19 juin 2015

A new article celebrating TSR's Marvel Super Heroes!

http://io9.com/the-80s-marvel-super-heroes-rpg-was--5000-awesome-1712085331?utm_campaign=socialflow_io9_facebook&utm_source=io9_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow Here is the link to an article celebrating TSR's Marvel Super Heroes released in the 80ies, and the homemade adventures that it inspired to the author of the piece! Personally, even if I tried a ton of other superhero roleplaying game systems, I always come back to this one. It's simple and very flexible. 4 colors are not enough for you in the resolution table? Add... [Lire la suite]
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06 mars 2014

French superheroes: a signing event and discussion in Paris yesterday!

Je me suis rendu à une rencontre-dédicace hier à l'espace rencontre de Joseph Gibert (ce n'est pas indiqué, mais sachez-le si vous devez vous y rendre, c'est une alcôve au premier étage du bâtiment de la librairie). Etaient présent Romain d'Huissier, scénariste, écrivain et auteur de jeu de rôle (dont La Brigade Chimérique et Hexagon Universe), et Alex Nikolavitch, traducteur, scénariste et essayiste, qui a notamment travaillé chez Semic. Jean-Marc Lainé, qui avait été annoncé, n'a pu venir. Malgré mon arrivée un peu en retard,... [Lire la suite]
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04 décembre 2013

Hexagon Universe: the French superheroes!

Do you know superheroes 100% French? There were some named Mikros, Saltarella and Crabby in the magazine called Titans. There was also a hero named Photonik in the magazine named Spidey… But, to my great surprise, there were others as well!  I discovered that fact in an indirect way, while surfing on a discussion board dedicated to roleplaying games, where a subject grabbed my attention: the XII Singes (Twelve Monkeys) editions were about to release a French superhero roleplaying game!  Until now the few rare superhero... [Lire la suite]
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17 novembre 2013

Batman: Under the Red Hood, a question, no answer?

I didn't write the message below. It was written but the poster whose pseudo is Action Jeans, on 2013 october the 22nd, on the Red Letter Media message board I read. It sums up admirably my own thoughts about the innocence, not only necessary, but mostly indispensable, which goes with the most known superheroes. Our conclusions are opposed, since he seems to regret  the existence of the subject matter, when I agree wholheartedly with it. The tone is more brutal than what I would use myself,... [Lire la suite]
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23 octobre 2013

Superheroes : their most impossible power, and they all have it!

The true ultimate super-power of the superheroes, they all have it and yet it does not appear anywhere in their characteristics: they are always right. And if they are wrong, their wrong is fixable. At the second this super-power is put to a fault, they become villains. Even the Hulk, considered uncontrollable, won’t kill any innocent bystander when he loses control in his moments of rage. This is why so much of fans were upset to see in Man of Steel a Superman too eager to take the teeth out of his opponent’s mouth at a time where... [Lire la suite]
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09 août 2013

Superheroes: their REAL superpower!

As I was writing “Who Is Sister Love? ”, one of my goals was to establish the story in a world as close to ours as possible (while being at the same time a true superhero story, i.e. with real superpowers), I realized something that may perhaps appear obvious to some, but that I hadn’t figured out before. The real and greater superhero power ever is not super-strength or resistance: it’s transportation! If the villains commit a crime, that generally doesn’t take them too much time, it’s thus imperative that the heroes can go to this... [Lire la suite]
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21 juillet 2013

First Mastery of a Roleplaying Games... of Superheroes!

I discovered role-playing games at one of my friends’ house. One of his cousins was here and improvised a roleplaying game session with house rules. I played a warrior, and the feeling of total freedom was extraordinary! For the first time I experienced what it was really like to play with a character that you controlled from A to Z (finally, except for the random dice parts). My second experiment was with another friend, a solo session he mastered with the “Méga 2” system, a special issue of the “Jeux et Stratégies” magazine, which... [Lire la suite]
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20 juillet 2013

Innocence and Superheroes

At the heart of “Who Is Sister Love?” is a topic dear to me, namely the relationship between super-heroism such as featured in comic-books and the need for some innocence. For me one doesn’t go without the other. This is why I regard as rather vain the search for “realism” in comic-books. One will probably say that I very have a very “old-school” sensitivity of superheroes, which is true. Nevertheless, “innocent” doesn’t necessarily mean “simplistic”, and doesn’t exclude in my opinion some sophistication. Case in point, the recent... [Lire la suite]
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18 juillet 2013

First Superhero Purchase!

My first purchase regarding to superheroes (well, rather the one I made my parents buy anyway) was mythical in more than one way: Special Strange 33 saw indeed the conclusion of the Dark Phoenix saga and the death of Phoenix herself! I had read the previous episodes at a friend’s home, I thus knew what was happening, but I didn’t think when I bought it to which point this episode would be anchored in the “comics” culture several years afterwards. The two episodes were particularly poignant. The heroes, for once, were... [Lire la suite]
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11 juillet 2013

Birth of a passion

My passion for superheroes was undoubtedly born towards the end of the Seventies. I already knew some characters like Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four thanks to the cartoons, but those were drowned in the middle of many other cartoons, so they didn’t necessarily stand out. We were in full discovery of Japanimation, with Goldorak (Great Mazinger) at the top of the line, and American cartoons seemed quite insipid in comparison! One of my classmates and neighbor invited me one day to play at his place. He had a... [Lire la suite]
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