Our first DC Adventure was a combination of “Let’s introduce the characters, the system, and have a bit of a beat-em-up.” Since I didn’t know what characters the players would choose, I made the game open, but linear. The players would A, be introduced to each other, B, conduct an interview with the media, then, C, be called off to action against a bunch of baddies, and leave a hint of an ongoing plot brewing.
It would be nice if the first adventure lead us directly into a second one, but I like how the bad guys getting away seeds a plot much further on. That means that we’re starting from scratch again, and we can’t have the same story format twice.
Enter “Gimmicks & Gadgets: Mutants and Masterminds Adventures“. While DC Adventures doesn’t have a lot of support yet, the game it was sired from, Mutants and Masterminds, has been around the block a few times and there are 12 pdf adventures at Green Ronin’s website. I made a quick scan, and found that the first one listed, Bad Medicine, was appropriate given a DC Comics update, so off we went.
Our heroes wake up on the 99th floor of Lexcorp Tower and have a chance to freshen up and interact before Mercy Graves approaches them with today’s field mission. Mercy dumps a handful of patches on the table and informs everyone that what we’re looking at are ‘slappers’. Slappers are a new party drug that has hit the streets of Metropolis, and, is likely manufactured in Metropolis since there’s been no reports of it in any other city. This $500 a patch drug is slapped at the base of the neck, where a cocktail of Venom (the deadly drug previously used by the man who broke Batman’s back: Bane) is absorbed into the bloodstream. The effect is immediate: The users muscles and veins bulge and they are wracked by an increase in durability and strength. There’s also a savage surge of testosterone, turning the user into a violent animal. Mercy warns the group that they need to be very careful with these samples, since slappers are not only dangerous, but highly addictive. That’s when Harley Quinn slapped one on the back of her and Person Man’s necks. Read more…