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So, I've been doing some background work on my Godbound campaign, and one of the high-powered potential adversaries is an extremely high-level master of the Artifice word. Rather than go out into the world directly, she deploys automaton agents. I want them to be fairly detailed, and they're designed to be free-willed and capable of extensive independent action, so I thought I'd build them as Heroic Mortals rather than just create them as 20HD constructs or whatever. They aren't supposed to be opposition for a pantheon of Godbound, but I figure they could make serious trouble for one they caught alone, OR they can cause hellacious trouble among mortals if the PCs don't make a specific effort to stop them from doing whatever they want. I'm assuming that a God of Artifice could make them appear human rather than have the "tells" normally associated with Legacy talents, but I dunno. I don't think we have stats for The Iron Tsar or his Boyars, but I assume they are also mechanically disgusting from the perspective of common mortals.

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Ubermadchen Series Android: __ Model
Level 10 Heroic Mortal
Description:
Facts: Is a super-powered technorganic android grown in a tank by a powerful artificer.
Was educated by direct neural interface and VR-Immersion.
Still lacks experience of the human world.
Had no childhood, and has never had the experience of being weak or afraid before.
Your creator took specific efforts to make your enhancements invisible to the naked eye.
Pick more to customize.

Str: 8 (19)
Dex: 10 (16)
Con: 16
Int: 14
Wis: 13
Cha: 13

AC: 1
HP: 24
Ranged Attack: +12, 1d10+2
Melee Attack: +14, 1d8+4
Fray Die: 1d6
Hardiness: 2+
Evasion: 4+
Spirit: 5+
Effort: 6

Talents:
Innate Gift: Sapphire Wings. Flight at double speed in combat, 100mph out of combat.
Legacy: Natural Power. Has the special abilities that come from a bond to Might. (I don't think this is imbalanced, based on the Artifact creation rules these are apparently slightly less good than a lesser gift.)
Hardened Combatant: Attack bonus = Level
Legacy: Inherited Prowess (Dexterity.)
Natural Defenses
Heroic Alacrity: 2 full actions per round.
Legacy: Void Adaptation (Don't need to eat, drink, or breathe provided you get at least one hour of sunlight per day. Hard vacuum and radiation don't affect you.)
Lethal Presence: Fray Die
Cybernetic Adaptation: Pick two points once the cybernetics rules are out.
Legacy: Natural Weapon. Your fists do 1d8 damage.
Innate Gift: Varies! Pick one of the gifts of any Word that allows you to deal 1d10 damage out to 200 feet as a magic weapon etc. This is always considered a magic weapon, of course. Different specific models within the Ubermadchen line use different elements, so one might use Night and another Sky as their source. They typically have hair, eyes, clothes, etc. color-coded to their element, and you should also select Facts that reflect it. One with the Night version of this gift, for example, should probably have a Stealth-enhancing Fact. Fill in the blank space above with whatever Word or Element this gift uses.
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Have any of the Sine Nomine books had location/site tags for generic-ish fantasy cities? I'm spinning up a bunch of random cities and it would be really great if I could do it as easily as I can with SWN.
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AER is versatile as well. Even the few tags that have a little content baked in can be easily altered to suit your own setting. It also provides a worked example that showcases the versatility of the tools in the book: half of the settlements I would shamelessly steal and reskin with very little effort and very much enjoyment.
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I've just polished up my freebie TSR book design style study for general download. Interested souls can pluck it down for a review of OD&D, B/X D&D, 1st edition AD&D, BECMI, and early-era module page design details. I've also included the InDesign source file so other publishers can rip styles and tables for their own personal or commercial products, and there's an .IDML file for Scribus users and those with the more recent non-CC versions of InDesign.
A Brief Study of TSR Book Design - For many of us in the hobby there's always been a deep and abiding love for the classic modules and manuals of TSR-era D
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I've been playing around with Tekumel material of late. It's a nice breather amid the work on getting Godbound into shape, since Tekumel's so exhaustively worked out that a designer's only real job is to figure out how to make it approachable and functional for the reader.

Just for fun, I put together this half-scrawled scrap. It's got clan generation, character generation, a magic system, and a short Tekumel gazetteer. The basic system is the one for Stars Without Number, which means you can use your own favorite OSR system to cover anything the document itself doesn't cover. I might do something more with it depending on how much of a breather I need from Godbound development.
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Same, thanks! 
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I need to watch that later.
 
1944 Russian film about Koschei the Deathless is up on the youtubes. There's a good deal of propaganda feels, but there's also a tiny mushroom man giving advice and a ton of other amazing stuff like a lich with his heart in a black apple growing on a black tree on a black hill. It's good shit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkE92RxJvXs
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Gamer Friends: Last reminder for the amazing OSR Godbound Kickstarter. You can download the PDF draft right now and take a look at it if you aren't sure. Buy-in is cheap. Sine Nomine delivers gameable products on-time and with no small amount of panache.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1637945166/godbound-a-game-of-divine-heroes
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+Kevin Crawford this is the ACKS sheet I mentioned over on the KS page. It's not exactly line-art, but you might find at least some useful inspiration for a Godbound sheet.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3byNvOofZkMMkp2Q19ldElmcDg/view?usp=sharing

And if not, it's still one of the better character sheets I've ever seen.
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I love cool looking sheets like that, but my handwriting is much like an epileptic chicken walking through ink while watching Pokemon, so I prefer to type it all in, even if it does not look as nice.
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If Kevin needs funds to illustrate this, I'd be happy to chip into a crowdfunding campaign!
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Oh, thanks for the piece of history. I might start to get interested in it. :)
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Hey, +Kevin Crawford, I hope you were at least somewhat serious about how you'd do a Sine Nomine version of Tekumel, because at least one of the Thursday Night Group just said they'd be interested in working with you. See post #170. I think you churning out a very creditable sample document probably caught their attention.

I personally would be willing to back at a higher tier with this than I have to Sine Nomine's prior kickstarters (Not to say the previous ones have been janky! I just normally don't need more than a PDF.) I'm betting I'm not alone, either.

I guess what I am trying to communicate here is that we're going to throw money at you if you can do this.
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Snap. For anyone not following that thread on RPGnet, the link is here:

http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?765782-Objectively-Is-Tekumel-Really-That-Inaccessable
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