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A.T.R.A. Mark II

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    Raleigh, NC
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    Anti-Terrorist Response Android, Mark II. Playing Champions & HERO since 1990. Looking for Traveller HERO/ Star HERO, either local or online (Roll20, FG, etc)
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  1. Hi HEROes! What are your most recommended Enemies/etc. Books for a new Champions 6E GM? I am looking for supervillains appropriate for present-day (2019) Standard Medium-Big City Superheroes, with 80pct+ of the Enemies/etc. Book written close to a Silver/Bronze age tone. ***I'm looking to buy 1-3 books/PDFs as ingredients to prime the creativity pump, and will slice and dice from there.*** So far I own: 6e1, 6e2, Champions 6e Genre, Strike Force 6e, Hero Designer software. Thanks in advance! A.T.R.A. Mk II
  2. As the Subject says. E.g www.paizo.com where every one of the products they sell, both 1st and 3rd party, each have a dedicated forum thread. When a new product is added to the site ahead of release date (or Kickstarter date for HERO), it provides a place to collect discussion. Also, even for existing products, it's a place to discuss the best use one got out of Enemies III etc. My own recent efforts to find a Champions/HERO group her in Raleigh-Durham NC have led me to realize I need to be the GM because the interest is coming primarily from players unfamiliar with HERO, or first time playing a superhero RPG. So, I'll be posting a thread for "best Enemies book to buy first/other recommendations", but how much nicer would it have been if I could just go to distinct product threads and not read only reviews (if available) but also threads dedicated to specific products? Just some thoughts... Thanks, A.T.R.A. Mk II
  3. Squirrel, I am interested, as a player for the moment. I have GMing ideas, but not yet the time to prep to run a regular game.
  4. Squirrel, Glad to hear it! What city are you in/what game store is close to you? John is probably closest to Atomic Empire, and I'm closest to Game Theory. P.S. Squirrel, looks like you're also active on Discord/CapNet RPG Hub/Hero? (Saw a post there today from ScrewySquirrel) Hero Games really needs their own Discord, linked from here and elsewhere.
  5. John, Good to hear from you again! The MHI table you and I were at in Durham earlier this year had at least one Durham local, plus me driving from Raleigh, and others in the Raleigh area. I might suggest posting both here and in the Facebook Hero group, as it's not 100pct crossover between the two, and once you change your FB home City to Durham, when you look at the FB Hero Group's members list, it shows you members who have something in common with you, including living in the same city as you. Additionally, of course you would post there too, seeking a local Hero/gaming group. Another useful FB group, and Meetup group, would be the ones for Atomic Empire, which is the major game store in the area. Posting in both of those groups that you are Looking For Group would likely generate some contacts as well. PM me once you're out here and perhaps we can double-team finding local Hero groups!
  6. FG has two license paradigms. 1) everyone including GM pays $40 for a personal license, GM may buy adventures or rules, or not. 2) GM ONLY buys the Ultimate version ($175.00?) and any interesting adventures or rules. Players download FOR FREE the "Fantasy Grounds Demo" (search that exact phrase in Steam to get the free version, also available at fantasygrounds.com. Sounds like you want option #2. During Black Friday and Christmas (U.S.A.), there's usually a 25 pct discount on Steam, unsure about the FG website. Other option is create a roll20.com account for free and (with internet access) display on a monitor of your choice.
  7. Thanks to GrandmasterGM for running a fun game last weekend! John Desmarais also made it, with spouse, and GmGM's friend brought friends to fill out the table of six. I greatly enjoyed playing Max Covington, Jack of All Trades, including security guard. I think all would agree that Max "knew a lot for a security guard."
  8. I wonder if people's answers will vary based on whether they are more influenced by sci-fi literature/art (paintings, etc.) vs. sci-fi film/television. In the middle are cartoons, which sometimes use their unlimited sfx budgets... HB's Herculoids (1960s/1970s?) (did the blobs become the Dralasites of WotC/TSR's Star Frontiers?), Green Lantern Animated Series (2000s/2010s?) Even Star Trek TOS had monsters (Horta), but you asked about PCs, not NPCs. Andromeda (Kevin Sorbo, 2000s) had the Magog and Nightsiders, respectively egg-implanters and "nosh on their own young" to quote Seamus Harper (think of the Kzinti background in Man-Kzin Wars where Kzinti mother's did the same)... I've only done humanoids (including a Champions Android built as a standard superhero, not automaton), but have been watching a lot of animal documentaries recently, and perhaps like the Magog and Nightsiders, some of the strangest of Earth's creatures could become the basis for a PC Alien that is not bipedal, but has similar features... Ringworld RPG (or just borrow the setting for HERO) would grant Puppeteers and other unusual species for PCs I haven't read it, but for Paizo's Starfinder, their first Alien Archive came out (like Monster Manual) and offers 100+ aliens, of which 20+ are rated as "fits in a PC party's power level", but all are capable of being used as PCs, and definitely not all are humanoid. Obviously some conversion would be necessary... Final thoughts - humans can easily relate to both typical humans and humans in alien makeup (a la Star Trek and Kira's nose and Bellana's airbrushed forehead and Spock's ears) and with unusual cultures, but how exactly does a humanoid go about making friends with a Horta? Kirk managed a treaty, but will any of the miners left behind carry on a conversation, even if one of them were Vulcan/telepathic? If anyone has anecdotes of players in your games who have successfully managed to RP an unusual alien in a way that the players of humanoid PCs could interact with, speak to, or otherwise successfully team with, I suspect the OP (and I) would be very interested.
  9. I vote for some form of Star Hero Complete. Open to it being ( Star Hero campaign setting Complete) a la Alien Wars Complete, if that helps market/sell it better.
  10. GMGM, Not yet. I have some ideas on recruiting though, via Hero-specific and Game Store-specific forums on other sites, ones that Triangle locals read. We have a date -- do we have a location yet? (E.g. Downtown Raleigh, or North of Durham, or down in Garner, etc.)
  11. GMGM, Saturday August 25 is fine. Anytime that day is good.
  12. Don't forget to have a rivalry with Coast City, which is between SF and L.A., and is protected by one Hal Jordan... (The PCs are coincidentally active only when GL is off on a space mission...)
  13. GMGM, I can only speak for myself, but as that Friday is a workday, the evening would be easiest. I can flex time if I know in advance people want to start earlier. E.g. is this a typical 4-5 hour session, so if we started at 7pm, we'd finish around 12am? Thanks much for running, and advance thanks to The Unknown Host!
  14. Grandmastergm, Hope you had a happy 4th! How are things looking for the July MHI game? Thanks in advance!
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