Pretty Hate Machines hit the printer a few days ago, and Unkindness in Hero Only Format should be coming along shortly. I am very pleased with Pretty Hate Machines in particular. Every system has an adventure like Tomb of Horrors, that people talk about for years, and wonder how anyone could survive it.
I did that on purpose with Pretty Hate Machines, I completely admit it. Was it wrong of me to make an adventure where everything explodes, causes damage, and wreaks massive amounts of mayhem and havoc? Some gamers may argue yes, but I have two reasons for doing it.
1) Thirty One years later, people still talk about Tomb of Horrors. No one talks about the Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh. Which adventure would you rather have written? The crazy deadly one that people still look for on shelves and buy, or a relatively insignificant module in the scheme of Dungeons and Dragons? People will talk about Pretty Hate Machines. Buzz is good.
2) Champions has never had a villain of any sort who does for superhero games what The Joker does for DC comics, and really brings out that “Oh, my god” factor. Mr. Hideous does that for my players. Hopefully, he’ll do it for yours, too.
A word about Unkindness
I worked with two psychiatrists who are experts in their respective fields, Sharon Packer, M.D. (Superheroes and Superegoes, Analyzing the Minds Behind the Masks), and Sabine Himmelfarb, an expert in the field of domestic violence to make sure everything was correct. While this might “Spoil” the adventure a little bit, I’d like to ask people to donate money to their local domestic violence centers. It would be appreciated.