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Four-Color Heroics Core Rulebook

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The dawn of superhero comics was a very different time than the one we now live in. The Great Depression was still making lives hell, crime rates were at an all-time high and the world was careening headlong toward a war the likes of which had not seen before. We, as a society, sought escapism to ease the tensions and suffering.

For many, radio programs, motion pictures, sports and novels provided exactly that. But there was one relatively new form of escapism that catered primarily to the youth of that era and that filtered all the fears and woes of the populace into optimistic, action-filled stories of good versus evil. These tales featured men and women clad in tight, colorful costumes duking it out in dramatic (and often silly) fashion with nothing short of freedom on the line!

This new form of escapism was, of course, the superhero comicbook.

Four-Color Heroics is a short but nuanced game system designed to perfectly capture the over-the-top action portrayed in the superhero comics of the era. With this book, a handful of dice, something to use as tokens and your imagination, there's no limit to the amount of fun you'll have playing out stories of crimebusting and Nazi smashing!  


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Nathan H January 27, 2023 3:59 pm UTC
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If all it's got is a downward spiral, it's not a superhero "game". This simply isn't how superhero fiction works.
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Cynthia M January 27, 2023 4:03 pm UTC
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I'm not sure I follow. Could you clarify, please?
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Nathan H January 27, 2023 4:11 pm UTC
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Cynthia,

Sure. Most superhero fiction has failure after failure(and even sacrifice), lead to a final breakthrough. An actual superhero "game" would treat failure as a later resource, not penalize it.
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Nathan H January 27, 2023 4:12 pm UTC
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And I get that a lot of the early Golden Age books maybe didn't have that best writing.
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Nathan H January 27, 2023 4:14 pm UTC
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Most of the stories are basically poorly written mysteries.
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Cynthia M January 27, 2023 4:23 pm UTC
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Thank you very much for the clarification. I actually agree that most superhero fiction revolves around failure after failure leading to a breakthrough. However, that notion didn't come into existence (at least with any semblance of regularity) until the Silver Age. A massive chunk of the Golden Age stories were very short, with each issue being comprised of multiple stories. This format/length didn't allow for the storytelling nuance that would come in later eras. The stories tended to be more straightforward affairs and that's what I attempted to emulate with Four-Color Heroics. That said, if we end up releasing supplements for other eras, you can bet that I'll be taking that into account. :)
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Eiric P January 23, 2023 3:21 pm UTC
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I want to do a review so badly! This game is perfect in so many ways!
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Cynthia M January 23, 2023 3:22 pm UTC
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Wow, thanks, Eiric! I'm looking forward to seeing your review. :)
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Royce R January 18, 2023 3:58 am UTC
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Hi,
I love the Golden Age and at last there's a game devoted just to the Golden Age. The Golden Age was the age of sidekicks, an era that DC is going back to take a look at. How would the character creation rules be modified to produce a sidekick?
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Cynthia M January 18, 2023 2:04 pm UTC
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Thank you!

For the time being, I would simply give a lower number of points for Attributes and Qualities to Sidekicks. The upcoming Compendium will have the official sidekick rules that allow you to buy a Sidekick GMC as a new type of Quality and will give all the details of how to create them and what benefits they grant you. As a sneak peek, I'll state that the hero gains Momentum for saving them from peril.
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Robert P January 17, 2023 2:53 pm UTC
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I'm taking a punt on this because the preview looks good. Plus I love light systems. :)
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Cynthia M January 17, 2023 6:27 pm UTC
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I hope you like it. :)
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Chris N January 16, 2023 6:02 pm UTC
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I cannot believe that this game turned around from a random "Probably never be written, much less published," idea to a fully realized game in only a few weeks. Great game, great art, great writing. Thanks!
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Cynthia M January 16, 2023 7:27 pm UTC
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Many thanks, Chris. It happened quite fast, that's for sure. :)
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allen T January 15, 2023 3:51 pm UTC
This is so awesome and cool.,i am looking forward to seeing print copies of this
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Cynthia M January 16, 2023 1:41 pm UTC
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Thank you so much!
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allen T January 16, 2023 7:21 pm UTC
you're welcome.keep up the good work.by the way,what day will the print copies become available?,sorry to ask this question.
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Cynthia M January 16, 2023 7:25 pm UTC
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No exact date. It should be within a month though.
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allen T January 17, 2023 5:33 pm UTC
Cool,thanks for telling me
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James R M January 15, 2023 12:01 pm UTC
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Quick question: Will there be a print on demand of this in the future? I'm a huge fan of physical copies of things and I would love to have this in that form.
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Cynthia M January 15, 2023 8:57 pm UTC
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Yes indeed. I'll be sending it out to the printers for a test copy in a few days.

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allen T January 17, 2023 5:35 pm UTC
Cool,I should wait
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Andy K January 14, 2023 9:01 pm UTC
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Looks like fun. I'd been trying to come up with my own simple 'golden age hero' system. So this will save me a lot of bother! Excited to give it a proper read through.
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Cynthia M January 15, 2023 8:59 pm UTC
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Thanks. I hope you enjoy it.
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Joe K January 13, 2023 11:43 pm UTC
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A nice tight, simple ruleset allowing for Golden Age Superheroics and Pulp-Style adventure. Virtually BEGS to be hacked and fiddled with and I expect to see a lot of homebrew characters and fan-created Public Domain character write-ups.
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Cynthia M January 14, 2023 12:24 am UTC
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Thank you, Joe. I'm glad you like it.
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Mark C January 13, 2023 11:26 pm UTC
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Could we get a preview?
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Cynthia M January 14, 2023 12:26 am UTC
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Ask and you shall receive. I originally entered the information, but for whatever reason, it didn't work. The previews are up now though.
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Mark C January 15, 2023 7:15 am UTC
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Thanks!
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Jeff M January 13, 2023 11:16 pm UTC
hello Cynthia, is it a new version of the Four Colors you released a while back ?
(Which I discovered with Slawick Charlier's French translation)
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Cynthia M January 14, 2023 12:22 am UTC
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This is a spiritual successor to the original Four Colors RPG, but the system is completely different.
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allen T January 15, 2023 7:52 pm UTC
wow,this is really cool
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