8:21 PM +Mac: Hello everyone, I’m Malcolm, I’m a long time Table top RPG designer , Novelist and artist. I’m here to talk to you about Our upcoming Superhero RPG, Modern Mythology.
8:22 PM +Mac: Modern Mythology is designed for new and old players and leans on a easy to learn system.
8:23 PM +Mac: You can play a hero or a villain or something in between.
8:23 PM +Mac: While our system is good and fast the focus is the world.
8:24 PM +Mac: That’s the intro. 🙂
8:24 PM ~Dan: Thanks, Mac! The floor is open to questions!
8:24 PM +nicholas_kitts: So when you say the world, is it like, in ancient greek mythology or something different?
8:25 PM +Mac: It’s a modern/ new future worlld the term Modern Mythology is from a term used for superhero comics.
8:25 PM +Mac: IComics being our Modern Mythology.
8:26 PM +nicholas_kitts: Oh okay, I’m not too familiar with comics so forgive me if I’m a bit ignorant 😛
8:26 PM +Mac: But there is a lot of old mythic concepts in the game.
8:26 PM +Mac: It’s all good.
8:26 PM +Al: How do the powers themselves work? I assume there are rules for making different types of heroes (battlesuits, gadget heroes, etc)
8:28 PM +Mac: Good questions. Powers are customization allowing for almost most powers to be created. You purchase a power and add ons to the powers to add to it.
8:28 PM +Mac: You can buy energy blasts and add on things to make it like fire or ice.
8:28 PM +Al: Could I make Ralph Hinkley?
8:29 PM +Mac: Believe or not.. you can 🙂
8:29 PM ~Dan: That’s cool… So sort of a modified “cafeteria style” setup?
8:29 PM ~Dan: Buy the power you want, then trick it out?
8:29 PM +Mac: He’s actually pretty easy.
8:29 PM +Al: You got the reference…cool
8:29 PM ~Dan: (As opposed to building a power from the ground up, as in Champions, I mean.)
8:29 PM +Mac: That’s one way of putting it. And Ys I loved that show growing up.
8:30 PM ~Dan: Who is Ralph Hinkley? 🙂
8:30 PM +Mac: The Greatest American Hero, old ABC tv show.
8:30 PM +Al: He had a suit given to him by aliens
8:30 PM +Al: But he lost the instruction manual so he could never use it correctly
8:31 PM +Mac: Yep and he lost the instruction manual
8:31 PM ~Dan: Oh!!
8:31 PM +nicholas_kitts: That’s pretty funny haha
8:31 PM ~Dan: I loved that show! Just forgot the character’s name. 🙂
8:31 PM * ~Dan is old, yes.
8:31 PM +Al: (Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5h48SKQ1pbc)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5h48SKQ1pbc
8:31 PM ~Dan: Oh, yes. I know the theme song. 🙂
8:32 PM +Al: I always thought it would be fun to make him in TSR’s Marvel Super Heroes.
8:32 PM ~Dan: Is this a “catch-all” superhero setting, in which superpowers can come from any number of sources — magic, aliens, mutations, etc. — or is it more of a one-source setting like Wild Cards?
8:32 PM +Mac: we have different starting power levels 15, points 30 points 45 points and 60 points. Ralph season one would be 30.
8:33 PM +Mac: Not catch all at all, there is a specific origin for everything and three Origins, Metahuman, Elite (Non powered) and Supernatrual.
8:34 PM +Mac: each type has a base starting ability and you can pick variants of each one.
8:34 PM ~Dan: I see… and how “gonzo” is the setting? Are there aliens, mole men, dinosaurs, gods, the works?
8:35 PM +Mac: LOL, You are a god, Super teams are called Pantheons
8:35 PM +Al: Is there an option for robot or cyborg characters?
8:35 PM +Mac: There are dinosaurs
8:35 PM +Mac: Yes, there are Dinosaurs.
8:35 PM ~Dan: Good good. There should always be dinosaurs.
8:36 PM +Mac: And cyborgs
8:36 PM +Mac: Yes there should be
8:36 PM +Al: Cyborg dinosaurs?
8:36 PM +Al: That can use magic?
8:36 PM +Mac: LOL yes actually one of the in game heroes is named Doctor Saur
8:36 PM +nicholas_kitts: lol
8:36 PM ~Dan: Awesome. 🙂
8:37 PM +Mac: That would be expensive.
8:37 PM ~Dan: What makes this superhero setting stand out from the rest?
8:37 PM +Al: Have you tried using your rules to make any established heroes like Batman or Deadpool just for fun?
8:38 PM +Mac: Yes, I have a spiderman rule
8:38 PM ~Dan: A rule?
8:39 PM +Mac: You have to be able to make spiderman as a starting character.
8:39 PM ~Dan: Ah, gotcha. That is a good rule.
8:39 PM +nicholas_kitts: For all campaigns. Mark, you’re going to be spiderman today
8:39 PM +Mac: Trying to show a character sheet, lol
8:40 PM ~Dan: If you have it posted, you can just give us the URL.
8:40 PM ~Dan: Otherwise, there’s a little upload button on the lower right corner of your screen on the web client.
8:40 PM ~Dan: I believe it’s next to the emoticon button.
8:41 PM +Mac: Uploaded file: (Link: https://uploads.kiwiirc.com/files/0592ccb199f741b121ad271b9482f42f/Dom.png)https://uploads.kiwiirc.com/files/0592ccb199f741b121ad271b9482f42f/Dom.png
8:41 PM ~Dan: Ah, there you go! Let’s have a look here…
8:42 PM +nicholas_kitts: Oh my, thought the Rock was a mandatory image for a second lol
8:42 PM +Mac: A Starting level street level character
8:43 PM +Al: One of the things I don’t like about TSR’s Marvel Super Heroes is the kind of villains you can fight (and have a reasonable chance of beating) largely depends on your starting rolls. So if you roll up the Punisher you can pretty much just fight street thugs. You would have no chance against someone like Dr Doom or Magneto. Does your game give
8:43 PM +Al: characters like the Punisher a chance against such villains, or would such a character best keep his efforts to fighting street criminals?
8:43 PM ~Dan: So it appears that Attributes are single die types and Skills are flat values?
8:43 PM +Mac: Uploaded file: (Link: https://uploads.kiwiirc.com/files/bdcc1da6942348baf5df411287e823f5/HarleyQuinn.png)https://uploads.kiwiirc.com/files/bdcc1da6942348baf5df411287e823f5/HarleyQuinn.png
8:44 PM +Mac: You always have a chance, but it may not be a great chance.
8:45 PM ~Dan: wb, Mac!
8:45 PM +Mac: I kicked myself
8:45 PM +nicholas_kitts: I’ve been there
8:46 PM +Al: Ok so Dominic up there would probably not be able to beat someone like Magneto, but still might get a lucky shot in.
8:46 PM +Mac: lol The things its up to your Director (What e call a GM) on making sure you stay close to your character’s level.
8:46 PM +Al: Snowball’s chance in hell type odds
8:46 PM +Catseye: okay, this interests me. Simple superhero games always interest me.
8:46 PM +Mac: Oh for sure he might his Luck stat will help, all Non-powered people Elites have Luck to give them a bit of an edge.
8:47 PM ~Dan: That’s cool.
8:47 PM ~Dan: Did you see my earlier question about the system, Mac?
8:47 PM +Mac: It depends on how you trow around your luck. Do you use it to hit, to not take damage .
8:47 PM +Mac: No I didn’t
8:47 PM ~Dan: No problem. Just a sec…
8:48 PM ~Dan: 8:43 PM ~Dan: So it appears that Attributes are single die types and Skills are flat values?
8:48 PM +Mac: Yes, We keep the roles simple. You roll based on a set difficulty.
8:49 PM +Mac: To hit a person you have to role their reflex attribute
8:49 PM ~Dan: Do rolls open-end?
8:49 PM ~Dan: (Crap, brb…)
8:49 PM +Mac: If Cyclops wants to hit Wolverine he rolls Fighting-Range vs. Wolvies Reflex.
8:50 PM +Mac: No they do not.
8:51 PM +Mac: But there are variables to consider that may give you a bonus or a minus.
8:51 PM +Al: Is there an aspect of the game system that you are exceptionally proud of? What do you like best about it?
8:53 PM +Mac: Their are a lot of good superhero rule systems, So I put a lot of focus on the world and making players feel like they are part of that world.
8:54 PM ~Dan: (back, sorry. Wife needed help with something.)
8:55 PM +nicholas_kitts: Yeah, I’d like to know more about this world, what makes it special?
8:55 PM +Mac: World information come in the form of blog posts, magazine articles and interviews,
8:55 PM ~Dan: Cool approach.
8:56 PM +Mac: The theme of the world is striving towards Utopia and the issues that comes with it.
8:56 PM +Catseye: I used to do similar with wiki entries
8:56 PM +Mac: How no matter how great things get, there will alays be problems
8:56 PM +Mac: In this world almost new hero has a sectet Idenity.
8:57 PM ~Dan: How far along is this world to Utopia?
8:57 PM +Al: Who are some of the famous bad guys characters might struggle against? Is there an equivalent to a world threatening villain like Dr Doom, Magneto, Lex Luther, or Red Skull?
8:57 PM +Mac: People dress like comic characters more or less to make people comfortable with the idea of super humans
8:58 PM ~Dan: Ah, so comic book superheroes came first?
8:59 PM +Mac: Dan, Technology is far beyond ours. but society is still trying to get a grip on it
8:59 PM +Mac: Yes Comic heroes came first
8:59 PM ~Dan: I see… Can you give us some highlights of the text?
9:00 PM +Mac: There are big bad villains but you rarely find anyone trying to take over the world as that isn’t very realistic
9:01 PM * ~Dan nods
9:01 PM ~Dan: Speaking of villains, you mentioned that the PCs can be bad guys?
9:01 PM +Mac: Villians are less mad-men and women and more criminals and people who ant a bigger piece of the pie than society allows.
9:02 PM +Mac: Yes, you can,you can chose to go that route.
9:02 PM ~Dan: (Oh, and that was supposed to say “highlights of the tech”.)
9:04 PM +Mac: Sure, you have tachyon communications that allow for instantaneous communication across the various earth interplanetary colonies.Cybernetics, gentic engineering nano technology, Earth to mars in 7 days.
9:04 PM +Mac: power armor, , fossil fuels are a thing of the past but some people still use them.
9:04 PM ~Dan: Wow! So this is really a sci-fi/supers setting, like the Legion of Superheroes.
9:05 PM +Mac: Uploaded file: (Link: https://uploads.kiwiirc.com/files/3e05d5f0ece7cef76f20c499eb175956/humancitizen.png)https://uploads.kiwiirc.com/files/3e05d5f0ece7cef76f20c499eb175956/humancitizen.png
9:05 PM +Mac: Uploaded file: (Link: https://uploads.kiwiirc.com/files/4d2a1873a63d4d1737d9c1be82041448/Lawofficer.png)https://uploads.kiwiirc.com/files/4d2a1873a63d4d1737d9c1be82041448/Lawofficer.png
9:05 PM +Mac: I love the legion!
9:05 PM ~Dan: Clearly. 🙂
9:06 PM +Mac: The tech exists due to Hyperintellects, people ho ‘s power is being super smart pushing technology faster.
9:06 PM ~Dan: Ah, I’m glad you account for that, rather than having the smart guys hoarding all their tech like Reed Richards.
9:07 PM ~Dan: So is it actually modern-day with advanced tech, or is it the future?
9:07 PM +nicholas_kitts: Heh heh
9:07 PM +Mac: There is a part of society call the Luddites who hate the Next-Tech (what we call super tech) push. Theses people live with nothing more than 1980’s technology in conclaves around the world.
9:07 PM +Mac: Its the year 2024
9:07 PM +Mac: Quick History
9:07 PM ~Dan: I see… And did the supers start showing up in the 80s?
9:07 PM * ~Dan listens
9:08 PM +Mac: No, 2012
9:08 PM +Mac: After the end of the world
9:08 PM +Mac: Quick History.
9:10 PM +Mac: About 1/2 a million years ago the Arisen come to Earth, They Mess around with proto humans and create the Atlantians. The Atlantians do well till about 50 thousand years ago then they have a war, almost wipes each other out. The Atlantians are what we would call the gods of old mythoilogy. Mythology being the human fanfiction of their deads and
9:10 PM +Mac: histories, they got a lot wrong.
9:12 PM +Mac: The first team of heroes, “the 6” build a device that will in time reboot the Atlantian race, reset the Earth and reconnect it to the dimensional energies it was disconnected from (magic). They harvest one of our moons for that.
9:12 PM ~Dan: There was more than one, I take it…?
9:12 PM +Mac: They launch this device into space, it travels towards our galactic core to fuel
9:14 PM +Mac: At the same time a group of Atlantians who left Earth before the war is out there as the first space farring race. They go about seeding other worlds. This is why most aliens look humaniod.
9:14 PM +Mac: Fast Foward 2012, The device comes back, we call it Nemesis .
9:15 PM +Mac: It parks in orbit, we get earthquakes, storms, about 1 billion dead.
9:15 PM ~Dan: Wow. O.o
9:16 PM +Mac: It vents and destroys itself, 1% of the population gains powers (metahumans) about .5% gain coinection to magic and about .25% is so inspired by all of this they push themselves through training or tech to be better (the Elites)
9:17 PM +Mac: Earth spends about 6 years in the Dark times, but as most of the infrastructure is styill there and you have hyper intellcts and others they come out of it around 2018.
9:17 PM +Mac: The United stats is re-united, new nations are born , old nations die and things get strange.
9:17 PM +Mac: So we push through the Distopia people are find of and move upward.
9:18 PM +Mac: fond not find
9:18 PM ~Dan: (I take it the dinosaurs and other strangeness shows up at this point?)
9:19 PM +Mac: Yep, The Atlantians locked a lot of things in pocket realms after the fall. one of those was a Dinosaur Preserve we call Australia.
9:19 PM +Mac: Dangeous things locked in Pandora-Vaults also start to reappear.
9:20 PM ~Dan: Oooo! Like what?
9:20 PM +Mac: Atlantian mana-tech weapons, Creatures built as a slave class by the atlantians things like that.
9:21 PM * ~Dan nods
9:21 PM ~Dan: Cool!
9:21 PM +Mac: Uploaded file: (Link: https://uploads.kiwiirc.com/files/8905c3d56b0c78c8c234016b842671b8/Hecatoncheires.png)https://uploads.kiwiirc.com/files/8905c3d56b0c78c8c234016b842671b8/Hecatoncheires.png
9:21 PM ~Dan: So did the Atlanteans have both high tech and magic?
9:21 PM +Mac: They used a combo of both.
9:21 PM +Mac: mana-tech
9:22 PM ~Dan: Ah, so you said, sorry.
9:23 PM +Mac: There is a lot going on 🙂
9:23 PM ~Dan: Sounds like it!
9:23 PM ~Dan: So this is a post-apocalypse setting in which the world has rebounded to be better than it was?
9:24 PM +Mac: Uploaded file: (Link: https://uploads.kiwiirc.com/files/e531fd517d6a216de2300ee753697f1c/mockup.png)https://uploads.kiwiirc.com/files/e531fd517d6a216de2300ee753697f1c/mockup.png
9:24 PM +Mac: Exactly
9:24 PM ~Dan: A nifty idea. And a great cover!
9:25 PM +Mac: We might get a new cover, we’ll see, but It’ll be just as epic.
9:25 PM +Mac: I homage to the Marvel Superhero game cover
9:25 PM ~Dan: I notice that you have a “holistic” Body attribute, which I assume combines strength and agility. What was your thinking there, and how do you distinguish slow bruisers from quick weaklings?
9:26 PM +nicholas_kitts: That is a nice cover
9:26 PM +Mac: You can show strength or speed with traits that grant bonuses to one aspect of the an attribute.
9:27 PM ~Dan: How much can they vary in that regard?
9:27 PM +Mac: But as a former Athlete myself, most people who are athletic tend to be well rounded.
9:28 PM ~Dan: A fair point.
9:29 PM ~Dan: How far up does the system scale? Will Galactus break your system?
9:29 PM +Mac: Powers also help with roles like Hyper strength grants a +1 to strength based roles per rank.
9:29 PM +Mac: Uploaded file: (Link: https://uploads.kiwiirc.com/files/50fae26ccb18f23a2bbea89e4a0c99b1/Godzila.png)https://uploads.kiwiirc.com/files/50fae26ccb18f23a2bbea89e4a0c99b1/Godzila.png
9:30 PM +Mac: 1960’s Galactus you could make, but the big world sized cosmic guy not so much.
9:30 PM ~Dan: Oh, nice!
9:31 PM ~Dan: How does having Hyper Strength differ from having a Strong Trait?
9:31 PM +Mac: The system has limits, The Power level is more Bronze age Marvel and Not DC.
9:32 PM +Mac: Strong trait is designed To show an inclanation towards strength being stronger than normal for your boody type. Its a single bonus. Hyper strength is Super Strength.
9:34 PM ~Dan: (Howdy, Templum_Bee!)
9:34 PM ~Dan: So how much can someone with one level of Hyper Strength life?
9:34 PM +Templum_Bee: Howdy.
9:34 PM ~Dan: lift, even
9:34 PM +Mac: An Olympic level sprinter has the Fast Trait, The Flash has Hyper Movement and Hyper reflexes.
9:35 PM +Mac: 1000 pounds
9:35 PM ~Dan: Gotcha.
9:35 PM ~Dan: How does combat work?
9:35 PM +Mac: Rank 2 is 2000 pounds, rank 3 4000lbs and so on.
9:36 PM +Templum_Bee: Dan, once your interview is done, let’s talk on RPGpub chat.
9:36 PM +Mac: You go based on your reflexes, highest reflexes go first. You can perform a set number of actions based on your actions attributes.
9:36 PM ~Dan: Templum_Bee: Sounds good.
9:37 PM +Mac: You roll to hit be using a skill for that type of attack.
9:38 PM +Mac: Your target is reflex, Will power resist magic or a difficulty depending on attack type.
9:39 PM +Mac: If you hit you do what the power does or a set damage.. Those being attack makes a resist roll to lessen damage.
9:39 PM +Mac: Done.
9:40 PM ~Dan: Does degree of success matter, in or out of combat?
9:40 PM +Mac: at the most two rolls. are done nothing more.
9:40 PM +Mac: With some actions yes. If you roll above what is needed good things happen, you do things better or faster.
9:41 PM ~Dan: Do better hits result in more damage?
9:41 PM +Mac: On if you crit and you pay for that crit.
9:42 PM +Mac: A Crit is your maximum roll possible. but its not automatic. It cost 2 power points to inact.
9:42 PM ~Dan: What else can power points do?
9:42 PM +Mac: You can use them to use powers.
9:43 PM +Mac: Not all powers but some use power points.
9:43 PM +Mac: You can use them to igore flubs.
9:43 PM ~Dan: I assume things like Hyper Attributes are “always on”?
9:43 PM +Mac: Basicly paying off not screwing up.
9:44 PM +Mac: Yes, normally but if you want to pay less you can pay to have them cost power points.
9:45 PM +Mac: Say you want a personal force field, you buy invulnerability, have it cost to use.
9:45 PM ~Dan: Clearly Hyper-Intelligent supers can invent… Do you have rules for building gadgets?
9:46 PM +Mac: Yes they can but they can do a lot more, they can buy add ons for other abilities. And Yes there are gadget rules. The Equipment section uis one big gadget rule section be it tech or magic.
9:47 PM ~Dan: Very nice.
9:47 PM ~Dan: And I take it that gadgets can be mass-produced once invented?
9:48 PM +Mac: If you have the points. The things is allowing that without spending character points can break a sysatem.
9:48 PM +Mac: system
9:48 PM ~Dan: I see.
9:49 PM ~Dan: So now it’s time for my buddy danhunsaker’s favorite question. Are you “awake” to do the honors, danhunsaker?
9:49 PM ~Dan: (I’ll give him just a sec.)
9:49 PM +Mac: INormal non next-tech or magic equipment your character can just order it online in game
9:49 PM +Mac: Ohh this sounds ominous
9:49 PM ~Dan: Okay, I’ll do the honors!
9:49 PM ~Dan: (Oh, it is, it is.)
9:50 PM ~Dan: What is your LEAST favorite aspect of Modern Mythology?
9:50 PM +nicholas_kitts: Oh ho
9:52 PM +Mac: How you advance as a character and purchase new abilities , skills and the like. Not saying its bad but some people may not like it.
9:52 PM ~Dan: (wb, Lorgalis)
9:52 PM * ~Dan nods
9:52 PM +Mac: And I know they may not like it.
9:52 PM ~Dan: Well, I did say your least favorite, not your disliked. 🙂
9:52 PM +Mac: I’m a firl believer in people playing the character they want to play from the start.
9:53 PM ~Dan: Me too!
9:53 PM +Mac: So you can do that as points allow.
9:53 PM ~Dan: Nice.
9:53 PM ~Dan: Okay, so it looks like the game includes a bestiary of some sort. How extensive is it?
9:53 PM +Mac: Bu progressing past that will take time as in comics characters take a lot of time to improve.
9:54 PM +Mac: “But”
9:54 PM +Mac: But yeah that’s it.
9:56 PM +Mac: Uploaded file: (Link: https://uploads.kiwiirc.com/files/3d1c6f854f9a1ba8c7bfdd28ae886d64/The%20Iconics.png)https://uploads.kiwiirc.com/files/3d1c6f854f9a1ba8c7bfdd28ae886d64/The%20Iconics.png
9:57 PM ~Dan: I like the witch. 🙂
9:57 PM +Mac: They’re one of the many heroic Pantheons, They are the intro level Pre Gens.
9:58 PM ~Dan: Cool. 🙂
9:58 PM ~Dan: (Did you see my bestiary question?)
9:58 PM +Mac: No
9:58 PM ~Dan: 9:53 PM ~Dan: Okay, so it looks like the game includes a bestiary of some sort. How extensive is it?
9:59 PM +Mac: Its very
9:59 PM +Mac: I’m a big core rulebook kinda guy.
9:59 PM ~Dan: Good man.
9:59 PM ~Dan: About how many entries?
10:00 PM +Mac: 50 or so
10:00 PM ~Dan: Very respectable.
10:00 PM ~Dan: I should probably wrap things up here soon, but before I do, is there anything we haven’t covered that you’d like to bring up?
10:01 PM +Mac: Uploaded file: (Link: https://uploads.kiwiirc.com/files/263b17134183a379bc23a922e1f1f400/first%20responders.png)https://uploads.kiwiirc.com/files/263b17134183a379bc23a922e1f1f400/first%20responders.png
10:01 PM +Mac: Uploaded file: (Link: https://uploads.kiwiirc.com/files/44eb54212d518f120ccb2fa79d6d79ce/soliders.png)https://uploads.kiwiirc.com/files/44eb54212d518f120ccb2fa79d6d79ce/soliders.png
10:03 PM +Mac: The Patreon (Link: https://www.patreon.com/nemesismodernmythology)https://www.patreon.com/nemesismodernmythology
10:03 PM ~Dan: On a related note, usual reminder to everyone: If you’ve enjoyed this Q&A and would like to treat me to a coffee or two, you can do so at (Link: https://www.ko-fi.com/gmshoe)https://www.ko-fi.com/gmshoe . Anything’s appreciated! 🙂
10:04 PM ~Dan: Thanks very much for joining us, Mac!
10:04 PM +Mac: Uploaded file: (Link: https://uploads.kiwiirc.com/files/59aa22f0174e763694074ecadba0fe70/uniform.png)https://uploads.kiwiirc.com/files/59aa22f0174e763694074ecadba0fe70/uniform.png
10:04 PM +Mac: No prob and thank you!
10:04 PM ~Dan: Please know that you’re always welcome to hang out with us here.
10:04 PM ~Dan: Oh! And before I forget: I see that you’re a fellow Dallasite! Are you by any chance looking for a game?
10:05 PM +Mac: Not right now, I do not have time. So many pots on the stove.
10:05 PM +Mac: But I will let you know.
10:05 PM ~Dan: No problem! Just thought I’d ask.
10:05 PM ~Dan: If you’ll give me just a minute here, I’ll get the log posted and link you. 🙂