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  1. I'm working on a wargame version of the rules for HERO with simplifications and mods to the rules that would work with several squads of minis, and I'm hoping to release the rules as a supplement for HERO. To whom do I send the document once it's finished for evaluation whether it's sourcebook material or not? I tried the "Contact us" form two weeks ago but I never got a return message, and I checked every folder in my e-mail.
  2. Yeah I think te bestiaries would help, BUT I'll run Pathfinder as is for now (Beginner Box), so I can judge whether I want to convert stuff or not. The big idea was to use materials from AD&D (Night Below campaign) D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder to expand the "class options" for players, but with newbies I think the point is moot. They don't care about class options or character building, they want to push miniatures around and participate in group activity. Once I gain the motivation for big projects by starting small, I can look at the huge project again with new energy.
  3. Yeah. It's going, but not the way I thought it would. I bought the Pathfinder Beginner Box, to dodge extra work and to just get playing. I've been tinkering with rules for too long, I gotta play something once in a while. I got two newbies on board, and I'll probably enjoy reading the books and running the game. Conversion work is time-consuming, and with my current energy levels, too demanding. I need a break from my usual routine.
  4. Allright. So I chose a pretty big project for myself: to convert Pathfinder/D&D 3.5 material for campaign use in with miniatures. I've got pawns in PDF -form, so the PF bestiary is pretty much covered, going to get more of course when the time comes, but monsters are covered pretty much. I've been studying Killershrikes D&D conversion site for the past couple of days, stuff seems tightly put together and takes every facet of characters into account. I won't be converting any existing characters, so there is a lot more wiggle room for when choosing what the PCs can do in this campaign. I have a couple of issues though: 1. I'd be playing with tabletop newbies, who have no knowledge of Hero or similar games at all 2. I will probably use my own version of Hero combat system, to make it more random and a bit gamier, to create the feel of board games that are easier to pick up and play for newbies 3. Choosing miniatures for hero -types. Should I go class -specific or just pick the coolest looking minis there are? The selection of fantasy miniatures is vast and the only thing that has to match the pawns is that the scale has to be 28mm. The current heroes of literature and movies always look more and more similar (take Geralt of Rivia/Game of Thrones/Lord of the Rings) despite their abilites, so you could make any type of character on top of a mini at this point, which is great (!) but takes a bit away from the classical D&D feel. 4. Choice of campaign world. Golarion vs. Forgotten Realms vs. YOUR FAVORITE. I'd like some feedback on this too, whether it's a setting book or just general pointers when running stuff like this. It's a relief that the pawn boxes contain most of the bestiary monsters, and that there were availabe documents for conversions to Hero. I find the freeform nature of Hero character creation to work with my gaming sensibilites best, and counting dozens of modifiers seems a bit offputting when considering running Pathfinder combat in its raw form, while trying to keep the game flowing. There's my own conversion of Hero combat which (supposedly) runs a lot faster than the standard counting of hit points, but there's the danger of total party kill when facing tougher monsters later on in the campaign. But I suppose it's a feature, not a flaw.
  5. I gotta cover everything in my rules, so both. A penetrating hit in my rules gives the crew stun damage, which needs to be either recovered or rallied by a leader (aid STUN power, a miraculous feature of leader characters). Take the penetrating portion of damage and give it the traditional 1d6 -1 to 1d6 multiplier roll. The result is crew shock or STUN damage, which counts against the crews inherent STUN treshold. When the treshold is full, the crew is considered pinned and shocked out of combat for a while. Every crew and team in my game has RECovery which is used to recover STUN damage by using an action to rest and gather their helmets and hats. That's why higher BODY makes sense in simulation/realism sense, because the whole vehicle doesn't blow up after penetration every time (except Shermans haha) and gives a nice mechanic to keep armor on it's toes.
  6. I'm back to designing my game after a hiatus (and miraculous computer recovery). How would you handle anti-tank grenades in your version of WW2 combat? I noticed you pumped up the armor on vehicles but gave them much less body than the base rules would give. Do you consider vehicle combat a case of penetration results in kill?
  7. I'm writing a game based on the 5e/6e Hero System rules to be used with miniatures. If I want to put it up on a site where I can get profits off it under my own name, who do I need to contact? Is this even possible? The reason I am asking is because I've spent countless hours pouring over my documents and worked and reworked the game, and I also have some goals regarding designing games, so I'd need to display my skill in getting this done and having something to show for myself. I kept the basic mechanics but heavily modified the stats and the way some things work, so it would not be official Hero source book material, but it's own game working on similar principles.
  8. So yeah the rules have changed a lot since the first post. Now the combat works just with a single mechanic, but damage application is different for named vs. unnamed characters. Rolling killing dice against named characters is just fine in a grittier game, where every kill (2 Body) and wound (1 Body) counts against the Body of the named character, with STUN added into the mix, so a squad of mooks can easily take down careless characters. Some more bits: So now that we know that every six equals a kill against unnamed characters, we can complicate the game a bit with armor. An armored character or squad negates a single roll of six out of a stack. If it turns into a wound or not is up to each group and GM. But armor should matter because you have to pay a static cost to armor a character or a squad. My suggestion is 10 points if the six turns into a wound, or 15 points if the six is negated altogether. If you want to make armor even more powerful (say powered armor or something else) you can say it negates every six rolled against a squad or a character. Special ammo adds a wound / possible wound to the distribution of damage. Take a different colored die when rolling damage, and if it comes up as 4-6 you get an extra wound inflicted on the target. Rubber ammo only counts as stun. Roll the damage + degree of success normally but only count the pips for STUN damage to see if the target is knocked out. Against unnamed characters use the same resolution system as normal, just don't remove the minis from the table, knock them down instead to indicate their unconscious status. Explosives have a static degree of success, which means you only throw and forget them. Always roll the listed damage for explosives, and convert "Killing Damage" explosives to normal damage for this purpose. Explosives also have scatter on the table, use the diagrams provided in Hero books. Roll d6 inches for distance after determining scatter direction.
  9. Tested the mechanics a bit more yesterday. Damage rolls after a hit is scored can be distributed as the attacking player wishes. When rolling damage against a squad, the attacking player divides the potential damage dice amongst the desired targets and rolls. Damage is always: weapon damage + degree of success. The potential damage and attack can make is calculated after the hits are scored, not before. Also, the penalty to fire multiple shots in a round is removed from the OCV calculations, since the timeframe is different, and it opens up the combat to be a bit more deadly, and keeps players guessing. Success is determined after the roll is made. (Example: Old Ollie opens up on a gang of banditos with his Winchester rifle. The banditos have him surrounded at a camp site, so he targets as many as he can, which is three guys bunched up near a wagon (remember miniatures). He has his favorite weapon equipped (Dark Champions Super-Skill, +2 OCV with a weapon), they are 4 meters away with a combat value of 3. Ollie's combat value is 7+2=9 so he needs to roll 15 or below to hit a single bandit. He rolls exactly 15 on his combat roll, and gets to roll two damage dice. He unloads three rounds from his rifle and chooses to use both damage dice on a bandit nearest to him. He rolls two dice and scores a 5 and a 4. Two wounds inflicted on the bandit so he goes down clutching himself. The possibility of hitting two guys was still there, because he chose to fire three rounds instead of just one.) Rate of fire: Machine guns and assault weapons are still at a great advantage, because more potential targets means you get to divide more damage dice among models (there's always the possibility of that 6!) when you roll well. If you include the rule of -1, where every round is a single degree of success, you give automatic weapons a big advantage in terms of the mechanics. (Example: A recon soldier fires on a pair of insurgents guarding a building with his carbine. He has crept up on a camp and chosen his first targets while keeping his position hidden. His combat value is 6 + 2 (Combat Skill Levels) = 8 and the insurgents combat value is halved due to being surprised from stealth. His maximum rate of fire is 15, but he chooses to fire only five rounds to make sure the guys go down, but not wasting ammo. He needs a roll of 15, and rolls 11. His potential damage is 2d (carbine) + 4d (his degree of success) and chooses to divide the damage dice so he rolls 3 dice for both targets. He rolls for the first one: 5, 1, 3 = two wounds and the first guy goes down. He rolls for the second one: 6, 4, 3 = an instant kill plus one wound. Both of the insurgents fall down dead. The rest of the camp now rolls INT to see whether or not they are alerted to them getting killed or hearing the silenced carbine shots.) Bullet-counting: In a more invested or survival-influenced game, you count bullets made in attacks and require reloads after you run out. Resource management is part of the combat in this hack. Remeber potential damage done and possible targets for damage? Rivet-counting: Calculate the carry weight of each character and squad, require endurance use during combat for movement and sprinting, firing your weapons and swinging your swords. Increased resource management and potentially a lot more interesting game when compared to a conventional wargame where you just blast away without worries until one side wins.
  10. I'll check your stuff out. Rpgs for me are on the backburner now since my HDD broke down and I can't write anymore OR play on roll20. I was going to use this stuff with miniatures using my simplified combat for mass engagements. That's where the MG42 with four attacks thing came from (ROF 20/4=5) where every five ROF would give you one attack on the miniatures scale, which is using longer timeframes anyway. Some simplified math plus gaming logic applied combined with a day of writing and thinking about stuff that comes up with those results. Often I forget what I've been working on after I've written it down, which leads to many rewrites and refining stuff over and over again.
  11. what can I do to help on your project, I have a quite a few notes and HD files you might find useful for idea mining if nothing else, I would love to share ideas

     

  12. I'll probably try to come up with my own gun/armor stats because of the research I've already done into the area of WW2 fighting vehicles. Of course they will be simplified and streamlined to work with the system, but the values will most likely differ from the ones in the official supplements. For instance, I'm going to use "real" rates of fire for machine guns and sub-machine guns for my WW2 games. That means a MG42 squad gets gets four attacks a turn, rolling two damage dice per hit scored. Just the way I like it. I couldn't find the World War 2 Hero -thread I started a couple years back anymore, but it had the gist of my philosophy concerning firearms in Hero. The damages are just fine enough, just the fire output needed to be tweaked in my mind. You could increase the point values of machine guns because of their higher effectiveness, but in a heroic game everybody will have the weapons they want anyway.
  13. "Command & Control", Leadership =========================== Any Character with the Leadership skill can give "orders", in other words activations to squads on their own activation. (EXAMPLE: If you want to complicate a game, you could make use of runners or dispatch riders on the tabletop to see if a message to hold (retreat/attack) gets through to a pocketed unit in the forests of the Ardennes) All you need to give an "order" is to roll a successful Leadership skill roll. A leader character can also remove a PIN from a squad, or to inderdict a squad ROUTING off the table with a successful Leadership roll. HEROic Bias ========== The action on the table is dominated by Player Characters or Hero Characters when talking about GM -controlled major characters in a more traditional game. Player and Hero Characters do not necessarily possess the Leadership skill, but they can still affect the outcome of the game in major ways due to their different treatment in the combat mechanics. A scout team of player characters would present a formidable "force" in a skirmish action. Combat Mechanics ================ Suppression is mechanism to inflict morale checks on squads in combat. Mechanics: Declare a suppression over an arc of fire on the table, roll with a penalty (-2 for every inch/2 meters covered). In the event of a success, every squad and character in the affected area has to roll a morale check. In the event of a failure, the targeted squad goes to ground and gets PINNED. If successful, the squad can activate normally if they have activations left in the turn (or when they are pushed forward by a leader character). Shooting ranges are better than in the basic Hero rules. Halve the distance penalties when taking ranged shots in combat. OR, eliminate ranged penalties altogether. Especially useful when deploying marksmen -type Hero Characters on the table. Cover makes squads harder to hit. What You See Is What You Get. Check the position of the miniatures on the table, determine the percentage of them showing and use the Hero System cover rules when attacking squads/characters in houses, behind rocks, fences, etc.
  14. The making of a squad =================== - Squads get stats like characters to represent the average squad member The stats are: STR, DEX, CON, INT, EGO, PRE - These values will be rolled whenever a task roll is required that doesn't come under the squads proficiency/skill set. (EXAMPLE: A player character attempts to wrestle a remaining elite squad member to the ground in an attempt to take him prisoner. Use the squad template STR and Speed values when determining contests and activations for the duration of that combat) The secondary stats are: OCV/DCV, Morale (how well the squad performs under pressure) and Speed (how many activations per turn the squad has) - In addition to primary and secondary stats squads get Skill sets or Proficiencies (worth 10 points per point over 11- roll). These could be things like Parachute Infantry that takes into account jumping out of airplanes, fieldcraft, using various weapons, martial arts training, etc.) - Average morale is 11- roll. Poor morale starts at 9-. Exceptional morale is 13- and higher rolls, reserved for elite squads. - Average OCV/DCV is 4 for a combat-trained squad. - Normally squads can activate only once/card per turn. Leaders can activate a squad again on their own action card, given a successful Leadership roll (a nearby leader character could activate multiple squads in a turn, dishing out orders and remaining with his own squad and relocating on the battlefield as needed). Each squad also gets a list of weapons and the amount of attacks the weapon gets in addition to the number of damage dice it rolls after a hit. Squad Powers is a special section reserved for specialized squads (mages, stealth specialists with powers, all the video gamey stuff you could come up with for a squad). (Example power: "Shh! Quiet!": Superior camouflage/stealth when outside of combat for a British commando squad. POWER COST: Invisibility - targeting sense (sight), 20 points, Chameleon limitation -½, Final cost 10 points. The commando squad stops and remains motionless in order to let an enemy patrol pass just yards away from them.) - Elite Squads: Elite squads do not take normal knock-outs or kills when fives and sixes are rolled in damage rolls. Instead they take Wounds on fours, fives and sixes. This increases their longevity further in combat and makes them more dangerous, in addition to any powers, morale advantages or special training they might have. You have to especially try to knock out (punch/wrestle/rifle-butt) an elite squad member because of their exceptional esprit de corps. Elite squad members always have valuable information for campaign/scenario purposes. - Elite squads are usually also larger than average (commandos, American parachute infantry) so their longevity and damage output in combat is increased in proportion. - Squads can always deploy into fire teams (BAR gunner + loader, LMG team + 2 loaders, Bazooka + loader etc.) and scout teams. It is up to the player to use his resources as he sees best.
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