Role Playing Game (2002). Arc Dream Publishing (ADP). Designed by Dennis Detwiller, Greg Stolze.
Godlike is a Superhero game set in an alternate version of World War Two, in which "Talents" with superhuman powers exist, but are not much more powerful than ordinary humans. The result is a grim and gritty setting where the players are bigger than life, but the war is larger than them; character deaths are frequent, and nothing they do is likely to significantly affect the course of the conflict. The talents in the game are all based on an unexplained mental power which allows characters to warp reality, regardless of what they may believe to be the origin of their abilities, a scenario reminiscent of such Superhero fiction as Neil Gaiman and Alex Stewart's Temps anthology series (beginning with Temps [anth 1991]). Wild Talents (2006 ADP; rev 2010) designed by Dennis Detwiller, Greg Stolze is a sequel, set in the same Alternate History after the end of the war, when more powerful Talents have begun to appear. Both games are intended to enable credible explorations of the impact of Superpowers on the "real" world, an approach distinct from that of traditional Superhero games such as Champions (1981). [NT]
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