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    Opal got a reaction from tkdguy in Real People Who Would have Been Supers In A Supers Universe   
    Wow, he even dresses the part.
     
    That reminds me:
     
    Edward Leedskalnin, creator of the megalithic Coral Castle, could have be a TK or brick on that basis.
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    Opal reacted to fdw3773 in Retiring from Champions/Hero System   
    I'm retiring my Champions/Hero System to focus more on other projects and want to pass on my Hero System 5th Edition book, Champions campaign materials, and figures to another fan rather than recycle them. Please send me a private message if you'd like to have them for your collection and we'll go from there in mailing them out to you. Thanks! 😀


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    Opal reacted to Sundog in Create a Villain Theme Team!   
    The Hippie
     
    Where did the Hippie come from? The '60s, man! If he ever had an identity beyond his supranym, he lost it long ago in his haze of acid and other drugs. By rights he should be well and truly dead - at any one time he has far more then a lethal dose of multiple drugs in his system. But he just keeps on going, year after year - what year is it, anyway?
    The Hippie's only real power is his regeneration, which may be the most powerful on record. He's literally been flattened by a falling wall, and when the wall was pulled back up, out he popped, good as new. Burning, acid, radiation, cold - they all affect him normally, for about a second. Then he shrugs them off and keeps doing whatever it was he was doing.
    He's not usually all that much use in a fight, but he can't stand seeing his "little animal comrades, man" threatened or hurt. He'll even get uncool about it and pull out his .44 Magnum revolver. And sometimes he even remembered to load it.
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    Opal reacted to Beast in Thoughts on this sorta multipower that is not a multipower   
    Body magical advantages
       Magical Face Hardened(4 pts):  Hardened (+1/4) for up to 45 Active Points of Resistant defenses (11 Active Points); Increased Endurance Cost (x5 END; -1*), Lockout (-1/2), Unified Power (-1/4), Costs Endurance (Only Costs END to Activate; -1/4)
       Magical defenses(pts):  (Total: 24 Active Cost, 6 Real Cost) +12 Mental Defense (12 points total) (12 Active Points); Increased Endurance Cost (x7 END; -1 1/2), Lockout (-1/2), Costs Endurance (Only Costs END to Activate; -1/4), Unified Power (-1/4) (Real Cost: 3) <b>plus</b> Power Defense (12 points) (12 Active Points); Increased Endurance Cost (x7 END; -1 1/2), Lockout (-1/2), Costs Endurance (Only Costs END to Activate; -1/4), Unified Power (-1/4) (Real Cost: 3)
       Magical Grip(9pts):  Affects Desolidified Any form of Desolidification (+1/2) for up to 55 Active Points of Strength (27 Active Points); Increased Endurance Cost (x7 END; -1 1/2), Lockout (-1/2), Unified Power (-1/4), Costs Endurance (Only Costs END to Activate; -1/4*)
       Magical Grip(5pts):  Cannot Be Escaped With Teleportation (+1/4) for up to 55 Active Points of Strength (14 Active Points); Increased Endurance Cost (x7 END; -1 1/2), Lockout (-1/2), Unified Power (-1/4), Costs Endurance (Only Costs END to Activate; -1/4*)
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    Opal reacted to DoctorImpossible in Effects of the modern world on comic book worlds.   
    Maybe that's the secret. The successful super-villains who you hear from, because they keep cropping up to do villainry, are the crazy obsessed types. There are plenty of the previously lower level but then got a power up or some training or just a sack full of treasure, who you simply stop hearing of and you tend to assume that they finally died off after Punisher found them, or got sent to the Suicide Squad, or whatever. You know, basically the word on the street is that they finally got big enough to draw too much attention for their power level/smarts and got killed. But what actually happened was that they got all they ever wanted.
     
    Somebody with the small pocket dimension powers that let them smuggle weapons and cash and stuff as a mercenary, retires once they figure out how to make a whole extra pocket universe, because instead of smuggling *an army*, they'd rather make a lot less money much more safely by simply letting supervillains retire to a pocket world mansion. 
     
    Some sort of immortal who only became a supervillain from boredom finally reaches the end of the century that they promised themselves they'd spend as a supervillain, and disappears, with nobody realising their connection to the new superhero who rises on the other side of the world, being a hero for the next hundred years.
     
     The evil wizard that everyone was so worried about finally kills their good guy archnemesis... and promptly resurrects them, joins the their team and is revealed to have been that hero's mentor all along, not having turned evil but merely trying to test the hero's worth and having found it wanting, but with potential.
     
    Basically, in a comic, heroes and villains tend to keep coming back the same as they ever have been, with any changes (even good, well-written, famously popular changes) being retconned or simply ignored by some later writers who either didn't do their research or just refuse to acknowledge the changes. 
     
    But in the real world, with those heroes and villains added, there's much more scope for long-term redemptions, or a retirement for a super-villain, or just an illegal deal actually going well.
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    Opal reacted to death tribble in Create a Villain Theme Team!   
    Zaroff
     
    This member of the group is a hunter. He takes the name from the story and film The Most Dangerous Game. While he can use a variety of weapons like bows and guns, he can set things up so that his prey falls victim to animals. He is responsible for disarming hunters and leaving them to the bears or wolves in America and disarming poachers and smugglers and leaving them to the tender mercies of Rhinos, Elephants and Lions. Zaroff has a particular hatred for anyone who hunts and kills animals and is known to be stalking that dentist who killed a lion and similar others who have become notorious.
    He has a padded costume to reduce damage from all attacks. And he is working on improved weapons to take on superheroes and villains who he deems might have harmed animals. 
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    Opal got a reaction from Lawnmower Boy in Real People Who Would have Been Supers In A Supers Universe   
    That has been a persistent theme in the genre, or at least, an old theme.  Heroes tending to be physical paragons, villains tending to be deformed (they went over that in Unbreakable, IIRC).  Part of the visual and allegorical (and 'for kids' in the sense of not expecting kids to be sophisticated thinkers) nature of the medium:  good & evil are not just in the characters' words and deeds, but obvious from their appearance.
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    Opal reacted to Badger in Genre-crossover nightmares   
    Abbott and Costello meet Dr. Who.
     
    Tell me the name of the doctor
    Who
    The Doctor!
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    Opal got a reaction from Chris Goodwin in Epic level heroes, demigods, and planeswalker player characters   
    Come to think of it, back when the BBB was current, a group did run, for a little while, a high-power supers level game, set in the distant past where the PCs were on the level of minor deities  (an Angel, a startrekkian sentient energy being, a primeval spirit ....) ... high-power supers seemed to work fine for that though it was less in the high defenses and heavy hitting and more in the weird powers and VPPs....
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    Opal reacted to death tribble in Real People Who Would have Been Supers In A Supers Universe   
    Rasputin
    Poisoned, shot and then thrown into a river to die. Could cure people (?)
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    Opal reacted to Lord Liaden in Real People Who Would have Been Supers In A Supers Universe   
    I always thought Hawking's disease would better fit the motivation for a supervillain. Bitterness, jealousy, need to overcompensate, that sort of thing.
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    Opal got a reaction from Lawnmower Boy in Real People Who Would have Been Supers In A Supers Universe   
    Howard Hughes - supposedly the inspiration for Tony Stark.
     
    Elon Musk - first eccentric industrialist since Howard Hughes to fit the bill.
     
    Which, of course, brings us to ... Tesla,  the quintessential mad scientist, reputed to control lightning with his bare hands, create force fields, interdimentional gates, intercontinental death rays, and an earthquake machine - his real inventions weren't a lot less fantastic.
    (I guess he'd work as a villain, too.)
     
    Oh, while nobody beats Uncle Al on the mystic side, Harry Houdini, either as a mystic or a super-skilled debunker (or both - shielding mankind from the supernatural terrors ...)
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    Opal reacted to death tribble in Create a Villain Theme Team!   
    The Wereleopard
     
    There are not many of them about with Werelions and Weretigers being more numerous. She is vicious and enjoys inflicting pain. She likes stalking people and killing opponents in the same way that a leopard kills prey. She is Caucasian when not in were-form and is attractive. But people are wary of her because.....there is something that is just not quite right about her. Her manners and language seem just a little off and that has saved more than a few people.
    She uses the name Julie Martin usually or some variation of Jul and M. She was the one who came because the Savior called. She works as the scout and assassin of the group. She is more of a martial artist than anything else fight related. 
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    Opal got a reaction from DShomshak in Real People Who Would have Been Supers In A Supers Universe   
    Howard Hughes - supposedly the inspiration for Tony Stark.
     
    Elon Musk - first eccentric industrialist since Howard Hughes to fit the bill.
     
    Which, of course, brings us to ... Tesla,  the quintessential mad scientist, reputed to control lightning with his bare hands, create force fields, interdimentional gates, intercontinental death rays, and an earthquake machine - his real inventions weren't a lot less fantastic.
    (I guess he'd work as a villain, too.)
     
    Oh, while nobody beats Uncle Al on the mystic side, Harry Houdini, either as a mystic or a super-skilled debunker (or both - shielding mankind from the supernatural terrors ...)
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    Opal reacted to Lord Liaden in Real People Who Would have Been Supers In A Supers Universe   
    Audie Murphy
     
    Joseph Greenstein, the Mighty Atom -- inspiration for the Golden Age DC comic hero.
     
    Uri Geller
     
    Esther Williams
     
    Katie Sandwina
     
      
     
    No coincidence that Tony's dad was named "Howard."
     
    In the comic series and movie, The Rocketeer, the title character's jet pack was a prototype designed by Hughes.
     
     
    Also a superb physical specimen in peak condition.
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    Opal got a reaction from Lord Liaden in Real People Who Would have Been Supers In A Supers Universe   
    Howard Hughes - supposedly the inspiration for Tony Stark.
     
    Elon Musk - first eccentric industrialist since Howard Hughes to fit the bill.
     
    Which, of course, brings us to ... Tesla,  the quintessential mad scientist, reputed to control lightning with his bare hands, create force fields, interdimentional gates, intercontinental death rays, and an earthquake machine - his real inventions weren't a lot less fantastic.
    (I guess he'd work as a villain, too.)
     
    Oh, while nobody beats Uncle Al on the mystic side, Harry Houdini, either as a mystic or a super-skilled debunker (or both - shielding mankind from the supernatural terrors ...)
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    Opal got a reaction from Hermit in Poll: Which 'New Start to a new Super life 'themed Campaign would you want to play in?   
    I've been missing the Cold War - never thought I'd say that - so, even at the risk of a bad Russian accent, Turncape sounds fun. You've got thriller potential, in escaping the iron curtain and proving themselves in the West, plus fish-out-of-water comic relief adapting to 70s consumer culture...
     
    They all sound good, though. 
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    Opal reacted to Clonus in Real People Who Would have Been Supers In A Supers Universe   
    Real people whose counterparts would be supers in a supers world.  
     

     
    Charles Lindbergh
        1.  Traumatized by a terrible crime, the kidnap and murder of his child.
        2.  Had the best cutting edge aviation technology of the time 
        3.  Had a flashy nickname "The Lone Eagle"
        4.  Eugenicist who allegedly also worked with Alexis Carrel a French surgeon who dreamed of improving humanity both through genetic improvement and cyborg replacement of body parts.  Helped him invented a mechanical heart valve.  
        5.  Denied the opportunity to join the military due to his Isolationist history, actually flew a few combat missions as a civilian.
     

     
    Aleister Crowley
         1.  Notorious occultist.  
         2.  Sometimes called himself "Master Therion", identifying himself with the Beast of Revelation.
         3.  Allegedly tried to summon a god into himself.  
     

     
    "Babe" Dedrikson
           1.  Fantastically versatile female athlete driven to prove herself the best at everything.
           2.  Capability almost as great as her ego.  
     

     
    Unity Mitford
     
    1.  Wealthy British socialite.
    2.  Nazi sympathiser
    3.  Inflicted severe brain injury on herself in failed suicide attempt after the outbreak of war, allowed to return to Britain.
     
     

     
    Princess Lamia bint Majid AlSaud
     
    1.  Wealthy philanthropist
    2.  Her name is Princess Lamia
     
       
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    Opal reacted to Sundog in Create a Hero Theme Team!   
    Warrior 
     
    Carl Thomas grew up in the streets of Auckland, where he saw the worst of the interactions between Maori and pakeha culture. Drunkenness, drugs and violence were a part of his life, and he grew up with a continuing lack of respect for his own Maori people. He was fortunate enough to have a pair of sensible and sober parents, but so many around him did not.
    But when he was 16, after a minor scuffle with a gang of local toughs, his parents sent Carl to live with his Aunt and Uncle in a small town on North Island. And there he saw a very different scene. Maori and pakeha lived together, in a shared culture. There were differences, but not terrible ones, and they could be worked out. There were problems, but those problems didn't look as insurmountable as they had back in the city.
    And something else happened. A car accident occurred, and a woman was trapped in the vehicle. Carl literally ripped the car apart with his bare hands to get her out.
    Since then, Carl has devoted himself to being a modern man, a modern hero, and a modern Maori. He wears comfortable, stylish clothes, but has had a full set of facial tattoos applied (which was difficult, with his steel-hard skin). He champions the traditions of his people, and also the requirements of the the modern era, and tries to stand as a symbol of what can be - a synthesis of all that is good in tradition and today.
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    Opal reacted to Quackhell in Create a Hero Theme Team!   
    Lady Marmalade 
     
    Esteban Diaz is a mutant with healing abilities. They named their superhero and drag queen persona after the burnt orange glow that accompanies use of their powers. Singing and dancing acts as a focus for Esteban's power to have greater effect. Lady Marmalade in battle performing in full drag and glowing brightly while healing their teammates and citizens in need is quite a sight to see. 
     
    New team: Southern Cross
     
    Who makes up the team of the four top heroes of New Zealand?
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    Opal reacted to Lord Twig in Aphorisms for a Superhero Universe   
    Wisdom from The Sphinx:
     
    "You must be like the wolf pack... not like the six-pack."
    "You must lash out with every limb, like the octopus who plays the drums."
    "Learn to hide your strikes from your opponent and you'll more easily strike his hide."
    "When you can balance a tack hammer on your head, you will head off your foes with a balanced attack."
    "He who questions training only trains himself at asking questions."
    "Do not go there, my son! When you doubt your powers, you give power to your doubts."
    "We are number one! All others are number two, or lower."
    "Sometimes, the true hero is the one with the courage to run away."
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    Opal reacted to KawangaKid in Effects of the modern world on comic book worlds.   
    For technology (software), there's also the cost of successfully migrating to a new system. Enterprise-class systems are often customized to a business' particular needs and competitive advantages (so they're not QUITE the same as everyone else), and that migration doesn't always succeed. Failed new systems mean companies extend the life of an old system, and department heads are loathe to spearhead ANOTHER costly attempt until it's necessary, or a few years have passed.

    For example, a friend of mine from the Philippines worked for quite a number of years in the U.S. handling the payroll system of a certain Silicon Valley company because it was all done in FoxPro, at at time when relational databases were already standard...
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    Opal reacted to death tribble in Create a Villain Theme Team!   
    Rainha da Amazonia
     
    According to the authorities a radical student activist calling herself the Amazon Princess has attacked various American interests in Brazil in the major Brazilian cities and ports. The truth is that several American businessmen who were exploiting the Amazon and the people of Brazil drugged and assaulted a student before throwing her into the Amazon to be eaten by piranha or something else. To their dismay not only did she survive but somehow she came back with superpowers. Now she has bulletproof skin and can rip someone's arm off and beat them to death with it. She hunted down those who abused her and killed all of them. Then she went after the companies and now anything from America is up for grabs as far as she is concerned.
    She serves as the team's brick and can quite cheerfully toss cars, lorries and military vehicles around.
    She has vowed revenge on CSI Miami for the ill will that its programmes did to the country (at least in her view) 
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    Opal reacted to Ockham's Spoon in Coins, Treasure & Daily Life   
    Don't forget pieces of eight either, where coins were cut like a pie into halves, quarters, and eighths in order to make change.  There were also coins called a piece of eight that happened to be worth one-eighth of a more valuable coin, but the octal-base for money systems comes about from the fact it is easy to cut things in half, and an eighth of a coin is about as many cuts as you can reasonably make.
     
    In my own games, I don't mind PC's getting large amounts of wealth, because there are always ways to make it disappear.  They might be robbed, taxed, lose their fortune when their ship sinks, or have to buy expensive equipment (often some rare magical spell components or a magical McGuffin, but also horses.  I can't tell you how many horses my players have gone through; they are the red shirts of my fantasy worlds).  My favorite though is donations to charity; what is the point of saving the town from the goblins if their crops were burned and they are all going to starve if they can't buy food?  How can you resist the puppy-dog eyes of that little orphan who tells the PC that they are going to be a hero too and just gave their last crust of bread to their little sister so she wouldn't starve?  To be fair, this only works because my players don't actually care that much about money.  Their characters might care, but the players themselves are ambivalent about it and would rather be noble and generous than rich.
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    Opal reacted to Scott Ruggels in Champions Campaign 40th Anniversary   
    There was a a gathering at a Steve Petersen’s house for the old Hero Games employees. He told the story of how Champions came the be, and the mad rush to hand collate 1500 copies of that first book, and of what a disaster con registration was for Pacific Origins, and how they turned it into an opportunity, but sending their booth babe, dressed as Wonder Woman down the the lines to hand out flyers. How the had Bruce Harlick squat on the only open gaming tables inside the hotel (the rest of the open gaming was in sweaty tents around behind the Hotel.) the game was a success People would play the demo, then get up from the table and walk into the dealers room and buy their copy for $10.  From there , the rest is history. The distributors that picked up whole boxes at Origins would start selling by August. And the Distrubutors asked, so when are the supplements coming out?”  So upon their return from the con, they wrote Enemies, and The Island of Dr. Destroyer. 
     
    Here are some artifacts from that first weekend:
    https://imgur.com/a/0E72NAX
     
    40 years later it’s still going. 
     
    Scott
     
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