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Light City #1 - The Brawler

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Welcome to Light City!

You’ve entered the capital of four-color superheroic action as governed by the excellent Swords & Wizardry Light ruleset!  There are lots of great superhero RPGs out there, and we don’t intend for Light City to overtake any of those in your gaming heart of hearts.  However, if you enjoy superheroic archetypes and the supersimplicity of SWL, you’ve come to the right place.  Here’s the first class.  We hope you enjoy your stay!

 
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Royce R June 17, 2017 7:06 am UTC
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HEY. Y'ALL! For a really groovy trip down Memory Lane, check out Jonathan's statting of Batman '66, the late, great Adam West, at his homepage. You'll be as pleased as I was to note, I hope, that Batman's Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma surpass his Strength. Depending on how the character was played, I could see this working well in the Fabulous '30's and'40's (a very noir era in its own right) or in the modern Dark Knight era. PEACE, BABY AND KEEP 'EM FLYING!
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Jonathan L June 17, 2017 6:16 pm UTC
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Batman was definitely fun to stat up even with a simple class like this one...and especially a very specific incarnation of Batman! It's actually kind of difficult, though, to give him ability scores without feeling like you could be over- and underestimating his capabilities at the same time...!
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Royce R June 17, 2017 7:13 pm UTC
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It's the risk of overestimation you took that allows the Batman, as a Brawler, to also be played as the World's Greatest Detective, the possessor of such wonderful toys, and the very Night itself. In other words, you nailed it. When my 22-year-old godson read your assessment of Batman as a Brawler, he commented that the same application could be made to Christian Bale's portrayal of Batman equally well.

It might be fun to go ahead and stat all the characters from Batman '66 for Light City, but who do you use for Catwoman: Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, or Ursula Kitt? Riddle me this: Which one could create the strongest "strange stirrings in my utility belt" or would it take a mixture of all three? MEOW!!

If only all choices could be this much fun...
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Royce R June 21, 2017 12:52 am UTC
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'Scuze me, Eartha Kitt.
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Jonathan L June 21, 2017 12:20 pm UTC
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Hey, a rose by any other name...!
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Royce R May 15, 2017 9:27 pm UTC
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If the Brawler corresponds to the Fighter, what heroes would conceivably fit the Cleric, Magic-User, and Thief classes?
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Jonathan L May 20, 2017 4:11 pm UTC
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I imagine there are more than four superhero core classes (especially since at this point, we have ingrained supers archetypes like the Speedster that are so darn specific!). BUT if I were breaking down a basic vigilante party that could correspond to fantasy's big four, I'd probably go with the Brawler, the Elemental (e.g. the Silver Age Human Torch, for the Magic-User), the Gifted (e.g. DC's Captain Marvel...or, Shazam if I must, for the Cleric), and let's say something like a Gadgeteer for the Thief.

Of course, Clerics, Magic-Users, and Thieves would probably fit right in here, as well...!
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Royce R May 21, 2017 6:28 pm UTC
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That kind of follows what I postulated after reading the rules for S&WL, only I had the Batman as the archtype for the Thief; Batman relies on his fighting, dexterity and ability to intimidate more than any gadget he may be packing.

I am very eagerly awaiting the full publishing of all the Light City materials. The beauty of S&WL is that all the materials needed to run a campaign over several nights with a bunch of kids in a hotel room will fit in a manilla folder; it would be nice to be able to do the same with the Supers genre as well.
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Jonathan L May 23, 2017 8:18 pm UTC
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Batman as the Thief works pretty well, I think. He's a tough character to fit into an archetype-based system because he's good at EVERYTHING (except chilling out), so he'd probably have to just be based on whichever aspect you'd want to highlight the most (fighting ability, wonderful toys, detective skills). (For whatever it's worth, I think of Ted Kord as probably the quintessential Gadgeteer in comics...)

I hope to have a second Light City installment up for perusal very soon!
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Royce R May 24, 2017 5:27 am UTC
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Or Merry, Girl of a Thousand Gimmicks. For the Modern Age, it might be a toss-up between Iron Man and Booster Gold.

As for more Light City installments, I can't wait, Jonathan; I say again, I can't wait.

To date there's only been one game, H&H, that was designed from the ground up as a Supers game for the Golden Age. It was designed to emulate D&D White Box and, like 0e D&D, soon spawned a line of Companion booklets. All this is fine, but as I said above, I think something that will fit in a manila envelope is needed and would be appreciated. After that, just throw a d6 and a d20 in your pocket and you're ready to go.
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