Technohol 13: Marvel Super Heroes RPG (Classic & Saga) Material

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

(posted May 9th, 2016)

Welcome back! Today I've got wonderful news for you! Though it's taken a whole lot longer than I originally anticipated (as my rules works usually do, and it's on its third (and hopefully final) permutation to date), the Technical Reference is now complete! This probably would have sorted itself out sooner, but more and more things clamored to be added to the Reference as I wrote it, so, well, I added them!

In case you're wondering what the Technical Reference is all about, the idea is to give you, the Technoholic gamer, everything you need to create high technology users, cybernetic organisms, and even robotic entities in the Universal Heroes role playing game. From start to finish, everything you'll need to build characters of this type is included, no matter how one you wish your character to be with technology.

But wait, there's more! On top of this, I've included a bunch of rules to handle the utilization of all kinds of advanced technology in your game. Many of these guidelines haven't really been seen in the game before, while I haven't really explained my 'take' on those that have yet. You've probably seen the stuff floating around my character descriptions, sure, but the fine print hasn't been revealed yet.

That's right, the knowhow you'll need to handle combat armor, computers, cybernetics, firearms, robotics, vehicles, and more have been revealed at last. Possibly in an exhaustive fashion, though I made every effort to be as brief and succinct as possible. Some of these entries were rewritten many, many times in order to ensure that you don't get bogged down in unnecessary detail and pointless specificity.

On top of all that, I've laid down the law where the process of invention is concerned. Those of you who have a hard time saving your Karma just might like these, since invention is an alternate process of character advancement, whether building all new devices, modifying those you already possess, or even tinkering with your very own body to improve it! Sure, you just might break you, but the greater the risk...

I'm going to have my hands full for the foreseeable future, so updates here (or even on the updates document) may not be forthcoming for a bit. But I wanted to at least wrap up this exquisite addition to the Universal Heroes (custom Marvel Super Heroes Role Playing Game (MSH RPG)) system before I went semi-dark and semi-idle here at the 13. I hope you dig the Reference, and can make use of it in your games!

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What's New?

I've added plenty to the 13 of late, including Basil Drake, Mor the Mighty, Antons, Prince Omei, Vagabond, Uridezu (Tanar'ri), Doctor Lorrof, Onees, Gnorrkin, Megatron, Gnorr, Rumble, the Shark, Reflector, Living Corpses, Laserbeak, Doctor Bruno Varoz, Thundercracker, Mick Bronson, Frenzy, Queen Nara Gale, Skywarp, Jago, King of the Dragon-men, Ravage, and the Lion-people of Ligra!

Technoholic Content

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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