so I have decided to write down any notes on the fleshing out of this setting as I go along. I may end up running this as a game, but for now it is mostly a mental exercise. while watching “The Watchmen”(I’ll wait for the laughter to die down…) movie one line kind of jumped out at me. the original night owl and the current(retired) night owl were sitting there and the original said something to the effect of ,”it was the crooks that started it all, wearing costumes, oh we’d catch ‘em but it wouldn’t stick because no one could identify them.”
later on I was watching some show that mentioned John Dillinger. it was as if lightning had struck my brain. I have always been of the opinion that, for masked heroes to exist(super, or not) masked villains had to exist first. I mean who are you going to fight? you need villains, that’s why in comics villains so rarely die for good.
I started putting these thoughts together, but it wasn’t really an idea yet. it was more the precursor of an idea, the first contractions if you will. then my friend ionbeast, who had seen the movie with me. asked me if any of the Watchmen had powers or if they were just normal. I really didn’t know how to respond. I mean they didn’t have any powers, sure, but normal? what the hell is normal? my mind instantly started running RPGs through it; trying to give a statistical equivalent of normal, and how that compares to what Night Owl, Rorschach, and Silk Spectre were.(I am not going to postulate whether Ozymandias was or was not a super being)
Enter Wild Talents, I had just Purchased the game, and I was rabidly devouring it(strictly in the literary sense, there is no BBQ sauce on earth that would make me chew on a book, but that’s neither here nor there). I realized that the rules would do The Watchmen ridiculously easy(Except for Dr. Manhattan, and come on he is such a Plot device that no one could play him. also if you, as a GM, used him they would say you were railroading. they’d be right to).
it was at this point that two and two and two and two made four for me. what if the bank robbers bankrolled super science. it would give them an edge on the cops and keep the money flowing. then I got to thinking, these guys from the early thirties were very dramatic, influenced by movies and popular media, and photogenic. what if they started wearing costumes? they could hide who they were and still be famous. of course after the FBI failed to bring them down some one would have to try. enter the masked marvels and mystery men.
that’s about all I am willing to write at the moment. I will continue this at a later date. we’ll see where this takes me.