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Wearing the Cape: The Roleplaying Game

Wearing the Cape: The Roleplaying Game

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Cape (plural capes): literally, a sleeveless garment hanging from the neck over the back and shoulders; figuratively, a superhuman who has chosen to act as a superhero. Synonyms: hero, mask, super, superhero. Connotations: ‘cape’ is used as both a familiar and derogatory term for superheroes, who often casually refer to themselves as capes but generally consider it a demeaning term when applied to them by the press.

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What if the world changed?

Ten years ago, everything did. The world we knew ended with The Event and the appearance of hundreds, thousands of superhuman individuals—ordinary men and women empowered in the blink of an eye, between one breath and the next, transformed or given extraordinary gifts. With this gamebook, you can take on the roll of a superhuman—a breakthrough—who has chosen to “wear the cape” and become a superhero. Or at least come as close to one as you can in a world with legal institutions that are averse to the idea of super-powered vigilantes!

Wearing the Cape

In 2011, Marion G. Harmon indie-published Wearing the Cape, a superhero novel. WtC was enthusiastically received by fans looking for good superhero fiction, and it and its six sequels have consistently been ranked in the top of their genre category. The books have introduced Astra, Artemis, and other "capes" to a growing legion of fans. Many of these fans are also avid superhero RPG superhero gamers, who expressed a keen interest in seeing the world of the books given its own sourcebook or gamebook. And so...

Wearing the Cape: The Roleplaying Game

Built on the FATE CORE system by Evil Hat Productions, Wearing the Cape: The Roleplaying Game uses an open system of Aspects, Ratings, and Stunts to describe any conceivable character and superhuman power, as well as organizations, cities, regions, and any kind of environment the heroes may encounter. 220 pages of gamebook, with 30 dense pages of Post-Event World background to provide endless ideas for locations and threats, Wearing the Cape: The Roleplaying Game is a gateway for anyone who wishes to adventure in the world of the novels, or who wishes to make a world of their own!

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David W March 02, 2018 6:07 pm UTC
Mr Harmon, I was wondering if there was any plan to offer a physical copy, be it hard bound or soft bound?
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Marion H March 02, 2018 8:17 pm UTC
There is a very nice hardbound edition available at!
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Rafael G February 20, 2018 12:32 am UTC
Any chance that WtC would get their own line of figures?
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Marion H February 22, 2018 6:17 am UTC
Not unless the game gets picked up by a larger game-publisher later; even with Kickstarter funding, miniatures-production and marketing is time-intensive work. It would sure be nice, though.
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Jeffrey K May 15, 2017 9:20 am UTC
Any chance we'll see a Savage Worlds version?
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Marion H May 21, 2017 10:57 pm UTC
There are currently no plans in the works. However, future editions for different systems (Savage Worlds, Cortex Prime, etc.) are being contemplated.
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Jeffrey K May 22, 2017 11:02 am UTC
Thanks :)
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Ron R April 22, 2017 3:50 pm UTC
And it is time to ask the perennial question: "Will this be available in POD at any point?"
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David Y April 22, 2017 6:26 pm UTC
I'm not Marion, but on the google Plus list he is working on getting a print run into stores after the kickstarter backers get theirs, as well as looking at PoD down the road...
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Marion H April 23, 2017 1:07 am UTC
At this point I'm exploring all options, and PoD is certainly one of them. But if it does happen, it won't be for awhile; currently the PDF and the hardback edition are the two options.
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John B May 31, 2017 6:01 pm UTC
What hardback? link?
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Kevin M June 10, 2017 8:57 pm UTC
Id be interested in the hardback option; yes please share the link, thanks.
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Alan B June 11, 2017 3:07 am UTC
I'd also be interested in where I can get a physical copy as the Wearing the Cape website doesn't have one.
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Marion H July 10, 2017 3:32 am UTC
The printed edition should become available this week, at and Keep your eye on the Kickstarter update or Wearing The Cape's Facebook page for the news.
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Marion H July 10, 2017 3:34 am UTC
Gamebooks purchased at will be signed.
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Luc L December 21, 2017 1:57 pm UTC
I would be really interested in POD because buying from you directly from Canada would cost me arrounf 100$ with shipping and exchange rate
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Marion H January 01, 2018 11:27 pm UTC
Have you looked at the shipping rate at Indie Press Revolution?
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