Technohol 13: Marvel Super Heroes RPG (Classic & Saga) Material
Monday, February 19, 2018
(posted February 9th, 2017)
I've actually managed an update a day for the entirety of this, our twentieth Technoholic year, and I think I've worked ahead enough to seal the deal on that score. Even in the event of some inexplicable calamity or another, I believe that I'll keep up the good work here at the 13, what with me being only about a dozen updates short. Probably less, really, but who's counting? Not me!
Anyhow, over in the Book of Magic, I have completed the eleventh of thirteen micro-expansions dedicated to each of the mystic schools. Voodoo, at least based upon its portrayals in comics and movies, has now been officially expounded upon for the Book. I tried to be as respectful as possible with this material, since it is based, however loosely, on the experience of several million people.
Also, for the Book of Magic, I have completed the twelfth of thirteen micro-expansions dedicated to the mystic schools. Philosophical magic, as it was previously written, is no more. I don't think I previously translated what was in my head into text for the Book, but I have definitely managed it this time. I think I wrote more for this school than any other so far - and that's saying something!
That just leaves one more mystic school micro-expansion to go, that for technomancy, though I as of yet have no idea how to properly quantify that in game terms. I've actually found one or two source books online dedicated to the subject, and they were thoroughly wanting. So, as usual, I have no reference to draw upon, and am mostly stabbing in the dark there. But at least that way nobody can say I copied anything!
After that, I only have two more expansions to go before the Book is completely, utterly complete. Unless I add additional 'features' later, which are not required to make it go. Things like alternate names for spells, the miscellany of uncategorized spells (of which I only have one right now, but still), and so on. Hopefully I'll at least get the schools done by April 9th, but I guess we'll see.
On the other half of the 13, in my GI Joe reference, I've come pretty close to wrapping up the 1985 personnel and equipment rosters for both GI Joe and Cobra. Usually I do one at a time, but I figured I had enough to follow a highly convoluted update scheme that saw me getting right where I needed to be in order to wrap them up (almost) at the same time, so I figured I would go ahead and do so.
As of this moment, I have all of the 1985 Joes modernized and Condensed, and only have a few more of their devices to wrap up. On the other hand, I have modernized and condensed all of my extant 1985 Cobra descriptions, and only have all new entries to go. In fact, since last we spoke, I crafted descriptions of the Cobra Battle Kits, Eels, and Lampreys. Mmm, new character descriptions.
Ideally, I'll be done with these guys and gals and things by the end of this Technoholic month (not year), which will afford me a bit of time to hit one or two or three oddities before I dive into the 1986 GI Joe roster of personnel and equipment proper. Once I'm done with '85 and '86, the '97 and '98 Joe rosters will be almost entirely done, so I may fill in the gaps there before I start. Because why not?
As always, you'll see what I manage 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 Snow Serpents, Lampreys, Cobra Battle Field Kits, Eels, the Flight Pod, Tele-Vipers, Firefly, Scrap-Iron, the Weather Dominator, Wild Weasel, Copperhead, the ASP, the CLAW, the GI Jane, the Brain-wave Scanner, (just) Billy, the SEA Legs, Cobra's Trojan Robots, the MASS Device, Cobra's Transport Helicopter, the Missile Command Headquarters, and Perceptor!
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