Gen Con is only a few weeks away, and it’s time to start planning and packing. There will be a lot of games and events there, so what am I most excited for? Cadwallon: City of Thieves, which I discussed last week, isn’t the only exciting game Gen Con.
I wasn’t ecstatic when DC Adventures was first announced because the Superhero genre doesn’t seem like a category that needs too many competitors. Most superhero RPGs are capable enough to recreate (if not imitate) the DCU, so I thought that the announcement wasn’t worth tossing my Mutants and Masterminds and Silver Age Sentinels over. But my interest grew as I read more about the upcoming game, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the book.
The third edition of Mutants and Masterminds is releasing this fall, but DC Adventures will be the first look at the new ruleset. A friend of mine questioned the need for this game, and I almost agreed until I thought more about what this game is really going to be. A pick-up and play game for player’s who are new to roleplaying games. DCA looks like it will really be a stand-alone campaign book, which is an interesting way to introduce the new rules while publishing a great campaign setting for M & M. Considering that they are using the iconic vision of the DCU, you could even say it’s for people who are fans of the characters and movies more than than comics.
I’ve read several of the designer diaries, and it looks like more emphasis is placed on the pre-generated classic heroes than creating a new hero. I’m purely speculating on this point, but I don’t think DCA is going to include character creation rules and will focus more on saving the world as the Justice League. If that’s the case, this should be a really easy game to run with little preparation involved. After playing Green Ronin’s Dragon Age, where we started an adventure within hours of opening the box, it seems like they’re carving a niche for themselves.
Another reason to be excited for DC Adventures’ Gen Con debut is that Green Ronin will only have 300 copies on hand at the convention. After that, everyone has to wait a few weeks for it’s official release. Usually, I’m not lucky enough to grab limited editions like this, but fortunately, the Game Salute booth is close by GR. If you’re going to the con, you might be fighting me for a copy.
If you really want a preview and can’t make it to Gen Con, you can pre-order the game at your FLGS and receive the PDF edition right now.