Marvel to Release Tabletop RPG Rulebook

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Love superheroes? Love Marvel? Love tabletop games? Then your dreams are about to become true because Marvel is releasing an official tabletop ruleset. 

As an avid tabletop RPG fan myself, I was already looking to convert the standard 5e DND ruleset into something appropriate for the Marvel setting. My friends and I are huge fans of Marvel and wanted to play our favorite characters in a campaign and story of our own making. Lo and behold, Marvel clearly heard my wishes for an official ruleset because they’re publishing one in early 2022. 

Here’s what we know so far about the Marvel Tabletop RPG rulebook. 

What System Does the Marvel Tabletop RPG Use?

Marvel is inventing its own system for its ruleset. It uses what they call the D616 System. That’s a reference to their comic universe Earth 616, by the way. What those rules entail, we don’t know currently. However, it does seem as though they use an Ability tree similar to DND. 

There are six abilities for your character to invest in. They include:

  • Might
  • Agility
  • Resilience
  • Vigilance
  • Ego
  • Logic

Those are quite similar to standard DND abilities. Might is Strength. Agility is Dexterity. Resilience is Constitution. Vigilance may be Wisdom. Ego is Charisma. Logic is likely Intelligence. It makes me wonder if the rest of their ruleset with mirror 5e rules similarly.

The makers of the rulebook state that their system is easy to learn and accessible. It’s made for newcomers and is a familiar set-up to veterans of tabletop games. 

As someone who prefers their rulesets to be simplified and easy, I’m very curious to see if their claims hold up. I’m also curious to see if they’re leaning towards dice rolls like DND or if they prefer the tagging system in Fate Core and other rulesets. 

What Characters Can You Play As?

As an RPG, you can’t help but wonder how Marvel intends to set up its game. Are you able to play as your favorite superheroes? Or do you have to create original characters? According to the snippet given to us by Marvel, it looks like you’re able to do both.

It states that players are going to be able to access profiles in order to play as their favorite superheroes. Some of the heroes they list are:

  • Black Panther
  • Spider-Man
  • Storm
  • Wolverine
  • Captain America
  • Captain Marvel
  • Thor
  • Ms. Marvel

They also add that there are several more. It makes me wonder if this is going to be a situation in which they release more profiles with later books. Similar to DnD that publishes books that expand their existing classes, races, and campaigns, Marvel may do something similar. They may publish new books that give profiles to other characters like Iron Man, Daredevil, or The Wasp. 

I’m not sure if this is the path they’ll take, but it’s always a possibility.

I’m also very curious about how their original character creation is set. Are there going to be classes? Races? Does the MCU tie-in at all or is it strictly set on their established comic universes? 

There are a lot of questions I have about their character creation process, and I hope they release more information about them soon. 

When is the Marvel Tabletop RPG Rulebook Coming Out?

Currently, the tabletop rulebook is set to have a soft release in spring of 2022. They’re using it as a playtest to see how their players enjoy the rules and if anything needs to be changed. Marvel states that you can purchase the playtest rules at any location in which books or comics are sold. 

The official release of the finalized ruleset is slated for 2023.

Are You Going to Buy Marvel’s Tabletop RPG Rulebook?

Since I already planned on making a Marvel tabletop game for my friends, I definitely plan on purchasing the ruleset once it comes out in 2022. I’ll be giving a full review of the playtest then. If any more information is given about the rulebook, then I’ll be updating everyone as I learn of it. Do you plan on giving the official Marvel tabletop RPG ruleset a try? Do you already play a Marvel tabletop RPG? If so, what system do you use? Let us know in the comments!

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