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  1. Originally posted by lemming

    One of the best death trap sessions was after I had accidently caught all the heroes. (I really had thought, they'd beat the villians...)


    Anyway, since I was fresh out of ideas, I had the players think up the death traps for each other. :D


    Aw, man, that's just plain evil... Bad lemming! Evil, twisted



    I'll have to remember to do that myself sometime (:D).


    Space Cadet :cool:

  2. You know what the creepy thing about your "The Gathering is

    a lie" premise is, tkdguy?


    The fact that, right now on the FanFiction.net website, there

    is a Highlander story in which that very premise is a part

    of the story (only it was a mortal with a twisted sense of humor

    who started the whole "There can be only one" shebang).

    Another plot element involved the bit about Immortals not

    being able to have children. The author of this particular tale

    put his (or her; I forget which) own spin on the issue, to the

    point that, yes, it was indeed possible for Immortals to have



    What was really incredible was how the author incorporated

    elements of the original Battlestar Galactica, Stargate SG-1,

    and the Ryan Administration (from the most recent Tom Clancy

    novels) into the story in a way that actually made a strange

    sort of sense. AAMOF, the first thing that crossed my mind

    was the thought "I can just see someone doing this as an RPG



    Space Cadet :cool:

  3. Originally posted by CarlSagan

    I feel your pain. All I can say is that we all know the good help applications (and the helpful manuals) and we remember how we felt about those. Likewise, we all remember the bad help files and how those made us feel.


    I know I will get a lot of flame for saying this, but probably the best overall product documentation is done by Microsoft. Hey, maybe Microsoft is run by aliens!


    Getting back to the topic at hand, I like that idea that the aliens wanted Ralph to lose the manual to keep him humble. Who were some of the other supporting characters? Ralph had a girlfriend, too, didn't he? I was a teenager when the show was on, and all I can remember is that she was pretty hot. :D


    Ralph did indeed have a girlfriend in the show (played by Connie

    Selleca), who IIRC was a lawyer of some sort, and eventually became

    Mrs. Greatest American Hero towards the end of the series.

    As to the students, I believe that Michael Pare was the "bad boy"

    of the class, and that one of the female students was originally

    on "Welcome Back Kotter" (I think her nickname on WBK was

    "Hotsie Totsie").


    Space Cadet :cool:

  4. You forgot the Dark Power Behind The Scenes category: the

    really grim, eldritch horror-type of ETs -- the Shadows and

    their servant race, the Drakh (from B5) and the Eddorians from

    the Lensman series of novels.


    Bushido category: the Kaldarans (from the Invasion Terra

    campaign setting for the Mekton Zeta RPG).


    Endless Swarm category: the Aggendi (an insectoid/reptilian

    hybrid race; also from Mekton and Mekton Zeta).


    Ancient Steward category: the Arisians (from the Lensman



    BTW, the reptilians from B5 that were mentioned in the Wanna-

    Be category are the Drazi.


    I'm not sure which category these guys would fit into, but how

    about the Ethicals from the Riverworld novels?


    Space Cadet :cool:

  5. Originally posted by Battlestaff

    Thanks for the memory jog Space Cadet!! It was Giant, not Goliath (I just remember the big G on his costume). And Flare and Icicle I believe were members.


    As for Sparkplug, I have absolutely no recall of him/her/it. Any help as to what Sparkplug was?


    Lady Arcane I don't think was an actual member in the comic, but was more of an ally. She wasn't a member when looking at the game supplements.


    Sparkplug was Flare's sister, and was an electrical energy-projector

    with flight powers. IIRC, she was a result of the same experiment

    that gave Flare and their brother(?) their abilities. I think that the

    character called Poinsettia was also part of the same experiment,

    but I'm not absolutely certain of this.


    Space Cadet :cool:

  6. Originally posted by Battlestaff

    Marksman, Rose, Gargoyle, Goliath (I believe), and Icestar (I believe).


    Unless I'm mistaken, Battlestaff, the character you referred to

    as Goliath was actually named Giant. IIRC, there were some

    other members of that group as well (at least in the comic books

    featuring those characters): Flare, Sparkplug, Lady Arcane and

    Icicle (Icestar's sister, if memory serves me).


    Space Cadet :cool:

  7. As far as Godzilla's height is concerned, it depends on which

    version of Big G you're talking about. If you're talking about

    the pre-timeline change version, then 30 stories (300 feet) is

    just about right. If, on the other hand, you're talking about

    the post-timeline change version then Big G's height would be

    closer to 60 stories (600 feet) (as a result of Godzilla being

    created years later than he was originally, and with a modern

    nuclear weapon to boot).


    Now as far as "Stupid Godzilla Tricks" are concerned, I can only

    think of one really weird stunt that Big G pulled in one of the

    pre-timeline change movies: somehow magnetizing himself and

    using that power to pull MechaGodzilla towards him just prior

    to popping open a 24-pack of Kaiju Whoopass on it.


    Space Cadet :cool:

  8. The only thing that I can think of to add to Big G's writeup would

    be some form of Absorbption power, to reflect his ability to feed

    on the radiation from nuclear power plants (or nuclear explosions),

    with the absorbed points going into an END battery.


    Space Cadet :cool:

  9. My first Champions character back in the mid-80s was a brick/

    energy projector called Starguard (this was before the Allies

    supplement came out). He had super-strength, flight (FTL and

    normal in-atmosphere movement both), and had the power to

    generate/project the full spectrum of phenomena associated

    with stars -- light, heat, gravity, radiation, etc. As originally

    written, the character was slightly above the (then) limit of

    250 points, but the GM liked the character concept so much

    (a Green Lantern/Superman type of character) that he let me

    run Starguard as was, provided I didn't have him use powers

    that were outside of his stated abilities. In the 4 to 5 years

    that the campaign ran, I don't think he ever regretted having

    let me do that. He told me some time later that my character

    being in the campaign had given him plot ideas he might not

    have had otherwise.


    I'm currently in the process of rewriting the character to fit

    the current rules, and I've already given him a new name,

    since there's already someone in the current version of the CU

    called Starguard (even if it is a slightly different version of the



    Space Cadet :cool:

  10. I'm not sure if this the right part of the boards for this topic,

    but here goes anyway...


    In looking over the various Perks in the Hero System, I suddenly

    remembered an old Reader's Digest story that I'd come across

    some years ago. It was about a woman who had undergone surgery

    to have a nuclear battery-powered pacemaker hooked up to her

    heart. Because she did a lot of cross-border travel between the

    U.S. and Canada (job-related, I think), she had to get a special

    permit to transport nuclear material across international bord-



    So, what I'm asking you fellow Herophiles is this: what do you guys

    think that a Perk like that would be worth in terms of character



    Space Cadet :confused:

  11. Say, Nightmask, I noticed a few pages back that you had listed

    "Streethawk" as the name of the main character in Street Hawk.

    To be somewhat nit-picky, however, that was the code name

    for the super-cycle itself; the name of the main character was

    Jesse Mach (as far as I know, Rex Smith's only other TV role

    aside from his soap-opera work).


    Space Cadet :cool:

  12. I hadn't thought of writing up the Methuselah Crystal as an EC,

    but considering it was almost 4 A.M. here when I posted my

    reply, my mind was partly asleep, so it didn't occur to me.


    That said, I can't find anything wrong with what you've posted

    here, especially with regard to the FREd Highlander Hero

    rules. In fact, I plan on getting a printout of these 5thEd rules

    once I've got access to a decent printer (I already have two

    different versions of "fan-brewed" Highlander rules, both

    written for use with the GURPS system).


    Space Cadet :cool:

  13. Originally posted by tkdguy

    Update: I'm almost finished with the revision. I'm just trying to figure out how to write up Dark Quickening and the Methuselah crystal. Does anyone have suggestions?


    From what I remember about the Methuselah Crystal from the

    series, an Immortal in possession of the crystal would (accord-

    ing to legend) be impervious to any form of killing attack

    whatsoever, including decapitation -- but only while he

    or she had actual physical possession of the crystal, and only

    while the crystal remained in one piece.


    With that in mind, I'd suggest writing it up as Power Defense

    vs. Killing Attacks with the Focus limitation (just for the rec-

    ord, that's the Breakable Focus limitation; the crystal wasn't

    indestructible in spite of its power).


    Now, as far as the Dark Quickening is concerned, that's going

    to be a somewhat tougher nut to crack, but I'll give it a shot.

    One way to handle it would be something similar to what was

    suggested in the Horror World section of Champions in

    3D: use a Transformation Attack to achieve the specific

    effect that you're looking for (for Ci3D, it was to transform a normal, sane human into a raving mind-blasted

    lunatic). In the context of a Highlander campaign, a Dark

    Quickening could be done as follows: Transformation Attack

    (only to turn a good Immortal into an evil Immortal).


    Space Cadet :cool:

  14. I don't know if it's appeared somewhere else on this thread, but

    here's my submission to the Villains Name List:


    Technomancer (a supergenius with access to extremely ad-

    vanced technology).


    BTW, Avatar, wasn't Windshear the name of a character in the

    Alpha Flight comic?


    Space Cadet :cool:

  15. Never heard of Path of the Fury, but I do seem to recall

    something similar being done in G.I. Joe (COBRA's

    T.A.R.G.A.T. soldiers; Trans-Atmospheric Ground Attack Troop-

    ers, IIRC).


    Space Cadet :cool:

  16. Originally posted by Dr. Anomaly

    Thanks, S.C.! I was only 12, so not in high school yet. As I recall, it was a TV-movie first, which got spun out into a TV series that sank pretty quickly. Yes/no?


    That was pretty much the case, Doc. I have the impression,

    though, that The Return of Captain Nemo was intended

    to be a limited-run series (given that Captain Nemo's stated

    goal in the series was to find Atlantis, which was accomplished

    in the final episode, anything else coming after that would've

    been excess baggage).


    Space Cadet :cool:

  17. Originally posted by Dr. Anomaly

    Okay, I don't think these have been mentioned yet, but it's a long thread, so please forgive me if I duplicate:




    The Infiltrator (that's the name of the man-fused-with-spaceprobe, man in question played by Scott Bakula)


    Hard Time on Planet Earth


    The Magician (with Bill Bixby)


    There was a short-lived series about Captain Nemo being revived from suspended animation in the modern day...can't remember the name, darn it!


    Doc, that short-lived series was The Return of Captain Nemo,

    from 1978 (jeez, I was in my third year of high school when that

    bit of soggy TV silliness was on).


    Space Cadet :cool:

  18. From what I've heard or seen whenever I've watched the show,

    Rosanjin was more or less the Grand High Poobah of cuisine in

    Japan at some point in the past. I'd have to watch the show a

    great deal more to find out.


    Oh yeah, let's not forget about the former Parlimentarian who

    sits on the Tasting & Judging Panel from time to time, or the

    photographer who was also one of the semi-regulars.


    Space Cadet :cool:

  19. Let's see, what other TV characters can I think of here...


    For starters, there's the father-and-son team from Blacke's Magic

    (Hal Linden and Harry Morgan; a magician and retired con-artist,

    respectively); Christopher George's character from The Immortal

    (IIRC, the character's name was Ben Richards); David Rappaport's

    character from The Wizard and, finally, the android police-

    man HAVEN from Future Cop.


    Space Cadet :cool:

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