Technohol 13: Marvel Super Heroes RPG (Classic & Saga) Material
Saturday, August 30, 2014
(posted August 10th, 2014)
The weekend, it is too short, I say.
Hello again, and welcome back for another installment of Technohol 13 news! I know I don't do these every week, my busy schedule often precluding such in favor of producing actual results for you to enjoy, but I've managed a few minutes to spare before I'm pulled out of the apartment for... reasons. So yeah, I've actually managed to wrap up something for you, and create something else!
To start with, I have created another all new Transformer character description. This was Thundercracker, the last of the three F-15 Decepticons that were released during the first year of that toy line's existence. Like a lot of these guys I've covered, I wasn't sure I could make Thundercracker distinct from his fellows, at least until I researched his character. I'm glad to see I was wrong in that regard.
As far as the vast New Universe overhaul is concerned, I have cleaned up what I had for Ken Connell himself, as well as his weapon of vast destruction: the Star Brand. On top of that, I cleaned up all three of the characters presented in the Pitt portion of the New Universe handbook, and ironed out kinks in the plot summary and index page. So that means I've only got two more sections of this project to go before it's sorted!
I was going to keep grinding on the Star Brand stuff, but I realized how close I was to wrapping up the Pitt once the requisite Spitfire and Star Brand material was wrapped up. So I took a minor detour to take care of that, and I'm glad I did, 'cause it makes me feel even closer to being done with this whole mess. And then? Then I can start working on some other portion of the 13 that needs modernizing. Sigh.
Anyway. As for what to expect next week, I'm not sure. I have to work x amount of overtime, x being an unknown quantity. So the main goal is to produce a description of Doctor Bruno Varoz, one of Professor Zog's foes who produced a sort of zombie / revenant army to terorrize the world. And has multiple Igor servants! After that, the plan is to reconfigure the entire New Universe handbook's directory structure.
As for why, well, I refer you to the photo below, and its subsequent textplanation. Something has gone critically wrong with my Google listings, so I'm trying to fix that. It won't really affect all y'all, unless I temporarily break a portion or two of the thing. And, if I pull that off without a hitch, I just might go ahead and build yet another Transformer - most likely Laserbeak, this time!
Textplanation is a word, right? If not, it ought to be.
(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 Reflector, Living Corpses, Laserbeak, Doctor Bruno Varoz, Thundercracker, Mick Bronson, Frenzy, Queen Nara Gale, 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, and Professor Zog!
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!
Technoholic Updates: While I try to update the 'news' section above on a weekly schedule, more or less, I usually update the Updates page as soon as I've added something to the 13. Sometimes I'm working 'ahead' and sometimes I'm not, but that'll show you just what it is I'm up to at any given point in time, in the event that you're looking for the newest in Technoholic goods.
The Atomic Links: This is a collection of MSH RPG links I have assembled for you, either in a Classic or Saga flavor. The list seems to be dwindling rapidly of late, as AOL and now Geocities seems to be removing all their hosting services (or going under, as it may be). But these links nonetheless lead to additional MSH RPG material for your gaming use, so check them out when you're done here.
Technoholic Basics: This is a quick bit of information about the site itself, going a bit above and beyond what you see here on the 'main' page, and goes into my motivations for the site and so on. It's also where I've placed the Technoholic Color Changing Mechanism, in the event that you would rather pick your own color than go with the quasi-random Color Rotating Thingus I built a bit back.
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