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Durzan Malakim

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About Durzan Malakim

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    Standard Hero
  • Birthday 12/29/1969

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    San Diego, CA
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    Champions & Fantasy Hero
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    Technically, I'm a writer
  1. Durzan Malakim

    Third Edition Renaissance

    I believe the Kickstarter in question was: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/herogames/champions-now, which is discussed on this very forum here:
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    Third Edition Renaissance

    I like any edition of Champions I actually get to play. To me the differences between editions are like the differences between sports cars. Yes, an Alpha Romeo T33/2 Stradale Prototipo 1967 is different than a Tesla Model S, but either one is a radically different experience to driving the D&D minivan. Champions third edition was my introduction to super heroic gaming, and I have fond memories of it, but the people I play with run sixth edition/Complete. It's still a sports car even if the user manual is really, really long, and I'm not always sure how to refill the continuing fuel charge.
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    Martial artists and defense

    I was reading through the 6th edition Champions book when this little gem popped out on page 143: The high DCV martial artist is great up until his or her personal DCV doesn't matter. A GM can also easily fix DCV escalation by applying defense campaign limits. The campaigns I'm in tie the DCV max to your speed. The higher your speed, the more avoidance-defense you can have. The lower your speed, the more soak-defense you can have. Those who want to play both fast and invulnerable have to compromise on both.
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    Die Hard - a Dark Champions Christmas movie

    Die Hard: the story of a family away from home witnessing miracles ("You asked for miracles; I give you the FBI") and the rise of a savior.
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    How Many Focus Do Your Characters Use?

    My big time hero Valiant purchased two foci with experience points. I used foci for two minor utility powers: Flash Defense sunglasses and a literal lucky coin. My attack powers had the restrainable limitation, which is kind of like having an accessible focus. Certainly I had my offense shut down often enough by entangles that I considered buying it off, but I actually like having signature vulnerabilities. In Valiant's case, his Kryptonite was being restrained and his lack of any power defense. One of Valiant's best role-playing moments came when his normal blaster tactics were denied to him by the power-draining device stuck to his chest. I felt very heroic when he was able to rip it off by pushing his normal human strength and then managed to put it in on his evil V'hanian double. I suppose there's fun to be had getting your focus back, but that assumes you have some skills and abilities without the focus.
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    You're Under Arrest!

    This is simple and elegant solution, which means of course that the board will find a way to complicate it.
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    You're Under Arrest!

    I just imagine PCs going around screaming, "Respect my authoritah!!!"
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    You're Under Arrest!

    My cynical mind imagines that people are fine with someone having authority, but if you actually exercise it on a regular basis then people complain about it. How many times would it take for you to be upset that a policer officer confiscated your car or demanded you do something just because they had a badge? I guess I see "flashing your badge" as a workaround for "actually having a subpoena" or other legal means of making civilians "subject to orders."
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    You're Under Arrest!

    The effects of flashing a badge depend upon the audience. There are those who respect the badge that can be persuaded into compliance, and there are those who fear the badge that can be intimidated into compliance. In either case however, the more you demand compliance, the more likely you are to gain a bad reputation for it. Of course, in some situations the side effects are much more detrimental. If you flash your badge at a VIPER nest, you better succeed with your Presence Attack because your negative reputation might just be granted posthumously. I suggest one of these: Flash My Badge: +1/+1d6 Striking Appearance (vs. all characters) (3 Active Points); OIF (FBI Badge; -1/2), Side Effects (Negative Reputation; -1/4) FBI Badge: (Total: 4 Active Cost, 2 Real Cost) +1/+1d6 Striking Appearance (vs. those who respect FBI Authority) (2 Active Points); OIF (-1/2), Side Effects (-1/4) (Real Cost: 1) plus +1/+1d6 Striking Appearance (vs. those who fear FBI authority) (2 Active Points); OIF (-1/2), Side Effects (Negative reputation; -1/4) (Real Cost: 1)
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    Extinction Event Kickstarter FEB 18th 2018

    Good to know that they have not gone extinct.
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    A Human Firewing

    <comic-book-store-nerd>Actually, Valiant is at 725 points. It's his multiforms Dread and Beacon that are at 825 points.</comic-book-store-nerd> It appears that all the women in Valiant's life will have more points than he does, but he's already got lots of experience being a damsel in distress. My team mates seem to be rescuing Valiant every other episode. Maybe Valiant can be Casey's DNPC now.
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    The Unluck Is Strong In This One

    Dork tower had it right. Your dice really do hate you. http://www.dorktower.com/2012/08/23/your-dice-hate-you-free-download-poster/
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    The Unluck Is Strong In This One

    Actually the second 18 was an EGO roll to push teleport. That 18 burned out teleport and reduced Dread to her run speed. The Acrobatics roll to dive into the ship was a failure, a 16, just not an 18. Still 18, 18, and 16 was a bad combo. Now if I had been rolling for D&D stats I'd be off to a good start.
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    I've updated the complications section again. Adder text for some complications was not displaying but now displays properly. I saw the error in Rivalries where the rival description was not displaying, but now does.