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    A solemn group of adventurers gather around a human pincushion. "I guess Bob should have specified that the arrows appear in a hex he wasn't standing in."
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    I would say that the majority of people who prefer Story Games have seriously backed away from this stance. I also find these days that people are more likely to play both traditional and story games. I believe the worst of this superiority complex is behind us. I suggest forgiving the overly-enthusiast and focusing on what you like.
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    It's like reading a new edition of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
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    If you don't articulate that you aren't enjoying yourself, and why, your resentment is only going to build. Sooner or later that's going to come out, probably in a way that will be more harmful to your friendship than if you were straight with him early on. I'm sure there are other things each of you enjoys that the other doesn't. If you're reasonable about it, and he's that good a friend, he should understand. If he doesn't he couldn't have been that good a friend, and it's better to know that now.
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    Just being aware is 95% of self defense. It's very rare that someone is out there just looking to fight some random dude on the street - there's always a goal and that goal is almost always best met (by the attacker) by avoiding physical conflict. Physical conflicts are risky...and noisy. Put yourself in the mind of, say, a mugger. You're not in this to fight, you're in this to find a target that you can take off guard, get their stuff, and get away with minimal commotion. Get in, get your stuff, get out. That guy who's walking down the street with his head down as he texts on his iPhone? Great target. Barely has the self awareness to avoid a pot hole much less see you coming up behind him. That woman walking along with her purse over the opposite shoulder (not easy to take off), head up, and aware of where she is? Not a great target...likely going to make a huge racket even if she doesn't actively fight back. That's just initial target selection, but that self-aware woman stopped things before they ever moved past that.
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    I see the opposite, actually. There’s better writing everywhere, on TV, in theaters, and in print. And there’s a lot of it. The problem is finding it since there is that much more content available now. DC/Marvel properties alone have more hours of shows than I could ever watch. And I’m immortal.
  9. 2 points
    Option 2: The Emperor- Q (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
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    Yes, but.... Any point can be reached on earth within hours rather than days/weeks/months in space. in the real world if you hole the hull the atmosphere doesn't disappear. in the real world if the air becomes fouled you just vent. in the real world if you lose propulsion no matter where you are you have air and aid within hours. in the real world if your environmental support (heating & cooling) goes out, you can survive the hours needed for rescue. in the real world if you vessel becomes catastrophically disabled (sinks) you can take to lifeboats that have endless breathable air in the real world if a gunshot/shotgun blast destroys/damages a critical system you can survive air & heat for the hours needed to get a replacement. In the real world I have seen critical parts for an engineering casualty delivered to an adrift vessel within the same day. It is true that on earth they didn't need to worry about lose of air or freezing to death with the loss of heating as would be a danger in space. In the real world I have seen critical medical supplies delivered to a private sailing yacht in the middle of the Pacific by air in less than 9 hours and a surface vessel intercept withing 14 hours. Compared to space, seafaring is very forgiving. And the sea has rightly been described as unforgiving. In the 1900's all the way through the 30's/40's kerosene and oil lamps were very common. In the 1910-20's they were far far more common than electrical lights on land or at sea. And yet we didn't see them used on zeppelins/airships. Something to do with hydrogen going bang. On earth at sea the firearm is used because it is a easy weapon that is very efficient and the possible collateral damage is very low on the "we will die scale". Even adrift and without power you can live a long time until rescue arrives and in 2019, unless it is a private vessel on the cheap, a ships position is always known down to meters and there are several methods of singling distress that do not involve visual signalling. On a vessel that operates in space, the destruction or incapacitation damage to a critical support system needed to maintain breathable atmosphere, a control that controls heating/cooling to maintain livable temperature or even damage that causes a fire or chemical reaction that contaminates the existing atmosphere that cannot be removed. Any of those could be caused by one errant shot be it a high powered round or pellets from a shotgun. All tools are chosen by simplicity (easier to train the users) and efficiency (completes the task quickly and correctly with less error/rework). Swords replaced earlier weapons because they were "better". They held that spot until a "better" weapon came around, the firearm. Redefine conditions and "better" may be a weapon that does not damage the things that keep you alive and condemn you to a slow death. Most of the naysayers use an old environments assumptions plastered over a new environment and call it proved. While I cannot say you are wrong, I can say I have envisioned several new issues that make the use of a firearm detrimental to survival. All of which give some credence to the need for a personal weapon system that is not a firearm. It could be a sword, or maybe something we haven't thought of. But a explosively driven kinetic impact weapon fired inside of a metal box filled with fragile equipment needed to keep one alive minute to minute is not a good thing.
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    sentry0

    HERO System Mobile 2.0

    Here's a preview of the apps new look and feel... the screenshot quality is OK, it's a little sharper and has a bit more contrast in person.
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    BoloOfEarth

    Batman Yelp

    Gotham Professional Building. Clean roof, good edging for hanging thugs over to threaten them, but noisy HVAC unit made me have to repeat threats. 3/5.
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    All those splashy "woke" rebuilds sell well at first, then tail off rapidly once people figure out the writing is just as bad, its just a gimmick. They've been trying to save comics by "expanding the demographics" for a decade now and its not working.
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    IndianaJoe3

    Swords in science fiction -- why?

    If your players aren't happy with the, "rule of cool," then you aren't going to have swords in your SF game. They'll have to make do with a bayonet on the end of their plasma rifle.
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    Enforcer84

    A superhero setting from Scratch

    Alien interference during the "Space Race" in an attempt to provide "You're both doing so well!" encouragement; well-meaning extra terrestrials gifted the rival nations with technology beyond their comprehension. Things started to go awry almost immediately, resulting in modified humans, powered armor, exotic weapons, etc. The costumes idea followed fiction of the day and as the gifted technology was greater understood a surveillance war erupted with heroes and villains doing all they could to keep their identities hidden from one another and from the various governments of the world. A lesser known, "Invisible Contact" happened when aliens with actual mystic powers reached out to "appropriate" members of the earth population in order to pass along their teachings. This only exacerbated the surveillance wars. by the time the modern era rolled about the pillars of Heroism and Villainy had been established and refined for more than half a century.
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    I don't like Fate as a game, mostly because I don't like any system that isn't HERO and I particularly don't like games that rely on GM Fiat for conflict resolution (which Fate does in spades), but I absolutely love Fate as a character creation system for HERO. In my last four campaigns I have had players use Fate to create their characters, then converted their Fate characters into HERO characters for actual game play. I find HERO works much better when the GM is the only person allowed to build game elements, since HERO is essentially a programming code interpreted by the GM. Players can (and should) contribute to the narrative and introduce story elements, but I really think the game works much better when only the person translates those story elements into game elements.
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    Cancer

    Swords in science fiction -- why?

    Yeah, here There are still a couple of pictures, albeit disfigured now with the Photobucket logo.
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    Logan.1179

    In other news...

    Adipogenesis was the name of my Phil Collins cover band.
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    Jeffrywith1e

    Genre-crossover nightmares

    Bill and John Wick's Excellent Adventure
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    Jeffrywith1e

    Unpopular Opinion Challenge

    Hudsucker is also my favorite Coen film. Hilarious!
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    Zard Cats are an acquired taste. Humans in particular have evolved protective impulses leading to childcare, the medical industry and a love of small, furry creatures. Zard was born in the bowels of Hexabina Landing in the shadow of the Rings of Gwynedd. He spent a good portion of his kitten days chasing and being chased by other cats and suspect stowaways from a hundred worlds. Mutant Norwegian brown rats, gwids, star-hoppers, cable-chewing polyvores, kweeps, gnarsters, galactibats, hyper-mice, semi-psionic jumpers, winged farples, and the ever-present velocibugs were his prey. Life was good. It was not good for long. In his wanderings about the Landing, he was witness to a fair number of shoot-outs, muggings, stabbings, and a particularly awful biological ritual known as Goral’s Cleansing Revenge. There is a question of whether life controls technology or whether Humans are servants of machines, tending to them and assisting by spreading them across the stars. Two distinct cultures have grown up on either side of this conundrum. An intellectual firefight between rival nano-tech cultures; the Gnos-Techs and the a.Gnos-Techs. They would frequently engage in lively debates; contests of intellect and name-calling on the Local Web. That fateful day, one Pelligra Rust-Tribe and her escorts were assailed by heavily-augmented Gnos-techs shouting their pro-machine battle cries and checksum-verified hoots of electric ire. Defending their position with well-worded debunking, calculated counterpoints, automatic las-fire, and more than a few plasma grenades, the discourse began. Arguments fell away as positions were sundered, observations disproved, straw men set alight, and holes burned through both rhetoric and chest cavity. In the erudite exchange, a small canister worked it way loose from the courier’s harness, rolled invitingly across the deck and dropped down a cold-air return deeper into the station. Zard could not restrain millions of years of hunter instinct. He followed after. Months of stalking the station let him calculate a short cut to where he knew the vial had likely landed. By the time he arrived, the small canister lay cooling on a table, exactly where he’d predicted. Its contents had spilled; shiny with a curious, glittering wetness. An experimental lick yielded positive results. The stuff was delightful. Lapping up as much as he could, he pawed the container to the metal floor, watched it fall and went about his day, unaware of the changes being wrought. Firstly, autoimmune suppressors went to work, shutting down any hope of defense against the invading genetic codes. Next the vial’s contents began infiltrating his cellular nuclei. Fashion-forward RNA replicase hijacked his own cellular machines, spinning out thousands of copies of invasive code, altering or replacing his own introns, careful to leave precious protein-coding DNA to its own purpose. It would not do to kill the host while upgrading it. Zard felt a cold coming on. Zard.hdc
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    Pariah

    The Non Sequitor Thread

    Juice break.
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    Thumper

    The Magic of Uncertainty

    I'm with this guy.
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    The optimal outcome, frankly, does not include a drunk with a machete, samurai sword and rifle charging around yelling "Your heads belong to me". While not "optimal", I would much rather the officer took the action most likely to stop that drunk - even if that option is lethal force - than take the risk of someone else being seriously injured or killed. He seriously abridged his own rights by his own actions. While I would also prefer that the perpetrator had not had access to a rifle to begin with, the sword and machete are quite enough, in my view. to justify lethal force against him, especially when he has already threatened civilians and is now charging the police. His rights come far behind all others involved in the scenario, at least in my view. "Reduced risk" options are not "no risk options". The officer could club a guy with a baton and severely injure or kill him. We know that concussions have serious repercussions. Violence is risky, and would ideally be avoided, but the real world often falls well short of "ideal". To the traffic stop, if the license plate is the evidence, how do we prove who was driving the car? We use photo radar a lot here, but the tradeoff is that the only penalty is a fine. Demerits cannot be issued as it cannot be clearly demonstrated who the driver was. Like Pattern Ghost, I would rather the police were armed and did not need to be than that they were not, and did need to be. I would want to see a massive reduction of dangerous weapons in the hands of non-police before I would consider reducing their own access to weapons. If two officers responding to a domestic dispute from a noise complain see Joe SixPack brandishing a knife and threatening his spouse, kids or a neighbour, I'd rather Joe takes a bullet than that his victims' safety is jeopardized. My priority is victims' rights well over criminals' rights. Assuming Joe SixPack is brought down with non-lethal force, that one incident should be enough that he is never entitled to acquire a firearm, or any other item whose sole, or even primary, use is a weapon. One strike, you're out. It should be considerably harder for him to ever recover his Second Amendment rights than for someone convicted of drunk driving to get re-licensed to drive. BTW, like Pattern Ghost, I am curious as to your area of practice in law. I would really like to see a study by an objective, non-partisan group not affiliated with the pro- or anti-gun lobby assess the benefits and costs of defensive use of firearms. My gut feel is that people with ready access to guns in the US are no safer than those with more restricted access to guns in countries with greater gun control regulations. However, "when your gut talks to you, what does it use for a mouth?" I would rather rely on expert advice than gut feel, and I would MUCH rather our laws were based on expert analysis than the political agenda of the day. This is something I would support. Funding it with a tax as you suggest makes it a "user pay" system, not a "general revenue funded" measure, which I believe is appropriate (much like gas taxes used to fund road maintenance). Sounds like leveraging expertise to me - always a good idea. It also puts some onus back on the NRA - contribute to actively reducing the risks, not just rhetoric, to support your preferences. Here, I would go further - safe storage should be mandatory, not optional. I would not, however, extend the "training tax" to such storage devices. Here, my bias is to greater restriction, but I do not need to contend with 2nd amendment rights. I agree restrictions for general "outside the home" carrying should be significantly greater, and should be funded by the gun user, not general revenue. I would favour "reason to carry", but as long as we are prepared to accept self-defense as a reason, it seems like it would be a rubber stamped formality serving no purpose, even ignoring any constitutional issue. Loss of right to carry for past violent offenses, mental health issues, uttering threats, past negligence in firearm storage or use, etc. would likely be the better approach - target the exceptions who merit restrictions, not those who are responsible. Canada has had a variety of approaches to deal with long guns, some more successful than others. Again, reliance on expert, rather than popular, opinion would be beneficial on both sides of our border. I see no reason anyone should need to carry such a weapon outside of the exceptions you note.
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    Just saw "Guardians" on Amazon PRime. It's a Russian MCU styled Superhero movie, about a cold war era group opf Superheroes, called back into action to fight one of their creators, turned Supervillain. The powers are interesting, in that the Supervillain has Mental domination, only versus machines, pus something around 60 str. Here are the fight scenes Four Heroes, and most of the Champions Archetypes are there. The Dub is pretty awful, but I have not found it subtitled in it's original Russian. Nut the visual are quite epic, and fulfill my MCU Fix.
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    Option 2: [location, planet] Battleworld (Marvel) (Rebel Base HQ)
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    Scott Ruggels

    HERO System Mobile 2.0

    However the new interface is much smoother. Very clean. Suggestion. Have any function associated strictly with 5th ed. displayed with 5th ed. ‘s green color, while the rest remains 6th ed. blue.
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    I got credit for working on a light curve for one of the Shoemaker-Levy comets back in the day. Does that count?
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    Cancer

    A Thread For Random Links

    Royal Navy age of sail (1799) signal book
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    But not Duck Butt Yellow! Never that shade of Yellow. It is forever denied!
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    Hermit

    Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)

    I can't argue with this. I just wish others could see it AS cruel. So many , it seems, do not, or refuse to. The philosophical contortions I've seen to excuse his hateful policies are a dark wonder to behold, and pity.
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    Lee

    Summon question

    This. I don't like the idea that the helm looks magical even if it isn't doing anything. But, if Allen is actually using the power, it ought to glow (or something) making it, um, obvious, that he's doing something and it's happening through the helm. But, there's no "energy beam" (or some such) that goes from the helm to Bob so the power effect is still invisible per a Mental Power. Obvious focus with invisible power effect. On the other hand, I guess a case could be made that part of the limitation of being an Obvious focus is that it makes the power(s) that require it also obvious (even if they normally wouldn't be). But, that seems too limiting to me, especially if there are a lot of powers that use the focus. If I were GM, I would use the former and not the latter. YMMV of course. Lee
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    Intentional homicide rate per country Filtered by rate, the US is 89th. Admittedly, not a perfect list by any means.
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    Lee

    Swords in science fiction -- why?

    For a monomolecular sword, I'd be tempted to stat it up as a NND attack as that stuff is supposed to be able to cut through (almost) anything. The defense could be a force field of some kind.
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    As I've mentioned here before, I don't believe gun ownership in the United States is the fundamental issue underlying gun violence. Neither do I believe poverty or racism are the fundamental issue. All of those factors have an exacerbating effect on the problem, but other countries that have roughly comparable demographics in those areas don't experience the same rate of gun violence. I believe the biggest distinctive factor in the United States is a culture that reveres and glamorizes guns, to the point where unstable people look to them as a legitimate first resort whenever they feel in any way aggrieved or threatened.
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    I'm finding this link from csyphrett interesting. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2017/jan/09/special-report-fixing-gun-violence-in-america
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    archer

    Swords in science fiction -- why?

    When I don't want gunpowder weapons, I change the physics of the universe so that no matter the ratios of charcoal, saltpeter, and sulfur that you try, there's never an explosive reaction. That takes a lot of the steam out of fantasy players who want to "invent" gunpowder and introduce modern weapons into inappropriate settings. I start by telling them as a GM that it isn't going to work. After that, if they want to pour all their money down a rathole looking for things which will create an explosive force, I'll let them spend as much money on it as they want and dig through endless piles of dung if that's what makes them happy.
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    kukuli

    Summon question

    The way my group uses an obvious focus with an indirect power is that an observer will know something is happening with the Helm, but will not know exactly what the effect is until it manifests.. The GM might insist on an intelligence roll for someone to know an indirect power is coming from the helmet. Occasionally, hiding behind something might hide the source, but if used to often that tactic violates the rule that a disadvantage must give a disadvantage. That is a GM call.
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    Hermit

    In other news...

    Oh I didn't want him to suffer . I figure God will dish out whatever he has coming in the hereafter. But given that there are many folks who might have joined in on his crimes who definitely had EVERY reason to worry he might tell on them, yeah, it's suspicious. Of course, some of them, allegedly, are pretty highly placed ,and very very wealthy.
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    Big Bad: David Xanatos
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    Discord is super popular! When I went to look for a Discord server for HERO I found a small server focused on a superhero setting that discussed a bunch of RPGs. Not exactly HERO-related. Having a Twitter account doesn't mean I hate Facebook. I use a bunch of different social media platforms. I feel like the goal here is to meet people where they are at. It doesn't hurt to have a presence on every platform. Did you know there is a /r/Champions and /r/herosystem Reddit forums? A Facebook fangroup? To wit: when I upload something to the downloads here, I link to it in other places - to encourage people to come look here! The goal is to generate buzz, find people where they are at and then share stuff with those interested. One of the big issues with non-current-D&D RPGs is keeping the presence up to those looking for something else. I believe having a Discord server could help on that front. Think of it as screaming into the room from under the 800lb gorilla...
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    That would belong in a "Movies that are significantly worse than their RT rating" thread.
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    hooligan x

    Unpopular Opinion Challenge

    Eurotrip (47%)- Great soundtrack, vulgar humor that always cracks me up, and Vinnie Jones' best role.
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    It's true there have been several developments in Champions Online in recent years, which should count as "official" additions to the CU. If you're interested, legendary Champions author and veteran CO player Scott Bennie created a free PDF "lore primer" to provide new MMO players with some essential setting information. Said document adds CO events through 2017 to the official timeline, as well as provides useful perspectives on the differences between the two versions of the CU: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzHmfdC4jXPpVmxGd1ZxcHVfbFk/view There is also some info in Darren Watts's Golden Age Champions for between WW II and the present day. That mostly involves legacy characters, i.e. descendants of or successors to that first generation of heroes. For example, it mentions that a fourth person has taken up the identity of Meteor Man in the present. But a few of the GA characters written up are still active today.
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    Drhoz

    Quote of the Week from my gaming group...

    Champions: Return to Edge City: A Deficit of Punching Stuff As well as the major gangs in Edge City, there’s a wide selection of smaller ones, with various lines of income and gang beliefs. At least one of them is a gang of religious fundamentalists, that we promptly nickname the Piss-stains after the colour-code of the gang map, right next door to the Knights of Hell. Hero Shrew: Can we put them both into an arena and go “Fight! Fight! Fight!” Fireflash: No. Probably. And, of course, there’s one gang with the sworn intention of wiping out Moreaus. Fireflash: I think we’ve found our next target. And of course, Allana can glide silently overhead for nocturnal surveillance on whoever we target. Fireflash: We’ve got Whispering Death right here. Flux: Allana, do you need a cover story in case they chat social media for what you’re up to? A night on the town, or something? GM: She’s too busy for anything like that - her superheroics at night are her relaxation time. Hero Shrew: She patches people up during the day, and inflicts serious injuries at night. We go after the Knights of Hell instead - their business in drug exports makes them vulnerable. Hero Shrew: And there will be fewer social ramifications if we take them down, instead of the Piss-stains or the racists. Who’s going to complain if we target a gang of Satanist drug-dealers? GM: They’re only called the Knights of Hell because the Hellgate Institute is on their turf, and everybody knows it. They’re also pretty anti-Moreau, since the mass break-out on S-Day happened in their neighbourhood, and they’ve always been paranoid about other things buried under Edge City. And they’re not wrong either - there was that recent Kaiju for one thing. Of course we’ll have to consult with the Edge City PD drug squad first. And there’s also the legal consequences of acting on info gained by Flux hacking into their security systems, or using a magical machine that goes Ping in the presence of illegal drugs. Both could lead to the case being thrown out, if we find anything that we couldn’t have learned from normal means. X-ray vision automatically counting as illegal search is just the start of it. GM: I still remember the time Wonder Woman had a mid-air collision with another plane. Hero Shrew: And that’s why she should have stuck to the giant space kangaroos. Flux: Yes, those were practical. Maybe they’re getting their drug deliveries out underground? Hero Shrew: Edge City probably doesn’t have a stormwater system of the same scale as L.A. So there probably isn’t a nest of giant ants down there. But we should probably compare the map of tunnels that SHOULD be down there to the ones that are - Hardlight can do submillimeter scans of the ground if we drive around slowly. Hero Shrew: Let’s find out who delivers the community paper around here and tell them to take the day off. GM: Wood pulp? Ugh. Hero Shrew: But if one of us is throwing the rolled-up newspaper out the window, we’ll probably put it through somebody’s wall. GM: Or head. Fireflash suggests we use a streetsweeper instead. The scans indicate that the underground is more of a mess than the maps indicate, and that there are people and robots down there, but nothing conclusive, apart from a bunch of the Greys who flip Hardlight the bird as we drive overhead. We also learn the interesting fact that somebody installed a radio-opaque barrier all around the ground the Hellgate Institute is built on - but that probably dates from when Genesys owned the buildings. We could infiltrate the gym they congregate at, but since Flux is the only one of us that both human and not immediately recognisable, that’s a terrible idea. Maybe we’ll just trace any gang members as they come and go. We learn that they have, and use, a ridiculously high-speed water vehicle best described as a manned torpedo, that can easily reach 200kph as it skims over the waves. Gee, I wonder how they’re doing their drug pick-ups and deliveries. Hardlight: Now we just need Probable Cause. Fireflash: Not necessarily - what happens if one of its hydroplanes hits an obstacle? Hero Shrew: Ask Allana has a sniff around the beach over the next few days - literally. On top of her other abilities she has a superhuman sense of smell. The first few days are a bust, but on their third trip out into the Pacific, Allana can smell some really powerful cleaning agents. The kind that would eliminate any smell of drugs on the package. Hardlight, hiding in tunnels nearby, also decides to hold a passing drone in a force bubble while he scans it, and all hell breaks loose. It’s owned by the same company, Ravensholme Biotech, that maintains Fireflash’s radiator suit and is behind the Hellgate Institute. And they don’t like it when somebody messes with their stuff. Hardlight flees the scene while the drone howls and screeches to attract attention. GM: We all know the bird call signal for this one, don’t we? FAAAAARRRRK Flux: We have a Code Brown, repeat, Code Brown. Fireflash: Code Boss. Allana: We already know he makes inappropriate advances to humans, now we know he does it to machines as well. At least Mechanon will be too afraid to come to Edge City. At least he can believably claim he tripped over it in the dark, and used his millimeter radar to see what he’d hit, when Ravensholme message him via social media to ask him what the hell he was doing. Flux tries hacking into the cameras at the former community center the Knights of Hell are using as a MMA venue, and eventually confirms a connection to the tunnels. The same tunnels that the Ravensholme Biotech maintenance drones from the Hellgate Institute wander around in. The same drones with strong anti-scanning, anti-hacking defences. The same company that has highly advanced labs with powerful cleaning protocols behind strong anti-scanning defences. Hmmmmm.
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    Logan.1179

    Funny Pics II: The Revenge

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    I'll put the TL;DR first: Friend of mine is running a game he loves, but I don't like. Torn between 'he's a friend, I'm obligated' and 'I'm not having fun, I should stay home'. The long version: He's running a game called Monster of the Week. It's designed to emulate things like Buffy, Grimm, urban fantasy shows with monster antagonists (and sometimes protagonists). The genre/concept itself, I don't mind, but the system is ... is ... there's almost no system to speak of. You have five stats, valued -1 to +3; Cool, Charm, Tough, Sharp, and Weird. To perform a 'Move' (as the game calls actions), you roll 2d6, add modifier. 7 or higher, you succeed. Here's the thing. Each stat has one or two moves attached to it. Tough is used for 'Kick some Ass' and 'Protect someone', for example. Each character has an archetype that grants them 3 'class-specific' moves, for lack of a better term. The Crook, for example, can get a move that lets him perform B&E. It seems that only people with a particular move can perform it, as most classes have an advancement of 'Take a move from other class's move list'. That's it. There's something to be said for simplicity, but this is beyond that. Unless you default to Cool's 'Act Under Pressure' move for EVERYTHING, there's no way to hide, sneak, drive, pick a lock, break down a door (unless you're kicking the door's ass?), search for things, play an instrument ... I have no idea what languages my character knows. I have no idea how much he knows about vampires or ghosts or anything else. The combat isn't even interesting because it's just 'Roll Kick Some Ass'; the GM doesn't even roll anything; if you win, you hurt it, if you lose, it hurts you. Which oddly means a melee-only monster can hurt you if you're shooting it with a rifle from 500 feet away and roll poorly. No tactics, no variety, no aim, no brain. There's just nothing THERE. No meat, no crunch, no substance. All fluff. It's the cotton candy of game systems. I don't like it. I would rather stay home and play Overwatch or Skyrim or Smash Bros or just chat online. I spend most of the game frustrated and bored because my options are so limited. Except for magic. Literally anybody can use magic, though if you fail your check, something bad will happen. This makes a high Weird essentially broken; I played a Monstrous (werewolf), and eventually in each game I've gotten so frustrated with the mystery we were on that I just used magic to Postcognition a crime scene ... but I shouldn't have, because that's not my concept, but there's no allowance for that other than voluntary nerfing. Why didn't I just give myself a low Weird, you may ask? Not an option. When you pick your class, you've given a handful of pre-determined stat outlays, and all of the Monstrous ones had +3 Weird, so I didn't have a choice. If you thought DnD's class system was restrictive, you ain't seen nothin' until you've tried Monster of the Week. BUT the guy running it is one of those that thinks mechanics and roleplay are an inverse ratio, so he loves it. He ran it at Gen Con this year and he's thinking about sending stories to the publisher, or maybe designing adventures for them, I'm not quite sure, which means he'll want to run it fairly frequently. I don't want to hurt his feelings, and I'm afraid if I say that I want to bow out, that he'll stop running it to appease me, but I don't want him to do that, either, but I don't want it to get to the point where I can't pretend to be interested. I've mentioned that it isn't really my thing low-key, but haven't really made a fuss about it; I figure he thinks I'm neutral on it, rather than outright negative. Essentially, at this point, I'm only along for the socialization aspect. Not sure if I'm after advice, or just needed to get this off my chest. Either way, if you've read all this, thank you.
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