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Silver ENnie

Winner of the 2017 silver ENnie for Best Family Game


A giant robot is smashing down Main Street.
Your best friend tried to kiss you. Your mom thinks your grades need work. Your mentor thinks your team is bringing you down. Oh, and your costume is ripped.

Just another day in Halcyon City...

Masks: A New Generation is a superhero roleplaying game in which a team of young heroes fights villains, saves lives, and tried to figure out who they are—noble paragons? Dark avengers? Or regular kids? All against the backdrop of Halcyon City, the greatest city in the world.

In this book, you get:

  • Ten playbooks for young superheroes, so you can create your own awesome characters
  • Rules for superheroic action, interpersonal drama, and changing identity
  • Detailed instructions for running the game, building villains, and playing to find out what happens
  • Tools for creating your own custom material for Masks

Masks makes use of the same rules-light engine as Apocalypse World, Monsterhearts, Dungeon World, Urban Shadows, and Epyllion to create stories about young superheroes in the vein of Young JusticeYoung Avengers, and Teen Titans.

So what're you waiting for, hero? Time to get to work.


3-5 players | Campaign Play 2-4 hour sessions | Rated Teen | Powered By the Apocalypse | 

 
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Tyler M September 19, 2017 3:11 pm UTC
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I'm able to access all my files except the corebook. It keeps saying that the pdf is invalid on whatever pdf reader I try to use with it. Any suggestions?
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Michael G October 06, 2017 12:54 am UTC
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Try downloading it to dropbox and go from there
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Pierre S August 22, 2017 9:57 pm UTC
I see just one page in your full-page preview. Is that right?
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Josh C July 11, 2017 6:53 am UTC
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Any timeline on HCHC's release?
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Noele C July 09, 2017 11:56 pm UTC
so is there actual gameplay in this or what? cuz when I found out about this, I thought I was going to be able to play a Young Justice related game
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Josh C July 11, 2017 6:51 am UTC
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It's a mechanics-light system, so there's actual gameplay, you just have to provide a lot of the narration as to what happens and how. All characters can attack, defend, assess, etc. but a Nova does it differently than a Beacon, and it's possible for two Protégés to do the same move in two different ways. How you skin your character and play them out is vital in this game.
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Jason K September 20, 2017 2:40 pm UTC
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That is *exactly* what this is for. I've only gotten to run a couple of sessions but they were *amazing*.
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Alan C L July 08, 2017 6:44 pm UTC
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Since you want to miss on the take a powerful blow roll, do you still get a potential on a miss?
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Josh C July 11, 2017 6:47 am UTC
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Yes. Think of it like an added benefit!
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Marisa K June 15, 2017 2:03 pm UTC
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Just in case things like this can be changed somewhere along the way: Typo on page 44, last line before the blue block. "If you see yourself as too much of an extreme, HEN it starts messing you up."
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Lachlan L May 26, 2017 9:50 pm UTC
How many players do you think is right for masks? My group is taking a break from DND, thinking Masks next, we have 5-7
We mostly play heavy RP dnd but I am just wondering if this game can handle such a large group
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Joe H June 16, 2017 12:30 am UTC
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I know this is late and you may not see this, but the answer is the recommended group size is whatever the GM can handle, up to ten players if you just use the base game. If you buy more playbooks(This game's word for Classes) or use fan made Playbooks you could support even more players provided the GM can handle it.
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May 09, 2017 1:36 am UTC
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Out of curiosity, will the Deck of Villainy and the Hero Deck ever be able to be purchased along with some of the other Kickstater goals?
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Sarah R May 16, 2017 2:16 pm UTC
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Hey there!

Yes, the Deck of Villainy, Deck of Influence, Halcyon City Herald Collection, Secrets of A.E.G.I.S., and Masks Unbound will all be available for sale after backers get their copies.
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June 09, 2017 3:04 am UTC
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Thanks for the info.
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Joe H January 29, 2017 8:18 am UTC
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Will the extra Playbooks be exclusive to those who funded the campaign, or available for everyone to Purchase later? The harbinger sounds really interesting.
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Luke W January 29, 2017 8:30 am UTC
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Magpie confirms in the comments below that the three supplements will be available for purchase generally when they are released.
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Andrew B January 26, 2017 7:16 pm UTC
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Any chance of getting printer friendly character playbooks? They look great, but I'll use half an ink cartridge printing these guys out.
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Sarah R January 27, 2017 2:19 am UTC
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Hey Andrew!

We're definitely looking at some alternate formats. We'll put out a post if any changes are made.
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Matthias K January 24, 2017 2:43 pm UTC
Did I need "Apocalypse World" to understand the rules?
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Mark T January 24, 2017 5:04 pm UTC
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Nope! Everything you need to learn how to play is included in this book.
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Matthias K March 07, 2017 11:56 am UTC
Well, thanks!
Hey, I see you are from germany. Is there a minimal possibility that this game would be translated to german?
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Pablo R November 18, 2016 9:39 pm UTC
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I missed out on the Kickstarter for this, but I was more than happy to purchase this when it came out. Definitely worth every penny. Keep up the good work!
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Alan C L November 13, 2016 6:39 am UTC
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I am really interested in this game. I have played (and really enjoyed) Worlds in Peril. Has anyone played both games, and if so can you say how they compare?
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John R December 01, 2016 8:57 am UTC
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I am in the same situation as you. From what I've read secondhand online, the two games have a different superhero focus. Worlds in Peril offers a classic look at superheroes while Masks zooms in more narrowly on teenaged superheroes. The strength of Worlds in Peril seems to be how well it handles powers as well as the fallout being a superhero has on one's bonds with society and people. The strength of Masks seems to be how it handles the adolescent struggle to explore and establish one's own identity in the midst of social pressures and frustrations. Worlds in Peril has been compared favorably with the now discontinued Marvel Heroic Roleplaying game rather than an Apocalypse World game. In comparison, Masks seems to be seen as a relatively more traditional Powered by the Apocalypse game.

All of the above is just based on reading several forums and reviews that discuss both games.

There's also another Powered by the Apocalypse superhero game under construction called Just Heroes that...See more
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chris D September 29, 2016 12:30 am UTC
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I have a question about some of the inspirations in particular I was wondering how beast boy would fit into the legacy playbook? I would consider him more the outsider or even transformed. Some even say the beacon but I don't see that.
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Alfred R October 04, 2016 12:44 pm UTC
Beast Boy its probably a Legacy because in the comics, he's been around in almost every iteration of the Teen Titans and the New Teen Titans and Young Justice, and he's got a Doom Patrol pedigree. He's got the experience, and he hasn't graduated up to any other big name team. So, even when the rest of the roster cycles and new people come in, its always Garfield hanging around as the lynchpin of the team. He's *the* Teen Titan, or whatever. He even had a storyline relatively recently about his unwillingness to move on, and making peace with *not* being a Titan anymore.

Animated Beast Boy may not be a Legacy, but classic comic book Beast Boy as a Legacy makes tons of sense.
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Randall T November 06, 2016 3:13 pm UTC
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Beast Boy is also a legacy of the Doom Patrol, which is what I think was the intent in him being chosen.
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September 18, 2016 4:09 am UTC
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I checked out the kickstarter and saw you met a large amount of bonus playbooks and such. Are these additional pdf stretch goal unlocks included with this pdf download?
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Luke W September 18, 2016 7:26 am UTC
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There are three supplements coming which contain the stretch goals. This book is already jam packed and couldn't contain any more than it does TBH
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September 18, 2016 9:06 pm UTC
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You wouldn't happen to know how these three supplements are priced and separated into content would you?
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Luke W September 18, 2016 9:23 pm UTC
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No sorry. The content is all on the KS page and I think they even said what was in each book on an update. For a softcover book like these, I would expect USD20. Maybe more if they are full colour.
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Mark T September 19, 2016 1:03 am UTC
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Luke's got it right! The supplements will have those additional materials; this book is complete and finished on its own. Check out the Kickstarter page for some idea of the breakdown of the supplements, but they are generally separated by topic.
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Daniel S September 21, 2016 4:33 am UTC
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So do we have a rough Idea of when those supplements might get released? My players from the Beta are super excited for more playbooks :)
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Ty R November 02, 2016 2:52 pm UTC
im just realizing i never got a backerkit email nor my link to the pdf copy with my pledge? did those go out yet?
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Matt M November 02, 2016 4:34 pm UTC
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I didn't receive an email notification, either, but if you log in to your Backerkit account and review the details of your order, you should see a "Get Your Digital Downloads" section toward the top of the page.
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Brian P September 16, 2016 2:38 am UTC
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How do I purchase and/or download the Hero Deck and Deck of Villainy? The book says to go to http://www.magpiegames.com/masks/ but that doesn't seem to have anything on the decks as of 9/15/2016.
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Luke W September 18, 2016 12:51 am UTC
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Give it some time. The book has just been released and these will no doubt follow.
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