In response to Cam on his latest Design Diary, he asked what events people would like to see in the coming year. I guess I'll get it started!
1.) Secret Wars from 1984- lots of heroes, lots of villains, and pretty different from any of the other events already planned.
2.) Acts of Vengeance from 1985- great story, and could open up a unique opportunity for the game, if the villains were the player characters and make heroes the watcher characters. Might be something to think about. Even if played from the standard heroes point of view, it is still one of my favorite events, and would love to see it in print. Anyone else have any ideas?
1) House of M 2) Secret Invasion 3) Infinity Gauntlet 4) Inferno 5) World War Hulk
How is that for starters?
I would actually like to see some coverage of some of the single character story lines, just to see how you guys would structure them. Like 'Demon in a Bottle' or 'Planet Hulk' or 'Asagaurd' stories. Like a book with some solo/buddy stories in them. Just a thought. I know with the fewer heroes the less likely you are to have a character that someone likes.
Our biggest problem with older events is that the artwork and pages were not digital to begin with, but have since been digitized and scanned for reprints. With modern comic events, it's possible for us to get pages of these comics without any speech balloons or dialogue, which is awesome for Jeremy when he's doing layouts. Not so awesome is having to trim, edit, and manipulate the scans of older comics pages. We're not allowed to use original art, so we have to get creative when it comes to this.
Some other things to consider: 1. Does the event have more than just a handful of heroes? Shadowland would work, for example, but the New Mutants in Asgard wouldn't. 2. Does the event have enough happening to allow for three Acts and many Scenes within those Acts? When the New Defenders attacked the Dragon of the Moon, that was pretty epic but it didn't really take long. 3. Can the Event support spinoff supplements that flesh out other story lines related to it? Secret Wars had Secret Wars II a few years later, and the Thing had his own series on Battleworld, but are those good supplements?
Mini-Events like Breakout are often much better structures for some crossovers or classic stories. You can compress the action down a lot, there's no concern about supplements, and they can handle smaller casts of heroes.
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Secret Wars would still work well on the design front (if not the art front) due to the material that can be extrapolated. You have the basic Secret Wars book itself, and three acts out of a 12 issue series should be relatively easy to pull together. Then you have the books that dealt with the heroes not being on Earth. Avengers had a full arc where Vision had to put together a substitute team in place, for examples; FF is missing, how does that affect the FF world, same with X-Men. Things that weren't touched on in their own series, but could be in event book spin-offs. And don't forget that the Venom suit, the West Coast Avengers, and several new villains and relationships in several different areas (Pete/Kitty/weird alien healer chick triangle, Sharon Ventura, Absorbing Man/Titania, Volcana/Molecule Man, heck one spinoff could be focused on doing romance for goodness sakes!) spun out of this series. So yeah, I think Secret Wars has a lot of grist for the mill.