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Annihilation, the newest Event Book for the Marvel Heroic Roleplaying Game, has been out for a couple of weeks now and I’ve finally been able to sit down and get my thoughts on it put together. In short: It is awesome! If you haven’t already, go get it.
What, you need to know more? Don’t you trust me?
Structure-wise, Annihilation is set up in the same style as Civil War. A sourcebook at the beginning gives background and setting information for Watchers and players. This is followed by the three Act Event, again like Civil War.
Annihilation also adds a few new concepts to MHRPG. The first is Timed Actions (pg. AN08). Timed Actions give the Watcher a way to simulate situations where time is of the essence. It is basically a situational Complication, but the twist is it can never be removed from the Scene by the players. I like this as a mechanic to ratchet up the tension in a scene.
The next addition is what amounts to Race/Class powersets that are provided for players to build their own unique characters quickly. This is about as close to a traditional RPG character creation process as you will get in MHRPG. You want a Kree pilot? Flip to AN19 and AN12. What about a Shi’ar cleric? AN36 and AN13. Just pick your powersets, come up with some Distinctions, and choose your Milestones. Then you will be ready for cosmic action.
The last addition I should mention is the new Grandmaster level of Specialites. This level represents an unparalleled level of achievement in a given area. Mechanically, this gives characters a D12 Speciality. This level is used sparingly in the book, but to me it was a necessary addition. One thing to note here as well; I did talk with a couple of folks who worked on Annihilation to find out if any previously created characters should have this new level. They said the only one who they seriously considered giving it to was Reed Richards in Science. But, they determined that even as smart as he is, on his own he’s still a step behind someone like Thanos.
Annihilation has more Watcher datafiles than you can shake a cosmic-powered stick at. among them: Annihilus (of course), Thanos, Ravenous, various minor characters from among the races (including the Badoon), and lots of spaceships. I’m really excited with the way they are doing the ships as their own datafiles. It gives the cosmic-scale heroes a way to take on fleets head-to-head, just like they do in the comics. Really excellent.
For me though, the crowning jewel of the Watcher datafiles…Galactus!
Which reminds me. I need to warn you that you don’t have enough D12s for this event. Trust me, you don’t. Galactus’ dice pool could have six of them every time easily. Easily. Anybody know a good place to buy D12s in bulk? I have four…
As far as hero characters go, there are plenty of them to choose from as well. Virtually all the Heralds, Drax (!), Super Skrull, and my personal favorite : Beta Ray Bill. Just to name a few.
If you aren’t that familiar with this part of the Marvel-verse, I think this book will be a great place to jump in. The sourcebook section really does a great job getting you up to speed. If you are a fan of the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe, then I cannot recommend this book enough. It has more than enough material to carry you through Annihilation and beyond.