but might not be able to.
WRT the missing platinum record, Owen may have, “Distracted by shiny things”.
Gordon’s last aspect is “Pay it forward” – based on receiving “anonymous” charity from Owen.
Homework: Eric gets to find / decide the bad part of town where his shelter is.
Aaron’s office is in the bowels of some hospital (Massachusetts General).
We all need to figure out where we live…there are many very distinct neighborhoods in Boston.
Some of us will be kind of discreet about being superheroes. Some of will not, like Lenny. The one guy in the marathon helped us out by showing off during the race.
So there has not yet been a formal government response to the asteroid etc.
Get our backstories out with some details.
Next Sunday, we will either share the first tests of our powers (if clever). Sounds like Lenny managed to replicate his appearance in his old band’s first and only music video…and that was his first display of power. Old light show, old school costumes, etc.
And, we will work on the city stuff.
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