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Brave New Questions

In a comment to one of my posts on Brave New World, AkodoAkira writes:

“So my question is this: why are their no new Alphas? Maybe I missed it in one of the books, but what’s the deal with it?”

Native alphas come from deltas who have near-death experiences. These people are still affected by the Disappearance Effect that happened in the wake of the Bicentennial Battle. They end up transported to the disappeared Chicago.

Alphas can come into the world from other dimensions, and they can also stick around if they’re protected at the moment of their conversion. This is rare, though, and could only happen through tremendous foresight or providence.

“Also: Why do Deltas begin springing up in the 20th century? My friend is arguing that the tears in the fabric allow the Delats to appear, I am arguing that medical science is allowing them to survive the change. Which one is more accurate?”

Your friend is closer to what I had in mind. I like your idea too. I’d never thought of it that way. It could easily be a combination of the two.

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  1. Hey, Matt

    Have you ever thought about bringing Brave New Worlds back thr HumanHead studios or anyone else?

    John

  2. Hi John:

    I sure wouldn’t mind working with Brave New World again, but I sold all rights to AEG. They’d have to sell or license the game back to me or to another publisher for the game to see the light of day again. Or they could publish a new edition themselves.

    I know some people have inquired about it over the years, but no one’s ever been able to strike a deal for the game with AEG. For my part, I was well paid and have no complaints.

  3. Hi Matt,

    Thanks for putting up the secrets for BNW. My group and I have been running a Mutants and Masterminds game for over a year now and although the rules are good I tend to like less rules intesive gaming so As it is my turn to GM I have got the group to agree to use BNW. I have converted their characters from one system to the other by allowing each player to have three power packages. The result was a near match of each character. So i would just like to say great game great background and great fun.

    JMT

  4. Did the first part of my adventure last night using the BNW characters. All players had fun and said how well the rules represent comic book style combat. AND there was no complaints from the group about not using the M&M rules.

    Also been looking for other BNW website and managed to get some good power packages and tricks from a wide range of places.

    If you ever decide to finish off what you started with this great game then I’ll definitely be at the front of the line to buy it.

    JMT

  5. Hey, Matt

    Have you ever thought about bringing Brave New Worlds back thr HumanHead studios or anyone else?

    John

  6. Hi John:

    I sure wouldn’t mind working with Brave New World again, but I sold all rights to AEG. They’d have to sell or license the game back to me or to another publisher for the game to see the light of day again. Or they could publish a new edition themselves.

    I know some people have inquired about it over the years, but no one’s ever been able to strike a deal for the game with AEG. For my part, I was well paid and have no complaints.

  7. Hi Matt,

    Thanks for putting up the secrets for BNW. My group and I have been running a Mutants and Masterminds game for over a year now and although the rules are good I tend to like less rules intesive gaming so As it is my turn to GM I have got the group to agree to use BNW. I have converted their characters from one system to the other by allowing each player to have three power packages. The result was a near match of each character. So i would just like to say great game great background and great fun.

    JMT

  8. Did the first part of my adventure last night using the BNW characters. All players had fun and said how well the rules represent comic book style combat. AND there was no complaints from the group about not using the M&M rules.

    Also been looking for other BNW website and managed to get some good power packages and tricks from a wide range of places.

    If you ever decide to finish off what you started with this great game then I’ll definitely be at the front of the line to buy it.

    JMT

  9. Are there any plans to release any new Brave New World Supplements? For that matter, were any released after Glory Days that I missed? I have Delta Prime, Bargainers and Ravaged Planet in addition to the first book: am I missing any?

    I hope you finish it all someday as an actual book project: I was exceedingly fond of the setting.

  10. Are there any plans to release any new Brave New World Supplements? For that matter, were any released after Glory Days that I missed? I have Delta Prime, Bargainers and Ravaged Planet in addition to the first book: am I missing any?

    I hope you finish it all someday as an actual book project: I was exceedingly fond of the setting.

  11. Hi Matthew:

    Thanks for the kind words. Sadly, I doubt I’ll ever get back to the Brave New World RPG. AEG owns all the rights to the game, and they don’t seem too interested in publisher more books for it. Never say never, of course, but the chances don’t look good.

    As for the books, you seem to be missing a number of them: The Covenant, Evil Unlimited, Power Shield, Crescent City, and Delta Prime. With luck, you should be able to find them on eBay. Otherwise, let me know. I might have a few spare copies I’d be willing to sell.

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    Hi Matthew:

    Thanks for the kind words. Sadly, I doubt I’ll ever get back to the Brave New World RPG. AEG owns all the rights to the game, and they don’t seem too interested in publisher more books for it. Never say never, of course, but the chances don’t look good.

    As for the books, you seem to be missing a number of them: The Covenant, Evil Unlimited, Power Shield, Crescent City, and Delta Prime. With luck, you should be able to find them on eBay. Otherwise, let me know. I might have a few spare copies I’d be willing to sell.

  13. Matt,

    Any chance you might consider writing up the rules for playing Alphas, sans the BNW setting, and release it via the Ransom Model other writers have used? It seems to have worked well for Greg Stolze and Dennis Dettwillier of late. I know I’d pay the ransom, and I am sure others would as well

  14. Matt,

    Any chance you might consider writing up the rules for playing Alphas, sans the BNW setting, and release it via the Ransom Model other writers have used? It seems to have worked well for Greg Stolze and Dennis Dettwillier of late. I know I’d pay the ransom, and I am sure others would as well

  15. While I’m not against working on such a project, Gerry, I don’t have the rights to do so. Not including the BNW setting bits might allow me to skirt that, but AEG has been good to me. I don’t wish to step on their toes.

    AEG might grant me the rights to work on such a project, but then I’d still have to find the time to devote to it, which is a problem of its own. I do like the ransom model, though, and if I ever do find the time I’d consider using that model for the project.

    Either way, thanks for the interest. I’m glad to know there are still BNW players out there hankering for more.

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    While I’m not against working on such a project, Gerry, I don’t have the rights to do so. Not including the BNW setting bits might allow me to skirt that, but AEG has been good to me. I don’t wish to step on their toes.

    AEG might grant me the rights to work on such a project, but then I’d still have to find the time to devote to it, which is a problem of its own. I do like the ransom model, though, and if I ever do find the time I’d consider using that model for the project.

    Either way, thanks for the interest. I’m glad to know there are still BNW players out there hankering for more.

  17. Matt, I have to say the BNW was one of the best written RPGs I’ve ever bought. It really was a pleasure to read. I hope that one day you can ressurect it.

  18. Matt, I have to say the BNW was one of the best written RPGs I’ve ever bought. It really was a pleasure to read. I hope that one day you can ressurect it.

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  20. I found Brave New World in the summer of 2000 at a small game store in Boulder, CO. I fell in love with the world, and decided to hunt down as many of the books as I could. I ran ‘The Ripper’ for six of my best friends at an all nighter at a Denny’s. After a while, I started a story all my own and we all had a lot of fun.

    I think the thing I like the most is the fact that my players always stopped relying on their powers after the first session. Instead of blasting open the door, they’d pick the lock or something. I also always liked the fact that there really feels like a power vacuum without the Alphas around. It’s like the (sometimes) underpowered Deltas are left trying to do the job that the Alphas left behind.

    Anyway, I was really happy to find this site, and to get some of the questions I still had answered. Though I am still curious as to a couple things:

    1. What are Ben Archer’s powers and why are they such a tightly held secret?

    2. Why is is that when any member of a major organized religion awakens they recieve the same powers (ie. the Covenant)? I imagine it has something to do with the Pact and the War going on around Earth, but I was never sure. Also, have there ever been an Alpha examples of the Covenant? What would their powers be like?

    Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for the world, and to let you know how much fun I’ve had with it. Hopefully someday AEG will ask for more. I’d get it.

  21. I found Brave New World in the summer of 2000 at a small game store in Boulder, CO. I fell in love with the world, and decided to hunt down as many of the books as I could. I ran ‘The Ripper’ for six of my best friends at an all nighter at a Denny’s. After a while, I started a story all my own and we all had a lot of fun.

    I think the thing I like the most is the fact that my players always stopped relying on their powers after the first session. Instead of blasting open the door, they’d pick the lock or something. I also always liked the fact that there really feels like a power vacuum without the Alphas around. It’s like the (sometimes) underpowered Deltas are left trying to do the job that the Alphas left behind.

    Anyway, I was really happy to find this site, and to get some of the questions I still had answered. Though I am still curious as to a couple things:

    1. What are Ben Archer’s powers and why are they such a tightly held secret?

    2. Why is is that when any member of a major organized religion awakens they recieve the same powers (ie. the Covenant)? I imagine it has something to do with the Pact and the War going on around Earth, but I was never sure. Also, have there ever been an Alpha examples of the Covenant? What would their powers be like?

    Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for the world, and to let you know how much fun I’ve had with it. Hopefully someday AEG will ask for more. I’d get it.

  22. Hi Andrew:

    Thanks for the kind note. I have to admit that BNW is so far in my rear-view mirror at the moment that I don’t recall the exact answers to those questions. If you can help with a few gentle prods to my memory, I might be able to produce something though.

    1) Who was Ben Archer again? If you can provide a book and page reference, that would help a lot. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I don’t recall specific details about something I wrote six years back.

    2) For the Covenant, I probably went with similar powers to keep things simple. I knew I’d only have a single book for all of that. If I’d have had more space and time, I might have done other books for the various major religions in the world and given each of them their own flavor.

    I’m sure there were alphas who were part of the Covenant, but I never had any solid rules for alphas of any sort. I’d suspect a Covenant alpha would have some serious powers, probably to heal with a touch, discern the truth, perhaps immunity to damage (to turn the other cheek) or at least a strong healing factor (to keep coming back from the dead).

    I hope that helps!

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    Hi Andrew:

    Thanks for the kind note. I have to admit that BNW is so far in my rear-view mirror at the moment that I don’t recall the exact answers to those questions. If you can help with a few gentle prods to my memory, I might be able to produce something though.

    1) Who was Ben Archer again? If you can provide a book and page reference, that would help a lot. I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I don’t recall specific details about something I wrote six years back.

    2) For the Covenant, I probably went with similar powers to keep things simple. I knew I’d only have a single book for all of that. If I’d have had more space and time, I might have done other books for the various major religions in the world and given each of them their own flavor.

    I’m sure there were alphas who were part of the Covenant, but I never had any solid rules for alphas of any sort. I’d suspect a Covenant alpha would have some serious powers, probably to heal with a touch, discern the truth, perhaps immunity to damage (to turn the other cheek) or at least a strong healing factor (to keep coming back from the dead).

    I hope that helps!

  24. You know what? This is going to sound really silly, but I just found the stat block you made for him in Crescent City… >

  25. You know what? This is going to sound really silly, but I just found the stat block you made for him in Crescent City… >

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  27. Hey there Matt.
    Can I just first say that I’ve just started back into BNW after quite some time from it and I’d honestly forgotten how good a game it was (Unfortunatley I had some really bad players (read Crap but I didn’t want to swear) and it’s been sitting on my shelf for about 4 years) and thanks for all the hard work you put into it. The back plot that you’ve posted has really opened my eyes to what your intentions were.
    Now for the meat of my question.
    Been going through the books and want to know if I’ve got all of them.
    I’ve got:-
    2 copies of the original main rule book published under Pinnacle
    Power Shield
    Ravaged Planet
    Glory Days
    Defiants
    Bargainers
    Crescent City
    Evil Unlimited
    Delta Prime
    Is that it or is there more. Apologies if this should have been somewhere else.

  28. Hey there Matt.
    Can I just first say that I’ve just started back into BNW after quite some time from it and I’d honestly forgotten how good a game it was (Unfortunatley I had some really bad players (read Crap but I didn’t want to swear) and it’s been sitting on my shelf for about 4 years) and thanks for all the hard work you put into it. The back plot that you’ve posted has really opened my eyes to what your intentions were.
    Now for the meat of my question.
    Been going through the books and want to know if I’ve got all of them.
    I’ve got:-
    2 copies of the original main rule book published under Pinnacle
    Power Shield
    Ravaged Planet
    Glory Days
    Defiants
    Bargainers
    Crescent City
    Evil Unlimited
    Delta Prime
    Is that it or is there more. Apologies if this should have been somewhere else.

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