Oct. 18th, 2010

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So, I went camping over the weekend.  Three days of living off the grid, plenty of time to read.  Most of what I read was a novel called Ex-Heroes, a so-so mashup of the superheroic (which I like very much when done well) and zombie survival (which I basically never enjoy all that much). By the end of the book, I'd decided that for NaNoWriMo this year, I'm doing a superhero novel of my own, based on some pretty decent campaign histories I wrote nearly twenty (!) years ago.  Which meant digging those histories out and reading them for the first time in at least a decade (it was the first real Champions campaign I ran after moving to Houston, so we're talking '94 or 95', and I'm not sure how long the hard copies have been sitting in file folders, but ten years or so seems reasonable).

Turns out, there's some good stuff in there.  Not all of it, and lord knows I'll have to change and flesh out a ton of stuff to actually make a work of coherent fiction out of it, but some good ideas.

At any rate, that got me looking at Champions stuff, and realizing that I've really never sat down and figured out HERO System 6th Edition, like I always said I was going to do, and the next thing I knew, I'd fired up Hero Designer, sat down with an NPC out of one of the world books, and started entering stats.

Turns out the things I had some trouble wrapping my brain around are pretty simple once you go through the entire process.  Now, I'm curious how it'll play.  I imagine not that differently from 4th or 5th edition, really, but it does make me want to pull out the "Bucket O'd6s" and give it a shot.

Of course, I'm still swamped at work and will be for another three or four weeks and NaNoWriMo starts November 1, and then there's the holidays, so I probably wouldn't actually get to do anything with it until January and by then I'll be finalizing my Owlcon preparations, so the fact is, this is probably a dead end or at least a false diversion.

C'est la vie.


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