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About dsatow

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    Bionic Occult Mutant Alien Samurai Hero
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    I am a geek and have been playing HERO since about 85.
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  1. Federal Law Enforcement of Metahumans Building The Federal Law Enforcement of Metahumans Building is new but the organization has been around a while. Cheaply funded by Congress as a campaign promise for a political figure, the FLEM organization tracks and attempts to control supers. Unfortunately, FLEM does not have any serious funding and has fallen away from public view as other flashier groups have taken over. Director Florence Naysel has vowed to clean up the group and has been doing more with less. One of her actions was to move the group from inside the city to a industrial building near the Brideswell facility. Other cost cutting efforts include using fuel efficient cars and self generating power at the building. The savings has allowed her to replace antiquated equipment and modernize the group whose efforts have change from a strictly enforcement group to a research and advisory group.
  2. dsatow

    Power builds/abuses of Hero

    I would say anything which does 4+ body after defenses would be considered lethal. Otherwise its just aggravated assault.
  3. dsatow

    Batman builds/STR Chart/NCM

    I prefer to think of it as a dead lift and still move or maybe drag/push and move.
  4. Version 1.0.0


    Mobster - Standard Goon.hdc This is a standard mobster. They are very slightly better than a cop but if hit will probably fold faster than the cop who has better defenses.
  5. Version 1.0.0


    Mobster - ExMilitary Mission Ready.hdc This file is the same as the ExMilitary Mobster only with better weaponry for possibly a mission. The assault rifle and flashbang grenades are there if they aren't being stealthy, otherwise they would probably only use the silenced and surpressed pistol. The backup pistol isn't silenced or surpressed as they would need to be in a real pickle to use it compared to their other weapons. He's at the low end of a challenge for supers but can possibly be a threat depending on how bulletproof the super is.
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    Mobster - ExMilitary.hdc This is a mobster who served in the military as some sort of special ops person. You see them in the movie all the time. Probably still not a problem to the average hero but would definitely be a problem with an under powered hero either without their special equipment or incapable of using their superpowers.
  7. dsatow

    Normal Dice and Does Body & Pen.

    OK, I'm following your thinking better. Thanks!
  8. dsatow

    Normal Dice and Does Body & Pen.

    But can't that be described for just about any powerful character? Silver Surfer's blasts are so powerful that even normal defenses take some body. Superman's punches are so powerful that even normal defenses take some body. Are all his attacks penetrating or just this attack? What the difference between this penetrating attack and a normal full power punch? Please note, I am not trying to be difficult. I am just trying to understand. I take in a lot of what people describe on these boards and use them or a version of them in my own games. I'd like to know why the build is different than just doing straight dice to describe a powerful martial art?
  9. Our Lady of Miracles Our lady of Miracles is a Catholic church founded in 1875. The small cathedral was completed in 1935 and supposedly has several works of art and artifacts donated to the church. The church runs many charities from food and housing to the poor, drug rehabilitation, and religious counseling to emergency shelter for those displaced by super powered action. The bishop keeps a well stocked infirmary and food stores hidden in the catacombs just in case.
  10. Babylon City Farmer's Market The Babylon City Farmer's Market in North Town is by far the largest and most popular of the local farmers markets. Having fresh produce year round every Sunday from 9AM to 1PM, its a popular place to visit if you aren't going to church. Unlike other farmers markets, the prices here are much higher than other farmers markets. The popularity of the market and the 20-40 stalls have made the market more a place to go on Sunday morning than a place to get good farm fresh ingredients at a reasonable price. Still, due to its size, the variety and quality of the items for purchase can't be matched by the other markets and several groups busk for money entertaining the crowds.
  11. dsatow

    Changes in a world with superpowers

    I wonder if it really depends on the prevalence of the type of powers in that universe from what I hear in the comments. I mean if, you have a high prevalence of mental powers in your game, your universe might have something like the Samsung Tin Foil Cap (r) to protect your psyche. Similarly, if all your battles happen to be in the city, you probably have supers insurance. If your supers knock over ATMs, then you'd have heavily armored ATMs or maybe no ATMs at all. Which begs to question, if you could easily rip ATMs from the walls or control electric machinery, why rob the bank itself? Just knock over a bunch of ATMs late at night.
  12. dsatow

    Different REC based on powers used

    Personally, I don't see the advantage of this over having two end pools. You are still keeping track of the end used for electrical powers and the end used for fire powers. Then again, I don't understand why the poster wants only one end pool. If he could give an example of why from a game effect he wants only one pool, I could understand what he's trying to accomplish. If he wants it to be easier to use fire powers when his end is low, then wouldn't it just be better to just put reduced end on the fire powers?
  13. dsatow

    Normal Dice and Does Body & Pen.

    Question: Why not just build it as a HA AVAD NND (Only vs. Non-Living Objects) Does Body? This would allow you to destroy any object eventually but will not affect combat against villains so would be probably GM acceptable. What is the reason it has to be penetrating?
  14. Wang Supermarkets Wang Supermarkets is a high end Asian supermarket chain. Originally catering to Chinese clientele, about 15 years ago, it was bought out by investment group and its focus changed from ethnic Chinese groceries to all things Asian. The chain has major stores in all major metropolitan areas and has a supply of rare delicacies and other foodstuffs. Health inspections always pass with almost a perfect score even by investigative reporters which is unique when the foodstuffs can contain farm grown river rat. What few people know is that the group which bought the supermarket out is actually composed of various mythological creatures and aliens with special dietary requirements. VIP members can order off a special menu and each major store can supply whatever food stuffs is ordered or in some cases deliver the food stuffs to the buyer.