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    Panpiper got a reaction from steph in Great story going in Ptolus   
    Hey Steph, sorry, didn't see your question.
     
    I am the fighter of the group, the tank (subclass 'brute'), with one level in forge cleric so he can run a bless and identify stuff. He's a mountain dwarf that kicks some serious ass. He is second son to a highly respected dwarven master smith, wealthy enough to be considered minor nobility. Sadly his older brother shall inherit their manor/forge, so Wode started adventuring so as to work up the capital to pay for his own forge. Then we started putting pieces together about shit going down with chaos cults, the undead, demons, etc., and he diverted his cash hoarding into magic item stacking. We've been very successful coming up with valuable loot and have used that to kit ourselves out fairly well, usually by selling it and commissioning custom magic items. Our druid caster recently acquired a wand of fireballs which is making short work of trash, while Wode confronts bosses.
     
    Other than Wode, we have a trickster rogue crossbow expert played by a player with an active mind. He's a gnome who tries to masquerade as a halfling. We have a Circle of the Land druid that is the least appropriate, least combat capable character that likely could exist in a city bound campaign, but she just got that wand of fireballs, so... Finally we have a Life Cleric, another mountain dwarf, who has followed my lead with regards to kit, and has almost the same AC. He can stand the line with Wode, and combining Spirit Guardians, Spiritual Weapon, and his morning star, is often enough the star of the show.
     
    I created the Fantasy Hero version of Wode for giggles, and is the first character I posted in a series of characters in this thread. The background was changed so he could fit more generically into other people's games, as either a PC or an NPC.
     
    Our game has been running a good two years so far. We are level seven now, and deeply involved in figuring out what is going on with the various factions, and interfering in their nefarious plans. We have made friends, as well as earned the enmity of some powerful enemies. Wode's family manor which is a small stone fortress carved into a mountain side in Old Town, has become both our stronghold and the scene of many encounters. 
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    Panpiper got a reaction from Killer Shrike in Great story going in Ptolus   
    I'm playing in a Ptolus campaign right now, though we are using D&D 5e. We are definitely having a good time. I would have much prefered Hero, but I was out voted by the other players.
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    Panpiper got a reaction from aylwin13 in Hero Designer   
    Hero System has been my favorite pastime for several decades, just to put the following into context. That said, I consider Hero Designer to be the best $25. I have ever spent in my life. No exageration.
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    Panpiper got a reaction from Trencher in Hudson City Riots 2020   
    I suspect you would likely fracture a group playing this. Real world politics these days is insanely divisive.
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    Panpiper reacted to Gandalf970 in Great story going in Ptolus   
    Many years ago I bought Ptolus and my group really wasn't into it.  The DnD version just didn't strike them as they couldn't do "what they wanted" with the classes, spells and story etc.  My group is really about having the mechanics support the roleplaying they do.  So I started a new campaign and decided Ptolus Fantasy Hero Version would be the meal.  
     
    They are so in love with it and have really went crazy with Hero and Ptolus.  One is a rogueish type with decent skills and got his first follower.  He runs atop the rooftops and is a half-elf who only needs to sleep 3 hours a day.  He is super active and came from the Warrens (a slum type district). 
     
    The next player chose a Necromancer type player who was using Vampiric Touch (heal by draining body).  He learned later that he was gaining corruption from doing this and decided to find religion.  We created something called the Sisters of Mercy where the third sister was the sister of retribution and justice.  He has been able to heal the corruption by doing good deeds for the church and gives me another plot hook.
     
    The last player is a face man who is a gambler who took 25 points of luck.  He likes to flip a coin and decide what to do, great fun.
     
    Thank you to the forums for the ideas about the story.  I used many and they are working for a Demon named Deimos, they haven't put it all together yet.  They have been collecting items for him to make a huge summons and after about 20 sessions are now starting to see the light. 
     
    Three of the four in my group have been gaming together for 40 years the other about 20.  I think the combination of this system and our experience have made this one of the best campaigns we have ever played.  We are all dreaming about it and really really roleplaying.  One of the guys really was a min/maxer and that was all he cared about, but now he is really doing some cool things.
     
    We are using the hard recovery where they only get recovery of body every two weeks.  It makes the game grittier and they don't charge into many combats.  Also the Prescence mechanic and social combat have been unbelievably well received.  Can't say enough about how much we are loving this game.  We all looked at each other the other night and said, "I wish we had started playing this game years ago"!
     
    Thanks again.  If you interested in more I can post more info.  If you looking for a great City to adventure in for Hero, Ptolus is the way!
     
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    Panpiper got a reaction from dialNforNinja in Hudson City Riots 2020   
    I suspect you would likely fracture a group playing this. Real world politics these days is insanely divisive.
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    Panpiper got a reaction from DoctorImpossible in Does this character do 9d6 or 12d6 with his club?   
    A strength requirement means that a character needs to have that much strength to do the listed damage. If they have that strength, they do the full listed damage, it does NOT do "less" damage. If the character has 5 or more points of strength 'higher' than the strength minimum, each 5 points more adds an extra damage class, so it does 'more' damage, not less.
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    Panpiper got a reaction from steph in Hero System (French) online.   
    Moi, je suggère Roll20.  Ce n'est pas sans problèmes, mais c'est probablement le plus facile à apprendre.
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    Panpiper got a reaction from Duke Bushido in Hero 4e, 5e or 6e Games & Players   
    Yea, that's a good bit 'more' than what I meant myself.  😉
     
    My backgrounds often do tell a bit of a story, but they rarely extend more than a couple of pages.  For instance...
     
    Posted character can now be found on this thread; Ref: Hecate
     
     
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    Panpiper got a reaction from pbemguy in The Champions Campaign Wiki Begins!   
    I completely disagree with this sort of supervillain build. It sets a VERY bad example for GMs and can easily instantly sour a player's desire to continue with your game. This is for MANY reasons, but I'll focus here just on the first that instantly leapt out at me.
     
    You have here a character that can AND WILL kill player characters with one hit! I've seen GMs have to fudge their game to avoid killing characters with 5d6 killing attacks and here you have one with a 6 1/2d6 killing attack!  The normal attack too of 21d6 is again utterly out of whack. At least it's not area effect mind you, I'll give you that (yes, I've seen at least one GM deploy a massive, obliterate with one shot, area attack before and steadfastly be adamant this was not a problem).  I promptly dropped that game. Players have to be able to trust their GM to participate in their collaborative storytelling adventure. You are NOT "the enemy", you are NOT "trying to kill them". If the players think otherwise, you have a serious problem.
     
    Supervillains should have powerful attack, yes, but not attacks that will one shot obliterate reasonably constructed characters. Their fearsomeness can come from high but not impossibly high defenses combined with damage reduction, along with a breadth of powers, resources and henchmen.
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    Panpiper got a reaction from Gnome BODY (important!) in The Champions Campaign Wiki Begins!   
    I completely disagree with this sort of supervillain build. It sets a VERY bad example for GMs and can easily instantly sour a player's desire to continue with your game. This is for MANY reasons, but I'll focus here just on the first that instantly leapt out at me.
     
    You have here a character that can AND WILL kill player characters with one hit! I've seen GMs have to fudge their game to avoid killing characters with 5d6 killing attacks and here you have one with a 6 1/2d6 killing attack!  The normal attack too of 21d6 is again utterly out of whack. At least it's not area effect mind you, I'll give you that (yes, I've seen at least one GM deploy a massive, obliterate with one shot, area attack before and steadfastly be adamant this was not a problem).  I promptly dropped that game. Players have to be able to trust their GM to participate in their collaborative storytelling adventure. You are NOT "the enemy", you are NOT "trying to kill them". If the players think otherwise, you have a serious problem.
     
    Supervillains should have powerful attack, yes, but not attacks that will one shot obliterate reasonably constructed characters. Their fearsomeness can come from high but not impossibly high defenses combined with damage reduction, along with a breadth of powers, resources and henchmen.
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    Panpiper reacted to Greywind in The Champions Campaign Wiki Begins!   
    I would say it would depend on the character. If you're building heroes, sure, standard builds. If you're building a villain, depends on what your intent for the villain is.
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    Panpiper reacted to IndianaJoe3 in The Champions Campaign Wiki Begins!   
    I did a poll. "Standard superheroic" (400/75) was by far the most popular option.
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    Panpiper reacted to Greywind in Superhero Cosplayers   
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    Panpiper reacted to Ninja-Bear in Limitation: "Only versus ego entangles" questions.   
    I’m flummoxed of all the grief it seems that Panpiper is getting to spend a few points to special in one area. He didn’t ask for anything gamebreaking and (unless he says otherwise) is cool with the ability being spent and not being used again. A character defining ability.
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    Panpiper got a reaction from Grailknight in Limitation: "Only versus ego entangles" questions.   
    That is even more concise.
     
    My sin was clearly that I defined a power based on mechanics instead of the larger special effect. Perhaps that is because I have never, not once in nearly 40 years of Hero, seen anyone, ever, be restrained by any mental power 'other' than ego entangle. I prefer to be concise when I define powers so they are unambiguous to any who read it, and 'only versus ego entangles' sounded quite precise, especially as it never even occurred to me that some other power mechanic might be used to do the same thing.
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    Panpiper got a reaction from Grailknight in Limitation: "Only versus ego entangles" questions.   
    You know, an awful lot of typing could have been prevented if you had simply suggested changing the limitation to "limited to mental powers which would prevent her free movement", instead of "only versus ego entangles", especially seeing as how I only took a -1 on it anyway.
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    Panpiper got a reaction from Duke Bushido in Limitation: "Only versus ego entangles" questions.   
    That is even more concise.
     
    My sin was clearly that I defined a power based on mechanics instead of the larger special effect. Perhaps that is because I have never, not once in nearly 40 years of Hero, seen anyone, ever, be restrained by any mental power 'other' than ego entangle. I prefer to be concise when I define powers so they are unambiguous to any who read it, and 'only versus ego entangles' sounded quite precise, especially as it never even occurred to me that some other power mechanic might be used to do the same thing.
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    Panpiper reacted to Surrealone in Limitation: "Only versus ego entangles" questions.   
    And what, exactly, is wrong with someone deciding something like "I don't want mental entangles to affect me" and then wrapping an explanation around it?  

    I ask because I don't see it as fundamentally any different from "I don't want to be really weak" .... and then buying a pile of STR to represent how strong the person feels the character is ... and then wrapping an explanation around it.

    It's also fundamentally no different from "I don't want lead to affect my vision" and then buying N-ray vision that cannot see through lead ... and wrapping an explanation around THAT.
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    Panpiper got a reaction from ScottishFox in Hero Designer   
    Hero System has been my favorite pastime for several decades, just to put the following into context. That said, I consider Hero Designer to be the best $25. I have ever spent in my life. No exageration.
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    Panpiper reacted to Killer Shrike in Hero Designer   
    It is a quality piece of software and definitely (more than) worth its $25 asking price IMO if you are either a GM or the type of player who likes just making characters for fun. 
     
    It has what I consider to be a very mild learning curve (but I'm probably not the best gauge for that). It is a literal tabula rasa when first opened with no character selected...
     

     
    You get started by either selecting an existing character sheet from disk (if you have downloaded one, for instance) or by making a new character selected from the types of characters HD has the character creation rules for...such as 6e standard superheroic or heroic, or a vehicle, base, etc...
     

     
    Once you've picked the type of character, you are presented with a tabbed interface and you basically go from tab to tab filling in the parts of your character...
     
    Note: I changed my preferences to have the tabs go down the right side, so your UI would look slightly different out of the box (if i recall correctly they default to run across the top), but it should be equally as obvious what the tabs are regardless.
     

     
    ProTip: I would recommend saving your progress frequently as you go (Ctrl+S), as you should for any long form content development.
     
    When you want to see a character sheet for the character, using the "Current Character" menu option select an Export Template and Preview the character sheet.

     
    There are lots of export templates, targeting different options such as html (viewed / printed using your browser of choice), plain text, rtf, etc. Some come w/ HD and a lot more are available in the downloads section of this site, catering to different levels of verbosity, style preferences, and so on. When you are getting started, I would recommend a default HTML template and you can get more discerning later when you have a better idea of what you want. 
     
    Personally, I use custom html templates nearly exclusively, but do sometimes output other formats when i have a particular reason to.
     
    After you have the basics down (make a standard character), HD offers a plethora of other features if you want or need to get fancier. You can turn a "character" into a template from which you can make future characters...for instance imagine you made a "Goblin" character representing a baseline gobbo for your setting...you could make it into a template from which you could later create a new specific named goblin and add on to the baseline...you could go further and have layers of templates that stack one upon the next, such as a baseline gobbo template, a gobbo champion template built on top of that, and a gobbo chief template built on top of that, layering up the abilities from one to the next. I think the utility of this is fairly obvious in settings where you have lots of stock characters which are mostly defined by what they are plus some individualization, such as most fantasy settings. 
     
    You can also make or use prefabs, the term used by the app for lists of pre-made abilities, gear, etc, which can be loaded up and used conveniently within the tabs for skills, talents, powers, equipment to quickly whip up characters without having to copy and paste common effects (such as your campaign's definition of a long sword or basic fireball spell, etc) from one to next.
     
    Pro Tip: heavy use of prefabs can put memory pressure on the app, so I suggest loading up the ones you need when you need them.
     

     
    One of my favorite features is the ability to define and reuse custom campaign settings that can be applied to all characters in a given campaign. This is hugely convenient and offers a lot of flexibility and is worth checking out if you get that far. I use this feature very heavily; one of the first things I do when setting up a new campaign is go into HD and make a campaign ruleset and then bang out a few baseline characters for that campaign (such as average person, average PC, average "thug" opposition, etc) as part of the dialing in process.
     

     
    And so on...the summary is HD is basically an industrial grade power tool for Hero System character creation and management (an aspect of HD that doesn't get talked about as much but which is in my opinion its most significant value add), and like many power tools it does have its sharp edges and beginners traps, but it richly rewards time spent learning its nuances.
     
     
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    My user preferences menu:
     

     
    I no longer remember what the defaults are, but I recommend upping the max RAM allowed to the app using the conveniently provided slider if you are in the habit of keeping a bunch of characters open (such as all of the PC's of your campaign and the current crop of NPC's / bad guys) and have them auto-load on HD start.
     
     
     
     
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    Panpiper got a reaction from Spence in Hero Designer   
    Hero System has been my favorite pastime for several decades, just to put the following into context. That said, I consider Hero Designer to be the best $25. I have ever spent in my life. No exageration.
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    Panpiper got a reaction from Killer Shrike in Hero Designer   
    Hero System has been my favorite pastime for several decades, just to put the following into context. That said, I consider Hero Designer to be the best $25. I have ever spent in my life. No exageration.
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    Panpiper got a reaction from Simon in Newbie Questions   
    I swear by Hero Designer. You made the right call getting it.
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    Panpiper reacted to DoctorHammersmith in Panpiper's free for all character archive.   
    A very cool collection of characters. Alliteration unintentional. But I especially love the cursed healer!
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