Gaming in the Universe of… Superheroes
Rather than rewrite the intro for Superhero gaming every time the family reviews a superhero movie, I’m posting this article and will update the links accordingly.
Why re-invent the wheel? There are many good RPGs centering around Superheroes. TSR’s Marvel Super Hero game is available online as PDF, of course that’s not the Superman Universe, but heck they’re available for free. Hero Games’ Champions, the grandaddy of all super hero RPGs is still available. DC Heroes as published by Pulsar Games is a defunct game though the mechanics are used in their Blood of Heroes RPG. Pinnacle Entertainment’s Necessary Evil, although not a super HERO setting does provide the rules for adding Super Heroes to your Savage Worlds campaign. The current Super Hero RPG of choice appears to be Mutants and Masterminds, an in depth review of the game can be found at Greywulf’s Lair
The first thing we need to ask are you gaming in a generic super hero universe or one of the copyrighted ones? I have many fond memories of playing in a Champions campaign from my high school days (no I won’t say when just know that Reagan was President when I graduated). My GM for those days usually had Marvel and DC heroes pre-genned for folks just wanting to sit in on a game. Though they were super heroes by the names of Supreme, Arachno-Lad, Night Stalker (a Batman clone) and Amazon (this was long before the Amalgam Universe). How you play or allow your players to play will vary from hero to hero.