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First off, one of the coolest parts of this book, to me, is the credits page. Regular Plot Points readers will find one of the members of the Writing & Design team to be VERY familiar…
The 50 State Initiative Event Supplement has three sections, each focused on a different group that plays a major role in the post-Civil War Marvel Universe, as well as a collection of new datafiles. Each sections includes information on featured groups as well as associated Watcher datafiles, Action Scenes, story seeds, Milestones, and XP Unlockables. It’s really packed with goodies for players and Watchers.
The first section deals with The Initiative, the program that put a supers-team in all fifty states. Highlights for me include: Omega Flight and The Great Lakes Champions (but we all know they are really The Great Lakes Avengers, I don’t care what the book says). This section also has my favorite Action Scene in the book. It’s an assault on the Hydra Terror Carrier. With a full Watcher datafile for the Terror Carrier!
The next section focuses exclusively on The Thunderbolts and gives a lot of background information on the team, as well as suggestions on running games that feature the Thunderbolts with either the players or Watcher as the Thunderbolts. The Action Scenes presented would work well as one-shots, or a “flash-sideways” in a larger campaign. Also, in the interest of self promotion, I’ll mention that we have some additional Thunderbolts Team Milestones that will work nicely with this section.
The last section presents options for using the Heroes for Hire team. I’ll be honest, I know nothing about this group. The only Heroes for Hire I know anything about are Power Man and Iron Fist. That said, I found a lot to like in this section. Especially the idea of playing as mercenaries trying to navigate their way through the Civil War, while still hoping to turn a profit.
All of these sections contain a metric ton of Watcher datafiles. Almost all the Watcher files would be really simple to turn into Hero datafiles. Just add Milestones.
Just like all the MHRPG books, this one comes with many Hero datafiles. In this case associated with the different sections of the book. The Thunderbolts were presented as Watcher characters in the main Civil War Event book, but now most of them are available as fully fleshed out characters. You also get several more obscure (to me anyway) characters who are new recruits to the Initiative program. Plus Camp Hammond instructors like Gauntlet and War Machine. Hero files for the Heroes for Hire include Shang Chi. There are also a couple of surprises. For example: Howard the Duck. Yep.
Overall, I really like this book. It has some great suggestions for continuing your game beyond the Civil War. It does presuppose that your Civil War Event ended the same way as the official comic continuity. But throughout there are tips and sidebars that offer suggestions on changing things up if the Anti-Registration side came out the winners in your game. If you are at all interested in exploring the 50 State Initiative period of the Marvel-verse, or even if you just want a boatload of new datafiles, I highly suggest you pick this up.
Civil War|50 State Initiative Event Supplement is available for pre-order from Margaret Weis Productions which includes a free copy of the PDF, or you can get the PDF only right now at Drive Thru RPG.