Example of Play
The Editor also notes that onceMoonlight is delivered his secondSetback Token, he will snap out of the thrall of the Elixir.Or, if he wins, the Editor isprepared to point Muse to thepsychiatric hospital.Plan for as many contingenciesas possible, but do so with thefreewheeling spirit of comicbooks.Know your backstory, and adaptand adjust.
If you would like to see howthis plays out, read on. You willwant to reference the followingcharacters: Muse (see page 61),Dr. Moonlight (see page 54), Mime(see page 58), Professor Prestige(see page 62), Deadeye (see page51), and the Mathemagician (seepage 57).In addition, because Dr. Moonlightis a 100-point character and hewill be teaming up with Muse, hewill need to be tweaked slightly(see pages 27 and 100).There is a 50-point differencebetween the two characters, soMoonlight, whose highest Trait is9, will get an additional 4 pointsof EC (48 points), and with 2points left over, he decides toeliminate the “Usable only onceper Scene” from his BATTLE CRYTrait.The Editor will have a pool of 8 ECfor the Issue (see page 27).With characters all set, we are
ready to crack open the ﬁrst
Seated at the table are theEditor, Beth, who is playing Muse,and Marty, who is playing Dr.Moonlight. Dialogue by playersand characters will be noted here,gameplay mechanics and behind-the-curtain Editorial shenaniganswill be
Okay, Muse, you areout on patrol, when somethingcatches your eye. An alarm isgoing off on the street below,and there seems to be somesort of break-in happening at astorefront.
Well, clearly I should godown there and stop whatever’shappening.
Okay, you swoop down,and see that Poppy’s Pets is beingbroken into, there are cages outon the sidewalk, and animals aretaking off into the street. You hearsomeone shouting inside.
For justice,oppressed companions, for justice! Fear not, for Dr. Moonlightis here to free you from theseshackles of oppression.
Muse, as you aresurveying the scene, you see Dr.Moonlight jumping through thebroken window, a pet carrier ineach arm.
Isn’t he a hero? And wasn’tRoundie his sidekick?
Dr. Moonlight is indeedwell-known as a hero, and theRoundie question, that is one Iwill leave unanswered for now.
Dr. Moonlight, stop! Whatare you doing?
Roundie, I know thatyou are in the clutches of somenefarious supervillain, because if not, I know you would be here,helping me spread justice andfreedom to these poor cagedanimals.
Muse, you have nevermet Dr. Moonlight, but somethingseems a bit off about him.
Dr. Moonlight, I’m notRoundie. I’m Muse! You have toput the animals down, they mightget hurt or lost if you let themfree.
Animals are indeedrunning everywhere, Moonlighthas probably released about tenfrom what you gather.
Do not stand in theway of yustice, Roundie. I knowwhat machinations the forces of evil have brought to you, I amguessing tainted jerky, but youshall not stand in my way! FORJUSTICE!
I am going to let outmy BATTLE CRY, Linked withSWASHBUCKLER (s) and attemptto subdue Muse.
Marty will roll 1 die, add 9 for BATTLE CRY, +3 for the Linked SWASHBUCKLER, +4 for the
Beneﬁt Dice of SWASHBUCKLER
(see Ed. Note on page 15). Beth,of course, does not know thevalues of Moonlight’s attack, justthat he is using two Traits.
Muse, it looks likeMoonlight is going to Swashbuckleyou, Auto-Defend?
No. I think I’ll defend usingmy SUPER-TOUGH and FLIGHT (s)
Ok, roll’ em. And youdon’t have to declare yourdefense until after the attack.
Marty rolls one d12, and gets a7 to which he adds 9+3+4, for atotal of 23!Beth defends, rolling 3 dice (10,4, 4), keeping the 10 to which sheadds 6+3: 19!
Muse, Moonlight leaps atyou, shouting out “For Justice!” and attempts to ‘subdue’ you. Youlaunch yourself into the air, trying
to ﬂy out of the way, relying on
your SUPER-TOUGHness if he doesmanage to hit. Moonlight bouncesoff a couple awnings, and bringsthe pommel of his rapier squarelydown on the back of your head,you fall to the ground. Have youbeen subdued?
Beth records one Setback Tokenfor this Action Scene.