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  1. Looks like I was unclear again. This is a recurring flaw of mine; comes of overthinking how I'm going to write the post up. I'll use a defensive effect as an example: Low Level = 15-20 AP; you could have 25% rDR, Resistant Protection 6 PD/4 ED, or DN (-3 DCs). Middle Level = 30-40 AP; looking at 50% rDR (or 25% rPD & 25% r ED), or Resistant Protection 8 PD/8 ED Protects Carried Items, or DN (-6 DCs). The Specific Focus would fit the "theme" of protection; it might be a shield-shaped brooch, or a charm bracelet, or a dreamcatcher made of rather more durable materials than usual. High Level = 60+ AP; so 75% rDR, or Resistant Protection 20 PD/20 ED, or DN (-6 DCs Physical, -6 DCs Energy). Still has the Specific Focus, but now you have to use... I dunno, a scale from a mountain drake every time you cast the spell. What I'm asking here is, if you already have a required "I'm a wizard!" Focus, and another Focus that might (pretty rarely) Burn Out after using it at some point -- like Burnout from RAR, or Conserved Charges (APG 143); basically a low-percentage chance that the caster will have to find/make his do-hickey again to be able to access that ability again -- how would you represent that?
  2. In this magic system , spells can be "broken down" into three general categories -- Low Level, Middle Level, and High Level. The parameters vary based on the power level of the caster themselves; what counts as a Low Level spell for a Master may well be a High Level spell for an Apprentice. Basic Idea Breakdown: All spells require an OAF Personal Focus -- fairly straightforward concept, could be a staff, or wand, or big ol' Eye Of Agamotto-looking pendant. Spells that are Middle Level and higher require what I call a Specific Focus, which are needed to cast that specific spell, or possibly a small group of spells (the Multipowers in Superheroic Thaumaturgy would be a good example of just how many spells and how tightly connected they should be). A Specific Focus has a chance to burn out after being used (just like Burnout in Requires A Roll) but this is pretty rare. Otherwise it acts as an enchanted item that the caster keeps refueling to make work. High Level spells all require Expendable Foci -- this is more "thousands of dollars in reagents and rare materials", "flawless gem", or "human sacrifice" than "bat guano" or "amber rod and piece of animal fur". I'm trying to figure out how best to represent the Middle Level Specific Focus concept. Anyone have a good idea?
  3. The description lists magic items that were in Wondrous Treasures 2. What's in this one? I'm assuming Daggers, Bows and Crossbows, Helms, Shields, and Armor. Possibly Swords. Am I right? I'm thinking of picking this up, but I have all those except for Bows and Crossbows, and I can always spend the money on another book.
  4. Just put my order in. Wish the delivery time was a little faster, but I'm still getting the core books! Update: ignore the above, they printed them in a day and had them mailed to me within a week, which was about two weeks sooner than I expected. Awesome work, Drive Thruxton and Hero Games.
  5. Re: Quote of the Week From My Life. Yes. Two-dimensional.
  6. Re: Genre-crossover nightmares I was going to mention this, but the sad fact that I actually knew about it slowed my response time. Oh, how I yearn for the day when you can perform a global find-and-delete on your own brain, and then a defrag.
  7. Re: Genre-crossover nightmares The Princess Leia Bride No, no. It's "My name is Inigo Skywalker... you are my father... prepare to die." I do believe I've attended that particular convention. We host it here in San Diego.
  8. Re: Genre-crossover nightmares Now THIS is a campaign concept I can get behind! More the mom, really, but the daughter is cute, too.
  9. Re: Genre-crossover nightmares I'd watch/read/play it.
  10. Re: Genre-crossover nightmares Like there would be many complainers here if the twins were a pair of hot, smirking redheads engaging in barely (and often not even that) concealed sapphic erotic subtext.
  11. Re: Genre-crossover nightmares Do you mean "twincest"? Though I have to admit, since I'm in a serious Harry Potter Fic phase, when I saw the first episode of OHSHC, the twins made me think of Fred and George... though I admit they are a bit Slytherin-ish, aren't they?
  12. Re: 6th Edition Hero System OTOH, it was how many years between 1st and 2nd edition 2nd and 3rd edition, and 3rd and 4th edition? The time between the 4th and 5th editions was not deliberate. We should have had a 5th edition of some kind by, what, 1996? HERO grognards, can you verify a time-frame when there was a pretty-much-finished manuscript for the other 5th edition? Though I will say, if HERO 6th were going to end up anything like DnD 3.5, I'd say wait. Personally, I would rather have a humongous tome, possibly even three to four inches thick, where each rule has a note on the effects it causes in the game, each section has the basics from the Ultimate books (full list of maneuvers and the build rules from UMA, detailed expanded STR chart and materials chart from TUB, all the new skills from DC and TUSk, etc etc), with a seriously expanded section on fiddling with the rules to get the effect you want. Basically, I want Super!book, and I'm willing to pay $120 for it. Anyone else?
  13. Re: Genre-crossover nightmares That's what the contracts they sign prior to be accepted on the show are for. Lots of legalese that covers their, ahem, assets and makes sure that the contestants know there will be some excitement and physical challenges and such, but the whole things written so that later, they can't sue. I despise "reality TV" with the might of a thousand suns, but I'd watch this.
  14. Re: Quote of the Week from my gaming group... Given how big of a Ranma 1/2 fan I am, I feel ashamed I didn't catch this sooner. And, for no one's amusement other than my own, I claim the four thousandth post in this thread! Yay me! -looks around- Dude, work was dull; I need me my fun somehow.
  15. Re: Genre-crossover nightmares Not sure I'd want to play it... but the DVD might brighten an otherwise dull afternoon.
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