June 8th, 2019: today I added Dyad and Keeper to the various random power generation tables scattered throughout the 13. They're now in the Textbook Character Treatise, the Technical Reference, the Manual of the Psi, and the Deionomicon. I also expanded the casual psikinetic art power roster by one, and added the long-missing Matter Duplication to the Manual!
June 7th, 2019: since this batch of magic is done, I plugged it into the Powers document(s) and proofread all four variations of all four spells. Each gave me a bit of trouble, whether it was via dubious grammar or conversion failures, but I think I've ironed 'em all out. Now I need only decide what other power categories Dyad and Keeper belong to.
June 6th, 2019: wrapping up another four-pack of entreaty spells for the Entreaty Spells document(s), I've written the text for Tramplede today. This one's been in my head for quite a while, so putting it together was a snap, relatively speaking. And this spell, unlike the last two, are in no way capable of being used as 'generic' powers. So hey, bonus!
June 5th, 2019: I sort of lied yesterday, in that I hadn't completely written up Keeper. You see, while three of the four rules systems I'm working on here have a variation on Karma, Saga System 13 does not. Thus, I had to come up with something in the same theme, albeit completely different in a mechanical sense. But this I have done. Check it!
June 4th, 2019: continuing my effort to complete the Entreaty Spells documents, and thus the Powers documents yet again, I've written another entreaty to another Mesopotamian deity today. This one is Keeper, an entreaty by which Tammuz grants its wielder the ability to forge instant Karma pools with others - even if they already have one!
June 3rd, 2019: as it turns out, writing my description for Dyad, an entreaty to Gishzida, was a lot easier to sort out than was Wrest. As it also turns out, I didn't intend to write the thing in such a generalized fashion that I could easily apply it to other power rosters here on the 13, but that seems to be precisely what I have done. Bonus, I guess?
June 2nd, 2019: yeah, yeah, I have rewritten Wrest once more. I am happy enough with its text, so I have finalized all four variations on this wondrously unpredictable magic for the Entreaty Spells document. And yeah, this effect isn't going to be accessible to other power rosters, so I'm actually done with the thing, finally. Unless I revise it a third time.
June 1st, 2019: so as it turns out, I'm not comfortable writing rules for powers that completely chuck game balance. Thus, I have revised my description of Wrest, rewriting it to make a bit more sense overall - and to be not quite so horribly dangerous. It's still horribly dangerous, to be sure, but it's now... somewhat less catastrophic than before?
May 31st, 2019: fueled by a desire to (once again) wrap up the entire power roster for the 13's custom rules, so that I can finally ponder the creation of .pdf downloadables of my work, I have written up an entreaty spell dedicated to the Chaos: Wrest! This spell reflects the source of its power, for it's one of those things that can easily upend events.
May 30th, 2019: thanks to friend of the site James Land, I was told that I had bungled up the rolling tables in the Manual of the Psi. Namely, when I added Buttress to the psimantic talents, I made a cut and paste error that doubled up Luck and eliminated Reprise. Whoops! I have fixed this in both versions of the Manual, as well as the text file downloadables.
May 29th, 2019: when I was banging my head against all those rolling tables when plugging in other new power effects to the Manual and the Textbook and what have you, I already made room for Grace. Thus, I only had to insert this ability into the actual Powers documents, along with the text file downloadables. So that, as they tend to say, is that.
May 28th, 2019: having finally finished the loose ends of my recent work, for real this time, I've gone and produced another new entreaty spell for your gaming delight. This is Grace, which I have mentioned a few times over the last week or so, and is now described in four distinct flavors within the Entreaty Spells document. Well, three, since one isn't public.
May 27th, 2019: the second part of yesterday's efforts, I have made all the changes to Lethality and the cost to acquire it to all four of the text file downloadables holding all the custom and all-new game rules that I have written, which took a while. And now you can see why I resisted filling out those files for so long - revisions after the fact take forever.
May 26th, 2019: okay, I lied. Well, at the very least, I was wrong. This is because I had to revise my description of Lethality, for in hindsight it seemed a bit too powerful. Also, I have doubled the point / slot cost for this power, because it is pretty rough, when you think about it. This is what happens when I add something outside of my original plan. Beh.
May 25th, 2019: I've finally completed my work revising both versions of my Manual of the Psi, namely by plugging all the changes I've made over the last two days into the Universal Heroes and 4C System: Edition 13 text file downloadables. That pretty much wraps up all of this work with these new abilities, clearing the way to do more new powers work!
May 24th, 2019: I've continued my work adding those new abilities to the Manual of the Psi today, plugging Buttress and Nimiety into the psimantic arts and talents random rolling tables. This didn't throw off the counts between standard and casual powers, however, so I did not need to add more options to the former tables. Sorry about that, y'all.
May 23rd, 2019: before I neglect it any longer, I've started the process of integrating some of these new abilities into the Manual of the Psi. To this end, I've plugged Grace and Lethality into the random power rolling tables, even if the former isn't written yet, and then added another selection to the Metapsi casual power rolling tables.
May 22nd, 2019: with Buttress and Nimiety in the power document(s), I have now added them into the random rolling tables for the Universal Heroes and 4C System: Edition 13 versions of the Textbook Character Treatise, the Technical Reference, and the Deionomicon. I also added Grace in there, as it's the opposite of Lethality, and is coming 'soon'. Ish.
May 21st, 2019: as I did with Lethality and Warrior's Art, I've gone and added all four variations on Buttress and Nimiety to the general Powers documents. This involved not only pasting them in, but figuring out which powers were related to them. I've done this, and so all the most recent entreaty spells are squared away, except for placement in the Manual.
May 20th, 2019: now that I'm up to sixteen of the thirty new abilities that are required for the Entreaty Spells documents, it is time to give them a proper proofreading. And that's precisely what I have done, for all four variations on Buttress, Lethality, Nimiety, and Warrior's Art. Sadly, I found many textual and grammatical errors, but at least they're fixed.
May 19th, 2019: since I've almost completed another batch of entreaty spells anyway, I thought I'd put down the bits and bytes that add up to the Nimiety spell description. This is the inverse of Buttress, giving oneself a bonus to succeed in their efforts at the direct (and doubled) expense of one's allies. It sounds shifty, but it has its uses. Honest!
May 18th, 2019: with Tiamat pretty much sorted out, unless my re-reading of the Enuma Elish changes what I need her character descriptions to detail, I have written an all-new entreaty spell related to her. This is Buttress, an ability which increases the odds of one's allies succeeding in their efforts, though it inflicts twice that increase in penalties to its wielder.
May 17th, 2019: sadly, I forgot some of the pertinent details that Tiamat's character descriptions required, namely her Boon power, and a blurb about her spellcasting ability. She was known to possess the latter, after all, and the former is one of those things I'm trying to add to all my godly character entries, making it easier for players to choose entreaty spells.
May 16th, 2019: okay, so I may not have entered details about Tiamat's mystic spells when making her game-related texts, but I'll figure that out soon enough. In the meantime, I've written an extended history for this elder goddess, including some bits that are tied to a related work on Mesopotamian myths whose nature are somewhat speculative.
May 15th, 2019: I have a complete road map for my work on the Anunnaki and company all worked out, so naturally I threw that out the window and skipped to the very end. This is because I just concocted a description of the first goddess, the mother of deities and monsters, Tiamat herself. Well, the cruncy rules bits at least. Her history is in progress!
May 14th, 2019: one last change needed before I begin more new work on the Entreaty Spells document is fine-tuning the capsule descriptions of deities. This is because I changed the entreaty spell for Ereshkigal to Death Ray, making Quid Pro Quo the entreaty for her plane, Irkalla, instead. I had to change her full description to fix this, as well.
May 13th, 2019: with all the changes to extant materials finally made and archived, operating under the assumption that nothing was bungled, I went to the Universal Heroes, 4C System: Edition 13, and Saga System 13 versions of the Entreaty Spells document, and made placeholders for all sixteen of the entreaty spells that still need to be written.
May 12th, 2019: speaking of text file archives, as I was yesterday, I made all the changes to the archive for my entirely new, *
REDACTED* rules where their power roster is concerned, indicating those twenty super human abilities were now entreaty spells, in addition to their other uses. Assuming I didn't manage to mess that up like I do everything else lately.
May 11th, 2019: speaking of text file archives, as I was yesterday, I made all the changes to the archive for System 13 of the Saga rules where its power roster is concerned, indicating those twenty super human abilities were now entreaty spells, in addition to their other uses. Assuming I didn't manage to botch that like I have everything else lately, somehow.
May 10th, 2019: speaking of text file archives, as I was yesterday, I made all the changes to the archive for Edition 13 of the 4C System rules where its power roster is concerned, indicating those twenty super human abilities were now entreaty spells, in addition to their other uses. Assuming I didn't manage to screw that up like I have everything else lately.
May 9th, 2019: speaking of text file archives, as I was yesterday, I made all the changes to the archive for the Universal Heroes rules where its power roster is concerned, indicating those twenty super human abilities were now entreaty spells, in addition to their other uses. Assuming I didn't manage to mess that up like I have everything else lately, somehow.
May 8th, 2019: as it turns out, I hadn't quite managed to add Lethality and Warrior's Art to all the text file archives I maintain of my custom rules here at the 13. No, I apparently failed to plug those new spells into the Saga System 13 and *
REDACTED* rule sets, which kind of messed me up when preparing for the next task here on the 13. But I fixed that now.
May 7th, 2019: with the Powers document for the *
REDACTED* rules updated, I must do the same for that system's Entreaty Spells document. I added the twenty new abilities to it, though each may require localized customization (as I did with Lethality), and then plugged in placeholders for the sixteen entreaty spells I still haven't written yet.
May 6th, 2019: with the Powers document for my custom, System 13 Saga rules updated, I must do the same for that system's Entreaty Spells document. I added the twenty new abilities to it, though each may require localized customization (as I did with Lethality), and then plugged in placeholders for the sixteen entreaty spells I still haven't written yet.
May 5th, 2019: with the Powers document for Edition 13 of the 4C System rules updated, I must do the same for that system's Entreaty Spells document. I added the twenty new abilities to it, though each may require localized customization (as I did with Lethality), and then plugged in placeholders for the sixteen entreaty spells I still haven't written yet.
May 4th, 2019: with the Powers document for the Universal Heroes rules updated, I must do the same for that system's Entreaty Spells document. I added the twenty new abilities to it, though each may require localized customization (as I did with Lethality), and then plugged in placeholders for the sixteen entreaty spells I still haven't written yet.
May 3rd, 2019: twenty of the abilities I had chosen to take the form of example entreaty spells were already extant in the *
REDACTED* rule set I have produced previously, which will save me much work. However, I had to update the Powers document for that system to add details to those abilities to showcase the fact that they are now also entreaty spells.
May 2nd, 2019: twenty of the abilities I had chosen to take the form of example entreaty spells were already extant in my Saga System 13 rules I have produced previously, which is excellent! However, I had to update the Powers document for that system to add details to those abilities to showcase the fact that they are now also entreaty spells.
May 1st, 2019: twenty of the abilities I had chosen to take the form of example entreaty spells were already extant in Edition 13 of my 4C System rules I have produced previously, which is awesome! However, I had to update the Powers document for that system to add details to those abilities to showcase the fact that they are now also entreaty spells.
April 30th, 2019: twenty of the abilities I had chosen to take the form of example entreaty spells were already extant in the Universal Heroes rules I have produced previously, which is great! However, I had to update the Powers document for that system to add details to those abilities to showcase the fact that they are now also entreaty spells.
April 29th, 2019: as it so happens, I bungled my list of fifty (50) sample entreaty spells-to-be for the Entreaty Spells document. I chose not one, but two that I had already allocated as another spell type, so I had to fine-tune that a bit. Oh, and then I had to rebuild the entire example entreaty random rolling table. Because of course I did. Sigh.
April 28th, 2019: I wrapped up my lengthy debate over which abilities need to become sample entreaty spells for the Book of Magic's Entreaty Spells document. And you need not wait, for I have put together a random rolling table in the (Universal Heroes version of) that document, listing all fifty of them. That's right, I'm going to ultimately have fifty entreaty spells!
April 27th, 2019: so I've been winging it with the example entreaty spells for my the Book of Magic, but figured I really ought to stop doing that, and get just a bit more serious. Thus, I've started working on the final list of example entreaty spells that will be included with the Book, some which are extant powers, and others which still need written.
April 26th, 2019: oh yeah, speaking of stupid errors I've made, I found a doozy in the 4C System: Edition 13 variation on the Technical Reference while doing yesterday's work. A cut and paste foulup replaced any number of instances of 'control' with 'handling' in that book's power roster - so I have taken even more time out to fix that.
April 25th, 2019: I have added Lethality and Warrior's Art from my Entreaty Spells documents to the rest of the 13's custom rules work. The latter was quite simple, since it is only an entreaty spell, but Lethality took a whole lot more effort. And, while doing so, I spotted numerous errors from the addition of Roulette that required fixing, as well. Sigh.
April 24th, 2019: taking a crack at another entreaty spell for the Entreaty Spells documents, I've produced one that draws power from Nergal: Lethality! Of course, I saw the utility of this effect beyond mere entreaty spells, so I wrote it in such a fashion that the text for it could work on its own and within the context of the Entreaty Spells documents.
April 23rd, 2019: though I'm not quite feeling up to building more descriptions of the Anunnaki, I am ready to codify some of the entreaty spells I'll be adding to the Entreaty Spells document in their name. As such, one can find the Warrior's Art entreaty to Ishtar there, should they feel the need to rummage around in those. Check it!
April 22nd, 2019: I was feeling vaguely inspired, and had accumulated a bit of reference art to work with, so I have taken the time to add some new logos to bits of the GI Joe reference. The Night Force, Slaughters Marauders/Renegades, and 1988 Cobras now have an all-new logo. The latter took a bit more work to fidget with the site's code, but it's done, too.
April 21st, 2019: while going through the basic Viper description while making initial plans for the 1989 Cobra roster, I decided one or two things about their ability scores and skills needed fine tuning, so I did that today. Of course, I had to plug the newer versions of the Vipers into the 1986 Cobra text file downloadable, so that took some doing as well.
April 20th, 2019: though I said I was done with the 1988 Cobra material just a few days ago, it occurred to me that I could have possibly described Destro's Despoiler a bit better, as I had with most of the Cobra hardware from that calendar year. So I went back and tweaked what I had for that thing a little bit, and then called '88 good once more.
April 19th, 2019: when referencing Deep Six to get baseline dolphin statistics, I realized that I had completely wiped all of his post-1984 information somehow. Calamity! Though it was gone, even in the text file archives, I found some of it in the old old files, and repaired this venerable Joe. Even if it took me about an hour. Sigh.
April 18th, 2019: when referencing the Eel to build my Hydro-Viper entry, since the former becomes the latter through hard work and surgical enhancement, I found out that I had somehow annihilated the Universal Heroes' version of these guys' equipment. Don't know how or why, but I salvaged this from the text file downloadable and fixed it.
April 17th, 2019: when referencing the Strato-Viper to build my Star-Viper entry, since the former becomes the latter through hard work and cybernetic augmentation, I discovered that I had somehow annihilated my 4C System: Edition 13 and Saga System 13 variations on these - and never got the text files into the archive. I fixed these errors today.
April 16th, 2019: done with my work on the 1988 Cobra roster, I am left with one more task to perform before I can officially move on to the 1989 GI Joe and Cobra material. That's right, the text file downloadable for this year of villainy must be built! And I have done just that, finally putting an end to this year of Real American Hero activity here on the 13.
April 15th, 2019: with the Ferrets all sorted out, I've gone and wrapped up their ride, as well. Completing my ninth and final cycle through the 1988 GI Joe and Cobra personnel and equipment rosters, I've produced an all-new device description for the DEMON, the main ground assault vehicle fielded by Destro's personal army, the Iron Grenadiers. Ah, completion!
April 14th, 2019: getting back to the 1988 portion of my final cycle through the 1988 GI Joe and Cobra rosters of things and people, I've written a description of the last Iron Grenadier from this year. Ferrets are the highly optimistic drivers of that organization's DEMONs, and possibly the group of Iron Grenadiers with the highest attrition rate, unfortunately for them.
April 13th, 2019: with Dee-Jay all cleaned up, I probably ought to do the same for his ride. As such, I've Modernized my descriptions of the Pulverizer, the last Battle Force 2000 vehicle until very, very recently (don't ask). I also produced the 4C System: Edition 13 variation on the thing, but then again, that only took a few moments.
April 12th, 2019: being out of 1988 GI Joes for this last cycle through my 1988 GI Joe and Cobra material, I thought I'd get a head start on the 1989 roster of the former. That's why I've Condensed and Modernized the text I'd previously written for Dee-Jay, the seventh and last member of Battle Force 2000 - who actually got two action figures, unlike his peers!
April 11th, 2019: having finally wrapped up the 1988 GI Joe roster, making considerable upgrades to it in the process of doing so, I'm taking time out to refresh its text file downloadable. This should make it easier for you to get your hands on all these things and folks for your game - or, I guess, for others to lift it wholesale when stealing my work outright.
April 10th, 2019: hey, I started up the ninth and final cycle through my 1988 GI Joe and Cobra material, and have completed work on the personnel roster for the former. That's right, I've finally Modernized my descriptions of Hit 'n Run, added his 4C System: Edition 13 variation, and plugged in details from his 2013 and 2015 figures. Which just leaves one more thing to do, eh?
April 9th, 2019: hello, and welcome to the twenty-second year of Technohol 13! The writer of this site, one or two outlier submissions to the contrary, welcomes all six of you who frequent it back for another year of action, adventure, and excitement! And there should be a lot of all three, since the site is now old enough to legally drink in the US of A.
As it is the anniversary of the site's very creation, I am taking the opportunity to roll the 13 over to this new year of its existence. A lot of this involves fine-tuning a few of the 'updates' documents, but there is a few other odds and ends that need doing, since I build the site manually, as opposed to using a 'content management system', but I don't mind.
But wait, there's more! In addition to my annual site maintenance, I have produced an all-new character description for you! This one features the Nullifiers, elite pilots in Destro's Iron Grenadiers who fly its Anti-Gravity Pod. A physically unforgiving aircraft, the AGP can only be flown by the strongest of men and women, which is why Nullifiers pump iron all day long!
Speaking of the AGP, I made my customary 'double content update' on this auspicious date, and described the AGP itself! That's right, no need to wait a day or week or however long it takes me to get on it to cover the vehicle that goes with whatever vehicle driver I'm adding. Yay! And that finishes my eighth cycle through the 1988 GI Joe and Cobra rosters.
While I didn't quite managed to finish everything I would have liked over the last Technoholic year, I'm nonetheless quite proud of what I've accomplished, and hope you've managed to find some use for it. Though time grows ever more limited as the years progress, the hope is to continue this process, and keep serving you the Technoholic goods for a long time to come!
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