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MYTHIC HERO: What Do *You* Want To See?

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For me, I'd be far more interested in 'running gods as PCs' then I would be in Dieties and Demigods style write ups. I know the D&D write ups is primarily what this book will be about, but allowing players to play gods is an untapped genre in HERO and something of a popular conceit in many games these days. 

 

I would be interested not only in the typical powers of gods (immortality, commanding the elements, etc) but in their background abilities that interact with their worshippers (hearing prayers, appearing before worshippers from across the planet, building an afterlife and guiding a soul there, etc). 

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17 hours ago, Tywyll said:

For me, I'd be far more interested in 'running gods as PCs' then I would be in Dieties and Demigods style write ups. I know the D&D write ups is primarily what this book will be about, but allowing players to play gods is an untapped genre in HERO and something of a popular conceit in many games these days. 

 

I would be interested not only in the typical powers of gods (immortality, commanding the elements, etc) but in their background abilities that interact with their worshippers (hearing prayers, appearing before worshippers from across the planet, building an afterlife and guiding a soul there, etc). 

I totally agree with this. In fact, I already plan on running such a game. I think there could be a lot of ways that you could approach the topic.

 

What would be extra cool would be a "Mythic Hero" done in a "Powered By Hero" style. 3 pantheons to choose from, Greek, Norse, and Hindi, mix and match to your pleasure. Guides on building godlike powers, guides on setting up your own pantheons using the power system n stuff. I know this isn't really the vision for e current concept, I just think it would be cool.

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On 3/17/2020 at 10:15 PM, Shoug said:

I totally agree with this. In fact, I already plan on running such a game. I think there could be a lot of ways that you could approach the topic.

 

What would be extra cool would be a "Mythic Hero" done in a "Powered By Hero" style. 3 pantheons to choose from, Greek, Norse, and Hindi, mix and match to your pleasure. Guides on building godlike powers, guides on setting up your own pantheons using the power system n stuff. I know this isn't really the vision for e current concept, I just think it would be cool.

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A cool thing to try and do with this would to also incorporate some of the Hero "kingdom" rules from The Ultimate Base, but obviously tailored for mythic/god proportions and religions and followers, etc... and going up against other Gods, not just one on one, but utilizing the kingdom rules to convert followers and expand their followers. 

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I am interested in the different types of religions, so animism, pantheism, elementalism, polytheism, dualism, monotheism and of course the atheist religion of Buddhism.

What would also be fun would be cargo cults, and also some speculation on future religions, or how religions have/or will cope with a multi species Universe.

Now as to whether this is best approached from that approach, with a chapter on each, and examples, or not, is a design choice.

 

So, as an example, dualism might well lead with Zoroastrianism, but with nods to Manicheanism, Christian heresies like the Cathars, and of the potential explanation of Christianity as a dualist religion. Then one might discuss the idea of how fantasy / future might feature other dualisms than the Earthly good/evil or light/dark..

 

 

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But I am really interested in EMMA, what a fantastic idea for a book.  I'll be watching for it.

 

I wrote EMMA because for the past 20-some years I have been looking for just such a book. I figured someone somewhere along the line must have written a reference book on the subject. But apparently not -- so finally, last year, I realized how by my file on the subject had gotten, and I said, "The hell with it -- I'll write it myself!" I doubt it will sell all that well, but at least now I will have it available for my own use. ;)

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3 hours ago, JmOz said:

EMMA?

 

On 3/11/2020 at 11:21 AM, Steve Long said:

--snip--

What I've been working on for most of the past year, and pretty steadily for the past few months, is a nonfiction project:  The Encyclopedia Of Mages, Magic, And The Arcane (or "EMMA" for short ;) ). For years I have looked for a reference book specifically about terms for magic and users of magic. For example, I want to be able to look up what they call a witch or a wizard in, say, northern Australia, or Borneo, or among some obscure African tribe, or in parts of historical Europe. And then maybe I could also read about their terms for magic, how they think spells work, and other fun details.

--snip--

 

 

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13 hours ago, Steve Long said:

Ah, I see Spence beat me to the punch. Thanx, Spence! :D

 

No prob. 

 

I have been monitoring mentions of EMMA. 

Just waiting for the "buy it now" notice.

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