The Family Dynamic

I keep thinking about doing a “super-family” Supergroup for CoH, along the lines of The First Family from Astro City… multiple generations… uncles, aunts… the people married to family members, the kids. All that lot.
I’d really like to do something like this, following the same basic practices that seem to be working so darn well with Hostess Heroes.
Then last night, it occured to me that it was also work to do a super-eeeeeevil-family. The two problem I see there is that, while potentially fun, it has to run a balancing act between too-dark-revenge-hate-dysfunctional-family, and the Addams Family.
I like the idea of a Fantastic Four-like shared origin, or common backgroun (all mutants), or just a generational ‘grandpa did it with gizmos, and now I do it, and thanks to my exposure to the radiation of Alpha Ceti Five, you’ll be doing it to, but without gizmos’ — where pretty much any sort of background can be mixed in.
I dunno. Thoughts?


  1. Honestly, I’m half-tempted to do something like this:
    Drop Strategist entirely out of the Alliance and rewrite his story and a bit of his personality to make him the older generation of The Family. Even gives me a good reason to put him in the Golden Age togs when I feel like it.
    Dunno. Just thinking out loud.

  2. *Ktbuffy sees her small stable of alts growing once again*
    I wouldn’t change Strat to make him fit — the fun of the Munchies and the Scoobies has been leveling together. But of course it’s up to you.
    A criminal family… hmmm…

  3. Certainly has appeal to it.
    Maybe a family of Kheldians … (ducks) “My Mother the Squid.”
    Just not sure when/where to fit it in. 😛

  4. I figured, re: Strat, that a mixed bags of character levels would work all right, since everyone’s got different ages and backgrounds and the like.
    (And, certainly, teaming up with higher level folks tends to catch you up to them in a hurry.)

  5. I’d agree that, should we do an Evil Family, it would be best done a la the Addams or the Munsters, as opposed to the sort of uncomfortable nasty dynamics of a *real* “evil family.”

  6. I also just realized that I’m also getting a lot of my inspiration from BSG, at least in part from the semi-functional relationship between the Commander and Apollo.
    Having kheldians in the group would work fine — I think it would be cool for “the one family member who never had power or abilities, but does because of the symbiote”, or something.
    I realized that another reason I kind of like a mish-mash of levels is for the sense that there’s an ongoing history to the group — that we pick up somewhere in the middle. Wouldn’t make sense for “Old Uncle Ted — sorry, ‘Golden Hood'” and “Darling Tessa” to be the same level.

  7. If I’d seen even one episode of the Sopranos, ever, I might have a better idea of how to swing a Villain Family.

  8. I should have been clearer — I’d rather go less addams family AND less “we all hate everything”.
    Not an evil family — a CRIME family.
    Yeah… hmm. Sopranos is a possible inspiration there. Any others?

  9. I’ll videotape a Family gathering when I get a chance and put it on the Interweb. That’ll provide some much needed inspiration.

  10. You *still* have not seen the Soprano’s?
    Duuude. You have ggot to watch at least a season of it. It is a great show. 😀

  11. So, you are almost done with Series 3 that I loaned you?

  12. Yep. I’ve been pushing through with a couple eps a night to get it back to you as soon as I can.

  13. Woot! 🙂
    So, what have you thought of series three so far?

  14. Slicker. A little more Alias, a little list Ultraviolet.
    Dunno. I miss the folks that used to be in it?

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