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  1. We all know that Anime/Manga/Video weaponry can be wierd. Stuff like a hammer that has rocket jets. Or a blade that is also a key. Or a blade that is also a gun. But as I just learned, they are totally behind the curve in that regard. History one ups them every step of the way: The problamy most bizare shield in history: https://youtu.be/0AIUF6iCPj0 This explanation was given below in the comments and it makes a lot of sense: "I remember this shield. It was specifically designed by "Broma Venschwitz" in the early 1600s. The entire point of the lantern shield was to see the shinny reflection of the deadly pommel throw at night. Once you caught the glinting pommel speeding towards you it was simply up to the master forged shield to stop such an executing blow. " The oldest "tactical flashlight" or just a new way of saying "no evil shall escape my sight"? https://youtu.be/6ikqHAN2ySc As for the reason, my best guess is that guy had lost one hand. It tended to happen in those times. Next up, "Keyblades are so pre-gunpowder": https://youtu.be/a5TlMsLT6-8 And finally a longer list of even more weapons. If you thought the Swiss Army Knive was versatile, you will have at least one suprise: https://youtu.be/WMG9_VS2hNw And yes, most of these weapons do come from Germany and India. The part where none of those are widely known speaks to volumes to their useabiltiy in combat, particular large scale battles. But I guess not every combination can be a "Bec de corbin":
  2. We know it will only be a mater of time before someone will latch onto this claim to proof something. Like how the Settlers had to bring Corn Meal, and thus any regulation of wich additives can be in conrmeal is anti-american. Iceland was icy, comapred to the Norwegian Homelands. Greenland was just a real estate scam.
  3. Australia is so deadly, even Herbivores named after the Kangoroo defeat their Predators!
  4. If you think that is scary, you should think about how many monsters are outside the water!
  5. Do not allow Diverging Speeds for Heroes. I would fix it to 3 or 4, depending on powerlevel. The problem is that in the lower Points of Heroic, every single point of difference is huge. Hero lacks Granularity in those low vlaues. And adding variation to those values only makes it harder. 5, 6 and 7 are pretty close together action economy wise. 5 has 1/6th less then 6. And 7 1/6th more then 6. +/-17% But with 3, 4, 5 we talk about +/-25% compared to 4. And 2, 3, 4 or 1, 2, 3 are even worse. For monsters and adversaries of course, you got a full amount of SPD values availible. SPD more then most other values can be used to simualte the Power Level differences. Look at Shadowrun where combat Characters can get up to 4 actions per turn for a granular example. And Hero is propably more combat focussed then Shadowrun. A random Guard with 2 SPD is no match for most Heroes with 4. The Hero can abort to both attacks and still act 2 times. Never mind if the hero has the first strike, forcing the enemy to abort. The Hero can get 3 strikes in while the enemy does nothing but defend. A "Boss"* has to have more SPD to allow it to challenge a whole group. While someone in another Thread mentioned a Superheroic foe that had only 1 SPD, but a really OP attack and defense for a interesting challenge. *Single, strong adversary in any form or shape
  6. Pretty sure Curiosity has recovered. It was working on 28th of March: https://mars.nasa.gov/msl/mission/mars-rover-curiosity-mission-updates/
  7. It does happen. Look at the slowmo in 3:45: https://youtu.be/AdibV3MQ2Sg?t=225 And game mechanics wise that mechanic could be any of these: - shield is used as armor but a high DC attack still does stun past defenses - a high DC attack is harder to block - the high DC attack is being spread to increase the OCV, making it harder to block* *There is technically not a rule for this. But that is mostly because the Attack and Defense sucesses are absolutes. In a game that uses Attack vs Dodge Sucess to define part of the damage (Shadowrun, Storyteller), it would mater. And maybe HERO should have an option to drop DC to make it harder to block as well?
  8. As a Player: Cheap Disad Points if you got a Villain writeup and Motivation for the GM to use. As GM: With Group adventures no Complication likelyhood is quite as high as the value indicates. Very Frequently would mean a Complication comes into play every other Adventure. If you got 4 Characters with "Very Frequently" then you would always be dealing with 1-3 of them. Personally I do not like the mandatory nature of Complications. I think it is better to ignore that mechanic and ask for Storyhooks for the GM-
  9. "We Heroites always ask if we can, but we never asked if you should." Well okay, I sometimes do ask
  10. With Episode 11, the causality starts to make sense: The Sphere is found by Starfleet. The Spheredata lands with control, including all it's knowledge about AI. Control evolves and wipes out all sentient life in the galaxy. This is a sequence that happens with or without the Red Angel. So they avoided a predesination paradox with this one. The Red Angel Michaels Mother tries her untested timesuit to go back 1 hour, but ends up landing 900 years in a future where Control has already won. The timesuit has a design flaw: It can not keep the user in any past for a long time. The "distance" it can travel back is likely also limited. Time will awlays pull the suit and user back. Trying to keep the red angel in the past is "playing a tug of war with the universe - and it always wins". And the anchor point seems to be the moment the timesuit travelled backwards from. So it is a reliable forwards, but very limited backwards time machine. Futhermore, contact with persons in the past prooved difficult. Only Spock with his Combination of Half Human, Half Vulcan, somewhat Dyslexic mind - and the help of the Talosians in case of higher doses - was able to deal with it. Michals Mother tried her best to keep the sphere data out of controls hands. At first she tried to destroy the sphere, but that prooved impossible with just the suit. The sphere was too powerfull, too robust for her. And she lacked the ability to leave the suit to tell people, without a external anchoring field. But then she realized the merits of having spock turn apparently-insane and steering discovery into the sphere path, so they would be who scoops up the information. Control is the Enemy With this it is pretty much confirmed who the future and present enemies are. It's motiviation seems to be around Ultron from the Avengers: Peace/Order through elimination of all sentient life. Except it forgoes the Villanious speeches and actually archives it's goals in the first volley, keeping a low profile and infiltrating until it can fire said volley. If it was not a for a certain temporal accident, it would have won. Even with temporal incursions, it prooves very tenacious. That really shows us why we should nail down that AGI safety research first. LeLand has been - in lack of a better term - assimilated. It is possible that Section 31 had some prior contact with the Borg to aquire samples. But it is equally likely that it is just a inferior tech with similar end results. Inferior, but only in the "Ability to assimilate others" part. He propably could not assimilate a whole ship from a single drone that was overlooked. It is possible the assimilation has to be handcrafted for each host, in direct opposition to the borg. In durability and combat power Control!LeLand is around Data, Bluegill, Borg or Augment level. Wich is a really scary level to fight. The Red Bursts These became even curioser. The Red Angel did not create them. Or at least not the version that still had a working Timesuit. Yet apparently Spock learned of them from the Red Angel.
  11. TCG's were basically the Original Lootboxes. And this game had TCG elements mixed into it.
  12. He got most of them out of his System with the first Star Trek Film. I did find the early Indiana Jones movies, ET, Gremlins Franchise, Back to the Future Francise, Hook and a host of other early films of her pretty good. Maybe it went downhill with 2000? But I do not know enough 2000's movies to clearly say it. To be fair, Aquaman being unfavored was really just a Superfriends aberation. Even his Justice League and JLU Cartoon appereances could not really wipe off that stain. But then there were plenty of Characters in that show that were just goofy. I mean how threathening can you make Joker, Darkseid or Braniac in a Saturday Morning Cartoon? So if anything, Aquaman was unfairly singeled out here as an example for the whole Show.
  13. Apparently there are some conspiracy theories that Ebola/HIV/other common outbreak was caused by the white people/westerners/generic conspiracy. Based on that broken asumption, those Treatment centers could appear as being the cause of the outbreaks. The usual stuff that happens if we allow Conspiracy Theories to become mainstream. First you said the cause was a "us vs them" menatlity. Now you say it is "Socialism"* *For me they were at tops Dictatorships calling themself socialist. You know, the usual bleep all Opressive Regimes claim to justify being opressive monsters. For me even calling them socialist would mean I fell for their Propaganda.
  14. Lloth - the only real Spider Woman!
  15. Apparently these Atlanteas do not have a requirement to stay moisturized. Instead what keeps them from occupation of the surface is that only Nobles can apparently breath air and water. The rest of the soldiers need a space suit equivalent.
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