Review – Oktobermen Special Edition10 February, 2013
Beware, for the Oktobermen haunt the night committing mystical crimes for their own benefit. If a group of occult-themed supervillains fits into your Mutants & Masterminds campaign, the Oktobermen may be just what you need for supernatural scenarios.
Due Vigilance 1: the Oktobermen with Smoke and Mirrors is a character collection for Mutants & Masterminds. The art throughout is full color with each of the major characters getting their own illustration. HeroLab files for all of the characters and a set of cut out, stand-up figures for the team are included as well. The product begins with the group background and a colorful and useful relationship chart showing what each of the six members of the Oktobermen think of each other. Then it moves into the team members themselves, arranged alphabetically, which means that the team’s leader, Spring-Heeled Jack is the last member detailed (which struck me as strange).
The team’s members range from PL 10 to PL 12 though half of them are tricky and support characters rather than straight up combat characters. Using them to their best advantage will take careful reading and looking and how the characters’ powers interact with each other. That being said, the characters are quite interesting and have a very superhero occult/supernatural horrorish vibe as you would expect.
Springheel Jack, the leader, is a half-demon alive for centuries who is seeking to gather enough souls to be ‘promoted’ to full demon and has organized the Oktobermen to back his plans to do such. They all have their own agendas as well but are willing to work with Jack . . . for now.
Smoke and Mirrors are a separate pair of characters, Smoke, a vengeance spirit, and Mirrors, a supernaturally empowered killer, who work together. They are usable as a separate duo or they can be allies or members of the Oktobermen.
A wide variety of plot hooks and discussions thereof are included with the characters along with a short scenario framework. The characters here have a wide range of scenarios they can be used in a campaign with a strong horror theme.
Disclosure: As a featured reviewer for RPGNow/DriveThroughRPG, I received my copy of this product for free from the publisher for the purpose of this review.