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  1. I think it's important for everyone (maybe Steve Long most of all) to consider just how unusual that Q&A Forum is. I don't believe that even the biggest players, like D&D or Pathfinder, make their top staff available to answer any and every rules question someone wants to post. Those games have a lot more resources backing them than Hero does. This is not "something Hero has to do to be in the game", it is a value-added which exceeds the norm - maybe someone else is aware of some other games that do this, but I doubt there are many, even if there are some. It
    7 points
  2. Season 4 Into the Fire Sometimes it is not only what happens , it is where you are. I was at a convention in Britain and they screened this in the student union bar of Loughborough University. This episode is the culmination of the Vorlon-Shadow War. Mollari gets rid of the Shadows on the Centauri homeworld and then deals with Mr Morden. Vir also gets to do something that harks back to a conversation on Babylon 5. And you get the battle between the Vorlons and the Shadows. You had people cheering at this episode which is not something you get at home. So this one for me is spe
    6 points
  3. For those who don't subscribe, the BOH went up today with the Adventurers Club and a lot of other material! I don't know what it looks like yet: I only did the scanning; clean-up was left to other volunteers. Still, it's the cheapest way there is to read the old stuff!
    5 points
  4. Perhaps not; but I was on discussion forums, including this website, years before 5E was published. Debates over the meaning and implication of specific words in the 4E rules were frequent, lengthy and detailed, and sometimes heated. When 5E came out, while a few folks did post complaints about their increased wordiness, most welcomed the clarifications. The proof of that was the rules questions to Steve Long, which were compiled into a FAQ making up a hefty volume in its own right, and which had to be updated several times. The inevitable conclusion was that, while there perhaps w
    5 points
  5. I thought about buying a solar system myself, but I read the ratings. Only one star.
    5 points
  6. Sorry about the delays, folks. Partly it relates to some health matters and other real life causes for delay, partly it relates to me being lazy, partly it relates to what Hugh pointed out -- since I don't work full time for Hero/DOJ anymore, sometimes other things ambush me and take priority. But I'm working out some things, and Jason and I have figured out an arrangement that will give me the ability to answer rules questions on a regular basis. First I will have to clear out the backlog and delete all responses from other people, but that's what I get for taking so long.
    5 points
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  8. archer

    Jokes

    Yoda and Luke are walking through the swamp. Part of their usual training course involves shimmying along a cliff ledge, but today, there's a long break in the ledge they can't cross. "Something for this, I have." Yoda says. He reaches into his bag and takes out a bunch of regular dinner table forks and a roll of duct tape. He tapes several forks together to make a bridge and lays it down, allowing the two of them to get across. When they get back to Yoda's hovel, they find that some creature has chewed a hole in the fence around Yoda's garden. "
    4 points
  9. archer

    Jokes

    George Carlin once famously joked, "Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that." Thanks to all those people wearing masks but leaving their noses fully exposed, the stupider half is now a lot easier to spot.
    4 points
  10. Jhamin

    new GM player help

    It's easy to get lost in the special effects of a power and try to buy what the power is doing instead of buying the end result you want. In this cast I think you are getting stuck on the character 'changing' things so you want to buy a transform. That does make a certain sense, but transform isn't meant to work that way. It's more about the change being whats important (like a enemy into a frog) and not as a way to make yourself guns when you need them. In Hero System, you need to buy what you can do, not how you do it. If you want a wall, you buy the barrier power. If you wa
    4 points
  11. dmjalund

    In other news...

    a rough tongue is a classic feline trait
    4 points
  12. archer

    Jokes

    Professor X ask a girl, "So, what's your mutant power?" Girl: "I can guess how many pulls to turn a ceiling fan off on the first try!" Professor X: "Oh, really?" Girl [points up]: " Two pulls" Professor X: [stands up and pulls twice] "Not bad kid, but not a power." Girl: "I'm kidding, I can heal paraplegics" Professor X: [still standing] "HOLY CRAP!"
    4 points
  13. Dan, please turn that functionality off if you haven't already. I apologize for my delay in responding to Rules questions, but it couldn't be helped and I'm ready to get back to it. Once you change the board to "only I can answer," I will delete all answers posted by others and leave only my own, official, responses to the original questions. Thanx! And thanx to those who stepped in to try to help. It wasn't necessary, but as always, I deeply appreciate the enthusiasm and helpfulness of Hero fans!
    4 points
  14. But I want to see the suit automatically deploy the step stool every time there is a shot with Cruise and woman in the same pic.
    4 points
  15. Brainiac 5, of the Legion of Super-Heroes. I've had many, many passionate loves for and breathless fascinations with many and varied members of the comicbook pantheon, which is not, perhaps, that surprising, as I'm in my 50s now and I've been a fan ever since I first read a comicbook -- in Western Australia, sometime in 1971 or 1972. They or it (I might have had a digest issue, or I might have got my hands on several issues) were illustrated in glorious black and white, and though I recognised the names "Batman" and "Superman", the comic(s) also featured "Rose and Thorn", "The Met
    4 points
  16. The last issue of Haymaker! came out in October 2016. So yeah, it has been a while. However, John Desmarais was contacted recently about adding some Haymaker! goodness to the Bundle of Holding. He contacted contributors to see who would give permission to have their work included, and organized what went into the Bundle. Did a darn good job, too, IMO. So as far as I'm concerned, he's still the Coordinator. The 'zine did go on a long hiatus before - from 2004 to 2008 - and it came back pretty strong for a good number of years, so I wouldn't count it out completely just yet.
    3 points
  17. And also out of a concern about @Steve Longhealth & well being.
    3 points
  18. Donald Trump is 74. The 7 is silent.
    3 points
  19. Greywind

    new GM player help

    VPP by their very nature are not new GM/player friendly items.
    3 points
  20. I don't mind the races. It's the commuters riding dead center of the lane at 5:00 a. M. Without so much as a reflector, who constantly switch between pedestrian rules and road rules, all the while maintaining a self-righteousness that defies the fragility of their situation. One of the many blessings of cooler weather is the thinning of the hazard they represent to themselves and everyone else.
    3 points
  21. Pariah

    Jokes

    I will simply note that these two responses are not mutually exclusive.
    3 points
  22. That'll be page 97 in Champions Complete
    3 points
  23. I never understood the hate for Daredevil. Sure, it has flaws, but it was one of the earliest superhero movies to be filmed in comic-book style and imagery. Some parts are very well done IMHO. The scene where Matt can visualize Elektra from the sound of rain falling on her is hauntingly beautiful.
    3 points
  24. Remove the vomit-inducing Teeter-Totter fight scene, and I'd give Daredevil a solid B.
    3 points
  25. "Passing Through Gethsemane" has little to do with the overall storyarc, but I found its story of a man trying to repent for sins he doesn't even remember, and of a punishment that seems merciful but is in reality anything but, quite compelling. {Plus the idea of a holy order bent on studying the religious impulse in all its myriad forms across the galaxy has a considerable appeal as story fodder.
    3 points
  26. I agree with Chris to an extent. I always felt that the best edition was 4e with a few of 5e's new ideas sprinkled in. But using 5e or 6e as the foundation is not my preference. One huge advantage of 4e, in my view, is that it doesn't lure you into thinking you have to search the rulebook for the "official" answer to every tiny piece of minutiae that comes up in play (or during character creation). Quite a bit is left up to you and your players to reasonably extrapolate from what's given. Once you get the hang of that, you'll be using the system as a general framework for playing a
    3 points
  27. Edition purity is a myth. When playing any edition, if there's something from some other edition that does what you want it to, why wouldn't you use it? There's three major rules changes between 3rd edition and 4th, and one between 5th and 6th -- note I'm not talking about the host of minor differences from one to the next in terms of changing point costs for some power or skill. I don't understand the notion that if "we're playing 4th edition" that something from a later or earlier book is off limits. At least if I'm the GM. If you want a concept, ask me, and I'l
    3 points
  28. How much for just the planet?
    3 points
  29. The few times that I've attempted to watch Big Bang Theory, I've had the feeling that it's the Popular Kids from high school writing a comedy on what they think Nerds are like.
    3 points
  30. Definitely on the list - we already have a Kirby one recorded but not yet released, and Ditko will get one soon. I'm recording parts 3 and 4 of Marvel's history tomorrow, so the whole bullpen era will get a bit of time in 3 (it took 2 full eps just to get to Fantastic Four #1!) dw
    3 points
  31. A smooth tongue is a classic diabolical trait.
    3 points
  32. "Our allies no longer trust or respect us, and our enemies no longer fear us," the former officers and officials wrote in a letter released Thursday. I can't think of a more damning condemnation coming from military men.
    3 points
  33. Bazza

    In other news...

    Who said history was dull? Wizard battles and demon circles revealed in newly translated Christian texts https://www.livescience.com/translated-christian-texts-wizards-demons.html
    3 points
  34. archer

    Jokes

    There was an old man who lived by a forest. As he grew older and older, he started losing his hair, until one day, on his deathbed, he was completely bald. That day, he called his children to a meeting. He said, "Look at my hair. It used to be so magnificent, but it's completely gone now. My hair can't be saved. But look outside at the forest. It's such a lovely forest with so many trees, but sooner or later they'll all be cut down and this forest will look as bald as my head." "What I want you to do..." the man continued. "Is, every time a tree is cut down or dies, pla
    3 points
  35. Faces poking out of the wall they climb down, contorted in expressions of agony or terror. Some might open their eyes or move their mouths if touched. Faces screaming or begging for help are optional -- sometimes it's more horrifying if they move like they're screaming or talking, but no sound comes out. If the PCs hammer pitons into the wall to attach ropes to, the wall bleeds. Clouds of flies constantly swarm around them. If looked at up close, they have human heads. Toward the end of their descent, one of their ropes turns into a live snake (non-venomous,
    3 points
  36. First off, apologies to the original poster as this is pretty far from your original question. I think that you have a point here, Duke, and I agree that everyone should do what works for them in their game. But I think the flip side here is that the official rules are there for a reason, so that everyone has a baseline to work from. Other official publications should hew to those rules, which then allows the local house rules to be applied in a consistent manner as well. If the "official" rules have 3 different ways to interpret something it gets very difficult to figure out which
    2 points
  37. Sveta8

    new GM player help

    My recommendation is to narrow down what the player wants to try and do a bit more. Simply effecting the world on the quantum level and changing reality is... broad. Very broad. Worse yet, it's not the sort of broad request that the game handles well. "I want to be big," "I want to shoot fire from my hands," "I want to be as strong as a tank." All of those are very broad, and can be handled any number of ways. So too can your request. Manipulating reality at a quantum level... As far as science jargon goes, means nothing. And unfortunately, in comic science jargon, it is also unhelpfully br
    2 points
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