The funny thing is, the genre of super-heroes has a solution: a huge number of comic titles have a single protagonist! And there've been enough 'dynamic duos', 'terrific trios', and 'fantastic foursomes' to justify a very scaleable type of ongoing campaign.
In fact, I was just thinking about the two-hero campaign; here are some of my random thoughts about it:
Batman & Robin
- You could go the Batman & Robin route, wherein the two players really always play the same two heroes, each one slowly growing in skills and complementing each other as the adventures and campaign moves forward.
- Then again, there've been a number of Robins, and even a number of Batmen. We've had the classic Bruce Wayne / Dick Grayson, the short-lived Bruce Wayne / Jason Todd, the more extended Bruce Wayne / Tim Drake, and the surprisingly fun Dick Grayson / Damian Wayne. So perhaps, there is some wiggle room in this kind of campaign to change it up a bit.
- Because they're so strongly tied to one another, there's a sort of strong connectedness in origins that can, however, make the variety of backstories very similar -- in this case, a world of highly-trained martial artists, mystical assassins, and themed street crime villains.
Heroes for Hire
- With Luke Cage & Daniel Rand, however, you get a potentially more varied mix of character histories, and therefore more potential variety for friends and foes from their pasts, and different genres.
- One character gets both the mystical background and the high-tech megacorp villains, while the other can get both low-level criminals and some Avenger-class trouble.
- With the Brave & the Bold, and Marvel Team-Ups, you can get even more variety. With perhaps one character always the same (perhaps by a player who is pretty happy with his character build) and another character always changing (perhaps by a player who enjoys creating various character builds).
- Examples include Batman + Guest Star, and Spider-man + Guest Star, and Superman + Guest Star, and The Thing and Guest Star. A format with a respectable tradition behind it.
Trivial DigressionsIn Marvel Heroic Roleplaying, the heroes in the main rulebook who are exceptional (d10) at being "buddies" are:
- Iron Fist
- Luke Cage