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  1. Hmm...I doubt it’s as simple as the space (though it’s a good thought).  You’ve got an OLD account (no offense), so maybe something got horked in the site transfer that we didn’t see before (there were a LOT of issues with the downloads née free stuff section).  I’ll do some digging and see what I can figure out.  Ok if I use your account to check?  (No password involved, just lets me see things through your

    account settings)

  2. 16 minutes ago, Derek Hiemforth said:


    Just tried again with the same result.  It never lets me get as far as selecting a file.  Just to see if it was specific to browser, OS, or other configurations, I tried it under Chrome, Firefox, and Safari  under MacOS 11 (both with and without VPN enabled), and under Chrome, Firefox, and Edge under Windows 10 (both with and without VPN enabled).  All resulted in the same error message before I select a file.


    I've been going to Browse > Downloads, and clicking on the "Submit a File" button.  I have to choose an option in order to continue, so I choose Hero System 6th Edition Documents, I don't select "I want to upload multiple files" (although I did try it that way; no difference), and then I click Continue, and get the error message shown above.


    Should I be doing something different to upload?

    Very odd....I'm not showing that at all (can get through to selecting files without issue and on multiple systems/browsers)...and that's early enough in the process that it's either something specific to your setup or something that everyone would be experiencing (and I don't think that the latter is the case).


    You've already tried from multiple systems, so cache isn't an issue...not entirely sure what else to look at (there's nothing in the logs about it).  I'll do some more digging tomorrow...and if anyone else is seeing the same issue, please post in here about what you're seeing (and what platforms, etc.).

    Given the nature of the process, there's going to be information saved in session and (likely) cookies -- do you have anything that would be filtering or inspecting internet traffic that is consistent between the systems that you've tried from?  Since you've tried with and without VPN, it would need to be something at a lower level....before the information is encrypted and sent over VPN.

  3. 21 hours ago, Derek Hiemforth said:

    I just went to upload the first one to "Hero System 6th Edition Documents" using the Submit a File button, and I got the attached error message.  @Simon, any ideas?


    Screen Shot 2021-04-19 at 7.15.51 PM.png

    Have you tried again?


    I'm not aware of any persistent issues with uploads to the server, but if it happens repeatedly I can certainly look into it.

    Also: what's the size of the file that's causing the error?

  4. So many rules deviations/changes...and for an optional/GM permission only Skill that attempts to replicate a Power.


    1. It's not part of the core HERO System rules and is not something that will be included in HD by default.


    2. If you want to have HD implement the rules for purchasing it, you'd do that the way you always define rules in HD:  a custom template. That said, it will be non-trivial even then as it does not mirror the purchase rules for any other Skill. Your best bet would be to have the player simply define the primary and two secondary methods when purchasing the Skill (simple input field), and then have additional primary and secondary "Adders" available.  Having the secondary Adders with a base cost of 0.5 might work...but you're going to run into all sorts of oddities with rounding rules (and when they occur).


    It's just a messy definition and that's going to be reflected in how it's implemented should you choose to go that route.

  5. That's not how Skill Levels work.  If you want a permanent +X to a given Skill, you would buy up that Skill.  Skill Levels are applied at game time and are separate from the Skill itself.

  6. Also, just to head off any other misunderstandings: the reason people with weakened immune systems should not be vaccinated is not because they'll catch COVID, or the flu, or whatever the vaccine is looking to prevent (again, that's physically impossible in modern-era vaccines).  The vaccine is genetically modified to remove pathogenicity, but to still retain replication abilities -- that's what triggers the body's immune response and trains the immune system to recognize the virus (or bacteria) going forward.  If you have a compromised immune system, your body may not be able to keep up with the replication, putting you in a prolonged/continual state of fighting off the non-pathogenic vaccine -- the virus (or bateria) replicates as fast or faster than your body can get rid of it.  You're not going to get the virus, but you're going to have those side effects of an immune response on an on-going basis until your body manages to catch up.

  7. 9 hours ago, Lord Liaden said:


    From p. 5 of the CDC PDF that unclevlad linked to: "Currently available live attenuated viral vaccines are measles, mumps, rubella, vaccinia, varicella, zoster (which contains the same virus as varicella vaccine but in much higher amount), yellow fever, rotavirus, and influenza (intranasal). Oral polio vaccine is a live viral vaccine but is no longer available in the United States. Live attenuated bacterial vaccines are bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG—not currently available in the US) and oral typhoid vaccine."

    It’s important to understand what “attenuated “ means - it’s not a virus that is near death but otherwise normal. It’s a virus that has been genetically modified to replicate its form but to remove pathogenicity - you’re not going to get the flu from the flu vaccine, and you’re not going to get COVID from any of the COVID vaccines (none of which are that form).


    of the three that are currently approved in the US, two use mRNA (very new tech that teaches the body’s own cells to produce the markers that will create an immune response in the body) and J&J uses genetically modified common cold cells to create non-pathogenic spiked proteins, fulfilling the same purpose.


    turns out I had a “strong immune response” to J&J - about 12 hours after the shot, body aches, puked up everything I’ve eaten since high school, full body tremors, and (interestingly) pretty strong pain in the sciatic nerve where it runs over the flare of the hip

    bone (I historically have pain there from scoliosis at L4-L5....the reason I’m a serial kilter and no longer own any pants).  Symptoms lasted about 2-3 hours...cleared up entirely by morning (now)

  8. 21 minutes ago, unclevlad said:

    With classical vaccines, another issue is, it's hard to keep the potency consistent.  You want the viruses to be, shall we say, on death's door;  they don't stir up much trouble, they just activate the watchdog aspect of the immune system, and they're easily and promptly dumped into the sewers.  But sometimes they're just stunned;  they wake up as the immune guards are coming by, and get Hostile.


    With these vaccines, AFAIK, it wouldn't be the same;  they're not full viruses.  But it wouldn't surprise me that something very similar could happen, *particularly* given that this is being produced as fast as it possibly can be.  (With that occasional OOPS, like when 15M J&J shots had to be tossed.)


    Yah...I happened to notice my indoor tomato plant was a wee bit saggy...that's mostly from weight, the thing's growing NICE and BIG! and I'm hoping for quite a few luscious little red balls of joy later on.  (Or whatever color...I have no idea what variety these seeds are from, and I use several fancier types commonly.)  So, hmm, ok, it's going thru water faster at this point.  Filled my bigger jug with maybe a gallon and a half, so...about 10 pounds.  Tested the sore arm by lifting it?  No reaction whatsoever.

    Um...that's not how vaccines work.  At all.

    They are not live versions of the virus.  They are not "near dead" versions of the virus.  They are utterly benign replicas that teach the immune system.  You can have a massive overdose of a vaccine and not contract the virus.

  9. 7 minutes ago, Dr.Device said:

    The side effects on the vaccines seem so random. I'm 55 and reasonably fit (I run 5k a few times a week), and just got a mildly sore area and exhaustion for one day. My friend who is 35 and working on hitting Olympic qualifying times for running got shivering, sweating, and severe body aches (plus exhaustion). 

    Side effects are based on the body's immune response to the vaccine, so they're not going to necessarily track with physical fitness or age (though the latter may factor in).  If someone has had the virus previously or simply has a strong immune response in general, they're going to experience more/stronger side effects.  It's why the second shot of the 2 dose vaccines give stronger side effects.


  10. I'm not really sure what you're asking/looking to do....prefabs are just pre-constructed Powers.  If you want to present options for the user of the prefab, you simply build the Power multiple times (each way you'd like it to be presented).

  11. 12 minutes ago, Lee said:

    My arm hasn't fallen off, no extra heads and no superpowers. Rats! I was really hoping for superpowers. Of course, I'd probably get something like telepathically talking to fish...


    Although, now that I think about it, if that ability came with a body like Jason Mamoa I could go for it.


    Right now, I look like Thor........in Avengers Endgame.

    "My body is a temple: ancient, crumbling, probably cursed."

  12. On 3/27/2021 at 11:58 AM, Simon said:

    Set for the first dose of Moderna on Tuesday.  Second dose April 27...which means both my wife and I will be fully vaccinated in time for some anniversary celebrations in May.

    Slight change in plans - originally was scheduled in a location about 2 hours from me, but got a call from our local hospital saying that they can get me in on Friday...for the J&J vaccine.  That'll get me fully vaccinated about a week ahead of my wife, so I've got that going for me...which is nice.

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