Lucharan! running a campaign where all the superheroes are mexican-style wrestlers

Lucharan! Seems to be a Z-List sort of hit, with good sales across different digital platforms. I will print some hard copies soon too to complete the circle of life for a little-regarded RPG.

The challenge a couple people have asked me directly about is how in hell to run more than a fun but shambolic one-off session where everyone’s superhero is basically a character from scooby doo meets batman or josie and the pussycats.

Well that’s just it- as recent years of Archie comics have demonstrated, it is best to just play it straight.

Other than the necessary existence of super powers and their focus being wrestling and wrestling masks, everything else can be as serious, comicbook, fantastical, cinematic or any other flavor that you care to create for the game. If you are running it for kids as some seem to be, then just continue to copy the wrestling series or comicbook or whatever that kicked it off.

I know some family based games are running MSHRPG adventures straight only with Luchador superheroes- that is seemingly working really well. I guess because having wrestler superheroes is no sillier in principle than having a guy dressed as a bat or a spider or an American flag. And the strict code against killing makes Lucharan! more silver age or old school than many modern comicbooks and in that way more suitable for family gaming, it seems.

One aspect of Lucharan! That I really do recommend strict adherence to though is that if the game session is long enough to permit it, and in all cases in campaigns, make sure there are regular competition matches for the wrestler characters. Even if they are not fully roleplayed or wargamed out, make sure they are in there, just like all those ludicrous ball games the Harlem Globetrotters played in ther cartoon or all those concerts Josie and the girls sort of performed in their cartoon.

Keep some distinctive anchoring storyline against which all the random supervillainy and general comicbook insanity plays out.

Also, a Luchador flavor game really should include genetic mutants, Aztec supernatural evil and at least one oppressive big business plutocrat gangster.

Other than that, I think the game is too young for anything else I suggest to not reek of pretention.

Enjoy!

 

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