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  1. C&S? Do you mean Chivalry & Sorcery? If so, nice game.
  2. Well, I don't really believe in "hard caps" per say but I do have very hard "soft caps." The base CV cap is 13 and up to 8 Combat Skill Levels are possible in my campaigns. So I guess the total would be 21. Note this is the absolute highest that any being would possess in any campaign that I would ever run. I would not let a character start with numbers near this high.
  3. I think what you are looking for is in Hero System Martial Arts. Page 247 explains the different NNDs in detail. The numerical designations indicate what defense stops the NND. Using the examples you sited: NND1 is stopped by Rigid Resistant PD on vital areas, NND2 is stopped by Rigid Resistant PD on the neck or not having to breather, NND3 is stopped by Rigid Resistant PD on a specific Hit Location. That is the simplified version; that page has a lot more details.
  4. Gnome Body, I have to admit that while I definitely prefer 6th Edition to any other Edition by far, the pricing change to Armor Piercing as well as Hardened no longer applying to Penetrating are questionable. Scottish Fox, that's an interesting spreadsheet. Thank you for sharing.
  5. Actually, Piercing is in the Advanced Player's Guide (pg. 113) except that it is a Power not an Advantage. Although, by the description, it seems like more of an Adder than a Power. Although, I do think it is a bit overpriced when compared to Armor Piercing, at least as a +1/4 Advantage.
  6. I was wondering about the Armor Piercing optional rule in the Advanced Player's Guide 1 (pgs. 136-137). Specifically, the option that alters the Advantage to where instead of reducing a target's defenses by half, each application of the Armor Piercing Advantage would reduce the target's defenses by a set amount of points (e.g. 5 or 8 or 10 or whatever). If you were using the optional rule, how many points of defense would you allow to be negated by a single application of the Armor Piercing Advantage? If your answer varies based on the power level or genre of the campaign, please feel free to elaborate. Thank you.
  7. I don't want to deviate too much from the original poster's question but i am really curious. If you don't use Class of Minds, do you let Telepaths use their powers on anything that would normally require a specific class of minds--robots for example?
  8. The OMCV at 3 is neither an advantage nor is it a limitation if you don't have any mental powers because I don't envision any scenario where it would come into play. Sure I could let a person buy it down to 0 then create a scenario (a handy/needed/convenient Focus of opportunity?) where it would be limiting but frankly, I don't see any reason or have any inclination to bother. Even if I did, it certainly wouldn't come up more than once in a campaign and I honestly don't see that happening. I have often heard/seen/read the reasoning that a complication/disadvantage/limitation/etc. is the player's way of telling the gm that they want to see something in play and that is all well and good, but as gm, I get to decide whether that is something that I want to put into play. If I don't see it coming in to play, I would veto said complication/disadvantage/limitation just as I would tell a player not to select/pay for a benefit/advantage that would not come into play. That position is consistent. As for the player being able to "set" OMCV to what they would like if they have no mental powers, that is your opinion and I do not share it. If they see the "3" next to the Characteristic as "completely irrelevant window dressing" then so be it. They can stand and gawk at it or ignore and walk by it like any other window dressing. If the "3" is that painful to look at then I envy the player because life has been far too easy for him/her in general. Lastly, since I don't allow it to be "set" at whatever the player wants, my position is in no way inconsistent. For me it is simple, if something is not limiting in the campaign, you get no points for it...period and consistent.
  9. I guess I can be lumped in with the other "lazy, shortsighted, and biased" gms because I wouldn't allow OMCV to be sold back either.
  10. Yeah, I agree that thickness should have an effect on DEF as well as BODY. I just kinda adjust it as needed. One thing that could help is The Ultimate Brick, which has an Expanded Object Table on pages 107-112. For example it doesn't just have a DEF/BODY for a brick wall like the main rule book. It breaks it down to Thin/Small Brick Wall, Average Brick Wall, and Large Thick Brick Wall and they have different DEF as well as different BODY. It may not be as comprehensive as you would like but it does have a good number examples of various walls with DEF based on thickness in addition to BODY. I think it is a good guideline. Just note that if you use 6th Edition, The Ultimate Brick is a 5th Edition supplement but It is still quite serviceable for this matter.
  11. Zephrosyne

    Legion of Doom

    I can't see Menton joining up. He seems to be insufferably arrogant to a degree that none those "egos" would put up with him. I have a hard time seeing Menton being convinced that he would need to be among "equals." He would insist on treating them more like the "help"; kinda like he was when he was dealing with PSI before his incarceration. Dude is a control freak! Ah, isn't Baron Nihil a Nazi and Joseph Otanga an African. Unless I have seriously misunderstood what it means to be a Nazi, there might be issues. Doctor Yin Wu is a luddite in the extreme. Dude has a Psychological Complication (Common, Strong) for his hatred of technology. He would probably have a hard time working with Warlord and Interface. There's also that despising Westerner's thing. It would be fun to watch the fireworks in that group. I think instead of fighting them, the good guys should grab some popcorn and coke and watch the show.
  12. The Tiger Hook Swords may be awkward but Baron Juliet Chau was rockin em big time a couple of episodes ago on Into The Badlands. Then again, the Widow did cut off her head in that fight. Never mind...moving on.
  13. I think the cutoff point may vary from campaign to campaign, more specifically, probably especially, from gm to gm. Speaking for myself, I don't have a long list of equipment that you can and can't have any more than I have a list of powers/power builds that you can and can't have. Once you know yourself as a gm and the campaign that you have built, you just know. For myself: yes, Tom, you can have that flashlight, cell phone, and Ferrari as equipment because you can afford it (can steal it or whatever); however, if you think you are going to have Iron Man's armor (or a facsimile of) without spending character points, you're out of your damn mind. The cutoff point is kinda like the definition of obscenity: you may not be able to exactly define it, but you'll know it when you see it. The important thing is being consistent with your judgement and making sure your players understand it. If you know yourself as a gm and your campaign, it isn't that difficult.
  14. I really don't remember the most amount of points I have ever spent on a character but I seriously doubt that I have ever spent more than around 2000 points on any character even when just making characters for fun. I can't even imagine making a character with numbers high enough to need 5000 points let alone 20,000.
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