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  1. Personally, I found Champions Complete difficult to learn the game as a newcomer. I would suggest buying the 6E Basic Rules as well. Start there. Then read Champions Complete.
  2. Thanks@Lee! The reason I ask is that in trying to learn the rules, I want to be sure I'm not missing something. The typos (inevitable ...) can be confusing in that way.
  3. Feedback on the below would be helpful and appreciated: A character has a multiform--a huge jaguar. After she transforms from a human into the jaguar, the jaguar personality takes over, which is sentient and loosely connected to the human character. So there is some loss of control, but she's not "Enraged." Like the Hulk in the recent Marvel movies, it's difficult for her to transform back into her human form. It's effortful and external factors can help to make it more likely (e.g., friends' encouragement). So, the idea is that she can change into the jaguar willingly, but it enta
  4. That's for the two big books, right? Not the Basic Rulebook. But correct me if I'm mistaken.
  5. If anyone is aware of, or comes across, any corrections to the basic rules 6E, consider adding them to this errata doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZorYAciv9CVRrKTXMewK8berQW_rmniHv4m4sGkqFko/edit?usp=sharing
  6. If I want to speed up and simplify combat action a few seconds for newcomers (including me as GM), how about: For normal damage, instead of calculating BODY by counting up the dice, use the number of dice rolled. (BR 6E, p. 101 points out “The number of BODY done is usually close to the number of dice rolled.”) For killing damage, instead of using 1/2d6 to determine STUN, use x2 (x1.75 rounded up).
  7. @Panpiper and others in this thread (or anyone), can you point me to HERO resources to complement this helpful guidance? Do any resources have a fantastic step by step by step guide to creation of a well-rounded complete character: First do this, (consider x,y,z), then do this (...), then do this (...), .... I own the Basic Rules 6E and Champions Complete, and I’d buy something else to get the guide, including a book for a different HERO genre. If there are no official resources like this, is there other information you’d point me to here? Thx!
  8. So, I have a plan! For me and my brain, the original Champions Attack equation and explanation of the Attack equation is more intuitive than that in in later editions, so I'm going to stick with the original. Thanks, all.
  9. No, this helps a ton-- What you wrote makes sense. I get your point about comparing Attacks to the Skills Roll.... I checked out the original Champions as well: "The basic chance to make an attack role is 11 or less. If the character rolls 11 or less on 3d6, [their] attack has hit the target. If the character rolls 12 or more, [their] attack has missed. This Attack Roll varies according to circumstances. There are a number of modifiers to a character's attack roll...." The character modifies their chance to hit by their attacking skill (OCV) less their targe
  10. This may be a failing on my part, I'll readily admit! Try as I might, I just can't "get" the roll-under approach to combat. However I look at the math, I can't see a story; I can't explain how the math relates to "real" life. Human beings have an innate sense for math, patterns and want information to make sense. The HERO-standard equation just doesn't make sense to this human being (i.e., me). Attacker's OCV + 11 - 3d6 = the DCV the Attacker Can Hit - I'm lost. I believe I can rewrite the above as OCV + 11 - 3d6 ≥ DCV. Playing around with the equation, I ge
  11. Hey, there - I posted something to the Fantasy thread that I worry is gonna get overlooked. :) It relates to your FH Basics book. Would you mind sharing your thoughts there or here?

     

     

    1. drunkonduty

      drunkonduty

      Hi there. :-)

       

      Thanks for taking an interest in Fantasy HERO Basic.

       

      So to explain my little document. It was inspired by a thread started here about 2 years ago by Brian Stanfield (you'll find he's a regular and thoughtful contributor to these forums) about introducing new players to HERO. The idea was to write something that would make HERO more easily accessible to new players. And Fantasy Hero Basic is my take on that.

       

      I tried to present HERO in ways that made it easier to understand. One thing I did was to rearrange the equation for determining attacks and skills in order to make it a "roll high" equation. It's mathematically the same as the "roll under" version used in the official rules.

       

      The reason I did this is that many beginners are confused by the idea of rolling low for attacks and skills but rolling high for damage. In my personal experience, and in most of the anecdotal experiences I've read/heard about, this is a common problem for new players. By changing to "roll high" I hope to take out one thing that is a barrier to entry.

       

      I made a few other changes. Armour Piercing comes to mind. I took an idea from one of the forum threads here and applied it. It's simpler if not as flexible.

       

      One more thing: FHB is intended as a Low Fantasy rules set. Magic is not as powerful and flexible as many fantasy settings you'll have seen. 

       

      Again, thanks for taking an interest. I'm happy to answer any questions you have about it.

       

      Cheers,

      Glen.

    2. jfg17

      jfg17

      Cool. 

       

      What you recommend one start with your guide ... then  go onto FHC or onto FH 6th Ed, or a different sequence?

       

      Yeah - I pretty sure I'm going to use roll over as part of my house rules for combat. I do think the mathematical results are a little different between the  two equations, but close enough. It's just a game, not a bridge. :)

    3. drunkonduty

      drunkonduty

      My intent was to take the rules as presented in FHC and make them into something playable out of the box. So yeah, I'm recommending starting with FHB.

       

      Honestly, I think the FHC is more a set of rules about how to make a set of rules. IIRC, it has a few example spells and some example equipment, then tells you to go out and build your own. And that's fine, but it's hard work. I think that once a player has a good idea of the basics of how the game runs in play they will be able to understand the rules in FHC. You could use FHC to create mods for your game. But there's no need to use it.

       

      I haven't read FH 6e so I can't comment on it one way or another.

       

      Roll over - yeah... I keep going over it in my head and I can never be quite sure if I'm off by 1. Maths is hard. 😞 Another thought I've had since publishing is changing the base target number to 10. Partly because it's easier to add to 10. Partly because as someone said on the forums a while back "it's more fun to succeed at stuff."

  12. How would you recommend one use the free Fantasy Hero Basic 1.1.0 doc, available in the downloads section, alongside FHC and FH 6th Edition? and what is the history/background to the twist on the combat rules in that doc on page 70? “If the attacker’s total equals or exceeds the defender’s total the attack has hit. Offensive Combat Value + roll compared to Defensive Combat Value +11 “
  13. What’s the difference between, and how would one use, Fantasy Hero Complete versus Fantasy Hero 6th Edition? Thx.
  14. In the combat example, for segment 4, why is “22” subtracted from 13, why not “20” (Defender‘s ED)? Thx.
  15. Super-helpful to know about this example as I refine my plan. I bet that in doing this advance work, I'll learn most of what I need to run an initial game as well!
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