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  1. 3 points
    Pariah

    The "Nice Happy" Thread

    Good for them! Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, longest-married presidential couple, celebrate 74th anniversary
  2. 3 points
    Duke Bushido

    Duke's scans

    Hello, HERO people! I have had some spine problems today, making it impossible to sit down or stand up more than just a few minutes, and the constant up-and-down of the humidity with the rain trying and failing to come together isn't helping. At any rate, I have gotten #13 done, though it took about four times as long as it should have. I'd like to say that it was "the last of the easy ones," but at one-hundred-plus pages, it wasn't particularly light-weight, either. At any rate, the magazine was reformatted after this one, and I can not lay a complete leaf upon my scanner (I really miss the Super Scanner.... ). That means the rest will go a bit slower, as even de-bound, I will only be able to scan one page at a time. I have no intention of cutting the leaves (I intend to put the books back together when this is all done), so there's going to be a minute or two of flipping, folding, and turning with each page. And of course, alignment will have to be one page at a time instead of two. Stil, things are looking pretty good. With one-through-thirteen done, _and_ #26 done, we _can_ say that one-half of the books are scanned! Yay! The rest will be slower, I'm afraid, but will be approached with the same level of tenacity that got this much done. Then-- onto a flash drive and on to Jason!
  3. 2 points
    Quackhell

    Create a Hero Theme Team!

    Telum Sanctus His history is a secret, but the man who is known only as the Holy Weapon by the Vatican is called upon when dire demonic threats arise. His body is covered in tattoos of verses and proverbs that provide him protection from the evil forces he battles. He is also armed with the Sword of the Spirit representing the Word of God and is capably of slaying demons in whatever foul shape they take upon this plane.
  4. 2 points
    Pariah

    July 2020 Superdraft: Pick A Color!

    You know, I can never remember what color that dress was when all was said and done.
  5. 2 points
    Cygnia

    Coronavirus

  6. 1 point
    Badger

    Create a Hero Theme Team!

    Interesting I was trying to think of a character that used verses as an ability.
  7. 1 point
    Ninja-Bear

    Duke's scans

    Duke can’t sit or stand so instead of Bushido it’s York? 🤔😁
  8. 1 point
    Lord Liaden

    A Thread for Random Videos

    Good summation of my last date.
  9. 1 point
    Lord Liaden

    Fantasy Villain ideas

    One thing I would suggest, if you don't want them to know this NPC is devilish, don't name him "Deimos." Not hard to guess from that. 😈 Patron/villain who's also a devil? That kind of implies that any plot would probably be a deception on his part, maybe appearing as something good that's ultimately evil. Couple of things that come to mind: The PCs are recruited by Deimos (using that name for now) to bring down a thieves/assassins guild controlling the underworld in the city. This guild is actually a rival to Deimos's own ambitions which he wants out of his way. A malevolent cult draws magical powers from an unholy artifact, and Deimos sends the PCs to track it down and destroy it. Unknown to them the artifact also blocks more of Deimos's kind from entering this world. If that's the sort of thing you're looking for, I'll try to come up with other suggestions. If not, if you could further define your intentions we can try again. 🙂
  10. 1 point
    Aurora.Sing

    Create a Hero Theme Team!

    As you can see by my avatar A's tagline, I am a complete newbie but this looked so fun that I wanted to give it a shot. Female hero name: Revelations middle aged precognitive fire mage who can only see the worst possible outcome of the future. She has extremely powerful fire powers but she needs to build up to them so she only uses them near the end of battles.
  11. 1 point
    Dr. MID-Nite

    July 2020 Superdraft: Pick A Color!

    Because I'm a glutton for punishment...I'll take orange as my color.
  12. 1 point
    Our third episode, "The History of DC Comics Part I" drops tomorrow! This one goes pretty in-depth - the first episode ENDS with the release of Action #1, so there's plenty of story before we even get to that. dw
  13. 1 point
    Cygnia

    Coronavirus

  14. 1 point
    Now that you mention it... I have no idea off the top of my head whether that's true. A trip through 6e volume 1 reveals... 6e1 p. 381: 6e1 p. 381-382: I hadn't bothered to check that before, but it looks like with Gestures or Incantations, an attack can disrupt the Power. "[T]akes damage from or is adversely affected by" probably means something like, at least 1 STUN or BODY through defenses, or at least 1m of Knockback, or greater than EGO on a Mental Power. I suppose technically at least 1 segment of Flash would trigger that as well, but that seems a little much. I can see a case for it either way. Enough to change the character's position, status, or any of their game values.
  15. 1 point
    Lord Liaden

    Coronavirus

    Sweden Has Become the World’s Cautionary Tale A crucial passage which the article elaborates further: Ever since the coronavirus emerged in Europe, Sweden has captured international attention by conducting an unorthodox, open-air experiment. It has allowed the world to examine what happens in a pandemic when a government allows life to carry on largely unhindered. This is what has happened: Not only have thousands more people died than in neighboring countries that imposed lockdowns, but Sweden’s economy has fared little better. “They literally gained nothing,” said Jacob F. Kirkegaard, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington. “It’s a self-inflicted wound, and they have no economic gains.”
  16. 1 point
    Cygnia

    Funny Pics II: The Revenge

  17. 1 point
    Logan.1179

    July 2020 Superdraft: Pick A Color!

    I'll take pink. It'll be a challenge.
  18. 1 point
    Starlord

    Funny Pics II: The Revenge

  19. 1 point
    Pariah

    The Academics Thread

    I got an e-mail from them last week.
  20. 1 point
    Forgive my sarcasm I have a condition.
  21. 1 point
    Zephrosyne

    Visible Damage Reduction

    I would not give a Limitation for this, certainly not just because of it being visible. This just isn't limiting enough to merit a -1/4 Limitation. In fact 6E1 pg. 388 specifically mentions reducing the Perceivable Limitation to 0 in the case of Defense Powers. Then again, I am a fairly strict gm when it comes to things like this.
  22. 1 point
    I said I was not going to engage but I don't want to seem like I am ignoring you. There is nothing in the rules that say a spell has to use gestures or incantations. That is all that was said to begin with - the system as written is silent on whether spells need gestures and/or incantations (though it does provide a lot of examples with that kind of thing). It is NOT a RAW answer to tell someone that you can interrupt a spell by undertaking actions that trigger disadvantages that may be built into the spell. It is correct to tell someone that the first thing they need to do is assure themselves (with the GM for a game) that spells in the game reliably utilise those disadvantages in spells. It is because HERO is so fluid that you cannot make assumptions on how things are done in any particular game. I have, admittedly only run one Fantasy HERO game in all the years that I have used the system and the magic users in that game varied in the disadvantages they took on spells - there was no overarching spell system - the players made up their own spells and while the majority of them used gestures or incantations a substantial minority did not - simply because the players did not want their spells to be uninterruptible... That was NOT house-ruled magic, it was using HERO as written in the rules... Doc
  23. 1 point
    Add my name to the list of people who think this would be unnecessary. I see AoE and UBO as fundamentally different, even if (in some scenarios) the effect is similar. With AoE, the original user is the only one with the power, even though it affects an area. With UBO, the recipients actually possess the power. This distinction is most clear with Attack powers.
  24. 1 point
    Yeah.....that’s the point. If I create a safe bubble then anyone in the bubble should be affected by it.
  25. 1 point
    That to me makes no sense. AoE at base level affects EVERYONE unless modified. So why should this be any different?
  26. 1 point
    As others have said, it will depend on how you want your magic system to work. Concentration, Gestures, and Incantations all have rules for interrupting Powers with those Limitations. You could use Limited Power: Interruptible (-0) to give the same effect without any of the other drawbacks. Barring any of those (or similar) Limitations, the only way to interrupt a spell is for the interrupter to have an appropriate Dispel, with a held action. It's important to remember that Hero is a toolkit system. The game mechanics for Pulsar's power blasts and Talisman's Hellfire are the same (Blast, 12d6). You can't interrupt Talisman just because, "It's magic."
  27. 1 point
    DreadDomain

    Fantasy Hero Books

    To be fair FHC is not the equivalent of the Starter Kit (even if they are in the same price bracket) but of the Players Handbook (which is more than twice the price but with a much better production value). The PH has more monsters than FHC (30ish vs 12ish) and way more spells (over a 100 vs 14ish). I am not in the business of selling or defending D&D but reading both books makes it painfully clear it's a lot easier to jump in D&D.
  28. 1 point
    massey

    Visible Damage Reduction

    That's true of any power though. If the Human Fireball starts glowing white-hot, and unleashes a searing burst of flame... there's nothing that indicates whether it's a 2D6 Energy Blast or a 10D6 RKA. And yet, "visible" is still considered a real limitation. It lets your enemies know that a power is in use, when they wouldn't know otherwise. Grailknight is correct when he says that Angry Smash Man should know before he swings that a defensive power is in use. But I think it still misses the point that any enemy who faces him can figure out what the power does fairly quickly, and will adjust their tactics accordingly. Last I checked, a visible power had to be detectable by at least 3 senses (or did they change that to two?). So Professor Plastic, with his visible Damage Reduction, might always have a somewhat stretchy appearance. He might squeak when he moves, or make sproingy-sproingy sounds when he walks. And he probably feels kinda like latex if you touch him. This would make him more obviously superpowered (and give a hint as to what those powers are) than somebody like Superman. It might make it harder for him to sneak around as well.
  29. 1 point
    Duke Bushido

    Visible Damage Reduction

    That. The entire system is based on a complete divorce of Special Effects from Mechanics. Limitations are _Mechanics_. If you or your player want the power to have an actual drawback or weakness of some kind, figure out what that Limitation is, how it is or potentially is problematic during game play, and apply it. Take your discount and do as you will with it. Just because it looks like energy shields does _not_ mean that it is inherently inferior to any other build. Just because it's _visible_ doesn't mean it has an inherent flaw or drawback. In my time, I have seen precious few Energy Blast builds that weren't visible. No one expected any sort discount for it. By the rules, _every_ power has be to detectable by default unless the player _pays extra_ for it not to be detectable. So yours is detectable in a less-common fashion. So what? It had to be _something_, or it would cost extra. Those, too. The HERO System died --- yeah, I know: a lot of us still use it, but make a hard search at hobby shops and conventions. It's dead. We're all hardcore necromancers who love it too much to let it go. The HERO System died, ultimately, because too many people could not buy the core concept that special effects and mechanics are two totally separate things. Ultimately, the disagreements over the need or value of one related to the other even wedged up the fan base pretty badly. Don't get me wrong: I _totally_ get the idea of taking a Limitation because it's appropriate to the concept. However, absolutely nothing in the core rules mandates that you have to take one, just because it fits your concept. You can have a concept-- like light-up energy shields, or "lands at the very end of the Phase" or whatever-- and it works just like you say it does, even if you _don't_ take the Limitation. I am willing to bet that most of us would take the Limitation because it _fits_ the concept. However, they do not _define_ the conception: the player does that. Then he can opt to take appropriate Limitations that work with his conception.
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