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Light City #1 - The Brawler


Welcome to Light City!

You’ve entered the capital of four-color superheroic action as governed by the excellent Swords & Wizardry Light ruleset!  There are lots of great superhero RPGs out there, and we don’t intend for Light City to overtake any of those in your gaming heart of hearts.  However, if you enjoy superheroic archetypes and the supersimplicity of SWL, you’ve come to the right place.  Here’s the first class.  We hope you enjoy your stay!

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Royce R November 19, 2020 7:24 pm UTC
Hey, Jonathan!

I finally found L'Assemblee and bought it, hoping that a French teacher friend of mine will be willing to translate it, for a suitable compensation. I was about to try to flesh out the basic four fantasy classes to Light City on my own, so I'm hoping L'Assemblee will be a real timesaver. OR...

Eric Tenkar is soliciting content for his magazine of S&WCL, Torchlight. I don't think he would mind crossing genres to gain excellent content. You could publish LC in English there under the installment plan.

Just a thought,
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Jonathan L November 19, 2020 9:17 pm UTC
Hi Royce! Thanks for reaching out! It has definitely struck me that the work of the unknown author of L'Assemblee has done a lot of heavy lifting for me if I want to get a "complete" Light City game out there. I bet even translating via Google and cleaning things up wouldn't be too terribly difficult. Man, I really have to knock out The Speedster and The Atlantean...those two would tidy things up nicely!

Torchlight is a great call, too...I saw the call and wondered if anything LC related had the legs to be interesting there.

I just changed states (geographic, not matter) and know no one other than my wife here...and have been looking for something to kickstart my brain and forge some connections to the outside world again. I think you may have just pointed me in the right direction...

Also, I'd love to see what you come up with for the fantasy classes!
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Royce R November 19, 2020 9:42 pm UTC
I want to see what's in L'Assemblee before I try my hand at the Unique (Cleric) and the Mystery Man (Rogue). If I'm happy with that, I may or may not try to reinvent the wheel.

As for Torchlight: "Ask and it may or may not be given unto you. Don't ask and it's for sure you won't get it."

Best of luck,
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Royce R November 19, 2020 9:53 pm UTC
I had a thought after I submitted my reply: If you get to go the Torchlight route, finish the classic four first, then go for the subclasses; Amazon, Speedster, and Atlantean. This would correspond to the 0E Whitebox model (wait, 0E didn't have a cleric). Also near and dear to my jaded old heart would be guidelines for the kid sidekick.
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Royce R November 20, 2020 7:10 pm UTC
Good morning, Jonathan!
Being from Lousiana (misspelling deliberate) I have a nodding acquaintance with French. I've browsed through L'Assemblee and I can't identify anything corresponding to the Rogue or Cleric. Back to the old drawing board...

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philippe T May 18, 2022 8:27 am UTC
The Rogue / Thief in "L'Assemblée" is The Spy (L'Espion), identical to the fantasy one.
The Fighter is named Soldat (Soldier), also identical to the fantasy guy/gal (except they may own a powered armor).

I've just published "Ligh City - La Congrégation" in French, which includes :
- Magic-User : identical to the fantasy version ; I've rules that spells don't work on electronic stuff (traps, locks...)
- Cleric : also identical to the fantasy version, except the starting weapon is a badass 2-handed stick (because shield+mace is a bit old-fashioned)
- The missing Light City new classes, magical (Amazon, Angel, Cursed) and optional (Pet, Sidekick, Butler)
- Koroo ant the Black Lion
- Stardust the Super-Wizard
- A selection of 20 monsters from SWCL and Tome of Horrors Light
- Alignement rules and advice

There :
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philippe T May 18, 2022 8:34 am UTC
I've somewhat outlined The Speedster in the last chapter of "L'Assemblée"...

Identical to the Elemental except :
- no flight, no elemental attack
- they have the super-CA
- they have kinetic powers (blast, etc.)

They have +1 action (attack or move) per level.
For example at level 3, they can have 3 attacks (1+2) and a double move in a given round.

I also think they should have 1d3 HTH damage and be unable to use weapons.
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Royce R June 17, 2017 7:06 am UTC
HEY. Y'ALL! For a really groovy trip down Memory Lane, check out Jonathan's statting of Batman '66, the late, great Adam West, at his homepage. You'll be as pleased as I was to note, I hope, that Batman's Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma surpass his Strength. Depending on how the character was played, I could see this working well in the Fabulous '30's and'40's (a very noir era in its own right) or in the modern Dark Knight era. PEACE, BABY AND KEEP 'EM FLYING!
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Jonathan L June 17, 2017 6:16 pm UTC
Batman was definitely fun to stat up even with a simple class like this one...and especially a very specific incarnation of Batman! It's actually kind of difficult, though, to give him ability scores without feeling like you could be over- and underestimating his capabilities at the same time...!
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Royce R June 17, 2017 7:13 pm UTC
It's the risk of overestimation you took that allows the Batman, as a Brawler, to also be played as the World's Greatest Detective, the possessor of such wonderful toys, and the very Night itself. In other words, you nailed it. When my 22-year-old godson read your assessment of Batman as a Brawler, he commented that the same application could be made to Christian Bale's portrayal of Batman equally well.

It might be fun to go ahead and stat all the characters from Batman '66 for Light City, but who do you use for Catwoman: Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, or Ursula Kitt? Riddle me this: Which one could create the strongest "strange stirrings in my utility belt" or would it take a mixture of all three? MEOW!!

If only all choices could be this much fun...
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Royce R June 21, 2017 12:52 am UTC
'Scuze me, Eartha Kitt.
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Jonathan L June 21, 2017 12:20 pm UTC
Hey, a rose by any other name...!
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Royce R May 15, 2017 9:27 pm UTC
If the Brawler corresponds to the Fighter, what heroes would conceivably fit the Cleric, Magic-User, and Thief classes?
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Jonathan L May 20, 2017 4:11 pm UTC
I imagine there are more than four superhero core classes (especially since at this point, we have ingrained supers archetypes like the Speedster that are so darn specific!). BUT if I were breaking down a basic vigilante party that could correspond to fantasy's big four, I'd probably go with the Brawler, the Elemental (e.g. the Silver Age Human Torch, for the Magic-User), the Gifted (e.g. DC's Captain Marvel...or, Shazam if I must, for the Cleric), and let's say something like a Gadgeteer for the Thief.

Of course, Clerics, Magic-Users, and Thieves would probably fit right in here, as well...!
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Royce R May 21, 2017 6:28 pm UTC
That kind of follows what I postulated after reading the rules for S&WL, only I had the Batman as the archtype for the Thief; Batman relies on his fighting, dexterity and ability to intimidate more than any gadget he may be packing.

I am very eagerly awaiting the full publishing of all the Light City materials. The beauty of S&WL is that all the materials needed to run a campaign over several nights with a bunch of kids in a hotel room will fit in a manilla folder; it would be nice to be able to do the same with the Supers genre as well.
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Jonathan L May 23, 2017 8:18 pm UTC
Batman as the Thief works pretty well, I think. He's a tough character to fit into an archetype-based system because he's good at EVERYTHING (except chilling out), so he'd probably have to just be based on whichever aspect you'd want to highlight the most (fighting ability, wonderful toys, detective skills). (For whatever it's worth, I think of Ted Kord as probably the quintessential Gadgeteer in comics...)

I hope to have a second Light City installment up for perusal very soon!
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Royce R May 24, 2017 5:27 am UTC
Or Merry, Girl of a Thousand Gimmicks. For the Modern Age, it might be a toss-up between Iron Man and Booster Gold.

As for more Light City installments, I can't wait, Jonathan; I say again, I can't wait.

To date there's only been one game, H&H, that was designed from the ground up as a Supers game for the Golden Age. It was designed to emulate D&D White Box and, like 0e D&D, soon spawned a line of Companion booklets. All this is fine, but as I said above, I think something that will fit in a manila envelope is needed and would be appreciated. After that, just throw a d6 and a d20 in your pocket and you're ready to go.
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