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  1. Killer Shrike

    Hero Designer

    It is a quality piece of software and definitely (more than) worth its $25 asking price IMO if you are either a GM or the type of player who likes just making characters for fun. It has what I consider to be a very mild learning curve (but I'm probably not the best gauge for that). It is a literal tabula rasa when first opened with no character selected... You get started by either selecting an existing character sheet from disk (if you have downloaded one, for instance) or by making a new character selected from the types of characters HD has the character creation rules for...such as 6e standard superheroic or heroic, or a vehicle, base, etc... Once you've picked the type of character, you are presented with a tabbed interface and you basically go from tab to tab filling in the parts of your character... Note: I changed my preferences to have the tabs go down the right side, so your UI would look slightly different out of the box (if i recall correctly they default to run across the top), but it should be equally as obvious what the tabs are regardless. ProTip: I would recommend saving your progress frequently as you go (Ctrl+S), as you should for any long form content development. When you want to see a character sheet for the character, using the "Current Character" menu option select an Export Template and Preview the character sheet. There are lots of export templates, targeting different options such as html (viewed / printed using your browser of choice), plain text, rtf, etc. Some come w/ HD and a lot more are available in the downloads section of this site, catering to different levels of verbosity, style preferences, and so on. When you are getting started, I would recommend a default HTML template and you can get more discerning later when you have a better idea of what you want. Personally, I use custom html templates nearly exclusively, but do sometimes output other formats when i have a particular reason to. After you have the basics down (make a standard character), HD offers a plethora of other features if you want or need to get fancier. You can turn a "character" into a template from which you can make future characters...for instance imagine you made a "Goblin" character representing a baseline gobbo for your setting...you could make it into a template from which you could later create a new specific named goblin and add on to the baseline...you could go further and have layers of templates that stack one upon the next, such as a baseline gobbo template, a gobbo champion template built on top of that, and a gobbo chief template built on top of that, layering up the abilities from one to the next. I think the utility of this is fairly obvious in settings where you have lots of stock characters which are mostly defined by what they are plus some individualization, such as most fantasy settings. You can also make or use prefabs, the term used by the app for lists of pre-made abilities, gear, etc, which can be loaded up and used conveniently within the tabs for skills, talents, powers, equipment to quickly whip up characters without having to copy and paste common effects (such as your campaign's definition of a long sword or basic fireball spell, etc) from one to next. Pro Tip: heavy use of prefabs can put memory pressure on the app, so I suggest loading up the ones you need when you need them. One of my favorite features is the ability to define and reuse custom campaign settings that can be applied to all characters in a given campaign. This is hugely convenient and offers a lot of flexibility and is worth checking out if you get that far. I use this feature very heavily; one of the first things I do when setting up a new campaign is go into HD and make a campaign ruleset and then bang out a few baseline characters for that campaign (such as average person, average PC, average "thug" opposition, etc) as part of the dialing in process. And so on...the summary is HD is basically an industrial grade power tool for Hero System character creation and management (an aspect of HD that doesn't get talked about as much but which is in my opinion its most significant value add), and like many power tools it does have its sharp edges and beginners traps, but it richly rewards time spent learning its nuances. ----------------------- My user preferences menu: I no longer remember what the defaults are, but I recommend upping the max RAM allowed to the app using the conveniently provided slider if you are in the habit of keeping a bunch of characters open (such as all of the PC's of your campaign and the current crop of NPC's / bad guys) and have them auto-load on HD start.
    3 points
  2. Sounds like the Psi-Kin. Indigo was the leader, who had true psionic powers. Emerald has a telekinetic shield, Alabaster telekineticlly manipulates cells, there is a guy with multiple telekinetic arms, and maybe one more.
    3 points
  3. Whether the gun is functional or not is irrelevant to the charge of exhibiting. She could have been waving an airsoft gun and she’d be just as guilty. And she’d still be getting off easier than Tamir Rice.
    3 points
  4. Ranxerox

    Coronavirus

    To avoid talk of the GOP convention that might be overly political for this thread, jump to 1:13 video to get into the school reopening part.
    3 points
  5. I just read the article, including the documentation. I don't see any malfeasance. The crime lab clearly documented the condition the firearm was received in, and investigated why it couldn't be fired. They then reassembled it to see if it could be made to fire. Though I wouldn't consider removing the firing pin "field stripping," that's splitting hairs. (It's not too hard to get at on a PPK/S anyway.) In any event, as Bolo points out, their attorney turned over the gun after the fact. It's hardly valid evidence at this point, as the defendants have had ample opportunity to tamper with it.
    2 points
  6. So, 40m Flight usable as Teleportation (40 x 1.25 = 50 points) saves a lot of points compared to 40 point Multipower with 2 fixed slots of Flight and Teleport, costing 4 points each?
    2 points
  7. For fun: Colour: 'Dark' Location(s): Dark Dimension (Marvel), Dark Multiverse (DC) Team Name: Dark Avengers (name only) (Marvel) Hero: Dark Phoenix, Jean Grey (Marvel) Hero: Darkseid (DC) Hero: Perrikus, member of the Dark Gods (Marvel) Hero: Dark Supergirl (New Earth) (DC) Hero: Malekith the Accursed, Dark Elf (Marvel) Antagonist: Dark Celestial, Zgreb the Sorrower (Marvel) Option: Dark Knights (Dark Multiverse, DC) Option: Darkhold (Marvel) Option: (Ally) Umar the Unrelenting, denizen of the Dark Dimension Plot: Zgreb the Sorrower have awoken to DC's Dark Multiverse and desire to merge it with Marvel's Dark Dimension. DC's Dark Multiverse is 'negative' whilst Marvel's Dark Dimension is 'positive', ergo if succeeded then the Dark Dimension will become twisted corrupt form from what it presently is. Zgreb the Sorrower finds the Dark Knights and recruits them. Umar the Unrelenting assembles a team of Dark Avengers to stop this nefarious scheme. Will the Darkhold be the key for victory, or its undoing?
    2 points
  8. Simon

    Newbie Questions

    Sounds like you’ve unpacked the download (installed) to a directory you don’t have full permissions to. Try putting it in your Documents directory or off of your Desktop.
    2 points
  9. Panpiper

    Hero Designer

    Hero System has been my favorite pastime for several decades, just to put the following into context. That said, I consider Hero Designer to be the best $25. I have ever spent in my life. No exageration.
    2 points
  10. Sycorax Cali Banner was an acolyte of Stirba The Werewolf Witch, an old enemy of the Shooting Stars. She eventually became a powerful sorceress in her own right obtaining the fabled Oscura Amulet. She clashed with Prospero numerous times in her quest to gain more power and eventually took up the name Sycorax as a jab at him. She was invited to join up with the rivals of the new Shooting Stars much to the chagrin of Witch Way. The two are often at odds and constantly trying to one up each other to prove just who the more powerful sorceress is.
    1 point
  11. Prospero Gabriel Longstreet studied with Red Eye alongside Dirk Gentle/Cumulative and also mastered the art of weather magic. Over time he also discovered how to summon spirits and sprites for assistance and information. Upon hearing about the reformation of the Shooting Stars he thought it only right he fill in the same role as his friend had on the original team.
    1 point
  12. It's not important.
    1 point
  13. Pariah

    The cranky thread

    Were you able to get in on the other days? Edit: Never mind, I just saw the answer on the Academics thread. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
    1 point
  14. Come with me to Barbary, we'll ply there up and down Not quite exactly in the service of the Crown
    1 point
  15. Scourge of the Deep had a hero on the last page who would be good in a "case of mistaken identity" sort of way. Some aliens, as a prank, gave a random doofus a low-powered set of power armor and told him he was the chosen champion of the seas, or some such garbage. Then they stepped back to watch the entertainment. In one of the 3rd or 4th edition enemies-style books, there was a group of fairly low-powered villains (mostly family?) led by a lady whose name I think was Emerald. I always intended on working them into something but never managed it.
    1 point
  16. I think this seems like the perfect time for a multipower. Two powers that are achieving pretty similar things, with strong thematic ties, that you don't want to use at the same time as each other? Two fixed slots in a multipower
    1 point
  17. Pariah

    2020-2021 NFL Thread

    He's going to spend the upcoming season caring for patients instead of playing football: Chiefs starting guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif opts out of 2020 NFL season due to COVID-19 pandemic He's a medical school graduate, and he's currently working at a long-term care facility in his native Quebec.
    1 point
  18. You might take a look at Motlee's Crew, from Cops, Crews, And Cabals. They're a group of super-powered thieves, but really just thieves -- they each have one or two fairly minor powers that are very useful for theft, but not for combat. Otherwise they're normal humans who eschew costumes, code-names, and other traditional supervillainous gimmicks.
    1 point
  19. Most of the villains can be scaled back without too much difficulty. It might be fun to introduce a junior version of a major villain who is their child, protege, or unexpected successor. They could be serious, (say Green Dragon's daughter trying to prove her merit to her father), or ambitious but somewhat bumbling (say a klutzy nerd apprenticed to Utility or Mirage).
    1 point
  20. Boston: The New Paladins "Boston’s superteam dates back to the early Sixties, although the current membership has no actual connection with the original group (a loosely-associated team of costumed solo heroes operating throughout New England). The current team consists of four teenagers mutated by a secret ARGENT project; they’re mentored by the veteran heroine Dr. Eclipse (who has extensive darkness manipulating powers and is a brilliant geneticist herself). Her team consists of Bodyguard (a nigh-indestructible brick), Lux (a light-manipulator), Python (a stretching brick) and Tandem (who can duplicate any power used against her). The team has enjoyed some successes, including a victory over Generation VIPER — but also its share of defeats, largely due to (a) inexperience, and (b) the tactical gaps in their overall power set (for example, other than Lux, none of them can fly or really have any significant movement abilities). The New Paladins have encountered the kids from Ravenswood Academy and consider them semi-friendly rivals." (Champions Universe p. 204) No further description or character stats, I'm afraid.
    1 point
  21. The Geodesics from Enemies II (iirc). Many of the enemies in DC: TAS should be fine.
    1 point
  22. And that makes sense to me Panpier. You were frustrated that it took so long to get out the first time. What I also like about this Power is that it gives your character something a little different from everyone else making him unique.
    1 point
  23. Panpiper

    Newbie Questions

    I swear by Hero Designer. You made the right call getting it.
    1 point
  24. The only problem I have with Panpiper’s build is that I would have to find a villain to have the Mental Paralysis and have it used against him. 😁
    1 point
  25. As Hugh says, an EGO Entangle is very nasty, but also very expensive at 22 per die. Even if you buy a 15 EGO, you'll break out of a 3d6 EGO Entangle in not *that* many phases...unless the attacker's maintaining it, and that's a BLOODY high cost. And why this, as opposed to other approaches? Higher EGO would help break out of a Mind Control...and if you're that worried about Mental Paralysis, then Mind Control should be right there. I might allow a skill for this. Slippery Mind. Base roll of 9 + EGO/5 for 3 points, +1 for 2 points. Acts like Contortionist, but applies to breakout rolls from mental powers.
    1 point
  26. You're not wrong. Still, I'm far more concerned about the prosecution manufacturing evidence so they can push charges. That has ramifications for the entire community. Mr. and Mrs. BadWithGuns are only a threat to people breaking into their property. That's a much smaller group of people. Corrupt prosecution teams are the same kind of super-evil that dirty cops are. They are charged with enforcing justice and are instead working to destroy it. A jumpy old couple that got scared and went for their firearms before earning national fame as the worst gun handlers in recent history are not a threat to society.
    1 point
  27. Cancer

    The Academics Thread

    There'll be a reading quiz Tuesday.
    1 point
  28. A very cool collection of characters. Alliteration unintentional. But I especially love the cursed healer!
    1 point
  29. Cancer

    More space news!

    More suggestions about an ancient ocean on Mars
    1 point
  30. Bazza

    The Academics Thread

    This would be a nice book to read through. at 1.7 kg has lots of weight to it, and the table of contents is extensive:
    1 point
  31. Shock Jock Rick "The Beez" Beeson was a resident crazy morning DJ working for rock station 94.9 The Edge. He was doing a remote that had him perform a bungee jump as part of his Killer Beez stunt series. However the rigging failed and he ended up plummeting into the stations van and not only being injured from the fall, but electrocuted by the broadcasting equipment as well. Amazingly his body absorbed the electricity and it healed his injuries. He soon discovered he could generate and project lightning blasts at will. An attention starved performer all his life, he saw this as the perfect opportunity at the spotlight and infamy. He became Shock Jock and after a rather rocky start to his supervillain career with an embarrassing one sided defeat to Authoritarian he was approached by the Six to give them an offensive weapon and to provide Shock Jock with support and resources.
    1 point
  32. Lord Liaden

    Coronavirus

    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."
    1 point
  33. Why is the onus on the people, rather than their servants?
    1 point
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  35. The fact that DHS/BCP shot a guy on the other side of the street because he was using a bullhorn does not fill me with confidence that they know what they are talking about as far as anarchists (violent or otherwise), how protests work, what it means to be fulfil their oath to the constitution, or just knowing what is just and true and doing it instead of being howler monkeys CES
    1 point
  36. 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
  37. I hate to give you hell, but let me point out that your way of thinking will get at least 5-10% of the entire population hospitalized. Please consider what that means.
    1 point
  38. Telum Sanctus His history is a secret, but the man who is known only as the Holy Weapon by the Vatican is called upon when dire demonic threats arise. His body is covered in tattoos of verses and proverbs that provide him protection from the evil forces he battles. He is also armed with the Sword of the Spirit representing the Word of God and is capable of slaying demons in whatever foul shape they take upon this plane.
    1 point
  39. Blip Dr. Roz Wexler and her partners in the small tech firm Cleanroom Consultants were developing the Hyper Spatial Shift Suit which would allow the wearer to teleport. Unfortunately during the final test run they suit had a power flux and when Roz teleported to the target location she was now 12 inches tall. Despite their best efforts Roz and her partners were unable to reverse the process, but the suit still allowed her to teleport. One day the teams work was disrupted when the superstrong brick Manvil was rampaging through the city near their work lab. Roz sprang into action and used her teleportation abilities to harass and distract Manvil by "blipping" around him and eventually was able to lead him away from the city and tricked him into falling into some wet cement at a construction site. Inspired by the encounter she began her career as a hero. While not a strong offensive combatant she is able to act as a great distraction. Her suit also creates a small field around it that allows her to teleport items she is holding like enemy weapons or devices as we as her fellow Legion members. She is limited by only being able to teleport in her line of site, but the team is working on using a drone or other tech to enhance her capability and of course still trying to return her to normal size.
    1 point
  40. The Golden Lancer mech and it's pilot Momo Iwatani were making the final steps before the first launch and to join the second Zen team when tragedy struck. The mech was sabotaged by members of the monster worshiping Kaiju Cult. The Golden Lancer was destroyed and Momo was severely injured and in a coma. Having no time for alternatives the corporation was forced to recruit Momo's 13 year old daughter Hana. She was a genetic match for the systems of the smaller training mech the Golden Springer and after it was retrofitted with weaponry and Hana had a very short training period she joined the team. Despite her youth she has already displayed bravery and supreme skill as a pilot possibly due to her gaming experience during the teams first battle with the monster. She is also aided by the consciousness of her mother that was connected to the mech to act as Hana's guide and co-pilot.
    1 point
  41. Xahtep Oksana Vasilev a former operative for S.K.Y.D.A.S and now a freelance bounty hunter specializing in superhuman threats. While she usually prefers working alone, Mr. Spider is a powerful enough enemy to warrant teaming up with like minded allies.
    1 point
  42. Ground Zero Rosa Torres was one of the soldiers involved in the Project: Sunburst and she ended up in a comatose state and placed in The Crypt. Years later a medical tech named Doug Palmer noticed her readings were changing and that she was coming out of her coma. Fearing that she would be subject to experimentation or worse he managed to smuggle her out of the facility. She regained consciousness and Palmer's examination showed no signs of radiation or other damage. She didn't even require physical rehab. However they were both soon tracked down by a spec ops team. Palmer was killed when they attempted to escape and an enraged Torres suddenly found herself bursting with energy and she exploded killing the entire ops team. Moments later her body reconstructed itself. She stayed on the run only to find herself hunted by both the military and Sunburst who wanted to recruit her for his Project:Sunburst. She was saved from this fate by the other members of the Legion. She has begun to get the handle on her powers and can create smaller explosive effects and attacks and has discovered she is highly resistant to physical damage as well.
    1 point
  43. Cross Adder Andrei Petrov, a salvage operator/treasure hunter in the Balkans, was pressed into service by a group of VIPER agents who believed a tomb of one of Nama's chosen warriors was in the area. He discovered the tomb and managed to flee before VIPER did away with him. Unfortunately his escape merely led him further into the tomb. As the agents approached Andrei stumbled upon the warrior's resting place and discovered a sword laid across the coffin. He grabbed it and was immediately imbued with power. The sword split into twin blades and as he turned to face his enemies he became a whirling dervish of destruction cutting them down with super speed in seconds. In time he discovered that the sword was known as the Fangs of Nama and he determined to use them for good and fight VIPER who hunt him in an effort to acquire the weapon.
    1 point
  44. Rafja The court mage and advisor to the Sultan of the desert plains of Bagrah that were vanquished by Lord Dumboar. His attempts to battle the monster are thwarted by master thief Naladid and his evil Jinn who trapped Rafja and his cockatoo familiar Othello in the lamp prison that once held the Jinn. Rafja eventually escaped and has been pooling his power and joined with the New Republicans in hopes of defeating the evil tyrants.
    1 point
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