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The build so far is focussed on what he possibly could do more than what he actually did.  As built he could go all 'Akimbo' and use 2 pistols at once*.  However, doing so would limit his use of Jujitsu/Judo (which was just as important as his gun skills in setting up easy kills by rendering the targets prone) and it would also make reloading a bit more complicated.

 

*I based his 2 weapon fighting on the scene in the club basement where he had a knife in one hand and a gun in the other.

 

Building the character with a 6 SPD and one of the extra weapon damage Talents would be the simplier approach to take but anyone who is familiar with my builds know I rarely go for simple.

 

:)

HM

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Mmmm.  I can't deny the allure of building a 'look at what this guns-blazing guy can do' character, but ... to be honest, it doesn't strike me as what the character in question was about.

 

John Wick - both the character and the movie - isn't about the fantastico cinematico things you see with most gunbunny movies; he isn't 'Equilibrium' cool, or The Matrix a zillion bullets flying through the air at the same time.  The cinematic approach of the movie seems to me to be about doing it as realistically as possible; at one point, Wick even pulls the trigger on an empty chamber.  It's about what a guy who has made his life about using guns efficiently and ruthlessly does with those weapons - first in a place he knows intimately (his house), then in a place where he doesn't want a body count (well, not of non-combatants, anyhow, meaning the nightclub), then a place where he knows he's walking into an ambush (the Church), over to a place where he knows there are defenders to take out (the warehouse) and finally in a place where he's out to finish it (the car chase).  In each and every situation, Wick does his best to stack the deck in his favor; you can easily imagine him doing a bit of scouting of the church, and plotting out what moves he's going to have to accomplish to take out his targets - as well as why he made sure they were all in a single 120-degree arc, as compared to 180 or worse.  From what I see, Wick's primary concern at any given moment is the absolute control of his weapon; that accomplished, he can eliminate his target of the moment.

 

He sure doesn't go full-auto.  He and Neo are both going to walk into identical buildings, but Wick is going to be carrying a (relatively reasonable) number of weapons, as compared to a truly staggering loadout like Neo.  Wick will burst-fire single targets in order to either destroy cover or to punch through cover or armor; he's also using the heavy weapon (i.e. the assault rifle) as a psychological weapon, because 99% of his targets are not going to be used to a firefight with that sort of sound and punch.  Neo turns on the lead hose right away, and doesn't stop until the tiles are falling off the walls.  Wick doesn't take a shot that doesn't serve his purpose - he can't afford to.  Both characters are going to kill every guy in the building, but Neo's going to destroy the building while he does it, and waste a crapton of weapons and ammo.  Wick's going to have a 10% overage, and quite possibly emerge with a different gun than that with which he entered - because if a guy runs out of ammo for the weapon he has, he's gotta make do.

 

Wick the character, in my mind, is less about 'lookit all the gunstuff I can do!!' and more about the absolute drive and ruthlessness to do what needs to be done.  I'd make EGO his lead stat, and even go above 20 on that one (23-25 range); this character is all about the Will. This is a guy who will not stop until the task is done.  He gets shot, he gets stabbed, he takes a full one-story fall onto his back, and he goes to the doc and is perfectly willing to pop the reds in order to get full mobility, tear out his stitches, and finish the job; he's gonna make that Ego roll.

 

So sure, he needs skills - but not all the autofire skills.  Rapid Autofire, Rapid Attack, absolutely - he sure as hell seems to be shifting targets twice as fast as anyone else in there, and yeah, it's because he's that good.  The rest of the autofire skills, though, are definitely not necessary ...

 

... but all the rest of it, yeah.  :) 

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Finally saw it today did i spot J. K. Simmons (JJ jameson in spiderman) as part of the cleaning crew

 

I don't think so.  I don't see his name listed as part of the cast according to http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2911666/fullcredits/ but not all of the names have pics attached either.  I'm pretty sure it was another actor who just looks a lot like him.

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Wick is definitely more about handguns than autofire in the film, but there's not much evidence one way or the other about his autofire skills.  Rather like how Matthew Quigley didn't care for pistols. ;)

 

I have watched the film at least half a dozen times the last month on HBO and it sure seems like he used a double-tap, triple-tap and even what looked like a quadruple-tap with his pistol on one occasion.  I know the Power I added to the build (Quick Fire: Naked Autofire with a Pistol of Opportunity) is not absolutely necessary with the Multiple Attack rules in 6e.  However, it sure seemed appropriate* in the way that he would rattle off so many pistol shots in a smooth and extremely fast rhythm that didn't seem to break even when he chose different targets during the shot sequence.

 

*I think the number of required attack rolls would be reduced with its use as well.

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Now that we've statted out John Wick, we also need to stat out:

 

- Neo (One version)

- Jack Traven

- Johnny Utah

- Johnny Mnemonic

- Jonathan Harker

- John Constantine

I have Sam (http://surbrook.devermore.net/adaptationsmovie/ronin/sam.html) and Vincent (http://surbrook.devermore.net/adaptationsmovie/asstd_movie/vincent.html).

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Now that we've statted out John Wick, we also need to stat out:

 

- Neo (One version)

- Jack Traven

- Johnny Utah

- Johnny Mnemonic

- Jonathan Harker

- John Constantine

 

Are you making a case for Keanu Reeves being an Eternal Champion of the Multiverse? :P

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a lot of his attacks seem like a they might be better written as a weapon element for his martial arts he certainly uses his gun as a close combat weapon. pistol whipping as well as super close range rapid fire just like he does with his knife . seem to recall him using it as a sound/ vision flash firing close to an opponent's head to disorient and distract.

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a lot of his attacks seem like a they might be better written as a weapon element for his martial arts he certainly uses his gun as a close combat weapon. pistol whipping as well as super close range rapid fire just like he does with his knife . seem to recall him using it as a sound/ vision flash firing close to an opponent's head to disorient and distract.

 

I already added Handguns as a Weapon Element on the recommendation of Old Man up thread.

Jujutsu

6 1) Weapon Element: Blades, Clubs, Default Element, Garrote, Handguns, Karate Weapons, Polearms and Spears

 

 

I don't know if I would create a build for possible hearing/sight Flash effects when he fires his primary handgun near a targets head but the custom Recoil Compensator he has on his H&K P30L primary handgun makes the gun louder than normal by default. I would probably leave something like that up to the GM to assign as an environmental effect.

+1 to offset Recoil modifiers with the P30L; OAF (Type 1 Recoil Compensator; -1), Side Effects, Side Effect occurs automatically whenever Power is used (+1 Hearing PER Rolls; -1/2), Real Weapon (-1/4) (Real Cost: 1)

 

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Finally saw it today did i spot J. K. Simmons (JJ jameson in spiderman) as part of the cleaning crew

I don't think so.  I don't see his name listed as part of the cast according to http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2911666/fullcredits/ but not all of the names have pics attached either.  I'm pretty sure it was another actor who just looks a lot like him.

 

I watched it again, specifically eyeballing the cleanup crew at the house looking for him. It wasn't him, though the resemblance on a quick pass by the camera was strong enough to make you think it might've been him.

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The build (see the 1st post in this thread) has been updated based on suggestions from Wyrm Ouroboros.

(Though I didn't increase EGO above 15 it could easily be swapped with his 20 PRE). 

 

I removed some Autofire Skills, Two Weapon Fighting, duplicate Martial Maneuvers and added other Skills. 

I improved his ability to "Autofire" semi-automatic weapons of opportunity.

I cleaned up the weapons builds including links to various pictures. 

 

The AP 9mm handgun alternates are just there for comparison (IF he has access to a fully automatic assault rifle and thermite grenades, THEN he shouldn't have a problem obtaining AP handgun ammunition.  Whether he wants to leave shell casing evidence of their use is another issue). 

The 2 different garotte builds are also there for comparison.  It's hard to say which is the better option.

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That is a great site.

I referenced it a LOT in building all the equipment carried and obtained from others by Wick during the movie.

 

 

 

The only gun I didn't bother to create was Ms. Perkin's suppressed Walther P99 later held but NOT fired by Wick.

 

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I updated the character again (download link in the 1st post of this thread which includes an HTML export of the character for those who don't have Hero Designer).

 

I removed most of the Japanese references (Karate and Kenjutsu, but kept some Aikido Maneuvers) and replaced them with the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program hinted at by the Tattoo on his back (web research shows this as the motto of the Marines based in Hawaii). Also updated several other Skills as well.

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Updated character (see 1st post in this thread).

 

Added more Perks. Added some Sambo (replacing Aikido) and Wrestling Maneuvers to Martial Arts.  Added more Skills.  Added Resistance Talent.

 

Hopefully this is the final update (until the next movie comes out at least).

 

Comments welcome.

 

:) HM - CDO Hero*

 

*Click

 

 

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This is me interrupting an amazing thread based on high-level Hero System mastery just to drop this tiny, little non-Hero correction:

 

John Wick is not the Baba Yaga.

 

"John Wick is not the Baba Yaga.  He is the guy you hire to kill the Baba Yaga."

 

it is one of my favorite lines of the movie.  :winkgrin:

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Well, the funny thing is Baba Yaga is NOT the Russian translation of Boogyman.  I think the writers figured that it sounded cool and the few folks who were familiar with the term, spoke Russian or decided to google search it wouldn't really care.  And in the scene where it is first used it's used both ways.

 

:) HM

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Just some questions on your build.

 

Why give Wick anonymity?

 

Why give Wick PS: Gunsmith?

 

Why do you give Wick all the skill cost breakers? (Like Scholar, etc.)  Is it just because it will save you points on the build?

 

Genuinely curious -- thanks in advance for taking the time...

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I just statted out John Wick for Champions 3rd edition, which I am currently running.  (I will do a Danger International one later in the week.)  My house rules for Heroic characters in Champions are as follows:

Heroic limits are in effect, and they are solid limits.  For example, there maybe 10-20 guys in the world that call themselves the strongest guy in the world -- they have a STR of 20.

All damage is Normal Damage.  If I only have KD for the weapon/effect, then I convert it to Normal Damage.

 

John Wick

 

18   STR   8

18   DEX   24

15   CON   10

15   BODY   10

15   INT   5

20   EGO   20

18   PRE   8

18   COM   4

 

7   PD   3

6   ED   3

4   SPD   12

7   REC   0

30   END   0

32   STUN   0

 

RUN  6"

SWIM  2"

JUMP  4"

 

14-   ACROBATICS  12

13-   CLIMBING   5

13-   DETECTIVE WORK   7

12-   DISGUISE   5

12-   FIND WEAKNESS(Guns)   15

        3D6 LUCK   15

        MARTIAL ARTS   18

12-   SECURITY SYSTEMS   5

         +2 ALL COMBAT SKILL LEVELS   16

         +1 RANGED COMBAT SKILL LEVELS   5

13-   STEALTH   7

 

Base Pts   100

Disadvantages   0

Experience Pts   118

 

Total pts   219

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