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    pawsplay reacted to Terminax in What are Eurostar's strategy, logistics, operations, and tactics?   
    I think I feel the same as the OP, in wanting better guidance with Eurostar because they feel awfully clunky as is. I shared Eurostar's backstory with several European friends (Dutch, French, German, Polish and Spanish) and they were all pretty much of the opinion "These must be the creation of an American, with no understanding at all about Europe except to make insulting stereotypes and give them the thinnest of backgrounds." so I couldn't get them to give me any input on how to flesh them out better.
     
    At my table, Eurostar is usually setup more of a dark mirror supervillain team to the player's superheroes. They have all the power that any superhero group could want, but instead of doing good with it they act as a destructive force. Europe is portrayed as a mostly already ordered place with Eurostar as a significant threat on the continent, actually a step below VIPER and counterparts to real world situations like Brexit, the Ukrainian/Russian tensions and the (refugee/"worker") migration from Africa, the Middle East and Asia. (I prefer to fictionalize real-world conflicts a bit, in order to give space to my players to not feel they are getting political discussion pressed on them.) Anyhow, Eurostar is less grim dark terror and more professional thuggery. Interfere in their plans, and they WILL come after you. I have mostly adopted the 6E version of the group, with the exception that I had the 4E version White Flame and Whip killed rather than Bora and the Whip by VIPER and replaced by Scorpia and Feurmacher. I've also expanded the team with three more members: Výrobca - a dieselpunk engineer/magical smith who commands a force of magical constructs/vehicles from Slovakia, Cadavru - a cold war era "zombie" super soldier from Romania, the Extremist (Szélsőséges in Hungarian, and no I don't make anyone try to say it!) - a superboy clone from Hungary who survived on the mean streets of Budapest as a gang member until his powers grew in his later teenage years and he suddenly went on a rampage killing friends, rivals, criminals and law enforcement alike before Fiacho got his (and Mentalla's mind control) claws into him. Eurostar also has a small agent corps, split between infiltrators and a cadre of terrorists/soldiers - somewhat increased in capability and numbers since the end of the Eurostar-VIPER war. In their last use in a campaign, they massacred a governmental team of Turkish supers while conducting attacks across the country before retreating back into Europe causing the Turkish government to collapse and be replaced by an anti-EU military junta and a hardening of the borders. Turkey's sole surviving super, a poor man's Iron Man tried to go after Eurostar himself but got torn in two by the Extremist while flying illegally through Europe.
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    pawsplay reacted to DShomshak in What are Eurostar's strategy, logistics, operations, and tactics?   
    Well, Conquerors, Killers and Crooks gave three plot seeds for 5e Eurostar. To paraphrase:
     
    1. Buy a cloned army from Teleios with which to attempt an outright conquest of a smaller European country. (Or at least one with weak military resources.) Their attempt to conquer Poland failed; this time, maybe Romania.
     
    2. Set up an enormous counterfeiting operation and use the funny money to buy up all the assets they can. Then leak the truth to destabilize European economies.
     
    3. Steal 8 Russian nukes and threaten to destroy a city a month unless governments surrender to them.
     
    One of the plot seeds for Fiacho has him stealing tech to create a bioweapon, because he thinks a plague would make it easier to conquer Europe.
     
    Dean Shomshak
     
     
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    pawsplay got a reaction from Christopher R Taylor in Which Viper?   
    There is an actual Cobra figure called the VIPER. I tend to dislike any depiction that looks too much like this because of the strong association I have:
     
     

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    pawsplay reacted to Chris Goodwin in Character concepts class systems can't cover   
    Here's another one.  
     
    Burned out wizard:  This is someone who knows a lot of spells, but has lost all of their magical ability in some way.  They probably have a lot of knowledge of magic-adjacent subjects: magical theory, magical creatures, spell components... but they can't actually cast.  May have picked up a few combat skills to protect themselves.  Probably acting as a magical teacher, possibly to an apprentice-level PC.  
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    pawsplay reacted to Christopher R Taylor in How common are Total Psychological Complications?   
    Code vs Killing almost always is restricted to your own species.  CvK doesn't usually mean can kill NOTHING but it means "cannot kill people".  Superheroes routinely slaughter monstrous aliens without blinking an eye because they're clearly just monsters.
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    pawsplay reacted to Opal in How common are Total Psychological Complications?   
    I feel like it'd extend to sentient creatures, and to pets and even cute fluffy animals, in a setting where there are other sentient species and the like, which is most conventional supers, IMHO.
     
    But, sure, non-sentient robots & monsters, go for it, like an old Sat morning cartoon. 
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    pawsplay reacted to Christopher R Taylor in How common are Total Psychological Complications?   
    Even superman wipes out aliens without blinking despite himself being from off planet.
     
    In the Superman vs Muhammad Ali comic he destroys an alien armada including all the aliens on board, for example.  When they did the big summer Invasion event all the superheroes wiped out lots of aliens.  Its like a comic book loophole to codes vs Killing.
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    pawsplay got a reaction from armadillo in Which Viper?   
    I sometimes hear opinions that seem to treat reading a module as a cardinal sin. That's a huge assumption, though, that someone intends cheating. A lot of people read a lot of modules because they mostly GM. If you want a module to be fresh, especially one published decades ago, you should be tweaking elements of it.
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    pawsplay got a reaction from drunkonduty in What are Eurostar's strategy, logistics, operations, and tactics?   
    One way they could further their goals while generating operational funds is to buy up something like commodities or stocks, then smashing the competition.
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    pawsplay got a reaction from Cancer in Character concepts class systems can't cover   
    Big RPG publishers hate websites for the same reason Amazon hates unions. They don't want a place for the fans to gather together and exchange culture without the filter of monetization.
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    pawsplay got a reaction from AlgaeNymph in Superheroes: the Tacit Warrior Elite   
    Superheroes are shamans. They adopt a special role, often using a special name, maybe with an animal theme. Their purpose is to protect their communities from supernatural beings. In their mode of dress and behavior, they stand apart from ordinary people.
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    pawsplay got a reaction from drunkonduty in Superheroes: the Tacit Warrior Elite   
    Superheroes are shamans. They adopt a special role, often using a special name, maybe with an animal theme. Their purpose is to protect their communities from supernatural beings. In their mode of dress and behavior, they stand apart from ordinary people.
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    pawsplay got a reaction from Opal in Superheroes: the Tacit Warrior Elite   
    Superheroes are shamans. They adopt a special role, often using a special name, maybe with an animal theme. Their purpose is to protect their communities from supernatural beings. In their mode of dress and behavior, they stand apart from ordinary people.
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    pawsplay got a reaction from Lorehunter in Superheroes: the Tacit Warrior Elite   
    Superheroes are shamans. They adopt a special role, often using a special name, maybe with an animal theme. Their purpose is to protect their communities from supernatural beings. In their mode of dress and behavior, they stand apart from ordinary people.
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    pawsplay got a reaction from Christopher R Taylor in Modern Champions   
    I'm pretty sure not driving is just selling back your Everyman TF.
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    pawsplay got a reaction from IndianaJoe3 in Modern Champions   
    Another thing about cellphones worth noting is that you can't have a secret identity and have one. Apart from collecting all sorts of identifying information, cell phones are easily cracker, and the hacker can access not only your data but your camera and microphone. So a superhero in their costumed identity could at most use a prepaid "burner" phone.
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    pawsplay reacted to Greywind in Modern Champions   
    And after that, in a Team-Up with the Invisible Girl, in one of Johnny's cars, she made him drive. After it was all over she asked what was wrong. He told her that he can't drive.
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    pawsplay reacted to HeroGM in "Fantasy Hero Complete" or "Fantasy Hero 6th Edition"   
    I see it as this. As the GM I have the full books (6e vol1&2 and Fantasy) - my players can go through this option or get the Complete book with the understanding I may using things not in their book, and will advise them as such as part of my Campaign notes.
     
    "For Mystara Hero I will be using these from the Core books plus APG1.....Class and Race packages are Xxxx(pg REF).... Magic is written as....."
     
    I try not to be crunchy or a rules lawyer, I just want a clean game with as little debating as possible.
     
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    pawsplay reacted to Christopher R Taylor in Modern Champions   
    Yeah and that's the idea I had that led to posting this thread: what was once amazing and super powered stuff is now mundane and ordinary.  I wrote both The Island of Dr Destroyer and the upcoming Champions Begins with the assumption that every superhero is also carrying around a smart phone of some sort (probably a cheap disposable so they can't be tracked in their secret identity, but still)
     
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    pawsplay got a reaction from Lee in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Lincoln didn't end the practice of slavery. He condoned it for years during the war. The Emancipation Proclamation affected only rebels. Lincoln was okay with letting Black people pay the price with their bodies and freedoms to maintain the Union.
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    pawsplay reacted to Lord Liaden in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    It's an arguable case. But I'm confident Lincoln did what he believed was needed for the greater good of the country. Donald Trump does nothing unless it benefits himself, and everything else be damned. Trump embodies one of Abraham Lincoln's more famous statements: "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." In that regard I expect Lincoln would have held Trump in contempt.
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    pawsplay reacted to BigJackBrass in Urban Hero   
    My preference is for more of a Charles de Lint style, I think. Buffy and its ilk seem to suck all the magic out of the idea of adding magic to the world. 
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    pawsplay reacted to Lord Liaden in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Right now we're seeing Republican administrations in states across America trying to suppress access to voting, because votes mean victory, and they're terrified that without cheating they won't win. We're also seeing broad-based corporate pushback against that legislation, which they're framing as a matter of principle; but there's no reason to expect corporate America as a whole suddenly developed a conscience. They know these laws are unpopular with the majority of Americans, and if they don't get onside condemning them their sales will suffer. So now the bought politicians have to answer to their corporate owners.
     
    The American public does have power, even over those with money, because that's ultimately where their money comes from. The public just has to be smart enough and committed enough to exercise it.
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    pawsplay reacted to Lord Liaden in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    When it comes to evil people with power, that's endemic to the whole world. I would say America is much less susceptible to that than the majority of countries. The system is a good one, but it's been subverted by many of those tasked with preserving it who just want to exploit it for their own benefit, and a public which hasn't been assiduous enough in holding those people to account.
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    pawsplay got a reaction from Opal in Modern Champions   
    One thing I learned is that police often used secure communication devices, and sometimes agencies have problems coordinating using the same technology.
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