It's only February... and there is SO much to do this year! Hope you all enjoyed Winter Brawl 11 because we're just getting started.
Been a while since we etched a new name onto the Malloy List, hasn't it? As fate would have it, I just so happen to be in the mood to change that. Now, for anyone that doesn't know how this works, this column is named after Terry Malloy, Marlon Brando's character in the film On the Waterfront. In the film, he dropped that classic line we all know & love:
"I coulda been a contender."
I've decided to take that to heart and, as such, choose to get creative every month by picking someone from fiction -- be it a movie, anime or other (type of) game -- and having a go at playing matchmaker. Some characters are easier than others to place, but no one said this would always be easy. On that note, the very first inductee of 2017 is going to be a doozy!
This guy has been taking the media by storm lately. Go figure, having a crazy good show on a network not afraid to get crazy can go a LOOOONG way towards breaking almost any character into the mainstream. I am, of course, talking about David Charles Haller a.k.a. "Legion"!
Saying that David has "daddy issues" might just be the understatement of the millennium. In fact, one could say those issues changed the world... whether or not it was for the better is a matter of perspective. In his defense, however, it wasn't entirely his fault. You see, our boy here suffers from what I can only describe as "perpetual schizophrenia". Originally, it was thought that he Legion only had three other personalities besides David: Jemail Karami, leader of a terrorist cell, Jack Wayne, your Jones-style adventurer & Cyndi, a teenage pyrokinetic rebel. Little did/could anyone know, at the time, that David was an Omega-level mutant. Those three personalities I just mentioned? Merely scratching the surface with a toothpick. The proverbial 'rabbit hole' has no bottom with this guy.
So where do you put someone with this much power? I really didn't need to think about this one too hard. You see, when it comes to a case like this (and because my birthday is coming up, so I feel like having a little fun), you don't simply put someone like Legion into a game. Oh no, you MAKE Legion the game... hear me out.
I'm sure we're all familiar with the Good/Evil grid. Taking that into consideration, I suggest you use that as a template for which personalities you opt to include. Then, to keep things fresh, apply the Variation System to each category. Or, if that gets too messy, we can take a technical step back & go the Warriors' route with "Speed", "Power" and "Technique" (and if there's time, "Wonder") categories. At bare minimum, that would add up to a roster just shy of 30 characters and with all the room for improvisation/creativity those classifications give you, that would be more than enough game to ensure anyone would be happy with the finished product.
Until next time... keep fighting the good fight, my friends.