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Old December 14th, 2015, 06:16 PM
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I seem to recall that HERO is the latest iteration of the Champions' system, so it struck me as a possible superhero-crossover, which is why I asked the question.

Thanks for the clarification.
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I seem to recall that HERO is the latest iteration of the Champions' system, so it struck me as a possible superhero-crossover, which is why I asked the question.

Thanks for the clarification.
Hero System produces quite playable characters in non-Supers settings as low as 25 points; 50 points is a low level hero, 75 is an action hero (like McGuyver or BA Baracus), 100 is a street level super or a 00-level Agent, 150 is typical low-level 4-color, 25o is major name heroes, and 500 does Superman almost convincingly, and overdoes batman. Greek Gods run to 3000 points, Norse up to at least that much. A 0 point NPC is the normal man on the street. A –25 point is a dependent.

Ships, followers, and robots can be bought out of character points in many setttings...
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characters for Traveller Hero were based on 150 pts originally
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Yeah, I seem to recall my friend's brother pointing at me and saying "You're not even a '10'!" referring to the Strength stat on the character sheet.

Thanks for the breakdown. Based on that 150 does seem kind of high, but that's just my knee jerk reaction. Most interesting.
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Yeah, I seem to recall my friend's brother pointing at me and saying "You're not even a '10'!" referring to the Strength stat on the character sheet.

Thanks for the breakdown. Based on that 150 does seem kind of high, but that's just my knee jerk reaction. Most interesting.
As with GURPS, the later edition has had a little inflation.

It's important to note, tho', that most hero players DO NOT refer to base points... they usually refer to Active Points (base + disad total), and I'm a 3rd/4th ed player in the past, while 5th encourages slightly higher totals...

Looking in TH Bk1... the following points are recommended:

150 Base, 50 Disad, 200 AP100 base, 50 disad, 150 AP
Star Viking
Freelance Adventurer
Military
Espionage
Law Enforcement
Merchant
Exploration

All genres are to use Normal Characteristic maxima (in essence, you can't take the 8 primary atts above 20 without explicit permission from the GM, and even then doing so costs double for levels above 20), and adhere to the Traveller technology paradigm.

It's worth nothing that 100 and 150 point supers games are usually 200 and 250 AP respectively, and aren't restricted to normal human limits on atts, while 100 point heroic characters are 150 AP, and 150 point high powered characters are usually 200 AP...

Oh, and "Joe Normal" is flat 8's for primary atts...
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We found Hero a tricky balancing act for "normals". The default supers mode is too survivable and the standard options for normals, such as hit location and far more attacks being RKA, is rough on a PC. And that was Fantasy Hero, where healing magic is available. The level of magic medicine in Traveller is relatively low, but Hero characters are fairly involved to build, so the lethality vs "time to replace" is mismatched to me.

It didn't help that the first version of Star Hero was a deeply dissonant book.
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I guess things have changed since I played in the 80s. There a 150 pt. character was something akin to a Marvel mutant; Iceman, Johnny Torch, what have you. You had a base 100 plus dis-advantages (fanatically hunted by VIPER or some such).

Based on what you put down, and drawing on my own impressions from way back when, if I wasn't a "10", and the stats on the character sheet represented extremely gifted individuals, then by definition you really couldn't create a Traveller HERO character that could survive the game.

It's my impression that Traveller characters are essentially highly trained soldiers, and the only offset they have is the Traveller weapons' technology. I seem to recall that the VIPER grunt at the back of the first Champions book was in the 125 pt. realm...but maybe I'm not recalling that correctly.

Anyway, I guess DoM had it all figured out. Oh well.
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agreed on first ed Star Hero, there was an unpublished second ed that Don actually had a hand in, the actual second ed is for 6th ed, Traveller Hero was written for 5th, Don was working on the 6th Updated version
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We found *snip*

It didn't help that the first version of Star Hero was a deeply dissonant book.
I didn't even know one was produced.
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agreed on first ed Star Hero, there was an unpublished second ed that Don actually had a hand in, the actual second ed is for 6th ed, Traveller Hero was written for 5th, Don was working on the 6th Updated version
I've never been involved in the Hero online community (due somewhat to my being the polar opposite* of most outspoken Hero players) but I've heard rumors that the first go at Star Hero suffered from competing dev teams, personal politics, and typical 80s gamer behavior.

I had a hand in T20, and noted later that it is different from the other system licensed Traveller. T20 stretched, beat, and arguably broke D20 to fit Traveller, while GURPS Traveller instead stretched, beat, and arguably broke Traveller to fit GURPS. It is one reason I have little enthusiasm for GURPS Traveller, and encapsulates the concern I have regarding Traveller Hero. I know how resilient Hero is, and how adaptable it *thinks* it is.

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* when I bowed out, the "community" of 4th ed were busily optimizing their characters according to the oft-stated maxim that a character should properly represent his points. This same crowd went into uproar when Mystic Masters suggested its "Astral Projection" solution, as one simply did not hand out 90+ points like that. Flip that maxim on its head and you get closer to my approach, and the one strongly implied by the earlier editions when discussing Disads, as well as the reality of magic items in FH: "the points should represent the character." I ran into too many who simply could not absorb the idea, and walked away.
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