Technohol 13: Marvel Super Heroes Role-Playing Game Material
Thursday, December 5, 2019
(posted November 10th, 2018)
Welcome back to the 13, assuming this isn't your first visit to my neurotic madhouse.
As promised when last I updated this top-level document on the technohol.com domain, I have been poring over the text that will ultimately comprise the .pdf version of my Manual of the Psi. Thus far, I've refined all my verbiage on all the extant variations of the Manual of the Psi (two versions), Power Customization (two versions), Quirks (three versions), and Contacts (four versions).
I'm in the middle of the overhaul of my four variations on the Talents (or Skills) documents, which will be the longest of those mentioned here. This is because, once I have completed my work to refine their extant text, I wish to add a few more talents (or skills) to each. The goal is to achieve one hundred total talents (or skills), as opposed to the eighty-eight I have on them as I type this.
The overal goal there is to have a simple d100 table one can use to generate powers, talents, and quirks once I get around to producing a 'lite' version of my custom rules, for each version of such I'm tinkering with. They'll have a few less quirks and a lot less powers, of course, but the idea is to make it a kind of 'introductory' version of my works, for those wanting less heavy fare.
I've left blanks for two of those as of this writing, which seem to offer a benefit no other talent (or skill) provides, but I need to come up with ten more that don't step on the toes of any other talents (or skills) that already exist. But I'm not worried about that just yet, for the goal is to simply refine all my work further, since I've already found so much so far that could use cleaning up. Sigh.
Anyway, to shed more detail on this particular effort, The Manual of the Psi documents, as you can read them here on the 13, will be the beginning of this .pdf. It will be followed by five appendices, the first of which will be Power Customization (limitations/enhancements), the second being Quirks, Talents (or Skills) coming in third, the fourth being Contacts, and the last being the bulkiest portion of the eventual book, Powers.
So yeah, I'll be doing another pass through all the powers offered on the site. All four variations of each, even: one for the Universal Heroes rules, one for the 4C System: Edition 13 rules, one for the Saga System 13 rules, and one for the
redacted rules, the latter of which is a project I'm working on in secret. I mean, I make no secret about working on it, but I'm not sharing it yet. Sorry!
While the Powers bits to come will be the absolute worst part of tweaking my text to make the eventual Manual .pdf perfect, or as perfect as I can currently make it, I have identified a few things over the last year or so with them that could use a bit of help, at least where the grammar and/or flavor is concerned. A missing Oxford comma here, a verbal tic I thought I quashed there, and so on.
This will take some doing, but I am committed to the process, and will keep all y'all updated as work proceeds on it. I'll try to mix it up now and then with some other material, such as writing additional content for the Book of Magic's Entreaty Spells document to wrap that thing up once and for all, as well, and maybe a few additional character descriptions for good measure. That kind of thing.
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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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