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    Tjack reacted to Christopher R Taylor in Champions Begins!   
    The concept we had originally was to create a series of very familiar (read: clones of popular characters) heroes in male and female versions each, so people can quickly pick up and enjoy their version of that hero.  For example:
     
    Spider-Guy/girl!
    Super strong flying Guy!
    Brooding Dark Knight Guy!
    Amazon Girl!
    Mythical god Guy!
    Armored Guy!
    Berserker animal Guy!
     
    And so on.  The spider-guy I built.  He's called Dr Nope and he doesn't have webs or spider sense, but he has clinging and 360-degree vision and can leap long distances.  Plus he has a poisonous toxic punch he can do.  The idea is to make them as simple as possible, as easy to recognize and play as possible, but without being too much of a rip off or copyright concern.
     
    That said, having some basic archetypes like an energy projector, a brick, etc would be good.

    Things to avoid: Mentalists, super mages, and any character that requires complicated builds.  These are introductory characters for total novices, they have to be as stripped down and basic as possible.  Especially since each chapter will be building them up, so the first chapter has to be super, super simple.  If you can come up with a way of building a mentalist who has no mental powers in chapters 1-2 at least (no MCV or mind control type stuff yet, no flash, etc), then okay but I doubt its feasible.
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    Tjack got a reaction from Christopher R Taylor in Champions Begins!   
    Perhaps this is off topic or has been proposed before, and of course it would have to wait until after the lockdowns are all said and done, but...
       What about Hero sponsoring game days at local game and comic book stores?   Get a local volunteer (maybe pay him off in downloadable freebies) to GM a trial game using this new free version of the rules and provide him with a starter episode and a bunch of handout starter characters.
        It’s advertising for the entire line of books, hardcopy and otherwise. Building a new customer base and at the very least getting the name HERO Games out there.
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    Tjack got a reaction from Spence in DC's Stargirl   
    Yeah, yeah, I was trying to avoid the term “loser’s table”.  That’s what I came up with, it was late.
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    Tjack got a reaction from sinanju in WW2 game: Fireteam '44   
    Now you need a hero with sonic powers...the Howling Commando!
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    Tjack reacted to Pariah in Jokes   
    Astronaut #1: "Why can't I find any milk for my coffee?"
     
    Astronaut #2: "In space, no one can. Here, use cream."
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    Tjack got a reaction from Quackhell in Supers Image game   
    Curses!!   My evil silly sarcasm foiled again by the chubby cheeks and big eyes of Cute Baby Man!!
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    Tjack reacted to wcw43921 in Supers Image game   
    It may not be a real entry, but it is still worthy of scorn.  And thus--I'm going to scowl at you.
     

     
    Don't you dare look away, Dadgammit.
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    Tjack got a reaction from Quackhell in Supers Image game   
    It’s “Eyes Wide Shut” Man!  He possesses the super power of voyeurism.   He appears at the scene of combat any time a female paranormal wears a costume that’s not merely impractical but could be worn during a full physical.
     
           This is not a real entry.
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    Tjack reacted to BigJackBrass in Bonnie and Clyde   
    A degree of luck (their crime spree lasted a couple of years), myth-making and brutality. They loved powerful cars and guns, and took a lot of photographs, giving them a glamorous air in desperate times: the reality was more squalid, unsuccessful, petty and murderous. 
     
    There's little to suggest that they were particularly skilled or clever. For one thing, they weren't up against difficult targets or efficient, coordinated law enforcement to start with. They killed more than a dozen people to gain trifling sums. Clyde was especially fond of the Browning Automatic Rifle he stole, a seriously powerful firearm which he clearly considered a status symbol, but honestly their main weapons seem to have been desperation and ruthlessness. 
     
    The truth is they weren't "pulp" in an action/adventure way at all, from their harsh individual lives until their deaths together. I'm not sure I'd want to feature them in a game other than as news from elsewhere. 
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    Tjack got a reaction from Matt the Bruins in Foods for those that just don't care anymore   
    While here in the U.S. Asians are going through the same kind of discrimination.  Ignorance, fear and stupidity know no borders.
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    Tjack got a reaction from Steve in Bonnie and Clyde   
    “Lucky”?   All things considered, not so much.   If you want to pump them up to fit your campaign, go right ahead, but in real life they were both a couple of ill educated borderline sociopaths.  The Great Depression brought out the worst in a lot of people and the best in many others.  When you look at B & C just think of two high school dropouts pulling into a highway gas stations, robbing the place and killing everybody inside.  The guy at the counter, the mom getting a soda...whoever.
      It is said that “comedy is just tragedy plus time.”  Maybe brutality plus time equals fame.
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    Tjack got a reaction from Lawnmower Boy in Foods for those that just don't care anymore   
    GROSS!!!!  DISGUSTING FILTH!!!!    What kind of subhuman fool puts ketchup on a hot dog!!!!
     
                    This is humor, please don’t write me to defend your sins.    (tongue placed firmly in cheek)
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    Tjack got a reaction from novi in Who would make a good team mentor?   
    The original version of Seeker might make a good choice for that role.  He was always very well connected and had a good temperament what with that whole seeking seeking the ultimate question/ the “glow” thing. 
     Put Mel Gibson in a wheelchair for a character reference your players can latch onto immediately and you’re good to go.
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    Tjack got a reaction from Amorkca in Where to start   
    Once you decide on what version of our beloved system you want to work with, and what platform you’ll be using in our time of social distance then you get yourself a big butterfly net and a big stick and hunt up some players.
      These are non trivial problems, especially these days. After all that you need to start deciding what genre both you want to run and have in your head for the foreseeable future but also one that fires up the imagination of the group. The negotiations may not be fun but they are vital.  I’ve seen perfectly good games crash and burn because either GM’s or players felt forced into doing something that was supposed to be fun.
       Try coming up with a few different styles of game that you will enjoy (Golden Age wacky, Dark Champions, Hard SF Future, whatever) then present them to your potential team and see what they say.  Even if they turn them all down you’ll get a better sense of what they do want.  Remember, it’s almost impossible to get this many people to all enthusiastically agree on what to have for lunch. So don’t be discouraged if this process takes a while, it WILL be worth it all in the long run.
     After you’ve got the genre, the power level, the set up and level of seriousness worked out then you get the joys of going one on one with these choosy buggers to come up with characters. (Keep that big stick handy.) The alternate choice is to hand out pre written characters. An option that has gone very well for other GM’s but I never had much luck with it on either side of the screen.
      When all of that work and aggravation is done you retreat to your fortress of solitude and begin to spin the tales of amazing adventure that you will present to your waiting and eager audience.
       Best of luck, you’ll need it, but it WILL all be worth it.
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    Tjack reacted to Gnome BODY (important!) in Who would make a good team mentor?   
    Why not Foxbat? 
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    Tjack got a reaction from pawsplay in Swords in science fiction -- why?   
    Swords may not be used by modern soldiers,  but knives certainly are.  Part of every country’s military training is knife work.  From silent kills to “what to do when you’re out of ammo.” how to handle a blade is considered vital.
       Swords just aren’t part of most modern cultures, but if they started becoming seriously used by one, than everybody else would have to take them up again since few hand to hand weapons can match them for deadliness.
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    Tjack got a reaction from assault in Who would make a good team mentor?   
    The original version of Seeker might make a good choice for that role.  He was always very well connected and had a good temperament what with that whole seeking seeking the ultimate question/ the “glow” thing. 
     Put Mel Gibson in a wheelchair for a character reference your players can latch onto immediately and you’re good to go.
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    Tjack got a reaction from Matt the Bruins in Coronavirus   
    Mine wasn’t as awful as I’d heard. The prep was unpleasant but I just stocked up on TP,  baby wipes, magazines and a Tom Clancy novel. Those things are the size of a brick.
        The procedure itself was like being at a college party.  Somebody I didn’t know gave me a pill to swallow. I felt sleepy and while I was out cold I was violated and filmed.
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    Tjack reacted to mallet in Alternative To Death   
    I once ran a Weird West campaign where I built a bunch of pre-made powers and abilities the players could buy.
     
    One of them was called "Back in Black". It was basically a "get out of death" power. Resurrection Healing with triggers and a bunch of limitations, etc... to make it cheap. It was a one use ability (once used it was gone for good; one charge never recovers) but could be re-bought with xp. But one of the limitations was a side-effect where whenever a player came back from the dead using this ability they gained a new complication that altered their character in some dark/sinister way. Some examples were: Will now only dress in black clothing, can only speak in a whisper, the killing wound never fully heals (no loss of BODY, but always seeping/bleeding, needs to always be bandaged), crows are always circling nearby, etc... (there were a bunch more, but i can't remember them right now). 
     
    So basically the Players could come back from death (if they bought the ability each time), but each time they did they would become darker, and darker and more ominous as their complications kept adding up.  
     
     
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    Tjack got a reaction from sinanju in Coronavirus   
    Mine wasn’t as awful as I’d heard. The prep was unpleasant but I just stocked up on TP,  baby wipes, magazines and a Tom Clancy novel. Those things are the size of a brick.
        The procedure itself was like being at a college party.  Somebody I didn’t know gave me a pill to swallow. I felt sleepy and while I was out cold I was violated and filmed.
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    Tjack got a reaction from Ternaugh in Coronavirus   
    Mine wasn’t as awful as I’d heard. The prep was unpleasant but I just stocked up on TP,  baby wipes, magazines and a Tom Clancy novel. Those things are the size of a brick.
        The procedure itself was like being at a college party.  Somebody I didn’t know gave me a pill to swallow. I felt sleepy and while I was out cold I was violated and filmed.
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    Tjack reacted to Bazza in Coronavirus   
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    Tjack reacted to Bazza in Coronavirus   
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    Tjack reacted to Iuz the Evil in Coronavirus   
    I'm thinking the citizens of Germany follow direction from governmental authority. It's a cultural norm. Very advantageous in the current situation. 
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    Tjack reacted to Old Man in Coronavirus   
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