Freedom City

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For the honour or ceremony, see Freedom of the City. For the Copenhagen suburb, see Freedom City, Denmark.
Freedom City
MnM Cover FC.jpg
2nd edition cover
Designer(s) Stephen Kenson
Publisher(s) Green Ronin Publishing
Publication date 2005
Genre(s) Superhero fiction
System(s) d20 System

Freedom City is a fictional, city-based campaign setting for the roleplaying game Mutants & Masterminds. It was designed by Steve Kenson, whose design philosophy for the setting seems based on several classic comic book icons and concepts.

Publication history[edit]

While working on Silver Age Sentinels, Steve Kenson pitched Freedom City as a setting for the game, but Guardians of Order turned it down.[1]:337 Chris Pramas of Green Ronin Publishing asked Kenson to design a new d20-based superhero RPG. Kenson developed Mutants & Masterminds in 2002 and his Freedom City setting was published in 2003.[1]:371-372 Green Ronin published a trio of books – Golden Age (2006), Iron Age (2007) and Silver Age (2010) – which developed Freedom City by examining it through three different comic book eras.[1]:375 A new series of Freedom City Atlases beginning in 2008 expanded the original Freedom City setting itself.[1]:375 A new third edition of Mutants & Masterminds Hero's Handbook (2011) brought a new setting to the game universe - Emerald City, which first appeared in a series of PDF Threat Reports (2011), with a complete setting book planned for GenCon 44.[1]:376

Inhabitants[edit]

Current superhuman residents of Freedom City[edit]

Former superhuman residents of Freedom City[edit]

  • Centurion (analogous to DC's Superman)
  • The Liberty League (World War II team, analogous to Marvel's Invaders or DC's JSA)
  • The first Raven (analogous to DC's Batman)
  • The Black Avenger, a former member of the 70s Freedom League and former solo hero, now working as social worker (inspired by the slate of '70s African-American characters whose names all had to start with "Black". The choice of his work is probably a reference to Marvel's Falcon, he is also the role model for Sonic of the Next Gen)
  • F.O.R.C.E. Ops (an Iron Age team, that operated in Freedom city during the 80s and the beginning of the 90s, a period in which the superhumans were banned from Freedom City due to the corrupted mayor Franklin Moore, consequently they were considered outlaws. Their look and style were similar to Marvel's X Force. They were basically wiped out during the Terminus invasion)

Other prominent superbeings in the Freedom City campaign setting[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7.