Been suggested I say no more about the personal stuff, sounds like a good idea. So sitting in a tropical airport with insanely heavy rain pounding on the tin roof, I turn my mind to Thor, the least popular of the Marvel movie series.
What are they thinking?
Firstly, the casting of blacks as Asgardians is culturally offensive and pure SJW PC bullshit. It was bad enough when Heimdall (epithet: The White God) was turned negroid. And given to such an arrogant talentless token into the bargain. Now the sexiest blonde in the Marvel universe has been given the mulatto treatment, much as Sue Storm has been in the past.
And to make sure the kiss of death is delivered – medium talent maximum activist Mark Ruffalo is involved, guaranteeing at least some backlash and boycott.
But then undercutting the most male and over the top characters is the agenda here. No accident.
As described by Tony Stark when talking to Peter Parker, and based on catching the car using webbing as a modifier to his roll, Spider-Man in the MCU has Amazing Strength. Smile.
The traditional MSHRPG Spidey would have Amazing AGILITY. MCU version seems to have both.
As with Guardians of the Galaxy Civil War has a lot of story, a lot of character moments and character development, a good stand alone story and some scene stealing breakout characters.
It’s not a spoiler any more that Spider-Man is in this film but more impressive is the centrepiece fight involving Ant-Man… And the knockout gorgeous version of Aunt May!
This movie has quite a lot of cerebral moments in between story driven explosions and battles, and the denouement is as powerful and has as much heart as Guardians.
This is Avengers 2.5 as much as it is Captain America 3 and is a fantastic cinema experience.
Several families are starting to run Foresee Alpha for the kids, either as a weekend thing or some week nights using miniatures (toys not wargaming) to help play.
It’s come up several times and the ‘veteran’ parents running a game handle it no problems- a Spider-Man (or Wolverine or Iron Man) type character is easily do-able in Foresee as it is in the original game that inspired it.
However one new-to-GMing parent ran into difficulties by getting hung up on the SETTING rather than the character.
Use the Saturday Morning Cartoon test: contemporaneous with the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon was a Spider-Man cartoon. Neither of them were setting dependent since the situations are classic slapstick, nonlethal combat and mysteries, nothing whatsoever to do with what the villains say in the shows, which is all over the top and murderous. Playground level violence.
So in that context, it doesn’t matter that a Spider-Man type character isn’t in New York and that his Entanglement and Wall-Crawling will be used against a dragon or a horde of orcs. What matters is letting a child use his or her imagination, which these days includes teaching them how to, considering most schools are now marxist conformity factories.
Model the character – give it the appropriate powers – Wall-Crawling, Combat Awareness, Entanglement (webbing). Give it some extra Brawn and Coordination (but not too much, always leave room for improvement).
Help the child see that being bitten by a “magical” spider is equivalent to the pseudo-scientific origin from the original Marvel comics.
Include the character directly in play quickly- don’t get hung up on background. Children love telling their own stories anyway and there will undoubtedly be some kind of fan movie running in the child’s head already!
Get to a simple combat situation quickly. Make sure the enemy is tough enough to go a few rounds with ALL the characters being played so everyone gets a chance to think about what they want to do.
And Spider-Man is stalking a fantasy roleplaying world! (again).
If a scientist does it in a comic, rest assured there’s a wizard out there who can and would do the same. Likewise inheriting magical armor, a magical indestructible shield (whether you’re a cavalier or the living symbol of Liberty), and so on.
With such a small change, a lot of existing superheroes and villains work extremely well in a fantasy setting.
I am not urging people to rip off existing characters, but it is a fact that a lot of children will begin wanting to play a known character that they love. So let them. 🙂
Fantastic 3D art – Renderosity et al responsible but the artist is a master. 🙂
Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow is a very smart move by Disney, and since Johansson relies on her pneumatic charms it isn’t a guilty pleasure to see her do her best to emulate the virtually impossible physique of the contemporary comicbook version of the character.
But check out the DeviantArt pages for the Artist. His kung fu is the best.