Technohol 13: Marvel Super Heroes RPG (Classic & Saga) Material
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
(posted June 9th, 2018)
Why hello there, and welcome (back, hopefully) to the 13! You've arrived just in time, for the start of another Technoholic month is upon us! Since last we met, I have continued my effort to import the last of my twenty year old descriptions, which have been lost to the closure of the old MSH RPG list, of various Marvel characters of note. Thus, Caretaker, Gardener, and Obliterator are now available for your use!
Sure, all of the classic Elders can be found in various MSH RPG products, but I built my own take on them a long, long time ago, and I tire of seeing them plugged in to other peoples' projects without being credited. That's all I ever ask for when folks lift my material, but even that tiny little bit of 'payment' is too much for some spineless, soulless, unscrupulous thieves of other people's works.
On top of that, I have added a description of Ninlil, the one-time Queen of the Gods, to complement my expounding on her parents, Haia and Nisaba, who are already on the 13. I'm sort of working on Anunnaki and Igigi in small family blocks, because a) there are so many of them in Babylonian lore, and b) it keeps my work focused on a few, interrelated deities at a time. At least, I think it does?
I'm sure it does. Probably.
Anyway. In my rules work, I have completed the School Spells document, along with enough of the Entreaty Spells document to go live with it. The former was almost done, but the latter, it required some work. And that's why I broke with my plan, however momentarily, to import all of my Elders of the Universe descriptions. You see, I needed Ninlil for the Entreaty Spells document!
What this thing consists of is the same kind of exposition block regarding entreaty spells as I plugged into the documents for personal, universal, dimensional, group, and school spells. You know, explaining what they are and the advantage they have over other spells, despite the occasional risks involved. I also made a second blurb about researching entreaties to various people, places, and things of power.
And then, then I got busy. I crafted an example roster of beings one can entreat for power, whether just boosting spells or to empower entreaty spells themselves. These entities, to dovetail with one of my other projects, are the Anunnaki and Igigi, ancient gods and goddesses that just about nobody knows anything about. At least, not in any detail. Unless you're me, with my vast reference library!
On top of that, I wrote eight all-new entreaty spells! These are Bane of Lies, Conflagrant Chariot, Daybreak, Fulgor, Headway, Homogenization, Judicature, and Wondrous Warehouse. That's one entreaty for each of the Sumerian and/or Babylonian and/or Assyrian deities that I've built up so far. Which, since I'm only trying to build out what I've already researched, means I'm done with adding these spells for now.
But not for long, I say!
While the Entreaty Spells document is done enough, it is not done. The plan from here on out is that, after I produce a description of an Anunnaki or Igigi divinity, I will then craft another unique entreaty spell related to them, whether it references their nature, their powers, or the myths surrounding them in some manner or another. So this last document won't be finished finished for a long time. Sorry!
As for this Technoholic month, I'm not sure exactly what I'm going to do. I'm not quite ready to begin work on Exobiology 101, so I am thinking that I may split my time between those 1986 GI Joe and Cobra character description updates, the Condensing and the Modernization, and the remaining folks I have written but aren't on the 13 yet. Yeah, that sounds like a good plan for this month. I think, anyway?
Anyway, you'll see how things progress 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!
I've added plenty to the 13 of late, including ereshkigal, Ninlil, Caretaker, Gardener, Obliterator, Runner, the Infinity Gems, Zarana, Monkeywrench, Zandar, the Thunder Machine, Nisaba, Haia, Beachcomber, Hoist, Professor Appel, Wade Collins, Tomax, Xamot, the Crimson Guard, Snow Serpents, Lampreys, Cobra Battle Field Kits, Eels, the Flight Pod, Tele-Vipers, Firefly, and Scrap-Iron!
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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.
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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.
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