Though we'll be following the basic Civil War structure, there is space to deviate from the canon (such as your Captain America choosing to support the SHRA, instead of opposing it). We'll see where the story takes us.
We'll be using the troupe play rules introduced in the Marvel Heroic Roleplaying Civil War source book. Each player will start with one of the characters listed below. As play progresses, you'll have the opportunity to 'unlock' additional characters for your troupe. On the other hand, some characters may become unplayable later, based on individual and group decisions.
Black Panther (unlockable)
Clint Barton (Goliath)
Clint Barton (Hawkeye)
Clint Barton (Ronin)
Daredevil (Danny Rand)
Daredevil (Matt Murdock)
Right, everybody should have their datafiles now. Pick one or both of the milestones available to your character. New milestones will emerge while we play. However, you can only have two milestones (per character) at once and you can only replace a milestone once you complete an existing milestones
We'll use the Google spreadsheet to track XP, milestones and datafiles.
So we do not start with story milestones available?
Or how soon will they be appearing?
As it looks to be smart just to grab both mine then if there are no other options.
They should start popping up soon, by the end of the second scene, in terms of in-game time. The story milestones do depend on your stance on registration though. For example, pro-registration could focus on unmasking unregistered superhumans, while anti-registration could focus on protecting the identities of unmasked superhumans. Pro-registration (or anti-registration double-agents) are more likely to side with S.H.I.E.L.D., as another example, and may be able to access special S.H.I.E.L.D. milestones.
However, in terms of real-time, I can't say how long that will take (nature of PbP).
In response to Emma's question, some more background info and common arguments:
6 U.S.C. S. 558—also known as the Superhuman Registration Act, or SHRA—proposes that all those with superhuman abilities who are active within the United States of America register with the United States federal government as “living weapons of mass destruction.” This applies to all such cases, including those naturally occurring, those endowed with magic, or those subject to the effects of extreme sciences. It even includes gods and those using remarkable and unique technology.
If the SHRA passes, these things happen:
- Superhumans must register with government officials.
- Government agencies regulate, approve, or deny professional use of superhuman abilities.
- Those not in compliance are declared in contempt of the law.
If the SHRA fails, these things happen:
- Proponents for the bill promote other, more extremist bills to encourage harsher restrictions.
- Superhumans supporting the SHRA are seen as traitors to the cause.
- Villains use this to justify superhuman supremacy agendas.
Cable is not going to be able to commit more time to the game in the near future. I'll work him out of the scene and move Emma and Beast into buddy mode.
In the interim, would you remaining two like to go at it with just the two characters? If not, we can see about recruiting another player (suggestions?) or expanding the troupe sooner (maybe more than one character per player).
I agree. This is a bit of a PbP experiment for me. I've run and played in several PbPs that put a lot of focus on the tactical aspects of the game, such as Rogue Trader's ship-to-ship combat. Though I loved those games and characters, I'm really interested in seeing how the Cortex system performs over the PbP medium.
The Stamford tragedy has come to pass. We're now in a transition scene where you can plot out what to do next. I've updated the spreadsheet with new milestones, which have become available. Feel free to grab a new one now.
I got the X-Men Civil War source book (finally). I'll update our spreadsheet with new options when I get a chance. And I still need to figure out how to implement the troupe mechanic (if we're even going to use it). New datafiles:
Regarding Wolverine following Nitro, it seems likely that he would have to go off the grid for a while. Would it be acceptable to put him on the trace of Nitro and let that all get handled behind the scenes while I continue on as another X-man until Wolverine reports back?
Fair enough, we can resolve through roleplay which option it is. Basically if Wolverine does end up going off by himself it seems best I pick another X-Man to stick around and keep the timeline/thread cohesive.
OK, the milestones are updated in our spreadsheet. Now the list includes more X-Men relevant examples.
I know that Lore is going to be offline for most of the holidays (and my connectivity might also take a slight dip), so we'll wrap up this transition scene and then kick off the hunt for Nitro in the new year.