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    Toxxus got a reaction from Steve Long in The Turakian Age is Seriously Underrated   
    If you like that campaign style you will find the Pathfinder adventure path War for the Crown to be particularly interesting.
     
    It thoroughly mixes in royal balls, senatorial intrigue, exploration and a modest chunk of combat.  It is a very nice change of pace from dungeon crawl heavy runs like Dungeon of the Mad Mage.
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    Toxxus got a reaction from Phantomxistance in D&D 5e conversions   
    To mitigate this difference in systems I have been handing the players 5pts per session +/- 1 point based on goal progression.  This allows characters to advance at a pace that feels more commensurate with D&D style games.
     
    My current Saturday group is in book 5 of 6 of the War for the Crown adventure path and they have gone from 125pts to 270pts.  This is working out pretty well in terms of difficulty with the tier 3 monsters they are encountering.
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    Toxxus got a reaction from Khas in Penetrating Attacks and Partial Dice 5th Ed Rev   
    So 1 PIP is both cheaper and 100% reliable vs. the more expensive and only 50% reliable 1/2d6 ??
     
    That makes no sense at all.  I would houserule that instantly.
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    Toxxus got a reaction from Enforcer84 in How Dungeons And Dragons Somehow Became More Popular Than Ever   
    5th edition really simplified the game to the point where normals could play it.
     
    Additionally, the original players had enough time to grow up, raise families and have kids that were now old enough to play it with them.
     
    Add to that the absolute smashing success that Critical Role turned into and it exploded beyond anyone's expectations.
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    Toxxus got a reaction from PhilFleischmann in Early editions: House rules?   
    Firstly, I like the rule and this is largely tongue-in-cheek.  I am myself a black belt and have broken many boards and concrete blocks over the years and even a brick once.
     
    Secondly, martial artists do these things using the following skills (in order of importance)
    1-  Deception:  Most of the things they are breaking are either very breakable (pine vs. oak) or arranged in a way to maximize breakability (concrete slabs with spacers on the outer edges).
    2-  Fitness:  A huge part of being a functional martial artist is being stronger and faster than your untrained counter-parts.  Lose the fitness and your many skills mean almost nothing at all.
    3-  Conditioning:  By slamming your fists, shins and knuckles into hard objects on a repeat basis you eventually increase bone density and this helps a lot when it comes to not breaking your bones on the aforementioned objects.
     
    Still, replace a stack of lame pine boards (I've broken 2 at once holding them by my finger tips while hitting with my free hand) with a single 1" thick piece of Oak and you'd see nothing but broken hands.
     
    It's cheap stage magic folks and I say that as a former member of the cheap stage magicians guild. 
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    Toxxus got a reaction from dgulledge in HERO System Mobile   
    HERO Designer is a GMs dream.  You can construct characters for your players very quickly and build out your other NPCs at a greatly enhanced pace.
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    Toxxus got a reaction from ScottishFox in How do I make a character buoyant?   
    I would cut back on exercise completely while combining a large intake of carbs, fat and alcohol.
     
    Deep dish supreme pizzas and beer - several times a day - will have them buoyant in no time...
     

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    Toxxus got a reaction from Khas in Sell me on Hero System   
    If you've been playing D&D 5th Ed for several years (especially the dumbed-down Adventurer's League version) then here are some things you'll get from Fantasy HERO:
    1-  Hit locations - These really spice up the randomness of combat.
    2-  Realistic Armor Interactions - Armor makes you safer at the cost of being slower, clumsier and easier to hit.
    3-  Monsters and Enemies are scary - The unlimited build potential for villains means players can't rely on their innate knowledge of the Monster Manual to know what is happening.  Each creature can be a terrifying and unique thing with custom powers.
    4-  Character Creation is INCREDIBLY open-ended.  There are endless character concepts you just can't do in D&D.  In HERO - You can do them.  My Current saturday group:  Fire sorceress (pretty straight forward), a witcher built on the Witcher 3 model, Udyr from League of Legends, an Air Bender, a dwarven explosives expert and a dragon born priest with powers based on cold
    5-  Combat overall feels more engaging with a larger number of moves and a limited number of hit points.  Did you take an arrow - in the eye?  You're down and dying.  Weapons are actually scary.
     
    The only REAL drawback about HERO that my players continue to gripe about is that character creation is painfully open-ended.  They know what they want, but not how to model it.
     
    My two tables alone have resulted in at least 3-4 additional sales of Hero Designer.  Players love being able to make their character the way they imagine it and not being constrained by classes.
     
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    Toxxus got a reaction from dialNforNinja in Stun Lock   
    "A character who is Stunned or recovering from being Stunned can take no action, take no Recoveries (except a free post-Segment 12 Recovery), and is unable to move."
     
    They cannot logically be treated "the same" or you would never get to recover from being stunned.  Clearly that is not the intent.
    Similarly, I doubt the intent was that you can only recover from being stunned during the free post-Segment 12 Recovery.
     
    Even still they are not treated the same for the reasons Hugh points out above.
     
    Tactical Power Build:
    1pt NND - Mega-Scaled to planetary - defense is not already being stunned or wearing a Legion of Evil synaptic regulator, invisible power effects = "A strange malady has afflicted the world.  Anyone who suffers a stunning blow or fall - never recovers.  They are trapped in their stunned state until they die from lack of food & water.".
     
     
     
     
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    Toxxus got a reaction from dialNforNinja in Stun Lock   
    To eliminate the rolling you might set the threshold equal to their REC score so that if the damage they take is equal to or less than their REC score they can recover from being stunned and only punishment in excess of REC extends the stunned duration.
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    Toxxus got a reaction from dialNforNinja in Stun Lock   
    It's right there in the wording.  They are obviously different things.
     
    Consider this:  If being stunned means you can take no Recoveries - then how do you recover from being stunned?  The only solution to this is that they are, in fact, separate game terms.
    Unless someone wants to argue that being stunned is a permanent condition.
     
    Syllogistically speaking you are choosing between two choices given the wording:
     
    A character who is Stunned can take no Recoveries.
    Recovering from being Stunned is a Recovery.
    Conclusion:  A Stunned character cannot Recover from being Stunned.
     
    OR - And I would argue more sensibly
     
    A character who is Stunned can take no Recoveries.
    Recovering from being Stunned is NOT a Recovery.
    Conclusion:  A Stunned character can recover from being stunned.
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    Toxxus got a reaction from greysword in Dare I ask . . . how much HERO do we need?   
    In modern times the 11 is unacceptable due to lack of diversity.
     
    Only the 10 is allowed.
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    Toxxus got a reaction from Ninja-Bear in Dare I ask . . . how much HERO do we need?   
    In modern times the 11 is unacceptable due to lack of diversity.
     
    Only the 10 is allowed.
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    Toxxus got a reaction from Amorkca in HS 6e is mechanically the best version of the rules; dissenting views welcome   
    It was pretty bad in the 70s and 80s.  I recall one episode of The Hulk where an elderly woman fought the Hulk to a stand still using Aikido.
     
    See, it doesn't matter that the Hulk is a 1000 pound monster that moves with terrifying speed and violence.  You just have to sidestep and use his own energy against him....
     
    I took a year of Aikido at the University of Hawaii and I promise you - this is fiction of the worst sort.
     
    A well executed Judo or Aikido move will let you do something to an opponent with a fraction of the strength to do it without technique.  But this fraction is on the order of 1/2 or 1/4.
     
    It is not the 1/50,000 you would need to do something to the Hulk.
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    Toxxus got a reaction from TranquiloUno in HS 6e is mechanically the best version of the rules; dissenting views welcome   
    I don't mind interesting match ups and I understand that some extreme characters (like The Flash) have to toss realism and consistency out the window in order for there to be a threat by non-speedsters, but it still has to feel consistent.
     
    If Spiderman is facing a completely normal 3 year old boy and gets KO'd by an angry swat on the knee - nobody is going to enjoy that story.
     
    So, creepy circus themed freaks just need a moment of backstory enhancement to justify supernatural or superhuman ability.  They have to have a reason they can hit a bullet-dodging Spiderman.
     
    I recall an equally jarring episode of Spiderman where he was facing the Punisher that had a mix of clever and stupid writing.  At one point the punisher punches himself in the chest which confuses Spiderman even though his danger sense is going off.  The sleep gas explodes from his chest compartment and it's a great surprise move.
     
    Later and this next part was unforgivably !@#$ writing by Marvel Comics - Punisher is blasting ineffectually at the agile Spiderman and somehow as Spiderman flips through the air the Punisher shoots both of his webshooters off his wrists.
     
    Spiderman complains he's been caught mid-leap and can't do anything to dodge.  Oh, I don't know, you could move your wrists one !@#$ing inch to the side??!! 
     
    So. Bad.
     
    I just want some narrative consistency.  It doesn't have to be perfect nor especially scientific, but sometimes the writers are painfully lazy and just a single tenuous excuse on how character X can now (temporarily perhaps) face character Y would go a long way.
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    Toxxus got a reaction from TranquiloUno in HS 6e is mechanically the best version of the rules; dissenting views welcome   
    It was pretty bad in the 70s and 80s.  I recall one episode of The Hulk where an elderly woman fought the Hulk to a stand still using Aikido.
     
    See, it doesn't matter that the Hulk is a 1000 pound monster that moves with terrifying speed and violence.  You just have to sidestep and use his own energy against him....
     
    I took a year of Aikido at the University of Hawaii and I promise you - this is fiction of the worst sort.
     
    A well executed Judo or Aikido move will let you do something to an opponent with a fraction of the strength to do it without technique.  But this fraction is on the order of 1/2 or 1/4.
     
    It is not the 1/50,000 you would need to do something to the Hulk.
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    Toxxus got a reaction from Doc Democracy in Dare I ask . . . how much HERO do we need?   
    In modern times the 11 is unacceptable due to lack of diversity.
     
    Only the 10 is allowed.
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    Toxxus reacted to Lord Liaden in Dare I ask . . . how much HERO do we need?   
    11 will always be a friend of mine...
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    Toxxus reacted to Doc Democracy in HS 6e is mechanically the best version of the rules; dissenting views welcome   
    My son is now 14.  He is heartily sick of my repeated response to the question of who would win between two characters...."Whoever the writer thinks will make the best story".  He has however started using it with his friends....
     

    Doc
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    Toxxus reacted to ghost-angel in HS 6e is mechanically the best version of the rules; dissenting views welcome   
    The problem with this topic is that it's trying to pin internal consistency across a genre that is inherently inconsistent; no two writers are going to keep the character 100% consistent unless forced to, and over time dozens and dozens of writers have had their hand at stories with comic characters. Any given story is probably going to be consistent, but once another writer takes over, it's not the same characters in anything but name and costume.
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    Toxxus reacted to Bazza in In other news...   
    Disney Ordered To Pay Reparations To Longtime Star Wars Fans
     
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    Toxxus got a reaction from dsatow in Toy Boy's Tazer Darts. How Would You Build Them.   
    I wouldn't buy multiple blasts.  I suggest upping the trigger advantage level so you can have multiple triggers (when removed or when Toy Boy triggers it).  The ability of the damage to hit both the original target and someone who tries to pull the dart off is covered by Sticky, imo.
     
    I wouldn't bother with the cosmetic transformation either.  It's just the special effects of the suction cup based weapon.
     
    Generally, I would recommend towards the simplest solution possible.  Over-complicating power builds is a common malady.
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    Toxxus reacted to Brian Stanfield in HS 6e is mechanically the best version of the rules; dissenting views welcome   
    If the goal was to provide professionally finished adventures and campaigns, then I absolutely agree with you. However, what I’m envisioning here is something to go on the downloads page, which is all unprofessional (for the most part), and offered up by players for use by other players. One of the most frequent complaints about 6e and HERO in general is that there aren’t any adventures available which are ready to run. Everyone on the forums has probably created adventures and larger campaigns, so if we all simply offered up our notes and character write-ups we’d have a huge pool of ready-to-go adventures. No art would be needed, nor any finished editing, just the plot points, conflicts, villains, etc. it would be an almost instant archive of adventures that people have run (and presumably enjoyed). 
     
    This is is obviously a makeshift idea at first, and completely an amateur effort, but it could become a very real and valuable resource to keep the community going. It’s just a thought. . . .
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    Toxxus got a reaction from RDU Neil in HS 6e is mechanically the best version of the rules; dissenting views welcome   
    Only because of wildly bad writing and power level inconsistency.
     
    The same spider man who can lift 5-10 tons and is fast enough to dodge bullets.  In one write-up part of spiderman's bullet dodging prowess was attributed to the fact he was so quick that he could actually see the bullets coming.
     
    Some normal judoka is going to give him any trouble at all?  Complete BS.  I have a brown belt in judo and a black belt in TKD and some other training and someone with spiderman's strength and speed would have me mutilated by the end of the first Segment 12.
     
    Rope tricks?  Against someone who can dodge bullets?  Not sure if anyone has compared the muzzle velocity of a lasso recently, but I'm betting it's 50-100x slower than a bullet.
     
    I HATED those comics.
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    Toxxus reacted to Old Man in The Turakian Age is Seriously Underrated   
    I found Dark Sun to be far more suited to Hero than to D&D.  Psionics, unarmored fighters, toxins, and magic were all better defined and balanced in Hero.  The only mechanically difficult part was the herbicidal nature of Preserver/Defiler magic, but we mostly just handwaved it since it had little effect on gameplay.
     
    Never read Al-Qadim I'm afraid.
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