There has been a plethora of Super Hero movies lately, again. Days of Future Past, Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy are all big hits (or projected to be), and it made me think about playing Super Hero games. I love comics and Super Heroes (even those who are not per se heroes) so naturally I love to play them. The problem that I run into is what system to run it in. I have always been partial to Champions and Marvel Super Heroes from TSR. But I also know that many other good systems exist. I have heard good things about Mutants and Masterminds along with the old DC Heroes.
Champions give me the most options, and therefore I would prefer to run the game in that setting. It allows my players the most flexibility with the creation of their heroes. That being said, is a plethora of options always a good thing? Do I always want a system where my players can crunch the character to death?
I am split on those questions. I love story-driven games and can’t really stand to play crunch games too often. I would rather play a game such as Numenera over Dungeons and Dragons 3.x. So is a crunchy super hero game a bad thing? Does the crunch add to the flavor? These are good questions and ones that I would love to hear from you about.
Personally, this post is less information and more of a questioning post. I want to know what you do when you run a Supers game. What system do you use? Do you prefer crunch or story in your game? Which system gives you that balance?