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Brian Stanfield

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  1. Brian Stanfield

    Champions Now Information

    I agree. This is why I ultimately say it is not a rules lite version of 3e. It's really a whole different game in the end. In fact, I'm a little bit flummoxed at how the DOJ is allowing him to basically rewrite their intellectual property into his own game.
  2. Brian Stanfield

    A New Setting

    I'm not sure anymore. It's been so long ago. But I do remember that the artwork about the West was romanticized, and the stories told about it as the place of opportunity and as part of our "Manifest Destiny." Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show played a part in that too, and the stories about Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday, for example. They were all just flat-out fictions, but they fit what we wanted them to be as a culture at the time.
  3. Brian Stanfield

    A New Setting

    I agree with this for the most part. Pulp also had the same sort of naiveté that may not be possible anymore. Noire, while still pulpy, pretty much changed the nature of the stories being told. I had a professor, years ago, who wrote his dissertation on the "Old West," and his ultimate takeaway was that the "Old West" never really existed, and what part of it that we might recognize in the movies only lasted for about 30 years after the Civil War, if at all. Cowboys were mostly Black and Mexican, frontier settlers were squatters, cattlemen were crooks, and the railroads eliminated the frontier. I think we romanticize the past in how we tell our stories, whether it's the Old West, inter-war Pulp adventures, and Fantasy. That's why they intrigue us and charm us, and really, let's be honest, one of the reasons why we game is to get away from the mundane ambiguities of our daily lives. Gaming is an escape, and it's more fun to tell stories of good versus evil, and play a part in them, than it is to waste away in moral quandaries that are too much like our everyday experiences. It occurred to me that may Firefly would count as a Western because it really does have a strong moral compass despite being set in "lawless" space. But again, it's a genre-bending series rather than a pure throwback, so this takes us back to Duke's original contention: the Western no longer exists. I think maybe he's right.
  4. Brian Stanfield

    A New Setting

    I second this! A blog, even weekly, would be a great idea!
  5. Brian Stanfield

    A New Setting

    That post was one hell of a ride, my friend! Keep it coming! And thank you for expressing so very well the things that made us who we were as children of the Cold War.
  6. Brian Stanfield

    A New Setting

    I should have been more clear: the magic in Valdorian Age May be a place to start, and only loosely the rest of the setting. Actually, it was looking through Valdorian Age recently that reminded me of Thieves’ World and got me to go back to the books in the first place. So I only offer it as an analogy to Sanctuary, although perhaps a useful starting point in translating it into HERO terms.
  7. Brian Stanfield

    A New Setting

    I’ve been reading the books again recently as well! I keep thinking, it seems like a Swords & Sorcery setting like Valdorian Age could be used as a backdrop for Sanctuary and it’s peculiar and very expensive magic, as well as an urban center for other adventures.
  8. Brian Stanfield

    Nostalgia stole my money

    I have never heard of this. Fill me in on some details.
  9. Brian Stanfield

    Duke's scans

    I wasn’t expecting this. Sure, I’d love to help!
  10. Brian Stanfield

    A New Setting

    After giving this some thought, I'd have to say that I think you may be surprised at just how many Westerns have been released since 2000. Hundreds. We haven't heard of many of them, of course, but there were lots of B Westerns back in the day too. Even tv series, such as Deadwood, Westworld, even Longmire, have been immensely popular. There were many that were highly received, such as The Revanent, which was nominated for best picture and won best actor, as well as No Country for Old Men, True Grit, and Hell or High Water. I was actually quite surprised at how many Westerns I've seen that were produced since 2000, most of them quite good and popular. There is still a strong longing in the American consciousness for those better and simpler days which never actually existed, but which we wish had. And there are plenty in production right now, suggesting there is a great desire for these films as well. Check out IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/search/title?release_date=2000-01-01,2018-12-31&genres=western&sort=release_date,desc. Heck, Robert Duvall pretty much rebuilt his career doing Westerns in the past 20 years. As for Pulp, a lot of those Westerns cross over with Pulp themes of good vs. evil, law vs. crime, and all those themes, as well as high adventure. For whatever reason, Jackie Chan went through a series of high adventure Westerns (Shanghai Noon, its sequal, and Around the World in 80 Days) that are perfect examples of Pulp adventure. Walker, Texas Ranger is a perfect series of bare knuckled (or booted?) crime fighting adventure---Hell, I once saw Walker stare down a bear and win! Django Unchained is Pulp for sure, and the Lone Ranger, and for whatever ungodly reason they re-made The Magnificent Seven because there was, apparently, a demand for such a thing (it's more Western than Pulp, but still . . . ). For non-Western Pulp, I could only come up with a couple of ideas, although they also cross over with Fantasy, but they still count. The Golden Compass has globetrotting adventure written all over it, and was a popular series of books as well. The Librarians series on tv is also Pulpy, although the tendency these days is to mix Pulp with Urban Fantasy, so I won't argue these too much. Journey to the Center of the Earth definitely fits the bill, as does Jumanji and King Kong. We can debate whether they should have been remade, but the fact of the matter is that they were box office smashes, which means there is a demand for these sorts of movies. The point is, I think there's still a lot of demand for Westerns, for sure, and Pulp, if only in spirit, even with the millennials. So don't despair, my friend! All is not lost!
  11. Brian Stanfield

    Flying Dodge to enter Combat

    At minimum, HERO Designer allows new players to fiddle with character design without getting lost in the rules. The program only allows legal builds, so it minimizes the risk of improper applications or calculations. The new Character Creation Cards that came out for Champions Complete are a great resource for using the book, HD, and the cards in a quick and easy character building exercise. Now, if someone would only clearly explain how to use the cards for people unfamiliar with HD. . . .
  12. Brian Stanfield

    A New Setting

    I don't think there is a nicer way to say what you're saying: "Kids these days . . . sheesh! We're going to hell in a hand basket. Get off my lawn!"
  13. Brian Stanfield

    Hero Does It Better

    To be fair, D&D has "alignments," even if they are virtually unused anymore. But it is at least a way to encourage players to play their characters perhaps differently than they would behave. But the alignment mechanic is dying out and seems more like an afterthought anymore. HERO does, in fact, do it better. Disadvantages is one of the rules that got me to make the switch in the first place back in the '80s.
  14. Brian Stanfield

    Flying Dodge to enter Combat

    Well, I have to nit-pick here. I hate that stat. It seems like something left over from the old D&D days, and has virtually no game effect (the rules even explicitly state as much in 3e) other than how people react to you. This is easily covered with PRE or even EGO, and skills such as Conversation, Seduction, and the like. It seems a bit weird to make how someone looks become a rule mechanic above and beyond the special effect of one's character conception and costume, etc. Of course, once COM was dropped, the talent "Striking Appearance" was added to simulate especially stunning good looks having an effect on some Skill rolls and PRE attacks. But maybe that's just my nit to pick . . . . Now back to your normally scheduled topic.
  15. Brian Stanfield

    Extra Time (1 Turn)

    You may want to start this in the "Hero System Discussion" forum to get more feedback. For now, I'm not sure what you mean by "it specifically says 'Post-Segment 12'" in your argument. Do you have some spells that have already been converted to HERO that say this? Because Post-Segment 12 is only for REC to be applied -- nobody actually acts on Post-Segment 12, so no spell should actually be triggered. It's kinda like a limbo in time, not an actual unit of time, so it won't affect when a spell triggers after a full turn of delay. At least as far as I understand things . . . .