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Nemblamenchisus

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  1. Concept was excellent, writing and crunch was good. Design, layout and marketing was terrible. Hats off to Christopher Hackler for writing it, but Hero Games (what's left of it) is not even trying anymore in 2020.
  2. An interesting fact is that while D&D5e is perhaps the most successful edition of D&D ever, it hasn't brought popularity to a long tail of secondary RPG systems in its wake. Leaving Hero aside, there has been NO superhero game in the last decade which has capitalised on the popularity of superhero movies. (The Marvel RPG of a few years ago was not all that successful). I find that quite remarkable - in a world where comic book movies and characters are mainstream, and where I can buy Dungeons and Dragons again in toystores in my mid-size town for the first time since the 8
  3. I for one would love to see more of your fantasy setting material. All of those ideas sound good - especially your take on sword and sorcery, and low fantasy. It doesn't have to be a doorstopper like Turakian Age. Perhaps an ongoing series of short PDFs which could eventually be collected into a book?
  4. Did I just read aright. You're enraged at the people of of the Middle Ages, because they were all cowards? I've heard everything now.
  5. I wouldn't say "wrong" it's just that the universe was edged into the "PoD" fork of reality by this forum's collective consciousness.
  6. I do love several different RPG systems, not always because of the quality of the rules, but there are other reasons like nostalgia, nice shiny books with nice art, popularity making it easier to find other players, etc. But Hero is the best ruleset bar none. It's not even a contest. I know I'm preaching to the choir, but if only people could see that in play, once chargen is done, it offers a simple and fast-moving experience. Flexibility of character concept is not the only selling point. So anyway, I've bought sets of Hero Games books several times over and will continue to do so. My mo
  7. I've played a lot of both systems, but when I look at RM these days I just think how much easier it is just to do things in Hero. So many exception-based rules in RM and so much needless complication. Take a look at Construct Companion or Fire and Ice which drill down into niches and it all seems like pointless complication. Building a construct (automaton) is child's play in Hero. And the magical realms of power in RM have poor differentiation while in Hero they can easily be given their own unique feel.
  8. I don't know much about pulps. I remember seeing pulp magazines - small digest sized publications with color artwork covers, with western or true crime themes - on newsstands as late as the 1990s or even early 2000s. These seemed to be the real old-school thing, not hipster revivals. Does anyone know what I mean and are any still around?
  9. I'm so envious. I've built up and sold off several collections through the years, and now have a lot of pdfs and a small number of hard copy books. And even though I have all I need, practically speaking, I still go weak at the knees when I see a bookshelf full of Hero and other RPG books. It's definitely irrational.
  10. I'm just going to chip in by saying that actually, Hero isn't doing too badly. It's in print. It still has a dedicated base, and name recognition outside that base. How many systems from the classic era of RPGs are really doing much better? The competition from newer systems is astronomical. Hero isn't one of the top handful of systems, like it was perhaps in the past, but now there are 100x the number of games on the market. We all have ideas on what could be done to make it more successful, but I'm pretty happy with what we've got, and I'm still having success running games and introduci
  11. Any tips or examples for how to use Spell Law on the fly in Hero?
  12. Tight lips eh enforcer? Maybe a little forehead vein poppin' action... :-D Yeah this forum is a bit like that.
  13. More importantly, when will we get lower strength maxima for females baked into the Hero rules?
  14. That was a good find. As I've stated before, I'm not a big fan of the Complete books for those new to the Hero System. I think it would be difficult for most to tease out how it all works in actuality, due to the lack of examples in those books. The big books are excellent for that, although they have their own issue of being overly verbose. Still, with a bit of persistence and using the forums as a resource, you'll be able to get where you want to go with either presentation of the rules. For fantasy gaming, having the two core books plus FH6e (not Complete) is a mind-boggling cornucopia.
  15. Having just read Steve's guest post and the long "comment" I feel like I have just attended a master class or seminar on Hero...
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