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Press ReleasesBlackWyrm Games is proud to announce the publication of award-winning author Scott Bennie's "Gestalt: The Hero Within" for the HERO System.
With Gestalt, Scott Bennie "set out to do the impossible: to turn people's heads, to challenge long-held assumptions, and change their minds."

Gestalt is a unique world of superhuman archetypes. Superhero comic books contain worlds of Archetypes, individuals who represent important symbols. They are populated by characters who represent concepts such as Heroism, Strength, Speed, Cleverness, The Elements, Kindness, Cruelty, and Ambition. All fiction deals in archetypes or symbols, but comic books apply them more consciously than most fictional forms.

The Gestalt campaign takes the idea of "character as Archetype" one step further. In this campaign world, Gestalt-Earth, the characters ARE the symbols. A physically powerful superhero might not just be a strong guy - he could be an embodiment of Strength. A Gestalt martial arts master isn't just a superb fighter - he's also a human representation of his chosen art. The master lives its philosophy at all times, getting into situations where he demonstrates his art and its virtues, championing those who follow the art, and using the art to advance his or her personal fortunes.

It was easier for the general public to understand "comic books have come to life" than "the planet's suffering from a collective madness," so these collective ideas take human form (or bond with humans of a like mind) and appear as superheroes and supervillains. While characters in the Gestalt-Earth setting look and act like superheroes, in many ways they fulfill the role of mythological gods, becoming the champion of concepts and portfolios.

BlackWyrm's Dave Mattingly is "very excited about working with Scott, and finally seeing his Gestalt book come to life. I read his original campaign thoughts many years ago, and knew that this would make a fantastic setting."

"Gestalt: The Hero Within" is a 400-page book, for $49.95, debuting at GenCon Indy Aug. 16-19. Available in stores in August 2007.
Note: About BlackWyrm Games - Based in Kentucky, BlackWyrm Games publishes roleplaying supplements for a variety of game systems. The company was founded in 2003, and publishes The Algernon Files line of superheroic characters, the Lux Aeternum science fiction line, among others.

Contact Dave Mattingly at for more information.
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