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  1. I managed to find a working version of the DC-Animated-style heromachine recently. Download is still goofy, but the live version works fine for me in Firefox and Edge. https://voltron42.github.io/apps/hero-o-matic/
  2. True. And if we're being honest, Seeker is more Paul Hogan, anyway.
  3. What Lord Liaden said. A brand new team with its own PR. Anyway, Mel Gibson in a wheelchair versus Timothy Dalton in a wheelchair. Oh, the choices... And the ham.
  4. Black Phantom would be cool, but I'm going to say that he's too old, and likely dead without shenanigans. Which, admittedly, comics, but that's my opinion and I'm sticking to it. Likewise, Defender would also work, but he would be setting us up as a junior Champions franchise. My group eventually choose not to go that route - they're going to be their own team, without a famous name to use and live up to. I haven't looked at Nightwind or Seeker in a while, but they hold promise. As a bit of an update, our choice of city has come down to Boston, Chicago, or San Francisco. Is there any more information on the New Paladins, the California Patrol, the Peacekeepers, the Bay Guardians, or the Freedom Patrol beyond what I can find in Champions Universe? There might be something there I can use. And as always, thanks for any replies.
  5. I've started up a pbp game over on rpol, and worked out with the players that the reason that the team formed is that an older, somewhat retired hero is sponsoring and mentoring them as a team to fight crime in [tbd campaign city]. At one point, I had memorized enough setting books to pick one myself, but it's been a while. Are there any existing characters that, given the passage of time, would work well in that role? I could just make my own, but why reinvent the wheel? And by passage of time, I mean that some characters have fixed dates on their timeline and have actually gotten older. For instance, Defender founded the Champions back in 2001. But not every character; is it really Champions without Foxbat and the Ultimates? And who cares how old Grond, Ogre, and Pulsar are? I'll probably start a different thread to ask for suggestions on that once I have a campaign city. A wheelchair-bound Night-duck has occured to me, but he's just not a character I'd enjoy playing.
  6. And the fairly expected comeback for Ohio. Ah, well. It'll be interesting to see whether Penn or Wisconsin gets to go to Pasadena. Also, Oklahoma, with defense? Interesting concept.
  7. 14-0 Wisconsin over Ohio? I know it's only the 2nd quarter, but still, who expected Ohio to be that far down at any point in this game?
  8. Yeah, top 4 does seem pretty set. If Georgia does manage an upset, I'm going to guess LSU is out, unless it's a super-close game. No, I'm just waiting to see how badly Ohio beats Wisconsin this weekend. Well, I suppose there does exist a chance of a Wisconsin upset, but it seems awful remote. Then again, Wisconsin beating Minnesota on the strength of their passing game is also not a sentence I thought I would ever see, so...
  9. novi

    Champions 2050

    Part of the problem with future history, as well as alternate history, is that there isn't just one destination. You really have to work backwards, defining some part of where you want to be, and how things work in around that. Also, you have to bear in mind that the Champions Universe functions, at least somewhat, along narrative lines. Being a comic book/superhero setting means some things that really shouldn't work in the real world, do. Not just superpowers and super-tech, but a criminal syndicate like VIPER being able to operate underground in the US. Where I'm going with this right now is that on a certain level, superheroes exist because there are supervillains to be stopped. If the age of superheroes is coming to an end, it should also correspond to the age of supervillains ending. If you want to go that way, there just aren't as many new supervillains popping up. Supercrime is trending down. The heroes might ponder whether their kind of extraordinary response is really needed anymore. And if they do reverse the mana decline, new waves of villains pop up. Nice job breaking it, heroes. As far as humanity's presence in space, it's not too optimistic for that many space colonies in a century. Especially with the head start that various supertech gives them. Asteroid mining is practically inevitable if we can avoid civilization collapsing, there is only so much of various elements economically accessible on Earth's surface
  10. In a change of pace, Minnesota and Wisconsin are both pretty good teams heading into rivalry week, playing for Big Ten West champs. And the odds are looking pretty even on this game, so it will be interesting to see how it turns out. Especially since the rivalry is currently tied up (60-60-8). Of course, the winner gets to lose to Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game. Let's not kid ourselves on sure things.
  11. Um, Work-Energy Theorem? It's been... a while since I had a physics class, so I did a quick Wikipedia visit to make sure I had my formulas correct. And while I was all set to work out the acceleration, I then noticed the page mentioning that work is also equal to delta-Kinetic energy. Seemed like a much more straightforward and accurate approach.
  12. Assuming standard physics word problem rules and constant forces, and not showing my work because I don't want to type in that many equations. And assuming I remember how significant digits work: 1. 6.563 x 10^6 J 2. 8.576 x 10^3 N 3. 6.43 x 10^5 W Yes, I got an A in AP Physics. Why do you ask?
  13. Yup, an awful lot of stupidity and pride went into getting the Hubble mirror wrong. OTOH, they got everything else right about the mirror, which is why Hubble is still going strong these days - being very precisely the wrong shape, it's (relatively) easy to design optics to compensate for the incorrect focus.
  14. Oh, come on. We can do better than that Enter your PIN number into the ATM machine.
  15. novi

    More space news!

    The short answer being, "We don't know. Hence the problem." It could be any of those. Especially since Planck and WMAP spacecraft don't agree; they ought to, since they measured the same thing. But the fact that they seem to be converging on two different values, over multiple studies, argues against measurement error. As for non-uniform expansion, no. Or at least, not in a way that affects this measurement. While the rate of expansion is not constant, it does appear smooth and consistent with General Relativity over the history of the universe we can observe. And it appears uniform in all directions as well. You might as well start with WIkipedia, since it links to more scientific stuff. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubble's_law
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