Saving the World from Villainy, Injustice and Cancellation
As I said last time, Runequest has gone the way of all games and my group has started up a new Icons Campaign. The premise is that the PCs are ‘heroes’ who star in a reality TV show that covers their exploits. I’m really hoping to get a Venture Brothers meets Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes vibe going. I also had to recruit some new players, so I put together this pitch:
“StarGuard is the West Coast’s number two super-team and a reality show on its last legs. The team’s (questionably) heroic acts are usually caught on camera, but so are their private lives. Originally a novel way to make heroism pay, StarGuard has degenerated into a sordid circus populated by clueless washouts, bitter has-beens and well-intentioned never-weres. StarGuard’s battles with addiction, scandal and the occasional super-villain have been provided seasons of T.V. and inspired numerous spin offs (‘Just Love,’ ‘Real Housewives of Protector Mansion,’ ‘Super Apprentice,’ and ‘Super Celebrity Apprentice’). Unfortunately, the public just doesn’t care anymore.
The player characters will be members of StarGuard’s latest incarnation as they face their gravest threat: cancellation. Without a ratings bump, you will lose your pay check, your beachfront villa and what little fame (or notoriety) you have left. Clearly, this calls for some serious super-heroics.
Using Icons we will generate a motley crew of well-intentioned (or not) super-heroes. Influences on my end will include the Venture Brothers, No Heroics, X-Statix and the thousands of comics and cartoons I’ve consumed. Check this and this out for an idea of what I’m talking about.”
So that was my big pitch and it seems to have done the trick. Next time: The Players and the PCs.