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Everyone associated with the gaming industry understands the overwhelming nature of product offerings with a fantasy based theme. Dungeons and Dragons and Pathfinder and Magic dominate tabletops from here to Timbuctoo. I was looked at with a smidge of skepticism when I began discussing with people the possibility of doing an RPG based on comic books and super heroes. Basically it was like the movie Forrest Gump when Tom Hanks goes to buy a shrimp boat from an old mariner on the Gulf Coast- “ Is ya stupid or something?”. If the universal experience of fantasy games triggers a sense memory of that first fairy tale we heard as a child then super hero games ; in theory, should trigger similar universal fond memories of that first time as a kid we tied a towel around our neck as a makeshift cape and jumped off the couch. But the devil has been in the details in our industry. There have been some great games …but… No super hero themed game ever reached the popularity of fantasy games. In movies, TV, video gaming, and toys…super heroes win the day. Except in our industry. The thing that was bothering me was the WHY. Both major comic book publishing houses have had offerings by game developers over the years but each one had it’s flaws, critics, and detractors. If you are making game based on popular heroes you start out with certain disadvantages. Extremely powerful characters cannot be watered down or large corporations who make billions on T-shirt sale get nervous. Game mechanics and gameplay balance ne damned. The smaller companies without a major DC or Marvel license in hand seemed to give up on the visual demands of the comic book public right away. So lack of visuals in the comic book realm is sure death. Many of those games presume the creation of a compelling comic book universe from scratch. Good luck with that. So I began to look at older games and what they did right and what they did wrong and found Superhero: 2044. Many games that followed SH: 2044 co-opted numerous game rules but curiously left out what I felt was the very foundation of having a successful super hero themed game. This was the inception of categorizing each character into classifications which formed a structure integral to organizing gameplay. It just needed characters. It may sound counter-intuitive in a D&D world but you need a base universe - to build a universe of your own. We built it and give you the tools to build upon it. I saw all these issues as an opportunity. First you need a bunch of viable characters. I started with the wealth of classic characters who are free to use. Then added characters I felt would be necessary for an interesting game. We methodically prepared the visuals and when those were underway we began systematically developing each character’s attributes and statistical scores based on what would happen in the real world if these people sprung to life. The result is a universe specifically generated FOR a game as opposed to a makeshift retrofit of popular characters into a game. We have carte blanche to create a balance among the characters to make entertaining game. Seemingly all powerful godlike characters will have achilles heel weaknesses. Street savvy underdogs can obtain weaponry which can even the playing field instantaneously. Each player participates in the gameplay evenly in a collaborative effort to save the world. Add in structured math, ships, vehicles, villains, and mercenaries backstories for all the above and I feel we have arrived at the perfect comic book role playing game. Mark Thompson Publisher Superhero: 2044 RPG .

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Each item offered to backers will have the highest production standards with high quality paper and printing methods for each printed product. In addition, each miniature will go through a meticulous prototype process which will test for aesthetics, durability, rigidity, and ease of providing an enjoyable painting surface.

 

 

  • 275 numerically balanced playable characters allow instant game immersion. 
  • Conversion tables to convert your character from your favorite super hero game.
  • Four classes of character builds which include: Unique – Super powered character Ubermensch – Human with enhanced abilities Tech – Technologically savvy Quantum – The ability to manipulate time and space within the game .
  • Easy to learn game play whether you are new to RPGs or an experienced veteran.
  • Fast and easy setup of new game.
  • Game play can be quick and simple, where you use the stats on the character profile to a multi-level game with in-depth rules and guidelines which include purchasing enhancements, equipment and vehicles.
  • Every move or counter is based on 2d10. Easy to follow numerics for quick and precise moves.
  • Why does the defender make the 2d10 roll? The exact same result would come from the attacker rolling 2d10 and the defender adding 11 to the defending skill, which is used in some fashion in many games. This choice brings players into the game sequence when their character is being attacked. The attacking player makes the decision who to attack and with what, but the defending player has to make the roll that determines how successful the attack is. This helps keep players focused on the game even when their character is not acting. 
  • Static attacks with defensive rolls for quick turns. 
  • Balanced characters and randomized group attacks so everyone has equal game play and participation. 
  • Editorially diverse backgrounds and orientations of the characters statistically in-line with the population.
  • Enemies have numbered attacks for randomized attacks. i.e. which attack and which hero to attack. 
  • The inclusion of mega weapons where the player will have tasks to acquire which allow for the defeat of ultra-powerful beings.
  • Four levels of play which allow for direct competition with more powerful beings as you grow and acquire mega weapons.
  • Acute measurement of in-game time which facilities quantum time jumps.
  • Detailed attribute numerical charts for all characters which allows for GM to define events.
  • Open ended scenarios which allow the GM to expand or limit the game length depending on the number of players, the level of players and time allotted for game play.
  • Most characters start with a 100-point system. With this many points, character builds become equally competitive without having over powered heroes. Guidelines and rules will also help players create their own competitive characters.
  • One of the objectives we wanted to achieve was to return to the days when RPGs were praised for teaching math and planning. We have made a fun and active way for all ages to use critical thinking and basic math.
  • Great game for all ages with any level of ADHD. All players and GM are active at all points either in team strategy, defense or group attacks.
  • Measurement tables which quantify each ready built character's powers, enhancements, and abilities in accordance with real world physics.

 

 

 

The Superhero: 2044 game will include the broadest array of weaponry, vehicles, and ships ever published in a comic book themed role playing game. This carefully conceived collection of weapons is not superfluous but is integral to gameplay. The 'gear' and acquisition thereof is a critical tool to equalizing the field amongst powered characters and non-powered characters.

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                              

 

                              

Risks and challenges

The most difficult aspect of doing an interesting comic book themed game is the basic core visuals. It is nearly impossible to describe to someone verbally or in writing a comic book theme, character, or setting. We have methodically created a substantial portion of the visuals so that as a fan you can get a clear picture of how the visual with appear.

After that we have discussed what we feel are the underpinning reasons for other comic book themed games not quite hitting the mark. We have spent quite a bit of time essentially cyber stalking forums where fans were lamenting what was lacking in existing supers themed gameplay products. Making sure that all those factors are addressed and comprehensively tested will be the final hurdle to creating the ultimate super hero role playing game. Our goals are lofty and based on the response so far we are close to reaching them. We could go to press the minute we would be so blessed as to have enough support. But we want to take the play testing to a higher levels which would encompass hundreds of players in mega sessions to make sure we have not overlooked anything. We would then and incorporate the results to substantially refine the game.

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    PDF of the Classic Game

    The mid-seventies saw the dawn of a new medium of role playing games and shortly afterward came the first super hero themed roleplaying game: Superhero 2044. With the relaunch and upgraded version on Kickstarter backers will now have the opportunity to show their support with a nominal $5 pledge. With that pledge, you get the pdf download of the original tabletop game.

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    Superhero: 2044 PDF version

    The updated and lavishly illustrated new edition of the classic comic book themed role playing game in handy PDF format.

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    Add-on: 3 Adventure Maps

    Alex Drummond (Warhammer) has created stunning maps to go along with the adventures in the source book for the Superhero: 2044 game.

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    • Map: Assault on Castle Dracula
    • Map: Welcome to Arkham
    • Map: The Altar of Baphomet
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    Softcover Book

    This softcover version of the game written by gaming industry legend Steve Perrin (Superworld & Runequest) with help from Wayne Shaw (Champions).

    Add fan favorite Ross Payton, and stalwart Jennifer Schoonover and you have a top-tier gaming brain trust. The game comes with 275 playable characters including a playable Cthulhu.

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    Hardcover Book

    The superlative game fashioned by the gaming brain trust also comes with a quality hardcover version with an exclusive cover by comic industry artistic genius Jay Anacleto. Jay broke onto the scene in the nineties with the Image Comics publication ARIA which reset the industry standard for art.  Along with Jay's art the entire project has been specially crafted with comic book industry legends - Men such as Herbe Trimpe (Incredible Hulk), Bob McLeod (New Mutants) Bob Budiansky (Ghost Rider), Rudy Nebres (Marvel Hulk Magazine),  Dave Acosta (Chastity, Doc Savage), Jamie Tynsdale (Zenoscope cover artist), Val Mayerick (Howard the Duck), Ernie Chan (Savage Sword of Conan), and many many more.

    These gaming talents and comic book talents have collided to create the perfect gaming world with legendary characters such as Dracula, Hercules, The Heap, Thor, Arrow, Frankenstein, The Purple Zombie, Valkyrie, Monkey King, Van Helsing, and hundreds more!

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    Hard & Soft Cover Book w/ Limited Litho

    Get the hard cover AND the softcover together and we will throw in a limited lithograph of the stunning Jay Anacleto wraparound cover featuring your favorite classic characters.

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    Starter Adventure: City of Mirrors

    The Starter Adventure pits your characters against Cthulhu which has trapped our heroes in the City of Mirrors. This set comes with a free PDF version of the book.

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    • Map: City of Mirrors
    • Miniature: Monster - Cthulhu (oversized)
    • Miniature: Hero - Arsene Lupin
    • Miniature: Hero - Splitting Atom
    • Miniature: Hero - Metal Rain
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    Adventure 1 - Assault on Castle Dracula

    The first adventure pits your characters against the evil Count at his lair which lies deep in the Carpathian Mountains. This set comes with a free copy of the softcover book as well as a copy of the PDF version of the book.

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    • Map: Assault on Castle Dracula
    • Miniature: Monster - Dracula(polymorph/oversized piece)
    • Miniature: Army - Acari
    • Miniature: Hero - Van Helsing
    • Miniature: Hero - Monkey King
    • Miniature: Hero - Werewolf
    • Miniature: Army - Lycan Warriors
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    Adventure 2 - Welcome to Arkham

    The second adventure pits your characters against the sanitarium itself. You are plunged into a time/space flux to an abandoned yesteryear version of the sanitarium. This set comes with a free copy of the softcover book as well as a copy of the PDF version of the book.

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    • Map: Welcome to Arkham
    • Miniature: Monster - Dr. Caligari(oversized piece)
    • Miniature: Monster - Zodiac
    • Miniature: Army - Dream Eaters
    • Miniature: Hero - Trigger Happy
    • Miniature: Hero - Dare-Devil
    • Miniature: Hero - Elvis, The Incredible Fighting Llama
    • Miniature: Hero - Dr. Philadelphia
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    Leather bound w/ Limited Litho

    You get the softcover, hardcover, AND collectable leather-bound for your personal library and still get the awesome Jay Anacleto wrap around in the limited-edition lithograph.  You also receive the PDF version for enhanced game management.

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    Adventure 3 - The Altar of Baphomet

    The third adventure pits your characters against the notorious demon Baphomet. He has captured an altar of respect to him and turned it into a portal into another multi-verse. This set comes with a free copy of the softcover book as well as a copy of the PDF version of the book.

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    • Map: The Altar of Baphomet
    • Miniature: Monster - Baphomet
    • Miniature: Monster - Jormungand(oversized piece)
    • Miniature: Army - Baphomet Minions
    • Miniature: Hero - Birdman
    • Miniature: Hero - Fantomah
    • Miniature: Hero - Amazing Man
    • Miniature: Hero - Green Man (oversized)
    • Miniature: Hero - Astonishing Girl (oversized)
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    You will receive both adventure 1 and adventure 2 with this money saving offer.This set comes with a free copy of the hardcover book as well as a copy of the PDF version of the book.

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