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Gestalt: The Hero Within (HERO)

Gestalt: The Hero Within (HERO)

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Gestalt: The Hero Within

Where Men Become Myth - and Myths Become Men

“Gestalt” is Scott Bennie's unique world of superhuman archetypes. Superhero comic books contain worlds of Archetypes, individuals who represent important symbols. They are populated by characters who represent concepts such as Heroism, Strength, Speed, Cleverness, The Elements, Kindness, Cruelty, and Ambition. All fiction deals in archetypes or symbols, but comic books apply them more consciously than most fictional forms.

The Gestalt campaign takes the idea of "character as Archetype" one step further. In this campaign world, Gestalt-Earth, the characters are the symbols. A physically powerful superhero might not just be a strong guy - he could be an embodiment of Strength. A Gestalt martial arts master isn't just a superb fighter - he's also a human representation of his chosen art. The master lives its philosophy at all times, getting into situations where he demonstrates his art and its virtues, championing those who follow the art, and using the art to advance his or her personal fortunes.

While characters in the Gestalt-Earth setting look and act like superheroes, in many ways they fulfill the role of mythological gods, becoming the champion of concepts and portfolios.

“Gestalt: The Hero Within” uses the HERO System.

 
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Berin K. [Featured Reviewer]
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March 26th, 2010
It's hard to come up with an original superhero setting that has internal logic and consistency. Gestalt manages to do that and make it feel believable, while completely ignoring the pesky question of why, exactly, superpowers exist or how they work. [...]
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December 1st, 2007
The Upside: Gestalt: The Hero Within is a Superheroic Setting using the Hero System. The setting evolved from years of actual games, which means the concept of the setting works well in a game. Two capture the idea of the setting the book opens [...]
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Pages
400
Publisher Stock #
BWG6000
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15.89 MB
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File Last Updated:
August 13, 2007
This title was added to our catalog on August 12, 2007.
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BlackWyrm Games
BlackWyrm Games
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