Technohol 13: Marvel Super Heroes RPG (Classic & Saga) Material
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
(posted March 9th, 2018)
And so begins the penultimate month of Technohol 13's twenty-first year of operation! Welcome to the site, which has been continuously updated, save for a few blips here and there due to medical emergencies and whatnot, since April of 1998! The thing I've primarily been banging my head against of late is the GI Joe reference, within which I am currently working on personnel and equipment from 1988.
Although progress was a bit stunted this last month, I have Condensed and Modernized my extant GI Joe descriptions of Charbroil, the Desert Fox, Muskrat, Repeater, Shockwave, Skidmark, Skystriker, the Swampmasher, and the Warthog AIFV. Also, I have built entirely new Cobra descriptions of the Battle Barge, Hydro-Vipers, the Imp, and Toxo-Vipers. That's not too shabby, no sir!
This puts me two thirds of the way through my sixth cycle of work on the 1988 material for the GI Joe reference, out of nine. And the ninth, it will be short on material to match the previous eight, so I'll be starting work on the 1989 GI Joe stuff to fill in space. Ideally, this means that I'll manage to wrap up GI Joe and Cobra's personnel and eqipment through '88 before the end of this Technoholic year.
Finding time to repair and/or create these guys and gals is becoming increasingly more difficult, what with work and the family and all that. I am trying, though, so hopefully you'll get to enjoy another revitalized year of material from that reference by the beginning of Technohol 13's 22nd year. Assuming I don't get distracted by something or other, like the Myths and Legends thing.
While I haven't really done all that much tangible work on that portion of the 13, I have been sifting through my research materials, and trying to plan out the related material for the Entreaty Spells document. I have roughly worked out the next twenty or so entreaties I'll add to the mix there, so I at least have a road map for its completion over the course of 2019, but I have made two minor additions.
These are entreaties dedicated to both Ishtar and Nergal, which I think are decent reflections of who and what they are. They include Warrior's Art for the former, and Lethality for the latter. And, I have written said latter entreaty spell such that I could plug it in to the rest of the power rosters scattered through my custom rules without Nergal's flavor. And that, that's why I'm trying to fill out those entreaties.
You see, it occurred to me that, once I finalize my power roster for good, I can finally start building some of the .pdf files that I'd like to host on the site. These will be 'stand-alone' books of each of my expansions to start out, for those players who aren't into all of my custom works. And I'd like the first to be my oldest character generation, the Manual of the Psi.
I have an artist in mind for the cover art, and perhaps the logo. She's a published comic book artist, though I imagine the vast majority of the 13's readers are unfamiliar with her work. Once I have that art, many pieces of which I traded to her in exchange for a domain name that I wasn't really using, but was worth many thousands of dollars, I can finally throw that book together. And print it!
I was inspired to finally get on this after tripping over this site, who will produce what will probably be a several hundred page .pdf file for what seems an eminently reasonable fee. I am not actually using them, mind you, since I want my books to look more like actual role-playing supplements, but seeing this service got my gears turning, so now I'm looking towards starting this process.
Hence the shout-out.
So that's all I've got to gibber about for now. Sorry for the derailment of my status updates into my fantasy futures, but I thought a preview of what may finally arrive before I die of old age would be a nice treat. Or maybe just annoying, who knows? Not me! So, anyway, stay tuned for more 1988 GI Joe and Cobra work, as well as a few more entreaty spells for the Entreaty Spells document. That's about it!
As always, you can see how things progress by staying tuned here - or, at least, checking the site's Facebook page. I still have one of those, as indicated above, and still update it when I hit a major milestone here on the 13. I don't spam all over it, despite what Facebook would like me to do to you guys, so that's another resource if you want the latest Technoholic news. Like it using the link below, today!
Like itttttt, we're three short of a hundred of those! It was only one, but we lost one, then gained one, and then lost two more again. No!
In other news, my stewardship of the Gaming Nerds ᴙ Us site continues. I have definitely sorted out the Russian spammer issue, as well as the problems I was having with the site not allowing people to upload their own forum avatars. The latter problem crept in during a server move GoDaddy inflicted on my sites, since the one the 13 and its associated sites were on failed... miserably! But the site's usable once more.
So if you want to participate in the reborn Nerds community, head on over there, at least once you're done here. I've only seen two folks enlist thus far, but then the word apparently hasn't got out yet. Heck, people seem to keep linking to the temporary download site its creator built instead of the one I'm hosting here. You know, under the actual domain for the site. Sigh. But what can you do?
I've added plenty to the 13 of late, including the Imp, Toxo-Vipers, the Battle Barge, Hydro-Vipers, Destro's Despoiler, Road Pig, the Adder, Astro-Vipers, Star-Vipers, Cobra Commander (animated version), Citizens of Cobra-La, Golobulus, Pythona, Nemesis Enforcer, the Royal Guard, Cobra Commander 2 / Fred 7, the Jet Pack, Croc Master, Cobra's Motorized Micro-Accessories, and Crystal Ball!
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!
Myths and Legends: Something of a new project I'm working on, Myths and Legends is an attempt to document, in RPG terms, a variety of obscure deities that most of you have never even heard of. Most of them will be from the land of Babylon, but others will be from additional places. Drop by and check out the divine when you've got the time!
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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