A super hero is a lot like a Squid. In its natural environment, its sleek, sleek, strong, cunning, and graceful. But when you really stop to look at them, they’re really kind of disturbing and otherworldly – the implications of their abilities are like tentacles splaying out in unknown directions.
“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” – who watches these powerful unlicensed vigilantes and cleans up after their rampages?
You, of course, as an agent of the Headquarters for Enforcement & Registration of Observed Supernatural.
Of G-men and Supermen is a 24 hour game I wrote for the 1km11kt.net contest, on the topic “Power Squid”. It casts the players as government agents keeping tabs on the rising population of super-powered individuals in 1958 America.
As one of the contest judges, I can’t win, but as an activity done for fun – I think it came out well.
The game is based on a standard deck of 54 (including jokers) playing cards.