Technohol 13: Marvel Super Heroes RPG (Classic & Saga) Material
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
(posted October 9th, 2018)
Since last we spoke, I have been churning my way through the two primary focuses of my neuroses of late, and progress most excellent has been made thus far. To start with, having completed my first cycle through the rosters of 1987 GI Joe and Cobra personnel and equipment, I have then moved my way through the second and third, and am halfway through the fourth as of this writing.
In other words, I've now Condensed and Modernized eight of the 1987 GI Joes and four of their vehicles, Condensed and Modernized the one extant Cobra vehicle I had built for that year, and then written all-new descriptions of three 1987 Cobra operatives and two of their vehicles. This all-new material since September 9th includes the WOLF, the Ice-Vipers, the Buzz Boar, and the Techno-Vipers!
I would have completed another Cobra and their ride, but I sort of got stuck on the Gyro-Viper for some reason. Thus, I hunkered down and started research on Ninazu, the (apparent) third child of Ereshkigal. I was banging my head against Nungal, her second child, but thought since I was stuck here as well, I may as well skip ahead just a bit, in order to keep the Myths and Legends thing moving forward.
Not to mention the ever-growing Entreaty Spells document(s)! For Ninazu's unique addition to that portion of the Book of Magic, the project which never seems to end, I have added Ophidia to the mix. Though an entreaty spell, Ophidia behaves like a group spell, containing six distinct utilities that one can implore the King of Snakes to empower - though he will typically only do so to one effect per day.
I did this mostly as a thought experiment, to see if I could pull off a group spell / entreaty spell hybrid, one more focused on a specific kind of subject matter than the usual group spell. I wasn't sure it would actually work, at least without being completely redundant, or perhaps something of a letdown compared to the other entreaties in that document. But overall, I think it fits, and is relatively unique.
Even though I didn't manage to get as much done as I wanted during this Technoholic month, much less cover the specific items I had in mind, I nonetheless did pretty well, overall. I lost a bit of the 'ahead time' I try to bank in the event of emergencies, but then this month has been full of those, so I don't feel too bad. The hope is, naturally, that you feel this way as well.
As for this seventh Technoholic month, the plan is to continue cycles of 1987 GI Joe and Cobra material. If I make it through eight of those, Battle Force 2000 and their gear, the Renegades, and over half of the Joes without their own vehicles should be worked up, not to mention just about all the Cobra personnel and equipment from this year ought to be covered as well, save for one huge exception.
I'm really not looking forward to dealing with Cobra-La. They're last on the list. Very last.
I may not quite get that far, though, because I really would like to add at least one more Mesopotamian deity to the Myths and Legends project. My initial target was Nungal once more, but thanks to some material I found while researching Ninazu, I finally have something to work with regarding his rival, Tishpak. So it's quite possible that I'll be sorting his business out, instead.
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, 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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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 haven't seen anyone 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 Teshub, the Mamba, Gyro-Vipers, Ninazu, the WOLF, Ice-Vipers, the Buzz Boar, Techno-Vipers, WORMS, Battle Android Troopers (BATs), the Air Chariot, the Stun, Motor-Vipers, Namtar, Strato-Vipers, the Firebat, AVACs, Air-Vipers, the Hydro-Sled, Vipers, Ereshkigal, Ninlil, Caretaker, Gardener, Obliterator, Runner, the Infinity Gems, and Zarana!
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!
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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.
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