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  1. 11 points
    Grailknight

    Coronavirus

    On a happier note, my fever seems to have broken and no new symptoms have arrived.
  2. 9 points
    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. 8 points
    Cygnia

    Coronavirus

  4. 8 points
  5. 7 points
    Yesterday, I discovered the Republican Voters Against Trump channel on Youtube. I binged watched it and found it a balm for my soul. Prior to Trump, I believed that, while Democrats and Republicans argued about many things, they actually agreed on far more than they disagreed. That while there might be Republican values and Democratic values, there were American values which were greater than both. Then came Trump. Trump has no American values or values at all that aren't self serving. Even after Trump's election, I held out hope for common shared American values. Maybe they had been just voting against Hillary, who had after all been demonized by right leaning media for decades, or maybe they had simply fallen for Trump's con. In time they would see through it and turn on him. Then about two years into Trump's presidency, I learned that Trump enjoyed a same party approval rating of over 80%. More of his own party approved of his performance than any president in the history of polling at that point in their first term. This was quietly devastating for me. By this point Trump had shown his true colors so many times, that it seemed inconceivable that by the majority of Republicans would not have seen who he really was. Yet they loved him. Damn, the man was out screwing porn stars when his youngest son was 4 months old. That didn't matter. Or it did matter in a positive direction. The average Republican male must be wishing that he had super model wife and was able to screw porn stars on the side as well. And what was the average Republican woman thinking? That if they had a billionaire husband who kept them in a gold plated penthouse, he could screw as many other women as he wanted? I don't know. Still, they clearly loved Trump. Perhaps they had been waiting their entire lives for a president that would show them by example that they could be selfish ***holes and that was all right. I still haven't come to terms with the Trump presidency and the Cult of Trump. Back to Republican Voters Against Trump. I don't think that I would agree many of their specific political views, but I recognize in them what I used to consider common American values. In them I see fellow American citizens and worthy political opposition. After the removal of Trump and his congressional enabler (something they wish is for as badly as I do) it is voters like these that could potentially restore the Republican party to something worth having around. It is good to know that they are out there.
  6. 7 points
    Old Man

    Coronavirus

  7. 7 points
    Cygnia

    Funny Pics II: The Revenge

  8. 7 points
    Legitimate addressing of the issues (instead of token gestures) would end all this, but...as usual...America refuses to admit there is any problem.
  9. 7 points
  10. 7 points
    Incidentally, I am amused by Trump's outrage that Gorsuch and Kavanaugh have not shown consistent and obedient fealty. His own world-view should have told him this: He gave them something that he can't take back, and he has nothing else that they want. Therefore he has no leverage. They don't need him anymore. So why should they give a rat's ass what he wants? Dean Shomshak
  11. 7 points
    ELIZA's output was grammatically correct.
  12. 7 points
    Cygnia

    Funny Pics II: The Revenge

  13. 6 points
    Lord Liaden

    Coronavirus

    You may be right, but that's irrelevant to the American situation. That is far worse than it had to be, inexcusably so. And given decisions still being made about COVID-19 by people in authority in the US, it's almost certainly going to get worse before it gets better. I realize you want to present a balanced perspective and try to generate hope; but there are people in the States downplaying the pandemic in America to serve their own agendas. That's promoting complacency and rebelliousness that's exacerbating the problem. At this point I would prefer to err on the side of caution, and science. I'd rather be damned for overreacting than underreacting, because the latter means more people die.
  14. 6 points
    Cygnia

    Coronavirus

    *kicks csyphrett in the groin* *gets red-carded*
  15. 6 points
    Cygnia

    Coronavirus

  16. 6 points
  17. 6 points
    Starlord

    Coronavirus

  18. 6 points
    Cygnia

    Coronavirus

  19. 6 points
    Most of the property damage is confined to downtown, particularly that section of it where the city, county, and federal offices live. Life during the day seems to be going on in a state of close to normality -- many of the businesses and restaurants are closed, but many f those would have been closed anyway because of the pandemic. Yes, a lot of statuary has come down, but much of that should have been torn down anyway once it became clear what it represented (though many wonder what crime "The Elk" committed...) Most of the rest is just broken windows and graffiti. There hasn't been much looting to spesk of, and only occasional arson (with suspicion in those few cases of whether there's a "false flag" going on -- it is well-known that officers are capable of infiltrating the protests to cause escalation). After the sun goes down, the protests begin. Whether there is violence will usually depend on who decides to escalate the situation and to what level. There is a clear dividing line in the minds of most people on the ground between the enemy and themselves. And you could accurately say that the more things are escalated the more the federal presence appears justified -- so many times they are doing the escalating themselves, as was the case when they gassed the mayor last night. Now I'm not an objective source, but at the moment I can't think of any source that would be objective. Right now only one thing is in the middle of the road -- and that's roadkill.
  20. 6 points
    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.
  21. 6 points
    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.
  22. 6 points
    Scott Ruggels

    Running a Dark Champions game

    For me it was a lot of gritty, war gamer, paramilitary mercenaries, versus drug cartels, and Marxist guerillas, in Fictitious foreign countries. The games were essentially 80’s and 90’s action movies, with strong tactical element. And at the time in the 80’s and 90’s, the games started as Danger International games with the occasional weird pulp element or talent. The players were a number of prior service, law enforcement, and cold warriors looking to lay a game with looser rules of engagement, and clear goals. Role play was strong, but combat was careful, as it was a heroic level game. But it usually proceeded like the movies it was inspired by, with a lot of explosions at the finale. This may not be precisely your cup of tea, but it was fun. Suggestions from this, is that you need strong role play at the start, to give the upcoming conflict a strong emotional context so the players are deeply invested. Sympathetic NPCs, really despicable villains, and clear stakes help. Combat in these situations can be wildly unpredictable. As a GM, plan the villain’s forces intelligently for the opposition they expect. This might require a bit of research into real world analogues for your fictional forces , but will give them a firm base as to what they capabilities and equipment are, and give idea and flavor to the players. A Toyota Hillux with a 12.7mm DShK, and a T-55 tank present two levels of opposition to the players. The key is for the players to plan something unexpected, then game it out. Miniatures on a mat will help. This sort of thing is very poor for theater of the mind style play, as distances, cover, facing, and fields of fire, become very important for player decisions and actions. The consequences of poor decisions could be fatal, and giving the characters good situational awareness will keep them thinking and involved. As this is generally a heroic level game with plentiful mil spec weapons, chances of death are high, so warn the players ahead of time, that character death is a possibility. Don’t fudge the die rolls if you can help it, as this can ratchet up the tension up quite a bit. Open rolls during combats, and saving hidden rolls for non combat or unseen actions in the background also help the tension. But a caution Is that some players do not enjoy a high level of tension. Know your players. If a character goes down during combat, hand them Mooks, and enemies to control. It keeps everyone involved, lowers the amount of work the GM needs to do, and may add some variety to the opposition. Keep the goals clear, and never plan the scenario to be completed in only one way. The usual way these scenarios are approached are, direct guns blazing, stealth, indirect through persuasion (“Let’s you and him fight!), or some way that seems plausible that you didn’t think of. Say the group doesn’t have any resources to smuggle their weapons into this exotic, foreign land, but all of them are trained and deadly martial artists, each a master of a different art? This gives the adventure a very different flavor than if the group were made up of CIA special operators. Same set up. Different protagonists. Now, this may not entirely be the flavor you are looking for, but it’s a good formula for running a convention game. Hopefully these suggestions are helpful.
  23. 6 points
    Cygnia

    Coronavirus

  24. 6 points
    See, those kinds of sweeping generalizations are what lead to fatalism and despair that's self-defeating and paralyzing. If life is nothing but conflict, how are we ever supposed to achieve peace? If life is only pain, what's the point of ever trying to be happy? All of those things exist in life, and in their contrast they serve a purpose. Conflict makes us cherish peace. Happiness gives us the hope and motivation to overcome pain. Those generalizations can also lead us to treat life as though it was the "reality show" Survivor, an artificial construct in which participants are rewarded for deceit and treachery. In real survival situations everyone has to work together, or no one survives. Our current pandemic has made that clearer than ever.
  25. 6 points
    Police in America have gotten away with too much for too long. The black community in general is unwilling to give them the benefit of the doubt. But I don't think this is going to derail anything. Overwhelming evidence of police abusing their authority, and being protected by the system, has come to light and been given a very high profile. Those who refuse to let their anger be assuaged by evidence in specific instances, and those who would use those instances as a justification for their abuses, are playing to zealots on each side, whose positions were already set in stone. The broader public has been forcefully apprised of the situation now, and that genie isn't going back in the bottle.
  26. 6 points
    Pariah

    Coronavirus

    It's a people trap set by a mouse.
  27. 6 points
    Starlord

    Coronavirus

  28. 6 points
    Cygnia

    Funny Pics II: The Revenge

  29. 5 points
  30. 5 points
    unclevlad

    Coronavirus

    Our cure is going to be worse, because it's the worst of all worlds. Inadequate precautions, mixed messages, refusing to abide by (and enforce) fundamental practices. It's going to stretch out our economic issues FAR longer than other countries. Europe is trying to reopen sensibly...whether they can or not, we'll have to see. Sweden found out, too. They did nothing for a long time. Their economy STILL got blasted. This is not either-or...it's not "we stay open and thrive, or we shut down and wither." If we stay open, we still do not thrive. That's the cornerstone takeaway. There is no good outcome here. There is probably no mediocre outcome. Those are simply not on the table. MANY, MANY people will get crushed by this. Overall there is nothing that can be done to stop it completely. It CAN be slowed. Germany shows that. South Korea shows that. But there will be massive harm, directly and indirectly. There are, however, TERRIBLE approaches. Sweden. Brazil. The US. Major business downturn AND failure to contain.
  31. 5 points
    unclevlad

    Coronavirus

    Fine. Skip China; they might be lying. But they can locked down a LOT more, so perhaps not. India probably isn't lying, but also probably lacks the facilities. Either way...so what? Compare to every country in Europe, which includes Russia. Yesterday: 19,000 cases with a total population of about 750 million. 2x the population, 1/3 the cases. With the exception of Luxembourg where the population is very small (and thus rates can be inflated)...every country in Europe is right under 1 new case per 10,000 people (Moldova) or is better. Only 6 countries in total are worse than 1 case per 20,000 people, altho going back to the data from 2 days ago, Spain's having more problems. SWEDEN got their numbers controlled. We're not a little worse, we're TREMENDOUSLY worse. The American response has been a complete failure.
  32. 5 points
    Greywind

    Rethinking the Archer type

    Buy your arrow multipower/charges/whathaveyou. Buy the bow as the range effect on the arrows.
  33. 5 points
    unclevlad

    Coronavirus

    The second paragraph is the key: NO. This is why I talk down Scottish Fox's optimism...mind, the data for the last several days is showing a nice decline in new cases, and that's a LOT better than it was, I completely agree...but that "beaten the coronavirus" is the issue. IT ISN'T BEATEN. It's held in check. This is crucial in the US with utterly haphazard policies, not even close to sufficient testing, and fundamentally no contact tracing support. I get that we can't remain in tight lockdown. We can loosen things...in principle. IF people abide by the recommendations from the experts. (Altho even then, if governments are waffling, that allows employers more room to waffle, which can be a big issue for employees.) I hope the numbers drop a lot. We all do. I don't think they will *stay* down, tho; we'll have another serious increase because too many people won't behave.
  34. 5 points
    Pariah

    Funny Pics II: The Revenge

    You misspelled Rush.
  35. 5 points
    Ternaugh

    In other news...

    Unless your power is supplied from nuclear fission, you are already using the power of the sun to bake cookies.
  36. 5 points
    I get the desire for representation, but I'm not sure we need to make a point of transgendered characters for a setting like this. I remember Steve Long being asked about gay/lesbian characters in Champions in a chat years ago, and he stated something along the lines of, he didn't feel he needed to underscore a character's sexuality, because that rarely has anything to do with their motivation or conduct as a hero or villain. He wrote that if a character's gender identity isn't specified, we should feel free to make it whatever our own game group wants.
  37. 5 points
    archer

    Coronavirus

    Update: my wife tested negative for COVID. The doctor doesn't have confidence in that result so he's going to do at least two more tests over the next few days. She still can't breathe well so they're not sending her home but they moved her out of the COVID section of the hospital. They can now give her nebulizer treatments (inhaled medicines), they don't give those treatments in the COVID area because it tends to make the virus airborne. They also think they've detected a heart murmur so they're checking that out. Her cardiologist and her other fairly recent stays in the hospital over the last couple of years haven't detected anything like that but, who knows? She's a lot less stressed after testing negative for COVID. Now it's just like any other stay in the hospital because she can't breathe except that family can't stay with her..
  38. 5 points
    archer

    Coronavirus

    Maybe coronavirus will kill off all the neckties....
  39. 5 points
    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.
  40. 5 points
    Chaon

    Coronavirus

    Here in Taiwan, we are now at 103 days with no locally transmitted cases. All new cases have been people coming home from overseas. I still have to wear a mask on the bus.
  41. 5 points
  42. 5 points
    Logan.1179

    Jokes

    My wife called me at work and asked, "Do you ever get a shooting pain across your body, like someone's got a voodoo doll of you and they're stabbing it?" Sounding concerned, I replied, "No..." She responded, "How about now?"
  43. 5 points
    Cygnia

    Funny Pics II: The Revenge

  44. 5 points
    Pattern Ghost

    Coronavirus

    So, what you're saying is you'd rather be hanging with your gnomies?
  45. 5 points
    Pariah

    Coronavirus

    If being raptured into Heaven at the imminent End of Days requires accepting Donald Trump as the anointed of God, I'm not sure I want to go.
  46. 5 points
    A lot of us grew up with Star Trek Original Series and the Pertwee/Tom Baker Dr Who. Those who came later had Next Generation or DS9 Trek. I feel sorry for those who had Voyager or Enterprise.
  47. 5 points
    Old Man

    Coronavirus

  48. 5 points
    Punisher Lite - Great Taste, Less Killing
  49. 5 points
    City on the Edge of Forever. Any number of Sci-Fi greats wrote whole novels about time travel, but Harlan Ellison set the standards for the dangers of changing history for an entire generation. I personally think every time travel story after that point from Quantum Leap to the Terminator owe a little something to it.
  50. 5 points
    Logan.1179

    Funny Pics II: The Revenge

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