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  1. On 6/9/2020 at 3:31 AM, Wildcat said:

    I tried to send a PM to Jason, but got a error saying 'that user wasn't accepting mesages'


    Been a week now and nothing. For a product I bought a year ago. Is this the state of things at Hero today?


    I think Jason Walters is the only one who would be handle Hero Support tickets at this point. And running Hero Games is only a small part of his overall job. So I don't know how often he checks support tickets.

  2. Amorkca, did you purchase the villain bunde or did you purchase Champions Villains 2 as a separate pack?


    I ask because my purchase of the bundle and Wildcat's purchase of the bundle were many years apart and we both have the same issue. And I'm just wondering if the  Villains 2 Character Pack sold separately is actually different from the one in the bundle.


    EDIT: Also, Amorkca, does your version of the Crowns of Krim include Bloodstone and Dark Seraph?  They are missing from my version (and, I assume, from Wildcat's).

  3. I purchased the Villain Pack many years ago and never actually got around to looking at it.  I just checked it and have the same issues as Wildcat.


    It is clearly not just a matter of files being cut off because some folders have different names that what Amorkca showed. For example, in the version that Wildcat and I appear to have, the folders for the Futurists and the Crimelords are named FUTURIST and CRIMELORDS, whereas in Amorkca's version, they are named THE_CRIME-LORDS and THE_FUTURISTS.


    I will also try to get in touch with Jason about this and see about getting it fixed.


  4. If you’re using the 6th Edition template then you would build force fields using.the Resistant Protection  power as described in the 6E rules. For the 5E template, you would use the Force Field power.

  5. 22 hours ago, Pariah said:

    Proof, if any were needed, that Neil Peart was a Canadian (but maybe not a Canadien):




    I think that drum set was specially decorated for Peart's rendition of "The Hockey Theme" (formerly the Hockey NIght in Canada theme for many years before CBC lost the rights to the song) for Canadian cable sports network TSN. 



  6. On 1/10/2020 at 6:44 PM, Hermit said:


    Now THAT surprises me


    And makes me wonder if it's not going to be better than I thought


    Why does it surprise you?


    Disney has a movie with Marvel characters that they need to sell.  Unless it absolutely could not be fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, why would they leave it out? As part of the MCU, it will sell more tickets, especially since they can spin it as the introduction of mutants to that universe. 

  7. 56 minutes ago, dmjalund said:

    I'm surprised that Black Lightning episode was involved in Crisis as much as it was


    It reminded me of a lot of the Crisis tie-in issues from the time of the original series. Not necessarily a part of the main plot but a story that used the Crisis and its effects to expand on themes and plot being used in that particular series.



  8. On 11/25/2019 at 10:21 PM, assault said:


    It's interesting to examine Champions Now in that light.


    First, it's mechanically lighter than 5e/6e, mainly due to its specific genre focus, but partly because of streamlining. On the other hand, it still can't be described as light.


    Second, it pushes towards deep characterization through its Situations (Complications/Disadvantages, basically). These are more likely to be thoroughly explored in a longer game than a shorter one.


    On the other hand, it deliberately allows for a more narrativist style of play. It's not the only way to play it, but it's there.


    So it doesn't really fit the model above.


    Another issue it has is that it is hard to provide supporting products for it. It has a very strong DIY ethos, which such products would tend to undermine. In fact, I suspect that in order to do so, a fairly conscious rejection/modification of that ethos might be necessary.


    So it has "niche product" written all over it. A shame, because it's good.

    Champions Now is what Ron Edwards wants Champions to be. Nothing more. Nothing less.

  9. DoJ was formed to buy Hero Games from Cybergames. DoJ published 5e and lots of books. Those books stopped selling. To try and increase sales, they put out 6e. 6e didn't sell well enough and a decision was made at DoJ to de-emphasize Hero and focus on Indie Press Revolution which DoJ had purchased after handling much of IPR's warehousing and order processing. This was the point at which Darren Watts parted ways with the company and Steve Long was no longer full time as the Hero line developer. I think that was around the end of 2011. So, it's been about 8 years since the HERO System was really the focus of DoJ. We're about where things were in the late 90s (maybe a little better), but unless there are changes in priority at DoJ or they sell the system to a group that does what DoJ did in the early 2000s, it's probably best to consider Hero System to be a fringe RPG system that is largely being propped up with what is basically fan material.


    Is there hope? Personally, I doubt it. Other than D&D, which is always more of an exception than a rule, are there really any other traditional RPGs for which companies are publishing regular materials. I think the increase in RPG sales is larger due to D&D and Pathfinder. Other than that, I think any increase in interest is in lighter and more narrative driven systems.  That, and tailored indie-style RPGs which are really designed to give players a specific experience and not really for long-term campaign play --- more something you pull out, generate characters, and play for a few hours to create a specific type of story.

  10. On 10/31/2019 at 2:32 PM, slikmar said:

    Biggest problem that DC has with their reboots, especially since that first one which was pretty good, is that they can't seem to go all out in it. Writers come in, and rather then rein them in, the writers want to have their cake and eat it too, wanting a reboot BUT wanting to use big events in the DC history (like Killing Joke or Death of Superman). If they are going to reboot at somepoint, then you have to sell out and say" "none of that has happened in this universe, don't reference it".

    Or fans need to be less anal retentive about continuity.

  11. 14 hours ago, Fedifensor said:

    Arrow's previous season finale showed the Monitor meeting Felicity several years in the future, and taking her to Oliver.  It implied that she would die in the process, as she wouldn't be able to come back.  In the comic version of Crisis, the Monitor dies.

    My prediction:  That wasn't the Monitor meeting Felicity.  My guess is that the Monitor dies during Crisis and Oliver takes his place, keeping it secret so his family and friends wouldn't be targeted.  It would be the only way Oliver can get a happy ending.

    We can all come back to this thread in a few months and laugh about how I got this wrong...

    Perhaps. I was assuming that Ollie and Felicity end up in a pocket dimension for some reason, similar to Earth 2 Superman and Lois in the COIE comic. This is based on the idea that like Earth 2 Superman, Ollie is the first hero of his universe. 



    On 10/19/2019 at 1:28 PM, Christopher R Taylor said:

    Its a lot easier to write soap opera side stories and subplots than actual gripping adventure.  Plus, its a lot cheaper to have the protagonist in regular clothes hanging out talking rather than in costume out doing deeds of heroism.  Nobody needs to train or practice fight choreography, nobody needs to be paid to come up with the fight choreography or do the stunts, etc.


    Some people like the soap opera. I know I certainly prefer the lightness and soap opera of CW's DC shows to the Netflix Marvel shows. I've always viewed comic books as soap operas with action. And when I've run Champions, my emphasis was always on character interaction and the character stories. In at least one convention event, I have asked players if they made if we skip the battle to get on with the story. No one has ever objected. To each their own.

  13. On 10/21/2019 at 1:35 PM, zslane said:

    The American New Wave of cinema was a counter-argument to the mainstream Hollywood assumption that movies should, above all else, be entertaining. Auteurs were free to "send a message" to the audience so long as the movies were entertaining enough to make money for the studio, but being smart, insightful, and/or socially relevant was never the main priority. I can see why these guys would be feeling all out of sorts with Marvel movies because it surely feels to them like the re-ascendance of the Hollywood ethos they worked so hard to undermine half a century ago.


    Yeah, I think you may have hit the nail on the head with this one. The Marvel Studios approach to fim-making has a lot of similarities to the old Hollywood studio system. 

  14. 15 hours ago, Cassandra said:

    The original mini-series was designed to bring all of DC's characters onto a single Earth.  This required the elimination of a number of characters (Supergirl, Flash, Huntress, Aquagirl, etc.) and revising the entire history of the DC Universe.  They were going for a single continuity along the lines of what Marvel was known for back then.


    Of course, it failed. 


    The new versions of classic characters like Green Arrow, Wildcat, Dr. Mid-Nite, and Johnny Thunder were not embraced by the readers, and some of the changes seemed unnecessary like Black Canary's track suit instead of her fishnets and leather jacket.  In the 34 years since the Crisis DC has had to reboot it's universe more times then General Hospital has had actresses who played Carly, and the point was as hard to find as Heather Langekamp is Star Trek Into Darkness.*  (Stop me before I sub-reference again).


    *I will continue to use this joke until I get a laugh.le


    The best case scenario here is that Supergirl ends up on the same Earth as The Flash.  That's pretty much it.  So far this Crisis has cost the Arrowverse Harrison Wells and Jesse Quick from Earth 2, oh and Earth 2 as well.  And lets face it, a cosmic being who needs anyone to help him collect items and people and who plays coy with what's really going in is just a plot device.  It has inspire me to create a villain who has high defenses and teleport but with no offensive powers, just a Persuasion roll of 18-.


    This is Cassandra saying Good Night, and I told you so.


    While the attempt to consolidate DC history into one timeline did not work out, I seem to recall the the original Crisis did reinvigorate a lot of DC's creative teams and I think the work turned out in the first few years following Crisis was much more interesting than the work that had preceded it.  


    And we don't know for sure if Jesse and Harrison Wells of Earth 2 were killed or not. I believe the last we heard of Jesse was that she was filling in Jay on Earth 3. 


    Isn't the best case scenario that we get entertaining TV out of the crossover?  After all, that's all any of this is. Entertainment. 

  15. 15 minutes ago, Toxxus said:

    Hope she finds success.


    A lot of stars bail on a long running, successful series only to realize they aren't able to get a primary role of their own on another show.


    There's only 10 episodes left in the series. I doubt deciding not to stick around for those will have a major impact on her career. 


  16. I’ve got to admit that my first and only reaction to the five year gap is that it will almost certainly be largely swept under the rug. I think any fan expecting it to be dealt with in future movies, other than as a passing mention, is going to be seriously disappointed. Now, it’s possible that some writer or director will have a clever idea for a future movie that makes good creative use of the gap, but I wouldn’t count on it. 


    And as for Spider-Man: Far from Home being the last movie of Phase 3, I suspect that is more of a matter of convenience than a matter of it dealing with any lingering questions,  From what I’ve heard (and I could be wrong), Marvel will be revealing Phase 4 at Comic-Con, so it was probably easier to simply say that SM:FFH was part of Phase 3 rather than say that Phase 4 had already begun when they make the big announcement, especially if the movie has little to do any ongoing arc they may be using for that Phase.

  17. 14 hours ago, Bazza said:

    Above article* postulates that if all of Peter’s classmates were part of the Fallen, then having be returned to living, would all be in the same situation as Peter, thus no 5 year plot hole with them in college and Peter still in school. 


    A bit bit of a reach, sure, but it is an explanation. 


    * Avengers: Endgame – 8 revelations about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe


    Well, as I mentioned earlier in this thread, they do seem to show Queens as being fairly deserted.


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