Last night, it was time for me to return to the Game Master’s Seat at Monday Night Savages (at our excellent FLGS, Total Escape Games). I’d been promising a return to my Danger International* setting, but I wanted to shift away from the amazing Feng Shui 2 rules to something that worked a bit better for the specifics I was engaged with (mainly, easily customizable to creating famous action heroes of the 80s and 90s).
Just as he did for my quest for superhero gaming, Leonard Pimentel struck again with a rather perfect system for exactly what I wanted – action cinema gaming with a decidedly 80s-90s feel. I mean, seriously, it’s right in the description!
A tabletop roleplaying game about action movies, especially those of the 80s and early 90s…
Folks, I’d read the book. I’d never run the game. My friends had never played the game, and most of them barely saw the rules (if at all).
What a rush!
We started pretty late – I think around 6:30pm – and by the time we set up a Big Cliffhanger at 9:15pm, they’d blown through a casino full of Deadites, met up and roleplayed figuring out what was going on, did a huge car chase**, and arrived just outside of Witch Mountain. They then concocted a plan to get inside the base, executed said plan, and all wound up in different, interesting places right before the Siphon showed up to make things even more interesting…
I’ve Picked the game before, but it really deserves extra mention today, because we had an amazing time, and once again, I am blown away by the genius of my friend, Len. This is an approach to the AWE-style of gaming that I grok and love!
(*) – The Cast: V.I. Warshawski, Hannibal Smith, Lara Croft, John Steed, Chiun, Ash, Walker
(**) – Five black operative sedans, two black operative SUVs, and a super turbo-charged, heavily armored “boss SUV” chasing a “crotch rocket” (Lara), an Aston Martin (John, V.I.), a massive pick-up (Walker, Chiun), and an ’73 Oldsmobile Delta 88 (Ash, Hannibal).
Full Disclosure – I hacked the rules to add extra oomph to the heroes. Possibly too much, but they had a great time, so I just need to “oomph” the bad guys a bit more. If you’re interested in the hack, let me know. If you’ve bought the game, I will happily share the hack.
“I was a 98 pound weakling who used to get sand kicked in my face at the beach. At least, that was until Magnum Fury came along!” ~Nobody Ever Said This
MAGNUM (n): a really big bullet or gun that is awesome and in no way intended to compensate for any unspecified size-related deficiency.
FURY (n): the kind of anger that makes you an unstoppable juggernaut of ass-kickery who can perform heroic feats normal wimps couldn’t even dream of.
A tabletop roleplaying game about action movies, especially those of the 80s and early 90s, Magnum Fury is designed to play the kind of fast combat and intense action scenes action movies are known for. Magnum Fury was heavily inspired by—and pokes a lot of fun at—the action movies and action comedies of the 80s and early 90s, but it can be used to play any kind of action adventure from any genre. It uses a simple set of rules that focus on the heroes and allow you and your friends to imitate your favorite action movies or make up your own. You can create your very own badass action hero in less than a minute, and game prep requires nothing more than a few ideas about how you plan to abuse the heroes.
If you’re looking for someone to blame for Magnum Fury, look no farther than 48 Hours and Another 48 Hours, Above the Law, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Aliens, The Beastmaster, Beverly Hills Cop and Beverly Hills Cop 2, Big Trouble in Little China, Bloodsport, Commando, Conan the Barbarian and Conan the Destroyer, The Crow, The Delta Force, Demolition Man, Die Hard, Escape from New York, First Blood and Rambo: First Blood Part 2, Flash Gordon, The Golden Child, Hawk the Slayer, Hard to Kill, Highlander, Invasion U.S.A., Kickboxer, The Last Dragon, Lethal Weapon (all of them), Marked for Death, Predator and Predator 2, Raw Deal, Red Sonja, The Road Warrior and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Roadhouse, Robocop and Robocop 2, Running Man, Tango and Cash, Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day, They Live, Timecop, Total Recall, True Lies, and Under Siege.
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