There was a crazy alignment of planets this last week which means I managed to game three times in seven days.

A week ago Sunday I played the second session of our Translucent University game with Dave Michalak and Julianna Aldredge. My red panda jedi monk and Juli’s fox-eared jedi monk were sent on a simple mission that ended up discovering a pair of murderous apothecary-embalmer-puppeteers. We lost a village but saved the children. We were short two players, so this session was heavy with improv and shooting the breeze.

Then on Thursday MadJay Brown and I played session two of our Champions 3rd ed. game via Discord. My mentalist Katya helped to take down a pretty hefty brick in the middle of a mall in Anchorage. Thankfully, civilian casualties were minimal-to-nonexistent, which prompted a whole conversation about how military contractors like my PC operate inside of the United States. I have to say it’s been a lot of fun playing a mentalist, which I’ve never done before. Being able to target opponents with powers while appearing to be just a bystander is pretty neat and a fun challenge. I think her powers need to be more visible, though, given how Champs 3 assumes visible effects for all powers unless you buy an advantage.

This past Sunday saw the long-awaited (like, years) start of a Champs 3 game run by Ron Edwards for myself and Jay. It was a long session, as we did character-brainstorming and played out a scene back-to-back. With no prior collaboration, Jay and both managed to come to the table with PCs who were essentially soldiers from the future, so we definitely have a theme going now. The whole session was tremendous fun, both because I got to see Ron’s vision of what Champs 3 can be, plus Ron and Jay are great gamers, plus Skype worked so well that I felt more “present” than I have yet in an online game.

Bonus for your HERO nerds: everything costs twice the END in 3rd than it does in 4th onward. And let me tell you, the game of END management is strategic gold. I’m seeing this in both Ron’s and Jay’s game and I love it.

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  1. Oh, another thing about Ron’s game: He likes to describe everything in terms of “How would you draw it?” He was dropping references to old issues of the the Avengers and names like Simonson, Infantino, and Perez. Which is honestly exactly what you should be doing when playing Champions. I could that Jay was Googling the references as much as I was.

    But it was so weird to me, as I’ve gotten used to sourcing pictures of actors — you know, “Who would you cast to play [PC]?” And, honestly, that’s pretty ridiculous. It shows you how ingrained films and binge-consumed TV is into how we (or maybe just I) conceive play.

    I made a post long ago about how I was hoping to ditch the habit of describing everything in the fiction in terms of “shots” like it was a movie, e.g., “Okay, the camera zooms in on her gun hand and we get a slo-mo of…” etc.

    And this reminded me how jarring and inappropriate this can be for certain games. Honestly, it’s lazy.

  2. Avengers and names like Simonson, Infantino, and Perez. Which is honestly exactly what you should be doing when playing Champions. I could that Jay was Googling the references as much as I was. But it was so weird to me, as I’ve gotten used to sourcing pictures of actors — you know, “Who would you cast to play [PC]?” And, honestly, that’s pretty ridiculous. It shows you how ingrained films and binge-consumed TV is into how we (or maybe just I) conceive play. I made a post long ago about how I was hoping to ditch the habit of describing everything in the fiction in terms of “shots” like it was a movie, e.g., “Okay, the camera zooms in on her gun hand and we get a slo-mo of…” etc. And this reminded me how jarring and inappropriate this can be for certain games. Honestly, it’s lazy.]]>