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  1. I don't have qualified immunity, or military grade weapons issued to me, I was not given hours of training. I did not take an oath, I did not use and abuse the public trust.They do not consider themselves "us", they see us as "lesser". The onus is 100% on them to have honor, and integrity. And if they do not, they are enemies to a free society.
    5 points
  2. Perhaps, but I still find it a philosophically interesting question, in part because there is no pat answer. I have experienced white privilege in several ways. I have been in positions where I could have been shot but the police restrained themselves and sent me to a hospital rather than jail. I've lived all my life on a West Coast that originally belongs to other peoples and cultures. There are probably all sorts of ways I have benefited from white privilege that I am completely unaware of. It's unavoidable -- but that doesn't make it right.
    4 points
  3. archer

    Coronavirus

    Maybe coronavirus will kill off all the neckties....
    3 points
  4. So, I just put in for a week of time off right after the election. You know, just in case, our democracy depends on 2 to 4 million people showing up in Washington DC and demanding that the vote be honestly reported and it's result honored. I'm a middle age, middle class, white guy and my student activist 30+ years behind me. It is bizarre that I would even have to consider the need for such a thing, much less that I have requested time off over 3 months in advance to cover the thing. So hopefully in November, my wife and I will take a short fall vacation and laugh about the silly reason for the time off request. Otherwise, if anybody want to carpool to DC, I have an entire country to cross, I can probably arrange my route to pick you up.
    3 points
  5. Hi, everyone! I just posted Hero Designer files and PDF writeups for King Arthur Pendragon, Queen Guinevere, and Sir Lancelot of the Lake in the downloads section from British legends. If there's sufficient interest, I may come up with writeups for some of the Knights of the Round Table and assorted villain knights they faced such as Mordred, Turquine, etc. https://www.herogames.com/files/file/526-king-arthur-queen-guinevere-and-sir-lancelot/
    2 points
  6. Cygnia

    Coronavirus

    In high school, I (briefly) dated a narcissist (and his equally problematic mother). They would absolutely refuse to wear seat belts. Said mother screamed at me when I put mine on. "Wassamatter?! You don't trust my driving?!" "I don't trust ANYONE driving!"
    2 points
  7. Someone should ask him, does that include street gang territory? Or the big cat pen in the zoo? Or over Niagara Falls? Brave isn't stupid. It isn't fear to take sensible precautions. I remember the Star Trek TNG episode, "Rightful Heir," featuring the alleged return of the Klingon leader Kahless, when he told this story: "Long ago, a storm was heading toward the city of Quin'lat. The people sought protection within the walls, all except one man who remained outside. I went to him and asked what he was doing. "I am not afraid," he said. "I will not hide my face behind stone and mortar. I will stand before the wind and make it respect me." I honored his choice and went inside. The next day, the storm came, and the man was killed. The wind does not respect a fool."
    2 points
  8. unclevlad

    Coronavirus

    This SO nails it to me, the absolutely BRAIN DEAD attitude of that last group of people. The other argument seems to be rooted in toxic masculinity...one poster on a local social app said "I'm not gonna wear a mask, I'll go where I want, I don't live in fear." Gawd, straight from the cave man days....
    2 points
  9. I mean, I'm waiting on confirmation on that, not that I expect it'll be that hard... More to the point of what I was stating. Let's say the 'grabbings' are motivated by what the protesters are doing. They are still grabbing people off the street without identifying themselves, providing charges, or reading rights, not charging them ever, and releasing them the minute there's an actual legal issue about it. How is this supposed to help deal with the 'anarchists'? Again, the entire thing is explicitly what creates these protests to begin with! But I want to introduce a different frame. Please, if you are trying to act in the government's defense, remember what it is you are defending here. You are explicitly defending the right of the Federal government to grab people unannounced for no apparent legal purpose outside of any legal framework or local authority. Please, again, consider what it is you are defending here. If these people were considered terrorists, insurgents, there would be charges. There would be some action. There would be video tapes. There would be tracking. Do we believe the government was somehow able to identify who they wanted to grab without the evidence to charge them? The alternative is the scenario that they don't seem to care. That is not how the most powerful government in the world should operate, unless you wish it to operate with unchecked impunity.
    2 points
  10. We've been talking about what we can do to propagate Champions. Could we, together as a group, build a wiki that fleshes out an entire campaign world? We could have a blurb at the top that says, "Your contributions may be compiled into a campaign book and printed out. These profits will go to Hero Games." Like, if we made a huge campaign wiki, then we could then take excerpts of it and print it out. (The campaign world would have to be completely fresh. We couldn't borrow anything from existing intellectual properties.) The key to it is that we stat all of the characters in Champions. Probably 6E should be the standard, but I would also want to see 5E conversions. So, we start a wiki, and anyone can edit it. Has anything like this been attempted? (I would recommend, don't contribute idea that you are attached to or plan to publish yourself later. Only contribute stuff that you're comfortable becoming part of this bigger thing.) I just thought of it over coffee a few minutes ago and I perhaps haven't considered the ramifications, but I wanted to key it in here while I was still excited about it. To me, what Champions has that other games doesn't have is a skilled, imaginative fan base. (I'm not dissing other games. I just mean I see Champions enthusiasts as having a certain something special.)
    1 point
  11. Badger

    Learning technology.

    Well, Friday lightning hit near the house. Blew out the phones, the central air. The TV in the den along with the comcast cable box and ps4 connected to it. We actually had a new phone we hadn't set up yet. And the central air just needed a new fuse. And as for the ps4, I dont play on it much, so I can wait awhile if ever. The cable box and TV have proven another experience. Apparently, technology has reached a level in the ensuing years beyond my capabilities. Programming it has proved difficult and the few successful moments came when I threw the instruction manual in the trash and looked it up on the internet. Well, just needed to rant. Off day tomorrow, so I will get the joy of calling Comcast/Xfinity tech support. Sincerely, The Luddite Badger
    1 point
  12. Unfortunately, my access to Champions sourcebooks were limited to only the main books for Third and Fourth Edition, New Millennium, more recently Champions Complete along with the occasional Adventurers Club issue that came sporadically in the early to mid-1990s. As a result, I didn't really use VIPER or other major villain organizations published by Hero Games and had to adapt or create my own. Since most of the players I had were relatively new to the superhero genre, name recognition mattered so I incorporated villains they were familiar with from mainstream media or comics (e.g. Joker, Dr. Doom, etc.) Within the past few years, I was able to pick up a copy of Classic Enemies, Enemies III, and International Enemies and made an ad-hoc villain mercenary team that comprised of updated versions of Binder, Goldbug, Demonfire, Armadillo, and a couple others that were featured when I ran Champions for game conventions.
    1 point
  13. Every shark species on Earth is prehistoric, and many are dinosaur-era or earlier. But I know that makes for catchy headlines.
    1 point
  14. I suggest you hit up some "meme" reddits and find some common terms and concepts.
    1 point
  15. Resistant defenses have always stopped the BODY and STUN from Killing Attacks. 🙂 Armor, Force Field, and Damage Resistance were three Powers that could grant a character resistant defenses. For first edition Fantasy Hero, the Shield effect (basically, Force Field) was used for magical armor/resistant defenses. Mundane armor was just armor, not a Power or spell effect. (There's a difference between game mechanics and Powers. Resistant defenses and killing damage are game mechanics; HKA, RKA, Resistant Protection, Armor and Force Field (up through 5th edition) are Powers. The Powers aren't necessary for the game mechanics; all Powers are is formalized ways for characters to add the game mechanics to their character sheets by spending points.)
    1 point
  16. They are not pretty. Aside from the usual practice of tearing up pacts with First Nations whenever they became inconvenient, there were missionaries sent in ahead of the settlers who were often brutal to the people under their care. Narcissa Whitman is a prime example -- she treated her charges so terribly that they and their parents got fed up and killed her. Oregon was also intended by its founders to be a "white utopia". There was a provision written into the state Constitution prohibiting African-Americans from even entering the state (out of fear they'd take the Natives' side). This was their solution to avoiding the slavery question. Eventually, of course, they did settle in Oregon, but the last Black Exclusion laws were repealed in 1926. It took a great deal longerr to institute the symbolic genture of taking out the constitutional provision. If someone settles in territory that is not theirs, what makes them different from an invader? What is the difference between an explorer and a conqueror?
    1 point
  17. All of those are just variations of a kick using an HA and a stomp would be included with them. There is no mechanical difference present unless you are talking about specific MA moves, so I have to classify it as a descriptive SFX. If it were any power but an HA, i could see some small limitation but an HA can only be used in combination with an attack action anyway.
    1 point
  18. Cancer

    In other news...

    I think I recognize her; that might be my 7th-grade English teacher.
    1 point
  19. It should be noted that DOJ Inc. did just that when it took over the Champions IP. For example, VIPER's history, structure and personnel were greatly redefined, while DEMON was rendered nearly unrecognizable from its previous incarnation. Genocide was replaced by the smaller and less provocatively-named Institute for Human Advancement, and the whole "anti-mutant" dynamic in the CU was significantly reduced. Many long-standing Champions groups and villains were excised, e.g. Terror Inc, VOICE, Raven, Sanctuary; while many new ones were introduced, often to fill specific genre niches, like ARGENT and the Trismegistus Council. The present-day CU was given a much more thorough and coherent historical and social context. And on and on. Some of these changes were controversial to the Champs fan base when they were introduced, and I guarantee that any future rebooting of the CU would be met with the same degree of criticism and resistance, even if folks participating in this thread reached a consensus.
    1 point
  20. Cancer

    Coronavirus

    The seat belts thing took a long, long time to be accepted, and that was back in the era before social media made defiant posturing by idiots popular. And people still are resisting laws against driving while intoxicated.
    1 point
  21. McCain didn’t kiss Trump’s ass and was effectively run out of the party by 2017. He and Romney would have constituted the impotent “moderate” wing of the GOP.
    1 point
  22. Black Ops

    Nemesis

    Comments? Hmmm? Ok. PC or NPC? And how close to the original Fantasia do you want to play her? If PC she needs either Access or Dimensional Travel to that Fantasy Realm she is from. Some Languages could also help. That aside she is deffinitley playable in my book
    1 point
  23. '88, had to bust out of 98G school first.
    1 point
  24. I won't simply say 'the DHS memo should be ignored'. I'm all for fact-checking the heck out of any and all official documentation that comes from the government. Act on information, not on belief. The issue with 'fact checking' is there's investigative and scientific. Scientific details are easily fact-checked because, you know, they are repeatable. Investigative fact checking involves a record. And the integrity and completeness of that record becomes very important. It's interpretive, and selective cuts of information can provide wildly different interpretations. This is why I err on the side of examining the known endemic problems with the police, and push conversations in the direction of resolutions. I also suggest knowing the tactics used in these protest situations (by the police, by protesters, by looters), and what they accomplish. These are things you can take away from this situation _before_ you get into the details of what's going on. This knowledge will arm you to better understand the context of these situations. And maybe I can stop seeing conversations that start with "they all deserve it they're all rioters anyway"
    1 point
  25. Lord Liaden

    Coronavirus

    The yelling part they've already got down.
    1 point
  26. As with any reporting, consider the source. DHS has already admitted/claimed responsibility for the "security" kidnappings. The credibility and fairness of its characterizations of these alleged incidents is at best highly suspect. The Trump administration has pushed past spin. We're into full-blown propaganda now.
    1 point
  27. It cost me four hundred dollars for a full set of tires. It takes ten years to get your money back from the government plus the expense of a lawyer, and sometimes you don't even get the full amount of the money back. If I see anybody slashing my tires, I will be violent and lawless. CES
    1 point
  28. Aggressively neon yellows, exceptionally passionate reds and unspeakably tacky greens?
    1 point
  29. I'd really like to see what "violent grafiti "looks like....
    1 point
  30. I see in the other comments on this thread a lot of concentration on including everything that’s happened before and what the future history should include. There seems to be not enough consideration on what’s happening NOW. IMHO the most successful reboots in comics were the first ones. The beginning of the Silver Age with the Flash and the one that took place after the original Crisis on Infinite Earths. In each the main focus was on what was being used now, not what was being left behind. Things became too complex only when every story idea of the past had to be made a part of current history. It’s more important to decide what fits in today, what makes sense for a new group of characters who exist currently. If a character or organization doesn’t make sense now then it has to be sacrificed. UNTIL, PRIMUS, VIPER etc. must be shaped for the world as it exists not how it was in the ‘70’s & ‘80’s when they were introduced in Champions or the ‘60’s & ‘70’s when their archetypes appeared in the comics. The Marvel Movies versions of SHIELD and the origin of Iron Man are good examples of updating for the current day. If this is a serious conversation about new product for a new audience you have to be willing to “kill your babies” in the writers parlance. Meaning if something doesn’t fit into the world as it is it must be laid aside in favor of new ideas that will.
    1 point
  31. Burn down the too-big threats. No unusable "can wipe 4-6 PCs with half his AP tied behind his back" Mary Sues like Destroyer. No globe-spanning too-large-to-defeat organizations like VIPER. Set the world up so the PCs have the opportunity to pick a thing they don't like and let the campaign be how they get rid of it. Anything outside that scope has no business being in a superhero TTRPG setting. Do the same to the good guys. Nobody wants to play a game where the GMPCs are just around the corner being better than the PCs. Gut PRIMUS, UNTIL, all the other hero groups so the PCs can be important.
    1 point
  32. I honestly don't feel like the CU needs a hard reboot. I'm quite happy with the way it is, at least overall. Certainly I would, and have, made many tweaks, shifted stuff around, filled in what I thought were blank spaces, but overall I consider it a solid framework for four-color supers gaming, which is my personal preference. For my part, I don't feel pigeonholed in MC. It's nice to have a developed city as a home base if you want one, but there's plenty of super activity in many of America's major cities. We also have Vibora Bay as a completely fictional alternative city. There isn't much of a bar to moving many people and groups from those cities to whatever location you prefer. I've also noticed that most of the official published villains aren't tied to a specific location -- there's no reason they can't show up wherever you want to base your campaign. The only thing I would like to do is continue to advance the time line. It's getting to the point where some older characters should be retiring, and new blood needs to be introduced. I know that would have happened if Hero Games had continued to publish CU setting books.
    1 point
  33. Escape from Godzilla Marathon. NT: Godzilla is tired of Japanese food! Who does he attack now?
    1 point
  34. Nighttime torpedo attack against complacent targets
    1 point
  35. Miniaturized mecha combat. Directed by K-12 students.
    1 point
  36. Pariah

    Champions Begins!

    Would the Champions Character Creation Cards be useful for character pregens? Just a thought.
    1 point
  37. Vanguard

    Hero Designer

    Hero Designer is character generation software. And that's it. It has all the core rules for character generation but that's it. (See GB(i)'s post for clarification. This statement could've been really, really confusing and I didn't notice that until just now) The Downloads/Store section should give you some screenshots of the HD interface and some of the user uploaded export templates usually have the preview screen shots as well. Again, I believe Hero Designer is worth the investment if you're planning on running a game.
    1 point
  38. 1 point
  39. The big element in HERO that is missing in other systems is the ability of the GM to make the physics and metaphysics of a campaign world work exactly as desired. The cost of that is a lot of upfront work and thinking time. If you want all poisons to be affected by a Cure Poison spell, then you need either to make all poisons use the same mechanic OR ensure that all poisons have a common limitation (effects mitigated by use of Cure Poison). You can then define Cure Poison as Healing, only versus poison. Once that is in place then it does not matter whether the poison is a SPD drain, an entangle, a Killing attack or anything else, you can pro-rate the Healing as 1D6 = 1 DC of effect on whatever the poison is. Doc
    1 point
  40. Gandalf970

    New to Hero: Poisons

    Thanks Ninja-Bear and bluesguy! This helps alot as they are fighting Darkun Assassins who are using poison and really screwing these guys up. This forum is great and very helpful, really appreciate all the help.
    1 point
  41. If you're asking about something like a saving throw, most likely not unless the poison description calls for one. Most of them have listed defenses against them.
    1 point
  42. This sounds to me like a conversation that should involve your group, not some random strangers on the internet. Tell them you are [enthusiastic/ambivalent/hesitant/concerned/whatever] about the idea but before moving forward to [saying no/saying yes] you want to have a dialog about [the questions and concerns you have, such as the ones you raised in your post] so you can be sure everyone's on the same page and onboard with the idea.
    1 point
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