Second String Supers

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Second String Supers
 Creator(s) Chad Underkoffler
 System(s) Truth & Justice
 Genre(s) Supers


The Dragon Knight crouched on a gargoyle, surveying his city, as he spoke to his friend on the nearby rooftop. "I hate this, Galsworthy. Abandoning her. I'm supposed to protect her from harm."

The mage looked up from the dossier he was reading. "You will be protecting her, DK. You're not abandoning her, just. . . expanding the perimeter." Galsworthy's eyes flicked back towards the file in his hands. "This one has potential."

The Dragon Knight scratched his chin with mail-covered fingers. "But no real experience." He sighed. "I have to leave her in the hands of retirees, tyros, and second-raters. Present company excepted, of course."

Galsworthy waved the comment away. "We both know I can't dedicate the time to doing what you do, given my" – the words turned venomous – "Grand Destiny."

"Speaking of that, I've been wondering: any one of those look likely to be your future student?"

Shuffling the files in his hands, Galsworthy shrugged. "Reply hazy, try again. Provided you can help the Justice Alliance keep the front lines as far away from Earth as possible for as long as possible, there is a chance one of these potential heroes may become my pupil. A slim chance."

The Dragon Knight looked back out to the skyline. "That'll have to do."
- Second String Supers chapter introduction in Truth & Justice

Truth & Justice: Second String Supers

Second String Supers is an idea originally published as a setting in Chad Underkoffler's 'Campaign in a box' column in Steve Jackson Games' Pyramid magazine.

The idea is that 'second string supers' - superheroes without experience, who have fallen on tough times, or simply don't have the good looks to be in the news every day - are now the first line of defense of Drakesville, a town protected up to now by the very powerful Dragon Knight.

Players not only have to beat the villain, but also deal with an unsympathetic public and a media ready to photograph every mistake.

Previous Games

Winson_Paine ran the basic setting originally, reaching a huge finale and more than 2700 posts. [1]

Winson_Paine also ran a '2099' version of the setting, helped to a conclusion by Oracle. Ten players involved. [2]

Current Games