...and picked up a copy of Champions 4th Edition for $9.95. What a deal!
As I've mentioned before:
1) I am a sucker for superhero RPGs, and
2) I have never owned, read, or played Champions (or any of the associated Hero systems).
Why not...eh, I don't know. I've ever only known one person to play Champions and she was SO annoying about it (basically, her gaming group adapted Champs to EVERY game they played...including Amber! Doesn't that kind of defeat the whole dice-less purpose thing?).
Of course, I am fully aware that Ron Edwards (my personal game design hero) cut his teeth on Champions, but even THAT was not enough to go out and buy a new copy of the game (I recall looking at the most recent edition of Hero a year or so ago and being bored by what I saw).
However, this copy with it's dirt-cheap price and somehow-familiar-cover (I think I must have drooled over it sometime in the past, perhaps in a magazine ad, I just don't remember) got me to finally fork over some ca$h. After all, if one is going to be a "sucker for superhero RPGs" than one should have at least a copy of Champions, right?
Well, that's what I was thinking anyway. That and I figured it would be of historical value from a design perspective to see how a game REALLY infamous for it's "crunch" stacks up against other RPGs.
Wow...you could kill someone with this book.
I don't mean figuratively...this weighty tome would make a hefty bludgeon, let me tell you. I have a copy of a high school geometry text book (don't ask) and Champions totally dwarfs it. And that's a text book that is supposed to be studied over the course of a year! How the hell long are you supposed to spend familiarizing yourself with Champs before you can sit down and play a game.
A long ass time, it would appear.
Well, anyway, there is some good stuff in the book, but not nearly enough to keep me from getting bored to tears. Any game with 8 or more basic attributes and a large set of derivative ones is...well, it's too much for me to give a gosh darn about. I'm afraid that the only use I see for Champions in the foreseeable future is as a ten dollar doorstop. That is, unless I need to ward off a burglar or something.