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Marvel Heroic Roleplaying (MHRP), is the fourth role playing game set in the Marvel Universe, "Breakout" arc of the New Avengers, and two other major events were released - Civil War as a hardback, and Annihilation in PDF only. A third. The PDF version package includes the following seperate PDF files: the Basic Game, a player sheet, a watcher sheet, datafiles of 20+ Marvel Heroes and an. A MARVEL HEROIC ROLEPLAYING. Event or prepared notes for the. Watcher. ○ Hero datafiles for all the players. ○ A pile of game dice: four-sided, six- sided.

Fun while it lasted. To bad it seemed to have died before it really got going. The system is a balance between the indy narrative style and the more crunchy game systems. You get to describe how your hero is approaching a problem and then go through your sheet to see what skills and powers support that. The basic mechanic consists of pooling dice based on your character then pulling two die for a success total and a third die to show the magnitude of the success. Simple and effective. The powers may sound similar how many supers are strong? The doom pool can be used to add a sense of increasing difficulty or chaos. They're not just add a plus to hit. Oder besser gesagt: Das war das vorletzte Mal, dass ich einen Marvel Comic las. Ich war begeistert.

Marvel states it outright and then gives an incentive to follow this pattern by making recovery actions be almost exclusively available in transition scenes.

The narrative reward is the emulation of the story pattern in comics and plenty of opportunity for role playing between players. Super Mechanics Powers are handled in a very streamlined, open ended way. They are broken up into multiple components. Power Sets are almost like an origin story condensed into a single word or phrase.

When assembling a dice pool, a hero can only choose one die from each Power Set unless he engages some game mechanic that lets him choose more. Power Traits are the powers themselves and are fairly broadly described as things like Strength, Durability, or Intangibility.

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As traits, they are assigned a die d4-d12 to demonstrate what the power level of the trait is. SFX are small rules that let the player manipulate the powers in some fashion. The rules of SFX are always tied to both the mechanics and the narrative of the game. They let a hero gain more dice from a Power Trait, use multiple Power Traits from a single Power Set, or even keep extra dice after rolling to cause multiple effects or increase the total further.

Mechanically, this tells the player when his powers cannot be used and how to reactivate them when they get shut down. Remember how I said that bad things have silver linings? Limits almost always give the hero a plot point when they are reached and a power is shut down. Players are given guidelines and then the freedom to play the character. Mechanics Inform Narrative, Narrative Triggers Mechanics There is a move in role playing game design to unify the experience of mechanics and story.

In broad terms, the idea is to have the mechanics always mean something to the story and have the story be the reason that the mechanics activate. It creates a circular relationship that always moves the story along seamlessly during play. Marvel embraces this idea with dice pools and the effect die.

When assembling a dice pool, players and the Watcher pick the dice that make sense in a narrative sense to the action. Are you angry enough to just want to hurt your foe?

Players are encouraged to think about who the hero is with every roll of the dice. Once the dice are rolled, an effect die is chosen. I love the idea of the effect die so much. Describe the outcome based on your effect die accordingly. Open Character Creation Imagine the super hero you have always wanted to write. We all have one. The greatest thing about this game and apparently the most frustrating, judging by comments on these here intarwebz is that it has no concern about in-party character balance.

There are absolutely no rules giving you guidelines for making heroes who are all of a similar power level. Why not? What the game does do well is give all character chances to be successful, regardless of how power level. There are plenty of ways that lower powered or less offensively oriented characters can still have a decisive effect on the story. Every character has a ton of opportunities to gain and spend plot points.

Milestones Milestones are so intensely groovy. This is the experience point and advancement portion of the game. Every hero has two milestones, comprised of three beats or triggers. Each trigger is a turning point in the story. Something of significance to the hero. Again, the mechanics are triggered by the narrative and the narrative is informed by the mechanics. The first beat should be fairly easy to achieve.

Take my hero Derby for example. She gets 1xp every time her ample education helps her as a hero. This could be solving mysteries, building a gadget, or anything else related to her science and engineering degrees.

Mechanically, I earn XP whenever her medical, science or tech specialties are included in a roll. The second beat takes a bit more work but is also worth 3xp. Any scene in which being a superhero disrupts her academic career, she takes 3xp. The third and final beat should be a significant challenge or emotional turning point for the hero. It can be triggered at any time if I want her to drop out but if I really want her to get that degree, I may have to let that milestone stick around a while longer than I would necessarily like.

It would be interesting to see how time dependent milestones like that work out in play. The mix of the mild, medium and hot triggers means that players are mechanically encouraged to be in character at all times. I love that. Distinctions Distinctions are like aspects from Fate. Only better. It pains me to say so because I really dig Fate and think aspects are great. Aspects in Fate can be compelled to give the player a fate point. Except it puts the onus of compels on the GM. Distinctions are entirely player driven.

You get to add a distinction into every one of your dice pools. If you spend a plot point, you can add a second one.

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A distinction can either be added as a d8 or it can be added as a d4 and you gain a plot point. The d8 means it helps you out in some way. It represents something your character is good at or enjoys.

The d4 and the plot point means the distinction gets in your way somehow. Since distinctions are player driven, this negative invocation comes off as less adversarial than Fate system compels. It gives him a constant stream of plot points, it drives the narrative forward by creating colorful descriptions and it gives opportunities for interesting complications out of that mechanical bit.

The mechanics are engaged by the narrative and the narrative is shaped by the mechanics. The last bit about distinctions that I really like is that scene distinctions, like scene aspects in Fate, can also be added to a dice pool.

This gives players more opportunities and options when deciding to add distinctions. Das erschwert die Navigation ungemein. Eines vorneweg: Der Band eignet sich nicht dazu, ihn kurz vor der kommenden Spielsitzung einmal rasch durchzulesen und dann draufloszuspielen.

Er erfordert einiges an Vorbereitungszeit durch den Spielleiter. Wissen um das Marvel-Universum wird vorausgesetzt. Die Kampagne ist in drei Akte unterteilt. Das bedeutet zwar, dass der Spielleiter auch hier viel Arbeit in die Kampagne investieren muss, aber letztendlich wird er durch seine Arbeit mit einer recht umfangreichen Sandbox belohnt.

Am Anfang des Textes werden diverse Sonderregeln wie z. Troupe Play und Hero vs. Es gibt zwar auch Regeln um sich per Zufallstabellen einen eigenen Charakter zusammenzubauen, die Kampagne selbst geht aber davon aus, einen der bekannten Helden des Marvel Universums zu spielen.

Der SHRA wird beschlossen werden. Oder versuchen sie neutral zu bleiben? Wie strikt wird das neue Gesetz sein? Gleich zum Beginn der Kampagne wird z. Niemand kann vorher sagen in welcher Konstellation die Helden die Szene betreten.

Wen haben sie bereits vorher getroffen? Hier ist also wieder der Spielleiter gefragt, die zu spielenden Szenen entsprechend vorzubereiten, bzw. Um das alles Spielbar zu halten, haben die Autoren ein paar neue Ideen entwickelt. Im Troupe Play z. Eventuell passt gerade ein anderer Charakter besser ins Bild?

Das ist insbesondere schade, weil davon ausgegangen wird, dass die Charaktere z. Dieser Mangel an Hintergrundinformationen setzt sich leider durch die ansonsten hervorragend aufbereitete Kampagne fort. Die einzelnen selbst Szenen sind hervorragend beschrieben.

Was will man mehr erwarten? Leider mangelhafte Hintergrundinformationen. Gesamt 3. MHR is a powerful, but limited tool. If you're a comic book fan and you know and love the stories, it is a great method for retelling them and spinning your own. Likewise, it is challenging to play the heroes with only the materials available. There's a brief history and roleplaying tips in the form of experience point bonuses which are great and really useful if you already know the characters and their stories.

If you're coming at the game from a position of less knowledge the game really doesn't close the gap well enough. If you're a big fan or you're willing to do the research fun research! I recommend this game product very highly.

But it's not for everyone. More like a set of well organized campaign notes than a typical "module" or classical dungeon. Civil War premium edition contains everything you need to run the Civil War story line through your groups own personal "what if" scenario.

Very little of it is hard wired, most events don't hinge on particular Heroes belonging to one side or the other. It is more of a story arc outline but with suggestions for heroes for each side. The only thing I would suggest is that you read through the entire plot for all acts before begining play to make sure you help guide the story in the best possible way, and allow you to foreshadow future events if possible you never really know what your players will do.

All pre-written adventures should be written like this. This book is a wonderful example of what adventure supplements can be, and it's wonderful!

I'm not a Marvel Comics fan as in, I don't read the comics and, if you're not either, that shouldn't deter you from picking up this book.

Since I have the Basic Game and have read that quite a bit, I didn't do a complete read-through of the OM as included in this book. I did skim the pages and it seems to be the exact same book, although, according to a couple forum posts I've read, there were some very minor changes to some areas of the text to clarify some of the confusing things that came to light after the Basic Game was released. The Civil War Event consists of three different Acts.

The Acts take your group through the period just before the law, as the law passes, and the aftermath of the law. There's so much wonderful goodness contained in the book! I'll try and tell you what's in there without giving anything away. In this Event, the US Government, and other governments around the world, start out debating a law that requires superhumans to register with their government.

Superheroes are going to have an opinion of this, whether they're for it, against it, or just don't care either way. The wonderful thing about the way this Event is written is that, not everyone has to be on the same side!

At the beginning, this will likely cause some strife between the characters, but it probably won't come to blows. Then, during Act II, the heroes must pick a side, because if they don't, the powers that be will interpret their non-choice as a choice.

Again, this section has lots of notes on how to play the Event from either side; whether you're running from the law, or chasing down the rebels.

Act III is the culmination of the Event and has got so much explosive awesomeness that I can't even pick an item to talk about! The Event also includes lots of new Datafiles for popular heroes. I really liked seeing the Punisher and Deadpool in there.

The part that gets me so excited about this Event is the discussion on how each side would view and react in each scene described. It's a list of possibilities and I can see story threads stretching out to an infinite horizon.

There's so much to do, so many possibilities and this is an excellent launchpad for any Marvel story. Which side will your players choose in the clash between heroes for and against the Superhuman Registration Act?

The event book lays out the events of the superhero civil war in three acts: It contains only the additional rules for the Event and the Event material itself. It contains the Rules Event-specific rules Event material itself. If you already have the Basic RPG, this is mostly the same material allegedly with minor modifications and typo fixes -- stuff I haven't actually seen yet. However, there is a random character generation option included in this version.

I've heard online that the generator is also available on the publisher's site, though I haven't confirmed it yet. The most interesting rules for this event for me are: Resolving Hero vs. Hero conflicts and Troupe Play. Hero vs. Troupe Play: It also posits the option of pooling XP wherein a player earns XP for the event instead of that player's Heroes , so that key elements of the scenes, storylines, and heroes might be unlocked regardless of the status of any one Hero.

The book gives a good overview of the Civil War conflict, as well as detail on the factions involved, the key players, and locations and battlefronts that the conflict unfolds on. In three Acts, the Civil War event is detailed with the recommended sequence of scenes and information on the recommended action and transition scenes for each.

There is enough information to run each scene, though I do find myself wanting to pick up the comic books given the immense amount of backhistory for a lot of the characters to determine possible reactions of each one in a given scene. There is also space or leeway given to really spin the Event down different paths other than the ones in the official Marvel Universe timeline -- and I'll avoid spoilers here for those who never bothered to pick up all the comics in this mega-crossover event.

There's a lovely bibliography in the back if you're interested. Overall, the book really does make me want to get a group together to play out different factions simultaneously to put our own stamp on the Marvel Universe -- perhaps with our own characters or with key players in the event acting the way we feel they should have acted. And that's big praise from someone who really dismissed the entire event when it unfolded in comics as flawed at best.

This tome makes it engaging enough for me to want to be in the event proper and make things turn out differently, hopefully better.

Civil War is an Event for four to six players and may take up to six months to play. In addition to scenes, the event has optional rules for troupe play, optional rules improving scene distinctions and complications, and a sourcebook.

The Premium edition includes the Operations Manual, which is the game system rulebook also available in the Basic Game book. Operations Manual: As said, this is the same OM as the Basic book. However, a random character generator, has been included. The random character generator, and an example of play, are also available on the publisher's website. If you have an iPad, I highly recommend the Premium edition over the Essentials version, which does not come with the OM.

The scenes themselves are each only a few pages long. Rather than specific details, the description is more of an overview, pointing out various important scene and datafile distinctions. That's certainly enough to play and enjoy a scene.

Including the scene distinctions is a nudge up from the Basic Game's Breakout scenes, which only mentioned datafile distinctions.

Watcher character datafiles ie. Advice is also provided if players wish to pursue the scene further. The datafiles of characters in the scene and some of the scenes will be very useful in your own events, although no index is provided if you want to quickly find this information. The Premium Edition's scenes are better written and the variety of scenes will be useful as models for your own adventures. - Marvel Heroic Roleplaying: Basic Game Reviews

The scope of Civil War is much larger than any individual hero. The optional Troupe Play rules allow players to play different heroes throughout the event. Basically, the troupe play rule is that all XP are granted to the player, not the individual heroes being played. Further discussion is made for advanced troupe play, such as players who want to play heroes on either side of the registration act.

Scene Distinctions and Complications: This optional rule makes Scene Distinctions have more impact on a scene. A player may now add a Scene Distinction and a character Distinction to his dice pool for free, so long as one is a d4 and the other a d8. The Watcher may turn a Scene Distinction into a complication by spending a die from the dice pool eg. Civil War Sourcebook: While oriented towards the Civil War, the sourcebook section has information that is likely to be used for any Marvel event.