Friday, September 3, 2010

Zenith Universe Update!

Hey all, sorry I haven't posted in a while, but work has been ramping up on the Zenith Universe and related product.  Without further ado, here is what happening in the Zenith Universe.

First off Zenith Comics Presents: The Role-Playing Game has been pushed to the back burner for now.  The reason for this is two fold, one Jim Stoner (my game design partner and stat-block wizard extraordinaire) and I want to make sure this game is as good as it can be, so we are taking the design slow and play-testing thoroughly (stay tuned for the beta-playtest announcement to get your chance to be part of it) before we consider letting this game escape... er... I mean release.

Secondly Anthony Green (the outstanding Zenith Comics line-artist) and I have been keeping up with our meetings and the decision has been made by both of us to keep expanding the Zenith Universe through roster books and now setting books as well!  So as Zenith Comics Presents: Public Enemies Volume 1 nears release (we are in layouts as we speak and then we launch!) we have mapped out the future of the Zenith Comics line.

For the roster books we have;

Zenith Comics Presents: Public Enemies Volume 2 - Probe, Glamazon and Dr.Power are just some of the names you will encounter in this volume of fully developed original villains.

Zenith Comics Presents: Dastardly Duos & Terrible Trios - What do a speedster, stretcher, three military mecha, two Irish terrorists and three astronauts have in common?  They are the villains you will find in this roster book from Zenith Comics.

Zenith Comics Presents: Public Enemies Volume 3 - Icefire, Psiren and Galatea stand deviously along side 7 other villains in next volume of the Zenith Comics villain roster series.

Zenith Comics Presents: Mayhem Inc./Ravage V - Two teams of five villains each that work together like well oiled machines, with which to challenge your heroes or teach them some humility through defeat.

Zenith Comics Presents: Public Enemies Volume 4 - Black Swan, Gargantuan and Sir Blood lead the pack for 10 more vile super villains from the Zenith Universe.

Zenith Comics Presents: Mercenaries & Masterminds - This book covers two concepts, those who want to rule the world and those who they hire to help with the task.  Only in the early stages of this one, but it is looking pretty sweet so far.

While they will release in no particular order, the next one up I can tell you is Dastardly Duos & Terrible Trios and the art samples are already coming in!

"But wait..." you say, "How can I play in a Zenith Universe campaign with only roster books at my disposal?"  Good question and Zenith Comics has you covered!  Introducing the Zenith Comics Presents setting line of supplements;

Zenith Comics Presents: A.S.G.A.R.D. - The American Specialized Government Action Response Department are responsible for providing the firepower and resources when it becomes time to take down terrorists organizations or rampaging super villains (or heroes).  From their hidden base called Valhalla, Viking power troopers, backed by Valkyrie medics take the field and keep the peace.

Zenith Comics Presents: The Citadel - The number one threat to world-peace this organization, lead by the tyrannical Lord Sovereign, has vowed to rule the world!  Using paramilitary shock troops and super powered agents, they are challenged by A.S.G.A.R.D. at every turn as well as heroes of all stripe.

Zenith Comics Presents: Capitol City - This is where it all happens, the premiere super city of the Zenith Universe.  From the Titan Observatory on Citadel Hill to the back alleys of Boxtown, welcome to a fully realized city and surrounding environ that is ready to have your heroes take to the streets.  This setting has been developed through actual play and expansion for the past 20 years.  Now I have taken all that information and begun editing and expanding to turn it into an exciting place for your heroes to call home.

Zenith Comics Presents: The Golden Age - Those who know me know that it is no secret I love the "All-Star Squadron", "the Invaders" and "Pre-Crisis Earth 2".  There is something about that time that just sings to me and in this setting book I will explore the Golden Age of the Zenith Universe.  Meet the heroes that started it all and the villains that they built their reputations on.

And once all those settings are in your hands, there is a special project I am really excited about;

Zenith Comics Presents: The Ultimus Invasion - Along the lines of the adventure path concept meets the 12 issues crossover event in comics, The Ultimus Invasion is a 12 part adventure story that can be played as a solid pre-made campaign set in the Zenith Universe that will be for all the marbles.  Your heroes will make the journey from nobodies to being the world's only hope as they travel to the four corners of the Zenith Universe and fight alongside its legends against the greatest threat they have ever known, the return of Ultimus!

As always these products will be stated out for use with BASH UE, ICONS, V&V2.1 and M&M3e.


The characters and concepts presented are the intellectual property of Zenith Comics

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