"When everyone is super...no one will be." - Syndrome, The Incredibles
This is a reboot/relaunch of a game idea I've had bouncing around for a while in my head - the initial run fizzled out and died almost immediately after starting off, but I want to give it another shot. The game set in a world with superheroes, and supervillains, and all the typical stuff you would expect to see in a comic book universe - but with one "big twist"; Super-Geniuses Are Not Useless
(beware, TVTropes Link), and as a result, the world has moved on and rendered its superhumans redundant. Anti-gravity belts let anyone fly, medical nanobots can repair and regenerate the most terrible wounds or illnesses, mass-produced power armor gives amazing strength and toughness, and all sorts of other technological wonders. Superheroes have been put out of a job by regular law enforcement, while supervillains have been reduced to the level of petty crooks with super-sized egos. It's been forty years since the last great hero retired, and twenty since the last confirmed 'natural' meta-human was born.
And then the invasion comes. Hostile aliens from another dimension, wielding strange weapons of their own and capable of a terrible and devastating ability - the power to project a sort of inhibitor field that disables complex technology. Reduced to relatively primitive technology, humanity's ability to fend off the invasion is crippled and the aliens establish control over large swathes of the world including all of the major population centers. There is only one hope left for Earth and the human race - the handful of aging, but still powerful superhumans whose gifts come from their genes, not their machinery. They might have been heroes, or villains, but now they have one overwhelming goal in common - fighting back against the alien menace and eventually driving them away from Earth forever.
That's the story pitch. It's obviously an original setting, so while your character could be inspired by a canon comic character, they still have to be an original creation. The local plot will be heavily player-driven; the ultimate goal is to free Earth from its alien dominion, but how that goes about happening will be very much up to the players - at best, I'll present a set of potential 'hooks' or targets and let the characters choose. All the characters should, by preference, be middle-aged or outright elderly retired superhumans, though between super-abilities and advanced medical science it'll be entirely optional as to how much their age has impaired any abilities they might have.
This is a system game, specifically, run via Mutants and Masterminds 3rd Edition. http://www.d20herosrd.com/
-It is d20-based. This is a plus for E's built-in dice roller, and will have familiar trappings for people comfortable with the D20 game engine.
-It is purpose-built to play superhero games, with a fairly flexible system to help people express the mechanics they want properly.
-It's free, with the SRD linked above.
-It can be somewhat complex, but GM oversight is needed anyways to ensure characters are properly balanced, so a lack of familiarity with the rules is no object and character-creation assistance is available as needed.
I'm looking for 4-5 players who can commit to seeing the game through as long as possible - I've got more free time than I know what to do with, so I won't be going anywhere. I'd like to see posting frequency of at least once every 3 days or so, with allowance for special circumstances - beyond a week, and I'll be checking up on you; beyond two, and I'll be checking the reserve list.
Sexual content will be at the preference of the players, but I plan on putting the game into Extreme to allow for some body-horror on the part of the aliens.
If you're interested, post with an idea of the sort of character you'd like to play, and we can roll from there. For M&M veterans, characters should be made at PL10.