DC HeroesI have been a fan of supers gaming ever since I picked up the Villains & Vigilantes 2nd Edition boxed set in the early 80's. From that game, several of us tried out Marvel Super Heroes from TSR and Heroes Unlimited from Palladium Books. One summer I ran across the first edition of DC Heroes in the local game shop. It seemed like an obvious purchase since many of us were avid readers of several of the DC titles; plus, Green Lantern will always be my favorite super hero of all time. I figured any game that had Green Lantern included in the universe and available for play should be a must have for me. Besides, maybe the system would be easy to translate back and forth between this system and the one used in the Marvel game. We had plans for the ultimate crossovers and battles between the universes but the systems were not compatible at all.
I was a little concerned with the price but then I opened the box and was pretty much blown away. There were three booklets (a Players Manual, a Game Masters manual, and a Skills & Powers manual if I recall correctly), a GMs screen, and a boatload of character cards that served as miniature character sheets for many of the most popular and some of the more obscure figures in the DC universe.
There were several of us that were pretty excited to get home and play this one. I have to admit that most of us were a little intimidated by the way the rules were presented. There were some areas that were super easy to grasp but some of the other areas left us somewhat confused. It didn't seem to me that you could do a proper gadgeteer under the rules because every invention had charges associated with their use, the powers were somewhat specialized to a DC exclusive outlook with custom names instead of general names, and the fact that we were somewhat confused by the rules at the time. An older brother helped us tremendously with the rules but we got the idea that DC Heroes was more about playing established super hero characters rather than your own creations so we did not play it much.
I have heard that there were two other editions of DC Heroes published that cleaned up some of the problems and issues from that first edition. It seems there is also a legacy product called Blood of Heroes that made further revisions and additions to the rules. Maybe I could look that up sometime and give the game another spin?