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Gestalt: The Hero Within (M&M) $19.95 $14.95
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Gestalt: The Hero Within (M&M)
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Gestalt: The Hero Within (M&M)
Publisher: BlackWyrm Games
by Berin K. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 03/26/2010 12:46:49
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. Characters become the embodiment of an idea -- patriotism, wisdom, science, you name it. People who seem to embody these values spontaneously develop powers. This can be good or bad; the flavor text at the beginning is about a character who suffers loss and becomes the gestalt of sorrow, leading to a pretty tortured existence.

The possibilities to be explored within this concept are pretty limitless. You can play it as dark and gritty, or as four-color as you'd like, and even have characters from various styles of play side-by-side based on the ideals they embody. It builds the roleplaying possibilities right into the character concept, giving the player an instant hook and the gamemaster immediate access to potential conflicts and villains.

This edition tacks on rules for creating characters and running the game using the Mutants & Masterminds rules. It's got a nice list of pre-generated heroes and villains to use. While this is well done, the true value lies in the setting concepts themselves.

[5 of 5 Stars!]
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