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Older Versions of Champions Character Generators

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So I'll get this out first...  I'm old.  I'm old enough to have the DOS Champions v4 character creator.  And old enough to have the Creation Workshop character generator with the Champions-specific add-on.  I have the current Hero Character Designer and use it frequently.  I have 4th/5th/6th edition sourcebooks, but (and here's the punch line) I like the v4 character generation system.  I'm also a fan of self-contained programs more than Java-based, due primarily to Sun/Oracle experience in my working life.  So...

 

1) is there any community interest or possibility of adding 4th edition to the Hero Character Designer?

2) is there any interest of possibility for a chargen that doesn't depend on Java?

 

3) Did I miss a forum topic that has this discussion already?

 

Thanks

 

 

 

 

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4th Edition chargen: likely more work than it would ever return.  The system has moved on -- there's an ever-diminishing audience that would want a 4th edition chargen, making the proposition a hard one to justify beyond pure sentimentality.  

 

Non -Java HD: potentially, but MAJOR hurdles in the way.  You have the upfront effort to convert the codebase over to iOS/Android/Windows/MacOS/Linux implementations, plus the ongoing maintenance of what would then be multiple codebases, support for any changes to the system going forward (7th Edition, etc.), and general support across platforms.  Non-trivial.  And with an ever-diminishing audience for PnP RPGs. It would need to be more of a labor of love than even HD was.

 

While I'm completely open to people using the existing codebase for HD for other projects (including chargens), any products based off of said codebase would need to have an arrangement going in for ongoing royalties or up-front reimbursement - I've put a large amount of work into the code...while I'm not dependent on it, nor do I want to just give it away.

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16 minutes ago, Aermyr said:

So I'll get this out first...  I'm old.  I'm old enough to have the DOS Champions v4 character creator.  And old enough to have the Creation Workshop character generator with the Champions-specific add-on.  I have the current Hero Character Designer and use it frequently.  I have 4th/5th/6th edition sourcebooks, but (and here's the punch line) I like the v4 character generation system.  I'm also a fan of self-contained programs more than Java-based, due primarily to Sun/Oracle experience in my working life.  So...

 

1) is there any community interest or possibility of adding 4th edition to the Hero Character Designer?

2) is there any interest of possibility for a chargen that doesn't depend on Java?

 

3) Did I miss a forum topic that has this discussion already?

 

Thanks

 

 

 

 

 

There is a 5th Edition 250 Points Random Superhero Generator Thread in the Champions section.  You need three six sided die to use it.

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I've been playing with implementing Ron's Champions Now! rules in Java, when I have the mental energy and alertness (sleep problems these days).  Started on powers.  The issues:

 

--identify all powers, implement minimum purchase amounts.

--identify all advantages and limitations

--develop a structure for powers to have adders and options

--combine everything properly...most particularly for Endurance, since Ron is using the nasty 3rd Ed endurance costs.  And, a power can have one of three different basic END cost structures, AND not every advantage actually increases the END cost.

--develop the GUIs, even in a very coarse form, to support data entry.  

 

I believe I have all the "simple powers" as I call it, done and updating properly real-time...so if you add another floating teleport location, the active cost, real cost, and END are all properly updated. .  Compound powers will be like in Hero Designer...a container for multiple simple powers.  I don't have Life Support or Enhanced Senses because these are structurally about the same as compound powers...a compilation of smaller sub-powers.  Then it'll be time for the frameworks, altho I don't believe those will be all that bad.  No, I'm NOT!!! gonna cross-check that a power's legal for inclusion in an EC.  I'm doing this for my amusement at this point.  That's too much work! :)

And overall...this has been not too bad because Champs Now is *simple* compared to 6th Ed.  Still quite a bit of work to do, and even more to clean up so, for example, power names display nicely.

 

Last, of course...one thing I'm not gonna try is the cross-checking....what advantages are legal, which aren't, for a given power?  What powers are legal in an EC?  Doesn't interest me but it'd have to be done for a commercial product.

 

No...I can't see trying to incorporate 4th Ed.  As noted, more trouble than it's worth.

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On 8/2/2018 at 3:46 PM, Aermyr said:

So I'll get this out first...  I'm old.  I'm old enough to have the DOS Champions v4 character creator.  And old enough to have the Creation Workshop character generator with the Champions-specific add-on.  I have the current Hero Character Designer and use it frequently.  I have 4th/5th/6th edition sourcebooks, but (and here's the punch line) I like the v4 character generation system.  I'm also a fan of self-contained programs more than Java-based, due primarily to Sun/Oracle experience in my working life.  So...

 

1) is there any community interest or possibility of adding 4th edition to the Hero Character Designer?

2) is there any interest of possibility for a chargen that doesn't depend on Java?

 

3) Did I miss a forum topic that has this discussion already?

 

Thanks

 

 

 

 

 

Sentry built an app based on my 5th Edition random superhero Generator.

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13 hours ago, Cassandra said:

 

Sentry built an app based on my 5th Edition random superhero Generator.

 

On ‎8‎/‎2‎/‎2018 at 6:46 PM, Aermyr said:

So I'll get this out first...  I'm old.  I'm old enough to have the DOS Champions v4 character creator.  And old enough to have the Creation Workshop character generator with the Champions-specific add-on.  I have the current Hero Character Designer and use it frequently.  I have 4th/5th/6th edition sourcebooks, but (and here's the punch line) I like the v4 character generation system.  I'm also a fan of self-contained programs more than Java-based, due primarily to Sun/Oracle experience in my working life.  So...

 

1) is there any community interest or possibility of adding 4th edition to the Hero Character Designer?

2) is there any interest of possibility for a chargen that doesn't depend on Java?

 

3) Did I miss a forum topic that has this discussion already?

 

Thanks

 

 

 

 

something of a JUCTICE SOCETY VERSON of the champions ?

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17 hours ago, Aermyr said:

Thanks for the interest everyone.  I'm kinda new in town... where would I find the Sentry version?

This application does not replace what you can do with Hero Designer.  In any case here is the link about Hero System Mobile

 

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