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  1. Yeah, M&M does pretty good for character creation, but trying to keep track of all the conditions, when they clear, and the like is a pain and a half.
  2. I've gotten into other Superhero games since - DC Heroes, Mutants & Masterminds, even various versions of Fate. But I still very much prefer Hero, and given the option, it will always be my go to game.
  3. I've played V&V, and also Superhero 2044 - also the original Marvel RPG. But once I ran across Champions, I never really looked back.
  4. It's got some good ideas that often get buried in a very dense, idiosyncratic writing style. BITS - Beliefs, Instincts, Traits are a great thing - especially Beliefs and Instincts. The first are ways for a player to define what is truly important to their character. It's a good guide for a GM to know where to push plots. Instincts, on the other hand, are a good short cut for furthering communication between player and GM, indicating things that are automatic for a character. One the one hand, it helps the player ensure that certain things will always be their character's first action unless overruled. On the other hand, they give the GM a way to get the character into dicey situations in a way that stays true to the player's desires for their character. And, of course, as noted, they can be overruled - but do it often enough and it's no longer an instinct. Then there's the one that I think should be explicitly called out for every single game out there. Let it Ride. When you've made a roll, good or bad, the roll's outcome remains unless and until the circumstances change. (Combat is always changing, of course.) An example would be picking a lock. If your character fails, just trying again and again won't change anything. But getting ahold of different tools, taking some time to learn more about the lock itself, etc., would change the circumstances enough to give another roll.
  5. That's how I've done it in the past, and how I would do it in future, if my players wanted Critical Hits.
  6. I've generally been partial to Dr. Strange, but usually as one of a rotating top 5, including Spidey, She-Hulk, various versions of Batman, some versions of Supergirl and Kitty Pryde.
  7. I have Mythic D6. I'm struggling with it a bit, mostly because it lacks any real benchmarks - it's tough to calibrate what a given character should look like at a given power level.
  8. Although there's not a big Hero presence there, if you drop by Black Diamond Games in Concord, you'll definitely find other RPG players.
  9. Time stands still in canterville For ages this curse lays upon Pass the night walking for four hundred years longing for this liaison The barren almond once shed the leaves The splendour has crumbled away This harm was done and the green-eyed one Once it had led him astray (pre-chorus) Here in the absence of light Het a willing ear roam And far into the night A ray of hope will lead you home (chorus) So will you stand beside Among those evil-eyed Voices will whisper into your ear So believe you`re immune So will you beg and pray To leave this endless gray Once of his age he was boast The canterville ghost Bathing in tears and swim in delight Yearning for feelings long gone One sorry sight, one fly by night As this girl in her prime came on But love will be stronger, than life and death When cupid`s dart has hit you As if by magic the almond will bloom The beginning of something new (pre-chorus) (chorus) Tears for my sins I have no more Now pray for me I know what for Angel will you Have mercy now And the house shall be still (chorus)
  10. Re: Spell Casters are Lucky, not Skilled Let's see - in the first sentence, you say 'this applies to NPC and PC spell-casters alike', then in your vision statement, you say your vision is that the world doesn't have any PC spell-casters. So just say 'No PC spell-casters, because trying to cast magic is the definition of insanity in this world, and I won't allow insane PCs.' Job done. You can rule for the NPCs however you want.
  11. Re: Things You'd See in a World Full of Supers... In keeping with the idea of low level supers getting paying jobs, Super-Temps. A Temporary agency for super / para humans, to fit your every need.
  12. Re: Mind Scan vs. The Detective It's always such a bother coming into threads like this late. Everything I wanted to say is said already. That said, I suddenly got a really fun idea. Build a detective without any skills at all. Just Post-Cognition, Telepathy and Mind Scan, all built with IPE, and with the TP and MS being cumulative. Put them on an Int roll if you like. You have a nearly infallible detective, as long as he has enough time.
  13. Re: The Practice Effect Trouble with that, CT, is, as Maelstrom pointed out, that requires keeping track of XPs for literally everything. With the aid idea, you don't. You just have to keep track of what's being practiced. A bit easier, IMO.
  14. Re: The Practice Effect I've read the book, but hadn't thought of how to do it in Hero. But yeah, I agree with Chris. Treat it as an Aid - probably ½d6 per day, in most cases, with some folks being able to increase it. I believe the main character probably had a 6d6 value at points.
  15. Re: Unwanted advances Checkmate would give anyone hitting on him a 'my, you're being irrational' look, as he has a public ID, and is very publicly married. I doubt it would go beyond that, as Checkmate's scornful gaze is very nearly a weapon itself. Guardian is openly gay, though not possessed of a public ID. But as an ex-model herself, she's well used to pick up lines, and would let the person down easy.
  16. Re: Approved by the Comics Code Authority I stopped replying to these a while back - there were just too many at one point - but this one, I've gotta. Guardian Couldn't even start. Her backstory involves a brush with underage prostitution, and most of what she fights wouldn't be allowed (or would be heavily censored) by the CCA. Checkmate Doesn't change overly much. I have several more current characters, most of which exist in worlds that would probably have to be shut down if the CCA got implemented upon them.
  17. Re: Istvatha V'han - why can't she conquer Earth? Pretty much my thought. It might be that portals into a new dimension are limited until you can build a reciprocating terminal. Then, and only then, can you send troops over in any amount. Of course, dimensional portals appearing anywhere on Earth have a tendency to attract attention, so her forces are never given enough time to create the reciprocator. That could change, though, as soon as she manages to get one suborner to an Earth scientist. Build the reciprocator in conjunction with its V'Haanite counterpart and activate them at the same time, maybe she could win then.
  18. Re: Heroic Endurance and Stun Okay, how many times do I have to say it? If I want short, super-lethal combat, I know exactly how to get it in the Hero System. Lethality is not what I'm looking for. I want the PCs to be able to survive combats. I just want them to know they were in combat for more than a minute of rest. I will also grant that this is not likely to be a huge issue most of the time. It's a PBEM game, so there will be times when I just pass right over ten or twenty or thirty minutes. In fact, I'll even grant that that'll be the majority of the time. So why is it such an issue for me? Well, it started with me wanting to limit mages. I realized that, no matter how much End their spells cost, they'd recover it very quickly, and be casting spells left and right, much more than I wanted. Now, I could fix that with a required End Reserve, but I didn't want to force players to spend more points on magic than they already would. I also realized that the problem with Magic Users was also a problem with anyone who used a lot of End. Of course, the obvious answer is LTE. Trouble is, the LTE system comes off as being pretty complex. I wanted a simpler answer, one that could be quickly calculated for when I jumped over longer periods of time. Of course, limiting free recoveries - which is what I came up with - would also limit Stun recoveries, which I considered entirely appropriate for the type of game I was running. I am well aware that Stun in the Hero system isn't supposed to be bodily insult, so healing Stun quickly doesn't conflate with healing bruises and muscle aches, but - as has been pointed out by others - those are things that most players won't play out without some mechanical guidelines. That has been my experience, and it isn't even an attack on players. I do it myself when there are no firm guidelines as to how the system handles damage that isn't broken bones, deep cuts, etc. So I was trying to come up with a way to reinforce, in players' minds, that their characters aren't at their best, without having to make combat more lethal, or throw in a 'death spiral'. As to why it's so important to me? Well, Hero is my favorite system, in general. I mostly run cinematic and superheroic games, so I've never really noticed this issue I have with recovery until trying to set up a game that isn't cinematic. I'll admit that I've never really considered it appropriate for lower level games, but my concerns in that area were always about characteristics - I'd never considered the other aspects of it. My investment in this is because I want Hero to work. I know the system, I know my players tend to prefer it, and I have a whole bunch of supplements to back it up. I just wanted Hero to be able to do what I want it to do. It seems, however, that for that to happen, I'll have to do something that'll alienate my players, and I'm not willing to do that. So, it looks like I'm right, at least in this instance - Hero can't do what I want.
  19. Re: Heroic Endurance and Stun I do have to say that my first thought was to reduce Recoveries, to once per five minutes. My current player core gave that a resounding 'meh'. That won't stop me if I determine it's the only way to do it, but the reaction was enough that - if I can find a better way, or even a better system for what I want, I'll look there before coming back to my first idea.
  20. Re: Heroic Endurance and Stun Which is one reason I wasn't saying - and won't say - that I want combat to be more 'realistic'. If I wanted more 'realistic' combat, I'd lower defenses, or add in all the optional rules, and let Body damage accumulate. What I want is the after effects of combat - exhaustion and pain - to remain for more than one frelling minute. I want heroic, not cinematic, not superheroic characters.
  21. Re: Heroic Endurance and Stun Doesn't work for me. Well, I had hoped that the Hero board folks could help out, but it looks like Hero just isn't going to work for this game.
  22. Re: Heroic Endurance and Stun Even a minor bruise doesn't heal in 1 minute, though. So that change still doesn't quite do it.
  23. Re: Heroic Endurance and Stun I don't want to up the Body, because I don't want combat to be extra lethal, and because the characters aren't going to have lots and lots of heavy armour. I think the thing is, I don't see Bruises and aches as Body damage. I see Body damage as something that has seriously insulted the character's body. Cuts, broken bones, etc. I see bruises as heavy Stun, which is one reason I don't want Stun healing back quite so quickly.
  24. Re: Heroic Endurance and Stun Since I don't expect to run them into unavoidable combats on a regular basis, I'm not so much worried about them getting knocked out - I want them to fear that, so they won't just charge into avoidable combats.
  25. I have a problem. I'm working on a Fantasy World, and know that my widest audience is going to be Herophiles. Trouble is, I don't care for the way Hero handles End & Stun for the level of play I want. I want heroic characters, for whom a battle is an Event. I want them to worry about multiple battles in a single day. I want my mages to have to worry about how much energy they've spent - to know that they aren't going to be able to cast a dozen spells in a day. I don't want PCs spending End like it's water, only to get it all back in a minute of rest. Now the second I can do by means of an End reserve, though I'd prefer to avoid that. But with Hero's Recovery system, the first and third are issues. A tank fighter - who could, easily, avoid Body damage entirely, need only rest for a minute, and all his Stun is back, and he's fresh as a daisy. Even if he pushes his Strength a couple of times, he'll be fine in that same minute. I want my Players to know that their characters cannot engage in dozens of combats in a single day without rest. I want them to know that massive expenditures of Endurance will tire their characters out. I thought about using the LTE rules for both End and Stun, but I'm not sure about that. Thoughts, oh great minds of Hero?
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