What If You Threw A Party And EVERYONE Came?

marvel universeOK. So when I posted about my upcoming Secret War Event on Google+, I wasn’t expecting quite the response I got. I already had two friends who had committed to playing, and my plan was to simply solicit a couple more players to round out my table. Given the poor response I’d had for Hulk Smash Xmas!, I wasn’t expecting much. Imagine my surprise then, when within a day or so, I had nearly a dozen who wanted to play.

So what I have decided to do . . . was open up a second date. Now I will be running the same campaign twice. Thursdays every other week. Mondays the alternating weeks. My take on it is that this is an opportunity for me to practice my GM-ing. They say practice makes perfect. What I get is two chances to get it right, and to speed up the learning curve. And right now, I’m probably looking at running two sessions of six players each.

But I do have some concerns:

  1. Number of Players: Having six players may prove a challenge to manage in play. It might slow down play considerably, especially in Action Scenes.
  2. Player Attrition: While they may commit to play, not all will show. Or not all will show every week. Between Events, this is less important. But in the middle of an Event, I may end up having to run too many Watcher characters at once.
  3. Creating Content: My original idea was to create mini-Events to fill in the spaces between published Events. But it could be problematic doing so weekly over two competing, parallel campaigns.
  4. Laying Down Some Rules: With so many players, it will be important to lay down some table rules to help keep the game run quickly and smoothly.

Sooo, we’ll just have to wait and see how this all goes. Stay tuned.

Nick Fury’s Dirty, Little Secret War

ImageWhen Nick Fury discovers a disturbing connection between many of Marvel’s deadliest villains, he assembles a ragtag team of the Marvel Universe’s most misunderstood heroes for a secret mission to do what the U.S. government could never allow . . . .”

 Join us for this first issue of Secret War and start of our extended Road to Civil War campaign. If everything goes alright, we will start on Thursday, January 2 on Google+ at 8:00 p.m. EST. Players may choose from any player heroes to be found at my Obsidian Portal campaign site.If you are interested in joining us to play, contact me via Google+, Twitter or by email. Until then, ‘Nuff Said!

Coming Soon To A Theater Near You …

wasn't that guy deadYesterday, I announced my intention to run a weekly Marvel Heroic Roleplaying  campaign starting in January 2014. “From Secret to Civil War” takes advantage of the relative wealth of fanmade material. One of the many advantages of MHRP in my opinion is the ease with which players can enter / exit the game. (Which is great for this point in life when you have active adults who’d like to make the greater commitment to play, but who have to manage competing claims on their attention – like jobs, significant others and children, etc.)

Personally, Monday or Thursday nights would be ideal — but will not be a deal-breaker on my end. (My wife is a singer, and those are her rehearsal nights.) What I’m looking for is a small pool of players who can commit to playing a couple weeks at a time – but certainly not every week into perpetuity. (Unless they so wish.) Troupe play will be the order of the day.

I hope to start the campaign with Secret War sometime the first week in January. My guess is that Event will run about three weeks. If you are interested, tweet me @laughingmad.

The King Is Dead, Long Live The King!

MHRBack in April 2013, when Margaret Weis Productions lost their Marvel license, I discontinued posting on my blog. (Like most fans of the game, I went into an extended period of mourning for the game.) Thanks to Google+, I have been able to play the game some since. But now is not the time for me to perform an autopsy about how the game failed commercially. (Time for that later . . .)

This past month, I decided to start work on preparing an ongoing campaign for me to start running in January 2014 via Google+. This has led me to decide to resurrect this blog. (Truth be told, I had barely started writing this blog when the license was pulled.) I have pulled my previous content (about six datafiles), and will be revising and reposting them when complete.

My campaign will be The Road to Civil War; my plan is to start with Nick Fury’s Secret War (as presented by Plot Points), run through some original and fanmade content, and then culminate in Civil War itself. I anticipate having to create or modify content as I go along — which (of course) I will then share with everyone on this blog.