Sunday, November 21, 2021

Planning a New V&V / Mighty Protectors Campaign : Sources of Inspiration Old & New (The Phantom)


I'm starting to put together my plans for the Vigilant Multiverse campaign, and as a result I'm looking for sources of inspiration I can liberally pillage for ideas. I'm discovering that sometime it's good to go back to primary sources.  

I recently came a cross the complete Phantom serials from 1943 on YouTube ( all 15 Episodes ). 

By today's standards it's full of problems, but yet its still a great deal of fun. The storytelling is a little clich√©, but not terribly so. 

Game Masters could learn a trick or two from the way in which this serial move the plot along using dialog and action. The fight scenes are short and serve to move the plot forward. It really drives home the importance of using "mooks" against the hero(es). Most of the Phantoms fight are again 3 - 5 "mooks". One on One fights are rare and really represent a upping of the stakes for the Phantom, and those around him.

There are just so many little treasures in this old "pulp" serial that its really worth a watch for game Masters.

Anyways thanks for reading

Erik a.k.a Midnight

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