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About Lyinggod

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  • Birthday 07/17/1967

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    Poulsbo, Wa
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    Moves, Books, any non-d20-esque RPG,
  • Biography
    I discovered RPGs in the early 1980's starting with Gamma World and D&D. I discovered other games at Norwescon in Seattle a short time later. I have been hooked ever since. The Hero System has always been my go-to game.
    I moved to the entirely too rural Poulsbo, Wa in 2010 and have been trying to teach two raccoons and a fox how RKA works since then.
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    Electronic Technician
  1. Version


    This is the Hero System Universe Timeline written by Steven S. Long and based on work by Steve Peterson and Steven S. Long. I found this online and noticed that it was not available here. It is a 4 page high level brief description of the significant events in the Hero System Timeline from 100,000 BC (before the Turakian Age) through the year 3000 A.D...It was written for 5th edition but it is version agnostic.
  2. Export Templates: Tag Names

    Have you tried Primary: <!--STR--><!--STR_PRIMARY--><!--/STR--><br/>
  3. Export Templates: Math?

    MATH and STR require an end tag. Yours <!--MATH-->3*<!--STR--><!--VAL--><!--STR--><!--MATH--><br> Correct <!--MATH-->3*<!--STR--><!--VAL--><!--/STR--><!--/MATH--><br> Notice that the final STR and MATH tags have a "/" prior to the word STR and MATH. Hope this helps
  4. Hero Designer Prefab creator

    Version 1.1


    This is an Excel spreadsheet that generates Hero Designer prefabs using Custom Skills and Custom Powers. It works best for creating lists of items such as equipment. It does not add (or extract) advantages or limitations though these can be added in Hero Designer. It can separate groups of data into Lists. Once appropriate data has been entered, paste the resulting output in to an empty HDP file. For Equipment: Captures Name, Description, Price, and Weight. For Skills: Captures Name, Description, Skill cost, End Cost, Skill roll. Options for custom skill or skills using the Power Skill For Powers: Captures Name, Description, Real Cost, End Cost Description Example: Given the following block of text if entered in the Description area of the spreadsheet: <i>Creates a small bubble of acid that is hurled at the target</i><p>Ranged Killing Attack 1 point (vs. PD), Penetrating (+1/2), Uncontrolled (+1/2), Continuous (+1) (15 Active Points); 1 Continuing Charge lasting 1 Turn (-1 1/4), Gestures (-1/4), Incantations (-1/4), Extra Time (Delayed Phase, Only to Activate, -1/4) This is applied to the Display area of a HD power resulting in: (Note italics and separation of first and second line. Creates a small bubble of acid that is hurled at the target Ranged Killing Attack 1 point (vs. PD), Penetrating (+1/2), Uncontrolled (+1/2), Continuous (+1) (15 Active Points); 1 Continuing Charge lasting 1 Turn (-1 1/4), Gestures (-1/4), Incantations (-1/4), Extra Time (Delayed Phase, Only to Activate, -1/4) Instructions are included for use and sample data to get a better idea of how this works. This was designed in the Open Office spreadsheet and converted to XLS. I have not been able to verify its full functionality in Excel. If there are issues or questions, please let me know.
  5. iOS Dice Roller

    Check the Android play store for "Inspiration Pad Pro" by nbos. It's not a hero specific dice roller but a scriptable table roller similar to Tablesmith for Windows that is easily configured for Hero damage or any other type of dice rolling for any system. inspiration Pad has a Windows version but it is a bit buggy. I think Tablesmith for Windows is the better of the two.
  6. iOS Dice Roller

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  7. What is Your 2017 Gaming Project?

    I am currently developing a Post Apocalyptic campaign Inspired mostly by the old Thundarr cartoons and a little by Palladium's Rifts RPG. The idea is that Man was experimenting with warp drive technology for space ships which damaged the time/space continuum causing random portals to open and close. A horde of monsters and invaders from thousands of these breaches overwhelmed civilization and it collapsed. Additionally, its the 5th age of Man and Elves and Dwarves have been living in the "deep places" of the world, far away from man. They too are overwhelmed by the breaches and end up seeking out the survivors of man in hopes of allies and survival. Magical energies were very low and grossly insufficient to repel the invaders. Thousands of years later, the breaches are much less frequent. There is a new type of unstable magic that is hard to control but much more powerful or traditional magic without magic rolls that take AP/10 steps down the time chart to cast (low magic levels). Other races, stranded by closed breaches and named by the elves and dwarves for their passing similarities to long extinct races such as gnomes, have become allies of the first three races and all seek to survive in world overrun with monsters and mutants and evil wizards. It draws inspiration from Fantasy Hero and Post Apocalyptic hero (Shattered Moon setting). The shamans have to bargin with spirits and follow through with the bargains. Magic items are few and crude. Mutants are becoming more common among all races. Why? TBD. The document I have is 270 pages but includes a lot of stuff from other genre & source books that I cribbed to give our game a quick start. I am currently going through every page, adding new stuff and rewriting "borrowed" material to make it actually original material. There is still a long way to go
  8. If you are interested in being able to launch Hero Designer from the Windows taskbar, this link tells you how to achieve this for java jar apps. Its not perfect as while Hero Designer is running there will be two HD icons, the short cut and the program (see image). It worked for me. https://superuser.com/questions/975687/how-to-pin-an-executable-jar-to-start-in-windows-10
  9. Designing a poorly controlled magic system

    I have been mulling this over and after some thought, it seems that this is not the best idea. The use of the 3rd die as a "wild" die seems that weights the values of the overall die roll as to how the magic goes wonky (positive, negative, or neutral). It seems to me that using 2 matching dice for pairs and then a 4th die as the "wild" die makes the overall distribution of wonky magic more uniform. I haven't worked the math on this, but it feels better to me. This is still a work in progress so I might go back to the 3rd die as a wild die option but for now.....
  10. Designing a poorly controlled magic system

    Thanks for your extensive response. My group is all D&D players who don't currently understand the Hero System spell/power creation and therefore we are using the spells from the Hero System 5th edition Grimoires I & II. I am using -1 / 20 AP for the magic roll as a -1/10 seems a bit high to me especially considering the wild magic effects. In my campaign, magic is based on the weaving of magical threads to create desired spells. The threads are slippery and akin to knitting with wet spaghetti noodles and sometimes the spells shift a little or a lot but not.to the.point of spell failure. I am looking to put together a system where magic can be unstable at any time, not just on a failure. I liked an earlier post suggesting that on rolling 3 of kind on the magic roll, regardless of success, results in spell slippage. I developed this to include the idea that on a roll of 3 of a kind the player rolled an extra die to determine if the Minor Side Affect (or Major on a critical) manifested; positive, negative, or neutral. I didn't do the math at the time but your post inspired me to look into this. It turns out to be about 2.7% of 3 of a kind occurring. 10% seems to be a better number to me. I also want to keep the number of dice rolled to a minimum as I am already getting some flack of having to roll to activate spells and spell to hit rolls (unlike D&D!) :/ I need to mull this over further. Perhaps, make double use of the Magic Roll where two of a kind (same color dice) results in slippage (16% chance) and the third different color die used to determine the positive, negative, neutral result while the total if the 3 determine actual success or failure. Thanks for your suggestions
  11. Designing a poorly controlled magic system

    This is specifically for a post apocalyptic campaign (ie: Thundarr) that I am developing. Magic has returned to the world but, unlike most fantasy worlds, there are no magic colleges or long term spell development. Casters generally have to figure it out for themselves. Controlling magic is like fishing with dynamite while blind folded; crude but generally effective if you throw it correctly. The assembly of magic spells I'd like weaving​ of threads that could unravel before the spell is complete, or slip a bit, thereby resulting in the quirky or disastrous effects. This is the dealing that I am trying to capture.
  12. I am looking to design a magic system where magic cannot be easily controlled and it is realtively easy to loose control of magical energies. The current idea that I am working with is something like: Roll of 3: Overpowered results, effective active points & advantages double in spell or other very excessive effect (GM's choice) Roll made by 4+: 50% increase in effective active points and advantages in spell or other excessive effect (GM's choice). Roll missed by less then 4: Fizzle, pop, Sparks or other some sfx. Roll missed by 4+: negative effect similar to mad by 4+. Roll missed by -10 or rolled 18: negative equivalent of rolling a 3. Does anyone​ have any better ideas on how to better capture this chaotic wild magic effect?
  13. I have uploaded the export template that I use create package deals similar to what is found in the various genre books. Hopefully some will find it useful. http://www.herogames.com/forums/files/file/378-basic-package-deal-export-template/
  14. Version 1.0


    This generates an unformatted HTML output that is similar in layout to package deals/templates as found in the Hero System genre books with a few minor modifications. The actual output is intended to be pasted into a layout program such as Indesign, Scribus, Word, Openoffice, etc. where the actual final formatting is applied. The attached images include examples of actual HTML output, the output pasted in to a text editor (in this case NOTEPAD), and the final result of formatting in a layout program. This uses javascript to overcome some quirks with Hero Designer export templates. The output has only been tested in the Chrome browser so your mileage may vary. I have included documentation within the HDE file that hopefully make things clear as to how it works and why it works the way it does.
  15. I am doing something similar for a post apocalyptic game using Indesign. I have a Hero Designer template that outputs a tab seperated output similar out to the package deals/templates in the books. I can upload it here if you are interested.