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    We've all seen similar scenarios in the comics or on assorted animated series: the hero of our favorite superhero title is confronted by a group of opponents whose members were given their abilities and are sponsored by a corporate entity. However, the largest private employer in the world isn't Stark Enterprises, Star Labs or Lexcorp. It's Walmart, rural dime store chain grown into a global phenomenon. It had to happen and today it has; as part of its exclusive promotion deal of the upcoming Man of Steel movie, Walmart has named its official superhero team (drawn and scripted by DC Comics!). Each of these metahumans is based on a real employee.

    A Look at 2013 / June cover of Walmart World magazine

    From left to right, they are:

    Ninja -- loss prevention specialist skilled at fading into the background to detect shoplifters (how she does that in a slinky catsuit must involve the use of her powers)

    Fire Man -- emergency response and rescue expert; sometimes carries a fire extinguisher on his back

    The Giver -- encourages volunteerism and charitable giving in the face of natural and national disasters

    Path-Maker -- career guidance manager; his flowing cape billows about him dramatically whether there is a noticeable wind or not

    OK, here's the contest. Pick a character. Stat him or her up using the Big Gold Book and/or Superworld or Worlds of Wonder. Include a description of the character's powers, outlook, and origin. The winner gets a Marvel Comics-style No Prize.

    BTW, a fifth member of the team (not pictured on the cover) is Shirley Shrinkage, Walmart's first superhero, who gained her powers in 1986 after encountering a barrel of radioactive waste. Also a loss prevention specialist, she's an energetic, thin, middle-aged woman with long, wavy blonde hair. Her red leotard is offset by blue headband, cape, gloves, shorts, and boots with wide cuffs.
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    Wow, who knew Walmart had a magazine? Where do I get it? I'd rather read about those characters than anything D.C. is doing these days.
    http://mattssuperheroes.blogspot.com/

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    Yes, I need to work these "heroes" into my Superworld campaign. Probably some scenario where they are competing with the player's heroes, but include a film crew and lots of posing and pro Walmart speeches. With work, I may not have any time for stats until this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ORtrail View Post
    Yes, I need to work these "heroes" into my Superworld campaign. Probably some scenario where they are competing with the player's heroes, but include a film crew and lots of posing and pro Walmart speeches. With work, I may not have any time for stats until this weekend.
    Don't forget to have them make new hires sit through an anti-union video as part of orientation.
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    I know I will add one more "hero" to the list:

    Kid Kart
    A young man pushing around a Walmart shopping cart, filled to the brim with stuff. Amazingly, Kid Kart can pull out whatever item he wants from this cart, he just needs to dig around a bit. He has no chance of sneaking up on anyone though, as at least one wheel has a flat spot and the whole thing rattles loudly. He also needs a "drive" roll to control it at speeds higher than a fast walk due to a bad front wheel.

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    How about the obligatory older, oversized woman riding a motorized scooter with an oxygen tank on the back and a minicart full of Doritos, Hostess, and Dreyers products?
    http://mattssuperheroes.blogspot.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by ORtrail View Post
    I know I will add one more "hero" to the list:

    Kid Kart
    A young man pushing around a Walmart shopping cart, filled to the brim with stuff. Amazingly, Kid Kart can pull out whatever item he wants from this cart, he just needs to dig around a bit. He has no chance of sneaking up on anyone though, as at least one wheel has a flat spot and the whole thing rattles loudly. He also needs a "drive" roll to control it at speeds higher than a fast walk due to a bad front wheel.
    He's not canon, but I like the concept. As a graveyard shift cashier at Walmart, I can confirm that one of those returns carts could contain anything, ANYTHING! Bruce Campbell ("Shop smart. Shop S-Mart!") should be so lucky. On the other hand, while I know BRP has a Drive skill, can its Powers set simulate a utility belt or bag of many things gimmick that can produce almost any useful item in a timely manner?

    Also, as a loyal employee, I take umbrage, Sir, at your putting the word heroes in quotation marks. Can you doubt that these selfless associates are anything but pure of heart?

    On the other hand, I can totally see Corporate Security as a high-tech entity along the lines of SHIELD, VIPER, or the competing organizations from G.I. Joe. After all, they've got a global jurisdiction to protect (and I bet you many if not most Walmart-owned stores have a Justice League/Star Trek variety teleportation bay hidden in some locked room).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post
    How about the obligatory older, oversized woman riding a motorized scooter with an oxygen tank on the back and a minicart full of Doritos, Hostess, and Dreyers products?
    Sadly Hostess is no more, and Dreyer's is only available to us left-coasters.
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    The lack of Hostess is a real problem, since it removes important weapons from a superhero's arsenal.

    Hostess Comic Book Ads

    or

    https://www.google.com/search?q=host...w=1280&bih=861

    We've gotten lots of comments so far but no write-ups. I've had some ideas of my own, but real life has a way of getting in the way of good gaming. Here's what I've got so far.

    Path-Maker

    Market Manager Kelly Young, Kansas City, MO, had developed a reputation for recognizing, mentoring and developing potential leaders. However, he had no idea what he was getting into when he agreed to oversee Walmart Corporation’s new Associate Enhancement Program. MORE

    Young was already an avid boxer. The AEP increased his strength enough for him to lift (but not throw) an automobile. His punches carry the force of an elephant gun blast, enough to knock through a brick or concrete wall. He’s more durable, too, slightly tougher than a suit of plate armor, with equivalent protection against heat and electricity. Young’s signature ability, “path making,” allows him to teleport himself and two 200-pound companions up to 1,000 yards. The process takes a lot out of him. He can teleport more often when it is just himself.

    STR 50
    CON 15
    SIZ 14
    INT 16
    POW 10
    DEX 15
    APP 11
    Move: 10
    Hit Points: 15 (29 SIZ + CON option)
    Damage Bonus: +3D6
    Armor: 9 (Kinetic, Heat, Electrical)

    Attacks: Brawl 25%, D3+3D6; Grapple 25%, D3+3D6

    Skills: Bargain 5%, Climb 00%, Command 5%, Dodge 00%, Insight 5%, Jump 00%, Knowledge (Human Resources) 5%, Language (English) 80%, Martial Arts (Boxing) 00%, Perform (Oratory) 0%, Persuade 15%, Research 25%, Status 15%, Teach 10%

    Powers:

    Armor 9 (Kinetic, Heat, Electrical), 27 power points

    Enhanced Characteristic, 36 power points, +36 Strength (total 50)

    Extra Energy, 8 power points, +80 (total 90)

    Teleport, 30 levels, 30 power points per use, can move approximately 600 pounds up to 1,000 yards

    Failings:

    Responsible to Walmart +3 (frequent, significant involvement)

    Dependent, superhero trainees (frequent significant involvement) +3

    Notes:

    The name “Path-Maker” just said “Teleport” or “Dimensional Travel” to me, and the BGB didn’t have the latter. Skills are from the Teacher profession. Has 95 initial power points based on characteristics, plus 6 more for Failings (total 101). Has 500 professional skill points plus 160 personal skill points (total 660).

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    Yeah, sorry I never got back to this. I decided to convert over our Superworld campaign to use the Supers! RPG. My time has been spent time converting over the characters and writing up a short adventure for a test of the system.

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