This will be a Mutants and Masterminds campaign unlike any other. This will not be set in any established and will run from the dawn of the comic book era to the modern day.
Continuity is a word thrown around in comics often, a word that means that past events will inform and influence present and future events. It’s not something utilized often in pen and paper RPGs, and even less so in superheroic ones (in my experience). So, what does this mean to the players?
You will create a comic book universe, from the ground up. Here’s how:
The Golden Age: 12 sessions from the first week of February to April 22nd, not including a session on character generation. These 12 sessions will act as single issues of Invaders or Justice Society of America style adventures. Power Level: 8
The Silver Age: 12 sessions, beginning the last week of April and running to the second week of July. These 12 sessions will act as the silver age of the universe, with stories tonally similar to that era’s Fantastic Four, Justice League of America, and Avengers. Power Level: 12
The Bronze Age: 12 sessions, beginning the third week of July and running to the first week of October. This will be the bronze age of the universe, with adventures similar to Chris Claremont’s X-Men, the O’Neil/Adams Green Arrow/Green Lantern, Justice League: Detroit, and the Crisis on Infinite Earths. Power Level: 14 (tentative)
The Modern Age: 12 sessions, starting the second week of October and ending in late December. These sessions will feature adventures in the vein of Final Crisis, the Morrison/Porter JLA, the Busiek/Perez Avengers and JLA/Avengers. Power Level: 18
Why am I using Obsidian Portal? World building takes some time. I’m planing 48 sessions of 4-5 hours each, totaling some 216 hours and that won’t flesh out everything. So, I’ll be posting the biographies of significant villains and supporting cast members here, as well as stats after adventures have concluded. I will encourage my players to develop their own, non-team adventures and post their character biographies here, updating them weekly with new information.
With all that said, let the fun begin!