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    Cancer

    "Neat" Pictures

    I would caption that: Critical failure in ritual of summoning of major demon.
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    Jason S.Walters

    Champions Now Information

    The first wave of role-playing design was its own Renaissance, marked by greatness of all kinds. If you were playing then, you'll remember. And if you weren't, you'd be amazed at what that wave held. One of them was Champions, the Super Role-Playing Game. Hero Games is proud to present Champions Now, to be created by pioneering game designer Ron Edwards, author of Sorcerer and co-founder of The Forge. Ron will revisit the original three editions of first-generation Champions (1981 to 1988), recovering the power of this foundational era of superhero roleplaying. To learn more, including reading a playtest document and watching videos, head over to Kickstarter. If you like what you see, please back our ambitious, fan-inclusive project. With this announced, I thought it might be prudent to explain what Champions Now will – and won’t – be. Is This The Hero System 7th Edition? No. This is exactly what it says it is: a version of Champions inspired by its earliest roots in 80’s gaming, yet updated for the 21st Century. Technically speaking, it’s not even a “Hero System” product, because Champions predates the Hero System as an independent game engine, which was born out of it. Does It Replace The Hero System 6th Edition? No. Nor the fifth or fourth editions, either. Each of these versions of the Hero System has its own feel, style of play, storied history, and large number of support products. We still sell them, support them, and will continue to do so. (I’m personally still publishing Hero System 6E material.) If you like them, please continue to play them. We wouldn't ask you to do otherwise. Is This First Edition Champions? No. Well, not exactly. A lot has happened in roleplaying game design and theory in the last forty years, and Champions Now will take this into account. Unusually for a version of Champions, Ron is placing a large focus on character play and development through play, but far less on mechanical character creation. This is his vision of Champions, informed by the important work done by himself and other small press game designers over the last decade. It isn’t simply a reprint or our version of an “OSR” game. Why Ron Edwards? Besides being a Champions fan from way back, Ron is considered by many to be the father of the “indie” game movement of designers who self-publish their work, which often focus on collaborative storytelling and narration. He is also the author of numerous interesting essays on comic books and roleplaying games, some of which are going to find their way into the pages of Champions Now. You can read some of his work HERE. What is your agenda here? Simple. We thought it would be interesting to see what Ron would do with the early versions of Champions that he loves, and he thought it would be interesting to spend time after the successful conclusion of the Kickstarter project including you - the backers - in what that will eventually mean. I can't answer any further because I don't know yet. You'll have to participate to find out. Jason Walters, Publisher
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    BoloOfEarth

    Create a Villain Theme Team!

    The villain known as Scavenger wears a battlesuit that looks like it was slapped together late last night in a scrap yard - mismatched armor panels, second-hand jet boots, makeshift blaster cannons, and strapped-on sensory gear, all powered by a series of differently-shaped batteries hanging on his belt. After beating tech foes, Scavenger has been known to strip them of useful equipment that often makes its way into future iterations of his armor. He's even rewired parts of his armor on the fly to change weapon or equipment configurations. While far from the most powerful member of the Contraptions, Scavenger is one of the most versatile.
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    death tribble

    Create a Villain Theme Team!

    Marvin the Living Tank Just how many weapon systems can you put on a battlesuit ? Go see Marvin the Living Tank and be amazed. The suit can be customised to house rail guns, gauss cannons, missile arrays or magnetic bombards. And howitzers. Let's not forget them. Most heroes can't get close enough to do anything to him. The suit is well armoured as well as configured to regulate heat build up and loss due to the weapons. This is the guy that teaches people to dive for cover. Some people tried to hold people hostage in order to get him to give up the suit. It did not work. Then he took on contracts to find those responsible and kill them. No-one has seen the pilot of the human sized 'mech as it is referred to and there are theories that there is more than one operator and more than one base suit.
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    I've always thought Shang-Chi an excellent Chinese character at Marvel, even if his beginnings go back to Yellow Peril Pulp literature. Probably basing a lot of the character's look and style on Bruce Lee helped offset the more problematic aspects of that origin.
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    Rule 34, man.
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    Hermit

    A Thread for Random Musings

    In a desperate attempt to get my mojo back, I put up this: Would love input Okay, so this isn't so much a random musing as a deliberate plug
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    Cygnia

    "Neat" Pictures

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    steriaca

    Supers Image game

    The Devistator is in deed an old golden age Nazi crashing mystery man. While overseas fighting on the beaches of Normandy, he was sent into the future by Captain Cronos. But a side effect of the transport was that he aged in real time as he was sent. Devistator now struggles with trying to fit in with the modern age of heroes while struggling to keep up in spite of his artifialy advance age. As part of the side effect, it seems he can't age any farther (as proved in an encounter with Timelapse proved). As for powers, he has a mean right hook, and immune to age manipulation, a keen mind (my body is old, but my mind is young), and the belief in justice. Also...he is a bit sexist and racist, as was common in the age he came from. Not to the extreme, but it is there. He won't hesitate to call someone Sambo or gook or Mick or daigo or fag. And to tell young punks to turn that noise they call music down and get off his lawn...
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    Pattern Ghost

    Supers Image game

    He is . . . The Gramps Reaper! In the first panel, we can see the scythe from his Visage of Death trailing him as he leaps into action. This is a psychic fear attack, that temporarily paralysis his prey, allowing him to get the drop on opponents a third of his age. Unfortunately, the photographer didn't capture the Visage in its full glory. This short burst psychic fear attack is Gramps' only super power. For the rest, he relies on his acrobatic martial arts and his trusty pistol, a modified Desert Eagle with several types of specialized ammunition. (Known loads he's used include: Micro gas pellets, micro smoke pellets, tracking devices, rubber bullets, armor piercing, explosive and just plain old lead ammunition.) Nobody knows where the Gramps Reaper came from, for while he has the appearance of a hero out of the Golden Age, there are no records of his costume or power prior to two years ago. There has been speculation ranging from retired hero changing his MO to hero from another dimension, to just plain late bloomer. He's certainly a mystery man, and has the suit to go with it.
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    Hermit

    A Thread for Random Musings

    Housemates are caring for their elderly mother. The woman is going to drive her daughter insane, and possibly me as well.
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    Collective Man was a hero, he was in Challenge of Champions as China's representative. I thought he was a particularly interesting and unique concept, one of the few really well done new world heroes they introduced. Shamrock? Really?
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    Jason S.Walters

    Champions Now Information

    Actually, I've worked very hard at making certain 6th Edition (and even some 5th Edition) books are made available print-on-demand via DriveThruRPG when we sell through their print runs. In fact, the only reason the core 6th Ed rules aren't currently available that way is because Ruben and I had to recently redo their layout to fix some problems. But they will never really go out of print. This isn't a nostalgia project - or, at least, not mostly one. In fact, Ron removed much of my "nostalgia" text from the Story within the project. Rather, Ron came to us with a proposal. He wanted to back to the deep roots of the Hero System - back before the 4th, 5th, and 6th Editions - and create his own modern version of Champions, informed by storytelling and other narrative influences. And, being that Ron is the guy that created THIS and did THIS, we decided that it sounded like a fun idea. Which is why we're doing it.
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    L. Marcus

    The "Nice Happy" Thread

    Having a nice quiet day at the hospital. A nice sunny day, shrieking swallows swooping about, almost no pain ... Things are looking good!
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    BoloOfEarth

    Create a Villain Theme Team!

    Artemis Tumeric, aka the Water Boy, is arguably one of the most powerful members of the Justified League of Anarchists -- if only he knew it. He actually controls water in all its forms, but Artie only thinks he's a bit stronger and tougher than normal, can swim really fast, and can talk to and control fish. (As to the latter, he's actually interacting with the fluids in their brains, and if he wished he could communicate with land animals, or even command people's actions. That's why he can communicate with and control whales, which are mammals instead of fish. But Artie insists they're fish.)
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    Amorkca

    Create a Villain Theme Team!

    Bird Brain Not pleased with WiiiaW (see above post from DT), Dianinah Dreka joined the Anarchists to provide some much appreciated curves to the team. Her power is low level harmonics that can cause the target to become forgetful and just wander around. with effort Dianinah can affect more than one person so she can easily rob jewelry stores of their goods.
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    csyphrett

    Create a Villain Theme Team!

    The monster known as the Dark Fangs descends from the night and attacks his victims before they know he was there. He leaves behind broken bodies and the fear that he might come back to ask them his one question: WHERE ARE MY PARENTS? CES
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    BoloOfEarth

    Create a Villain Theme Team!

    With my apologies in advance... Lo-Kal came to Earth because he heard that we had some "wicked surfing, man!" (while here, he took the name Chuck Ghent) and happened to be here when his planet Klepton exploded due to internal instability, making him the only known survivor. He was shocked to find that our yellow sun has given him incredible powers, including near invulnerability, the ability to fly, heat vision, and incredible strength. He was given the name StuporDude by his teammates due to Chuck's penchant for smoking lots of weed, as well as forgetting the many, many things he can do with his powers. (You may feel free to ignore this post and create a more reasonable replacement for the Big Blue Boy Scout. I just couldn't resist this.)
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    Universal: Homemade artisan herb bread, home grown and dried apples and prunes, uncured beef sausage, munster cheese. Made a small bag from cheesecloth and tied it closed. Dwarf: Garlic chicken livers, smoked and peppered cheese, spiced pork sausages, hard tack, dried vegetables, dried wild mushrooms. Elf: Top left to right: Evereskan Honey Comb, Elven Travel Bread (Amaretto Liquer Cake with custom swirls), Lurien Spring Cheese (goat cheese with garlic, salt, spices and shallots), Delimbyr Vale Smoked Silverfin (Salmon), Honey Spiced Lichen (Kale Chips), and Silverwood Pine Nuts. Halfling: From upper left: “Honeytack” Hard tack honey cakes, beef sausage, pork sausage mini links, mini whole wheat toast, cranberry cheddar cheese mini wedge, mini pickles, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, lower right is my homemade “travel cake” muesli with raisins, golden prunes, honey, eggs and cream. Half-Orc: Wrapped in cheesecloth and tied in burlap package. Forest strider drumsticks, molasses sweet wheat bread “black strap”, aged Munster, hard boiled eggs, mixed wild nuts. Orc: Orcs aren’t known for their great cuisine. Orcs prefer foods that are readily available (whatever can be had by raiding), and portable with little preparation, though they have a few racial delicacies. Toughs strips of lean meat, bones scavenged from recent kills, and dark coarse bread make up the bulk of common orc rations. Fire roasted rothe femur (marrow is a rare treat) [beef femur], Strips of dried meat (of unknown origin) [homemade goose jerky], foraged nuts, only edible by orcs….nut cracker tusks [brazil nuts], coarse black bread, made with whatever grains can be pillaged [black sesame bread], Pungent peppers [Habanero peppers stuffed with smoked fish and olives]. Gnome: Pan fried Delimbyr smelt, spiced goat cheese (paprika crusted hand pressed Fontina), Gnome shortbread (savory pistachio), glass travel jar filled with Secomber Red (wine), hard boiled quail eggs packed in rolled oats (to keep safe), dried figs from Calimshan, and Southwood smoked goat sausage (blood sausage). Lizardfolk: Lizardfolk are known to be omnivores, forage for a surprising variety of foods found within the confines of their marshy environs, in this case the Lizard Marsh near Daggerford. Fresh caught boiled Delimbyr Crayfish on wild chives, coastal carrageen moss entrapping estuary brine shrimp (irish moss, dried brine shrimp), Brackish-Berries (blackberries), Blackened Dart-Frog legs (frog legs) on spring sprouts (clover sprouts), roasted bog bugs on a stick! Drow: From top left: Menzoberranzan black truffle rothe cheese (Black Knight Tilsit), Donigarten Moss Snails (Escargot in shallot butter sauce), Blind cave fish caviar in mushroom caps (Lumpfish caviar), faerzress infused duck egg imported from the surface Realms (Century egg), Black velvet ear fungus (Auricularia Black Fungus Mushroom).
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    death tribble

    Create a Villain Theme Team!

    I'm sorry but I had to...... Clad in a tartan suit including a tartan fedora and carrying a tartan Thompson sub-machine gun comes The Loch Ness Mobster. Originally from Inverness Antonio McDonald is Scots-Italian. He serves as Angus's muscle and gunman and is perhaps the most'normal' member of the group. He has a deep love for gangster film noir but try imagining saying the tough phrases in a broad Scots accent.
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