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  1. So, im working on a campaign that uses the combat skill system, pg. 56 from the Advanced Player's Guide II and ive decided to use the sidebar option of having a defensive skill (Say it's called "Dodge") that uses 8 + DCV. I'm running into a problem with making a character template for hero designer that uses 8 + DCV to determine the skill #. It wants to do 8 + (DCV/5) and no matter how much i bribe, threaten, or PRE Attack it, it won't budge from that. SO, i am thinking for my game, making DCV, OCV, OMCV, and DMCV behave exactly like STR, DEX, Etc - Base 10, +1 for +1 cost. This way, I can get around that in Hero Designer. As far as I can see, core rule system --> 5 points got me +1 Combat Value. This way 5 points gets me +5 to stat which gives me +1 in that skill formula. So it looks to be ok. I can't see any unforseen isues with this workaround for Hero Designer. Anyone play around with this or have the clarity of mind to immediately see issues I've overlooked? Thanks for any insight, observations, criticisms, or get losts you hurl my way :).
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    Skill Calculation (Combat Skills and Combat Values)

    I shall endeavor to explain further: Say I have a "Directed Spell" skill, which reflects a mage's ability to blast a foe with a lightning bolt from afar and am using the system quoted in APG II and the sidebar. While other skills such as Acrobatics uses DEX to calculate (8 + DEX/5), I wish to use OCV as the characteristic used in the Directed Spell calculation. BUT 8 + (OCV/5) won't cut it. I need 8 + OCV. 'Im hoping this helps a bit.
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    Skill Calculation (Combat Skills and Combat Values)

    I am specifically trying to use the Combat Skills System from APG II, (starting on page 56). Because these do not mirror CSLs, it isn't the route i want to go. Page 57, right sidebar "Keeping Combat Value" discusses using OCV, DCV, and OMCV as characteristics (i.e. 8 + OCV).
  4. Hi. In the advanced player guide (2?), the option for combat skills is touched upon. One possible option is to have a combat skill, say "Swords" and have it based off of something, such as "8+OCV". I'm editing my skills in a character template. If i just set the CHARACTERISTIC to "OCV" it is using the default 8 + (Char/5) formula. Is there a way for me to call a different calculation (8+OCV) here instead? Thank you!
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    How to build a bite attack for a snake

    Can't be sure, because I am lack confidence in how much I know about the HERO System, but maybe just have them use the Multiple Attack maneuver when they want to grab (attack one) and bite (attack two). Both would be at -2, but i would think 2 Penalty Skill Levels specifically for covering that would make it work?
  6. It's for NPCs, so I'm ok with it being a zero point limitation. I'm probably over thinking things. NPC police being able to contain NPC mutants and all - really, it could all be done with a handwave, for sure. I like the "automatically trigger mutant detectors" tho... things to ponder.
  7. Doc Democracy and Lucious - Thank you for the compliments! - I moved away from all my gamer friends some time ago. Having a resource like tabletop simulator makes running games for them a possibility. Helps that I do 3d work to. Ok, so the checkbox for characteristics powers means it can all go down to zero. Definately don't want that. I'll go back and uncheck them all. Its an NPC villain, so its not really an issue that i am looking for maximum efficiency on points! I just wasn't clear what the checkbox was for! @Doc Democracy - If i want all the powers to be drained or surpressed specifically by something that only targets mutants, what is the proper way to do it? I don't exactly want Drain STR to affect the guy's Sand powers, but i would like the ability to suppress all mutant powers - without it being a really expensive piece of equipment (Drain ALL powers, limitation: Mutants only sounds very expensive). im loving Hero System. I only wish i had discovered it sooner.
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    Unified Power Disadvantage cost.

    So... if I had an NPC villain whose powers all came from the fact that he's a mutant -- All powers could be unified around that? So I could have mutant nullification bands that drain or suppresses mutant powers all at once?
  9. Ok, i am putting together a villain for my Champions Tabletop Simulator session. He is a mutant and I want most of his abilities to come from him being a mutant - so that various "Mutant Suppression" powers (Drain Mutant Power, Suppress Mutant Power, etc) will pretty much shut him and other mutants down. Using Hero Designer, I made a new list, named it Mutant! Added a common Modifier (Unified Power - Mutant!) to it so it would assign it to all powers in the list. I then added various things like Enhanced Strength +15, Enhanced Speed +2, etc. I also made a Multipower called "Sandblasting" and gave it a Unified Power modifier (Mutant!; -1/4) as well. then stuck a couple sand related powers into it. Hero Designer didn't object - but I'm not certain it would. Is this an acceptable/correct way to build a mutant character? If some Nullifier Bands had 6d6 Drain (Mutant! power) would it drain 6d6 AP from all the Unified Powers? I'm pretty sure i understand what Unified Power does, but not positive I know how to implement it correctly - and I want to make sure its right before I spend a bunch of time making Power Cards and Character Sheets in Photoshop. Edit: Also, with Characteristic Powers, what does the Add Modifiers to Base Characteristics supposed to do, game wise? I know that if i toggle it on, the various characteristics get even cheaper but no other changes that I can see. What's it for? Edit Edit: I think possibly I have posted a long complicated question and additional unimportant stuff in the incorrect forum and it would have been better to put it in Discussion. I apologize. I've included the particular Hero Designer Character plus some screenshots of my Champions TTS setup (just because). Abrasion.hdc Villain 3d model, Character Sheet, Power and Combat Maneuver cards, an Initiative Token, 3 Status Tokens Abrasion spraying the hero Imp with a blast of sand. Imp's having a bad day - he's already been blinded by the villain. Example Power Card - Sandspray Assuming its built correctly. Sandspray is a variable power in Abrasion's Sandblasting Multipower so I tried to include scaling info for spending the Multipower's AP reserve. I haven't decided if I just want to use the static damage total or include dice rolling. The 7- for END means the power can cost up to 7 END depending upon the AP invested from the Multipower reserve.
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    Custom Skill and Hero Designer

    Ok, found it. I had to open a 5e character and Template is now there on the Preferences. Unfortunately, I'm running 6e and that Tab doesn't exist. Since I'm converting 5e to 6e, it looks like I'll have to make a custom template.
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    Custom Skill and Hero Designer

    Hmm, nope. There is nothing under preferences for selecting supplements. There's five tabs. "General", "System", "Display", "Modifier Intelligence" and Prefabs. On none of those is an area to check supplements. The Prefab tab has to check boxes. Neither refers to Star Hero. Do I have to purchase some Hero Designer file collection for Star Hero to access that? I do not see one in the store. Also, feel free to not reply until you are done traveling. I can wait a day or two till you are back at work.
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    Custom Skill and Hero Designer

    Sorry, I fibbed. I'm back. I don't see a Category option for Systems Ops. I'm sure I'm just tired . I've included a screenshot of the window that opens when I select Systems Ops skill in the attachments below. Is there something I'm missing?
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    Custom Skill and Hero Designer

    Was that a change from 5e to 6e? I didn't see it listed as a change, but my Terran Empire Book from 5e lists a Package Deal for Imperial Navy (Propulsion), page 115 that includes Systems Operations (choose three categories, for a total cost of 6). 6E Systems Operations just seems to cover anything that's a system as one skill. Again thanks. This will be the last time I pester you tonight with my nerdom.
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    Custom Skill and Hero Designer

    Thank you for your fast reply! While I was waiting for a reply, I stumbled upon the .pdf Instruction Manual (really, I should know to Read the Manual!) and discovered custom templates instructions there. Started tinkering with it and then began to wonder if my Starship Systems Ops and its subsets are actually just Systems Ops (Starship Propulsion, Starship Sensors, etc etc). THEN I saw that Systems Ops is 3 points... so i THEN figured I could do what I want by commandeering the Knowledge Skill, maybe?
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    Custom Skill and Hero Designer

    Hello, I wish to create a custom skill. It needs to function how Forgery, Gambling, and Survival function mechanically (You choose the skill, a pop up window opens and you chose which sub-sets you want). I thought I could use Custom Adder for that, but they don't stick around if you uncheck 'em. Is this possible to do with Hero Designer 6? I would think that it'd work like the custom adder button except that it well, sticks around. Thank you very much for any replies. This tool has made my life much easier!