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    Logan.1179

    "Neat" Pictures

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    Pariah

    Jokes

    It's a 5 minute walk from my house to the bar. It's a 45 minute walk from the bar to my house. The difference is staggering.
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    "Hey guys,"I said as I entered the main area of the mall turned base that had become a second home to me. There was enough room, I thought, for a team twice our size, right? I mean, she wouldn't really close us up or send some of us out? This team was almost a family, or at the very least a tight knit group of friends by now. You don't 'rightsize' stuff like that. What can I say? An idea gets in my head, sometimes I gnaw on it for a bit. Like all day. Tornado looked up, "Hey Pinprick, it is Eel, basher of Neerdowells." Valentino is a good friend, not my best friend, but a good friend. He was getting less good the more he smiled though. "At last we are saved, for I have lived in fear of Neerdowells, but now am secure," Pinprick nodded. Well, the permanently shrunk archer? He'd always been a jerk, but yes, he was a friend too. Which meant I had to suck it up and roll with it, "Mabel, you're a narc." To my surprise, there was no response. At first I thought Mabel might be trying to dodge the accusation, but that would be pretty out of character for her. The fun loving and sultry voiced Artificial Intelligence that was plugged into our base wasn't exactly afraid of any of us. She had too much dirt. This was where she was supposed to express a complete lack of repentance, flatter me, tease me, and then move on. Instead? Nada. "Mabel?" I tried again. "She's offline," Arctic Fox said, "Duh." The queen of cold, the mean girl for justice; Arctic Fox and I had not started off on the best foot. Mostly because she had hoped her then boyfriend would be taking the 'strong guy' spot for the team. Of course, he had turned out to be a government agent involved in an illegal black operation who was using her affections as an in. So, I couldn't really be mad at her. Besides, push come to shove, she and I were actually very complimentary in a fight. I couldn't count the number of times her cold and ice powers had saved my bacon from fire or heat, and she knew that if some bruiser came for her that she couldn't handle that I would have her back. Not that there wasn't she couldn't handle. Each of my team mates was a powerhouse. None more than Lady Obsidian herself. "Relax, people, it's my doing and she's good with it. I'll explain later," Lady Obsidian came out wearing her full armor, which surprised me a bit. Lately she had been saving that for the field. Yet the power armor she wore did seem to send a message that tonight's meeting would not just be a casual check in. "Still feels weird not hearing her," Viewpoint spoke my very thoughts from the corner. I turned, remembering what Ariana and I had discussed. Viewpoint had changed his costume, some of the glitz was still there, as were the 'shades for show' but he looked less like a male runway model and more like a superhero in design. It occurred to me I might suffer from some snobby tendencies. The point, however, was that Viewpoint was here. A team meeting and he had shown. He wasn't the only "newcomer". Stuck to the wall, Slime really did look like some azure booger a giant smeared there. Greetings all! scrolled along his surface. Slime used his body to 'text us' more or less, as he didn't quite have the right body for regular speech. Then again, his form of communication worked fine on others of his species. No doubt we seemed rather odd in our own limitations to them. But Earth was Slime's home now, and he had become rather expert at chatting folks up as long as they focused on reading him. "Hey, Slime" I waved and smiled as a sort of pseudopod waved back. Lady Obsidian nodded, "Is everyone here? Where is Pogo?" "I'm here, I'm here," Pogo bounced in, but then she always did. She was a kinetic reactive, any impact could set her bouncing. It was more useful and powerful than most folks realize. She had changed her costume again. Over the last few months, Pogo had gone through numerous costume changes. A few weeks ago, she had decided to sex it up, only to report later to the other ladies on the team that they were right and maybe when your powers include bipping and bopping around at immense speeds maybe you'd want a costume that was a bit more 'secure' up top. The men of the team pretended, for our own good and for her dignity, not to have heard a word. Pogo was back to green and yellow, but no shades were present allowing her lovely eyes to peek through the stylish half mask along with a costume that resembled something like an Olympic gymnast might wear. It occurred to me that she didn't look like a kid anymore. Nature, Time, and plenty of exercise ala crimefighting had been kind. She was turning into a rather pretty young woman. How had I missed that? Then again, she wasn't eighteen yet, and to top it off, my girlfriend was in costume nearby too. Maybe I should just keep missing that. "Sorry, I'm late," Pogo rattled on, "I wanted to decide slippers or no slippers because I totally could have gone barefoot for my new costume but then I thought wait, barefoot like in all women should be barefoot and pregnant? And me a role model for young Asian American girls everywhere? well, not everywhere, but at least two folks online think I am and they're watching so nope nope, I went with the slippers even though my powers make it redundant mostly. Let me tell you it is no easy feet finding the right foot wear for maximum crime fighting efficiency. I mean, sneakers are great as sneakers, but it just looks so unheroic right?" She took a breath. That was our chance. See, Pogo's greatest power is verbosity. If you don't dive in quick in the few gaps she gives you (because even she has to breathe) then you lose any chance of getting a word in edge wise. That much had not changed. Lady Obsidian knew this, and she had things to do so she spoke up then, "That's fine, Pogo. It looks very nice. Folks, I need the floor if you please. I have some big announcements explaining the new loss to the city's superhero population..." It wasn't just Pogo who cut in on that, it was all of us. "Wait, the rumors are true?" Arctic Fox said in the same tone of disbelief I felt. "Oh my god I'm never going to be a member, but I've worked so hard," Pogo began to protest. "Come on, Viv," Pinprick wasn't supposed to use our non-super names and frankly was the only one who could get away with using that nickname for our team leader, but no one was going to call him on it as he was speaking for all of us, "I know things have been dull lately, but ending the team, or even kicking some of them to the curb? You don't want to do that." "Seriously," Tornado agreed, "I mean, I like this team better than I do my family," There was that silent beat of a moment and he added, "Sorry, Valerosa." Ariana shook her head, "Don't apologize. I feel the same way, not that I'd tell them." Viewpoint frowned but said nothing. I took a breath and made up my mind about something, "Lady Obsidian, Costa Sagrado is doing well, but the New Samaritans are the reason why it's doing well. If you take away this team and leave the place undefended, or even just disorganized; it'll be chaos. Word will get out. It always does. Without a deterrent, the criminal element will flood back into the area with a vengeance. And without a support net work, without coordination, we might have lives lost. We can't risk that. I'm begging you, please, don't break us up. Don't kick a lot of us out. But if you do, then...well, Maybe we'll have to pick a new name or something, find a new place, but we'll have to keep the team going in one form or another. And I bet the others would be with me on that." Some of the others were already nodding. Tornado even threw in a "damn straight" for which I was grateful. Well, there it was. I had just put my foot down against the team leader; not quite an act of rebellion, but certainly conviction. She was a woman I had admired since I was a boy. Heck, I did a report on her in MIddle school for Black History Month. I could only hope that, even if she was now going to eject me first, that I had earned her respect in so doing. "What in God's name are you all talking about?" Lady Obsidian said, "Do I look like an idiot? I know the city would get swarmed if we left it undefended. My mother, rest her soul, did not raise an idiot. I've only been doing this for longer than any of you were born. You think I haven't seen what happens when cities lose their super teams?" "Ahhhh," I said intelligently. Valerosa looked at her feet. "Sorry, Boss," Pinprick winced. "We got it all wrong?" Pogo said in a way that made it sound like she still wasn't sure but would agree to anything that would get her out of trouble. "Damn straight," Tornado said throwing an arm around Lady Obsidian's armored shoulders and waving a finger at us, "The rest of you should be ashamed of yourselves. Where's the trust?" "Tornado," Lady O said in a flat tone, "Remove the arm, you are not fooling anyone." "Roger that," He put his arms to his sides. "Okay, what is going on then?" Arctic Fox said, "I'm sorry, we all are, but you were heard saying earlier that the base would feel the absence and..." "If you folks would let me finish?" Lady Obsidian said putting one hand on her hip, "First, let's get some things settled. Viewpoint, welcome to the team, if you want to make it official." Viewpoint's eyebrows shot up, then he smiled "Thanks. Was a time I'd ask about royalties and insist on Tuesdays off, but you know, I had my eyes opened a bit since then," Then he added, "No pun intended." A few chuckles. "Well, you'll get a stipend and some royalties from a few merchandise sales just like the rest of us, but you've been busting your ass by our side and it has not gone unnoticed," Lady Obsidian said. Then she turned, "Pogo. Might as well make it official even though you're not quite eighteen yet. Welcome to the team. You are, at long last, a New Samaritan." Pogo's jaw dropped open and nothing. "I think she's broken," Pinprick observed. "She's speechless," Artic Fox commented. "Like I said," Pinprick nodded. "Pogo, honey? You have to say yes for it to count, I don't draft people against their," Unlike Tornado, Pogo threw BOTH arms around our team leader, "oof, will." Lady O finished. "YES, Affirmative, Absolutely, Positive, Surely, eagerly, Yes yes yes!" Pogo said! "So that's a maybe then," Tornado commented dryly. "I know how she feels," Viewpoint said, "Go easy on her." Congratulations to you both! Slime declared in his way. "What the blob said," Arctic Fox said. "We have one more person to let into the field," Lady Obsidian said, "Though I hesitate to call her a new member." A thought occurred to me as I remembered the only person I had expected to be here who wasn't. "Despite my suggestions not to, she has, as her supername, chosen to call herself Brazen," The good scientist finished. The door opened, and there was the most gorgeous brass colored robot I'd ever seen. Okay, that would arguably be a category with little competition. What I mean is, a brass hued robot who looked like she had stepped out of the cover of a 1980s Sci Fi magazine was in front of us. Her hair was copper, and , of course, not hair at all but rather wires meant to simulate it. The phrase "a body built for sin" gains new legitimacy when it really was built. There was nothing blatantly pornographic about her, I mean, the skin had a sort of faux costume pattern, really more like a one piece; but despite that I could tell that a lot of young men who saw her would be developing a new appreciation for technology their mothers would not approve of. "Ta-daaa!" Brazen struck a pose while still in the door frame. Her voice confirmed my suspicions. "Looking good, Mabel" I said. It was an understatement but I said it in what I hoped was a supportive drooling free tone. "Wait, that's Mabel?" Viewpoint said. "Oh my god," Arctic Fox said. "His wonders to behold," Tornado said reverently as he oggled the she-bot. "Well, that's not going to lead to impossible body image expectations for my peers at all" Pogo muttered as she surveyed the bust to waist to hip ratio of the robotic body. Valerosa simply hugged the mechanical form for a moment, then parted (Just in time too, a fantasy was forming, one that would get me killed if a telepath ever squealed) to say "Congratulations, Mabel. I mean Brazen. You finally got a body that.. I mean, you can feel it right? It's not a remote thing?" "My hardware is now in this body, and this body is functional," Brazen winked in the general direction of the men of the team "Fully functional." "Stop that," Arctic Fox told Mabel/Brazen, "Or we won't get anything productive done." "She's got a point" Lady Obsidian agreed with Fox. "Where's the trust?" Pinprick said looking hurt. None of the women on the team dignified that with a response. "Seriously, congratulations, Bonita," Tornado said. "This been a dream of yours long?" Viewpoint asked. "Sure feels like it, " Mabel said, "and it's not just for looks. Superstrong, super durable and a few other goodies besides." Valerosa and I exchanged looks. Super strength with accompanying durability and resilience was amg the cornerstone power set. I'd been invited to join the New Samaritans in large part because I filled that crucial niche, that and because they thought I was Atlantean and talked to fish, but that's neither here nor there. When Velrosa went super dense, she came close to matching me. Now there were three of us? I don't know about Ariana but a part of me wondered if I was now more than a little redundant. Another part of me couldn't wait to figure out if Brazen or I was stronger. Yes, it's a bit of a jock thing, but there's a competitive streak among superheroes of similar abilities. Mostly good natured. Mostly. Brazen's sultry tones took on an apologetic twinge, "I'm afraid there is a downside to this body walking around as my new home base." "An increase in traffic accidents?" Tornado opined. Mabel gave a dazzling smile, "That too, but no. I mean while I can still run things remotely for the vehicles and the base if I concentrate; and hooking up the coms is little trouble- From now on a lot of things are going to be on a default standard programming level. That is, just as artificial, but not as intelligent." "That'll slow response time of some protocols," I said aloud, earning a look from Valerosa. She was right, I realized, now was not the time to induce guilt in someone for living a dream, even if I didn't mean to. I threw in "But it's nothing we can't adapt for." The robotic woman cheered at that, "Thanks for understanding, everyone. Maybe eventually I'll be able to handle this body and all that with greater ease but there's an integration period. And the other thing." She gave a look to Lady Obsidian. "The other thing?" Pinprick said it first, I swear. "Some of you may have noticed we have had a bit of a slow down in Costa Sagrado's crime rate, from super-crime to purse snatching, is down a tick," She stated. We all stared at her. "Fine, from that weird mix of loyalty and near mutiny I got just a few minutes ago, it's obvious you are all aware this city's crime rate is lower, but there is a price to our success," She gestured to the monitor screens. I wasn't sure but I swore they lit up just half second slower than they did when Mabel's hard drive was in the base, an unfamiliar city skyline came up then zoomed in focus, "This is Port Cascade. Hundreds of miles away from us, you probably heard of it more than seen it but it does have a pretty nice alternative music scene. It doesn't get as much sunlight as Costa Sagrado, and likes to boast it's greener, probably because of all that rain. Despite that, it's got many of the same things to offer, fusion foods, hipsters aging inelegantly, and a thriving tech industry. Guess where all the supervillains have been going in the last year?" The question was rhetorical, but Pinprick the bait enough to say "Des Moines?" "No, man, that's election time, and the villains aren't super, just political," Tornado corrected. "Laugh it up," Lady Obsidian said and gestured to the monitors again. The display was not just one screen after all, and images flashed all over. Images of supervillains we'd fought before and some we'd never seen danced on those screens. Looting openly, pillaging like modern day vikings, and having a grand time doing it. Tornado's eyes locked on one figure, in an orange and black costume, the style of which reminded me of certain martial arts movies, "That's Devil Tiger. He's not there just for fun or easy money." The name rung a bell, "Isn't he one of your oldest foes?" I asked, "You two used to spar all the time?" "Yeah, with mixed results each time," Tornado scowled, "And he's not your typical payroll raider or even jewelry store bandit. He's a member of a group of assassins who call themselves the Children of the Dread Star. They seek to release him so he may rule all the world with them as his beloved and favored generals. Frankly, I despised the guy long before I knew what a lunatic he was. If he's in Port Cascade, something big is going on." "And I recognize at least three monsters on my usual dance card," Arctic Fox said, "When can I go?" And there it was, out in the open. "Wait," I said staring at Lady Obsidian, "You're branching us out? Aren't you? Some stay here, others go there, and we're big enough to roll." I couldn't go. Could not go. Sure, a break was coming up, but even that break was going to require study, and I had commitments. I hated to bring her the bad news but I readied myself to make my case. "You can't go, Eel," Lady Obsidian said as she saw me preparing to say something. "Why the hell not?" came out of my mouth, a testament to the contrariness of the Lambert line. "Because I worked too hard to get you to go to college and I don't trust a two week break not to stretch out into something else," She said. "Great, a month or whatever taking orders from Pinprick" I sighed. "Pinprick's not staying here," Lady Obsidian said. "Why not?" my girlfriend's warning pinch did not get to me in time, "How come he gets to be not bored?" I demanded. "Because I'm her indispensable ace-in-the-hole, you're her highly dispensable acehole," Pinprick smirked. I flashed the diminutive archer the gesture of the high hand, never let it be said I won't abandon silver age sensibilities under pressure. "Pretty much that, I've grown to rely on him and he backs my plays very well, most of the time," She eyed Pinprick as she gave the qualifier. Viewpoint cut through this to ask his own question, "Just who is being left behind? Me? I don't much care. But we got to leave some folks behind. Even if there's just a one in hundred chance some seriously bad threat arises this city needs some heroes." "Very true, Viewpoint," Lady Obsidian nodded, "And as Eel surmised, I am splitting the team. Pinprick, Arctic Fox, Tornado, Mabel and myself will be going with me. Mabel because I'll need muscle and her body is new and I want to make sure the transition to her new robotic form sticks. Viewpoint, Pogo, Slime, this is an excellent time for you to coordinate a little bit more with each other as a team. Eel and Valorasa will be team co captains while I'm gone." I must have looked surprised. "Eel, you've shown leadership moments before, and Valorasa knows this city almost as well as Tornado does, plus, as a Partial she can help empathize with the new trainees who are partials themselves when you teach them," Lady Obsidian said, "You two will be great co-captains." Valorasa beamed at me, "This could be exciting." Pogo clearly agreed, "Guys, guys, you know what this means? I mean wow while the old pros are out, the young talent is getting room to show off and folks won't see us and say hey there's those tagalongs, no they're goinna see us and go 'Look, it's the NEW New Samaritans!' Yay!" Me? I felt Ariana's smile getting contagious, and looked to the old school crew, "Thanks guys. I..We're proud you trust us with the city and we won't let you down." "I knew you won't," Lady Obsidian said. "Wait, trainees?" I blinked. "Well, of course. " Lady Obsidian said, "Look, crime is low and you've got a two week break where you can teach some basics to the partials who I gave the gear too. I said I would do it, did you think I was lying to the government official? There are laws against that sort of thing." She said with a bit of satisfaction. "Mozel Tov, Fish Guy," Pinprick said hoisting a thimble sized mug and taking a drink, "To the youngbloods, may they not screw this up!" "Hey!" Pogo said offended on our behalves. Slime bubbled with what I guessed to be amusement. And I felt a strong need for a hard drink. Leading the team I could do? But teaching? I Looked at Tornado, one of my best friends and whispered, "She expects me to teach a group of young partials how to use their full powers?" "If it helps," He said kindly, "We'll get your head shaved before we go." Ah, team mates, always there when you need them; usually with a punch line.
  6. 5 points
    ScottishFox

    Buying a Smart Phone with Points

    I think at the point you're making players pay character points for a cell phone your game is probably dead. It's one thing to have to pay character points for high-tech gadget that is part of your super persona and another thing altogether to have to pay for every day items that are possessed by hundreds of millions of people.
  7. 4 points
    How's this for a Princess Bride remake?
  8. 4 points
    death tribble

    Create a Villain Theme Team!

    Who's the black surgical doc That's as solid as a rock ? (Graft) You're damn right Who is the man That would attach his neck to his brother man ? (Graft) Can you dig it ? Who's the cat that won't cop out When there's danger all about ? (Graft) Right on They say Graft was struck off (Shut your mouth) But I'm talkin' 'bout Graft (Then we can dig it) He's a dedicated man But no one understands him but his victims (John Graft) The evil surgeon that does experiments on people involving transplanting living tissue, that is John Graft Shaft was blaxploitation and change the lyrics and voila mad scientist
  9. 4 points
    Grailknight

    Addiction/Dependence

    This would be a classic example of a Transform. It would be a Limited Power only to targets she had achieved the EGO+30 against and either Constant or Damage Over Time, shutting off whenever the target makes a breakout roll for the Mental Power.
  10. 4 points
    NO!! YOU MUST NOT TOUCH THE SACRED TEXTS!!
  11. 3 points
    When Avery Brooks shaved his head on DS9.
  12. 3 points
    Pariah

    Dungeon Draft: October 2019

    In those days, long ago, there was no magic. Neither were there Elves, nor Dwarves, nor Giants, nor even Dragons. In those days, there were only Men - men and their amazing machines. Ancient legend tells us that men had created machines that could carry them across continents, or high over the tops of the tallest mountains. Machines with which they could converse with one another from opposite sides of the world. Machines by which they built cities that would scrape the sky itself. Machines that would burrow deep into the Earth and extract its lifeblood, which men would use to warm their cities and power their machines. It is even said that they had machines with which men might walk on the barren deserts of the Moon and return safely to the Earth. Among these machines, men built terrible weapons. Weapons that could destroy an invading army from beyond the horizon. Weapons that could render entire forests brown and lifeless. Weapons with which they could set alight their magnificent cities, reducing them to cinders as if they had never been. Weapons that could destroy their entire world. And the day came that they did exactly that. No one knows for certain how many æons passed before the races of today arose from the devastation of the former world. But as they did, they found a world of Magic and mystery. In those early, difficult times, the races learned to work together for the benefit of all. It was a new beginning, a Reawakening of life, an epoch of discovery. At length, the peoples of this world began to discover the deep and hidden secrets of the former world. Many of those discoveries were great and wonderful. Some were great and terrible. And a few were truly horrific. Some of these became known as places of great and ancient evil. In one ancient place, deep within a mountain of primordial granite, there lies a powerful machine from a bygone age. If legends are to be believed, this machine can open a doorway to other worlds. Some adventurers seek out this place in search of greater adventures, or riches undreamed of in this world. Some seek to explore and understand worlds beyond our own. And some dream of conquest in faraway places. But none have ever discovered this doorway. Or if they have, they've never come back…. Location: The granite mountain known in ancient days as Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Why Go There? There's a Stargate in there somewhere.
  13. 3 points
    That hack's story from Feb 2019 points out that Ukraine at that time had already restarted the investigation. If you don't like the hack's story, here's one from May 2019 stating that the investigation had already been restarted at that point in time. https://112.international/article/biden-brought-his-people-in-ukraines-prosecutor-generals-office-to-cover-his-sons-business-shokin-39549.html Either of those news stories is long before Trump sent Guiliani to make first contact with Ukraine over the matter, much less before the Trump phone call. I'm saying, impeach Trump over enriching himself at the taxpayer's expense while in office. You can point to multiple incidents of Trump directing business to his companies while in office. That's illegal. In contrast, this Ukrainian phone call thing while useful for grabbing headlines and getting some Democrat officeholders off of the fence is going to get ripped apart like tissue paper if anyone cares to give a substantive defense. The investigation already being in progress for months before the threat of withholding money mitigates the claim that Trump was somehow forcing Ukraine to do something that it didn't want to do. Threatening to withhold money unless a foreign leader does what you want, even if you think you can find that in the transcript...that happens in Washington all the time. I just posted a video of Biden bragging that he'd threatened this same Ukrainian leader that he'd withhold money unless that Ukrainian leader fired a particular prosecutor (who just happened to be in charge of the investigation into a company where Hunter Biden sat on the board). Threatening to withhold money from a foreign country unless it does what we want has been the main way the US has motivated foreign cooperation since WWII. For the threat to be relevant in any manner in an accusation against Trump, you'd have to prove some underlying crime. Because threatening to withhold money unless a foreign country does what we want isn't itself a crime.
  14. 3 points
    Chris Goodwin

    Hero system 7 ideas

    I think what Duke is getting at is, in Champions II it was Light Illusions; you rolled dice and compared it to INT. However, I did a bit of digging, and in 3rd edition at least, both Mental Illusions and Telepathy were compared to INT (not EGO) as well. Mind Control and Mind Scan were both compared to EGO, as expected. (It was called Images in FH 1e, with the same mechanic as in Champions II; FH also had Sounds, which was the same mechanic but for... sound.)
  15. 3 points
    Brennall

    Tabletop Simulator

    New Dice roller with support for killing attacks, 1/2d6 and stun modifiers for 6e/5e.
  16. 3 points
    Ternaugh

    The Academics Thread

    “I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius and we’re skeptical.” --Arthur C. Clarke
  17. 3 points
    Hugh Neilson

    Hero system 7 ideas

    It could be done with 4e, 5e or 6e, and it was, at least to a large extent, 1e through 3e. Make ACTUAL GAMES that use the Hero System as their engine. Take that system, with its array of dials and switches and possible ranges of ability, and publish a game that uses the system - that sets the dials and the switches to create the feel desired for the specific game, and presents only those aspects of the rules which are needed to run that game. Perhaps we want a Fantasy game. It will be Heroic. So we set our starting characters at 175 points, and 50 points of complications. Done. NO OTHER OPTIONS. You can choose to use different CP, but our game does not. What should their characteristics be? Perhaps we state outright that no PC can have stats higher than a 20 in any primary characteristic, that few would ever have less than an 8, and that most would have half their characteristics (at most) above 15, and no more than 1 or 2 above 18. Maybe some races are 3 points higher in one stat and 2 points lower in two others (or what have you). The point is that we MAKE A DECISION and that is how this game is played. Similarly, we set standards for the secondary stats like defenses and SPD. Maybe we impose greater restrictions - characters cannot have more than 15 in any Primary and similarly set caps for each secondary. They may then take a single Race template, and up to two Profession templates. Elves are Agile (+3 DEX), Rogues are Agile (+3 DEX) and Acrobats are Agile (+3 DEX), so an Elf who is both a Rogue and an Acrobat, and buys 15 DEX as a base, can have a 24 DEX. But none of these templates are especially Hardy, so the best CON he may have is a 15 (maybe some races or professions even have a reduced characteristic). Maybe you can have as many Professions as you can pay for. We set Skills, and perhaps a starting character may buy only base skills (no extra bonuses), so if you did not invest in DEX, your best agility skill will be 11-. Some may be in Professions, and maybe we allow for up to X skill levels (or maybe starting characters only get skill levels from Races and Professions). Perhaps we rename or remove some skills, and set parameters on others. Let's add some Perks and Talents which might be part of those templates, or could be acquired separately. Now, we probably want some Powers, but perhaps we do not call them this. Maybe we have Extraordinary Abilities, Supernatural Abilities and Spells. Maybe we have more than one kind of spell. Perhaps you can only buy pre-fabs (in fixed amounts, or variable amounts - e.g. you decide how many d6 your FlameBolt will do, but a Mystic Shield is always 4 rPD, 6 rED). Maybe you need specific professions to purchase from certain lists. We also define our magic system here. Now, if all Wizard Spells require a Wizard Staff, Gestures and Incantations, we don't need to say that in every wizard spell - we just apply those limitations. Maybe the occasional Wizard Spell can be cast without an Incantation (price it that way, and specify that it is one of those rare exceptions). Perhaps very skilled casters can overcome these limits (powers built with naked advantages). No need to spell out the builds. They could always go in an appendix, or online, but that's not essential. Ditto complications - maybe we remove some we dislike for this game (e.g., no Hunteds; the PCs will make their enemies as they go). We provide the core rules - but maybe there is no Radar in our magical realm (so we leave that sense group out). Perhaps Blindsense is common, so we write that up using Detect and include it. We include the combat maneuvers we want, and exclude those we don't. Perhaps our game will use velocity-based DCV, so we include those rules, and vehicles and mounts, so those rules stay. No Bases though - PC's don't get to buy a castle. Maybe we'll include them in a later supplement. Include those combat rules we wish to use - maybe some maneuvers are not in our game. Maybe there are no martial arts - simulate them with skill levels, Limited bonuses to CVs and/or DCs, etc. Now, toggle the switches - either we will use wounding or we leave it out. Same choices for hit locations, Impairing, Disabling, Knockdown/back, Bleeding, Critical Hits - at the extreme, maybe we implement the "ignore STUN" option. Maybe we include Interposing. Perhaps we decide characters never recover in combat (reprice Recovery as it is for BOD only, or remove it entirely; a few minutes' rest restores all STUN and END, but running out in combat means you are out). Maybe we remove END. Unless we use Long-Term End, we remove those rules as well. We choose the model of Pushing to be used, and that is the only model in the game. Some environmental effects, like radiation and zero gravity, are not intended for our game, so we leave them out. Others reflect only those elements relevant - we don't need lasers or electrical outlets, but we have lightning bolts and flaming oil and torches. Maybe we exclude underwater for another supplement, or perhaps we deliberately leave out things like pressure, the bends, etc. - those don't happen in this magical world. Clearly, we will need weapons, armor and maybe rules for magical gear. The point, of course, is that this is not "A system to build any game you want" or even "a system to design your own fantasy game". It is ONE Fantasy game, powered by the Hero System. You want to do some customizing? Well, pick up the full system rules and customize to your heart's content. But our game will stick with the rule book, and any supplements we may decide to publish later.
  18. 2 points
    death tribble

    Dungeon Draft: October 2019

    October's draft is the first ever dungeon draft and is brought to you by Death Tribble with grateful assistance from Cancer who proof read the original transcript and amended it. Here is what you need to know You are a sage and explorer, member of the Universal Geographical Society (UGS). You are convinced you have found the most astonishing place in the world, and are trying to impress upon others that you deserve to be selected to receive this millennium's UGS Positronium Medal for Discover of Vast Previously Unknown Edifices at the next UGS Conclave. You are investigating, and publishing your findings about, a dungeon in your world. You do not have to fully map the dungeon to publish your findings. Nominally, you are working with all of the other sages, with the goal being to document labyrinths in the same world. The competing/cooperating sages, and the dungeons they are exploring, all exist at the same time (though the dungeons need not have originated at the same time). The setting is completely blank. You need not (should not) describe the world anywhere except within, and immediately surrounding, your dungeon. Here's what you'll need in your labyrinth. Location, Location, Location. Where is the labyrinth? Recall the Tomb of Horrors created by Gary Gygax this was in the Vast Swamp and quite inaccessible. But yours can be a city empty or otherwise, beneath a city or in a volcano for example. The location pick is where the entrance will be that players characters would normally force their way in. The location pick need not be exclusive so you could have two demi-dungeons side by side like pyramids just not connected. You can have one floating in the atmosphere and another at the bottom of the ocean. Who is in charge? This place was built for someone, but maybe now they are gone so just who is running the place now? You can give sketchy details like ‘The Lich Maurice now controls the dungeon’ or you can give more details. This is a single exclusive choice. Why go there? Dungeons are built to hurt people so why in the name of the Abyss would anyone want to go there. There has to be a reason such as an oracle, someone who has been kidnapped and is being held there, an artifact or vast wealth. This again has to be exclusive. Five different featured highlights. Here you will list five specific areas in the dungeon and what makes them special. Here you can place monsters or traps and you can list treasure. The traps and monsters need not be exclusive but if your ensemble is novel enough, you can make it so if you wish and declare this to be unique in the world (so that other draft participants cannot claim a copy). The outside world may or may not know anything about these locations prior to your picks. The Draft Despot has Grimtooth’s Traps and various Monster Manuals so I should be able work out what you are plagiarising if at all. Goals of the architect. Simply: why was the place built in the first place? It is perfectly acceptable for the original purpose to be something besides punishing enemies; the corruption into a punishing pit would then have been retrofitted onto the original structure. For example: Derek, King of the Swingers had a new Palace built underground which was then occupied by a Lich. Who Built it. This isn't the patron or the project manager; those folks don't do the actual excavation or construction. Needed here is the identity of the person who supervised the construction on the site, and the nature of the labor that went into the construction. That latter could be legions of nameless human (or not human) slaves, hordes of fanatically devoted followers, or a specific architectural firm, for example. These overseer-and-grunt specifications need not be exclusive, but a describing them should take into account the environment in which the construction happened. As examples, if building was in a vast empty desert, or at the bottom of the ocean, puts special demands on those doing the construction. You could identify the constructor as the same entity as the patron, but this puts demands on that patron, such as being an Archmage and a commitment of time and effort to putting the edifice in place. The first person to post a particular builder can specify who they are. This may by implication limit others wanting you use the same grunts and site boss; for example, an ordinary human cannot usually have built dungeons three hundred years apart. Mythic Monster or Guardian or History. You can specify a unique monster or guardian for the dungeon. Alternately you can lay out an occupation history of the place. For example: Derek King of the Swingers moved in first; after he died High Priest Philip ran it; then Maurice the Lich turned him into a shrivelled toad, threw him out, and took over for a century or two, until he got too cocky, and Infernal Octopus Reginald found his immured heart and banished him forever. Then the Japanese factory ships caught Reginald, turned him into tako sushi without realising what they'd done, and the place has lain empty since. Round one will be your Location, but the rest can be selected in any order. We will begin Thursday October 3, Five in the afternoon British Time which is Noon Eastern in the States. We take the weekends off.
  19. 2 points
    Greywind

    Superhero Cosplayers

    https://i.imgur.com/oxyXzfT.mp4
  20. 2 points
  21. 2 points
    Cygnia

    "Neat" Pictures

  22. 2 points
    drunkonduty

    Gods in RPGs

    I prefer my gods transcendent rather than immanent. This makes all evidence for their existence very much subjective and open to interpretation. It's part of my preference for low fantasy. So I'm all for a mountain that some people claim had it's top cut off by the swipe of Clanggeddin's axe in his battle with Gruumsh for ownership of the mountain range in which the dwarves and orcs dwell. But there will be no hard evidence for it. Not to mention competing stories.
  23. 2 points
    csyphrett

    Create a Villain Theme Team!

    Bee Woman has all the powers of a bee which she implants in her victims and causes them to obey her commands with their new tiny wings CES
  24. 2 points
    Steve

    Hyperspace Hibernation

    Thanks for this. Traveling through hyperspace while awake results in the victim developing epilepsy, a raging insanity or falling into a coma rather than death, so I think I'll just make it a Mental Transform into one of those three states. It's probably going to be a -1/2 or -1 Limitation. Explored space is not very huge, and hyperspace travel is not really fast, maybe about where Traveler is at: a parsec or two per week. Colonized space (the Core) reaches out about four parsecs from Sol, the Outer Rim goes out another six parsecs and is made up of mining outposts and other resource extraction sites as well as scientific research bases and start-up colonies, a barely-civilized zone reminiscent of the Wild West or maybe some places shown in the Firefly TV series. Beyond the Outer Rim is the Frontier, around ten parsecs or so deep, rarely traveled and home to only mining installations and scientific outposts. The feel I am trying for is something like you saw in the original two Alien movies and the gritty space-western Outland, mixed with elements of Blade Runner. No blasters or laser guns, although a form of artificial gravity exists as an offshoot of the technology that gave mankind FTL travel. I'm leaning towards there being no aliens, just artificial beings like replicants alongside humans, but I'm still undecided.
  25. 2 points
    Quackhell

    Create a Villain Theme Team!

    Rudy Lee Ray was a night club owner, pimp and stand-up comedian whose buck wild material attacked The Man and riled up his crowds. This put a target on him and one night he was gunned down by the police. Near death he crawled into a toy store and using a spell taught to him by one of his ladies transferred his soul into a Lil' Bro action toy. Now all the suckas will have to pay to the illest little motha you ever seen, who is crackin skulls with kung fu and bustin caps too. Here comes...DOLL-O-MITE!!
  26. 2 points
    Cygnia

    "Neat" Pictures

  27. 2 points
    Jedi scum staining your clothes? Try Order 66 Laundry Detergent! Guaranteed to virtually 'Wipe them all out!'
  28. 2 points
    Cygnia

    Creepy Pics.

  29. 2 points
    Pariah

    Champions Now Information

    I got an update e-mail today. The artist they commissioned for the book has had some health issues, so the artwork has been delayed. They are anticipating all artwork to be submitted by October 15th, after which the book will go to final editing and layout. The PDF version should be completed shortly thereafter, with physical copies to follow. The only firm date they gave was the aforementioned October 15th, but it gives me hope that I could be holding the finished product by Christmas.
  30. 2 points
    archer

    Advantage costing

    The short answer is "no". A slightly longer answer is "hell, no". For a more complete answer... As people have pointed out in this thread, there are point-efficient ways of building a power without resorting to using naked advantage. My experience with naked advantage is players trying to go over active point campaign limits by burying naked advantages somewhere on a handwritten character sheet like among the skills "He's so skilled with his energy blast that its armor piercing when he wants it to be" or "his energy blast doesn't cost END when he doesn't want it to (like every time he's low on END)" then hoping I okay the character without noticing. So I strongly prefer everything about a power to be written together in one spot on a character sheet so I can understand at a glance exactly how a character is supposed to work.
  31. 2 points
    Genma

    Hero system 7 ideas

    Well said, sentry0. Personally, if invited to a table of Hero System, I wouldn’t mind which edition I would be playing at all as long as I’m playing it.
  32. 2 points
    Doc Democracy

    I’m Back?

    Welcome back, it is a much quieter board than it used to be. Same old arguments though. 🙂
  33. 2 points
    I thought this was weird, so I did some research:
  34. 2 points
    Cancer

    More space news!

    There is solid reason to say that Venus was in the HZ until 3/4 Gyr ago or so, at which time the inevitable increase in solar luminosity drove all the water into vapor form, the thermal structure of the atmosphere changed so that water was exposed to the solar UV, and it got photodissociated and lost. End of habitability. The outer edge of the HZ is harder to guess. Mars is low enough mass that its geological activity was able to maintain a circulation of atmosphere gases through the solid part of the planet for a Gyr, tops, and maintain a magnetic field strong enough to stand off the impinging solar wind, for a less-understood amount of time. In other words, Mars might not be habitable now even if it was now and had always been where Earth is now. It is a weak candidate. Had Mars been 1 or 2 earth masses, its geology probably would still be going. In such a case, would an Earth-mass Mars in its current location be habitable now? And, an important second question arises: would it have been habitable 3.5 Gyr ago when the solar luminosity was substantially lower? I would need some convincing before I'd say we had any confidence in our ability to answer those questions.
  35. 2 points
    That's because a fair number of all people took that lim. Only it reads "Psych Lim: Greatly prefers facts that reinforce preexisting worldview".
  36. 2 points
    Hermit

    A superhero setting from Scratch

    If this thread seems like a mess it's only because it is. I merged all three threads to keep it all together.
  37. 2 points
    I often wonder if there aren’t two sharply different versions of the Starship Troopers book running around out there with the same cover.
  38. 2 points
    I think it would be trivial to make an adaptation of Starship Troopers that had no pro-fascist agenda lurking in the background, particularly since that's not in the book to begin with. And I think the Iron Man movies showed how to put your star actors in powered armor without losing the ability to see their faces and their emotions.
  39. 2 points
    AIUI people who live in SF had trouble believing it would take five years for a rat to step on the button.
  40. 2 points
    And this is the point where paying points is of value. If you rely on "free" kit then the GM has narrative control over that kit. If you get hit with a flame blast and the GM wants to remove your access to the cellphone, then he can say that the heat causes it to fritz out and may indicate when you might get access to it again. If you pay points and use the focus limitation to make it cheaper then you cede a little bit of narrative control and bring the functionality within the rules. If you simply pay for it then you should expect to have the functionality at all times - you have narrative control. With a weapon bought with a focus, you may be disarmed but expect the GM to provide you with access to it when you escape. If the weapon was given to you as kit from a patron then when it is removed from you there should be no expectation that you will ever get it back. Doc
  41. 2 points
    Gnome BODY (important!)

    Coffin Questions

    So he's just putting an unconscious person in a box and burying it, via purely mundane methods? I wouldn't represent that as a power. Not everything should be a power, this is just an application of a box and the environment.
  42. 2 points
    Lord Liaden

    Hero system 7 ideas

    My own Hero games continue to be based on Fifth Edition, with an infusion of elements from Fourth. Fifth hit my personal sweet spot in terms of rule comprehensiveness, but I just plain like the way Fourth does some things better. I won't deny that familiarity and comfort have a lot to do with my preference; but the very high degree of compatibility between those two editions, and the metric buttload of resources published for both, give me a vast diverse array of material I can draw from. I appreciate what SETAC attempted to do in designing Sixth, and I don't blame anyone who prefers it. But I never felt enough of a need for it to switch over. And as I made (perhaps too) abundantly clear upthread, I feel even less need for a Seventh Edition.
  43. 2 points
    DShomshak

    Anachronisms in Game of Thrones

    I've only read the 1st, 2nd and 3rd books. I didn't notice jarringly contemporary phrases; but I found Martin's occasional variant spelling ("Ser" for "Sir," IIRC, or "wayn" for "wain") obtrusive. I and friends of mine have noticed other writerly tics that are a distinctive style if you like them, laughable if you don't. 6th season was past what Martin has written, so "Give us the room" probably didn't come from him. I wouldn't find the expression obtrusive, at least in the way as someone saying "fo' shizzle" or "What am I, chopped liver?" It's simple English words, in a straightforward metonymy (cf."Lend me your ears"). Even if it's actually a new phrase, I see no reason it could not appear at any point in the last 500 years of English usage. But then, I also don't keep up on contemporary usage very well: I don't offhand recall encountering the phrase before, though I probably have. Dean Shomshak
  44. 2 points
    Ternaugh

    Google Dice

    So, you're Holding Out for a Hero?
  45. 1 point
    Quackhell

    Create a Hero Theme Team!

    Silica Markie Williams was a small time thief who was framed for the murder of Ben Osgood(Osgood actually faked his death and became the criminal mastermind The Great Power) After a couple of years in prison she managed to escape only to be hunted down by the Spider Goblin(Parker Osgood Ben's nephew). He took Williams to a disused Osgood Industries test facility planning to torture and kill her. She managed to get free, but ended up trapped in a test lab. The goblin bomb that was thrown into the lab should have killed her, but it ended up activating an irradiated silicon dust in the lab that bonded with her body. She was able to transform into this dust and escaped. She was on the run and committing crimes to survive when she was confronted by Honey Buzzard and Unicorn. Upon hearing her story she was recruited into the Six and looks to clear her name and win back her freedom while battling evil.
  46. 1 point
    Tywyll

    [6th] Hit Locations?

    Oh, I get why KA was reduced. But if anything, I would think a setting that uses hit locations, and is therefore more realistic/deadly would reduce those modifiers to stay in line, otherwise you end up with those settings dangerous Body attacks knocking people out like they used to.
  47. 1 point
    steriaca

    Create a Villain Theme Team!

    Damion Alexander Wanger the 4th was a normal rich boy, a heir to a religious products empire. At the age of thirteen, he started to slowly mutate, developing a six finger on each hand, leathery wings, red skin, horns and a ling tail with a stinger. Rescued from being killed by his religious family for having 'wrong powers from the wrong source' (they believe all mutants are angles, except for vary ugly mutants), he becomes Abandon. New Team The Monsterous Society of Black Monsters. Brought together by Prince Mhawallie (Blackula) and Blackenstine, these seven monsters plan to stick it to the Man in a world permantly stuck in the '70s. Can you dig it? No Zombies. No Voodoo. Black copies of "White" monsters welcomed (like, say, Black Jason). Remember to make it Blackportation.
  48. 1 point
    Sketchpad

    Third Edition Renaissance

    We always played at 250 back in the 1e-4e days. Villains like the Geodesics were played as chump villains for a time. When I started running 4e, I remade some of the old villains, including the Geodesics. IIRC (it's been a bit), I believe that they came out to around 350 each, and had some pretty solid teamwork abilities.
  49. 1 point
    archer

    Supers Image game

    I found this image fascinating
  50. 1 point
    Killer Shrike

    Arc 4: Qlippothic Philosophic

    Sorry to be lagging behind...a lot going on in real life currently. I'd really like to be doing the session write ups but I just don't have the time currently. If someone else wants to take a stab at it on this thread, I don't mind at all. We played last Saturday night, ending Act 1 of the arc. As it was a significant session and a milestone, 5 XP was on the table...King Red got 4 XP, Lord Maggot got 6 XP due to above and beyond play as a possessed version of Jack and also taking on running Daryll and his zombies in the nights big fight scene. Everyone else got 5 XP. Scything and Steve had a split vote for MVP and they both did great things in the session so rather than break the tie I awarded it to both of them.
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