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  1. Re: Mad, Beautiful Ideas


    My husband created a sort of superteam based on a news article about a stray cat who gave birth to her kittens inside the San Onofre nuclear power reactor.


    The 4 kittens (named by the staff Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Neutron) developed intelligence and powers far beyond those of mortal cats (and reflecting the nature of the subatomic particles they were named after). He even designed a recurring enemy in the form of their mother (who had escaped capture by the plant staff), who was also powerful and intelligent, and resented the humans who had stolen her children away (the young cats have befriended them).

  2. Re: Need Perjoratives!


    No' date=' BoneDaddy's right; the kind he describes would be a Randi. A Scully waits [i']until[/i] being flung into orbit. :)


    You seem to assume that James Randi is a stupid skeptic. Whatsamatta, did he poke a hole in your favorite belief?

  3. Re: Strange Hero Concepts: Discuss Your Own!


    Though my characters have been relatively mainstream, I've GMed some silly (and great) characters:


    Mr. Squeak: Originally "named" subject J-296, Mr. Squeak was just a hooded lab rat used as a test animal for the World War 2 (WW2) super solider program. One of the few test animals to survive the process, he mutated into an intelligent telepathic rat. After "talking" with the scientists he was assigned to fight the Nazis and saw some limited direct combat action though his forte was intelligence gathering and subterfuge.

    Current day Mr. Squeak secretly roams the walls of the Viore Mansion keeping careful watch over Epic City's new brand of hero.


    I had a hand in creating Mr. Squeak as well, although my version, for a proto-Teen Champions game (a teenage setting, but before the official book came out) was more an attempt to see what the other players would do when faced with a character who was intelligent as they were, but tended to have an animal's moral sense (frex, the concept of property rights didn't really click with him on a deep level-- if someone wasn't using something, why couldn't he?). It never quite worked in the game (I think as much as the concept being a bit odd, my own emotional f**kups at the time were not making me a good gamer), and then Barton asked if he could use the idea but revamped him into a more fun Golden Age hero.


    Here's the thread in which I first brainstormed Mr. Squeak. Glad you guys have had fun with it!

  4. Re: WWYCD? Women City Savers Only


    Irving is a statue that looks male, but would he really be male for the purposes of the field? (It's mystical, rather than some sort of super-tech bioscanner, so... maybe). If he *can* go through the field, he'll help to the best of his abilities, and maybe spend some off-time pondering the implications.

  5. Re: WWYCD: "I Am Doctor Destryoer!"


    I have a feeling Irving would be distracted by the bewildering new phenomena of opposable thumbs and color vision (not to mention a plethora of biological needs, since we're talking Dr. D and not Mechanon here). I suspect in turn Dr. D would find his new body equally confusing and far more frustrating unless he decides to just get his ya-yas out by smashing things.

  6. Re: 10 Real-life Superheroes


    He was the professor at Virginia Tech who blocked the gunman from coming in the door with his own body.


    Definitely a real-life hero.




    Going back to the more cheerful and frivolous tone of the original thread, I remember seeing Captain Sticky on some TV show when I was a kid-- I want to say Wonderama. He was pretty fun.


    Don't some of the luchadores have a sort of superhero persona going? El Santo, in particular, comes to mind.

  7. Re: Dumbest thing...


    Edit: A quick trip to Wiki and... wow. I think I know what you mean' date=' in both senses. But go ahead anyway. :)[/quote']


    I also realize that while "The Draco" is a stupid, wretched storyline, the one I was actually thinking of was called "Holy War" ("The Draco" was partially intertwined with it, hence the confusion):


    My knowledge of the story is a mix of Wiki and scans_daily, but the upshot of it is that some anti-mutant apocalyptic group tries to convince people that the End Times are coming by a) greasing the skids for Nightcrawler (now a priest) to become Pope for the sole purpose of unmasking him as the Antichrist and B) faking the Rapture by creating fake hosts that would instantly vaporize those taking Communion with them.


    I'm not making this up, you know.


    Never mind that Catholics do not support the doctrine of the Rapture and that the subset of Protestantism who *does* believe in the Rapture have a strong tendency to believe that Catholics are not Real True Christians (to use Fred Clark's lovely turn of phrase) and therefore would not be raptured up.


    I'm actually atheist myself, and do not know Chuck Austen's beliefs, but the phrase "Stop making my side look stupid" comes to mind-- following the groin kick he deserves for inflicting such obnoxious storylines on one of my favorite X-Men.

  8. Re: 5th Edition Champions Art you liked!


    There were some bits in UNTIL Superpower Database I liked, as much or more for the concept than the execution: the evil mime with forcefield powers, and two less-than-stellar moments for Nighthawk (his getting flattened by a piece of building due to the guy with luck-based powers-- reminiscent of Phil Foglio's Deus ex Machina Man-- and his being attacked by a barrage of random items by a telekinetic in a diner: utensils, glasses, napkin holders etc.).

  9. Re: Worst. Hero. Ever.


    Spider-man I think does it well. Cable not so much.


    Exactamundo. (I often get the impression that Liefeld is not particularly good at anything comics-based, he's just so IN YOUR FACE XTREEM about it that he can't be ignored.)

  10. Re: Worst. Hero. Ever.


    My problem comes when (like Cable) a character has miriads of completely un-related powers. I have friends who used to play the Marvel Superheroes RPG. And I would cringe every time they would describe their characters to me. The reason for this (for people who don't know the game) is that characters were generated randomly Including powers. Thats how the game works. So you could end up with Claws, Metalline Skin, Gravity Bolts, and the ability to psichicly make pictures come to life. What kind of concept is that as a character?!?! It makes no sense, and IMO inevitably a lame character.


    The trick-- and it's not an easy one-- is being able to unify those disparate ideas with a solid underlying concept. To paraphrase another RPG's superhero book: high DEX and STR, highly-enhanced Danger Sense, Clinging, and a IIF-based Entangle sounds pretty much like a mish-mash at first glance....

  11. Re: Worst. Hero. Ever.


    Here are pics that I was able to find without digging out my old issues of Omega Men, JLI, or L.E.G.I.O.N...


    Thanks. (For the record, I don't much like the costume he started with!)


    I think he's always been a bad-ass tough guy, but as I said, he got ramped up to send up the 90s excesses, and instead became popular with those who liked that sort of thing.


    Notably, Giffen doesn't seem too crazy about him either (see #44).

  12. Re: Worst. Hero. Ever.


    When Lobo first appeared I really liked him. He was a completely different character back when he showed up in Omega Men, JLI, and the begining of L.E.G.I.O.N..


    He started out as a slim, quiet man who killed with his hands because it more enjoyable who had a very scary noir style about him.


    But then something happened to the character.


    And he changed into to a huge miscle-bound raving psycho with a chain and hook who doesn't care how his victim's die as long as it is gory. He also somehow grew about 8 inches talled between his first appearance in 1983 and his first self-titled mini-series in 1990.


    If you can find some scans of this early Lobo, I'd like to see them!


    The muscle-bound raving psycho we know and (sometimes) love was Keith Giffen's attempt to send up the X-TREEM trends of the 90s. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, its targeted audience didn't get the joke...

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