About

Welcome to Union City Heroes, a brand new Superhero Roleplaying Game from Paul Malchow and Antonio Garcia! 

Bumble Boy is one of Union City's most heroic... When he isn't distracted by his phone.
Bumble Boy is one of Union City's most heroic... When he isn't distracted by his phone.

For nearly twenty years, I have been creating characters and telling stories of Union City. Since I was a kid, I have been inspired and enthralled by comic books and every time I thought of my own hero or villain or location, I would add it to Union City. Ideas for every era and every kind of hero and villain poured out and were absorbed into Union City, turning it into a thriving, living world of Comic Book action and adventure. 

Captain Jupiter has no time for ravening alien swarms!
Captain Jupiter has no time for ravening alien swarms!

 Soon, my brothers and my friends and I were playing games there in Union City. Any system we could get our hands on, we tried, desperate to find a Superhero Roleplaying Game that was fun, streamlined, imaginative, and creative enough to capture the spirit of our own Union City Heroes. But all of them fell short for one reason or another. What if there was a high speed chase? How do you reward heroes who rescue civilians instead of just batter the villains? How can creative uses of powers be implemented without breaking the flow of a session or the rules of the game? All of these systems had no way of answering these and so many other questions.

Doctor Tomorrow dodges blasts from one of Prince Vice's robotic centurions.
Doctor Tomorrow dodges blasts from one of Prince Vice's robotic centurions.

There was only one solution: To make a brand new system that would have the fun and challenge of a crunchy, numeric system, but have the loose, storytelling-centric capabilities to allow for everything that happens in comics.  

Miscreant takes control of one of Alexander the Great's cyborgs!
Miscreant takes control of one of Alexander the Great's cyborgs!

Powers are all paired with Qualities like Cosmic, Energy, Projectile, Technology, or Arcane. By using a diverse array of Powers and Abilities paired with a plethora of Qualities, players can make characters beyond their wildest dreams that still have concrete rules, but not so many that you need to learn volumes upon volumes of new rules just to play this game. (more info on Qualities here)

Palmerston awaits the return of the Green Death with medical and moral support.
Palmerston awaits the return of the Green Death with medical and moral support.

This system also features an innovative and fun mixture of Roleplaying and Mechanics. Each player needs to make a civilian that will Anchor them to the world of Union City. It is by interacting with these Civilians that players regain Hero Points. This system not only links each hero to the city but it also provides a unique window into the world of ordinary people living in a city full of superheroes. (More info on Anchors here)

Wrangler ropes and ties White Lightning!
Wrangler ropes and ties White Lightning!

Hero Points are an essential fuel that lets players avoid being subdued by villains, gain advantages to overcome challenges, and use their most powerful abilities. Activating more powerful abilities requires Hero Points and using them can turn misses into hits and hits into knockouts! (more info on Hero Points here)

The Glorious Vishnu fights Alexander the Great on the banks of the burning Ganges
The Glorious Vishnu fights Alexander the Great on the banks of the burning Ganges

And all of this is a vehicle to explore a modern and diverse world through the adventures of Superheroes. Modern Union City is a place of natives and immigrants, people of every color, national origin, orientation, race, body-type, and gender. Anyone can be a hero in Union City and the lineup of heroes you meet there will highlight this. (more info on Diversity in Union City here)

Mockup of the Softcover Core Book
Mockup of the Softcover Core Book

The book itself will feature rules for Character Creation, rules for running combat, information on the history of Union City, Heroes of Union City, complete stats for many Union City Villains and their minions and plots. This book will be 200 pages or more of Comic Book action and information on all the ways you can run a game in the unique and wonderful world of Union City. 

As KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVES, everyone who pledges will receive the Quantum of Time Super-Adventure that they can download and play to jump right into the action of Union City! This epic adventure features a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE Villain and a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE MAP! 

STRETCH GOALS!

 Rick Rocket has been fighting evil in the blink of an eye ever since the 1960's. He can race around the globe in seconds and blind his foes with flurries of punches faster than the speed of sound. He and his longtime boyfriend founded the Vanguard, one of Union City's most prominent superhero teams. Unlocking this goal will mean a full Rick Rocket Character as well as a new Speedster Class for anyone to use and advanced Super Speed options for Character Creation! 

Also, when we reach this level, there will be a brand new KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE ADVENTURE by Chris Frascella! 

 The New Lady Sunbeam grew up inspired and emulating the style and confidence of this amazing heroine. When Lady Sunbeam retired and passed on the mantle, her Solar Matrix allowed Emilia Ricci to look on the outside like she had always felt on the inside. While there has been pushback, intolerance, even hatred in the Cis Community, Lady Sunbeam is proving herself every bit as much as a powerhouse and an icon as her predecessor. Unlocking this goal will mean a full Lady Sunbeam Character as well as a new Blaster Class for anyone to use and more burst, flare, and ranged combat options for Character Creation!

Also, when we reach this level, there will be a brand new KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE ADVENTURE by Joe Merkviladze!

Module Girl was created by scientists for Garth Gewl in an attempt to make a bodyguard robot that could adapt to protect him when Superheroes attempted to interfere with his plans. Module Girl was abandoned after being defeated and began to adapt and grow beyond her programming. She soon joined the forces of good to help lead the fight against her evil creators. Unlocking this goal will mean a full Module Girl Character as well as a new Bionic Class for anyone to use and advanced robotics or android options for Character Creation!

Also, when we reach this level, there will be a brand new KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE ADVENTURE by Justin Biggs!

Sgt. Kendra Johnson fought overseas and was a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield, but her rage and bloodlust left her susceptible to dark forces beyond her comprehension. She returned home with a dark passenger. When she feels anger or fear or her PTSD is triggered, MARID: the Demoness is unleashed with chains and fire and guns and fury. Now Kendra fights to keep this violent spirit at bay and to ensure that it only hurts those who deserve to be punished. Unlocking this goal will mean a full MARID: the Demoness Character as well as a new Anti-Hero Class for anyone to use and options for intimidation, blood-spilling, and rule-breaking for good will be a part of Character Creation!

Also, when we reach this level, there will be a brand new KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE ADVENTURE by James Thorpey!

Rescue Dog was just a stray on the mean streets of Union City when he found a space hero, wounded and bleeding in an alley. The hero had been badly hurt by an alien bounty hunter and Rescue Dog cuddled and comforted him. The alien blood absorbed and irradiated Rescue Dog giving him super powers which he used to fight off the evil alien. Now Rescue Dog streaks across the skies of Union City, helping those in need. He's a very good dog. What a good dog. Who's a good boy? He is. Yes he is, such a good dog. Unlocking this goal will mean a full Rescue Dog Character as well as a new Animal Hero Class for anyone to use and options for furry, four-legged  friends during Character Creation!

Also, when we reach this level, there will be a brand new KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE ADVENTURE by Chris Rice!

Double the number of Maps that will be featured in the book and the Map Pack! More maps means more unique Union City locations to do battle in. These will include the Union City Hall, the Alfred Suspension Bridge, Tomorrow University, and more! 

Also, when we reach this level, there will be a brand new KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE ADVENTURE!

Harmeny Studios has been making animated musical movies since the 1930's and their fairytale cartoon characters and theme parks are beloved by young and old in Union City. Daniel Harmeny's last contribution to the world at large was to design and fund a team of Superheroes based on his classic movies. Unlocking this goal will mean a whole new team of Superheroes with full Character Sheets, in-depth details on Harmeny Studios and their movies and personalities, and a variety of new powers and character options based on them! 

Also, when we reach this level, there will be a brand new KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE ADVENTURE!

Union City Ages will be a chapter full of additional options, characters, and rules to enhance the play in every Comic Book Era! Era Rules will add to the flavor and the gameplay by emphasizing classic comic tropes and themes of their times. Plus over A DOZEN new characters and character options that reflect the Golden Age, Silver Age, Bronze Age, and the Future of Union City. 

Also, when we reach this level, there will be a brand new KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE ADVENTURE!

The Cosmic Compendium will be a brand new chapter with in-depth descriptions of alien worlds, races, and a history of extraterrestrials on Earth and in Union City. In addition, the characters the Kosmonaut and Voidress will be detailed with Full Characters and additional Deep-Space options for Character Creation. 

Also, when we reach this level, there will be a brand new KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE ADVENTURE!

The Arcane Appendix will be a brand new chapter with in-depth descriptions of mages, magical rituals, summonings, possessions, ghosts, ghouls and all things Arcane in Union City. In addition, the characters the Orange Eternal and Qabal will be detailed with Full Characters and additional Magical options for Character Creation.

Also, when we reach this level, there will be a brand new KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE ADVENTURE!

And there are lots, and lots of great additional rewards that we have plans for that we will reveal once we break $9,000! STAY TUNED!  

Risks and challenges

This system has been in the works for quite some time and has already been played and enjoyed by many. This Kickstarter will allow us to fill the book with Antonio's extraordinary art, play-test the system to refine and perfect it, and to get all the finishing and printing done.
Antonio and I have been working together for months, investing time, energy, and money into this project just to get it to this point, where we feel confident that we have a game that you will absolutely love!
Now we need you to come through for us and show that there is a community out there that wants to take to the streets of Union City to do right and to have a whole heck of a lot of fun doing it!
We are ready to finish this project and to add more to it over the next few months, giving us more than enough time to finish everything and get it to the printers so that it will be in your hands in a timely manner.
We've spent a lot of time in Union City, making sure that it's ready, and now we can't wait to welcome you to Union City, Heroes!

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    Mayor of Union City

    You are an essential part of Union City Heroes, even if you're not going to join the fight!
    A character in Union City will be named after you, and will be mentioned in the Corebook at least once. Plus your name will appear on a special "Thank You" page.
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    Chessmaster

    Tactical and imaginative.
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    Komodo

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    Miscreant

    Pure Rockstar!
    You will receive a Union City Heroes T-Shirt plus the Chessmaster and Mayor of Union City rewards. Plus all Stretch Goals.

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    Captain Jupiter

    An awesome mix of vintage and modern!
    You will receive a set of custom Union City Heroes Dice plus the Chessmaster, and Mayor of Union City rewards. Plus all Stretch Goals.

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    Captain Jupiter II

    Another dimension of adventure that's out of this world! You will receive a printed set of Union City Heroes Maps plus the Komodo, Chessmaster, and Mayor of Union City rewards. Plus all Stretch Goals.

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    the Green Death

    A true classic and an enduring member of the community of heroes!
    You will receive the Deluxe Hardcover Edition of Union City Heroes and an Exclusive Poster! Plus the Chessmaster and Mayor of Union City rewards. Plus all Stretch Goals.
    STORNGLY RECOMMENDED!

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    A team of champions; THIS PLEDGE LEVEL IS FOR RETAILERS ONLY.
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    Wrangler

    Round up a posse and grab your lasso!
    You will receive the Union City Heroes Softcover Corebook, Union City Heroes T-Shirt, Union City Heroes Custom Dice, Union City Heroes Map Pack, and the PDF. Plus all Stretch Goals.
    STRONGLY RECOMMENDED!

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    Doctor Tomorrow

    Absolutely brilliant, creative, and a core member of the Heroic community!
    I will design a custom adventure for you, including either a Hero or Villain designed by me with your input, including brand new artwork for that character by Antonio Garcia!
    You will also receive the Komodo, Chessmaster, and Mayor of Union City rewards. Plus all Stretch Goals

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    Odysseus

    One of the greatest heroes of all time.
    I will design a custom adventure for you, including BOTH a Hero or Villain designed by me with your input, including brand new artwork for that character by Antonio Garcia! You will also receive the Komodo, Chessmaster, and Mayor of Union City rewards. Plus all Stretch Goals.
    All the regular Rewards will be shipped in March with all other backers; Only the custom content will be delivered later, in April.

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    The Legacy of the Green Death

    A hero for all times and ages, a hero worthy of a Legacy in every era of Union City!
    This is for EVERYTHING!
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    Character named after you in the book
    Your name on the Thank You Page
    the PDF of the Union City Heroes Corebook
    The Union City Heroes Softcover Corebook
    Union City Heroes T-Shirt
    Union City Heroes Custom Dice
    Union City Heroes Deluxe HC
    Union City Heroes Exclusive Poster
    Custom Adventure designed by me with BOTH a custom Hero and a custom Villain including new art by Antonio Garcia.
    Plus all Stretch Goals
    March with all other backers; Only the custom content will be delivered later, in April.

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    • Union City Heroes Custom Dice
    • Union City Heroes Map Pack
    • Union City Heroes PDF
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    The Glorious Vishnu

    The Greatest Hero in Union City History!
    I will personally run a custom game for you and your gaming group! This will be a Custom Adventure designed by me with BOTH a custom Hero and a custom Villain including new art by Antonio Garcia.
    In addition to this, you will receive ALL the other rewards:
    Character named after you in the book
    Your name on the Thank You Page
    the PDF of the Union City Heroes Corebook
    The Union City Heroes Softcover Corebook
    Union City Heroes T-Shirt
    Union City Heroes Custom Dice
    Union City Heroes Deluxe HC
    Union City Heroes Exclusive Poster
    Plus all Stretch Goals
    March with all other backers; Only the custom content and personal session will be delivered /scheduled later, in May.

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    • Union City Heroes Custom Dice
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    • Union City Heroes Map Pack
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