Marvel Adventures Vol. 2 Released!


Well, it is finally here, only half a year after I told y’all it was almost done.  I wasn’t too far off, was I?  The sad truth is that this mod has languished almost entirely finished on my hard drive since the end of the summer, with very little left to do.  Unfortunately, a PhD is no easy matter, and my work rather swallowed my free time in those intervening months.  Nonetheless, finish it I did at long last, and now y’all can explore all the awesome new content that I’ve stuffed into this release!

Welcome to Marvel Adventures Vol. 2! 

This update massively expands both the hero and villain rosters of the original release, adding in tons and tons of characters, including almost every major player that didn’t make the cut the first time, as well as a great variety of lesser characters.  It includes everyone from Spider-Man, Hulk, and Galactus to the various venomous members of the Serpent Society, and just about everyone in between!  Even the illustrious Squadron Supreme put in an appearance in the intro to the next Avengers campaign!

The final total for the mod is somewhere around THREE HUNDRED characters!

That’s right, this expansion is just crammed full of content!  It features three brand new campaigns and several expansions for the originals!  As I mentioned in my previous teaser, the X-Men benefit from a whole new story-arc that takes them from the familiar confines of the X-Mansion to the distant stars of the Shi’ar homeworld! (Plus, a short spin-off campaign featuring solo stories!)

The Fantastic Four get in on the expansion fun, completing their original campaign arc with the reveal of the dastardly Dr. Doom’s malevolent machinations and a world-threatening brawl between alien tyrants right in the heart of downtown New York!

This expansion adds a host of tweaks, fixes, and improvements to everything that came before, as well as generally expanding its boundaries in every direction.  I hope that you can all enjoy this love letter to Marvel comics as much as I enjoyed making it!

And I want to take another opportunity to boast about the incredible, exclusive, and ridiculously beautiful new skins by super-star skinner Afghan Ant!

Check out the Marvel Adventures album HERE!

So, is that enough to sell you on this little project?  If so, great:

Download Marvel Adventures Vol. 2 Now!

I left an important note of thanks out of the readme, so you can get an updated version here.

Be sure to delete any previous installations. 

You can set your data path to whatever you like, but the installer includes a number of .exes that are set to work with the Steam installation.  I’m afraid they won’t be of much use for folks with other paths, but they’re a nice little bonus feature for the rest of you.  They’ll allow you to launch the individual campaigns without having to do any file editing!  Speaking of those campaigns…

New and Expanded Campaigns:

  • X-Men (major expansion)
  • X-Men 2 (, mini-campaign telling solo stories)
  • Avengers (small expansion)
  • Fantastic Four (major expansion completing their arc)
  • Spider-Man and the Marvel Knights (big, brand new adventure!)
  • SHIELD (mini-campaign)

Have fun folk, and make yours Marvel!

Marvel Adventures Almost Ready!

Howdy readers and fans!  I’m sure those of you who have been following my Into the Bronze Age feature have been wondering where I’ve been.  Well, my absence has been due to two very good causes.  The first is that my wife and I celebrated our ten year anniversary with a vacation to the national parks in Washington, which was awesome all by itself, but the second probably carries more weight with y’all.  I’ve been hard at work on a HUGE update to my Marvel mod.  It doesn’t quite double the number of missions and campaigns, but it comes very close to doubling the number of characters!

That’s right, we are close to a release date for Marvel Adventures Vol. 2, which will vastly expand the roster, offer an all new campaign featuring Spider-Man and a host of other street-level Marvel characters not included in the first edition, and a whole passel of additional missions for the existing campaigns.

The X-Men benefit from a whole new story-arc that takes them from the familiar confines of the X-Mansion to the distant stars of the Shi’ar homeworld! (Plus, a short spin-off campaign featuring solo stories!)  The Avengers meet their match in the form of the Squadron Supreme!

And, to top it all off, we now get to boast several exclusive, and ridiculously beautiful new skins by super-star skinner Afghan Ant!  So, I hope that y’all will forgive me for my absence, as I have been working day and night to get this update finished.  It’s already out to my testers for balancing, and I’m working on the last few things now.  Wish me luck and smooth sailing!

Check out the Marvel Adventures album HERE!


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Marvel Universe According to Grey:

Yet another project that will never see the light of day, I had originally intended for the DCUG to be something somewhat smaller (and a great deal easier) than it has become.  At the time, I had planned on finishing it up some years ago, and moving on to Marvel for a while.  I’d love to tell stories about the Avengers (especially poor Hank Pym), the X-Men, Captain America, The Fantastic Four, and others.  I never had as clear cut an idea for these characters, though, most likely because their books from the 70’s are so excellent, and I can’t see that I would want to do too much differently.  Being more of a DC fan at heart, I’ve paid a little closer attention to the fate of that setting in the last 15 years or so than I did to Marvel.  As such, Emerald Twilight cut me deeper than Onslaught, and Identity Crisis wounded more dearly than Avengers: Disassembled.

This is not to say that those stories and choices don’t gall me, just that I thought more about matters on the DC side of the fence.  In general, I don’t have a story arc plotted out for these characters in the same way I do Batman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, or the like, which takes them from their origins to their finish.  All I really had were ideas of things NOT to do.  I would want to see Hank and Janet happily married.  I’d like to see Spider-Man grow up and be happy with Mary Jane not be retconned out of twenty years of history because Marvel seems perpetually trapped in adolescence and doesn’t seem to know what to do with marriage.  I would want to tell stories, as I have always wanted to tell stories, where maturity is a matter of complexity and depth, and not of sex and violence.

So, perhaps it isn’t so great a loss that I won’t be able to do with Marvel what I’ve done with DC, but that doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t still like to work with their characters at some point down the line.  Don’t be surprised if you one day see something Marvel from me, but also don’t be surprised if it looks nothing like the DCUG.  Besides, Previsionary has covered the Marvel U pretty well so far, hmm?