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Diamond Spear

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  1. I'm in the (very slow) process of designing a setting for Fantasy Hero and one of the things I'm including is different fighting styles for different regions. For instance, a traditional early middle ages land might have warriors wearing chain armor or the equivalent and trained mostly in sword and shield, while another region might have developed a fighting style based on lighter armor and using a long weapon in the primary hand and a shorter one in the off hand and so on. The issue I'm facing is that I've always disliked how HERO automatically uses martial maneuvers to build fighting styles. I think it works fine for "traditional" martial arts but for something like a sword and shield style I've always wondered why not just buy bonuses to the regular combat maneuvers along with designing things like a "shield bash" attack. Other than the martial maneuvers giving a cost break, combining several bonuses (and sometimes a penalty) to a single maneuver and allowing the purchase of damage classes, all of which result in a lower cost than buying all of those individually, I don't see a compelling reason for me not to design the styles without using Martial Maneuvers. For instance a character might buy +3 OCV Only to Block with Sword or the like. So am I right? Does doing it my way mean the ability to create more customization by modifying existing maneuvers with the only drawback being that it costs more points? Thoughts? Comments? Observations? Thanks.
  2. I'm trying to decide on how one would go about designing a magic system like that used in Glenn Cook's Black Company books. Variable Power Pools are the obvious answer and I'm fine with that but the size of those pools and how they can be utilized is what I'm struggling with. A cap of around 40 points for most "regular" sorcerers seems about right, perhaps with a 1/2 or x2 effect for illusions (based largely on how Goblin and One Eye's magic is described in the first three books). It's after that where things get tricky. For the most part the extremely powerful sorcerers in the books don't seem to use much "fast cast" magic and mostly weave spells that buff or debuff or protect an area. When they do cut loose with heavy duty magic it's usually when they have had time to prepare and it seems like they are mostly triggering prepared spells rather than casting them cold. My first thought was that for every "x" points over 40 you have to add one step on the time chart to reflect the amount of preparation that very powerful spells take. The problem there is that if I set "x" at 5 or 10 points then the kind of magic that the Taken or the Lady can wield would end up taking a month or more but if I raise "x" to 15 or 20 points per step on the time chart it doesn't limit lesser sorcerers like it should. I'm stuck. So please HEROdom assembled, hit me with your best suggestions, thoughts and ramblings. Thanks.
  3. Diamond Spear

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    LEe me get back to you after this weekend.
  4. Diamond Spear

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    I usually set up a Yahoo group for whatever game I’m running.
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    System, at least to me, has always been in second place compared to things like a good story and interesting characters.
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    A little of both. I have a general idea in mind but it would be greatly influenced by the character you created.
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    No problem. If you've got questions just let me know.
  8. Diamond Spear

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    Well CrazySaga it looks like you're the only interested player for the moment. How do you feel about a one-on-one game?
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    Excellent idea. Doing that now.
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    Still here Alder?
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    I’m looking for straight human characters. Rather than Batman think Alias blended with a bit of Punisher and Fringe.
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    I'm open to either fifth or sixth edition. So you and Alder can feel free to let me know which you would prefer. As for archetypes characters will have either a law enforcement, military or even criminal background. I haven't worked out the precise point totals as yet but characters will be built on skills, talents and perks without natural powers.
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    What kind of “aspects”’do you mean? Questions are not a bother at all. They’re practically a requirement.
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    Cool. I'll give it a few days to see if anyone else is interested. If not solo play also works.
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    Would there be any interest in a play-by-chat room game? Specifically Dark Champions? To be more specific I was kicking around the idea of trying to run a small group in a hybrid play-by-post/play-by-chat room game. The idea would be to run as a traditional play-by-post during the week and on the weekends pick a day and time to get everyone together in a chat room for a few hours. Not only do I think doing so helps foster more of a sense of being a play group instead of just typing things for strangers on the internet it also makes it easier to have back and forth conversations and to run combat. In the spoiler tag below is a quick and dirty run down on the setting. If this sounds like something you'd like to try please post a reply.
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