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In 1979, JEFF DEE and JACK HERMAN created the original VILLAINS AND VIGILANTESTM, the game that brought classic comic book style superheroes into the world of role-playing games. It inspired thousands of crossover fans between comics and gaming, and spawned dozens of imitations.

VILLAINS AND VIGILANTESTM is legendary among role-playing games for its random super-powered character generation system, its accessible, open and fast-paced rules, and the awesome Mighty ProtectorsTM Multiverse campaign setting created by Jeff Dee and Jack Herman.

This latest version of the game- dubbed version 2.1- revives the 1982 version with a few corrections and rules additions. It also features brand new illustrations from co-creator Jeff Dee. Villains and VigilantesTM is a trademark of Scott Bizar, used with permission.


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Kelley B March 26, 2023 6:18 pm UTC
I played this game a lot back in the 80's. It's still one of my favorite rules systems. It really captured the flavor of the comics in that your character can be defeated but it's difficult to kill them. Just like a comic book hero. D&D was quite a bit more lethal. It was rough spending an entire afternoon creating a great character with back story only to have them killed off because of a bad die roll in D&D. The only thing we tweaked in the rules with this system was the HTH combat to hit chance. We used these rules for all kinds of scenarios and campaigns, including a Gamma world style campaign. What was so nice about it was you had all you needed in I think less than 120 pages of rules. So concise! I think what doomed it is once you bought these rules you didn't need anything else especially if you and your friends already had a pile of comic books. Whereas the other RPGs manufactured all kinds of reasons why you needed that next supplemental book encouraging you to spend more and more money. Hat's...See more
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Richard K May 11, 2018 3:29 pm UTC
I don't want to brag, but my son and I got to play V&V with Jeff Dee at Chupacabracon last year. Just downloaded the PDFs. Probably should get a scenario book or two. Any recommendations for a couple of noobs lol?
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Michael M October 25, 2017 4:57 am UTC
Does this include the intro adventure Crisis at Crusader Citadel? I have the book but if it saves me from scanning the maps I'll buy it...
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Jeff D October 27, 2017 2:49 pm UTC
Crisis at Crusader Citadel is sold separately:
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Michael M October 30, 2017 12:01 am UTC
Got it thanks! :)
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Chris T September 27, 2015 12:46 am UTC
Is there any chance this will be made available in a print version? My ludicrously ancient copy from way back in the day is falling apart.
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Jeff D September 28, 2015 10:21 pm UTC
V&V 2.1 is available in print, though not through DriveThru. Go to our website and click on the "Shop" tab.
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Shawn D April 16, 2016 10:18 pm UTC
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