Wednesday, February 15, 2012

It Only Gets Worse From Here, Folks

Introducing the second of the Well-Meaning Friends: Mister February, Captain Upgrade!

Captain Upgrade
Carl Unger

Prowess  3
Coordination  3
Strength  3
Intellect  5
Awareness  3
Willpower  3

Stamina  6
Determination  1


  Wizardry 4
    Ability Boost (Prowess)
    Ability Boost (Coordination)
    Ability Boost (Strength)
    Ability Boost (Intellect)
    Ability Boost (Awareness)
    Ability Boost (Willpower)

  Catchphrase : "Time To Upgrade - For Justice!"
  Motivation :  Effiiciency
  Connections : The Well-Meaning Friends

  Enemy : The Time Bandit
  Weakness : Can Only Use One Ability Boost at a Time

Carl Unger was a minor regulatory compliance administrator for the Government Accounting Office.  In the course of what should have been a perfectly ordinary audit, he found himself embroiled in a plan by the Time Bandit to steal the wasted milliseconds that make up everyone's day.  Of course, being a capable regulatory compliance administrator, Carl knew time-wasting when he saw it.  But what could he, a lowly bureaucrat do against an actual supervillain?

Quite a bit, actually.  At least, after the wizard got through with him.

Did I mention the wizard?  Yeah, so it seems Time Bandit had this arch-nemesis, a wizard from a temporal sideline created when the Bandit stole his present.  This wizard, who Carl swears was named Roosevelt Churchill whispered a secret in Carl's ear, bestowing on him the ability to upgrade himself to face any foe.

That's Carl's story and he's sticking to it.  After defeating the Time Bandit, he went on a brief spree of crime fighting, eventually meeting up with other itinerant do-gooders, and founding the Well-Meaning Friends.


  1. Theron,

    A bit Shazam, Captain Marvel-like, but it made sense. The character is so fun, that I'd want to play it. Great work!

  2. Thanks! Part of the challenge is making these things into some sort of coherent, vaguely playable whole.

  3. Theron,

    And coherent it is. Thanks for keeping the Icons flame up and burning. There aren't many blogs/websites devoted to the game, which is pity. In fact, it's very difficult to find a blog/website that deals with superhero RPG nowadays. Do you happen to know any (Icons or not)?

  4. There aren't a lot of them. Joe Barsdale's Just Add Heroes ( got off to a good start, but he hasn't updated lately. I wish I could stay on task better than I do.