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Marvel Super Heroes Conan!

Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 11:00 am
by rabindranath72
Since Conan has made a long time appearance as a Marvel character, I was thinking that perhaps with some tweaks the old Marvel Super Heroes game might be used for Hyborian Age campaigns. Sorcery can be handled via Powers, whereas the normal people (including all non-sorcerer characters) would be normal humans with appropriate Talents.
The system lends itself well (obviously) to the kind of heroic action expected in a Conan game.
Has anyone done anything in this respect? It might be quite fun!

Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:42 pm
by Hervé
The old 1984 Conan RPG from TSR was already using a color table in the mood of MSH's one. The rules are still available as a a free download here:

http://www.midcoast.com/~ricekrwc/zefrs/

The game had really some nice ideas but had a somewhat 'unfinished' feel.

Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:07 pm
by rabindranath72
Oh I know it, I have the original game. The MSH approach would be lighter and faster in approach (and probably more heroic, too)

Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 4:05 pm
by Malcadon
Somehow, Conan using a bright, colorful chart to determine fate dose not have a right feel to me! Spinning an arrow to get results like "Killed It!", "Robbed It", or "Raped It" sounds more like a Conan game then having to roll Burgundy or darker to hit. LOL

TSR also tried the same thing with 3rd edition Gamma World, but it did not work out all that well. It was too strange - even for Gamma World fans (which is odd, as we like things... a little strange! :twisted:).

Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:03 pm
by Hervé
They also did a Indiana Jones RPG back then. Seems like TSR liked color charts a lot...

Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:54 pm
by rabindranath72
Malcadon wrote:Somehow, Conan using a bright, colorful chart to determine fate dose not have a right feel to me! Spinning an arrow to get results like "Killed It!", "Robbed It", or "Raped It" sounds more like a Conan game then having to roll Burgundy or darker to hit. LOL
You can always decorate it with skulls and naked girls :P

Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2009 11:06 pm
by Vortigern
rabindranath72 wrote:
Malcadon wrote:Somehow, Conan using a bright, colorful chart to determine fate dose not have a right feel to me! Spinning an arrow to get results like "Killed It!", "Robbed It", or "Raped It" sounds more like a Conan game then having to roll Burgundy or darker to hit. LOL
You can always decorate it with skulls and naked girls :P
Anything with sufficient quantities of those elements can mitigate a large ammount of other dross rather well.

Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:54 pm
by DaveNC
I loved that old Marvel Super Heroes RPG! I remember there was a website where you could see all the old books, but i can't seem to find the site right now...

Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 1:38 pm
by Malcadon
DaveNC wrote:I loved that old Marvel Super Heroes RPG! I remember there was a website where you could see all the old books, but i can't seem to find the site right now...
Bada bing, bada BOOM!!! http://www.marvelrpg.net/

Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 6:49 pm
by Hervé
Great site. Marvel fans shouldn't miss it.

Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 7:51 pm
by Faraer
Hervé wrote:The old 1984 Conan RPG from TSR was already using a color table in the mood of MSH's one. The rules are still available as a a free download here:

http://www.midcoast.com/~ricekrwc/zefrs/
Which has not just the original rules but a whole new simulacrum game based on them.

Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 8:47 pm
by cbrunish
The resolution chart was simply terrible!! For Marvel, it was fine and made sense. But TSR went crazy and added it to Gamma World (killed the game), Top Secret (killed the game), and Star Frontiers (killed the game). The original Conan game was actually pretty good but Heve hits on the nose. It definatly felt unfinished.

Posted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:11 pm
by Malcadon
cbrunish wrote:The resolution chart was simply terrible!! For Marvel, it was fine and made sense. But TSR went crazy and added it to Gamma World (killed the game), Top Secret (killed the game), and Star Frontiers (killed the game).
Soooooooooooo true!
cbrunish wrote:The original Conan game was actually pretty good but Heve hits on the nose. It definatly felt unfinished.
I find some of my favorite games has an unfinished feel to them - if only to get you to work with it, to add your own personal touch to it, but I'm just ol'-skool that way!


By the way, this is a bit off-topic, but what is everyone's favorite Marvel characters? I'm just a little curious!

Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 4:09 am
by Sir Hackalot
The Hulk, loved the recent movie too.

Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 4:15 am
by cbrunish
Either the Thing or Spiderman. Oh, and Ghost Rider!

Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 8:11 am
by rabindranath72
Malcadon wrote:
cbrunish wrote:The resolution chart was simply terrible!! For Marvel, it was fine and made sense. But TSR went crazy and added it to Gamma World (killed the game), Top Secret (killed the game), and Star Frontiers (killed the game).
Soooooooooooo true!
cbrunish wrote:The original Conan game was actually pretty good but Heve hits on the nose. It definatly felt unfinished.
I find some of my favorite games has an unfinished feel to them - if only to get you to work with it, to add your own personal touch to it, but I'm just ol'-skool that way!


By the way, this is a bit off-topic, but what is everyone's favorite Marvel characters? I'm just a little curious!
The Conan 8)

Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:58 am
by Malcadon
I always liked Nightcrawler. He is a vary interesting charterer - a shy, yet outgoing; dark and demonic in appearance, sunny and devout in heart; and his nerdish interest of fantasy and swashbuckling adventures (Errol Flynn movies, ERB books, and such) makes him even more appealing to the ladies. I just like how Marvel breaths life into their charterers.

I also like (in no real order) Storm, Shadowcat, Wolverine, Doctor Strange, Benjamin J. Grimm, Warlock, Corsair of the Starjammer, and of course Conan!

Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 7:18 pm
by Style
Prof X, Arch Angel, Wolverine, geeze I don't know, but it's hard to go wrong with the X-Men. Magneto and Sabertooth are two of my favorite villains too.

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 3:36 am
by Voltumna
Victor von Doom, Kang-Immortus-Rama Tut, Namor, Karnak, Uatu, X51 (for some reason, I really don't know) and last but not least the Devil Dinosaur and THE CLOBBERING THING!!!!!!!!

The 2001 a space Odyssey cavemen were also very cool

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 8:37 am
by Hervé
I just love every cosmic thing Jack Kirby ever drawn.

Dr Doom's the best villain of all times. After all, even Darth Vader was modelled after him.