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  1. Simon

    Coronavirus

    "My body is a temple: ancient, crumbling, probably cursed."
    6 points
  2. 4 points
  3. unclevlad

    Coronavirus

    In other words, a typical American teenager....? So I GOT SHOT!!! Didn't feel a thing. Didn't even bleed, the RN didn't even give me a band-aid....or a sucker....... REALLY nice, tho. The local hospital had it nicely arranged, about 4 people administering shots, less than 10 minutes to get through the line, probably more like 5. The longest part was, they had everyone wait for 15 minutes before leaving, just to ensure there were no Particularly Bad reactions. I had my Kindle with me.
    3 points
  4. Hm. Spence makes some cogent points, though I think they apply more to how a citybook should be written more than which city should be chosen. In that vein, it might be a good idea to provide indices for what can be used for which purposes: like, if a GM needs someone to hire the PCs for a job, here's a list of NPCs who might do so, and what pages they're on. And the descriptions don't need to be long; better if they are not, to make them easier to slot in where needed, with just a few sentences about their motivations to help GMs pick which one to use. I'll still say that originality matters a lot, though. Any FANTASY HERO supplement is likely to stay niche just for being FANTASY HERO. So you might as well swing for the fences and try giving gamers something they can't get from yet another D&D/Pathfinder supplement... and that is *not* just, "See, you can do it with Hero System." Dean Shomshak
    3 points
  5. I have a little experience adapting stories from novels into a performance medium. IMO most of the elements from the books that Jackson excised -- not all, but most -- were not necessary to advance the plot or clarify what the audience needed to know, so could be sacrificed in the interests of time. OTOH one of the most frequent criticisms of the novels over many years is that the romance between Aragorn and Arwen is underplayed over the course of the story. She essentially just shows up near the end to wed Aragorn and become queen. When contrasted with the longer and more vibrant presence of Eowyn, many readers felt that Aragorn picked the wrong consort. Of course Arwen's backstory is covered in an appendix, but one shouldn't need an appendix to appreciate their relationship. Jackson put their love story front and center, showed why Arwen was worthy of Aragorn, and why her choice to remain with him is so profound and bittersweet. It greatly enhances the emotional payoff of their eventual union.
    3 points
  6. Hugh Neilson

    Beast Boy

    I'd say Beast Boy is effective enough that he's not using standard animals as their defenses won't hold up in Supers games, but it would be easy to say "the standard animal plus these extra defenses (perhaps Combat Luck)" or any other modification you want.
    3 points
  7. But st least he finished it...which GRRM has yet to do.
    2 points
  8. Indeed. In the books, Arwen was less involved in the War of the Ring than, say, Galadriel, but she was given more to do in the movies, which is irksome. In fact, if the goal was to have another strong female character in the movies, in addition to Eowyn, I would have just eliminated Arwen completely and instead showed the defense of Lothlorien and Galadriel at her most fierce.
    2 points
  9. Tech

    Beast Boy

    Beast Boy's forms are definitely superpowered. No gorilla is going to jump around like Spider-man, get pounded on repeatedly by a creature that can damage concrete and come back swinging afterwards, or survive a 30 foot fall and get back up fighting (ala Teen Titans cartoon series).
    2 points
  10. Yes, but that Sam/Golem tragic "made for Hallmark" romance really seemed forced, though it did prelude the, apparent now, trend of EVERY media must have gay characters.
    2 points
  11. Well I'm not going to argue that all of his choices/changes were great, that I liked them all or that they were even necessary. I am just saying that the movies were enjoyable and far better than most of the adaptation atrocities we then to get inflicted on us. But I fully understand that the inserted "romance" was most likely a Follywood mandate. If not by him, then the money people. After all we can't have a movie without a love interest somewhere...
    2 points
  12. This is very true. However, there were a number of changes Jackson made to the story that can't be blamed on meddling executives and/or the people controlling the money. To the extent to which the movie is a less-than-perfect adaptation, much of the blame rests squarely on Jackson's shoulders and his mistaken (IMO) belief that he was improving on Tolkien's story, using justifications like "audiences expect certain movie clichés and I felt obligated to satisfy them". Cutting out the "extra endings" would not have improved the movie IMO, though perhaps transitioning between them more smoothly might have. Nor would making the movies shorter (I've already voiced my belief that the extended editions are superior to the theatrical versions). In my view, the one thing Jackson could have--and should have--done to make those movies "more perfect" was to not stray from the original story (at least those parts of it he chose to tell).
    2 points
  13. Midkemia Press did a handful of them back in the 80s. They're still available in PDF through the above link. I particularly suggest looking at Towns of the Outlands, which is free!
    2 points
  14. For me the movies were pretty good, especially for the year they were made. Were they perfect? No. But translating something from one medium to another is never perfect and regardless of who makes it they will have to appease executives and the people controlling funding. For me the show met one of my major requirements. Would I have recognized it if I never saw the opening titles? And I would have. When I am discussing movie adaptations I usually ask "so, what is your opinion of the movie Starship Troopers". If they thought it was a good adaptation, then their opinion is basically worthless and I move them into the "idiot cousin that no one ever listens to nor loans them a dollar ever".
    2 points
  15. https://mymodernmet.com/john-atkinson-funny-book-cartoons/
    2 points
  16. Lee

    Coronavirus

    Got my 2nd Moderna shot at 2:00pm today. We'll have to see if tomorrow my arm falls off, I grow two more heads or I get superpowers...
    2 points
  17. Yes, I just learned that existed the other day. Gonna check it out sometime soon, if possible.
    2 points
  18. Chris Goodwin

    Coronavirus

    Got my first dose of Pfizer tomorrow; my wife's is next Monday, while my son's is the following Thursday!
    2 points
  19. Simon

    Coronavirus

    Slight change in plans - originally was scheduled in a location about 2 hours from me, but got a call from our local hospital saying that they can get me in on Friday...for the J&J vaccine. That'll get me fully vaccinated about a week ahead of my wife, so I've got that going for me...which is nice.
    2 points
  20. 1 point
  21. unclevlad

    Coronavirus

    I'm glad I wasn't planning serious yard work, I will say. Notable soreness now, at 5+ hours post-shot, at the injection site. I can live with that. To celebrate...fresh chicken and garlic pasta, which I usually avoid like the plague due to carbs...gonna be tossing the rump roast into the pressure cooker for shredding, and serve a nice dollop on the side, and a salad. And a bottle of wine. Mmmm....
    1 point
  22. Chris Goodwin

    Coronavirus

    Just got it! Oregon Convention Center in Portland.
    1 point
  23. I can't prove it scientifically, but I've always been convinced Cap's shield provides exactly +2d6 N. Obviously he will always use it when available, but his Martial Strike with a shield does the same damage as his Offensive Strike without it, and that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
    1 point
  24. I think they have one of those. His name is Rupert Murdock. 😛
    1 point
  25. *cough* Glorfindel *cough* That guy can't get any love from anyone. Bakshi replaced him with Legolas in the War of the Ring back in the 70's and now Jackson with Arwen. I also didn't like the fact that the movie depicted her as causing the deluge that swept away the Ringwraiths instead of Elrond and Gandalf. It made her seem way more powerful that she was (in the "books"). I think it was this exactly. Eowyn was certainly the strong female character of the "books". Unfortunately, she doesn't really appear until the second "book". I suspect the thought was they felt they couldn't wait that long to show a strong female character. *I used "books" and "book" in quotes because Tolkien never intended for there to be three books. He submitted it to the publisher as 1 book who then broke it up into 3 books (probably for length).
    1 point
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  27. but...but...but... MAGIC!
    1 point
  28. I think 6eV1P366 third paragraph."You can also apply this effect to Advantages, Adders, Power Frameworks, and parts of a power." is a far cry from "It is fully within RAW to apply a partial limitation to the control cost of a VPP", and my hunt for any further commenary (fully detailed in the thread in the HD forum) didn't find any clarification. I'd interpret RAW to allow it, but that's not the only reasonable interpretation of RAW. Even if it were, no GM has to allow it, and if Simon's interpretation is right, no GM is prevented from allowing it anyway. Sounds like a negative adder is another option for popping the desired ability into HD at the same price as two VPPs, one limited and the other not.
    1 point
  29. I'll admit I found the discussions related to Power Frameworks tough to parse through (as seen above). There are two, so if they are not treated the same, there's little point having a general discussion. "You can also apply this effect to Advantages, Adders, Power Frameworks, and parts of a power. " does not answer the question of how it would be applied to a Power Framework.Simply being able to have partially limited powers as slots is applying the effect to a Power Framework. You can get the same point cost (maybe out a bit for rounding) using Simon's "two 38 point VPPs" or my "one 50 and one 25 point VPP" model as you'll get with a single 75 point VPP and a partially limited control cost. And your GM may allow any of the three, disallow all three or modify the pricing. Whether book-legal, GM permission legal or only legal by GM override, some GMs will allow it in the specific game and others will not. If they do, it costs the same and plays the same. I asked whether this can be done in HD, and if so how. Simon answered that HD does not allow it as I described, because it's at best a questionable interpretation of some pretty uncertain reading in the rules. He provided a mechanism for getting the construct in HD at the same point costs. He answered all the questions. Whether you agree with his rules interpretation (and disallow the construct entirely) or disagree (and put it in HD as he set out), it will work exactly the same way in play. Many GMs don't allow VPPs at all, period. As I don't use HD, I don't often visit this Board, so maybe I misinterpret its purpose. However, as I understand it, this Board is not about interpreting RAW, or whether any given GM would allow a "GM permission" or "GM override" build, it's about how to get HD to build what you want it to build. That question is answered, by the SW designer who is also very savvy with the rules. Thanks for both that answer and your reasoning behind it, Simon.
    1 point
  30. Here are Australian villains from the Create Villain thread Deadly Dreamer Dreamtime Good Day Bruce ! Tasmanian Saint The Abo
    1 point
  31. No, Toowoomba, but it's all "you have to carry a mask, wear one at work, and even the pubs are weird". There is actually one case up here, which potentially means there could be more than one, so the side effects of the Brisbane lockdown are actually a good thing. Besides, I have a box of cheap wine and nothing better to do than design Champions characters...
    1 point
  32. Kevinvt

    Beverly Hillbillies

    "Further, it's hard to see Bader believably being "Jethro strong" just based on the physical differences between Bader and Max Baer. Max was, in his youth, a damned big man." I spoke with Max Baer back in 2017. Although his official height is 6 ft 4, I am 6 ft 2 and Max towers over me....at age 82, Max is STILL a damned big man. Did you know he put ice cubes down Frank Sinatra's back...and yet still lives to tell the tale.....
    1 point
  33. Just binged 5 eps of season 3 Wellington Paranormal yesterday. 😁
    1 point
  34. The rules on partially limited powers explicitly state they can be used on frameworks and part of a power. So applying an OAF limitation on half your VVP is perfectly legal. Technically it only reduces the control cost. The problem is that Hero designer will not allow you to do this without creating separate pools which makes it difficult to create slots that actually fit into the pool. Hero designer uses compound powers to create partially limited powers, but you cannot put a framework into a compound power which means Hero Designer has no way of creating partially limited frameworks. If you create two separate pools then it makes it difficult to create the powers in the pool properly. Now each power you have is duplicated and you makes it harder to understand what the power actually are. So instead of seeing 10d6 blast +10d6 blast OAF, you have one pool that list 10d6 blast and then way down the character sheet you have another pool with 106 blast OAF. I am using the negative adder because Hero Designer has some software limitations that do not follow the rules. It is strictly a workaround not a game mechanic. It is a useful trick to add something to the character that the rules allow and the software does not. Why should the player have to spend more point than the rules state just because the software does not work the way the rules do? I have used it before to allow me to add in the stats growth gives you to the character sheet. Since growth itself will not do this. It is also useful if you have a campaign where something does not cost any points. For example let’s say the GM gives every character some power, skill or perk for free as part of the campaign. Add the power, skill or perk and use a negative adder to 0 out the cost. You can even change the text from adder to an explanation for using it. By the way when I talk about a negative adder it is just an adder with a negative value instead of a positive. As I stated it is a way to adjust a power to match what it should be Also while you cannot put a limitation directly on the pool you can in an indirect way. Since the pool cost is the amount of real points you can have in the pool if you have a limitation on the pool you don’t need as many points in the pool. I have a pool that can have any 50 point power but has to have the OAF limitation I only need a pool of 25 points. That is not really any different than applying -1 limitation to the cost of the pool. Look at it this way a 50 point pool with a 50 point control cost will cost 75 points. If I purchase a 25 point pool with a control cost of 50 and put a -1 limitation on the control cost that comes out as 37 points. That is the same exactly half the cost of the pool without the limitation. The cost works out exactly the same.
    1 point
  35. Right. The real social order is one of wealth. Wealth is power and America has one of the biggest income disparities on the planet.
    1 point
  36. unclevlad

    Alphabet Game 2021

    Katana
    1 point
  37. Lord Liaden

    Coronavirus

    You know, none of those is mutually exclusive...
    1 point
  38. 1 point
  39. Ragitsu

    Ctrl+V

    https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=Desideratum
    1 point
  40. I'm just saying that the first 2 movies were each 3 hours long already. I know what I'm getting into with the third. By that point if you're sitting in a theater for ROTK, then complaining about the length is like complaining that water is wet. At the risk of thread derail, but I couldn't help myself.
    1 point
  41. And if you run out, there is always Wellington Paranormal.
    1 point
  42. I have no idea where it's from either. But it is old. The similar image posted below was downloaded in 2005 or earlier. And it wasn't from the original source, either. Sadly, it's not much bigger than the other pic. Then again, at that point, most people were still on dial-up internet, and I'm pretty sure that most people only had 1024x768 screens at the time. Wow, I feel old now.
    1 point
  43. I heard plenty of complaints and jokes at the time that Return of the King was too long, in addition to the last few hours of it being devoted to all the fake-out endings. (I'd probably have forgiven all that if Jackson also taken the extra 15 seconds or so needed to replace "I am no man" with “But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Éomund’s daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him.”)
    1 point
  44. Hot Flash Well into her 50s Emily had been looking forward to finally "moving down to the beach". Her family was still a big part of her life even after her Earl had passed. Then, a day after the quarantine had been lifted in her city, she and her family were at the park when a group of monsters sprang out of the ground and started tearing things ups. She saw her "babies" in danger and something in her raised its head. At least that was how she described it later. She said it was like the hot flashes she had been suffering the last decade took on a mind of their own and recognized a purpose to their being. Everywhere she looked these little troll things were messing things up and threatening people and it just got her "plum miffed!" She would look at one of the monsters and the heat inside her would come alive, leap out of her and settle onto what she was mad at. In an instant the little trolls would start batting at themselves like they were tring to pat out flames on their bodies. If she focused longer than a few seconds on a particular Hooligun smoke could been seen to begin rising from the target, more than a minute or two and actual flames would erupt from the target engulfing them. She became the 1st member and Mother/Grandmother to the team.
    1 point
  45. wcw43921

    A Little Good News

    Kermit the Frog's The Rainbow Connection Honored by National Recording Registry
    1 point
  46. Multiple actions, just take the ocv penalties
    1 point
  47. Pirates for me out of that lot. I started doing some 7th Sea conversion stuff awhile back. Its a great setting but the mechanics are too Theatre of the Mind for me. Other than that, I'm currently only interested in Westerns and Modern horror (a Stranger Things/Kids on Bikes game being a lighter approach to the latter).
    1 point
  48. These are people who have managed to survive to adulthood in an environment that is actively trying to kill them in at least a thousand different ways. I'd give them the familiarities with the full skills.
    1 point
  49. massey

    Beast Boy

    I'd do it with a series of multipowers, not multiform. If Beast Boy gets shot while he's a badger, changing into a dog doesn't heal him. The change of Body/Stun/End that takes place between multiform swaps doesn't accurately depict Beast Boy. 75 pt Size Multipower -- no growth momentum (-1/4?) 12 lvls Growth, costs end only to activate 6 lvls Shrinking, costs end only to activate 41 pt Movement Multipower -- linked to Growth or Shrinking 18" Flight x4 noncom (really fast bird) +10" Running (at Spd 5, that's a 60 mph noncom, or about equal to a cheetah) 10" Swinging (comic book monkeys) +10" Swimming +6" Leaping (Kangaroos and such) 35 pt Attacks Multipower -- linked to Growth or Shrinking 2D6+1 HKA (up to 5D6-1 w/ Str -- Great White Shark bite, etc) 2" Stretching and +25 Str (Elephant) 2D6+1 RKA (Electric Eel) Darkness (Octopus ink) etc You can also give him some enhanced senses and things, with the limitation that he must take the appropriate form. I'd make sure he could transform into the creatures you want to use the most, and duplicate their abilities well. A general limitation or disadvantage of "only up to what a comic book version of this animal can do" would be fine as well.
    1 point
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