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

Monday, December 18, 2017

(posted November 25th, 2017)

Usually, I update this entry-level news page on the 9th of every month, as that's the date in which I originally launched the 13. Sure, for a while I was updating it weekly, but I simply can't keep up that pace any longer, what with my being an adult, and married, and what have you. But anyway, the reason I went ahead and updated the news today is because I managed to overwrite what I already posted this month.

I was updating the 'What's New' bit down below, you see, and I forgot to download the version sitting on the 13's web hosting before changing a little thing and then uploading it again. And then, when attempting to fix the problem, I did the exact same thing from my laptop, where the November version of this document was originally written. Because I, I am apparently a clown.

Anyhow. The whole reason I was going to update this page was that I had completed work on Firefly, the sixth and last of the GI Joe characters I was really dreading having to update and/or create. The others were Snake-Eyes, Storm Shadow, Cobra Commander, Duke, and Destro. In addition to removing the last bit of effort I'd really been stalling on, well, this means that the 1984 Cobra roster is all done!

I know it's been a very, very long time since I've written descriptions of Cobra personnel and equipment before I started pounding away at the many and various tasks that the GI Joe character reference has needed for a very long time, and I'm sorry about that. But at least now, now we're on the fast track to fixing all that, as I'm moving up, year through year, finalizing all of this business - once and for all!

So what I'll be up to next, as far as GI Joe work is concerned, will be Condensation and modernization of the 1985 GI Joe roster of stuff. This year and the next are where most of my favorite Joes got their start, so I've been looking forward to this for quite a while. But, since it will take a lot of time, I may slip in some updates to extant 1985 Cobra stuff in the meanwhile, as well. Why not, right?

In other news, I have made ludicrous progress on the micro-expansions I had planned for the Book of Magic. I can't recall where I was on the 9th, but as of now seven of these things are in the bag. That's right, thus far I have expounded on alchemy, clericism, entreatism, geomancy, paraprobabilitism, physiomancy, and thaumentalism. And that, that is what I'd hoped to get done by the end of this Technoholic year.

So everything else I pound out for all y'all is gravy. Succulent, magical gravy. I've just barely begun to bend my head around how I wish to expand on eclecticism, since it isn't really a school to begin with, but that'll be who you ought to look out for next. Once I get that done, I may move along with the elemental school, since it is similar in mechanics to geomancy - if not in flavor. We'll see about that one.

As always, you'll see what I manage by staying tuned here - or, at least, to the site's Facebook page. That's right, I still have one of those, 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!

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What's New?

I've added plenty to the 13 of late, including the Flight Pod, Tele-Vipers, Firefly, Scrap-Iron, the Weather Dominator, Wild Weasel, Copperhead, the ASP, the CLAW, the GI Jane, 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, and Doctor Manyac!

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...!

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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