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Old 06-23-2019, 07:33 AM
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This is great! The one thing that comes to mind is how he ends up in San Diego, and I am thinking that since San Diego has a lot of biotech companies based there, so possibly he moved across the country from coast to coast with his sick son to try to get him into a new, experimental treatment after conventional treatments had failed to produce good results. Does that sound reasonable?
Sure, that's an easy change. I'll write that into the description in the near future.

As for the sheet - what you rolled up was pretty much the same as me, but for a few differences. I had been working with the 100 point value, but I had stopped at 80ish. So I just threw a complication in there, took some of the things you have done and finished off the sheet.

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So you know - I can put that into an official sheet or you can apply what I have done to yours.

As for the equipment you gave Noah: The rifle and pistol seem very appropriate (the glock is exactly what I would have picked actually), but like SalmonMax I'm not sure where the shotgun fits in if this is a pre-hunter character. I could see it if he were still back in rural alabama, but that's scrapped as per the above.
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Old 06-23-2019, 02:56 PM
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Wow, an actual Champions Game, here at RPGCrossing.

Count me in. I've been playing and running Hero System since '89. I feel very comfortable with it.

What are the campaign limits? Heroic? Super Heroic?
Awesome! SO glad you saw this thread and joined! I'm hoping to pull together a little community of Champions players and GM's on this fine site!
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Old 06-23-2019, 02:57 PM
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Name: Evan Tyler
Age: 25
Background: Evan was only six the first time his family made the trip out to California and he went to see the San Diego Zoo. He'd been to the zoo back in his hometown, but it was a small, sad affair with animals languishing in cages or concrete boxes. But this was something else entirely, and it left a profound impact on the boy. He knew what he was going to do with their life.

Some dreams get discarded in favor of another, and some are checked hard against the realities of life. But this one stuck with Evan for the long haul. He applied himself both in and out of school, getting into the University of Wisconsin's Zoology program. During the school year he studied biology and animal behavior, then in the summers he would join the research program and apply his knowledge first hand.

Reading about the animals, or even seeing them in zoos, was one thing. But working a few months a year as a game warden in Kenya will introduce you to a whole other side of them. Evan took well to the rough and tumble life of in-field observation. But eventually he earned his degree and had to move on. Coming back to his original dream, he got a job working at the San Diego Safari Park, working as a guide for the tourists at the same time he was mentoring under the veterinarians and researches working on the Park's more serious side.
Very cool! Lots to work with here, thank you! I'll get a sheet together with stat block for us to work on!
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Old 06-23-2019, 03:00 PM
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Hah! I really appreciate the work you put into this, but this comes out super messy when I load it up in Google docs. The table formatting is all squishy. Any chance you could stat it up in a more text based format?

Update - Saved it to a word processor file, messed around with it a lot, and now I can read it just fine. Comments ensue!

1) Too many guns. I can totally see Renata starting to pack heat once she finds out about monsters, but if this is pre-monster hunter Ren...then she's not carrying a gun, even on 'park ranger' duty after hours. I could see maybe a stungun or pepper spray or something, in case things get heated...but mostly it'd be steel-toed boots and weighted gloves and just angry RAWR punchface stuff.

2) I don't know if 'athletics' is a skill in HERO anymore, but if there is, she'd need to have it. Running/climbing/jumping/sports/etc...

3) I do see some martial arts there, which is good. Possibly more emphasis on that, if that's mechanically feasible?

Overall, really good considering the relatively small amount of info I gave you to start with! Thanks very much for getting that ball rolling!

Interesting! I went with an HTML export cause I thought it'd be easier, but there's some nice RTF export templates that play nice with Google docs, I think I'll use instead.

The firearms were totally a copy paste error, sorry!
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Here's an idea:

Name: Jonathan "Bullseye" Owens
Age: 32
Background: Jonathan Owens started out as a small town police officer in Washingon State. Life was calm until the day of the bank robbery, when he accidentally shot a bystander in the line of fire. The court of public opinion vilified him, and when he was eventually acquitted, he could not show his face around town. His career as an officer was unofficially over.

He packed up and moved down to San Diego to get a new start. He was good with guns, so he started entering marksmanship competitions. He ranked fairly high, and in a few short years became a contender. In the meanwhile he was earning a living as a security guard. It wasn't glamorous, but it paid the bills.

All was swell until he became involved with the betting circles, and lost a large amount of money. He had to make it up, quick, or they would "cash in" on him.
Looks good! I am working on getting all the write-ups in the same format and in general getting organized! I will respond more specifically I promise! This really does look good! Lots of nice hooks too!
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Old 06-23-2019, 03:06 PM
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Hello all interested parties! I'm getting organized, and put a simple table in the first post advertisement with the player list and some other stuff I will fill in like status of application/character! Thank you!!
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I recently got the PDF for the game, so I may try a build in a few days. I'll be browsing through it to get the gist. I already saw the chief: 600+ points at Superheroic level. Pretty high.

But I think you want heroic stuff, around 150 or so, right?
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I recently got the PDF for the game, so I may try a build in a few days. I'll be browsing through it to get the gist. I already saw the chief: 600+ points at Superheroic level. Pretty high.

But I think you want heroic stuff, around 150 or so, right?
Right! In fact I am keeping it simple and relatively"small ball" to start, looking at under 100 points and around 25 in matching Complications. So far actually looking at 75 total starting points.

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Old 06-23-2019, 05:43 PM
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I'm in.
Welcome!!! So, I am doing characters a little different in that I'm asking for prospective players to post their character idea in text with a background that addresses my four requirements from the first post.

I've been responding with any questions or suggestions and then linking a write up in statblock game terms. If you are experienced in Hero System please feel free to ask for specific point expenditures. I'm trying to be helpful, not controlling. 😁

I think I'm going to put the links in the table at the top of the first post.
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Old 06-23-2019, 05:49 PM
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I've updated my application with a little tidbit about San Diego and would say it is now complete unless there are other issues that need to be adressed. I've also moved my character points spent over there.
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Thank you! The background is good up to the part about actually having encountered vampires. I'm looking forward to running the characters first real encounter with a monster, so how do you feel about the background up to the part where he's running his own martial arts studio? Possibly with a sketchy financial backer, but no reveal of monsters...yet?
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-Name: Noah Benson

Age: 38

Appearance, Personality: Noah is an african-american man that stands about five foot nine with a rather heavy build. While he has developed a small beer gut over the years it is evident that he has lived an active athletic life, and while he is for a large part a deskworker these days his hands are still rough from his outdoorsy pasttimes. He keeps a short full beard and closely cut hair that is just starting to grow a little grey on the sides. His nose is a little crooked from having been broken a few too many times and not always properly reset during his college football years, but the added flaw does not make him appear more bruteish. His dark eyes are too kind for it, the imperfection making him a little more approachable even. Most of the times Noah is softly spoken and friendly, a natural people person, but as is often the case with kind people it is a terrible thing to get him angry. Some of his wards have had to find out that he values truthfulness and despises cheap tricks and lies. In a similar way he is quite a different person when he is out hunting deer. Not that he is angry then, but to see him stalk with purpose or wait with quiet patience is quite a departure from the usually easy going nature he brings to his private life and often grim job.

Bio Outline: Noah Benson was born in Talladega, Alabama to a retired air force pilot, who was now a part time flight instructor at the local airfield, and a hairdresser. His youth was uneventful, his family loving. They were not rich, but richer than a good few other families about as they could seee Sundays in church. Noah spent a lot of time outside, playing with friends or hunting with his father at the national forest during the season. He was bright enough in school, but applied himself for a long time until he realised that for most of his dream jobs he would need a degree. All of them revolved around helping people in one way or another - social worker, doctor, psychiatrist, policeman. In the end his grades were not good enough to pursue a career in medicine, but he acquired a degree in social work from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. From there picking an actual job came relatively easy to him. Not being one to just focus on the easy cases he stayed in Birmingham to pursue a career as a Parole officer working with felons. His father, in addition to showing him how to fly a plane, had taken him hunting virtually every season from since he had been around ten years old, so he had already known how to handle a rifle, but carrying a handgun and training with it was part of that job as well. His physique and friendlyness certainly helped with the kind of work he did, but every ward that fell back into their criminal ways or otherwise broke the stipulations of their parole pained him personally.

He met his then wife on the job, who had worked as a defence lawyer for one of his parolees, and things started to move very fast for them. They married a little under a year after having had their first date, a son on the way already. Yet it would not last, as two years later the son was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma, a tumor pressing on its spiral gland that had already spread by the time they realised it had caused the slowed physical development of the kid. Thousands of dollars of debt later the child still could not be saved. Noah had been chasing after specialists all around the country. Where before he'd never in all his life been north of Nashville or West of Dallas suddenly he had to relocate to the west coast to get the specialist treatment his son needed, eventually ending up in San Diego before the child passed. His marriage crumbled shortly after, leaving Noah alone and borderline depressed, stuck in San Diego with a large bulk of the debt for the treatments in his name in addition to the student debt he up until then hadn't really had a chance to work on either. Burying himself in his work helped emotionally, and the fact he could work at all, but he was not nearly making enough money to pay off his debts, barely able to pay the interest after having moved into a small bachelors apartment.

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Thanks for the updates and clarification!

Ok, so...85 points as written? Mostly bumped up by some more serious gunsmithing skills. Like professional level! And the son died? Bummer. I liked it when I thought he needed the money for the son's experimental treatment still. With his child having passed, and him in deep depression with a drinking problem, his motivation seems more problematic. I mean,
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Name: Renata Hodges
Age: 20
Background: Renata Hodges is the only daughter of the Republican Senator Thomas Hodges, serving his freshman term and already considered an 'up and comer' in Washington politics. His wife, Isabelle Hodges is heir to a wealthy family; they met at a fundraiser when he was just getting into the game while in college. Ren has two older brothers and one younger.

For a long time, Renata had resented her father's political life; both for how often it took him away, and for how it seemed to contaminate everything he did or said. Repelled by her perception of his insincerity, and eager to gain more self-direction, she decided out of high school to pursue a career as a policewoman. The moment her father found out, however, he quashed those ambitions; making it clear that he wasn't going to risk her that way, and that he'd use whatever influence he had to make sure it didn't happen.

Renata didn't take this intrusion well. Feeling powerless to affect her life, she drifted without goals. Her grades dropped and she withdrew from her social circles. This funk was shattered when, by sheer chance, she found herself in a position to intervene and stop a fellow student from being attacked on campus. It was, for that moment, everything she desperately wanted...that adrenaline rush, that flush of seeing her actions have real consequences, and the feeling that she had somehow justified her existence in the world, if only for one grateful student. Maybe she couldn't fight her dad and win...but he couldn't ruin what he didn't know about.

Renata redirected her studies into athletics programs and health and fitness, with the stated goal of becoming a physical trainer and therapist. Her father, though disappointed she wasn't interested in law or politics, could live with that. However, she began to prowl the campus after dark in disguise to engage in her dangerous game of vigilantism. On some level she was aware it wasn't about 'justice' or 'doing good,' but rather about asserting her independence and working out angst...but if that could be harnessed to admirable ends, wasn't that a good thing?

In the end what she wanted, what she craved, was a clean break. Real independence. If she didn't need his money or his influence, then he wouldn't be able to control her. How to GET that independence was the issue. Even with a job, affording school plus living costs was nearly impossible without help. She needed a break.
Got a new RTF format w updates in the linked folder, should be easier to read.

Question on the senator father, as a Republican, he's going to be in another state. I'm thinking Utah, (and frowning on his rebellious daughter going to San Diego State University instead of BYU, hurting his optics a little bit). Is that cool? Also explaining why he isn't around to bail her out ALL the time, just maybe sometimes....

Does that sound okay/fun for you?
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