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  1. Starlord

    Birds of Prey (2020)

    Princess Leia was a bada$$.
    3 points
  2. "Said I never had much use for one. Never said I didn't know how to use it." Ultimate laconic cowboy hero punchline.
    3 points
  3. Spence

    Realism vs Fantasy

    I don't play RPG's to be "realistic". I get realistic every day, it's called life. As for the rest, I have run and played games that would fall in all of them. It all really depends on the story being told.
    3 points
  4. Quackhell

    Supers Image game

    Debaculous Fiasco He is a member of the Chaos Clowder also known as the Grim Glaring, a group of cats who possess superior intelligence and can wield bad luck magic that can cause all manner of calamity. They are countered by the Power Paws a collection of good luck cats who try to prevent the disasters and schemes initiated by the Clowder. His human familiar, Lucian Somerset, carries out mundane tasks and provides Fiasco with tasty yum yums and chin tickles.
    3 points
  5. Badger

    Birds of Prey (2020)

    I only accept classic Harley Quinn.
    3 points
  6. Chris Goodwin

    Realism vs Fantasy

    Whatever game I'm playing in, whatever the genre, I want it to feel like the sort of media that contains the same genre of stories. I want the characters to do, and to be able to do, the kinds of things the characters in those stories do, with the same rationales and for the same motivations. Besides genre, there's also tone and feel. I don't need or want all of my games to have the same tone and feel. With Hero, I know they don't need to, because I've played in Hero games with tone and feel covering the entire range of the poll options. I can't therefore chose a
    3 points
  7. Pariah

    Birds of Prey (2020)

    Is it just me, or is Harley Quin rapidly going the way of Wolverine, Gambit, and Deadpool before her: Overhyped, overexposed, and when it comes right down to it, frankly not that interesting a character? Oh, and we can throw Batman himself in what that lot too, as far as I'm concerned.
    3 points
  8. Badger

    2019-2020 NFL Thread

    So, a year from now Minnesota will be 0-5 in Super Bowls
    2 points
  9. I'm not sure that with a general Clairsentience power I'd let you target e.g. "Joe's apartment" if you weren't within line of sight, but I would let you pop a Clairsentience point "120 meters that way". You can reorient from there, get closer, then re-pop or move your point to a new spot. Focus in on Joe's apartment that way. I've sometimes done a GPS bug as something like Detect Lat/Long, with a Clairsentience with that Detect. Make it Mobile with a Limitation that it's based on their movement (as GM I handwave away the "max velocity" portions of the Mobile part if the user o
    2 points
  10. Cancer

    Jokes

    2000 mockingbirds = 2 kilomockingbirds
    2 points
  11. Saw this with my daughter last night. The tomatometer for it is quite high, but we both HATED it. I'm trying to think of a worse movie I've seen in the last few years and maybe recency is a factor, but I can't think of one. The characters are all awful. Just. God. Awful. Any of them could have taken a bullet to the forehead at any point in the film and I would not have cared. In fairness the fight choreography was quite good and some of the stunt work was amazing. If you wait awhile and it's playing for free on TV - skip it.
    2 points
  12. I can tell you. I can tell you because I have like five of them. This is what it comes with: GM screen: 5 panels (largest I've seen) filled with charts on both sides. _However_-- the resource kit is for 5e. So certain things on it might not jibe up with what you're playing. Honestly, though, I suspect it will be "close enough." That being said, the GM screen is greyscale on a white background, with the greyscale lines running through the charts, making them just as big a pain in the butt to read as the same charts in the books. Yes; you can more
    2 points
  13. In most fantasy worlds, it's not propaganda. The gods actually did create the world - just like in all historical mythologies - on which all fantasy RPG gods are based. Assuming we want to emulate that style of world, then the gods actually are gods, and they actually have god-like power, and they actually created the world. Where does magic come from - particularly "divine" magic? Is the fantasy world based on a circular "perpetual magic machine"? People give the power to gods by worshipping, and then the gods grant magic power to the worshippers. So none of it is real, but somehow real
    1 point
  14. (so the game recently took a weird pivot and got very close to the tropes of the source fiction : ambushed by enemies, villainous monologues, knocked out, separated, one teammate breaks into enemy compound by force while the two powerhouses are sneaking their way in, one teammate captured and put in a deathtrap they escaped on their own, heroes wearing enemy minion armor to blend in, heroes faking being captured by enemy, unexpected trapdoors, gauntlet of villains) Ace: *waking up in deathtrap* New Pulp Fiction 2: Kidnapped by perverts in Las Vegas by Ace Frehley. Booming inte
    1 point
  15. Not to beat yet another dead horse, but why would anyone "create" an evil god in a pantheon? Or if some people believe in an evil god, why would they include that god in their own pantheon, which they presumably created? Christianity didn't arbitrarily introduce, and therefore "create," Satan as a source of evil. Satan already exists in the Hebrew text, but it means "accuser" or "prosecutor" in many cases, meaning a person who accuses (in some cases it refers definitely to a specific accuser against God). Since Israelis are "people who wrestle with God," the role of struggle with
    1 point
  16. Alaisingae are two female war goddesses of the Celtic/Germanic area. They have habbit of doing everything together, including finishing each others sentences. There goals are merely to have a good fight, and being "supervillains" are a good way to get what they crave.
    1 point
  17. That's based on the assumption that the gods actually did create the world, and that it's not all just propaganda. Quite a few fantasy and sci-fi books take the tack that it is propaganda. In the Hero Universe the gods actually remember their own "past" the way their worshipers currently believe it to be. TA deals with that concept by saying that all the gods of a pantheon, like the High Faith, are worshiped collectively. While there are certain sects that devote themselves especially to a particular god (good, evil, or neutral), for the followers of a faith their belief
    1 point
  18. of course, strength, comes in many variations, which probably speaks to modern Hollywood lack of vision.
    1 point
  19. Which of course begs the question: what are they worshiping as a group if there is not yet something to worship? At least in my understanding, worship actually needs an object of worship. Maybe I’m trying to make too much sense out of a fictional notion . . . ?
    1 point
  20. Yes. You're the third person to mention them, I think. Some complain that they are unrealistic, but that really doesn't matter. There are lots of unrealistic things in HERO, like Teleportation and Telekinesis. If you can imagine it, you should be able to build it in HERO. It doesn't matter how realistic it is, what matters is how useful it is, and that it should have a cost commensurate with its utility.
    1 point
  21. I’ve been skulking this thread, and am coming late to it, so forgive my tardiness for this comment. Thomas Carlyle wrote a book called Heroes and Hero Worship discussing how fame can lead to this sort of level of “worship.” The first chapter is a discussion of how Odin rose from a historical figure to actually become a god, and it is fascinating. I never really enjoyed the deities and similar stuff in fantasy because it always seemed a little (a lot?) contrived. The idea of a God’s power depending upon worshipers seemed kinda cheesy and paradoxical to me because why would anyone wor
    1 point
  22. I have a friend whose daughter stood up in a theater and shouted, "I can't believe you brought your daughter to THIS!" * *Different movie, though.
    1 point
  23. Doc Democracy

    Realism vs Fantasy

    It is quite possible in HERO if you build it into your game. You decide what damage works where and CV alterations based on categories of foes. Against "mooks", I want my heroes to wade through, against "Names" to find it tougher and be more dangerous. You can build this into the mooks, giving them conditional CV and susceptibility against attacks by PCs.
    1 point
  24. In an earlier post I mentioned that I had inserted a couple of kingdoms of Mer-Folk to Ambrethel in places I thought they would logically fit. One of those places matched very naturally with details from the text and map, while another IMO adds some adventure potential for peregrinating PCs. Neither realm requires any modifications to the rest of the setting background. TA p. 118 states that the inhabitants of the city of Hruumiel, the chief port of the slave-trading state of Talarshand, "have formed an alliance with a nearby kingdom of mer-folk to protect them and their shipping f
    1 point
  25. Mostly because Clairsentience has no ability to target an unknown location. I suppose combining a detect with it might work. It's just frustrating that it becomes such a high AP construct for a power that is so situationally unusable. I'm the GM. I'm always the GM with my group. No one else in my group knows or loves HERO like I do, sadly.
    1 point
  26. DShomshak

    In other news...

    A bizarre experiment in resurrection may soon bear fruit... literally. Dead sea date palm npr News Dates Like Jesus Ate? Scientists Revive Ancient Trees From 2,000-Year-Old ... NPR11 hours ago The world's most remarkable date palm trees might not exist if Sarah Sallon hadn't gotten sick while working ... "Like the fa mous ... I forget whether it was in this interview or the one she did with the BBC that project leader Sarah Sallon said that when she told archaeologists her plan to grow the lost Judean date palm from ancient seeds,
    1 point
  27. Old Man

    Musings on Random Musings

    That you understand that there is a difference makes you one of the smartest people in America.
    1 point
  28. Btw, I enjoyed Wonder Woman. I liked it.
    1 point
  29. Pariah

    Musings on Random Musings

    In the interest of not looking like a complete idiot, I will decline to reveal how old I was when I realized there was actually a difference between those two things.
    1 point
  30. That's basically my approach, except I lean heavily on Focus of Opportunity and add "Obvious Opportunity Focus" as a -3/4 Limitation for when a character can use anything in a general category but they're all obviously for that purpose and easier to rid an area of. You want to be good with one particular sword? Buy HKA OAF and a WF in that sword. With any sword? HKA OOF and a WF in Swords. Your HKA now works with any melee weapon. Buy more WFs and the HKA's good for those too! With any reasonably dangerous object? HKA OIF and appropriate WFs. Murder a man with his own
    1 point
  31. Made homemade pizza tonight
    1 point
  32. Sorry to drag this back into the light, but has anyone ever considered the opposite approach to balancing magic and mundane items: make weapons and armor cost Character Points just like magic? So characters would be more like low level supers who pay points for their gadgets, etc. 1d6 RKA Enchanted Dart spell? Cool, pay points and have unlimited access. 1d6 RKA mundane arrows? Cool, pay points and have an unlimited (at least practically speaking) supply. Armor spell? Pay points. Purchased armor? Pay points. Sure, there is the issue of losing items or foci, etc. But as is convention
    1 point
  33. A bit further down 6E1p140 is "If a character uses an Adjustment Power to increase or improve a VPP, he has to improve both the Pool and the Control Cost at their Character Point cost ratio." which I believe answers your question.
    1 point
  34. He could run as a leftist Democrat. After all, he invented Obamacare.
    1 point
  35. Pariah

    "Neat" Pictures

    Spectacular photos: Universe seen by NASA's Spitzer space telescope One of my favorites:
    1 point
  36. I agree. That's the problem.
    1 point
  37. Quackhell

    Supers Image game

    Vita Olivia Combs was celebrating her 96th birthday at home alone when she heard a faint knock on her door. When she opened it no one was there, but a small white box was on the welcome mat. She brought it into her sitting room and opened it to reveal a golden necklace with a letter V pendant covered in odd markings. She felt an irrestible compulsion to put on the necklace and when she did she was instantly transformed into a younger woman wearing a costume. Her mind was suddenly full of vague broken memories but the name Vita kept coming up again and again. She felt vibrant and po
    1 point
  38. It's clear from the clip that he was having fun. Making Spartacus was as heroic a deed as any of his fictional characters did. The blacklist needed to be broken, because too many careers were ruined -- the innocent among the guilty. I was hoping we would never see such a feeding frenzy again. He was also one of the few actors who could tolerate working with Stanley Kubrick.
    1 point
  39. It's been over a decade since i got to game champions at a table regularly, so my memories are a bit fuzzy, but I do remember a player of mine who ALWAYS got at least one crit on Mechanon. It didn't matter what type of character she was playing. Blaster, Brick, whatever.... the same character that would miss Foxbat one week, or even get challenged by VIPER agents, would meet Mechanon, and it was like her little dice became hatefilled luddites that wanted to destroy all robots! In one battle, she rolled Three ones THREE times... two of those in a row. Now mechanon is supposed t
    1 point
  40. I remember around fifteen years ago, one of our long-silent forum colleagues, Lord Mhoram, claimed that his team of very experienced, Justice-League-ish PC heroes fought Dr. Destroyer solo as written in Conquerors, Killers, And Crooks, and killed him -- killed him -- in two Turns of combat. Champions campaigns can range a lot in power level, and in where published NPCs compare.
    1 point
  41. Lee

    Breaking Universes

    It seems to me that, since canon is already established "fact" in the universe, as long as Luke Skywalker still destroys the Death Star 1 and Pickard is still the arbiter of succession for Gowron, that Wookies are not featherless, flightless birds on the plains planet Goobldorf and Vulcans aren't short, little blue elephants that get angry at the drop of a hat, canon hasn't been broken. However, that's as far as it goes. Because, once the game begins, by definition, cannon will always be changing because the actions of the players and the story the GM is trying to tell are going to
    1 point
  42. That is my hope. To form another group I am a Lllooooooooooong time HERO GM / Player / Evangelist and I have my sights set on the next thing for On line gaming. Called Tabletop Simulator. Available on Steam for a one time cost of 19.99 Better than Roll20 which puts you on the treadmill. Recently a British programmer has finished a HERO Virtual Tabletop for this software and it is being play tested, going to be released ... <Buckeroo> Real soon </Buckerroo> I want to learn it, master it and run a Turakian Age game. TTS (Tableto
    1 point
  43. Cassandra

    Breaking Universes

    Given how much Star Trek, Star Wars, Marvel, and DC have changed their own universes I don't think there is any real harm in using any of them, or all of them combined, for your own campaign. Lets say you're going to set one in the DC Universe, but which one? One based on Batman/Superman/Justice League Animated series, or the DC Extended Universe, or the Dark Night, etc. For Star Trek what time period would you be playing, the original series, the Next Generation/DS9/Voyager, Discovery, or the Kelvan timelines? Of course if you're doing an Agents of SHIELD campaign I recomm
    1 point
  44. I'll mention a more recent Dr. Destroyer battle. He put into motion a genius plan: At the public base of our premier superteam, he showed up, having robots attack the base. Of course the heroes came out and started attacking the robots and defending the base. Oddly, Destroyer wasn't attacking very steadfastly but was more defensive. One turn later, more robots show up attacking everyone, including Destroyer's robots. Destroyer's robots were wiped out and he backed off a little: Mechanon showed up and started attacking everyone. Dr. Destroyer took opportunistic shots at everyone but
    1 point
  45. Some fodder for a Pulp Hero campaign, if anyone's interested.
    1 point
  46. Today January 27th 2020 is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp at Auschwitz https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberation_of_Auschwitz_concentration_camp Six American diplomats left Iran on this day 27th January 1980 having been sheltered by Canadians in Tehran. The film Argo is loosely based on it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Caper
    1 point
  47. SOme of the designs and concepts of the master villains in the CHampions Universe are interesting but as built they are ridiculously, insanely overpowered. Its like having fifteen Galactuses walking around the world. One almost gets the idea that the designers felt like they were in some kind of arms race: oh yeah? "Well you're not gonna beat my Dr Destroyer!!!!"
    1 point
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