A fan site for the Marvel Heroic Roleplaying Game by Margaret Weis Productions
As a Watcher, you may need supporting characters. Or you may need to create a minor (or major) villain for a campaign. If you don’t already know, let me introduce you to one of the greatest treasure troves on the web.
As a longtime gamemaster (30+years), one of my favorite resources has been the Appendix to the Handbook of the Marvel Universe. According to the website “The entire purpose of this site is to stimulate interest and supply information about the vast universe Marvel has created. (and to have fun).”
The author/owner of this bounteous resource is Jeff Christiansen. According to his latest update (10/20/2017), Jeff has contributed to around 20% of the profiles. He states on his profile page, “I started collecting back in 1978 and I’ve got a collection of over 34, 000 currently (not including perhaps 1000 or more doubles). I’ve always loved the various incarnations of the OHotMU and wanted to get the obscure characters some time. I got further motivation by working with the Beetle and the folks at Spider-Fan. After reading a “Website for Dummies” book, a little trial and error, some help from some friends, and a few thousand curse words, my website has come true.”
Here are some of his mighty achievements:
I use the Appendix to revive classic characters and bring non-powered NPCs into the game. This has the effect of helping my players feel like they are really a part of the Marvel Universe, interacting with great, obscure characters. After all, its not all about Cap, Thor, and Iron Man.
Most writers would agree that the quirky support characters make comics fun.
Pull Captain Barracuda, Firefrost, Mr. Troublesome, or Karthon the Questor in as your team’s arch-villain. Or round out your story by reviving cool NPC’s with great back stories like Gerard Dolan, Manoli Wetherell, or strike up a romantic relationship with Billie Lumpkin.
If you follow my online fan fiction comic series, you will catch an obscure character pop up here or there or become a series regular.
So, give it a try. Or share how you are already using this fantastic resource!