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Old 04-19-2021, 01:31 PM   #1
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Once, you were a lone hero of a longshot cause. You wanted to change the world, but found that the world was just a little too big. Then you met Corco, a dimension traveler who promised to one day sponsor your cause -- If you helped with with his causes first. Now you stay in his villa, waiting your turn, and occasionally wondering how long it will be until your cause is at the top of his list. Though you have to admit, saving a planet from being turned into the personal torture resort and buffet of a demon lord is probably pretty important...

Corco's Villa is a world between worlds, a sort of garden dimension maintained by Corco and his numerous family in the name of a grandfather than no one seems to ever see. Corco collects and houses dimensional travelers of all kinds, but of particular interest to our story is his collection of heroes.

Corco collects teams of Heroes and sends them forth into the multiverse to save worlds, change the fate of empire, and slay otherwise eternal tyrants. We will be following the missions of one such team.

Recurring Interdimensional foes of the villa include:
  • Demon Lords seeking to obtain mastery over more worlds, mostly though mystical means, but occasionally with full on invasions
  • The Em-Ju, a collective of cybernetic psionic constructs that enter higher tech worlds and dismantle them to make more of themselves
  • The Eternal Lich Lord, who has slain and reanimated entire worlds, and seeks to add more to his domain.
But most of the time, the Heroes of the Villa will combat more local problems, like Kingmaking in a newly forged empire, slaying the god-tyrant of babylon, stopping a nuclear war, blowing up a zonemind, or making sure that the local legendary dark sorcerer stays sealed in his prison.

Each world will be wildly different, and each will have its own magic, technology, and problems.
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Old 04-19-2021, 01:40 PM   #2
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Characters should be inspired by Fantasy, pulp, action, and science fiction. We will not be playing with supers characters, and mages who can do anything are discouraged, though focused mages are just fine*. You should give a brief description of how the character fit into the world they came from as well as their basic concept. Characters should not be unique or new in their own world, though they may be comparatively rare.

Common challenges will include solving mysteries, tracking down enemies, battling minions, and navigating strange terrain. Characters should be able to contribute to both combat and investigative play. Characters should also have some way of looking like a human (even if its just "tie down my ears and put on makeup"). I'm looking for heroic characters. Each should have a reason they aren't on their homeworld, like being exiled, having lost those near and dear to them, and so forth.

Characters will be built on 300 points plus the impulse-buy version of destiny (15 points) and a "power set". Up to 50 extra points may be awarded for a concept using a "minimal" power set

Power sets will consist of powers, cinematic advantages, and access to gear/technology. The GM will be be build the power sets, though simple builds and precise descriptions are welcome. Power sets will be around 150 points, though that's a pretty rough estimate, and DR and ST will be extremely heavily discounted, along with firepower. Attributes beyond ST are unlikely to be included in power sets, as are skills: buy those with your base 300 points. Advantages granting a sort of invulnerability will have a weakness of one sort or another. Alternative Abilities may be used.

As far as power level goes, I'm looking at about monster hunters levels, with the brawny categories being quite a bit brawnier.

Buy languages for the character as though they were in their home world. Corco's magic will map the languages to local equivalents, but they won't increase the number of languages you know. So if your character knows both English and Spainish, but no other languages, in the fantasy world may know elven and common, but not dwarven or orc. If you want to buy Corco's actual language, buy latin.

Per and Will will be purchased separately from IQ.

If you want a custom talent, just ask. The skills ideally should all use the same attribute and have a focus.

And speaking of asking, this is a fairly ambitious project as far as character creation goes, so feel free to ask questions and work things out before the character sheet is finished, or to ask for help or advice

* magic should have one to three focuses. For example, a mage might have the focuses illusion and TK. Or alternatively necromancy and divination.
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Old 04-19-2021, 04:55 PM   #3
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mages who can do anything are discouraged
"This mage? No manipulators, no senses. Can't do anything."
I know you meant the other anything.

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Up to 50 extra points may be awarded for a concept using a "minimal" power set
So how minimal is minimal? 1/3 of what remains? Just one ability?

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Attributes beyond ST are unlikely to be included in power sets, as are skills: buy those with your base 300 points.
So no power skills? (i.e. the skills in Psionic Powers) No spells either?

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Buy languages for the character as though they were in their home world. Corco's magic will map the languages to local equivalents, but they won't increase the number of languages you know.
Are we basically buying X languages at whichever comprehension level or should we coordinate which languages are bought?

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How important is operating at a different TL? i.e. Should we bother taking skills at multiple tech levels?
Is taking lower than baseline TL an advisable disadvantage?
Are there any points for flavor skills and such?
Are social dis/advantages relevant?
Is cultural familiarity being used?
Should we include a load-out?
Which magic system? (I had half a mind to phrase this as: "Which witch?")
Is stacking the power set with meta-game advantages (i.e. Luck) allowed?
Are wildcard skills allowed?
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Old 04-19-2021, 06:21 PM   #4
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Some really good questions here.


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Which magic system? (I had half a mind to phrase this as: "Which witch?")
This is probably the best one. The magic system is magic as powers. Thus the name "Power Set" for magic abilities, racial templates, and cinematic advantages.


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So how minimal is minimal? 1/3 of what remains? Just one ability?
This is essentially a subject GM judgement. I suppose some examples are in order. If you play a cinematic western gunslinger who has gunslinger and maybe a few other upgrades in their power slot, that's considered minimal, and gets the full 50 extra points. If you play a crusty dwarf gadgeteer who makes other people's machines work, that's less minimal, but still worth 40 extra points. If you play a vampire with just the template from the basic set, that's minimalish, and you get 30 extra points.

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So no power skills? (i.e. the skills in Psionic Powers) No spells either?
Great question. Power skills wouldn't be considered part of the power set, you'd need to buy them. And you will probably be able to do more if you do. We aren't using a spells as skills magic system. I haven't decided about chi skills or enthrallment skills, but I should probably warn you off them.


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Are we basically buying X languages at whichever comprehension level or should we coordinate which languages are bought?
Yes, you're basically buying X languages. Don't feel the need to make the crusty dwarf and the vampire speak the same language.

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How important is operating at a different TL? i.e. Should we bother taking skills at multiple tech levels?
That's a great question. No, we'll intentionally be downplaying those differences. We'll say that until you spend a few hours figuring out the local tech you've got a familiarity penalty of -2 or -3, but after that you'll figure things right out. This will even apply to things like using a laser riffle when you're accustomed to muskets. but this will only apply when adapting to a new world (so you don't carry the laser musket with you)



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Is taking lower than baseline TL an advisable disadvantage?
Its considered to be part of the power set, and is part of whether the set is considered minimal or not.



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Are there any points for flavor skills and such?
you know me well! If you flag them as such, go ahead and take 10 points for flavor skills.



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Are social dis/advantages relevant?
Not really. If you want to be able to pass as a King, take kingly skills, and if you want to actually be a king, we'll account for that in the power set... and even then it will be basically free.



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Is cultural familiarity being used?
That's a great question. I suppose the answer here is that you won't be penalized for missing them, but that you can claim bonuses for having a relevant one, as long as you aren't buying 20 of them.



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Should we include a load-out?
Just a simple basic one. Usual weapons, any signature gear or things you will never be without.

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Is stacking the power set with meta-game advantages (i.e. Luck) allowed?
Yes, that's a valid power concept.



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Are wildcard skills allowed?
Yes, unless you spam them at the [3] point level.
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Old 04-19-2021, 11:38 PM   #5
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OK, I'll just ask if any ideas I've come up with don't fit:
1) A ridiculously lucky spy (the spy part would probably be somewhere between semi-realistic and totally unrealistic)
2) A mecha pilot and their 30 foot mecha (95% certain that this butts up against supers)
3) A frontier lawman and their large bird steed (possibly flying steed)
4) A spirit medium (primarily ESP and talking with the dead, maybe allies if points allow)
5) A gadgeteer versatile enough to make things up on the spot
6) An non-human that can pass with planning but could be outed easily.
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OK, I'll just ask if any ideas I've come up with don't fit:
1) A ridiculously lucky spy (the spy part would probably be somewhere between semi-realistic and totally unrealistic)
2) A mecha pilot and their 30 foot mecha (95% certain that this butts up against supers)
3) A frontier lawman and their large bird steed (possibly flying steed)
4) A spirit medium (primarily ESP and talking with the dead, maybe allies if points allow)
5) A gadgeteer versatile enough to make things up on the spot
6) An non-human that can pass with planning but could be outed easily.

I really was actually looking for some inspiration - I like the idea of the gadgeteer actually - so i might steal one of those ideas from you. Though I was looking at how to build a 40k-esque space marine too.
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Old 04-20-2021, 09:08 AM   #7
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OK, I'll just ask if any ideas I've come up with don't fit:
1) A ridiculously lucky spy (the spy part would probably be somewhere between semi-realistic and totally unrealistic)
2) A mecha pilot and their 30 foot mecha (95% certain that this butts up against supers)
3) A frontier lawman and their large bird steed (possibly flying steed)
4) A spirit medium (primarily ESP and talking with the dead, maybe allies if points allow)
5) A gadgeteer versatile enough to make things up on the spot
6) An non-human that can pass with planning but could be outed easily.
I think these mostly look good. The Mecha works fine if its done with the right flavor: either battle tech or star craft could provide inspiration. Number 5 and 6 would need more flavor, but nothing disqualifies them yet. "Outed Easily" is not as important as "Can pass". The inability to walk down the street is what I don't want.



The lucky spy is the only one that's a little iffy. A consciously lucky spy feels a little too "unique" and towards superheroes. A spy that just has a bunch of meta traits to explain why he's so good is fine.
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I've been working on a "face man" type character (with the associated Wildcard skill), but I'm not 100% sure I'm keeping with the Shapeshifting dragon idea just yet... it's hovering between plan and thought experiment.

I'm tempted by the thought of a Style! or Ultimate Style! based martial artist, which I keep trying to do, but never manage to get into play for more than a few posts... but I think the jury was still out on cinematic martial arts skills.

If petrovski does not go for it, I'm always down for a gadgeteer... It was my first thought for this one, but both the other interested players mentioned it, so I shied away.


EDIT: I'm sorry, Monster Hunters: Justice did run for more than a few posts!

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Are you familiar with Keith Valentine from Shadow Hearts?
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Old 04-28-2021, 09:27 AM   #10
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EDIT: I'm sorry, Monster Hunters: Justice did run for more than a few posts!
It was still short though... I actually reran that scenario for a real-time game, because I wanted to see that one play out, and I'd already done all of the prep work. It went well. I think it took 6 months to play out.

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I got something provisional together:
Ok, she's an artifical lifeform seemingly based on the mimic octopus and optimized for multi-tasking. That looks pretty good. I like it.

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Halcyone is an Tendriloid 300X model OAI, a form of artificial life legal to be owned on her home world.
She isn't from YOU-topia, is she?

The sheet looks like a good start, though I'm not seeing research as a flavor skill.

Memetics as a wildcard skill... that's bold. Are you looking to use the full transhuman space ruleset?

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Tendriloid Template – Tendriloids have many legs that can function as arms. Only some of the leg/arms need to be free in order to stand and walk. Disguising this is a matter of tucking them into a pair of pants or under a long skirt. They have a hydrostatic skeletal system that makes them particularly flexible. They are sufficiently well coordinated to handle four physical tasks at once. They are also able to adjust their skin pigmentation, useful for camouflage or to blend into a crowd. Tendriloids have a great deal of physical prowess, and as a former bodyguard Halcyone is in the upper percentile of this.
Hypersensory Awareness – Halcyone is one of the million or so OAI produced by NeuroTech with an enhanced sensory response, before this was discontinued for fears this impacted obedience. In game terms this works out to Danger Sense, Empathy and Intuition justified through Hypersensory awareness (but not the limitation).
High Technology – While Halcyone doesn’t have access to most technology from her home world (always-on server connections, being a broke insurgent, etc.), she does have access to a complement of TL10 equipment, mostly what she managed to “liberate” from her former employer.

Proposed Power Set Implementation
Tendriloid Template
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I pretty sure my proposed power set won’t fit. I can do some trimming all the same. There’s a long biography but this is long enough as is. I might change some things on the provisional character sheet, I need to put something up before I fiddle away another week.
The bones of the powerset look good.
  • The technology, I think I'm getting a grasp on it. If you had to pick a technology path from UT to describe her world, which one would you pick? She's actually not leveraging her tech level much.
  • The racial template is probably a touch overbuilt, but not much. ST 30 is high for a 100 kg hydrostatic skeleton ... but the enhanced strength has been noted, and it will be pretty high (probably 20). The arms I'll tweak, but I suspect in play it will look very similar. Four attacks at once feels excessive, it may end up being three. Or Altered Time Rate. She might warrent elastic skin as well as chameleon.
  • "Hypersensory Awareness" is probably better termed "Sensory Hyperawareness", and I take it you want it for a Sherlock holmes-like effect? I'm mulling it over. It makes a fair amount of sense for a prespective body guard. I'd probably tweak it a little, make it a little more specialized, but it mostly looks good.
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No I'm not. A quick trip to the shadow hearts wiki seems to indicate he is a vampire with shapechanging, animal summoning/control powers (not sure), and some fairly raw elemental damage attacks. What did I miss?
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