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  1. phydaux

    Aphorisms for a Superhero Universe

    And secretly enjoy it.
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    Jessica Jones on Netflix

    sigh... Bubba, you're a straight up SOB. I didn't even notice until after my post that you have a Seeker avatar. You caught me, Bubba. You caught me.
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    Jessica Jones on Netflix

    Seeker was a member of The Champions back in 3rd Ed. In fact, he was featured prominently right on the cover of the 3rd Ed rule book. He was in the place currently held, on again/off again, by Nighthawk. He was an Australian martial artist who went around in Gi pants, no shirt, throwing stars, and a pair of sais (which the source books all called "tri-irons" for some inexplicable & infuriating reason). And, famously, he had NO rPD/rED. Meaning that while he was a full fledged member of a super hero team, a single gang banger with a broken beer bottle stood a decent chance of landing him in the hospital. Thereafter he was the poster child reminding players everywhere that all PCs should have at least a little rPD & rED.
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    Jessica Jones on Netflix

    While Jessica & Luke are clearly more Dark Champions than Champions, Jessica is more Street level and Luke is more Heroic level. Neither are Supers level. That's for "That green guy and his team." On a side note, this shows why ALL my PCs have at least a little EGO/Mental Defense. And Power Defense. And Flash Defense.
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    Jessica Jones on Netflix

    This show was highly recommended to me, so I just started watching. I'm a few episodes in, and I was struck with this thought: "She forgot to buy rPD." Some people don't learn the lesson Seeker taught us all back in 3rd Ed.
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    Question: What equipment to all your characters have?

    THE BASICS Attack Power Defense Power (that provides Resistant PD/ED) Travel Power ALWAYS Flash Defense (Sight) Mental/Ego Defense USUALLY Power Defense Hardened PD/ED (usually not full, only 25% of total PD/ED get Hardened) Life Support - Extended Breathing (usually OIHID, often through a Focus) Infrared/Ultraviolet/Dark Vision (also usually OIHID, often through a Focus) Radio Receive/Transmit Extra Running Extra Jumping Extra Swimming (these three often get put in a small multi-power called Olympic Level Athlete) At least 60 points in various Skills I'm usually OK with ratcheting my PC down a few DCs below Campaign Norms in order to get a full complement of skills & utility powers. "Wait, you mean my PC is the only one who knows how to disarm a bomb?"
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    Question: What is your heroes area of operation?

    I live outside of Boston, and near as I can remember there is no official write up for any super hero group out of Boston in any Champions Universe product. So my PCs are based in Boston, and the local super team is the BHL (Boston Heroes League).
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    How to build Loki

    Well, the first question I have is "What are his powers?" Comics are notorious for having a character's power set be very undefined.
  9. Before 6th, all my PCs had a 30 DEX. ALL of them. Regardless of the character type, he had a 30 DEX. Now with DEX decoupled from CV my PCs have a much more normalized DEX.
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    Demo Adventure

    I'm fairly sure there are no Howard Johnson's either, but I didn't let that get in my way.
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    Demo Adventure

    Thanks. I tried to throw in a lot of elements. A female NPC for a PC to try to romance, but a no nonsense one, not a "damsel in distress." And MCB a$$holes to give them grief. The "carrot" of the possible high paying contract with the sheriff's department, meaning they have to act professional. It's astonishing how many players can't run across an authority figure in game without having their character run their mouth. One thing I DIDN'T include that I totally WOULD HAVE if this was a campaign is a competitor hunter squad also going after both the PUFF money and the sheriff's department contract. Totally throw in another combat encounter - a knock down drag out brawl at the local waffle house between the two groups of hunters.
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    Demo Adventure

    There are only two combat encounters, so I think it can be run in a four hour block.
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    Demo Adventure

    ENCOUNTER SEVEN When the PCs get out to the road side stand it is still more than two hours until sundown. The road side stand is closed. The sigh posting the store's regular hours says it should still be open. When the PCs go behind the stand, they see a single-wide trailer up on cinder blocks. The door is closed. The window curtains are open and the lights are on inside. A PRE roll will show that one of the side windows is broken out. Inside the trailer a woman is dead on the floor of the kitchen. An examination will show that her throat has been torn out and she has been disemboweled. The trash is overflowing with broken knick knacks, and broken furnature has been stacked in a corner of the living room. The blood in the area has dried to a rusty brown. Some of the dried blood smears on the walls have sponge smudges through them. When all the PCs are in the trailer, they hear a voice from behind them - "You need to leave." Elvira Mason is a woman in her mid 30s. She is wearing baggy jeans and button front shirt. She is barefoot. "You need to go. It isn't safe for you to be here." A PRE roll will show that Elvira's eyes are a bright amber. If the PCs open fire in the trailer, she will fight and gradually transform. She will attack the PCs with the biggest guns first. If the PCs try to talk Elvira into giving herself up, she will bolt and run. The PCs will have to chase her out of the trailer. She will run and gradually transform. If she is shot, she will turn and attack the PCs as an enraged and fully transformed werewolf. She will first attack the PC that shot her, and then the PCs with the biggest guns. PUFF bounty for a juvenal werewolf with several known kills is $50,000. But you can't spend it when you're dead.
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    Demo Adventure

    ENCOUNTER SIX Around one o'clock that afternoon the PCs will get a call from Deputy Whitehead. "Ace Medical Supply responded to the warrant. Those med school cadavers were delivered to 1187 County Road 101. That's the old Barington farm. I'm gonna go talk to him right now. If you want to come along, you can meet me a half mile from there." When the PCs arrive, he continues. "Old man Barrington was always an eccentric, but after his wife died he went off the deep end. Even still, you don't really think it's possible what Rachael said, that he's a necromancer, do you?" Deputy Whitehead will insist on going with the PCs to question old man Barrington. Question. He will not condone violence unless Barrington starts it first. Deputy Whitehead is armed with a 9mm M9 Berreta and has two extra magazines, all standard ammo. His car has a loaded 5-shot pump shotgun in the trunk, along with two boxes of standard 12 gauge ammo. The farm has a half-mile long driveway that passes between two long-neglected corn fields. The driveway ends in a large clearing with a two-story clapboard house on one side and an enormous barn on the other. Oscar Barrington is on the front porch of the house. If the PCs decide not to question old man Barrington and instead do a stealth reconnoiter, Deputy Whitehead will approach Mr. Barrington alone and question him. If the PCs question Mr. Barrington, he will admit to ordering the cadavers. When pressed he will say "I'll show you" and head to the barn. He will have the same reaction if Deputy Whitehead questions Mr. Barrington alone. Either way, Deputy Whitehead will follow old man Barrington into the barn. Inside the barn are X (where X = # of PCs times 10) standard zombies and Y (where Y = # of PCs divided by 2) wrights. They will set immediately upon anyone who enters the barn who isn't old man Barrington. If Deputy Whitehead entered the barn alone he will be immediately killed and raised as a zombie. If old man Barrington somehow dies in the yard, the undead will swarm out of the barn and go on a standard undead rampage in all directions. At the start of the battle old man Barrington will do nothing except laugh and cheer on his creations. When it becomes clear that the PCs will destroy wrights and zombies, then he will set upon the nearest PC with Move Through and Grab attacks. A search of the barn will find an old leather book on a wooden stump and several as yet untransformed medical cadavers. PUFF bounty on shamblers is $5000 each, $20,000 each for wrights, and $35,000 for a necromancer who has used necromancy to commit murder.
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    Demo Adventure

    ENCOUNTER FIVE When the PCs question Bobby he "Don't know nothin' 'cause there's nothin' to tell." He has no idea where Elvira might be or where she might go. He knows nothing about her having been "hurt" recently. He knows nothing about what could have happened to her family, or why. If asked specifically about Elvira being bitten recently he will tell this story: "Yeah. 'Bout three weeks ago we had us a couple of rowdy boys passing through. They made a move on Tammy, she's one of our younger waitresses, and Tammy's boyfriend Mike didn't like that. Mike and his buddies starting up with the strangers, and it turned into quite a ruccas. Looked like those boys was gonna beat Mike clear to death, so I had to pull our bar shotgun, and fire it to get their attention and stop the fight. I didn't shoot nobody or nothin'. I mean, one of the strangers, he fell down, but he got right back up like he wasn't hurt, so I must not a' hit him. Anyway, middle of the fight Elvira runs in and goes to grab Tammy, pull her away? As she's reaching for Tammy, one of the rowdy boys bites her right on the hand. Anyway, those rowdy boys, they caught sight of me and the shotgun, and they could tell I meant business, and they didn't want none of that. They cleared out right quick after that." If asked specifically about Elvira having any other family in the area, Bobby will say: "Well, Elvira got a cousin, Linda, runs a road side stand on State 80, far side of town? Cousin lives in a trailer out back. Elvira and Linda, they're close. You see them together 'round town two, three times a week." If they ask him why he wasn't more forthcoming with possibly critical information, he replies "I TOLD you, there wasn't nothin' to tell." A successful Deduction roll will let the PCs know that a roadside stand on State 80 would only be a few miles from Jamison Park.