Technohol 13: Marvel Super Heroes RPG (Classic & Saga) Material
Thursday, August 17, 2017
(posted August 9th, 2017)
Funny story, really. Last month, I was ecstatic that I had gotten about three quarters of the way done with my astonishingly vast proofread through four different versions of the Powers document. I mean, I figured it would take through this time next year to even get that far, much less wrap the thing up. And yet, I've gone and wrapped it up. All of it.
I have given the Powers document(s) a complete second read through, and I am reasonably content with the text. Er, again. I think the grammar is good enough, I think I removed a lot of the irritating verbal tics that I used to pepper into my writing, and I think I have purged the Pronoun Problem at long last. And you know what that means.
The Powers document(s), they were the last bit of the extant rules that needed this work. Thus, I have cleansed all of my rules works of non-inclusive text, as far as I can tell. Writing like that was never intentional on my part, but in hindsight I could easily see how it could be taken that way. And yes, that's why I put a year or so of work into excising all of that from my projects.
Once I've revised two power descriptions, namely Elemental Control and Weakness Generation, I will have options as to how I will proceed. I will attempt to write a few school expansions to the Book of Magic, and I will also start work rebuilding all of those collected power, spell, and psionic documents. Unless I actually start plugging away on Exobiology 101. Heh.
As for the other portion of the site I've been working on, I have made strides in the modernization and Condensation of my 1984 GI Joe character and equipment descriptions. If you head over there, you'll see the roster ironing itself out as I clean up each character and/or vehicle. In fact, as of this writing, I'm about to start work on Duke - all sixty versions of him. Bleah.
So he'll take a bit to clean up, that's for sure. I've booked five days of work just for him, as he is one of the six characters I dreaded working on when I started the revision of the last portion of the 13 that required it. So far, Cobra Commander, Destro, and Snake-Eyes have been finished, leaving three more on the list - and yeah, Duke is fourth in line for the treatment.
Sigh. But, at least once he's done, the rest of the 1984 GI Joe stuff should slide right through, leaving number five on my list of dread in the Cobra roster from that year. But we'll worry about him once I get the Joes taken care of. I may actually produce a few new Cobra descriptions before I clean up Storm Shadow, if only to procrastinate about the inevitable mess that he is.
But that's that, I suppose. I hope the generally tedious nature of some of this work hasn't driven you off yet, though I imagine I wouldn't know if it had, since apparently nobody nowhere is tracking who actually comes to the 13 these days. I got rid of the Google Analytics deal a while back, since it was mostly just adding scripts that didn't tell me a whole lot, and that was that.
However, I assure you guys that once I'm done with the two bits of the site I'm banging my head against right now, I'll be all done revising old stuff. Entirely. And that, that will leave me open to finally focus on adding oodles of new content to the 13 - not just the trickle I've been perpetrating over the last year or so. Mmm, new Technoholic goodness.
Anyhow, I bid you adieu - at least until next month!
I've added plenty to the 13 of late, including the Brain-wave Scanner, (just) Billy, the SEA Legs, Cobra's Trojan Robots, the MASS Device, Cobra's Transport Helicopter, the Missile Command Headquarters, Perceptor, Roadbuster, Cosmos, Doctor Manyac, the Green Flame robots, Skids, Basil Drake, Mor the Mighty, Antons, Prince Omei, Vagabond, Uridezu (Tanar'ri), Doctor Lorrof, and the Onees!
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