Old School RPGs – Marvel Super Heroes (FASERIP)

FASERIPMarvelRPGI’m not sure why, but lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the 1984 Marvel Super Heroes RPG by TSR. Not only was it the first RPG I every played, but it was also my first foray into content creation. Back in my college days, I actually ran a Marvel Super Heroes RPG email list. It was the first time I realized I could connect with people around the world about something I truly loved, and it was exciting to see all the ideas, characters and stories that others were coming up with. A lot of my nostalgic feelings towards the game probably comes from it being my first connection to other geeks, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that Marvel Super Heroes (MSHRPG) is a really solid and simple game system.

The MSHRPG (often referred to as the “FASERIP” system based on the first letter of each of the characters’ core attributes) revolves around resolving actions on the system’s “Universal Results Table.” Find your ability or skill level, roll 2 d10 to get a number 1-100 and where the two intersect determines your success. While the results are defined, GMs (Game Masters) are given a lot of leeway to determine what the actual results are. The result is a very story driven system that allows for a lot of improvisation and descriptive action.

Another great thing about the game was its character creation system. You could, of course, just pick a character from the Marvel Universe and start playing, but many of the games I played in or GMed used the setting to come up with their own characters and adventures. There was a system for randomly generating characters, but unlike a lot of games (at least at the time), players were encouraged to describe their character the GM who would then “model” the character after existing heroes. So, how strong was your character? Could they lift an armored truck above their head like She-Hulk or were they just at the top of physical condition like Captain America? I loved this because as long as your character wasn’t overpowered for the campaign you were participating in, you could start immediately with the character you pictured in your mind.

I have a lot of fond memories of playing in and running games using the FASERIP system. It was easy to learn, gave a lot of flexibility to both the GM and the players, and drew upon the vast Marvel Universe mythology. If your regular gaming group is looking to take a break from their regularly scheduled dungeon crawl and would like to try something new, I highly recommend giving it a try.

If you are interested in learning more about the Marvel Super Heroes RPG, the following links are a good place to start!

Classic Marvel Forever – This site has a good beginner’s guide and has links to download all the old manuals.

These have been around for close to 20 years and were some of the sites I went to when I ran the MSH email list:
Ben Riely’s Marvel RPG Page
Technohol 13

Also fun and helpful:
MSH Gamer

And if you want to find people to play with or bounce ideas off of:
Classic Marvel RPG Facebook Page

Day 3 of SDCC 2015 – The Convention Floor


Hey everybody!

Tonight’s post is going to be a little light on content. I spent most of my day hanging out with my friends Rob and Andy on the convention floor. We stopped in at the LEGO booth, checked out a lot of t-shirt, card and toy stalls, but mostly we just checked out what everyone was doing. As I said in an earlier post, I’ve been coming to Comic-Con for about 20 years now, and really…it’s not about what panels you go to or what merchandise you buy or what studios you get swag from. Comic-Con, to me anyway, is about spending a weekend with people like you. In fact, that’s why I’m trying to make geektitude a thing. It’s about sharing what you love with others. And I think the more we think of conventions as something to share instead of just something to do…the more we will ultimately get out of it.

Tomorrow will be a completely different experience for me. Tomorrow I will be attending the convention with my 12 year old nephew. So, this will be one of the first times I get to experience the Con through the eyes of a kid who’s never been to a convention before. I have a feeling I will have lots to talk about in tomorrow’s post.

Until then, have a great night!

Day 1 of San Diego Comic-Con 2015

Hey everyone! This is technically my first official post, and I couldn’t be more excited!

I have been attending San Diego Comic-Con for about 20 years now, and this has been one of the most exciting days at SDCC I’ve ever had. When I decided to launch geektitude, I knew that it would change the way I did Comic-Con, but I don’t think I realized how much!

Panels for the Day – Geek Culture
I spent a lot of time in room 14A today. My goal was to hit as many geek culture panels as possible this weekend, but I had no idea the diversity I would find in one room. I started off with the “Wrath of Con Bloggers” panel. They started out by asking if anyone had a blog that was a less than a year old. Well…geektitude isn’t even a week old…so YES! After I explained what my goals with geektitude were (to create a safe community to support all types of geeks) I was immediately asked by panelist Alyssa Franks of the Friends of ComicCon Forum to get in touch with her afterwards. She obviously has a lot of experience creating and maintaining a community, and for her to reach out to someone as new to all this as me was really cool. Other panelists included Tony B. Kim (Crazy 4 Comic Con), Megan Gotch (The Nerdy Girlie), and Leonard Sultana (An Englishman in San Diego). I’m very excited to check out their work.

Another highlight was the Jet Set Nerds panel. These 5 women were just fun. Anastasia Washington (Jet Set Nerds, TheStream.tv), Stephanie Pressman (Geek360, Fashionably Nerdy), Becky Sanders (Jet Set Nerds), Elle (Your Friend Elle), and Curious Joi (Curious Joi, Icon) made me want to hop on a plane and start exploring geeky places around the world.

I also want to mention that Elle is crowd funding for an app called Nerd Out which is basically a resource to consolidate all the different geek culture events and gatherings around the world in one place. Check it out and donate if you can, because I know I’d certainly love an app like this.

The last thing I want to mention was the really cool and very unexpected Nerdstrong panel. Basically, it’s a gym created by nerds and geeks to make health and fitness accessible to nerds and geeks. It was very inspiring and it seems like a very cool community to be a part of. Unfortunately, they are currently only in North Hollywood, but they are trying to find ways to expand without breaking the integrity of their concept, so keep an eye on them!

Very briefly, a audience member mentioned that he had a blog that dealt with similar concepts of nerds and fitness. I got the name of his blog (Dumbbells and Dragons—possibly the best name for a blog EVER) and it looks like it has some good things to offer!

At the end of the day, this is just a quick recap of the panels I saw today. Once the whirlwind of the convention is over, I’ll try and give more attention to each of these amazing geeks, but I wanted to get it all out there before a.) I forgot some of it and b.) before hitting the hay! After all…this was only day 1!

As one of my new twitter followers said to me today, “Keep it Geek!”