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  1. No. THIS is a grate sword!
    9 points
  2. Dr.Device

    Coronavirus

    I have received my first dose of the vaccine.
    7 points
  3. I forget whether it was Professor Parker or Michael Kimmel (author of Angry White Men) who provided the breakdown of GOP voters I heard on ATC, but he said they are about 50% Trumpists, 40% willing to put up with him but wedded to policies rather than personality cult, and 10% Never Trumpers. So I'd guess that Trumpists own the primaries for at least the next few years. Kimmel closely followed the Capitol insurgency and the statements by the rioters. He found them all too familiar in their sense of "aggrieved entitlement." Like Prof. Parker, he finds that ardent Trumpists are not s
    7 points
  4. It seems pretty clear that the Evangelical Christians in attendance need a refresher on the topic of idolatry. The statue appears to have golden calves.
    6 points
  5. Six ordinary-looking people were already waiting quietly in the meeting room when Agent Carter walked in. She closed the door firmly behind her, muffing the chatter from the rest of the Bletchley Park basement. Six pairs of eyes followed her expectantly. "Good afternoon, ladies and gentleman. Thank you for coming on such short notice," Carter began. "It's okay, Peggy," said one of the women, a blonde. Some of the others nodded. "There must be something big happening if you need the six of us, though." "Thanks Claire, and yes, it is big." She set her briefcase on t
    5 points
  6. The wind of projection from Graham onto the Democrats would blow my windows out. "They want to take over everything so they can promote their agenda." One, the Democrats' proposal is to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025, not all at once. Second, the Republicans routinely included partisan extra items in their bills, insisting on everything or nothing being passed. Sometimes that's the only way to get legislation through a recalcitrant opposition. You can't expect the GOP to ever support raising the minimum wage by more than the most token amount if in a bill by itself
    5 points
  7. Let us not forget the most accursed tome of them all--Seduction Of The Innocent. The work of the conformist scholar and covert magician Frederic Wertham, contained betwixt its lines of text and "scholarly" arguings, are subliminal incantations and charms designed to bewitch the unwary and the weak minded into following along with his miserable, deplorable campaign to suppress creativity and freedom of thought, to stifle beyond reviving the notion that great power could--and should--be used to protect the weak and defenseless, and advance the greater good. All in the name of instilling and pr
    5 points
  8. Way back when, I wrote up a super-team called the Amnesty Alliance. Not officially associated with Amnesty International. They specialized in rescuing political prisoners, people kidnapped by bandits, terrorists and other assorted unpleasant people, and the like. Controversial because on the one hand, everyone knew the people they fought was genuinely bad and lawless. OTOH no governments wanted private citizens taking quite such a direct role in such delicate diplomatic issues. Especially when dictators with oil or strategic minerals got punched in the face in the course of a rescue. Not that
    4 points
  9. On the subject of Faerie during WW II, there were other regions and peoples defined for that dimension in additional Champions 5E/6E books. One was first raised in Champions Of The North, with further elaboration in Golden Age Champions. In the Northern Lights, the spirit realm of Inuit myth, there's a region called the Land of Ice or the Ice Realm, whose Ice People were ruled by the immortal King Vultok, a devotee of the great spirit of the North known as the Ice. During WW II Vultok allied with the Axis and became the greatest threat to Canada, operating out of a palace under an
    4 points
  10. Fortunately there are two new bundles at Bundle of Holding that for not much money can get you an amazing start with 6e! https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Hero6E https://bundleofholding.com/presents/Champions6E
    4 points
  11. In that case, the Krypticon (Mystic World, p. 57, 88-9) is the CU's equivalent of the Book of the Vishanti. Held for millennia by Earth's Archmage, presumed destroyed with the last Archmage, but you never know. Would I have statted it if it was meant to be lost forever? Here are some unofficial books of magic and lore I posited for my playtest campaigns, so some references are campaign-specific and not CU-compliant. I don't think any of them turned up in play, though. I can spin out this stuff by the yard. SEPHER GILGALIM The "Book of Whirling Motion" teaches thau
    4 points
  12. Ultimate Mystic p. 173 describes the Raudhskinni and Graskinni, or "Red Skin" and "Gray Skin," legendary books of black magic from Iceland's folklore. They aren't formally part of the CU, but as folklore they can be grandfathered in. Instead of posting the relevant text, I suggest supporting HERO Games by buying the actual book. Dean Shomshak
    4 points
  13. I think that’s what’s called a snow job.😇
    4 points
  14. Jim Hendren, a state senator from Arkansas, declared that he is leaving the GOP to become an independent. In his public statement as to why he's leaving, among his various reasons, he said something that if true, bodes very ill for the future of the Republican Party: "You can't win a primary without Trump's support, but you can't win a general election with it."
    4 points
  15. Champions New Millennium /jk
    4 points
  16. And....again...other countries pay their workers far better with far weaker economies. All these excuses show is that the way we run the economy in America is flawed....not that the minimum wage shouldn't be increased. If these "issues" are holding us back, then maybe we should fix them. Oh wait...this is America. We don't fix issues. We try to justify why all of our "issues" aren't really that bad and we should keep them because..."tradition". Me bad.
    3 points
  17. The special effect of any powers from the pool would be, "magic." This might not seem like much of a restriction, but, "Dispel Magic" would work against any of them.
    3 points
  18. I have a few things saved off from the old Red October BBS and Hero mailing list from decades ago that I will post here. Others might have some as well. First up: You know you're a Hero player when... (names of the people who came up with them included -- some real blasts from the past here) ...When you ask everyone you meet how many "Total Points" they are "built on". ...When you refer to your glasses as your "OIF Focus for Enhanced Normal Sight".- Capt. Spith... ...Instead of covering a friends eyes and saying "Guess Who?" you say "Make a perception
    3 points
  19. The 4E Champions adventure, Atlas Unleashed, introduced a very proactive "super agency," Prometheus, a fully private international humanitarian aid agency described as a kind of "armed Peace Corps." Agents of Prometheus would travel anywhere in the world suffering war or natural disaster to deliver food and water, medical supplies, emergency shelters, clothing, whatever was needed, whether or not they were invited or welcome. If the local dictators, warlords, or rebels tried to stop them, they were armed with advanced non-lethal weapons and would fight their way to the people in need.
    3 points
  20. You generally don't limit powers in Hero with out of game meta restrictions. Killing Attack, not when Bob the player is being a jerk (-1/2) isn't a valid limit IMHO. By the same logic, "only if it's already written on a notecard (-1/4) is not a limit I'd allow. The problem is that the limit rewards bookkeeping from the player and doesn't really limit someone willing to fill a notebook with powers. In universe there isn't any real difference between a Dr Manhattan that wrote out all his powers and one that makes them up on the fly, it only affects how much time between phases the player
    3 points
  21. As someone who's written adventure seeds for publication, I can tell you there's a very simple reason why they are written this way: As writers, we only know what the villains and other NPCs want. We know nothing about the PCs or what they want, so we can only offer situations to which they may react. If the PCs decide to go further in their response -- like, "Screw waiting for the next evil scheme, let's find [insert villain name] and capture him, God knows he's wanted for enough crimes already" -- good for them. Writers of an extended scenario might even offer suggestions how to
    3 points
  22. There is no evidence that even an abrupt minimum wage increase would cost a significant amount of jobs. History suggests that it may cause prices to increase 1-2% without increasing overall inflation. If there is any evidence to the contrary, I'd love to see it. Such an increase would also go directly to the expendable essential factory workers, grocery store cashiers, fast food employees, and delivery drivers that have been most affected by the pandemic both medically and economically.
    3 points
  23. Cancer

    The "Nice Happy" Thread

    Cried for joy this morning. My old undergrad mentor and subsequent postdoc advisor went into hospital last November, age 90 at the time, with a non-COVID malady that had the potential to be terminal. I'd heard nothing since then. Got a science-related email from him a few minutes ago.
    3 points
  24. Goals are the most important thing. Unfortunately, in some of the source material, "proactive" means becoming fascist dictators or going on a murder spree. That's no different from being a supervillain. In a more general case, proactive means seeking to make change. That can occur on different scales, and that means that power levels are less important. It doesn't inherently require becoming authorized to do things either. An example: if you are living in a crapsack environment, your characters can act towards changing that. If a city (or town) is being held
    3 points
  25. I still enjoyed Sword of Shannara and Elfstones of Shannara (even moreso) myself. The quality went downhill after that IMO. If you removed the 'fellowship goes on a quest' story and general Tolkien imitation from fantasy literature then pickings would get a little thin. For example, I would never have gotten to read the brilliance that is the Belgariad and the Malloreon. PS: Also, Keltset - the mute troll from Sword of Shannara - is one of my favorite all-time fantasy characters.
    3 points
  26. I am. I read the first book and remember thinking at the end, "Wow, this was a total rip-off of Tolkien." And then I read the second book and remember thinking at the end, "Wow, this was a total rip-off of the first book." I stopped reading after that.
    3 points
  27. The Nevada governor wants to privatize parts of his state, and hand over control to companies. It's always former businessmen who go into politics that think this will work out. It's like don't you remember the other disasters that happened when government decided to let businesses do whatever they want CES
    3 points
  28. WW2 is for sure one of the most mythologized events of recent history, so I think it would have some influence. Though as a period of history, an important aspect is that it very definitely *ended.* So one question is whether one thinks the Land of Legends "replays" famous myths so visitors from Earth can participate -- like, if you visit the subrealm of Mythic Greece, can you participate in the Trojan War? It's not how I imagine Faerie, but I wouldn't argue with anyone who did. But there are other forms of influence. One thought: Were the various pantheons affected, or at least in
    3 points
  29. 3 points
  30. Pariah

    The Academics Thread

    This certainly mirrors my experience teaching AP Chemistry.
    3 points
  31. Pattern Ghost

    TV Champions

    Wild, Wild West/Brisco County Jr. mashup
    3 points
  32. ...and Ted Cruz. Because screw that guy.
    3 points
  33. I'd start with their governor, state legislators, and go on from there. But I rarely get exactly what I want.
    3 points
  34. As there should be. A lot--A LOT--of people should lose their jobs over this catastrophe.
    3 points
  35. Quoted on the Book of Face by our very own Darren Watts: "I get it now. Ted and Heidi Cruz wanted their children to be safe, to have basic sanitary services like heat and running water, to leave behind a third-world apocalyptic nightmare for a safer place. Like so many parents before them, they decided to cross the Mexican border. @julieroginsky"
    3 points
  36. I'm so sick of the fallacy of "raising the minimum wage will hurt the economy". The evidence doesn't support this. Putting more money in the hands of more people has never been a negative.
    2 points
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