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  1. Hero System 5th Edition

    Yes, I am in the same boat. Going through the changes highlighted in the 2-page character conversion document found in 6E p.20, 21. I would say: No More Hexes: The hexes never bothered me but I much prefer meters. Name Changes: I find these changes mostly positive and they are generally obvious so when you look at a 5ER or 6E character sheets, it’s not too confusing (well if you some name changed). I have a few caveats though. The most obvious are OMCV and DMCV. Acronyms and contractions are required but with it is more than 3 letters, it starts looking cumbersome and hermetic. Character Creation: The point total and fewer Complications don’t really bother me. They make sense within the context of the changes. Characteristics: This is where I believe 6E could have done better. I would have hoped for a solution to resolve the obvious 3 and 8 breakpoints but that could have required reworking the scale and diminish backward compatibility. At least each characteristic means something at each level (damage, initiative, resistance to stun, etc..) except INT which I still find annoying. I am also not convinced that DEX is worth 2 points. The big change was the removal of the figured characteristics which I was originally opposed to. In practice though, I found it liberating and simpler. Part of me still wish they would have kept them… In any case, I believe 6E suffers from the Wall of Characteristics syndrome when they are listed in a single list from STR to STUN. I am not sure OMCV and DMCV should have made it to the list if only because they are not generally useful for everyone. Comeliness: I have discussed already. I liked Comeliness but understand why it is gone. CSL, PSL, SL: Because I am not convinced DEX is worth 2 points, I am obviously not convinced Agility Skill levels are worth more than Intellect or Interaction skills. I believe they should have had the same cost. Skill Changes: I don’t have any issued with the changes but I would have preferred skills to be… skills. Whatever doesn’t work like a skill (9+CHAR/5), I would have moved to Talents. I have no problem with Languages and Weapon and Transport Familiarities being part of the skill list so it might only be force of habits based on previous editions. Perks and Talents Changes: All good in my opinion. Removed Powers: This is a mixed bag. I liked having Transfer, Gliding and Force Field. This is one level of deconstruction I would have avoided. An I would have kept Instant Change (in Talents if necessary) as well. Some of these changes make sense but they clutter the character sheet and make character creation more complex. Changed Powers: Generally good except I dislike that Growth in Champions Complete refers to the size templates at the back of the book. New Powers: Generally good 12 to 17 Removed, Changed and New Advantages and Limitations: Generally good except that ACV could have being simplified by assuming equal opportunities for Mental and Physical attacks (not too farfetched in Champions). 18. Power Frameworks: I liked EC… but they had to go. VPP works better now. 19. Complications: No problem really. 20. No More DEF: This could have gone both way to be honest. I suppose it was simply easier to keep PD and ED. Going through this makes me realize that the only thing I really hope would be better designed in HERO (any edition) are the characteristics and they only thing I wish they would not have done is get rid of some powers. Still, now I have the urge to reread 5Er… which is in a box in Canada…
  2. Hero System 5th Edition

    To bring this back on topic, would you like to elaborate on what makes 5E (and by that do you mean 5E or 5ER?) a better iteration than 6E in your opinion? I have listed a few things that I liked better in 5ER compared to 6E but I'm curious to know what other thinks.
  3. Hero System 5th Edition

    Yes, there is no doubt that decisions regarding a potential new rulebook for HERO had to be made but I am nowhere implying these decisions could only lead to rule changes. Same rule, new presentation could have been an option. Those in charge felt HERO needed more. This debate as you say was dead from the start because I do not believe you wanted a debate. It is clear by now that you keep dancing around whatever I say to avoid the real objection I had with your position.
  4. Hero System 5th Edition

    And yet, those who had to make the decision clearly had a different opinion. Those who didn't have to decide, like you and I, can only revel into the comfortable luxury of being back bencher critiques. I simply happen to believe that despite all my reservations and the fact that they did not address all my personal pet peeves and did address stuff I thought was not a problem, they have done a darn fine job and made HERO 6th an excellent game. Ah no, not at all. I do not know you and I couldn't simply jump to the conclusion that you generally dislike change. My understanding is that your objection rest on the removal of COM, to which I was replying. I don't recall you making a reference to any other change you felt offensive so I was not making any other assumption. My point was that if change would be stopped every time someone (not specifically only you) opposes it, because he finds it unnecessary or otherwise, nothing would change. You would have passionately opposed the removal of COM, I would have opposed the removal of Figured Characteristics, someone else would have opposed the change to the Variable Power Pool, etc. In every case, we would have pleaded that there was no need to fix what was not broken. My objection to your objection is not about the removal of COM (I totally get that) but rather on how you frame the impact of the removal of COM.
  5. Hero System 5th Edition

    I do not really know Star Trek (never was a fan) but regarding HERO, I cannot agree with your view. Well except the part were you say the 5th Edition being the ultimate role playing game. That I can agree with.
  6. Hero System 5th Edition

    In all fairness, this statement boils down to a general resistance to change and if we would always judge the validity of a change on your above statement, nothing would ever change.. I am sure that for every changes made in 6E, we can find someone who preferred how it was done in 5ER (I know I do) and some else thinking that the change was long overdue. Let's go back in time and I am sure that for every changes made in 5E, we can find someone who preferred how it was done in 4E and some else thinking that the change was long overdue. Look, there are many reasons to prefer 5ER over 6E: I liked Comeliness I liked Figured Characteristics I liked Elemental Control I liked Transfer as it was 5ER was shorter 5ER had a better library of books 5ER had a vehicle book (two actually) I liked... and so on and so forth. We could probably go on for the whole day They are all valid and choosing 5ER as our ultimate role playing system cannot be disputed by anyone (but the same could be said if our ultimate role playing system was Rock, Paper, Scissors). However claiming that the removal of COM made every single character sheet in existence incompatible or is forcing you to refactor your game to accommodate the change is dubious at best. I will leave it at that as it clearly comes down to a logical versus emotional argument that can only lead to Edition Wars (HERO do not need that). I do not agree with your rationale but I certainly respect your opinion.
  7. Hero System 5th Edition

    No doubt Steve, while a prolific author, would have benefited a good editor while writing for HERO (any edition). I believe 6E has 200 pages more than 5E Revised, which is a bit mind-blowing. That being said, I believe 6E is easier to read than 5R but I cannot quite put my finger on the reasons. Is it because of the colour? Is there more white space and more art (feels less crowded)? Is it because it is whiter (less black)? Is the font different (feels the same to me)? Not sure. I would have liked to see a Champions Complete with the same text but with 6E production quality.
  8. Hero System 5th Edition

    I must admit I do not get the reference here. Would you care to explain?
  9. Hero System 5th Edition

    In my view HERO 6th is the first iteration of the 3rd generation of the system, Champions 1st, 2nd and 3rd being iterations of the first generation and HERO 4th, 5th and 5th Revised of the second. In my view HERO 6th is the first iteration of the 3rd generation of the system, Champions 1st, 2nd and 3rd being iterations of the first generation and HERO 4th, 5th and 5th Revised of the second. It must be a matter of perspective because this is absolutely not my experience. Transitioning from 5th to 6th as a player, you would certainly have to translate your character (if only because of points and future growth) but as a GM, using a 5th edition character is pretty seamless to me. The changes made in 6th are relevant during character creation because some changes were made for game balance, ease of construction or aesthetics (and I am not saying I like all of them) but for the purpose of reading a character sheet and using it play, the impact is minimal. Some names were changed, priced reworked and some construction mechanics were replaced (EC, Figured Characteristics) but it mostly doesn't matter when it comes to using the sheet. The only translation I can think of is doubling the Inches to get meters. The generational gap between HERO 5th Revised and HERO 6th is fairly minor compared to others. Consider the gap between AD&D 2nd, D&D 3rd, 4th and 5th. Even GURPS, transitioning from 3rd Revised to 4th lost a lot more backward compatibility than HERO did. Some mechanically important concepts disappeared (PD), some figured attributes numerically changed (Dodge, Parry, Block), and the scale of strength was dramatically modified (an elephant in 3rd has ST 300 but in 4th it has ST 45, even more dramatic changes for vehicles). You can easily use a HERO 5th villain in a HERO 6th game. The same cannot be said for different editions of D&D or GURPS. I agree the removal of COM was unnecessary but it was replaced my a superior mechanics if only because COM didn't any really codified (to use Chris term) mechanic behind it. Now is Striking Appearance clearly superior, as you say? Probably not. The net result of having COM or not on the sheet is pretty much inconsequential from a mechanical perspective. Would I have kept COM? Yes. But pretending that the removal of COM is a good example of a change that "made every single character sheet in existence incompatible with the official RAW" is, to use your own expression, disingenuous.
  10. Hero System 5th Edition

    Yes, that is why I qualified my comment with "from a mechanics perspective". Absolutely. No effort required!
  11. Hero System 5th Edition

    " From a mechanics point of view, COM did not do much in previous editions and I guess the choices Steve faced was to ..." Oh, I was certainly unclear. What I meant was that to make COM matters from a mechanics point of Steve had a few options. However, he also had the option of keeping COM as is and not bother about its lack of relevance. As you say, the existence of COM was not causing any problem of meaningful magnitude and from a mechanics perspective, the same can be said about its removal. COM was doing so little that taking it away did not impact the game in any way just as deciding to reintroduce COM in a 6E game would not require any work of any significance because it was not really connected with anything else in the system. From that perspective, it wasn't change for the sake of change but an attempt to have appearance matter if it was the desire of the player. Now personally I don't have a strong opinion, I rather liked having COM, but I understand why it was morphed into Striking Appearance which serves the same purpose in a mechanically more meaningful way. Would I have been the designer, I most likely would not have taken this route and would have looked at making COM more mechanically relevant instead but since I was not the designer, the point is rather moot.
  12. Hero System 5th Edition

    I see your point but COM was not rejected, It was recodified into Striking Appearance. From a mechanics point of view, COM did not do much in previous editions and I guess the choice Steve faced was to make it relevant, to drop it or to replace it with something relevant. For better or worse he chose the third option. The benefit of COM was that, at a quick glance, you had an idea of the scale of handsomeness of the character but aside from that it wasn't doing much. At least Strike Appearance provides the mechanical effect to which you can attach the special effect you want. EDIT: But none of that has anything to do with the topic, sorry...
  13. Hero System 5th Edition

    It is in 6E as well
  14. Hero System 5th Edition

    Why is it an advantage that 5th has over 6th? Variable is identical in 6th is it? Also the intent is to remove 1/4 from the advantage value, not to add a -1/4 limitation. Finally, the Variable Avantage cannot be lowered below +1/2 so applying 4 different +1/4 advantage or less is still a +1/2 advantage.
  15. Golden Age Champions Discussion Thread

    Hey guys, finally got my hardcopy of Golden Age Champions here down under. I gave it a first read and it is in my opinion a very enjoyable book. I am not a “reviewer” by any stretch of the imagination but here is how I would summarize my thoughts. Cover Personally, I have never been a fan of Storn’s arts but even if the colours are a bit too washed out for my taste, this piece came together quite well. For roleplaying books, I generally like covers depicting team action with a central villain and this one delivers exactly that. However, it looks like the piece wasn’t quite balanced for a wraparound cover. My main gripe is the gap right in the middle of the cover in between Bulletproof, Seahawk, the title and Doctor Twilight. The title couldn’t have been slightly bigger (the font is good but it looks a bit tame) or even better, Seahawk and the big Robot could have been moved to right a notch to at least bring Mara mostly on the front cover with the robot being knocked back over the spine to the back cover. In comparison, the back cover is very well balanced. I quite like to see “Darren Watt’s…” in the title. Nice touch. Layout, Graphic and Arts The book looks good. It has the same graphic design as HERO 6th (as opposed to Champions Complete or Strike Force) and I believe it suits the book very well. Aside from the section with the timeline and the equipment tables where it is sparse for good reasons, there are quite a few pieces of art throughout the book and although art is always subjective, I find most of it contributes to the Golden Age feel. To top it all, some of the art is surprisingly large, a bonus! I also greatly appreciate that most character sheets fit on a single page. All in all, I find Golden Age Champions looks better than Strike Force (and I like Strike Force). Compared to GAC, I believe SF is blander, with sparse, mostly small piece of arts and generally poorer character sheet layouts. I am still disappointed the KS missed the full colour stretch goal. GAC would have been glorious in colour! If there is ever a full colour version of the book, through Drivethrurpg or otherwise, I will jump on it. Writing, Editing and Proofing The writing is colloquial, easy and fun to read. It is full of atmosphere and simply put, makes me want to play Golden Age Champions. Chapter 1 and 2 set the scene nicely by introducing the real world Golden Age of comics and describing the themes and tropes. I appreciate that it doesn’t overdo it and we quickly jump into game elements. There is a nice selection of “before the war” and “during the war templates” but I would have liked to see the Heroic Archetypes developed to the level of what was done in the Champions Super-Hero Gallery. It would have made it easier for people to jump in with builds themed around the era. Also, it doesn’t seem to indicate a preferred starting point total for characters. Chapter 3 describes the state of the world complete with a 56 pages timeline listing events unfolding between January 1938 to December 1949. A full 12 years of plot seeds! It follows with Chapter 4, Gears and Technology covering weapons and vehicles (real, unusual and weird). This section is low on fluff and high on game stat tables. Chapter 5 covers gm advice and campaigning in the Golden Age by breaking the era into smaller periods, each with slightly different outlook and focus. This chapter is only 20 or so pages but it is dense with campaign ideas. These 20 pages really make you want to play Golden Age Champions. It felt a bit weird to move from timeline (chapter 3) to game stat heavy gear (chapter 4) to then a higher-level campaigning kind of timeline (chapter 5). I have a feeling it would have flowed better to have the timeline after what is now chapter 5. Chapter 6 is all about new characters which are diverse and have interesting backstories. The “after the war” blurb is a very nice touch but it seems a lot of them end up dying of cancer (is there an in-story rational to it?). All in all, this is an excellent chapter that introduces cool characters, complete with nice, large pictures (ok, some are very average but they are mostly good) and backstories packed with plot seeds. The write-ups are good and focused, not too simple but not too complex (or convoluted) like we might see sometimes in some HERO supplements. They all seem to bring something to the Golden Age canvas. If there is something I really appreciated, is that Darren doesn’t shy away from making a stance from time to time. When he describes the Retro versus Period modes of play, he tells us what mode he believes we should choose and why. He does similarly throughout the book around different topics. Too often have we seen in HERO supplements the author laying out options in front of us without making an authorial decision, as if staying at the “toolkit” level was required. Generally, proofreading is a bit weaker in GAC that it is in usual HERO books. Not that I took note of any of them but I believe there more typos, formatting error and such then what I am used to. Thankfully, not to the point where it took away from the pleasure of reading the book. GAC loses some brownie points because it lacks an index (disappointing since 6E has one of the best index for a RPG). Summary It is always easy to point out what could have been done better, what could have been included and in what order or count the number of typos in a book. I have highlighted a few things I would have liked for Golden Age Champions but in the end, suffice to say that the book is easy and fun to read. The writing, supported by the layout and the art, brings the golden age atmosphere to life in a way that makes us want to jump in. The book offers a ton of plot seeds and colourful characters to populate many stories and campaigns. Simply put, it jumpstarts the imagination and makes me want to play Golden Age Champions. Onwards to the Silver Age!
  16. Backed because, you know, HERO. Can you tell us more about the book (content, how many pages, what) Will the stats of all the system be in the main text of the book, in an appendix, in a dowloadable file?
  17. Unfortunately, they all look interesting to me
  18. News From High Rock Press

    Guys, I am trying to keep my side of the bargain. I have bought Golden Age Champions and Ghosts, Ghouls and Golems and I am now waiting to spend my money on the Champions Character Creation Cards and Danger International. Any news on these projects?
  19. Fall down go boom

    I like it! However, I don't quite see the "plethora of problems" that it solves that Velocity Factor doesn't adresss. Can you elaborate?
  20. Fall down go boom

    My understanding only so take with a bucket load of salt. The last two columns are a range of meters moved by segment. So you could buy for 50 points of Move, giving you a max speed of 45 meters per segment but if in a given phase you were attacking while moving at 13m/s, your move would provide 6 DC. Out of combat, you can use your move each segment. In combat you can only use your move on your phases. I'd be curious to compare that with the Velocity Factor optional rule.
  21. Video teaser to your campaign

    Neat video it really set the tone of the campaign. The music and the text (which funnily enough I only realised towards to end that it was in French) conveyed well the mood. Assembling the visual and audio is quite fun but finding and choosing the right material can be time consuming.
  22. A Speed idea (not a rule change)

    That is a pretty cool approach!
  23. What's the most stripped down you've run HERO?

    Ah thanks. I remember the concept of Instant Fuzion (a bit fuzzier on Instant HERO) but never got to see Wildstrike. Cool idea that if done correctly could showcase how simple and yet fun HERO could be.
  24. What's the most stripped down you've run HERO?

    Can you elaborate on this? I've heard about it but never saw and don't know how it works. Was it using HERO rules?
  25. What's the most stripped down you've run HERO?

    As I replied on rpg.net: We never really stripped down HERO per say but we did use simplifications: 1) We very rarely used Endurance 2) Instead of rolling the full amount of dice for damage, we used a rule found in HERO5R where we rolled 1d6. From memory 1-2 gave 25% less than average damage, 3-4 gave average damage and 5-6 gave 25% more. These values were written on the GM screen for all to see for each damage class. 3) We enforced the "you snooze, you lose" rule for combat. Players had to be sharp and be ready for their turn. 4) For VPP, we had pre-written builds written on the character sheets so it would be easy to tweak. 5) We rolled OCV as a skill (OCV+11+Modifiers on 3d6) and told the GM by how much we succeeded (effectively, the opposition DCV). 6) We enforced that if a rule could not be recalled on the spot, GM would call and we would look up the official rule in the book after the game 7) Rarely used the Multiple-Attack rule 8) Combat rules set at Superheroic (no hit location, impairing, disabling, etc...) 9) STUN multiplier set at 3 (unless power/maneuver/weapon says otherwise) That was pretty much it. Because of that, combat was running fairly fast and furious in our medium-to-high-level-power Champions games. Nowadays, I would also consider: A) Everyone has the same SPD (making Block more relevant even in Champions) no Post 12 recovery (effectively, the notion of "Turn" fades away) however, I would consider keeping a free recovery after the very first attack C) As a default, Adjustment Powers return rate is set at 5 points a Minute (doubling their base cost) reducing bookkeeping in combat some more D) Merging PD and ED For character creation, the best thing that could happen to Champions were the Champions Gallery as well as book like Champions Powers. It didn't strip anything down but they do speed up character creation