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Looking for players for a PBemail game running individual characters

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I would like to see if there is any interest in a play-by-email Champions game that will start out as individual heroes. They may meet up at some point, but I would like to see if solo running can work since I do not have blocks of time available to do group play online, but I can send out emails on a somewhat consistent basis most days.


I am looking for 2 or 3 people to start. The game will begin in November 1940 in the fictional city of Port Indigo, a large town on the Eastern seaboard. The flavor I would like to go for is Golden Age -style heroes but with a Bronze Age-style of stories. The best examples are Spider-Man and his run-ins with various underworld leaders and groups, the Pre-Crisis All-Star Squadron and the Liberty Legion/Invaders books. This is not a Dark Champions campaign, but may include Dark Champions Animated Series type characters.


Combat will be mostly hand-waved (with some random die roll results by me) unless it is against major villains or their chief henchmen. Players will be given the situation, and then send me a general outline of what actions they want to do. An example will be: Captain Avenger sees six men on the docks taking some boxes off a ship. No leaders or arch-criminals are present that he can see. The Player may send me a message that Captain Avenger will sneak up using cover and then try to take out as many goons by surprise as he can and then attack the rest when he is discovered. CA will try to keep one goon awake so as to interrogate him. Then I would send back the results of the confrontation.


From time to time,, the results may dictate that a PC may be rendered unconscious. I hope players will be willing to follow the trope of being captured, taken to a hideout, learn some clue or the whole plan of the mastermind is their, maybe rescue a prisoner and then escaping. If this is not something you like to have occur, then maybe rethink about participating.


In previous fantasy games I have run I have given players a lot of background information that they tended to not read. To prevent that, I would like any interested players to send me a list of 10 o 20 questions that can be answered in one or two sentences about various aspects of the game world and the city itself. No rules related questions at this time, please. I want to gauge interest before getting into the nuts and bolts. No reason to write up a character for a world you do not want to play in.


Questions should be along the line of:


Do aliens exist in the campaign?

There are alien races currently known to the populace at large. If you are interested in being an alien or having an origin connected to an alien race, we may be able to work something out.


Have superheroes appeared before 1940?

Masked heroes and villains have appeared before. They are known as "para-normals" or "para-norms". The most well-known is Lady Liberty, who has appeared in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, and the Great War. The largest number or para-norms appeared during the Great War, with the US, Great Britain, France, Germany and Russia all having one or more during the conflict. Also, some characters from fiction or legend may have been para-norms as well.


What is the history of Port Indigo?

Port Indigo was founded in 1645 by Swedish settlers and was known as Hamn Gustav (Port Gustav). It was eventually taken over by the English following the Second Anglo-Dutch War in 1664 and renamed Port Indigo because it was the major export at the time. It has grown to become the third or fourth largest port on the East Coast. Hit strongly by the Great Depression, it has recently begun to rebound and is beginning to flourish once more.


These three questions are examples of what I hope people will send. The answers are, of course, examples of what is known to the players and their characters.


So, if anyone is interested, let me know.


Kenneth Crist





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