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  1. I may have some notes around here somewhere... 168 pages in 11 point type. Stolen Sourced from every nook and cranny of Gamma Terra itself. 




    There's a lot of stuff in there that I forgot about stealing... wow. Any complaints and it comes out immediately. Or faster. 


    EDIT: Looks like I posted this about 3 years ago. This is an updated file. 


  2. I should have been more clear... 

    When the Cog Demon reaches 10 BODY, 1d6 is added to the axe's HKA.


    Might be a better way of doing it. I'm always open to suggestions if you think there's a better way to simulate it. Bolding that plus might have helped.  


    Killing Attack - Hand-To-Hand 1d6 (2d6 w/STR), Reduced Endurance (½ END; +¼), Trigger (Activating the Trigger requires a Zero Phase Action, Trigger resets automatically, immediately after it activates, Character does not control activation of personal Trigger; Half BODY; +½)

  3. This vile collection of gears, springs, bellows, and terrible flame strides toward you on cloven brass hooves. Its war cry is accompanied by a blast of steam and a glare of malice. It is knowledge and technological progress bound up with hate and betrayal. It has inspired steampunk horrors, devastating siege engines, and weapons of mass destruction. It is the bane of tinkers and workers of both intricate brass and unbreakable steel.   

    Cog Demon.pdf

    Cog Demon.hdc

  4. Here's a bit about the setting. Ravenna Public.pdf


    Some hasty editing just now. Might give you a clue. 185 pages of clues.


    Public Consumption Edition

    This edition of Ravenna has been doped with distilled lies, concentrated falsehoods and Fib Dust. To mundane readers, It will appear as a treatise on the matter of the mating habits of the koala, while those with a talent for magic see it for what it is: an expose of the true nature of the world, magical and wondrous. If you can, get your hands on the pages about the koalas, though, it’s actually quite fascinating.

  5. I'm stumbling over how to transition my Danger International campaign from totally mundane sneaking and running and shooting and dying to my Ravenna setting.  


    I want the shock of realization, but not so shocking as encountering an elf or demon. I though about fuzzy security camera footage of a guy killing someone by a lethal finger-gesture. Points, twitches his thumb, and the target drops as if shot with a pistol. The PCs actually find a bullet which doesn't match any ballistics profile. The game takes place in 1985 (the year Danger International is set). I have a print copy of it from back in the day. If the HERO folks read this and want to scan it, I'm down as long as I get it back (or sufficient $$$).


    How would you do it? You guys are always good for ideas.  

  6. Hi.


    I have a thing I wrote about 3 years ago as an occasional  distraction from my wife's medical condition. Don't mistake me. I was there for her. Like mad. As in it drove her mad. She's fine now, by the way. But I digress. I wrote this. It was originally 62 pages+the cover, but a lot of stuff in that document could get me in a lot of trouble, so I trimmed it down to 9 pages.  It does not include my usual style of humor. I respect Tolkien's work too much to add Pleet Roodlepleen-style funny bits. 


    The bits about magic come from The One Ring, an official Middle Earth product. I do not know if I would do it differently. You probably would tone it down a bit. 

    Middle Earth Templates and Stuff.pdf

  7. I'm translating Villains and Vigilantes' The Centerville Incident to HERO System. Yay! 


    One of the characters is Special Officer Koniji Hirakarini, a space cop. She's got a gun, a short skirt, and all the anime tropes you care to apply.  Her weird thing is Proxima;  who is her armor and ship and best friend. They are the same person. This is a really cool idea, but how to build it? Do you just build a multiform for Proxima? Can a person (android) multiform into a vehicle?


    Proxima is an android? Easy enough. 

    Proxima is a ship? Multiform to a character with all the powers required to simulate all the bits a starship would have (Merchant ship from Star Hero

    Proxima is a battlesuit? Just a bunch of powers for Koniji with the limitation that Proxima isn't available while the armor is active? 


    Handwave it? I'M THE GM AND I SAID SO is hardly good HERO Math. 

  8. The Dragons of Caleon have various response to those who would employ their hides as haberdashery.

    • Riachadda doesn't take offense so much as revenge. She sees her kind as noble beasts, standing apart from other creatures. While generally a force for good, murder is another matter.
    • Korgalath is often amused. The armored character is often barbecued.
    • Zinzalor might like to know if the hide in question was a friend.  His reaction is generally based on the answer, as he has a number of rivals that he'd like to see on a dwarf's backside in one way or another. 
    • Nornastor is a close-minded reptile. He isn't easily roused or torn away from his books and scrolls, and rarely takes interest in anything else. Nornastor doesn't adapt. He's already hidebound.
    • Gidraash, the Hidden Lord of the Drakeholds, is rarely seen and couldn't be bothered for an answer. The last time he was polled on a matter, the questioner was turned into rather startled cloud of drifting ash and regret.
    • Onn, resting atop a pile of enchanted bone that would make any necromancer worth his salt quiver in vile, void-powered ecstatic glee, would probably like to know if the hide in question was his own. He'd like it back. 
    • Gethrimax will likely trade for it. He'll offer 3000... Degrees... Fahrenheit. 
    • Kaathrixis simply doesn't care to know who's being worn this season. She's rather busy these days and has no time for gossip.
    • Boltakainen will cry tears of fire at the loss of one of his kind. He will beat his chest, roar in titanic sorrow, thrash his tail in anguish. He will lament for the fallen, for the Civilization of Solitude are few in number. Lastly, he will gently reach out, grasp the armored character in his forgiving claw and beat the remainder of the party to death with him. 
  9. I'm seeing the same issue, but having been a software tester for more than 10 years, I went through the steps above (even before reading this thread) and I still get the SPDEFENSES parsering error. HD is up-to-date, the Combat Manager is the most recent version, having been downloaded to this PC just the other day. Both characters are 6E, using the 6E export v1.1.


    The combat record is in the same directory as HCM. The file I tried is attached. I should note that this has worked in the past, but these are new installations. 


    Is there a newer version of the export than the 2014 release of 1.1 that I'm somehow missing?



  10. A certain hi-tek culture coreward of the Union (but not so far that you are tripping over Aurorans), the Kellis, have a dirty habit of removing dead soldier's brains and putting them in weird ceramic modules. These modules have life support and neuro-interface sockets. They build robots with compatible hardware (they built some others that weren't compatible. I can get those for you cheap). Now, a Kellian warrior doesn't just die for his world once... but over and over as maintenance schedules allow.  When not actually hooked up to a battle-bot, hover-tank, or neuro-fighter, Kellian Warrior Modules live in a semi-simulated world with just enough bad news to keep their minds busy. When needed, they're transferred to a new robo-form and sent out to inflict as much harm as possible before getting snuffed again. 


    A Mostly Dead Kellian is very like a creature with the Possession Power. He has EGO, INT, PRE, OMCV, DMCV and some Skills. Everything else is sitting on the Battle-Bot's hard drive. To upgrade, he or she (or eir, for that matter) need only plug into another cyber-shell. 


    Is this an abuse of the Possession power? I think with the right Limitations on the Possession Power (Limited Power - Only With Compatible Hardware), this could work very well. Especially in a military or espionage thing.  


    My apologies if this has been discussed before and I've missed it. How does this compare with just having characters use sleeves as vehicles?

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