It's no secret that I enjoy reading every super-hero/comic-book oriented system I can get my grubby little hands on. Today I will be reviewing one that I have had for a while but am just now getting around to reviewing.
Bulletproof Blues , written by Brandon Blackmoor, is touted as a "rules-lite" system. While it is a simple system to digest and understand I would consider it to be more than its descriptor. There are 8 attributes as well a several Skill Groups that make up a good chunk of the characters abilities. The nice thing is that these characteristics are flexible enough, and easy enough to grasp, that you can do a myriad of different things without having to result to a slew of skill-checks and different modifiers.
As with the skills and attributes, the Powers of the game are set up in such a way as to be easy to understand and use. While the list of powers is not exhaustive as it is in some games it has more than enough to create pretty much any character you can think of. The nice thing is that the power set-up is simple enough to allow for the creation of other powers should the need arise.
In addition to the standard chapters of a book of this genre such as Mechanics, Characters, and World Notes there are several helpful sections like the one devoted to helping the Game Master and the Players understand both their play-style as well as how to work together to make a more memorable game experience for everyone.
Is the game perfect? Of course not, I mean, what game is? But they have done an excellent job of designing a system that allows for easy answers without being bogged down in all sorts of over-the-top mechanics, exceptions, and headaches.
Another nice thing about this game is that it uses both a Creative Commons License as well as the OGL which allows others to create their own works for the system. Personally I am not familiar with the Kalos Comics Universe, but I do know my own and see how it could be utilized for such.
All in all I give Bulletproof Blues a hearty thumbs up. It fills my need for a game between "super-light" and "crunchy" very well and will make a good addition to anyone who loves the genre.
[5 of 5 Stars!]