GameMasters Siskoid and David Gallaher discuss the 1986 DC Heroes adventure module Dream Machine, by Mark Acres, starring the one and only Joker. Can the New Teen Titans or Your Own Heroes defeat him and their worst nightmares? It's an unusual adventure we think can be adapted for a variety of games. Check it out. (The Hero Points Podcast is in no way affiliated with the upcoming Joker movie, but we're opportunists.)
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13 responses to “The Hero Points Podcast: Dream Machine”
The module was obviously ahead of it’s time, presenting a murder clown perplexed by magnets and how they work.
Wow – we must think alike. My two favorite modules for the DC game and you’ve covered them already. Sounds like my comments on the last one happened after edits were done on this one.
But yeah – this was a cool episode. I totally missed the Titanic/Titans reference as well. I look forward to hearing these with more regularity. Perhaps different versions of the stars should be compared. There are a couple different version of Firestorm, but bunches of Aquaman (Golden Age, Silver Age Aquaman, Detroit era Aquaman, Hook Aquaman, current comic Aquaman, movie Aquaman, etc.).
Hear you then –
Yes, if you check the comments to the previous episode, I even apologize for it and tease this episode’s quick delivery.
Unfortunately for Aquaman, I don’t think I know anyone who has any kind of expertise on him.
Does the Joker remember his encounter with the Shaper of Worlds and the Hulk just a few years before this module?
This was so much fun to be a part of
The fun was all mine!
This sounds like an incredible module. I’m thinking you could adapt the mechanics from it to create some great mind bending Grant Morrison style JLA adventures. In particular, I’m reminded of JLA #11, where Superman and Martian Manhunter were trapped inside a hard light construct maze that was shaped and controlled by the Joker’s mind.
Thanks for covering this. I’m looking forward to the next character spotlight.
Also the one with Key holding JLAers in Elseworlds simulations.
Great show. Unfortunately I never got the chance to run this one
Fun show guys, and even though I’m a RPG wannabe in a lot of ways, I was totally engaged throughout. That cover does remind me a lot of the Batman vs. Hulk, Dali-esque spreads of the Joker’s madness, as amplified by the Shaper of Worlds.
Plus, I don’t think DC had made enough out of the Joker going after the extended Bat-family outside of the main Bat-titles. A revenge bout with Nightwing would be fun…especially back in the old continuity.
The beauty of role-playing games is that it doesn’t matter what the comic book publisher is doing, YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Thank you, Chris.