Welcome to the Villains and Vigilantes DNAgents Sourcebook. That's a rather long title, so I'll explain it. Some of you may be familiar with another FGU game, the medieval fantasy RPG Chivalry & Sorcery. Well, that game provides you with rules for fantasy role-playing in a European Middle Ages setting. FGU also publishes several Sourcebooks for C&S which enable you to expand your campaign to include the Vikings, the Mongols, fantasy Saurians, and other interesting things.
That is sort of what this book does for Villains and Vigilantes. It expands the world that is played in and provides a wealthy source of additional material. But with this Sourcebook you can expand your Villains and Vigilantes campaign to include the popular Eclipse Comics characters - the DNAgents. Their creators, Mark Evanier and Will Meugniot, have also created a great big world of adventures in which the DNAgents live and it makes an excellent addition to the world of Villains and Vigilantes.
Interestingly, it has often been commented how closely the DNAgents comic book resembles the activities of a superhero roleplaying game. Even keeping this in mind, I found the translation from comic book to RPG surprisingly easy. My first stab at it was in an article for Different Worlds magazine. While that issue received alot of favorable response, I felt that, among other things, it was too restrictive space wise to properly simulate what the DNAgents are all about. A short time after contacting Mark and Will, we were discussing plans for the book you now hold in your hands. Thanks, guys!
This book should cover almost everything in the DNAgents Dynasty through about the first twenty issues of the DNAgents comic, the first ten issues of Crossfire and the Surge mini-series. When more characters and adventures accumulate we will be coming out with a new Sourcebook to cover them as well. That way, a V&V campaign that incorporates the DNAgents will stay fairly up-to-date with the comics. If the response to this Sourcebook is good, complete adventures based on the events in the comics or new adventures involving the DNAgents Dynasty may be forthcoming as well.
The folks at Fantasy Games Unlimited, Jeff Dee and myself all strongly feel that the alternative comics are more than worthy of representation in role-playing games. Every effort has been made to make this book a highly accurate simulation of the DNAgents. We are providing in-depth coverage of a set of real, extant and currently published comic book characters the likes of which has never been seen in the gaming industry. If you like what you see, please let us know.-Jack Herman