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    steriaca got a reaction from Christopher R Taylor in Campaign Startup Ideas   
    VIPER recruited new potential Dragon Branch members and puts them in one location. They put them up and set them up as superheroes, secretly using them to take out the competition and to note which members of the group are full Dragon Branch material and who are more goodie goodie for the group's taist. How long can the heroes work as false superheroes before they start asking questions?
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    steriaca got a reaction from assault in Colossus type Character Build   
    I believe there is a Colossus type build in the first Book of Templates. I have to check it out when I get home.
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    steriaca got a reaction from Tjack in Lady Training   
    "Of course.  The only reason I'm in the role is because one, I am a local celebrity of some sort, two, Do-chan already got a major role, and three, they ran out of female members of the acting crew. Besides, it's a melodrama. They need a singer. Which reminds me, who is Tim playing  in the play?"
     
    Rob thinks to himself, 'Humm...have I heard that southwest accent before? John seems familiar somehow. No mind. Miss Secret Service is coming this way. She's going to blab about her position again? Someone is unsure what the meaning of the word secret is...'
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    steriaca reacted to Tjack in The Way of the Paladin   
    (OOC:) 
        I’ve been thinking about the more practical side of John’s life and I worked some things out.
        Currently he’s driving what was his father’s four year old Ford SUV.  It will look out of place in the school parking lot next to the smaller, more compact cars you’ll often see in larger cities.  John drove it loaded with his belongings cross-country when he came from Wyoming to Gotham City. His fathers friends planned out a route whereby every night he would park at a local sheriff’s office and stay overnight with the family of some Officer to save money and be safe on the trip.
         His basic monetary issues are covered by the fact that his father (just in case) set up a trust fund where any and all life insurance, U.S. Marshall’s office benefits, and profits from the sale of his house would be protected. John doesn’t have access to the principal until he turns 21, but the interest goes into an account for him to use for car insurance, repairs and other needs. It’s not a lot per month so some type of employment would be useful but not critical.
         He did have plans for a college education. Probably in some degree that would aid him in a career somewhere in law enforcement. Criminal Psychology, Criminal Law, etc. But he never decided which branch he wanted to pursue.  Whether the F.B.I., into the Marshall’s Dept. like his father or maybe locally in some big city Police Dept. or Rural Sheriff's Office he’s still not certain.
       He occupies his down time by playing guitar.  He plays either his 12-string acoustic Gibson or a Les Paul style six string electric. He owns a small portable amp for it that uses both AC or a rechargeable battery pack.  He uses a bluesy style reminiscent of Eric Clapton and likes singer/songwriter music from a large number of genres from the Beatles, Joni Mitchell and Harry Chapin to Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash. He has a strong voice and has considered playing music as a way to earn money while in college.
       He speaks Spanish, having learned it while living in New Mexico, it’s a more Mexican accented and less grammatical version which he’s trying to correct by taking that as his language requirement. (I myself found that when I moved from Boston to Phoenix that the Spanish I learned in school and from Puerto Rican friends was very different from the language spoken by the staff in the kitchens where I was a line cook.)
        Since moving into his mother’s house he’s turned the basement into a gym with a weight bench, a speed bag and a heavy bag along with some mats to do katas on.  His mother, Joyce isn’t crazy about the sound or the fighting aspect of her son’s exercise routine but understands that it’s a good way for him to get any aggression out and sports are a better use for his time in a dangerous city like Gotham.  His Martial Arts style is in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program or MCMAPS.  It’s what Marines are taught in Basic Training and is a combined style using Boxing, Krav Maga, and others for an adaptable and effective way to disarm or disable an opponent. John has completed what would have been the full course for a recruit. But not the more advanced levels. It was the training that his dad was able to arrange with one of the self-defense trainers at the Marshall’s office.
       John has been spending a great deal of time wandering the city on the weekends trying to learn the different neighborhoods and taking the elevated trains that crisscross the city to understand the lay of the land. Because of this he’s found a number of out of the way shops and restaurants of all kinds.  He also keeps a large city map on the wall of his room for a decoration. He’s careful not to mark it so his mother won’t figure out that he’s using it to learn the fastest routes to fly through the city.
        If I have any other thoughts I’ll let you know.
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    steriaca got a reaction from Tjack in Lady Training   
    Rob sighed as he got his play assignment.  He was going to play Melody in the school melodrama. He reported to wardrobe to get mesered for his dress, complete with false bosom and even head measurements (no doubt for a wig...the wardrobe people mumbled about huge hair bows and long sausage curls...two of them were arguing between down to the small of the back over down to hip level).
     
    What in gods good grace has he gotten himself into? At least his girlfriend Doreen was a part of this. Only, he was the only one playing drag in this. Not enough females they said. Bad enough that he became a she to fight crime.
     
    At least the cowboy wasn't around to laugh at him.
     
    Rob was given an evening dress with slips and such so he could practice moving in a dress at home. And he was sure his mother, Rosemarie, would jump at the chance to help him for the role (he started to suspect that she was more overjoyed at having a son who can also be her daughter more than him being a son who can also be a daughter).
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    steriaca got a reaction from aylwin13 in Are there ANY good plant/wood powers names?   
    There definitely are plant based names to avoid.
     
    ...Morning Wood for starters.
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    steriaca reacted to Tjack in first mission   
    Paladin made sure that his quiet “humph” of annoyance didn’t get broadcast.  “SHE’S having a slow night!” He thought.  He cycled once again through the infra-red and ultra-violet spectrums checking the house and grounds.
       I know he’s testing me...I know he’s testing me...I know he’s testing me.  He’s waiting to see if I’ll snap, waiting to see if I break concentration, waiting to see if I’ll get bored, waiting to see if I ask to leave.   I’m NOT screwing up my first assignment from him.  If I have to, I’ll tell mom that I fell asleep at that all night Kung-Fu movie theater I scoped out in KoreaTown.  I wanted to save that one for an emergency, but I’ll break it out tonight if I have to.
       Maybe I can ask Batman if he can set me up with a no-show job at some Wayne Enterprises business to cover for time spent doing things like this.....That would mean I’d have to get paid...show mom a pay stub....No, maybe some kind of work study thing for class credit?.....That would involve the school....I don’t know if that would work....He must have a plan, he’s Batman!  Batman always has a plan.
       FOCUS DUMMY!!  Stay with it.  This CAN be done. This WILL be done.  (deep breath)  Stay with it.
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    steriaca reacted to Tjack in To Save The World   
    I’ve got a plot line for her....she discovers that the young stud who inflames her ancient soul and brings her joy is the descendant of a long lost love and is either his reincarnation OR is descended from the child they had together long ago.
        So the Network execs can choose from either hot romance or borderline incest.  Whichever way they go it’ll be good for the ratings.
         So to whoever was annoyed at the lack of participation.....    “It’s Shake & Bake mama!”  “And I helped.”
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    steriaca got a reaction from pinecone in To Save The World   
    Apollion is one of the big bad guys of the series. His true motives are unknown. He is extremely powerful and rairly shows up in the flesh. When he does show up, he is a red skinned man.
     
    According to the show bible, Apollion is a sort of a mad scientist who developed a method of altering DNA, including himself. Because of this, whenever he does show up he has different powers because of his DNA altering technology.
     
    Note: the DNA altering technology is also an excuse to explain having different actors playing certain villains and why some villains have inconstant powers. Even some heroes on the show undergo DNA altering. At least one villain has gone through gender change thanks to the DNA technology. 
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    steriaca got a reaction from fdw3773 in Character Template for 6th Edition...feedback requested   
    Maybe they are. Injustice perhaps (the DC fighter developed by NeverRealm Studios for WB...NeverRealm took over Mortal Kombat after WB closed Midway Games down.)
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    steriaca got a reaction from drunkonduty in How powerful are your agents?   
    Agents power levels depends on the needs of the group in question and campaign needs.
     
    Panther Claw and Galactor are both made up of mostly faceless minions, as the focus is basically on the Monster of the Week (Cutie Honey, but can be applied to any Sentai or fighting Magical Girl campaign) or the Mecha of the Week (Gatchaman, and any Sentai based game...). The agents are basically a cake walk (depending on the show, all and every agent of Panther Claw are androids so Cutie Honey doesn't have to worry about killing real people, Gatchaman doesn't really worry that they are outright murdering Galactor agents because it is kill or be killed.)
     
    Genocide agents are notorious for being strong, mostly because beyond the Minutemen robots they can't have a "supervillain branch" without stretching believability too much. (Broken mutant slaves? Possible but unlikely. Power suits? Doable, but why limit them to a single person. Cyborg? Again a possibility. Politicians? This is IHA territory.)
     
    VIPER is a perfect example of having cake and eating it. There agent arm is powerful but not overpowering. And they have the Dragon Branch, which you can introduce whoever in the ranks then take them away only to be replaced by whoever you choose. 
     
    I like the idea of WITCH agents using "wands" (energy guns which don't look like guns), flying broom shaped platforms, lightbending cloaks (invisibly only when they activate them and do not attack). But that is simply using the images of witches to their advantage. The cloaks can compensate for the fact that the group doesn't have a practically large faceless goon pool to draw from. (Same for the platforms...there is something to be said about Invisibility and freedom of movement). True magic, biological weapons, walking chemical factories are best left to the group mothers (leadership/supervillain pool).
     
    I'm rambling on. Forgive me. 
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    steriaca reacted to Christopher R Taylor in How powerful are your agents?   
    That is one of the Agent Tricks that has been recommended by Choosy Hero GMs since the old email list.  If an agent does really well, or is really interesting and memorable, have them come back.  Possibly powered up (wearing special gear, etc).
     
    Example: In my Golden Age Champions campaign there were generic tough guy mooks that could be hired.  They all had basically the same stats and powers with very few variations: Big, strong, tough.  One mook in particular was memorable and became part of the campaign.  The first fight they ran into him he rolled an 18 on an attack and tripped, crashing through a wall.  The second time he squared off with the wrestler tough guy in the group with lots of boasts and trash talking and got beat to a paste.  The third time he got stomped on by King Kong.  Then he showed up knocking on the door of the superhero base, asking if maybe he could work for them as a guard or something because clearly crime was not paying.
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    steriaca got a reaction from dialNforNinja in Looking for Character creation help 5E not 6th: Dark Mysterio   
    Either work. I was thinking of it being a "gun", as a badly written noir detective would always have a gun on him, even if the writer doesn't go on to describe it other than "a gun". The writer wouldn't know or care about how many bullets it would hold. I see it as a three slot Multipower (energy blast, range killing attack, and a Hand-to-hand attack with a pistol whip special effect). He can be disarmed (the disarmed gun is always empty), but he can always pull out another gun.
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    steriaca got a reaction from dialNforNinja in How would you build... The Indigestible Man!   
    Advanced Players Guide, Damage Reduction, page 87. 100% Resistant Damage Reduction is 120 points. 100% means he will never take damage from either physical or energy effects. It is extremely expensive, but idea for reduction via limitations (like one effect only) into a more reasonable price. 
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    steriaca got a reaction from Steve in To Save The World   
    Apollion is one of the big bad guys of the series. His true motives are unknown. He is extremely powerful and rairly shows up in the flesh. When he does show up, he is a red skinned man.
     
    According to the show bible, Apollion is a sort of a mad scientist who developed a method of altering DNA, including himself. Because of this, whenever he does show up he has different powers because of his DNA altering technology.
     
    Note: the DNA altering technology is also an excuse to explain having different actors playing certain villains and why some villains have inconstant powers. Even some heroes on the show undergo DNA altering. At least one villain has gone through gender change thanks to the DNA technology. 
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    steriaca reacted to death tribble in Create a Villain Theme Team!   
    Factotum
     
    The Council employed Fritz Walsh as he was a brick and could carry a lot of things around. He was the do anything guy so they gave him the name Factotum. He really relished the jobs not when they were robbing banks or museums but were doing dangerous stuff like robbing the military or members of the Underworld. Even stealing from a Mega Villain was a thrill for him as it showed they were not afraid of anyone and the 'rules' did not apply to them. Of course they were careful as mindless slaughter would bring the police down on them like a ton of bricks even if they iced criminals. Fritz never bothered to think what the people they robbed would do, after all contracts on their lives had fallen down flatly and the others were not concerned either.
    Fritz could be easily distracted by anything Oriental so seeing a Chinese woman and a Japanese woman at the same time made him lose focus. Long enough for Henry Cranham to sabotage Nic Shaw's tools and the explosives. See Fritz looked after the materials before and after the job and who would tangle with him ? Right ?
    Fritz was looking forward to the Frobisher job. Not all the details were clear (that would have been a trap, clearly) but the prize would be worth it and they could easily improvise their way out. When Yeggman's tools would not work and the explosives went off prematurely, Fritz was sent to clear the way and ran right into police and heroes. They had not triggered any alarms so what they hey ? Fritz went tried breaking out through a window only to find it was toughened plastic. It should have been glass. He studied the specs and confirmed things. Evidently the heroes did not know it was not glass either but they made up for things by repeatedly knocking him into it until he passed out as he would not give up peacefully.
    Now in prison Fritz is wondering whether is was all Jenny Faceless's fault. He has doubts. What did he miss ? Did the 'Romeo' on the team give details away to their girlfriend ? Did their motormouth friend brag too much about what the group was going to do next ? Or did one of the other's sell the rest out, steal the stuff, sell it and is even now enjoying banana daquiris in the Bahamas ?
     
    Fritz would be gutted if he knew his moment of weakness led to Yeggman's injuries
     
    (Dark Damsel and Crimson Raven of the ill named 'Harem', Cranham's bodyguards, just had to smile at Walsh. Simple yet effective. And poor Fritz even if he saw them again he would not put two and two together)
    If anyone wants a link to the Harem and Cranham's first appearance I'll post it but ask first.
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    steriaca reacted to Opal in Create a Villain Theme Team!   
    The world knows Jackdaw - or Jack Daw - as one of those bizarre theme villains, only a little more coherent than the likes of Foxbat.
     
    He orchestrates overly complex bird-themed crimes, throughout Europe and the broader Westernized world, with grandiose goals that could never work even if they were carried through. As it stands, he has inflicted a lot of collateral damage - though no direct deaths - and driven up insurance rates wherever he operates.  So heroes & law enforcement begrudgingly take him seriously. 
     
    Jackdaw wears a high-tech battlesuit that looks like an all-black reject from Battle of the Planets, including a beaklike visor and feathered cape that actually let's him fly.  He uses some sort of bowdlerized 'martial arts' - mostly judo with hints of wushu when pressed - but primarily depends on gadgets and a huge flock of trained and/or robotic birds (generally raven-sized in spite of his name).  He stands over 6' and speaks with an exageratedly cultured old-fashioned "mid-Atlantic" accent.  He never betrays anger or fear, but affects boredom or amusement, instead.  He has been foiled every time, defeated many, but never captured. 
     
    Jackdaw often fights as a member of ThinkBank, but he is generally considered a dupe or hireling.  In reality he is a genius billionaire like the others, and his bird-themed crimes' "collateral damages" are actually their intended targets.  It's all an act to distance his villain persona from his secret ID, a Chineses tech/media mogul who is always accompanied by bodyguards, translators, and - via well-trained body-doubles and/or Android duplicates - is often alabied on the other side of the world while Jackdaw is making his comical mischief.
     
     
     
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    steriaca reacted to Clonus in Create a Villain Theme Team!   
    Miss Murder
     
    Despite her name, Miss Murder has never killed anyone.  Instead she gets her name from her power to turn into her body weight in 45 mentally linked crows.  She's not much of a fighter, her criminal career having focussed on using her alternate forms to act as lookouts, spies and jewelry thieves.  When she was with the team her participation tended to involve advance scouting, and covering the team's retreats as a cloud of crows that screened the others as they made their escapes.  She moved on to an independent career as surveillance for high for anyone who was willing to pay her rates.  Her costume in human form is goth fashion-inspired and makes prominent use of crow feathers. 
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    steriaca got a reaction from death tribble in Create a Villain Theme Team!   
    Wan
     
    Wan was a dog based alien from the planet whose name translates as "Bark". He joined the group during the 60's; has high physical strength and has his Dog Star Gun (which really didn't have a direct attack mode...it was basically a tractor beam projectile).
     
    Wan was a member on and off. Eventually during the 90's his race decided to invade the Earth. He sacrificed his life to defend the Earth from his own people. 
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    steriaca got a reaction from Scott Ruggels in What does it mean to be Utterly Evil?   
    That would depend upon what evil the demon represents. But if they can't choose but to do that evil, it is no longer a psychological complication but a physical one. If they can't change their nature and must do their evil whenever the opportunity shows themselves, and they can't stop, it stops being a mental problem. (Akin to The Scorpion and The Frog).
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    steriaca got a reaction from Steve in What does it mean to be Utterly Evil?   
    Well, there shouldn't be a Psychological Complication "Utterly And Totally Evil", as that is so open ended that it is up to the Game Master as what that actually is.
     
    Mister Wicked is Lecherous and Melodramatically Murderous. MM basically says that he works deathtraps into ways of killing. If choosing between shooting, stabbing, or ropeing a person up and laying them onto the train tracks, he chooses train tracks 100% of the time. (Which of course is a weak point). A hero can easily take advantage of this limitation. 
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    steriaca got a reaction from Ockham's Spoon in What does it mean to be Utterly Evil?   
    Well, there shouldn't be a Psychological Complication "Utterly And Totally Evil", as that is so open ended that it is up to the Game Master as what that actually is.
     
    Mister Wicked is Lecherous and Melodramatically Murderous. MM basically says that he works deathtraps into ways of killing. If choosing between shooting, stabbing, or ropeing a person up and laying them onto the train tracks, he chooses train tracks 100% of the time. (Which of course is a weak point). A hero can easily take advantage of this limitation. 
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    steriaca got a reaction from DShomshak in What does it mean to be Utterly Evil?   
    Well, there shouldn't be a Psychological Complication "Utterly And Totally Evil", as that is so open ended that it is up to the Game Master as what that actually is.
     
    Mister Wicked is Lecherous and Melodramatically Murderous. MM basically says that he works deathtraps into ways of killing. If choosing between shooting, stabbing, or ropeing a person up and laying them onto the train tracks, he chooses train tracks 100% of the time. (Which of course is a weak point). A hero can easily take advantage of this limitation. 
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    steriaca got a reaction from Ninja-Bear in NAME NEEDED   
    Brain Hacker?
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    steriaca reacted to death tribble in Create a Villain Theme Team!   
    Elephantiasis
     
    This looks like a humanoid African elephant. It has tusks, big ears  and a trunk. The law enforcement authorities can't tell if it is male or female. And use of personal pronouns has caused it to attack. Apart from goring people with the tusks, it can strangle people with the trunk. The team mates can understand what it is saying from what passes for elephant trumpeting etc but no-one else can. It is strong and can knock people out with its 'hands'.  It also has some sort of blast cannon built for its frame that is solar powered.
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