OK, so there is a writer out of Las Vegas named Marion Harmon. He has written (imo) an excellent series of books collectively titled the Wearing the Cape series, the first of which is called "Wearing the Cape; a Superhero story"
From the back of the book:
Who wants to be a superhero?
Hope did, but she grew out of it. Which made her superhuman breakthrough in the Ashland Bombing, just before starting her freshman year at the University of Chicago, more than a little ironic. And now she has some decisions to make. Given the code-name "Astra" and invited to join the Sentinels, Chicago’s premier super-team, will she take up the cape and mask and become a career superhero? Or will she get a handle on her new powers (super-strength has some serious drawbacks) and then get on with her life-plan?
In a world where superheroes join unions and have agents, and the strongest and most photogenic ones become literal supercelebrities, the temptation to become a cape is strong. But the price can be high—especially if you’re “outed” and lose the shield of your secret identity. Becoming a sidekick puts the decision off for awhile, but Hope’s life is further complicated when The Teatime Anarchist, the supervillain responsible for the Ashland Bombing, takes an interest in her. Apparently as Astra, Hope is supposed to save the world. Or at least a significant part of it.
His other books are:
Bite Me; Big Easy Nights (a Side Story, but not stand-alone)
Omega Night (a short story, but not stand-alone)
Small Town Heroes
Team-Ups and Cross Overs (many short stories, but not stand-alone)
I'll not link these, if you are interested, you can find them.
This is a setting where all of a sudden and without warning, people became super. This was of course accompanied by the total failure of the everything in the process as the world itself reboot (or whatever) so there were emergencies aplenty to capture everyone's attention. Some of these supers saw the opportunity to help out and save lives, others not so much. Some of the first heroes got together and formed a team, they called themselves the Sentinels.
Now, I hear you asking: Brian, what does this all have to do with dice rolling? I'm glad you asked!
Mr. Harmon has spent the last year plus working out RPG rules for his setting! These are now available on pdf from DriveThruRPG!
He also has a 'Player's Guide' of sorts called Barlow's Guide to Superhumans, but it isn't quite ready for print yet.
There was a kickstarter
, so there will be some few traditional paper rule books floating around, and he says he will be working on getting a regular print run going of them once the kickstarters get their copies.
I just got the pdf copy a few days ago, and I haven't even had time to finish reading it yet. But I am excited! So Excited.
Look at that face up there to the left. Can't you see the excitement?
Some days I just want to smack people with a rolled up newspaper. Or a phone book.
A folding chair is looking like an attractive option right now too...