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Thia Halmades

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  1. Here’s the thing, though; all Transforms have a heal back, whether you heal back the Body sufficiently or you activate the reversal, they, by nature, are not permanent. That’s a whole separate build.
  2. For me it’s not Halloween until Jack Skellington beats the Oogie-Boogie man and Bette Middler runs around with Sarah Jessica Parker. Halloween has never been about “horror,” for me; it’s a celebration of life by recognizing that its fleeting and remembering those who came before us. But the actual answer to your question, it’s not Halloween until I’ve watched The Nightmare Before Christmas.
  3. You mean like when he exposed the camera crew with his [redacted] video yesterday?
  4. Wow. I wrote this! These are the ANVIL II missiles from HERO: Combat Evolved; 48 Anvil II ASM: Killing Attack - Ranged 5d6-1, +1 Increased STUN Multiplier (+1/4), No Range Modifier (+1/2), Armor Piercing (x2; +1) (192 Active Points); 8 Charges (Must be Reloaded at a UNSC Facility; -1), OIF Bulky (-1), Extra Time (Extra Segment, Travels 200" per Segment, taking a minimum of 1 Segment to Reach its Target; -1/2), Infrared Tracking (Can be Countered with Flares; -1/2), Real Weapon (-1/4), Limited Arc Of Fire (180 degrees; -1/4) 240 UNSC M19 SPNKr Rocket L
  5. This is purely dependent on how serious you want it to be. That’s it. That’s my whole answer. Comedy is minor, if we start getting into the hormones and how men and women are actually quite different, moderate. I don’t see it as major as it’s not adding or removing powers. Wow. I just realized @dmjalund avatar changes colors all by itself. I feel lame now.
  6. My question has always been this: There’s this whole thing about abortion. But no one is willing to step up with daycare. Or the cost of healthcare. Or defund the military by a few million — against its trillions — to rebuild our public school system. You can’t save the children then forget about them. It’s not about being Christian; it’s code for racism and suppression of women. I freely admit to spit-balling here. The “war on Christianity” is all a giant gambit based on Roe v Wade; if we have abortions, then women may not have children unintentionally and thus may finish their ed
  7. One of the people on the list is the lead police investigator. The other is the local Congress(person). (The 80s were pretty male dominated except for women who were all T&A; I’m voting for a more late-stage Erin Grey as the local villainous politician, who has leverage against the investigator, kind of ‘we know your [secret], and we’re [not afraid to use it] so you will [investigate but never find it].” Said another way, the Congresswoman is the villain, and the investigator can be flipped from being an accomplice to being an ally who may die heroically at the end of the arc.
  8. /facepalm That’s pretty close to “rage monster,” but I believe we landed on “both pills give you a perfect result for about a Turn,” but there be side effects.
  9. Never apologize for sincere participation! Gandalf has been “GM by post” so we go scene to scene, that’s why I kicked it back to him. Please continue to post, love having you onboard, Duke.
  10. That is MUCH more interesting! Let’s go with that, or close to it; variations of “perfect talent” — whether INT, PRE, DEX, etc. That’s got story potential. @Gandalf970 You’re up.
  11. What are you thinking, like a 30 point SER PRE attack, AVAD to CON?
  12. For many people he is the single greatest guitarist of his generation, and in some of those lists, of all time. I applaud your stunning ability at understatement, Hermit. I’m... grateful? That my own rock icon, the late Freddie Mercury, after whom I pattern my own singing, is already gone. Otherwise 2020 would kill him out of spite and I can’t take much more.
  13. I was just about to post this. Thanks, 2020.
  14. I apologize, I’m with Spence on this; I can’t focus on the rewards because, in effect, I’m three rooms away back at the white board going “Nah, this isn’t right” and you’re trying to talk to marketing about how people should be rewarded for a system that I’m not ready to let out of the room, much less move onto reward design. I gave you my best answer based on what you’re saying, and I think Hugh said something similar, but beyond that I won’t be much help here.
  15. I mean. I am CHArming and Impressive. It’s my 2nd highest stat. So I’ll play the face, but I’m not very nice. Heroic, but not nice, so then am I being punished because my play style, while amazing, isn’t in line with this sort of Arthurian/Chivalric vibe? I played paladins my whole career. I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints; the sinners have much more fun. So where’s the reward for dancing on that edge? You know? Chaotic Good?
  16. Note: the following explanation is for those unfamiliar with 5th: Huh. This is an effect that’s unique to 5e, because of the way it handles action economy. In HERO you have two half phases, one half phase is commonly used to move, the other is used to act. Alternatively, you can open with an attack, but I believe that taking an attack action ends the turn. Broadly speaking, HERO doesn’t “take away” things, it just adds challenges to completing them. 5th, however, has each action as a sub-type; Movement, Action, and commonly Bonus Action (particularly for Rogues). The thing is, in H
  17. Oh, oh. Got it. The drugs are completely normal except they are part of a unique trial that’s being given to soldiers through the VA. This thing goes all the way... TO THE TOP!! The two abnormal ones will only work when both are taken, one is a primer and one is an activator — the order they’re taken is irrelevant, and the timing is irrelevant, it can be active for up to 3 months (because science). When BOTH hit the system, it turns people into... what? What’s the actual effect of having both of these things in your system at once?
  18. However, hidden in every bottle, are two tablets of a new designer drug, which you wouldn’t know just by looking; only after exposing them to black light do the highlighted drugs pop. While this may seem exceptionally complex and obtuse, it’s at the height of the war on drugs. It’s critical that the odds of them being caught mid-shipment are minimized and that they can pass muster by all except the most dedicated investigator. They want to use standard routes then get them into the hands of local pharmacists with whom they have their network. From pharmacist to street pharmacist.
  19. That’s exactly what I came away with, but was desperately trying to veer away from it. And yet. Here we are.
  20. Where the disconnect lies isn’t in your idea; “Mentor” is a well established trope, Galahad was I believe the most loyal of all the Knights of the Round, etc. It’s that you’re taking something that is broadly embedded in the “who” of a person, and making a mechanic around it, and calling it a “what.” Who is Jean-Luc Picard? (You can wiki it). WHAT is Jean-Luc Picard? He’s a Starfleet Officer, specializing in Sciences, and helms what was at the time, the pride of the fleet, and its flagship, the NCC-1701-D, “Enterprise.” So if I’m building Picard, I’m going to be focusing on the wh
  21. I never understood why people got so hung up on the whole STUN/BODY “he’s not dead?!” ...thing. Monsters die when they hit 0 BODY. That’s just a thing that happens. Only major NPCs get the same benefits of PCs in terms of not being gacked at 0 BODY. It isn’t 15 napping goblins, it’s 15 very dead goblins, including at least one decapitation.
  22. Sound effects, for example, a specific tap pattern on the underside of your desk/table to indicate that head crabs are coming, then pause. Give it a random number of turns, then a perception check as one is literally flying through the air. For their face. Remember: Fear is purely the unknown. The less they know, the more unfamiliar a situation with the right queues, the more they’ll start to freak out. Horror, however, is what happens when you wish you could back to not knowing. You have plenty of great contributions here already, I wanted to point out what else is possible just
  23. ...wat? Who’re you? I must have missed something. Glad it helped!
  24. Unbeknownst to the players, the assassin is still lurking in the rafters of the church, clad in black body armor with twin katanas on her back. She moves with Olympic level agility, capable of clinging and swinging in near silence. She killed the deacon, but she has her reasons — that tip he gave the players wasn’t exactly out of the goodness of his heart. As she evaluates the situation, the screech of tires and the yammering of voices shouting orders come from outside, and bullets start blasting holes of light through the front doors along with the chatter of uzi and AK fire.
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