Technohol 13: Marvel Super Heroes RPG (Classic & Saga) Material
Thursday, July 24, 2014
(posted July 20th, 2014)
What do you know, it's been another week. Working fifty or so hour weeks tends to make me lose track of the time, particularly when most of my leisure time is spent doing updates here. And I don't have a lot of leisure time of late, sadly, but I try to make the best of what I have. So in case you're wondering just what I've been up to with said leisure time, wait no longer!
To start with, I added a description of Jago, King of the Dragon-men - since I'd produced their generic entry previously. Professor Zog ran afoul of all manner of weirdoes in his many travels, and this clown was but one of many. So you can imagine even more weird stuff is coming down the pipe related to this super genius... and you'd be right. Though I'm still only working on issues 8 or 9 of Marvel Mystery Comics.
Furthermore, I added a description of the second of three Decepticon Seekers, in the form of Skywarp. This unimaginative thug was blessed with a fantastic power to make up for his lack of creativity, though in the hands of just about any more capable Decepticon, teleportation would've been a devastating weapon. As it sits, Skywarp mostly just uses it to perform juvenile pranks on friends and foes alike.
Supplementing those two new entries, I have continued the New Universe overhaul, working on the Codename: Spitfire stuff. I've cleaned up my work on every member of Project: Spitfire, which was Jenny Swensen's second supporting cast, along with two of the Troubleshooters, which was her first. And working on these clowns has reminded me of all the good bits from this comic... as well as many of its poor points.
So that's the past, you say. What about the future, you ask? Well, the idea is, over the next week, to wrap up my work on the Troubleshooters, and perhaps begin to whittle away at the few villains of note from this series. I'll hit the odds and ends first, and time permitting, I'll begin work on the goons from Krotze International and the Club - the last of which will wrap up my work on this portion of the overhaul!
Furthermore, I'd really like to add more folks to the 13. I'd hate to spend all year cleaning up old stuff, after all. Primarily, I'll be doing a description of Zoor, Jago's right-hand thug, which is about halfway done now. I was going to just add him to the bottom of Jago's file like I did the Gnome's two minions, but he had enough powers (being a Dragon-man) that it simply got too long. So he gets his own page.
After that, again time permitting, I'll be adding another Decepticon from 1984. I'll be covering either Frenzy or Rumble, though I'm not sure which just yet. They have different special abilities but they're basically the same, in my head, so the trick will be differentiating them. Once I do proper research that shouldn't be too hard, but you know, the trick is working that into my busy schedule.
Which is why I covered Skywarp today, instead of the Decepticon I originally intended to. The guy I'm looking at is... weird, even by Transformers standards. He was in the '84 crew, but didn't get a toy released until '86, and then only as a mail order thing. Sort of like some of those early Gi Joe villains, really. And he has powers that simply boggle the mind. So you know... better safe than sorry.
Once I sort that out, I'll add this mystery 'bot to the mix. Until then, I'll be sticking to the plan outlined above. Enjoy the goods as they arrive!
(I just thought I'd share that, since a spammer went to the effort of photoshopping it up for me while trying to get me to use their SEO services. Which is funny, since that's what I used to do for a living. But then again, my 'Nightmask' stuff is showing up after a notoriously obnoxious gaming forum troll's x-rated furry profile in Google results, so maybe I'm slipping or something.)
I've added plenty to the 13 of late, including Skywarp, Jago, King of the Dragon-men, Ravage, the Lion-people of Ligra, Starscream, the Dragon-men of Ligra, Buzzsaw, Boss Sarpo, Soundwave, Laughing Mask, Optimus Prime, Electro: Marvel of the Age, Wheeljack, Professor Zog, Ratchet, Muro, Devoted Anthropists, Jazz, Barney Mullen, the Enigmagic Man, Prowl, and Monako, Prince of Magic!
In the event that those expressive icons at the top (and bottom) of the page don't tell enough of the story for you to see what lies beyond them, here is a quick summary of just about everything on the site. I even added one or two pages that I didn't have room for in the navigation bar above (well it looks like I do, but there's more coming... oh yes.)
The New Universe: It was the world outside your window - at least, until the so-called White Event rippled across the face of the earth, leaving approximately two in every million people forever changed. With the dawn of the paranormal, the world would be forever changed - and for the worse - as various governments scrambled to master this new, uncontrollable power.
Gi Joe: a Real American Hero: Assembled from the very best members of the various armed forces, Special Counter-Terrorist Group Delta is also known by its nickname, Gi Joe. This group was created to handle all kinds of threats to democracy, but was forced to focus its efforts on Cobra, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world! Only Gi Joe stands between Cobra and its nefarious goal...!
Timely Heroes: The dawn of the heroic age, the 1940s were an era fraught with peril, both in the form of rampant fascism as well as villainous individuals of great personal power. The only thing standing in the way of their conquering the world were a loose band of stubborn, individualistic super heroes determined to protect freedom at all costs!
Transformers: hailing from a strange world and unknown and variable distance from our own, the Transformers are a race of mechanoid aliens who ceaselessly vie for control of their native Cybertron... and the universe beyond! Their misadventures described in countless variations, across television and comics and even live action film, the Transformers' battle is never-ending!
Variant Earth 13: Superficially reflecting the 'real' world, Variant Earth 13 is a nexus of sorts, a place that has an analogue of events in a multitude of other timelines. While the Powers That Be try to keep a lid on things and preserve the status quo, all manner of ascendant beings are quite active in the pursuit of their goals, and events are quickly spiraling out of control...
MSH Infinity: Built for adventures throughout a multiverse of possibility, the Planescape campaign setting featured a battle of ideas amidst incredible locations. The MSH Infinity reference will be an eventual translation of this incredible material into MSH RPG terms, allowing you to take your heroes on an adventure they won't soon forget - if they don't simply move in...!
Marvel Universe Miscellany: A place for those folks that don't quite fit into the sections above, the Marvel Universe Miscellany is a sort of repository for odds and ends that I've perpetrated over the years in statistical form, folks I don't want to build a whole reference for yet I wouldn't mind featuring on the site - since I did make them playable, after all.
Custom Rules: This is a compendium of the custom-built rules systems I have created for use by the general public. Currently, these rules are for the Universal Heroes Role Playing Game ('Classic' MSH RPG) as well as the 4C System: Edition 13 rules. I intend to eventually add Saga versions of all this material, as well as rules for one more game - but that's down the road some.
The Technohol 13 Master Roster: In the event that you are looking for a character you think I've covered in the past but don't want to leaf through the above sections to find him or her (or it), you can't do wrong to look here. This is a compendium of links to everyone I'm currently featuring on the site, in both their MSH Classic and Saga versions. It's huge but comprehensive!
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