Champions Live Action begins its Kickstarter!!
Hey all! I’m pleased as punch to announce that my very first Kickstarter project, Champions Live Action, is up and running! Woot!
It’s a brand new rules set, derived from the Hero System we all know and love but modified for speed and ease of use away from the table. Instead of using dice it uses a “Power Check Device”, our fancy name for a stopwatch or any other gadget that can keep time to the hundredths of a second. Turning it on and off rapidly results in a basically random number for the hundredths digit, which is added to a combat value and compared to that of an opponent. It’s amazingly fast and easy in use- I’ve seen it handle combats involving dozens of players simultaneously in only a few minutes. It was originally designed by the talented kids at Echoes of Empires: David Christoph, Ben Walker, Jocelyn Fulljames and Steve Tasker.
There’s only a small amount of new setting material inside- mostly it’s new versions of the tried and true sample heroes and villains of the Champs Universe and a basic guide to the high points of the setting, like Millennium City. If it’s a hit, we hope to put out both supplemental adventure books for Champions as well as additional genre books using the Powercheck rules set, for fantasy, horror, pulp, or sci-fi as LARPs as well.
With any luck, this title will introduce both a bunch of new LARP players to the world of Champions, and conversely some tabletop players to the wide world of LARP as well. Those of you who’ve been asking for an alternative form of introducing new players to Hero might want to check this out as well- we think the simplified rules we’re using here, while obviously nowhere near as complete and all-encompassing as the real Hero System, will hopefully make a nice introduction to the basic concepts.
The rules are complete, and the actual manuscript partly so already. We’re asking for pledges totaling $9,000, which will cover hiring our own Ebil Bunneh Man to handle the layout, several of our Heroic stable of awesome artists to add some new illustrations, and then printing and shipping the actual books. At the $10 level we’ll thank you in the book and on site as a contributor; at $20 you get a PDF of the book; at $45 you get the book, PDF and a Powercheck stopwatch of your very own! In addition, for $200 we’ll put a character you can name and (briefly!) describe in the book as an example build (only 5 of these available), and hey, for $2500 the design team will come out to your location and put on a game for you. Whatta bahgain!
Any questions? Put ‘em here and I’ll do my best to answer! Thanks again for your support, gang! dw