ATTN: IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY IN A PARTY WITH CRIMSON JACK, STOP READING.
I'm going to be starting my very first M&M game here pretty soon, and I'm hoping that some of the awesome GMs around here will help me pass the idea ball around (most of my normal roleplaying buddies don't like supers).
So I have three heroes: a zombie, a shapeshifter, and a detective with the ability to control metal. I want our first session to start off with something exciting, so my idea is to have a gang war break out in one of the seedier districts of my city setting. The gangs are more well armed than they should be, because this is a superhero game, and it is all the police can do to hold the line. First responders have been pinned down, and there are many civilians in harm's way. Our heroes begin by receiving this information through their various media sources, and race to the scene. My players have all agreed to this, so no one man alpha wolf packs.
The gangs consist of "The Dead Men" (heavily armed street thugs), and "The Salamanders" (hi-tech ninjas with flamethrowers). Both are offshoots of larger crime organizations. The younger sister of the Salamander leader is in love with the leader of the Dead Men; obviously, this cannot stand! Finally having had enough, the Salamander leader takes a group of his forces to Dead Men turf, hoping to convince his sister to come home, or bring her back by force.
Meanwhile, the sister, who possesses a promising amount of magical ability (but no experience), has been given a ritual by a mysterious figure. She has been told that it has power to cease the hostilities between the two gangs. However, when it goes off in the HQ of the Dead Men, just the opposite happens: both gangs are suddenly filled with an uncontrollable rage and bloodlust. The fighting begins in the streets as assault rifle wielding hooligans take on fire throwing ninjas.
The ritual was a ruse by the mysterious figure to set up this little slug fest. As of right now, I'm not sure why, but nonetheless all of these people are being magically forced into fighting and killing one another.
I'm still trying to figure out who the mysterious figure is, but the zombie player did leave me this tidbit in his backstory:
I feel like this golden being is some kind of ancient entity, Cthulhu style, and the mysterious figure reveres it. What's more, this zombie has been rising from death for a period of time since he first initially died, with no memory of what happened previously. I'm thinking that he rises every cycle in response to a sort of calling, because he is actually meant to be the host for this golden monster.Sometimes when pursuing his hobby of lying motionless for hours, he recalls vague memories of sunken obelisks, blood-red flames and a golden man on a throne of spiderís silk. Itís probably nothing.
That's really all I've got so far. Am I thinking too far ahead? Does this even sound like a fun idea?
I guess I'm mostly struggling with how to make the first session enjoyable. Most of what I've written is background info, that won't come out until later in the series.
Advice and ideas are greatly appreciated, and it just really helps to talk to other folks about my ideas.