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  1. I thought so, but the ambiguity was there.
  2. Is that 400 points (including Complications) or 475 points (400 + 75 from Complications?)
  3. Ant-Man would be to the land what Aquaman is to the oceans.
  4. If you want an already designed version of this, I suggest Steve Perrin's "The Star-Devourer". The Champions stats are 2e/3e, but conversion is trivial, if not unnecessary. Incidentally, it's one of the finest Batman/Superman-type scenarios ever published. The Awesome character gets to play with the monster while the Normal-ish character gets to solve the problem.
  5. Unless there were supers present, obviously.
  6. I was thinking the Elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Surprise!
  7. As always, Terry Pratchett was the master of naturalistic place names. Even when he was making jokes he was creating places where people would actually live. Beyond that, it doesn't hurt to look at actual ports. Even those with relatively short histories have history, society and geography baked into them. Why is this area known as Lady Furgnell's Chair? Because....
  8. I was thinking of their warehouses, and where their ships dock: "Medici Wharf" or "East India Docks" - that kind of thing. More generally, a neighbourhood can take on the name of the most prominent feature - "down by the Arsenal" can become "the Arsenal".
  9. All you need to know about Queensland: Historically, we were known as the Deep North. We developed punk bands independently from the US, and before the UK. If somewhere is awful enough, young people will find a way to rebel against it culturally. While there is no chance whatsoever of me ever writing Champions Down Under, Champions of Queensland might be an option. It would have worked better in the 80s, since we're a bit too civilized now.
  10. Is there a naval base? If so, it is likely to be quite large, and very secure. (Don't want people setting your ships on fire!) Religious foundations can be important, even without an specific Sea God. You could have a Christian-style church dedicated to the patron saint of seafarers, which could give its name to a local area (parish). It might also have a hostel for retired/injured sailors, and so on. If there are significant numbers of foreigners in a particular area, it could be named for them. Important brokerages and merchant houses could give their names to a neighbourhood/street.
  11. The actual glitch with Brigade is that policing in Australia is organized at the State and Territory level, aside from the Australian Federal Police, which is a topic in its own right. Mayors have no authority over police, there is no "Sydney Police Chief" and in any case Sydney is divided into numerous local councils, of which the City of Sydney (and thus the Mayor of Sydney) is just one. This would, of course, be pointed out in a hypothetical Champions Down Under. Also, there is a colony of penguins in Sydney Harbour. Thinking about it, it would be easier to do Champions of New Zealand. There is less existing canon, and you get to play around with great chunks of the Pacific. It's a shame I've never been there.
  12. One thing Champions of the North has for it is a clear underlying concept. It's not always easy to come up with that. For Australia, the disparity between its large area and highly concentrated, urbanized population could be a key factor. The cities are pretty Brand X modern, "western", English speaking places, but the Outback is a big nowhere. The local heroes could probably take care of urban super crime, but the stuff in the weird places is likely to be weirder. Then again, writers who aren't Scott Bennie might be better served not trying to be Scott Bennie and just do their own thing. One thing that is consistent across all the international books, regardless of edition, is that most of their page count is character sheets. It's that bit at the front which is challenging.
  13. Hasn't tried to kill you... yet.
  14. Never had a snake try to kill me either, but I still wouldn't poke one with a stick.
  15. Aside from Texans.
  16. The biggest issue with writing such books is: what is important? It wouldn't be all that hard to pad out a bunch of pages with Wikipedia-grade fluff, and then stick a bunch of characters at the back. (If I was feeling uncharitable, I could say something unkind about the Champions International chapters here.) Writing about culture, what visiting PCs might notice as different, and how not to create offensive stereotypes is the hard part. And then, if you want to incorporate the book into the Champions Universe setting, you have to navigate the already existing material, some of which is likely to be a bit off. But that's part of the point of the book. --- Specific glitches in the existing material about Australia: Walkabout's name. Brigade having been deputized by the Mayor of Sydney, which gives him the authority to issue parking tickets in a few inner city suburbs. (Watch out, Foxbat!)
  17. Points at Texas, and snickers. --- In area, Texas is smaller than Western Australia, Queensland, the Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales. It's only bigger than Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory. Alaska is smaller than Western Australia and Queensland.
  18. The worst thing about clerical domains is it encourages "portfolio" gods. God of Something, rather than God of Somewhere. The God of Somewhere might be a Sun God, for example, but they are also likely to have a far more general role, perhaps in conjunction with a small pantheon.
  19. Legion Of Super Enhanced Renegades.
  20. I'm sure if somebody was lame enough to pay up, Eurostar would take the money, and mark their targets as soft. What's Eurostar's relationship with Monaco? Why hasn't Monaco slipped into the sea?
  21. Boring targets: power stations (and distribution grids). Dams. Bridges, road and rail tunnels, mountain passes... There are some really interesting examples of all of these in the Alps, in particular. It goes: "pay us Buckets of Money or we will destroy Target". "We don't negotiate with terrorists". "Good". Destroys Target.
  22. Doctor Scorpious, I think.
  23. Maybe. He's horribly overpowered and doesn't have any obvious "go home" buttons to push though.
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