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Astonishing Super Heroes Book 1: Basic Rulebook

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It's your turn to the be the hero!

Astonishing Super Heroes is a roleplaying game of superpowered action and drama. Streamlining the classic FASERIP system from the ground up via the OGL, Astonishing Super Heroes plays faster and adds dramatic roleplay mechanics to better represent the variety of challenges superheroes face in the comics, shows, and movies we love so much.

The Basic Rulebook includes:

  • Everything you need to emulate superpowered characters from any comic, TV show, or movie universe you're already familiar with.
  • A revamped Karma system inspired by modern narrative RPGs and customized to your superhero's identity: play an inspiring moral paragon, a clever mystic willing to deal with dark powers, a violent antihero, or a reformed villain.
  • Rules that promote teamwork and that can be as tactical or freeform as you want.
  • New rules for challenging social interactions using a stress and resolve mechanic, as well as leveraging money and resources against your foes.
  • 30 pages devoted to building custom super powers and gear, with over 100 fully-built powers as examples.

The Basic Rulebook also features great character sheets and comprehensive reference sheets, making it a breeze to run! Plus, it's fully compatible with other FASERIP games, and broadly compatible with most four color supers games.

The Basic Rulebook is Book 1 of 2 for the Astonishing Super Heroes RPG. Look for Book 2: Spectacular Origins, coming soon!

Spectacular Origins BETA PDF included:

We've included the BETA PDF of our second release, Spectacular Origins. This gives you multiple character creation methods, loads of advice and inspiration on building thrilling scenarios and customized profiles, and optional rules for simplifying NPCs and Powers. Plus, you'll have a chance to provide feedback on even more systems and rules ahead of its release!

We'll be periodically updating this PDF so new systems and tools can be tested ahead of the release of Spectacular Origins.

Powering the LSOSW Podcast:

Astonishing Super Heroes is the fully realized, fully customized FASERIP-inspired system powering the actual play podcast LSOSW! Check us out on all your favorite podcast services and social media as LSOSWpodcast, and with this RPG, build your own custom heroes and epic storylines!

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Asher C May 16, 2022 6:16 am UTC
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Really enjoying the book so far, I have a question though: (I'm sure it'll be answered in Book 2) But i am having a hard time figuring out the "leveling up" mechanics in this system?
Has that been omitted for now, or did I just completely miss it?
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Tim B May 16, 2022 6:43 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Omitted for now; this is meant to be just the rules you need "at the table". That said, it's 100% backwards compatible, so you can use any FASERIP advancement system you prefer. We're working on a couple different systems for different progression speeds in Book 2.
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Neil S May 02, 2022 4:41 am UTC
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Whens book 2 out
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Tim B May 02, 2022 2:27 pm UTC
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No release date yet.
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Norbert R April 22, 2022 5:15 pm UTC
From what I dimly remember of FASERIP there’s a problem with armor and damage cutoffs where it’s almost impossible for the lower rank to do anything to the higher rank. Is it still the case in this version?
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Tim B April 22, 2022 5:38 pm UTC
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We mitigated this by creating a "general" combat effect that stacks onto any specific ones (such as Stun, Bullseye, Slam, and Kill). This general effect is that a Yellow result has +1 rank effect, and a Red result has +2 rank effect. So, if a weapon or power deals Amazing 50 damage, on a Yellow result that would bump it up to Spectacular 75 damage, and on a Red result it would be Uncanny 100 damage.

In addition to that, there are teamwork maneuvers that provide for opportunities to increase the effect rank, as well as the "to hit" rank. This means that if an opponent is successfully held, it's easier to get higher color results when striking them, and using a combat attack, it's possible to increase the effect's rank, as well. These bonuses stack.

So, there are still situations where the most armored characters are effectively immune to damage from the absolute weakest characters, but it's much, much rarer to see that in this take on FASERIP. The difference in attack...See more
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Robert C April 20, 2022 7:58 pm UTC
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Can I recommend a starter adventure get created? It doesn't even have to be a full one, could even just be a solo thing like the old Star Wars Weg stuff. Just to get new people more acquainted with how the game plays. As someone who played FASERIP a million years ago, it's fun to see something newer. Also for an indie book, there is great editing and art going on. Enjoying the read so far.
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Tim B April 20, 2022 8:39 pm UTC
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Thank you for the feedback!
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Zenith C April 15, 2022 5:27 pm UTC
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Hey Tim, are there forums or a sub-reddit for this game? Would love to talk with others about new Profiles (especially Villain ones) :)
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Tim B April 15, 2022 5:45 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
I haven't put together anything official, no.
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Tim B April 09, 2022 12:43 am UTC
PUBLISHER
ANNOUNCEMENT!

The Print on Demand version is now re-activated and contains all errata!
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William K April 03, 2022 6:11 pm UTC
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Will you be publishing a setting or adventures for ASH?
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Tim B April 03, 2022 6:28 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
We are currently piloting a licensing program, so you will definitely see those sorts of things in some form or another!

Our in-house plans will be revealed in good time.
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Zenith C April 15, 2022 5:28 pm UTC
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Zenith Comics will be producing material set in the Zenith Universe for Astonishing Super Heroes. I won't disrespect Tim by posing any links here, but Zenith Comics Presents as a Google search should help you find us ;) And yes we are foing this as a part of the pilot program with Tim :) BE HEROIC!
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Tim B April 15, 2022 5:45 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
No disrespect at all: we want to see as much support for this game as possible, from anyone putting out cool stuff!
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Tim B March 27, 2022 5:21 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
ANNOUNCEMENT!

We will be adding updated files for the Basic Rulebook that fix all errata. We're very lucky: there wasn't much! But during this time, we are disabling the Print On Demand version until it is updated as well. We'll work to get it back up as quickly as possible!

Stay tuned.
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Zenith C March 27, 2022 5:31 pm UTC
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Any of us who already purchased a print version open for a discount on a reprint? ;)
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Tim B March 27, 2022 5:44 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
That's one of the things I'm looking into while the file is down. My feelings are always to provide something along those lines, but the POD process is a bit new to me.

I'll have the errata in a nice list form on our website, included as a standalone PDF in the downloads, and posted wherever else I can put it, so hopefully that'll help for those folks who can't cover the fact that the POD requires a minimum cost. There was surprisingly little!
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Tim B March 30, 2022 5:49 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
All digital versions now have errata included, as well as an additional file that collects all errata so POD customers can track the changes.

The corrected POD files are still processing and I'll post an update once that's complete, and reactivate the POD option.
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Tim B April 09, 2022 12:43 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Updated! Check your email.
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Justin W March 10, 2022 9:01 pm UTC
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Can’t wait for the Spectacular Origins Book. The Alternate form power, specifically the Dark Matter form, feels a bit overpowered (6 powers for the price of 2), even with a built in weakness. Anyway looking forward to reading more in the future.
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Lee S March 07, 2022 8:58 pm UTC
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I was in the process of making something using 4C Expanded and Phase 4, but after seeing the quality of your new book, I've scrapped my plans.

Being a Doctor Strange fan, I had a keen interest in seeing how magic was handled.
I see that the Sorcery power is pretty much just Dimensional energy now, with entreating entities for casting. Did you drop the Personal and Universal energy sources?
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Tim B March 07, 2022 9:04 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Since the game is 100% backwards compatible with previous FASERIP-powered systems, any origins and powers available from them are good for Astonishing Super Heroes, too!

Book 2 will feature much more comprehensive character and power creation systems for folks that love that sort of crunch. We have a lot more to say about magic in there.
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Lee S March 07, 2022 9:26 pm UTC
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Thanks for the reply, Tim. Sounds good!
Looking forward to the next book.
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David G March 07, 2022 7:48 pm UTC
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Apparently, I can't leave a review for this, so I'm putting this is the discussion forum instead.

I bought this by found myself really disappointed by the re-use of Storn Cook's art. Storn, who is a brilliant artist and creator, has had his work used in these retro-clone games for years. So on one hand, I'm gravely disappointed to see his name clipped or erased from some of these pieces entirely. On the other hand, I'm disappointed that the developed couldn't commission him to develop new art.

The one thing this game has over other retroclones is how it presents charts and information. There's thoughtfulness here that I wasn't expecting. I know putting something like this together is hard and challenging work -- I was just expecting SOMETHING remarkable that would set this book apart from the other retroclones. There are some other mechanics borrowed from other RPGs that work well, but at the end of the day, I found myself deeply unimpressed.

If these product has more...See more
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Tim B March 07, 2022 9:07 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Hi David, we appreciate your feedback and feelings on ASH. As it is strictly the 'basic rules' to run the game at the table, we really had no intention of providing setting specific material and adventures.

Storn's art is great, and yes, we used it aplenty. With such a small team and an indie budget, we simply could not afford newly commissioned artwork. We're hoping this book's sales fund art for the next book, however!
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Justin W March 05, 2022 9:47 am UTC
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Is there a forum or discord for this?
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Tim B March 05, 2022 3:59 pm UTC
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Nothing dedicated, but I am on r/MarvelFASERIP and forums like RPG.net, ENWorld, and RPGPub.
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Zenith C February 28, 2022 7:49 pm UTC
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I wanted to write a review of this book, but for some reason DTRPG won't let me do it, even though I purchased it. Strange air indeed. So, let me just say I am very impressed with what I see. The DNA of the source is clearly there, and the interesting add-ons/adaptations from other, more modern games, is pretty awesome as well! I hope to see an advanced edition soon that plugs some of the holes and adds the expanded "Spectacular Origins" material to the main rule book (which means another POD for me, but happy to do so!). Great game! BE HEROIC!
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Tim B March 01, 2022 8:42 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Thank you for the kind words!
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Zenith C March 01, 2022 9:36 pm UTC
PURCHASER
My pleasure, no idea why I can't add a review or a rating. :(
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Tim B March 01, 2022 10:23 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
If you have a publisher account, chances are that's why.
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Zenith C March 01, 2022 10:44 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Fascinating, thanks for that.
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Zenith C February 28, 2022 7:17 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Hey there! Very impressed. What credits/logos can we use to publish for this game? Outstanding work :)
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Tim B February 28, 2022 7:25 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Hi Andrew, thank you for the support.

As long as you follow the terms of the OGL, you're good! The license at the end of our book includes the proper credit(s); all game mechanics are open game content, but the Astonishing Super Heroes name and logo, as well as all proper names, trade dress, and art are proprietary and cannot be used.

We're happy to see a statement like "compatible with all FASERIP games including Astonishing Super Heroes, Faserip, etc." or something to that effect, but note that this is not legally binding, and does not assume we approve of the work.
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Zenith C February 28, 2022 7:40 pm UTC
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Thanks for the fast reply Tim! Any chance we could make a "Compatible with..." ASH logo? It really helps and most supergames have something like that. Really drives the eye, as they say ;) Either way happy to help this brand grow.
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Tim B February 28, 2022 8:02 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
We haven't ruled it out. Stay tuned!

If you'd like to drop me a line directly, you can go to the Astonishing Super Heroes website and use the feedback form and I can cover details there.
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Zenith C February 28, 2022 8:07 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Will-do later today!
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Zenith C March 01, 2022 4:45 am UTC
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Done sir :)
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Justin W February 18, 2022 8:52 am UTC
PURCHASER
Great to see the return of a fantastic system. So I have started creating characters. The first thing I noticed was the relatively low lifting weights for Strength, compared to other systems. I appreciate this uses the original system, but systems since tend to allow much greater weights, well up in the 100,000 tons bracket. As Uncanny is lift 100 tons, the progression beyond should multiply by 10 each further rank, so X150 1000 tons, x200 10,000 tons, x500 100,000 tons, C1k 1000,000 tons, c3K 10,000,000 tons, and C5k 100,000,000 tons? Or have a similar progression (E150: E150, E200 200 tons, E500: 500 tons, C1k 1000 tons, C3K 3000 tons, C5k 5000 tons) but have a Super strength power that multiplies these values by the rank value.
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Justin W February 18, 2022 9:22 am UTC
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Perhaps easier would be to keep the x5 weight progression from IN to AM, so:
AM 50 tons
SP 200 tons
UN 1000 tons
X1 5000 tons
X2 20,000 tons
X3 100,000 tons
C1K 500,000 tons
C3K 2000,000 tons
C5k 10,000,000 tons
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Tim B February 18, 2022 5:34 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
We chose to stick with equivalents to the original tables whenever possible for compatibility, but those sorts of changes are definitely easy to implement. We even put in a section for house rules in the cheat sheets section at the back of the book for exactly this purpose!
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Justin W March 04, 2022 6:51 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Fair enough. According to the original rules:
X1: Lift 250 tons
X2: Lift 500 tons
X3: Lift 1000 tons
So I figure anything higher is throwing moons around etc. You could also have a Super-Strength Power that adds ranks to strength when lifting items only. So
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Neil S February 18, 2022 5:40 am UTC
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Will book 2 have more powers
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Tim B February 18, 2022 6:10 am UTC
PUBLISHER
It will have a complete power creation system to go along with multiple character creation options.
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