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Gamemaster: Jack Butler
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Campaign Description: The Global Guardians campaign is a high-powered PBEM campaign featuring the adventures of the Earth's premiere hero team.  The player characters are the cream of the crop of the superhero world.

Importance of the Player Characters: Very important.  Not only are these characters fighting world-threatening villains, non-combat character development and interaction will be a major part of the game.  Players should expect to have several turns be nothing but their characters talking to each other and living/working together in non-combat scenarios.

It should be noted that not all scenarios will include all of the Player Characters at the same time, and sometimes multiple scenarios will be playing out with multiple groups of players simultaneously.

World Description: The Global Guardians Universe is a four-color comic book world full of larger than life characters.  Technology is more advanced that the real world, and magic is real.  Aliens and creatures of legend roam the earth.

The Story So Far: In the wake of the Cuban missile crisis, the United Nations Security Council unanimously decided that the world had come far to close to global thermonuclear war, and that it was the duty of the United Nations to do something about it.  The Security Council authorized the creation of two special enforcement bodies: Checkmate and the Global Guardians.

Local Relations: The Global Guardians are respected by nearly every law enforcement body on the planet as an effective team of crimefighters.  There are occasionally hard feelings regarding the Guardians mandate to fight crime everywhere, regardless of jurisdiction, but in general full cooperation is given by the national and local governments.

Morality: The Global Guardians is stereotypical four-color campaign, and for the most part the morality of the campaign will be four-color as well. However, there will be some crossover between good and evil, and thing will not always be black and white. Characters will find themselves making difficult decisions, but should always try to be good guys.

Realism: Strong, Action sequences will be cinematic and descriptive. Characters won't die unless they take excessive risks or are going out in a blaze of glory. How you role-play the character will do a great deal to determine the realism of the game, so please put some soul into your characters. Try to make your descriptions as gritty as possible ľuse plenty of trash and dilapidated buildings where appropriate, for example. The characters will not exactly find themselves saving the world every other adventure, but their successes will always mean the world to somebody, no matter how insignificant they might seem.

Outlook: While the outlook will be mostly positive, there will be many dark moments and many challenges outside of combat. The characters will start out as "the greatest heroes on Earth". It will be up to them to remain that way.

Seriousness: While the overall tone of the campaign will be very serious, there will be time for a certain amount of light hearted banter, or comic relief. The heroes will be the world's best defense against the direst of situations. This does not mean that there is no room for humor. Witty repartee, creative use of powers, and the way you play should provide plenty of humor in the midst of even the direst situation.

Continuity: The game will be entirely serial. Player actions in one scenario will have effects on later scenarios and continuity will be enforced. Adventures will move linearly through time. Bad guys will remember who you are and what you did to them, and the press will print your exploits for the world to see.

Building a Character for the Global Guardians

The most important thing to remember when building a character for this campaign is this: the Global Guardians are the best of the best among the community of superheroes.  When building their characters, the players should keep the Justice League and the Avengers in mind at all times.

Character backgrounds should be submitted initially.  Based on those, I will select a lineup of characters and will ask for character sheets.

All Global Guardians characters should follow these guidelines:

Starting Points: 350
Maximum Disadvantages: 150
Maximum Points From One Category of Disadvantage: 50
Maximum Active Points for Any One Power: 75 (See Below)
Special Restrictions:

  • It is advised that the player make use of all 150 points of disadvantages.
  • All player characters are required to take the 5 point Global Guardians package.
  • Each character is allowed a single exception to the Active Point Cap of 75; for a single power, the character may take up to 90 active points.  Each power so taken must be unique to the individual character.  (For example, if someone takes 90 active points of Energy Blast, no other character is permitted to take 90 points of Energy Blast.)
  • Characters may take up to 75 points of Psychological Limitations, rather than the usual 50 point per category limit.
  • All player characters should have either the 20 point Psychological Limitation "Code vs. Killing", or the 20 point Psychological Limit "Will Not Kill".  The 15 point Psychological Limit "Reluctant to Kill" is only acceptable if you can convince the GM that your character cannot possibly exist without it.
  • This is an international team.  Characters should thus be from countries all around the globe.
The Global Guardians PBEM Universe is copyrighted to Jack and Rebecca Butler, and is their solely owned property.  The Global Guardians PBEM Universe, and all of the campaigns therein, are works of collaborative fiction.  All the characters and events portrayed here are either products of the authors' imagination or are used fictitiously.  Except where otherwise specifically noted, the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, all Global Guardians characters, and all stories included therein are Copyright 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002 by Jack and Rebecca Butler with all rights reserved under International Copyright Convention.  Submitting material (such as but not limited to character submissions, background information, and artwork) for inclusion in the Global Guardians grants Jack and Rebecca Butler the right to use that material as they wish, in perpetuity, within the confines of the Global Guardians Universe. The submitter does not give up the right to use the material in ways unconnected to the Global Guardians Universe.  This website was designed by Jack Butler, and is maintained by Jack Butler. Unless otherwise and specifically noted and with the exception of player characters which are the creations of their respective players, all material on this site is the creation of Jack and Rebecca Butler.  No material on this site may be posted or published elsewhere without the express written permission of Jack and Rebecca Butler.  Champions and the Hero System are registered trademarks of and are copyrighted by Hero Games, Inc.  No challenge to any trademark or copyright is made or implied by this site.
Player Characters
Achilles
Achilles
Gunmetal
Gunmetal
Aurora
Aurora
MaxiMan
MaxiMan
Bandit
Bandit
Oracle
Oracle
Bedouin
Bedouin
Stone
Stone
Bungie
Bungie
Tachyon
Tachyon
Guardsman
Guardsman
Warlock
Warlock