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  1. It's hard for me to believe I'm saying this but come this June, our campaign will be 40 years old, along with the 40th Anniversary of the game Champions. It's actually mind-boggling to me, that any campaign could be that long. The campaign is older than my friend's marriage as well as some people in the campaign. I'm planning on buying some plastic award medals that you can put your own emblem inside of and giving them out in June. By the way, this is the same continuous campaign - never stopped or retconned. It's gone through changes over the decades and has seen players & characters come and go, but the core players are still playing some of the same characters that the campaign started with. So along with saying it's been 40 years, I also want to say that it is the Champions game that is so durable and flexible that made this happen. My hat off to you, Hero Games and more specifically, to Champions.
    25 points
  2. Hello everyone! We have a variety of projects going on at Hero Games right now, both for quarter one of 2021 and for the year as a whole. I wanted to let you know about them, get your input, and ask if there is anything you would like to see created by Hero Games in the coming year. Of course, I can’t promise you we will act on those suggestions! Only that we will listen and do what we can, given the limited time and resources that we have. Please feel free to comment. UPCOMING NEW RELEASES The following three projects have been turned into us, have been approved, and are in various levels of production right now. (If you have submitted a project to us and don’t see it listed here, don’t be alarmed! We simply haven’t gotten to it yet. These things take time.) Western Hero: Rough and Ready Roleplaying – This is a joint project between Kestrel Arts and Hero Games. Written by Christopher Taylor and based on work by Matt Forbeck, it’s an exhaustive, rules complete 276 page Hero System 6th Edition book. It has already been through layout, editing, and (due to the subject matter) sensitivity reading, and will be made available physically and electronically through DriveThruRPG, Amazon, Indie Press Revolution, and the Hero Games store. A Hero Designer Character Pack for this product will also be available for sale. Institute For Human Advancement: Pride & Prejudice – Written by Thomas Stadley, this book is a 50,000 word Champions 6th Edition source book detailing the history, structure, agents, and technology of the infamous Champions Universe villain organization known as the IHA. It is currently being edited by AC, and will be made available physically and electronically through DriveThruRPG and Amazon, and electronically through the Hero Games store. A Hero Designer Character Pack for this product will also be available for sale. The Hero System Book of Templates II – Written by Christopher Hackler, this is the sequel to Chris’ popular Hero System Book of Templates. I’m editing this book myself right now, and it’s excellent. At 33,000 words it’s even better than the original, and extremely useful to new players. It will be available in electronic and physical form from DriveThruRPG and Amazon, and electronically from the Hero Games store. A Hero Designer Character Pack for this product will also be available for sale. SECTIONAL BOOKS Steve Long and I have come up with a new publication concept for releasing Hero System books, and we are going to try applying this concept to a couple of projects this year and see it works out, financially as well as artistically. I’m calling these “sectional books,” as they will be released in sections that stand alone as electronic products, but can be combined in the end and released as a complete print-on-demand book on DriveThru and Amazon. The stand-alone products won’t have any original artwork, but the final book they will be combined into will have an original cover and at least some original interior artwork (though they will be softcover black-and-whites). Subject matter for these books will be selected in part based on their suitability for the format: meaning, they can be released in sections, then those sections can be combined into a unified, consistent final product (not a magazine or the like). The first two will be written by Steve, and will be Champions International – a collection of chapters about imaginary countries with exist in the Champions Universe – and Martial Enemies, which will detail a wide variety of martial arts characters suitable for Champions, Ninja Hero, Pulp Hero, or any of a number of other genres. He’s already turned in the first section Champions International: Lugendu, which AC is getting ready right now. If the sectional book projects goes well, Hero Games will launch a Patreon account to support even more work in that vein, plus provide exclusive content to Hero System fans who choose to become backers. (But we’ll have to see how the project goes before I commit to that!) KICKSTARTER At this point I don’t have any plans in 2021 a Kickstarter project. I’m willing to hear suggestions if you folks have any. But please keep in mind that the Hero Games KS account is reserved at this time for “big” projects. By this I mean comparatively large, rules-complete works which require no additional books to play. So I mean projects that are like Champions Now or Fantasy Hero Complete, but not Book of the Empress or Champions Villains III. I’m open to the idea of licensed intellectual property projects; though, again, I can’t make any promises. Actually getting licensed IP is an extremely difficult and time-consuming undertaking that I have only succeeded at twice (once here at Hero Games, and once at my own imprint High Rock Press); though behind the scenes I tried one dozen other times over the years unsuccessfully. Success requires either a perfect alignment of circumstances, or large sums of money; and the former is by nature unlikely, the later - nonexistent. HALL OF CHAMPIONS So far you fans have contributed forty creations to our Hall of Champions DriveThruRPG community content program! Please continue, feel free to contribute to the creative legacy of Hero Games, and maybe make a few bucks along the way. -Jason Walters, Publisher
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  4. You GUYS! Thanks, this made my day (and thanks @Sketchpadfor letting me know about the thread). If there is a thing you're looking for specifically, let me know and I can go through backups. (I'd intended to take down everything except for Red October but couldn't bring myself to do it.) -SCM
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  5. 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"
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  6. Meanwhile over Mar-a Lago:
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  7. I applaud the ten Republican Representatives who voted to impeach Mr. Trump, as well as the seven Republican Senators who voted to convict. I know it was a difficult decision that will probably come back to bite them next election season. I thank these leaders for their courage. The rest of the Republicans in Congress can go straight to Hell as far as I'm concerned. I am embarrassed ever to have belonged to this Party.
    12 points
  8. Cygnia

    Coronavirus

    My husband's parents tested negative, thankfully.
    12 points
  9. The legend lives on from the Apprentice on down of the big oompaloompa called Donnie The Donnie, it is said, always has some bed head and he's friends with a loon named Giulani With a MAGA flag load, 26,000 or more stowed, than that big, ole fat Trump boat weighed empty that good ship and true was a bone to be chewed when the polls of November vote truly PS - think Gordon Lightfoot....
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  10. As some of y'all out there know, one of my other hobbies is collecting fountain pens. I have a semi-valuable array of a bit under 900 pens so far, ranging from ultra-cheap everyday use kinda pens to expensive works of art that I'd never dare write with. Another hobby is collecting antique maps from the 1920s and '30s, partly to help with Pulp Hero writing. If you need to know exactly where the police station is on Gibraltar in 1934, where the short-lived nation of Tannu Tuva was, or where the railroads run in the Pulp Era Belgian Congo, I'm your man. So, after many years of waiting, I just got a new pen chest that will hold all my pens on the left, and many of my large-ish antique maps on the right. Check it out! Even Persimmon approves.
    11 points
  11. I've heard a lot of people making a case that those in northern states accustomed to severe winter weather shouldn't criticize Texas for their handling of this emergency. So y'all sit back and let me do it from here in Arkansas, right next to Texas at the same latitude and with the same weather. While there are the expected outages caused by power lines being down and such, we're largely doing okay despite getting more than double our average annual snowfall in the last 3 days. What we don't have are millions of people without power due to a completely isolated power grid, utility companies shutting down power entirely (and suspiciously in minority and low-income neighborhoods) rather than enacting rolling blackouts, and an overly influential Oil industry that demonizes all other forms of power production. Oh, we also don't have a US Senator infamous for opposing federal aid to other states during natural disasters skipping off to sunny Cancun on vacation in the middle of such in his own state.
    11 points
  12. 450,000 US Covid deaths - 1/5 of the Global deaths thanks to a non-existent national plan, constant mixed messages, flip-flopping strategies, and embracing pseudo-science. The Trump Covid response alone is a numbers based reason that almost anyone is better than Trump and that he's one of the worst Presidents ever.
    11 points
  13. My wife passed away near the end of September 11 years ago. One of her favorite holidays was Halloween, and so we decided to hold her wake on that night. I rented out the clubhouse here at my townhome complex, and some very good friends gathered to eat, drink a bit, and reminisce about their favorite things about her. After a while, it became a little warm, and so we opened the clubhouse doors to get a little of the cool, crisp late October air. A few minutes later, a little kid in costume stood in the doorway, and said, "Trick or Treat!" An old friend of ours looked at me and smiled as we both got up, grabbed the candy bowls that I'd put around for nibbling, and gave out lots of candy. There was just something so right for her to have trick or treaters at her wake, and it still brings a smile to my face, amidst the tears.
    11 points
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  15. Vondy

    My Newhon Campaign

    I unexpectedly received a box from my mother containing the notes and character sheets from my long-running "old school" D&D campaign. This game ran for years, from childhood to young adulthood. I haven't seen this stuff in 20+ years. After the nostalgia wore off I though "I really need to translate this into hero (something I considered doing "way back when") and reboot it yet again. Post One. Real World History. My early D&D campaigns were shared with an eponymous co-GM so that we could both play. We originally used Lankhmar as its base city. We didn’t know much about Newhon. Our only reference was the Newhon Mythos section of Deities & Demigods (1980) and a beat-up copy of Swords and Deviltry. We decided that the Northmen, in addition to Kos, worshipped the Finnish Pantheon, while Bacob and Hecate became Lankmari demigods. That covered religion. We ran a lot of modules. Newhon’s Great Salt Marsh and Sinking Lands were perfect stand-in locations for a lot of the 1st edition modules from “The Known World” and the Hool River / Marshes region of Grayhawk. These modules often featured reptilian or amphibian monsters. We saw far more Bullywugs, Lizard Men, Sauhagin, Troglodytes, and the Yaun-Ti than we did the standard “evil” humanoids. They also seemed to fit better with Newhon’s weird pulpy groove. It didn’t occur to us not to include demi-humans, but with the exception one long-running dwarf and elf, the vast majority of player characters were humans with a smattering of half-elves thrown in. There were an awful lot of fighters, thieves, and fighter-thieves. No one liked playing clerics and, with the exception of a long-running illusionist, we had few mages, and none of those advanced past the mid-level range. Our heroes were very much “freebooting mercenary adventurers” and “loveable rogues.” Most NPC mages were Fire Mages, Snow Witches, Necromancers, or Scribes and Alchemists (Dragon Magazine). So, magically speaking, the traditional D&D wizard acting as “mystic artillery” was not a prominent fixture in our games. We weren’t too far off the S&S mark. Our characters relied far more heavily on potions, scrolls, dusts, powders, and disposable items (e.g., wands). Permanent magic items were rare and often were often cool “utility” items rather than weapons and armor. That was the zeitgeist for magic. When Lanhkmar: City of Adventure (1985) was published we snapped it up. It was much clearer about how Newhon should differ from generic D&D. I had also read Swords Against Death at this point. Over time we derated demi-humans as new PCs and either removed those races or sidelined them to the hinterlands along with the more common “evil huanoids.”. One long-running and nigh-iconic half-elf PC became “some demigod’s bastard.” We also implemented the supplements interesting, if not-quite satisfactory, system for “white” and “black” magic. We then decided to play-through a series of desert-themed modules and homebrew adventures (including a pastiche of Tower of the Elephant). These were set on the far bank of the Eastern Sea. I hadn’t done much reading that would cover that part of Newhon, but I had read Thieves’ World and had Chaosium’s Thieves’ World boxed-set (1981), so we used Sanctuary as our base city with a handwave towards it being on the frontier of the now-decaying Rankan Empire. Hyperborea’s Shadizar and Sukhmet also made appearances. One notable interpolation was that the Scarlet Brotherhood made an appearance as the shadowy hand of fallen Quarmall. The campaign closed with the heroes returning to Lankhmar. The rebooted Lankhmar campaign focused more on character-driven stories and personal drama, which often vibed like a “D&D Telenovela,” but around this time the shift to 2nd edition was taking place and a lot more Lanhkmar materials were being published for D&D. I had also read a lot more thieves world, farfd and gray mouser, and conan stories at this stage. I ran the homebrew stuff (the 1985 book has pages of maps with places to record homebrew notes for locations) while one of my players ran the modules so that I could trot my own characters out every so often. The rebooted game was much truer to the swords and sorcery milieu in general, and Newhon in particular, but we also managed to work in some eldritch and gothic horror elements, which jived really well with Newhon’s “weird.” Beholders, mind-flayers, reanimated flesh golems, necromancers, and the occasional vampire were a thing in this game. Anyhow. That’s the history of my long-term campaign and how it developed (without going into the character's crazy backstories). Next up: What old-school modules were played alongside the homebrew adventures?
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  17. Cygnia

    Coronavirus

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  19. Actually, I think a far better product than "Psionic Hero" would be an actual "Game Powered by Hero" Heroic Level psychic game. Maybe it's a "psychics among us" game - these powers exist, but are well-hidden and people work hard to keep it that way. Maybe it's "noble psionics protecting the mindblind from psionics who would exploit them", or maybe it's various devious groups, each after their own advantage, and their own advantage alone. Maybe it's modern world, or future-earth, or cold war earth, or scattered across a futuristic galaxy. But pick one. One theme. One setting. One way psionic powers work. Whether normal weapons are typically also used or whether they are not. Whether psionic powers can generate a force field making targets bulletproof or whether a gun is just as fatal to the most powerful psychic as to an ordinary guy on the street. And write up that specific game that people can read through, pick some stats, gear and psionic powers and build characters they are ready to play at 2 PM next Saturday. Not a Book of Infinitie Options you could use to build that game, or a slightly different game, or a completely different game, or a thousand and one different games. One. Game. that can be played right from the book.
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  21. No. THIS is a grate sword!
    10 points
  22. Good news! As far as the doctors setting the global standard for treating my cancer can tell, I currently don’t have cancer. Happy New Year Everyone! Turned out to be good enough odds. Thank all the gods, even the Old Ones. On a critical fail this cancer pulls out the old Iron Crown tables.
    10 points
  23. Hey all! treatment for throat cancer is allegedly more physically challenging than most. It certainly did suck at the end, and the healing process has continued to be somewhere between painful and merely aggravating since. By the end of October I had received all the radiation my neck can take, I think ever. We will take a look via PET scan on December 28 to see if they got it or not. Dear lord I hope so. I feel more or less fine, but far from perfect. The waiting is the hardest part right now: without the PET scan I’m Schroedinger’s cat, both fine and doomed simultaneously. I’m still having a hard time keeping my weight up, a ridiculous complaint for a middle aged American. Eggnog is a fantastic way to inhale calories, and I am getting a bit sick of it. I look much better than I did a month ago, so everyone in the house is looking at me less balefully than they did before. as far as we can currently tell, I don’t have cancer anymore. As far as we can tell right now. December 28 will, I dearly hope, provide better evidence for that conclusion.
    10 points
  24. Ternaugh

    In other news...

    It's obviously a fluke.
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  25. 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 was only notable by its absence because we have been spoiled by its presence.
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  27. “When you're accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression."
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  28. Not exactly a picture, but I just feel so compelled to share it:
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  29. Compare Danvers to Maverick in Top Gun. There's a lot of similarities in their arrogance and confidence. But it's okay for Maverick because he's a guy and not okay for Danvers?
    9 points
  30. Quite a few Marvel movies have been based on some other genre, but with supers mixed in... which is what comics in general have long done anyway. Thor is Shakespearean dynastic drama, with supers. Captain America: The First Avenger is a war movie, with supers. Ant-Man is a heist movie, with supers. Spider-Man: Homecoming is a coming-of-age movie, with supers. The Incredible Hulk is Jekyll and Hyde/Frankenstein, with supers. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a political thriller, with supers. Black Panther is Afro-futurism, with supers. IMHO borrowing from other genres has helped keep the MCU fresh and interesting.
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  32. Chris Goodwin

    Coronavirus

    Just got Pfizer number 2. About five minutes and I can go.
    9 points
  33. Cancer

    In other news...

    Zebra mussels found in pet stores
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  34. Starlord

    Coronavirus

    9 points
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  36. No, Biden Didn't Say 'You Can’t Legislate by Executive Order Unless You're a Dictator' (snopes.com)
    9 points
  37. Honestly, no one has linked to the news story, that I've seen, and I have no idea what details of the story have been made public or not. But from what others have said in this thread, the police pepper sprayed a kid who was already in the back of a police cruiser. If that's what happened, I don't care if the kid slit the throat of the pope: that was completely inappropriate behavior from the police. I have every confidence that a nine year old kid could flat out kill me if she tried because I'm not exactly in robust health. But even I could control a nine year old kid who's already in the back of a police cruiser without resorting to using a weapon. If the police actually used a weapon on a kid after she was safely in custody, the police were solidly in the wrong. Period. Period.
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  39. Well, I can't afford to burn bridges but i may have just done that. One of my relatives put up a long eloquent piece by Mike Rowe, and I ..tore into it. I have been SO good at trying not to rile family or friends who have supported Trump. The Coup was the last straw for me I fear. I hope this doesn't bite me in the ass, but I just can't stand the BS any longer.
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  40. NO!!!!! Crap! Yeah-- this will mean nothing to any of you, but not only was he my all-time favorite singer, he was also the cousin of an old friend, and a damned nice guy. Two bouts with throat cancer to go out like this.... Funny story: decades ago, I had to run out to where Robert worked (work-related errand), and I had Charley Pride on the ol' 8-track, and Robert asked me "hey, Duke! You gotta come to my family reunion!" Not particularly wanting to schedule around it (I had a _lot_ going on; Robert was a great guy, and I probably would have agreed to stop by for a few minutes had my situation been different right then. Anyway, Robert asked "Ain't that Charley Pride on the radio?" "Nah; that's on 8-track. i've got everything he ever recoded; he's my favorite singer." He laughed and laughed. "Duke, you gotta come! Charley Pride's my _cousin_, Man!" "Yeah. Right. I gotta go, Robert; they're gonna miss me." I left. (No; that's not the funny part). A few days later, I bump into Robert in town. "Duke, Man, you gotta come to my reunion!" "Oh yeah; right. So I can meet your cousin, right?" "Well, no; so you can sit and eat some ribs with us, shoot some hoops--" "Not cool, Robert. You know I'm white." "And I need you to make me look good; my cousins are way better on the court, Man." (say what you want: we had that kind of relationship when we were young, okay?) "Robert, I believe that you have a cousin, and I believe that his name is Charley Pride. Can we let it drop now?" "Duke, Man; I am _tellin'_ you, Charley Pride is my _cousin_!" "Yeah. Look, I wish I could, Robert." "Aunt Della gonna smoke a couple coons....." "I'm sorry; what?" "Aunt Della gonna roast a couple coons, Man." "Aunt Della from Ludowicci?" "Aunt Della from Ludowicci." Aunt Della from Ludowicci can roast a coon. I mean she can _roast_ a coon! Best damned coon I've ever eaten, and the only coon I've ever had that isn't greasy. Her possum was positively delightful, too (the secret, she claimed, was grain feeding them a couple of weeks before killing them). "What time you want me?" Skip ahead nearly two weeks: We've had a lot of fun, singing, dancing, playing football, and trying to get me to play basketball. To describe how that went, keep in mind that at a much later reunion, it was suggested that the then-current movie should have been called "White Men's Feet are Sewed to the Floor." I am full as a tick on Boston Butt, ribs, possum, duck, and I'm working the bones of the last bit of coon on my plate. Robert had gotten up to "get us some more beer" (Robert, like his father's side of the family, had a penchant for malt liquor, which.... well, it's not good. Fortunately, I had brought a couple cases of actual beer (well, American beer, but _NOT_ malt liquor) and four gallons of sweet tea, so I had options).) A couple minutes later and I hear a voice "Hey, Robert! What kind of secrets are in your family? I think you've got a Honky in the woodpile!" I snorted (and nearly lost a bite of coon!) I recovered, swallowed, grinned and turned to look at the funny man. Robert was standing there with his cousin. "Duke; this my cousin: Charley Pride." And damned if it wasn't. I didn't know what do-- I tried to stand, talk, apologize, shake hands, and hold a coon shank kind of all at once. None of it was working. Every part of me was trying to do its own thing: it wasn't a star-struck thing, folks; I'm just not wired that way. It was just _shock_. I mean-- Robert's cousin was Charley Pride! It was-- it was _neat_! So I finally just gave up trying to do _anything_, and stood there, still processing-- it's weird. Nothing had really prepared me for that. Robert really should have told me his cousin was Charley Pride; he really should have. I'm standing there, convincing my brain to reboot, beer in one hand, coon shank in the other. Finally, I had sense enough to slowly and carefully set them bth on the picnic table, wipe my sandwich scoops, and stare at this total stranger, doing my best impression of a fly trap. "So, uh, whose the white guy, Robert?" "I uh..." finally I half turned and gestured at the table behind me. "I came for the coon!" I damned near screamed, causing him to burst into eye-watering laughter. "Hell, I've been called worse." He stuck out a hand. "I'm Charley Pride. Nice to meet ya." Greatest day of my entire life. (Don't tell my wife; she has this crazy notion that this honor belongs to our wedding day. Weird, right? ) I attended several family reunions after that. Turns out Charley Pride is exactly the guy you think he is: humble, hilarious, and a lot of fun. Eventually I moved, Robert moved, and life went on. I still think about him-- we used to be pretty tight-- but you know how life goes. I'm going to see if I can find Robert's number. You folks have a good evening.
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  41. Panpiper

    Remembrance

    Detonating artillery shells falling on Dunkirk echoed in the distance. It was late May, 1940, my father was only eleven years old. He was in a small restaurant with my grandfather, the two of them perplexed by the French soldier sitting next to them having a feast. The soldier's meal was lavish, far in excess of what virtually all Europeans were used to in those days of rationing. My grandfather struck up conversation with the soldier. "Excuse me, but you are using up all your ration coupons on this one meal. What will you eat later if you spend them all like this?" The soldier smiled forlornly and explained, "Tomorrow the Germans will attack." He would have no further use for his coupons. He had no intention of retreat. This was his last supper. For that soldier who died protecting my father and all the rest of us. For all the others I could never begin to name or even know of. For all those who stand the wall. Thank you.
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  42. The Case Against Trump And once again I remind everyone--
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  43. Transsexual Satanist Anarchist Wins Republican Nomination https://www.the-sun.com/news/1463548/transsexual-satanist-anarchist-wins-nomination-new-hampshire-sheriff/ DiMezzo is the High Priestess of the Reformed Satanic Church. Her campaign slogan was "F*** the Police". She attributes her win to voter stupidity in not researching the candidates and what they stand for.
    9 points
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