DC Heroes is an out-of-print superhero role-playing game set in the DC Universe, published by Mayfair Games. Other than sharing the same licensed setting, DC Heroes is unrelated to the West End Games DC Universe.
DC Heroes was critically well-received, and despite its out of print status still retains an unusually large and active online community.
The game system in DC Heroes is sometimes called the Mayfair Exponential Game System (or MEGS). DC Heroes uses a logarithmic scale for character attributes. The scale allows characters of wildly different power levels to co-exist within the same game without one completely dominating a given area. For example, although Superman is on orders of magnitude far stronger than Batman, Batman is capable of surviving a straight brawl with Superman for a short period. Conflicts are resolved using an Action Table and two ten-sided dice. The die rolling system involves re-rolling any double result (the same number of both dice), so that any result is possible.
Hero Points, which are used as experience points, can be spent during play to influence Action Table Results.
Mayfair Games published the first edition in 1985. During the same time-frame, DC released its twelve-part "maxi-series" Crisis on Infinite Earths, which dramatically reshaped the DC universe. As a result of this timing, both Silver Age and pre-Crisis writeups were included alongside new, post-Crisis versions of the characters. While it was groundbreaking in its time, this edition of the game is now considered obsolete by the online community.
The second edition, published in 1989, incorporated material from the Batman Role-Playing Game and the Superman Sourcebook. These materials included rules for advantages, drawbacks, and gadgetry.
The third edition, published in 1993, further refined the rules by revamping the point costs of various abilities.
Blood of HeroesEdit
Mayfair Games eventually sold the rights to the Mayfair Exponential Game System to another company, Pulsar Games, which later released the Blood of Heroes role-playing game. Blood of Heroes is largely derived from the third edition of DC Heroes but without a license to use DC Comics' intellectual property. DC-brand characters were instead replaced with new characters created specifically for the Blood of Heroes universe.
The setting included with the game is a 1990s-style superhero world with a heavy influence of occult and magical beings, which accounts for the much more detailed magic system included in the game.
A subsequent edition, Blood of Heroes: Special Edition, incorporated a large number of rule tweaks as well as lots of new material, often derived from proposals from the online community.
In 2004 Pulsar Games was sold to new owners. Since then, nothing has been done official with the game, leaving it inactive.
Chapters that PlayEdit
The following chapters are know to play, previously played, or open to playing the game: