Authority meets Ex Machina

Every once in a while I get a hankering for some super-hero gaming and we just never quite get around to it.

My newest idea is The Authority meets Ex Machina. The players are world-shaking political leaders in their secret identities and are world-shaking super-heroes when they put their capes on. At the start of the game, they are keeping their secret i.d.’s but I’d expect the world will change radically when the character’s mild-mannered identities are presidents, prime minister and maybe dictators all part of the same super-team.

I like the idea of a Tony Starkish guy, sneaking away from the Secret Service, putting on their armor and doing their thang. Prime Minister of India, an west Asian take on Wonder Woman, a warrior-queen with powers granted from higher powers. The Mayor of Moscow putting on cape and cowl to fight the Russian underworld during an election year.

They rule the world and in their free time, they fight crime, punch aliens and banish demons. Justice League and Avengers meets The West Wing.

I’ve been eyeing With Great Power… for ages and this would be a nice match with that game. And I’d love to hack on FATE some but it’d be a while before I had time to really get my fingernails dirty with Stunts as super-powers. Aspects as super-powers?

Something to think about.

21 thoughts on “Authority meets Ex Machina

  1. You should get your buddy Rob to float you some playtest notes from the Dresden Files. There’s probably about 75% of a supers system in there, with the creature powers.

  2. You should get your buddy Rob to float you some playtest notes from the Dresden Files. There’s probably about 75% of a supers system in there, with the creature powers.

  3. You should get your buddy Rob to float you some playtest notes from the Dresden Files. There’s probably about 75% of a supers system in there, with the creature powers.

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      I was just thinking that I often think of cool ideas too much as gaming opportunities rather than writing opportunities.

      I think this is because I game more than I write.

      This, maybe more than anything else in my life, must change and change fast and change hard.

    • more writing

      I was just thinking that I often think of cool ideas too much as gaming opportunities rather than writing opportunities.

      I think this is because I game more than I write.

      This, maybe more than anything else in my life, must change and change fast and change hard.

    • more writing

      I was just thinking that I often think of cool ideas too much as gaming opportunities rather than writing opportunities.

      I think this is because I game more than I write.

      This, maybe more than anything else in my life, must change and change fast and change hard.

  4. That sounds very, very cool. I might snag that idea for a future WGP… convention scenario.

    Incidentally, I ran “Monster Squad” again yesterday and Cerebus Prime was snapped right up! People love the hyperintelligent dog!

  5. That sounds very, very cool. I might snag that idea for a future WGP… convention scenario.

    Incidentally, I ran “Monster Squad” again yesterday and Cerebus Prime was snapped right up! People love the hyperintelligent dog!

  6. That sounds very, very cool. I might snag that idea for a future WGP… convention scenario.

    Incidentally, I ran “Monster Squad” again yesterday and Cerebus Prime was snapped right up! People love the hyperintelligent dog!

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