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Proposed Zenith Universe Books


Way back when, I had a plan. A plan for how I would publish the Zenith Universe in roleplaying material.

Lately I have gone back to that plan and taken a look at it again.

This was the plan;

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The Zenith Universe RPG Plan:

For the roster books we have;

Zenith Comics Presents: Public Enemies Volume 2 - Probe, Glamazon and Dr.Power are just some of the names you will encounter in this volume of fully developed original villains.

Zenith Comics Presents: Dastardly Duos & Terrible Trios - What do a speedster, stretcher, three military mecha, two Irish terrorists and three astronauts have in common? They are the villains you will find in this roster book from Zenith Comics.

Zenith Comics Presents: Public Enemies Volume 3 - Icefire, Psiren and Galatea stand deviously along side 7 other villains in next volume of the Zenith Comics villain roster series.

Zenith Comics Presents: Mayhem Inc./Ravage V - Two teams of five villains each that work together like well oiled machines, with which to challenge your heroes or teach them some humility through defeat.

Zenith Comics Presents: Public Enemies Volume 4 - Black Swan, Gargantuan and Sir Blood lead the pack for 10 more vile super villains from the Zenith Universe.

Zenith Comics Presents: Mercenaries & Masterminds - This book covers two concepts, those who want to rule the world and those who they hire to help with the task. Only in the early stages of this one, but it is looking pretty sweet so far.

"But wait..." you say, "How can I play in a Zenith Universe campaign with only roster books at my disposal?" Good question and Zenith Comics has you covered! Introducing the Zenith Comics Presents setting line of supplements;

Zenith Comics Presents: A.S.G.A.R.D. - The American Specialized Government Action Response Department are responsible for providing the firepower and resources when it becomes time to take down terrorists organizations or rampaging super villains (or heroes). From their hidden base called Valhalla, Viking power troopers, backed by Valkyrie medics take the field and keep the peace.

Zenith Comics Presents: S.K.U.L.L. - Secrecy Knowledge Unity Loyalty Legion! This is the motto of S.K.U.L.L.! A.S.G.A.R.D. lists then as the number one threat to world-peace this organization, lead by the tyrannical Lord Sovereign, has vowed to rule the world! Using paramilitary shock troops and super powered agents, they are challenged by A.S.G.A.R.D. at every turn as well as heroes of all stripe.

Zenith Comics Presents: Capitol City - This is where it all happens, the premiere super city of the Zenith Universe. From the Titan Observatory on Capitoline Hill to the back alleys of Boxtown, welcome to a fully realized city and surrounding environ that is ready to have your heroes take to the streets. This setting has been developed through actual play and expansion for the past 20 years. Now I have taken all that information and begun editing and expanding to turn it into an exciting place for your heroes to call home.

Zenith Comics Presents: The Golden Age - Those who know me know that it is no secret I love the "All-Star Squadron", "the Invaders" and "Pre-Crisis Earth 2". There is something about that time that just sings to me and in this setting book I will explore the Golden Age of the Zenith Universe. Meet the heroes that started it all and the villains that they built their reputations on.

And once all those settings are in your hands, there is a special project I am really excited about;

Zenith Comics Presents: The Ultimus Invasion - Along the lines of the adventure path concept meets the 12 issues crossover event in comics, The Ultimus Invasion is a 12 part adventure story that can be played as a solid pre-made campaign set in the Zenith Universe that will be for all the marbles. Your heroes will make the journey from nobodies to being the world's only hope as they travel to the four corners of the Zenith Universe and fight alongside its legends against the greatest threat they have ever known, the return of Ultimus!



Now obviosuly such an ambitious undertaking would unfold over the course of a few years (barring runaway success and money to hire lots of freelance writers with).

Which of these products would you most like to see?

Just out of curiosity.

Cheers!

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No one? Not one comment?

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Wow, that is quite the audacious plan but I must say I like it. I think that a set production plan, coupled with an active fanbase would go a long way toward the overall success of the system and Zenith Comics as a brand name.

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Thanks Chris, I appreciate the support. Certainly I want to make sure that this goes off without a hitch ... but I expect plenty of hitches along the way emoticon

Anyone in particular catch your eye?

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The setting book for Capitol City holds the most interest for me. I think that having a solid setting is important, especially if your trying to build an entire universe around it.

Once you have the city established one can move on from there. Drop hints about SKULL and ASGARD and their operations here and there, along with including some simple npc's and some plot hooks and your good to go.

I may be a bit biased, but I love a good setting more than character rosters. I can come up with characters easy enough, but I love setting ideas. Guess thats why I am always tinkering with my own...

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I tell you what Chris,

Capitol City is going to change to Centropolis, bringing the two Zenith Universes (Earth Alpha/Earth Beta I guess) together in a subtle way that ONLY the rpg fans are gonna get emoticon

Also with the East Coast done to death and now M&M heading to the West Cost, we think it is appropriate that we do the Mid-West and set a big urban centre on the very shores of the great lakes.

Should be fun emoticon

More details as they develop, though I will cannibalize what I can from Capitol City to Centropolis and change what doesn't work.

Also I will develop a lot of it here on the forums, so that you will all get to see it as it comes along.

Cheers!

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I totally agree about the East Coast thing being over done. That being said I am detailing the ruins of NYC in my setting, but also working on city of my own that is centered around what is left of MT. Rushmore.

I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with for your setting!

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I want to see the Capitol City the most.

When all the sourcebooks are done, I'll look forward to Ultimate Invasion. Heck, I'd love to work on them. I will be done with my current projects by then. emoticon
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Thanks for the encouragement sir.

Two things, Capitol City is now Centropolis and it's the UltimUS Inavasion, based on a mega villain named Ultimus emoticon

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Two things, Capitol City is now Centropolis and it's the UltimUS Inavasion, based on a mega villain named Ultimus emoticon



I stand corrected.

Please stop calling me 'sir' though; a sir is a famous Brit over 60, and I'm Canadian and not near that. emoticon

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