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BigJackBrass

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  1. I liked Tri-Stat when it debuted as Big Eyes, Small Mouth but it grew increasingly clumsy as they tried to apply it to wider genres. In particular, it was a d6 roll under system, but they came up with the peculiar idea of having higher power characters use larger dice (d10 for typical supers, d12 for the likes of The Authority ). Obviously that makes it harder, not easier, to roll under a given number. There was a fudge I don't recall which made it work, but it always felt like a fudge, as if they'd forced the idea to fit. And then they went and called the book of female characters Country Matters …
  2. According to Champions Complete page 144, no. "… Mental Combat works on a Line Of Sight basis; if an attacker can see the target, he can attack him without suffering the Range Modifier. Typically, none of the Combat Modifiers apply either."
  3. Well, mum's is called Winnie. No idea about the rest.
  4. My mum has a new lodger. Half chihuahua, half French bulldog… I feared she'd look like one half of Ren & Stimpy but happily she seems to have taken the better qualities of each breed. Also shown here with her posse, who are not prepared to take any of your nonsense.
  5. My preference is for more of a Charles de Lint style, I think. Buffy and its ilk seem to suck all the magic out of the idea of adding magic to the world.
  6. I've not seen a remastered version but the original is certainly enchanting and entertaining. Kaye's talent seems to spill out from the screen, more than a mere movie could contain. Such a pity that, by very many accounts, he was a deeply unpleasant person to work with. A favourite comment from Vincent Price: "Yes, it amuses me how many people thought I was like the monster in the Edgar Allan Poe movies and thought Danny Kaye was a nice man."
  7. I am speaking up purely to express my outrage at The Banana Splits show being called "tacky"! 😉
  8. Well, I've been passing some of the suggestions along to my player and honestly they're all helping us to get a better grasp of the rules and options.
  9. Thank you for that. I passed it along to the player and he's happy that it gives him some options as well as confirming his thought that the pre-designed power from the cards is a good, quick place to start but not quite what he wants. After the first adventure wraps up he's going to do some work on it.
  10. My group started The Island of Dr Destroyer recently, 6E rules using Champions Complete as our primary source. I'm running it, but my usual GMing approach is rules-light (Tunnels & Trolls , for example) and much hand-waving, whereas I'm hoping to make better use of the Hero mechanics. One of my players who is, to say the least, considerably more technically minded than I asked a question about sustained Flight for his character and I'm hoping that more experienced brains can offer an answer or point me in the right direction. The character was designed using the Champions Character Creation Cards and his flight is part of a Multipower: Not urgent, and I'm seeking knowledge rather than arguing for a particular interpretation. NewMind has (as part of a multipower, but that's not relevant) Flight: 20m, ×8 noncombat, 7 END to use. He has SPD 4 and REC 12. So if he goes all-out in flight he spends 28 END and recovers 12, losing a net 16 per round, so his 70 END lasts roughly 4 rounds. During each of those rounds he's flying 20m ×8 ×4, 120mph, so he's covered a bit over a mile and a half. Fair enough. OK, what if he wants to go further than a mile and a half? Presumably if he turns off Flight for a phase he starts to plummet. With a normal power you can use it at a lower intensity for less END. Does that apply here? I'm guessing that's just the headline number (speed in this case), not a total power redesign, but I need to know how the power works to get the numbers right. So: Flight 20m [20] Position shift [+5] ×8 noncombat [normally ×2, +5 per doubling is +10] total 35 Combat Acceleration/Deceleration (+1/4) No Turn Mode (+1/4) No Gravity Penalty (+1/2) for a total of ×2 which matches the 70 active points listed for END 7. Good. I need to get that down to END 3 to be sustainable, so maximum 30 active points; 15 before the multipliers; and Position Shift and Noncombat take up that 15, leaving nothing for movement. In "economy mode" I can run Flight at 5m, for 40 active points; that gets me a 30mph airborne amble, with an END cost of 4 per phase so a net loss of 4 per round. That flattens END after about… hmm, a mile and three quarters. (The multipower effect on all this means that I don't get to spend the pool points on anything else even if I'm using it at lower intensity, because it's a Fixed slot.) So I think my question is: how much power redesign can one legitimately do when using a power at a lower intensity? Is it, as I have assumed, just the value of the primary effect that gets scaled back, not any adders etc.? Cheers, R Does that make sense? Thanks for any assistance.
  11. Nothing relevant to the current episode, but thanks for adding to this thread which finally, after months of blindly overlooking it, popped up and caught my attention. Listened to the first episode and thoroughly enjoyed it.
  12. That's an appealing bit of casting. I still can't bring myself to hold out much hope for a DC movie after the lengthy string of soulless disasters, but maybe, maybe…
  13. Great to see this hitting the virtual shelves, Christopher. Can't wait to read it.
  14. It took a while, but my group burned out on Savage Worlds. I started with the first release, then revised and so on, none of which seemed to fully address all of the issues with the system. I mean really, how many different stabs at chase rules have they had? We loved it at first, until all of the characters started to feel identical and it seemed like every roll needed points spending on it because the probabilities are a bit of a mess; and as mentioned above the game collapses at higher power levels due to the nature of its step-dice mechanic. I'm not sure it's possible to fix that. As a superhero game it's at best inadequate and disappointing. Necessary Evil had its moments, even if it never bothers to give decent advice and support for its core conceit (you're supposed to be playing villains, but the whole setup means you're indistinguishable from heroes), and Savage Worlds is fantastic as a convention game, but I would never consider it for supers.
  15. Slight conversational sidestep, but I had a bored moment and access to Twitter earlier, so…
  16. I ordered Champions Powers at the same time: the books arrived together and both were printed by Lightning Source here in the UK, but Powers was altogether cleaner with a bright cover. Given the ink spatter on Destroyer I think that in this case I was just unlucky and got a sloppy example of their work. Looking forward to running it next week, regardless!
  17. Further to this, after a delay due to annoying computer niggles, I found the files! So, I can confirm that the PoD version with PDF also includes a Zip file for Hero Designer. The problem was due to how I was downloading things on a mobile device which only showed the PDF itself. My error, not Hero's or DriveThru's. The actual paperback arrived a couple of days ago: not bad physical quality although the inside covers are spattered with ink which has marked the first and last pages. Compared to the digital cover the printed example seems very dull, no life to the colours at all. Not that it matters especially, since it's bought to use rather than look at. We're finishing up the characters this weekend and I'll be running session one on Tuesday evening… Fingers crossed! Everyone's looking forward to it.
  18. Well, I've searched the forum, trawled old threads and been up and down Google but I can't find an answer to this: is the cover painting for Champions Complete cropped from a wider image? Book art is often quite different in its original format to the part that makes it onto the cover so it wouldn't surprise me. The reason I'm particularly wondering is because the main figure seems to be looking at and dealing with something happening off to the left, outside of the frame. I can't find an image of this picture anywhere that isn't a simple reproduction of the book cover with title etc. Does anyone know if there's more to it?
  19. That certainly surprises me, but then the popularity of child and teen protagonists was something I was baffled by even as a child and a teen 😁
  20. I ordered the PoD bundle a few days ago, but it only includes PDF and physical copies, no Hero Designer files. Were they removed from the final product or is this a DriveThru snafu?
  21. There is at least one active Hero podcast, Chimpions, which is is an ongoing actual play. I don't know of anything on YouTube etc as I prefer podcasts.
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