Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Who Watches the Watchmen, Counterspell
In comics Alan Moore has always held a high place in the pantheon of comic book writers. I am not sure anyone can touch him except for perhaps Frank Miller. Neil Gaiman is someone that one day might be considered a contender but that is yet to be determined. The man that has given us The Killing Joke, V for Vendetta and The Watchmen will be hard to topple.
Who Watches the Watchmen is a a module released in 1987 for the first edition of DC Heroes. It was one of the harder modules to find and easily out prices others from the era except for the Watchmen source book. Taking Out the Trash can also sell for higher prices. This module is set about 20 years before the main story in The Watchmen. I won't go into too much detail on it.
The module is a nice one to have in that it has game stats for all of the characters in the Watchmen even the one that is really not used in the adventure. It also has stats for one of the major villains. If you do not have the Watchmen Sourcebook this is the next best thing to have. The adventure itself is one that will focus more on investigation and role playing than it does on combat. There will be both but it is an adventure more in line with the comic. The module is also good in that it is designed to allow all of the heroes to be a focus at some point in the adventure.
Being set in 1966 changes the atmosphere of the setting quite a bit from the book and the gritty setting is part of the comics charm. This will be a detractor for some and I would prefer the later setting myself but this gives the players a chance to be a lot less cynical in how they play the characters. With all that being said the theme is right in line with what I would like to see.
I can not recommend this module enough. I am not saying it is the best adventure ever written but it does get you the stats for some of the best comic book heroes ever written. On the flip side if you like a more traditional comic book adventure or super heroes this will not be for you. It is still a good one to have though as it is most likely the best of the early DC Hero modules. Let me close by saying, and I mean this in the most heterosexual way possible, that Rorschach is a stud!
Ares of Effect: Target Spell
Casting Time: One Segment
Saving Throw: None
The use of this spell will allow the magic user to counter the magic of the spell that this one targets. The magic connected with countering the other spell is not something that the caster will want to take using lightly though. The Counterspell caster actually absorbs the energy of the target spell internally.
Counterspell will counter the magic of a spell as it is being cast. It will not work on a spell that has already been successfully cast. The spell that is being countered will finish being cast but the magic connected with it never happens. The spell is used up by the caster though.
The magic user countering the spell will have a number of side effects from casting this spell though. The first effect is that the caster will not be able to cast any further spells for a number of rounds equal to half the level of the spell rounded up. There is also a cumulative chance equal to the level of the spell countered that the caster will age 11 to 20 years and suffer a loss of one point of constitution. If the casters constitution were to ever drop below three they will become a Shadow and be flung into the Ethereal plane. In addition for each time this spell is cast there is a 5% chance that the caster will suffer some permanent random physical side effect or deformity.
Disclaimer: The spells that you will see, for how ever long the write ups last, were all written up or conceived of back in the 80's so the terminology may not appropriate for anything other than 1e and depending on how well I did back then it may be slightly off for that as well. If there is any duplication of spells that exist now it is most likely I wrote mine first :) Please feel free to comment on them but try not to be too hard on me. If anyone wishes to use these in anything they print please let me know in advance and all I ask is proper credit.
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