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So, I've had an internal debate about starting this thread since the original was destroyed years ago when the HERO forums rebooted. Finally, I decided that I will restart the TGU thread from days of old. Mostly, because I miss the conversations and insight of you all here at HERO. I received some of the best ideas and most pertinent help right here. So, call me selfish. I'm starting over. I hope that there are a few things you can find here that are amusing or interesting and that our conversations can be helpful to everyone... Welcome to the EPIC UNIVERSE! As some of you may know, I play a rotating set of HERO games (Superheroes, Fantasy & Star Hero). We call this triad the Epic Universe, as each campaign is set within one glorious universe. It wasn't always that way, though. Originally, our space opera game was a stand alone game campaign based on the comic book ALIEN LEGION. We played characters in a suicide squadron, not unlike the Dirty Dozen, called NEMESIS SQUADRON. Nemesis Squadron was a fun, episodic, hack & slash, overpowered romp throughout the Tophan Galactic Union (see Alien Legion for more details) and we loved playing the baddest of the bad space criminals. But, as things do, Nemesis Squadron came to an end after years and years of play. Fast forward to the summer of 2012 when I restarted not only a space campaign, I built the entire Epic Universe (the Fantasy [9 Realms of Epoch] and Superhero [Epic City] games are for other forums). Since Nemesis Squadron had been so well received in the past I based my new episodic space opera on that foundation, simply calling the new game the TGU (Tophan Galactic Union). Gone was Nemesis Squadron (maybe), replaced by 3 galaxies full of as many space genre sources I could find. From Star Wars to Dune, MechWarrior to Hero’s own space races plus 40K, Halo, Firefly and much more, all could find a place in my game. Believe it or not, the crazy “anything goes” approach worked wonderfully. So, I’m going to start off this thread with the foundation: NEMESIS SQUADRON Here you will find the original space game played in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s, as it was distributed to my players (complete with typos and misspellings). This game was never meant for distribution and takes from or pays homage to so many different licensed entities that I can’t even begin to list them. It was and is always intended for fun only! NOTE: Please keep posts on this thread focused on NEMESIS or the new TGU game. Thanks!
Comet ISON is apparently now visible with binocs and could be visible with the naked eye starting next week. Post here if you've seen it, or are going to see it, or are panicking because it will bring plague and destruction down upon our heads. http://www.space.com/23577-comet-ison-lovejoy-mercury-night-sky.html