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Heroes of the Screen was written by Matthew F. Porter and was published in Alarums & Excursions. The game is intended to provide a generic, universal system that focuses on a particular style of play that yields cinematic, exciting sequences. The author describes the game as "rules-assisted rolegaming". The rules foster a collaborative environment that builds tension and suspense rather than proscribing actions. Though the game philosophy is described as early as Alarums & Excursions (Issue 100 - Dec 1983), the game mechanics appear in these issues:
Characters have complex Attributes that have abstracted and physical components (ranging from 1-10, 3-7 being usual). The game uses a rudimentary Skill system referred to as "Expertise Areas". Action resolution is heavily dependent upon the ARM: Action Resolution Matrix (an Action Table).