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  2. bubba smith

    Dealing with Killer Characters

    thanks
  3. BoloOfEarth

    Dealing with Killer Characters

    I think the "special snowflake" is a person with an inflated sense of how important he/she is, and feels entitled to special treatment.
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  5. BoloOfEarth

    Dealing with Killer Characters

    This hasn't been used against the PCs (yet), but 3-4 instances of it have appeared in the news over the past 6 months or so, in all cases with the unlucky innocent being killed by either police, PRIMUS, or an NPC superhero someplace other than the campaign city (Boston). The PCs strongly suspect a mentalist is involved in the incidents, but since they can't exactly use Telepathy on a dead body to verify whether or not he was mind controlled, they have no verification / proof. I'll likely have a similar incident appear in the news again (as a reminder / fair warning to the players) shortly before one or more of them actually faces such a situation him/herself. I need to find the right supervillain for the innocent to be forced to imitate. (Can't be powered armor / visibly mutated, has to have powers that can be semi-emulated with a gadget / gun, etc.) I'm leaning toward Brainchild, for various reasons. The faux Brainchild can be given a knockoff, less-powerful disintegration pistol and a cosplay-type fake jetpack and force field belt - I'm thinking the private eye PC hero might overhear an ARGENT supplier talking about delivering such a weapon to a new client. I also have to nail down all the behind-the-scene details -- I'm thinking an independent mentalist, drifting from town to town, controlling some innocent and giving him/her a costume and what-not to commit various thefts / robberies for him, and then moving on with the ill-gotten gains. Throw in PSI looking to find / recruit that mentalist, with the PCs caught in the middle.
  6. death tribble

    In other news...

    Giant Ice Disk in US river https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-46891412
  7. Ternaugh

    What Have You Watched Recently?

    Romancing the Stone: Great romantic action-adventure comedy from 1984, with Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas, and Danny DeVito. (DVD) Solo: A Star Wars Story: Not horrible, but not great, either. Run time is a little long, and some of the action scenes feel derivative of other works. Musical score is mostly forgettable until it starts quoting John Williams Star Wars themes later in the movie. (Netflix)
  8. bubba smith

    What Have You Watched Recently?

    some 1960s iron man
  9. Hugh Neilson

    Dealing with Killer Characters

    DANGER: Long, boring war story ahead... Many years ago, in a larger gaming group, we had a group of characters having trouble getting along. As the GM, watching the party about to split, or more likely fragment, I put a die on the table. I told the group to decide which characters would be sticking with each other, staying in contact, etc. Once that was decided, we would roll the die, counting from my immediate left. Whoever's number came up, that was the character the campaign would follow. Any character still associated with him stayed in the campaign. Anyone else needed a new, compatible character. Maybe we can return to the others in later campaigns. I never did have to roll that die...
  10. death tribble

    Noah's Ark: The January 2019 Superdraft

    And tonight on Noah's ark Superdraft, Pariah, my choices will be Psylocke (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psylocke) Captain Britain (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Britain)
  11. bubba smith

    Dealing with Killer Characters

    snowflake?
  12. death tribble

    NGD Scenes from a Hat

    They plan to sleep with the police. The whole force.
  13. death tribble

    Complicate the Person Above

    The Russians cut off their own telescope because it was planning to run away and start a new life with Cancer
  14. Duke Bushido

    Duke's scans

    Sure. Essentially, anything that pulls your attention out of the book. Bits of noise on the page I may have missed, blurred or missing bits from letters, that random black blob in between two lines of print.... Crooked pages or images that are still crooked in relation to the text, lines that wobble (particularly framing around charts, art: You know: the sort of thing that makes you think "I wish this guy had scanned this better." As noted, I'm looking for something worthy of being a "master copy," from which as-perfect-as-possible books can be printed. Oh: and noticeable pixelation. I scan in stupid-high rez to attempt to eliminate that, but sometimes when you PDF the finished work, it creeps in there. No one wants to print a pixelated anything. If you're still interested, then thank you. I will get the drafts to you and Brian once I've got them put together. Duke
  15. Hugh Neilson

    Improving Intimidation

    Taking this to another level, when players only buy combat abilities, they lean to combat as the solution to every problem. When other abilities are less useful for their point cost, we encourage players to only buy combat abilities. When the discount for limitations is far less than the lost of benefits from the limited ability, why limit the ability at all? Just buy the full ability and take all the extra benefits. Playing in concept should be encouraged. Making certain concepts more expensive/less efficient than other concepts is a terrific way to discourage playing in, or even selecting, those concepts.
  16. Hugh Neilson

    Improving Intimidation

    I also note that Activate 11- is a -1 limitation which means the power works 62.5% of the time. I can get behind that being a loss of half effectiveness - it only fails a bit over 1/3 of the time, but the uncertainty reduces effectiveness as well. I don't know why it would be surprising or disturbing that players would want to use the abilities they paid points for. Players who buy Hand Attacks make a lot of HTH attacks too. We all ttrry to kleverage our strengths, and mitigate our weaknesses. It's amazing how quick we are to jump all over "limitations which are not limiting", but when an ability does not provide value commensurate with its cost, we seem to be much more OK with that. I find many of the book examples lowball limitations. Defenses that work against only one type of attack are a great example. Fire is pretty common, but way more than half of attacks against ED are not fire. Sure, the player can try to engage in combat against fire users. The opponents can also try to target Mr. Asbestos with non-fire attacks.
  17. Duke Bushido

    Improving Intimidation

    I don't have a huge issue with this. Presumably if they bought it they did so because it's an important part of the character concept, Ala Batmunch. I mean, people who buy Flight and Energy Blast tend to use those a lot more than people who don't, yet few people are bothered by that.
  18. Starlord

    It's an unpleasant day when.....

    Sorry, that's pretty awful.
  19. I look forward to sitting in on a game on Saturday!
  20. Rapier

    AD&D (1st Edition) Conversion - The Thread

    8th level spells are done!! Heading for shower! I hope to finish 9th by Friday. I've decided to keep on with the Illusionist spells (since I'm thinking of a source book and it will be easier to do while I'm in the groove instead of starting up again). Sourcebook also means I will want to reformat my layout a bit into 2 columns instead of 1. Won't take very long but it's a bit of a pain in the butt. If I had known I was going to be tinkering with format this much I would have put all the info in a database and done a merge. Oh well. Maybe next time! LOL.
  21. BoloOfEarth

    It's an unpleasant day when.....

    It's an unpleasant day when your 97 year-old dad in assisted living discovers that someone went into his room while he was out and took all his cash, including a few $20s he had hidden in fairly subtle places. Only about $70-80 total, but it's the damn principle that matters here. Since he's wheelchair-bound and rarely leaves his room except for meals and exercise classes, and the thief apparently knew where to look, I doubt it was some resident's visitor coming through at the right time, but is more likely an employee there. My dad is one of the nicest, easiest-going people you could ever meet. It just pisses me off that someone would take advantage of him like that.
  22. White House doubles estimate of the negative impact on GDP due to shutdown
  23. BoloOfEarth

    NGD Scenes from a Hat

    Every time someone mentions "farmers" the people around you go "bum-ba-dum-bum, bum-bum-bump!" NT: Crazy ways your insurance company is trying to get out of covering the damages to your house or car.
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