Friday, September 8, 2017

Kickstarter - SUPERHERO: 2044 RPG (Oh Boy)

Let me start this by saying that we talked about the Superhero: 2044 RPG Kickstarter on the last episode of The Hero's Brew podcast. Well, not exactly. The one we talked about had miniatures in addition to the RPG and a goal of $100k. This one has a goal of 100 bucks. I kid you not.

There is a lot of discussion of the current Superhero: 2044 RPG Kickstarter on Facebook. Suffice to say, it is not glowing.You can find a list of the threads Here. Click the link. Read the threads. SEE the fucking attitude this "publisher" has.

We'll wait.

Back? Cool!

So, where are the other problems with this KS?

I'd start with the $100 goal, which sounds to me (especially after the 100k goal was cancelled) to be a simple money grab. Something tells me the end product, if there is one, will not be the product being sold. I could be wrong. Feel free to back and bet against me.

Of course, you have remarks like this from the original KS page:

Yeah, just belittle your backers. Always a selling point. Especially one that is also a publisher.

Did I mention 4, no - now 5 - previous Kickstarters. None have funded. This one has fundsed, but it only had a goal of 100 bucks.

Oh, then there is the Wall of Text:

How about the Risks and Challenges?

Read that first paragraph. Right. Time to move on.

Seriously, that 100 buck goal? Simply so he can say "Look Ma! I'm a success!" No you aren't.

Keep away from this, even with Steve Perrin attached to the project. Bet you didn't know that, did you? Yep.


  1. You don't think they're just gonna take that money and run after dropping the goal from $100,000 to $100, do you?!?

  2. Does he... does he think he invented superhero RPGs?

  3. I remember Superhero 2044 from waaay back in the 1970's. I recall that it made Arduin Grimore look like it had high production values. And the game looked very incomplete.

  4. If you want a superhero RPG, then get Jeff Dee and Jack Herman's Mighty Protectors (new incarnation of Villains & Vigilantes). I have been playing it, and it is a clear winner.

  5. Thanks for posting this thread. I am a fan of superhero RPGs but I never really liked the old product. I love Perrin's stuff but wow...not good...

  6. Hmmm. The quote from the backer who asked a question that got the Perry Mason response was kind of interesting, too: "Did you license the term 'Superhero'? It's trademarked by DC & Marvel (see http://www.cbr.com/the-superhero-trademark-faq/) so I am surprised to see a new RPG product using this term."

  7. I don't expect this to have anything to do with the original game except the name. And I don't need another game that requires a software engine to use.

    Re: the old game, I interviewed the author for SJGames' Comic Book Life. Mr. Saxman was very kind and cooperative. And superhero games (V&V on) took a very different direction than he was going.


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