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Echoes of Brave New World

ICv2.com has an article on the upcoming Civil War event from Marvel Comics. It quotes a New York Times article on the subject (you may have to register to read this). According to the reporter:

The question at the heart of the series is a fundamental one: “Would you give up your civil liberties to feel safer in the world?”

This is exactly (word for word) the theme behind my Brave New World RPG, published way back in the more innocent days of 1999. The metaseries plotline involves a disaster after which all the heroes have to register with the government or become criminals. For those of you familiar with Brave New World, that’s going to sound achingly familiar.

I’m not saying that Marvel’s lifting anything from my game. This is as relevant a topic as there is these days. It’s just great to see one of the Big Two comic publishers tackling those same issues. I’ll be in line to get my copies and see how they handle it.

As an aside, I noticed that Wikipedia now has an entry on Brave New World. If you’re not familiar with the game, the article features an excellent recap of its background.

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  1. When talking about the game there is always one detractor. I’ve always said that the game was ahead of its time. I wonder ho it would have done if released only a few years later. The BNW premise is familiar in our world today and if we aren’t careful we could fall into the same trap.
    What scares me is that some people either close their eyes to what were facing and some don’t believe it can happen at all.

    Art imitating life
    Or is it the other way around?

  2. When talking about the game there is always one detractor. I’ve always said that the game was ahead of its time. I wonder ho it would have done if released only a few years later. The BNW premise is familiar in our world today and if we aren’t careful we could fall into the same trap.
    What scares me is that some people either close their eyes to what were facing and some don’t believe it can happen at all.

    Art imitating life
    Or is it the other way around?

  3. Hi Jerry!

    BNW was ahead of its time thematically. I don’t know if AEG would have wanted to pick it up from Pinnacle in the current climate. I recall having to convince a business parter or two that making the cover a burning American flag was the right thing to do. That was provocative back in ’99. Today, I would have a harder time winning that argument.

    As for art and life, I created a world that asked one of the questions that concerned me most back then. It concerns me even more now.

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    Hi Jerry!

    BNW was ahead of its time thematically. I don’t know if AEG would have wanted to pick it up from Pinnacle in the current climate. I recall having to convince a business parter or two that making the cover a burning American flag was the right thing to do. That was provocative back in ’99. Today, I would have a harder time winning that argument.

    As for art and life, I created a world that asked one of the questions that concerned me most back then. It concerns me even more now.

  5. Hmm, that mini-series looks interesting. I might well put it on order at my local comic shop. Thanks for the tip Matt.

    Meanwhile a little voice in my head is telling me to pass some witticism about BNW, but I can’t think of anything that’d be remotely funny. I actually picked up a 2nd hand copy of BNW last October. I liked the look of the system, and I have to say that I thought that it was very well written, with a nice balance between chatty style and clear exposition.

    I was sure that there was more material in that 2nd hand box, but when I went back it was gone. Which was a shame, because I felt like giving it a go. I still might- the subsequent years have provided plenty of new material to work with after all.

    Cheers (or not?). 😉

  6. Hmm, that mini-series looks interesting. I might well put it on order at my local comic shop. Thanks for the tip Matt.

    Meanwhile a little voice in my head is telling me to pass some witticism about BNW, but I can’t think of anything that’d be remotely funny. I actually picked up a 2nd hand copy of BNW last October. I liked the look of the system, and I have to say that I thought that it was very well written, with a nice balance between chatty style and clear exposition.

    I was sure that there was more material in that 2nd hand box, but when I went back it was gone. Which was a shame, because I felt like giving it a go. I still might- the subsequent years have provided plenty of new material to work with after all.

    Cheers (or not?). 😉

  7. Thanks for the kind words, John. I still have a few boxes of BNW stuff in my basement from which I sell copies to those in desperate need from time to time. I wonder if AEG would even be willing to bring the game back in PDF form. I wouldn’t have time to create new material for it these days, but it would be great to see it available to those who want it.

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    Thanks for the kind words, John. I still have a few boxes of BNW stuff in my basement from which I sell copies to those in desperate need from time to time. I wonder if AEG would even be willing to bring the game back in PDF form. I wouldn’t have time to create new material for it these days, but it would be great to see it available to those who want it.

  9. I’ve seen part of one of our little shorts from the old Star Wars Adventure Journal end up in Knights of the Old Republic. It was weird since I was playing through it at the time, thinking man this plot seems familiar. Remember the Swoop Gang Article in Issue #6?

    I do want to reiterate to anyone who hasn’t tried BNW “Find It!” best Supoerhero RPG ever. Only missing a few books since I got them after AEG sunsetted the game.

  10. I’ve seen part of one of our little shorts from the old Star Wars Adventure Journal end up in Knights of the Old Republic. It was weird since I was playing through it at the time, thinking man this plot seems familiar. Remember the Swoop Gang Article in Issue #6?

    I do want to reiterate to anyone who hasn’t tried BNW “Find It!” best Supoerhero RPG ever. Only missing a few books since I got them after AEG sunsetted the game.

  11. Thanks, Wayne! I do have a few boxes of books around here. If you can’t find one of them on your own, I might be persuaded to sell some titles to complete your collection (or John’s or anyone else’s too).

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    Thanks, Wayne! I do have a few boxes of books around here. If you can’t find one of them on your own, I might be persuaded to sell some titles to complete your collection (or John’s or anyone else’s too).

  13. BNW for me was one of those games that I saw lying on the local game store’s shelf and decided to give it a shot. I’ll never be disappointed that I did, as I agree that thematically it’s one of the best superhero RPGs ever. It came out during that time when there was a new influx of house game systems being produced with simply amazing settings, each having it’s own vibrant stories that would unfold as you delved deeper into the game material. Deadlands was the same way for me, I’ll never forget picking up new supplements and feeling the wave of realization come over me as yet another new twist to the setting would be unveiled. BNW was certainly one of the most entertaining to read RPGs out there, and I always wished for a novel in that setting. Although, like many other BNW fans out there, I’d love to see .pdf of the original books made available I still would like to see just one final short supplement come available answering all the questions that were left unanswered when production on the game stopped.

  14. BNW for me was one of those games that I saw lying on the local game store’s shelf and decided to give it a shot. I’ll never be disappointed that I did, as I agree that thematically it’s one of the best superhero RPGs ever. It came out during that time when there was a new influx of house game systems being produced with simply amazing settings, each having it’s own vibrant stories that would unfold as you delved deeper into the game material. Deadlands was the same way for me, I’ll never forget picking up new supplements and feeling the wave of realization come over me as yet another new twist to the setting would be unveiled. BNW was certainly one of the most entertaining to read RPGs out there, and I always wished for a novel in that setting. Although, like many other BNW fans out there, I’d love to see .pdf of the original books made available I still would like to see just one final short supplement come available answering all the questions that were left unanswered when production on the game stopped.

  15. Hi Steve:

    Thanks for the kind words about BNW. If you click on the logo in this post, you’ll get a listing of all the postings in this category. In them, you’ll find a series of posts that answer the various secrets that were never revealed in print.

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    Hi Steve:

    Thanks for the kind words about BNW. If you click on the logo in this post, you’ll get a listing of all the postings in this category. In them, you’ll find a series of posts that answer the various secrets that were never revealed in print.

  17. Hey Matt, you promised me years ago that one day you would reveal the secrets behind Brave New World. Have you ever done that somewhere and I missed it, or are you still holding out?

  18. Hey Matt, you promised me years ago that one day you would reveal the secrets behind Brave New World. Have you ever done that somewhere and I missed it, or are you still holding out?

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  20. Hello Matt, I followed the Wikipedia Links to you Website and was glad to find it. I really miss the Delta Times, Official Website for the Brave New World.

    I want you to know that I love the Brave New World setting. The writing, art, and meta plots were top notch and I get a chuckle every time I walk into the comic shop and check out the Marvel Comics “Civil War”. DC Comics “Inifnite Crisis” was another one that reminded me of BNW.

    With reguard to the System all I can say is I was corupted a long time ago by Hero System/Champions and I have never turned back.

    I have used your BNW Campaign Setting as an Alternate Earth/Timeline, and Background for Dimension Hopping Characters, NPCs, and PRIMERS Hunter/Chaser Units pursuingDefienats to Champions Earth. 😉

    Thanks for hours of fun.

    QM

  21. Hello Matt, I followed the Wikipedia Links to you Website and was glad to find it. I really miss the Delta Times, Official Website for the Brave New World.

    I want you to know that I love the Brave New World setting. The writing, art, and meta plots were top notch and I get a chuckle every time I walk into the comic shop and check out the Marvel Comics “Civil War”. DC Comics “Inifnite Crisis” was another one that reminded me of BNW.

    With reguard to the System all I can say is I was corupted a long time ago by Hero System/Champions and I have never turned back.

    I have used your BNW Campaign Setting as an Alternate Earth/Timeline, and Background for Dimension Hopping Characters, NPCs, and PRIMERS Hunter/Chaser Units pursuingDefienats to Champions Earth. 😉

    Thanks for hours of fun.

    QM

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