'DC Universe All Star Games' Is A New RPG Show Featuring Freddie Prinze Jr and Sam Witwer

DC Universe All Star Games is a new show coming from DC Universe on February 28th which features celebrity gamers playing the 80s DC Heroes RPG. The Breakfast League is the first 5-part adventure and features superpowered teenagers in a Gotham City high school.

The first five-part adventure is described as follows: "Set in the same '80s era as when the game was first published, the five participants role-play as a group of high schoolers stuck in Saturday detention. As they improv their way through a variety of situations familiar to fans of beloved movies from that time period, they soon discover their destinies as the world’s greatest super-heroes."

The celebrities are:
  • Freddie Prinze Jr.
  • Sam Witwer
  • Vanessa Marshall
  • Clare Grant
  • Xavier Woods

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Here's the full press release:

DC UNIVERSE Announces Original Unscripted Gaming Mini-Series 'DC UNIVERSE All Star Games'

Clare Grant, Vanessa Marshall, Sam Witwer and WWE’s Xavier Woods Join Freddie Prinze Jr. For Five-Part Role-Playing Game Adventure Set in The Classic 1980s Game DC HEROES

DC UNIVERSE has announced its first original unscripted gaming mini-series, DC UNIVERSE All Star Games. This new anthology series brings famous DC fans together to play a variety of games in the increasingly popular gaming show genre. Season One features a nostalgic role-playing adventure, The Breakfast League, from Executive Producers Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Sam Witwer. The first episode of the five-part series will premiere exclusively on the DC UNIVERSE digital subscription service on Friday, February 28.

DC HEROES, the famous post-crisis role-playing game, sets the stage for the first season in which Vanessa Marshall, Clare Grant and WWE superstar Xavier Woods also join as players. Set in the same 80s era as when the game was first published, the five participants role-play as a group of high schoolers stuck in Saturday detention. As they improv their way through a variety of situations familiar to fans of beloved movies from that time period, they soon discover their destinies as the world’s greatest super-heroes.

“DC Heroes was the first RPG I ever played as a kid. It was also my introduction to the DC Universe, its Heroes and, most importantly, its rich pool of villains.” said Prinze. “ I had a blast making this series and I hope all of you love it as much as I do.”

Directed by Jon Lee Brody and produced by Telepictures, “DC UNIVERSE All Star Games” is the first unscripted addition to DC UNIVERSE’s expanding original programming slate which includes “DCYou Unscripted” and “DC Daily.” New episodes will go live exclusively on DC UNIVERSE every Friday after the series premiere on February 28.

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I played DC Heroes in the 80s, and again about a decade ago. It features an attribute scale which doubles with each score (so Strength 4 is twice as strong as Strength 3, and Strength 5 is twice as strong as Strength 4) which makes it possible to have Superman and Batman in the same game.
 
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Gradine

Final Form
I once very briefly played in a campaign using this system set at the X-Men Academy (our GM preferred Marvel over DC but hated the Marvel RPG out at the time), it was pretty fun, and most of these people are pretty awesome. It looks exciting!
 

Birmy

Explorer
Wow, that's unexpected! They also recently reprinted the old Watchmen game supplements as part of the Watchmen Companion and the Green Ronin books have been unavailable for a while. I wonder if this surge in DC RPG stuff presages a new version of the game?
 

Panda-s1

Scruffy and Determined
I had no idea Freddie Prinze Jr. did RPG's, apparently he's done a lot already, that's pretty cool.

edit: wait hang on how does the Hulk feel about all this?
 
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EthanSental

Adventurer
Awesome, I already have the subscription to dc universe so I’ll be checking this out. Sam and Freddie are entertaining so it should be fun. I played this after marvel superheroes in the 80s so it should be fun to see the game in action again.
 

teitan

Adventurer
Big fan of the DC Heroes RPG and pretty excited to watch this. My hope is that we get a new edition of DCH produced by DC Entertainment down the line.
I wouldn't be surprised considering 1) DC owns the system much to Pulsar Games chagrin and 2) Streaming is big bucks these days.
 

LuisCarlos17f

Adventurer
My opinion is they are seen a potential reef in the game-live podcasts and they want to publish their own version of Critical Role. It isn't a bad idea but this is like talking about producing a new Batman movie. It may be a "Batman: Dark Night" or a "Batman & Robin". It may work if it's done the right way.

About adapting known comics franchises for TTRPGs is a challenge for game designers because the level of power is broken from the first moment.

If my memory doesn't fail the most, or all most superheroes TTRPGs are without leveling up. (the videogame Champions Online is a different case). I bet WotC would like a superheroes RPG but with the d20 system isn't that easy. Then I have thought about to use two pillars of leveling up for the players. One would be for the classic level of power, (and easy to be nerfed temporally if it is necessary) and the secon would be the level of knownledge, all studied and tricks learnt. An example of character with high level of power but poor level of knownledge would be Jon Kent (Superman and Loius Lane's son) or Shazam in the begining ( a true rookie) and a character with weak power but high knownledge would be Sherlock Holmes, Steve Urkel, Lisa Simpsons or Amadeus Cho (Hulk's sidesick) or Oracle (Barbara Gordon).
 

Twiggly the Gnome

Adventurer
I let my DCU sub lapse after Young Justice and Doom Patrol had finished their seasons, but might dip back in for this. I would be nice if this led to a new edition of the MEGS based DC Heroes game.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Just gotta work out how those outside America can get it now! Maybe it’ll be on Netflix or Amazon over here like a lot of the other streamed stuff is.
 

Barantor

Explorer
Freddie and Sam are both voice acting alums from the Star Wars animated universe, Freddie also has been streaming on twitch for quite a while now. I think it's interesting that they put this together and given the other members it should be an entertaining watch.
 

Gradine

Final Form
Freddie and Sam are both voice acting alums from the Star Wars animated universe, Freddie also has been streaming on twitch for quite a while now. I think it's interesting that they put this together and given the other members it should be an entertaining watch.
Vanessa is Hera from Rebels, and Clare Grant I believe was in Clone Wars for a few episodes as well. Xavier seems like the wild card until you realize that he's been hosting a pretty popular video game YouTube series for years
 

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