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Create your Champions character in less than one minute using this versatile deck of 54 cards. Pick one Characteristics card, one Complications card, and three to ten Abilities cards to make your point-averaged superhero! Then upload the card numbers to the Hero Designer software to print your character sheets. Electronic files will be made available through Bits & Mortar for retail store customers.
Ever want to play Champions but can't because your friends feel that the character creation process is too long? Champions Character Creation Cards (or CCCC) are here for you! This deck of cards is designed to make the process fast, fun, and simple. The deck consists of the following 54 color-coded and numbered cards which also have helpful archetype symbols to help make coherent character creation more intuitive. The deck contains the following cards:
- 6 Characteristics Cards (Blue)
- 10 Complications Cards (Black)
- 10 One Hundred Point Ability Cards (Red)
- 13 Fifty Point Ability Cards (Yellow)
- 13 Twenty Five Point Ability Cards (Purple)
- 2 Information Cards
Characteristics Cards: Determined!, Dexterous!, Fast!, Smart!, Strong!, Tough!
Complications Cards: Achilles Heel, Alien, Answerable, Arch-Enemy, Bull in a China Shop, Love Interest, Mistrusted, Mutant, True Blue Hero, Undersea Dweller
25-Point Ability Cards: Breathes Underwater, Combat Claws, Detective, Invisibility, Flight, Marksman, Master of Combat, Stretching Powers, Super Leap, Super Running, Super Strong, Super Vision, Tough Guy Fisticuffs
50-Point Ability Cards: Base and Vehicles, Comic Book Ninja, Energy Blast, Forcefield, Intangibility, Returning Throwing Weapon, Scientist!, Teleportation, Theme Weaponry, Size Alteration, Super Bow and Arrows, Utility Belt Super Pill
100-Point Ability Cards: Elemental Powers, Ice Powers, Invulnerable, Mystic Master, Power Ring!, Powered Armor, Psionic, Robot, The Gun Locker, Undead
These are further distinguished by informative symbols, suggesting to a novice player how a coherent character might be made by matching cards symbol-to-symbol. They are:
- Everyhero (meaning universal)
- Martial Artist
(Note: All of the cards shown are experimental roughs, not the final versions. This is why they don't always match the information listed here. But collectively they provide a glimpse of what the project will look like in its final form.)
Additionally, cards are numbered to allow the game master or player to select matching numbered files from the CCCC Hero Designer Character Pack (or CCCCHDCP) and plug them into Hero Designer to create their hero! This character can then be customized, balanced, or otherwise altered to more specifically meet the player's needs.
(To purchase the Hero Designer software package, click HERE to link to the Hero Games website.)
It's worth mentioning that this deck is designed to produce a point averaged 400 point standard superheroic 6th Edition Champions character. This means that the actual point value of the Ability assigned to a card may be, in actuality, slightly higher or lower than the card indicates. Don't be overly concerned. Roll with it! This problem can be solved later using Hero Designer. Or not at all, as it won't affect game play in any measurable way for a novice player.
And speaking of novice players: this product is really for them, as well as for more experienced players and game masters looking for a tool to help convince reluctant gamers to try Champions. To help those who are new to the Hero System (Champions) jargon, one side of the card contains a simple explanation of what the card does, the other statistical rules information (or “writeups.”) In cases where the writeups are too large to fit on the card, additional information is provided by card number in the electronic portion of the product.
AND speaking of the electronic portion of this product, it contains not only additional, expanded card descriptions and HD files, but also a print-suitable version of the card deck so the purchaser can print additional decks or cards at home when needed.
- All Characteristics cards are built at 150 points for the sake of simplicity. They can, of course, be modified in Hero Designer to match the tastes of the player.
- All Complications cards are built at 75 (or -75) points, as is standard for a 400 point 6th Edition Champions character.
- While playtesting this product in my Strike Force Nevada campaign, once a player has selected his or her cards, we simply copied them four at a time on our office copier to a create a crude initial character sheet. This served us well in an introductory game, and took barely any time at all!
- If a new player wants to avoid math entirely, they can simply build using color coding. After selecting a black (Complications) and a blue (Characteristics) card, they can use any of the following potential builds to complete their character:
- 2 Red, 1 Yellow
- 2 Red, 2 Purple
- 1 Red, 1 Yellow, 4 Purple
- 1 Red, 3 Yellow
- 1 Red, 2 Yellow, 2 Purple
- 5 Yellow
- 3 Yellow, 4 Purple
- 10 Purple
- 4 Yellow, 2 Purple
- (These builds are helpfully provided on one of the Information cards.)
- Whenever possible, the builds on most of the cards are kept deliberately simple for new players, sacrificing the elaborate modifications which so fascinate experienced Champions players. But Fear Not! You can always add additional Byzantine levels of complexity using Hero Designer later.
- The cards will be standard poker size: 3.5 x 2.5 inches, or 88.9 x 63.5 centimeters.
$10.00 Electronic Only Package A zip file that includes a PDF of the cards suitable for printing at home, the Hero Designer Files, instructions, and errata, including notes on Jason's CCCC-generated Strike Force Nevada home campaign!
$15.00 The Lonely Fun A single physical copy of the deck, a zip file that includes a PDF of the cards suitable for printing at home, the Hero Designer Files, instructions, and errata, including notes on Jason's CCCC-generated Strike Force Nevada home campaign!
$24.00 Behind The Counter Are you a brick-and-mortar retailer? Get three copies of the deck for your store at $8.25 each (55% of the retail price).
$30.00 Life Of The Party Same as The Lonely Fun, only you get three decks: one for each new player!
$10.00 Add Your Own Card For each ten dollars you add on, you can submit your own writeup for one hundred, fifty, or twenty five point Ability cards. We will then create it, and make certain you receive it along with your deck or decks. Should we reach our Expansion Deck stretch goal of $5,000, we will include the very best of the fan-submitted cards in the deck. You will receive designer recognition on the cards you have created, though submitted cards do become the property of High Rock Press.
$15.00 Get An Extra Deck For each fifteen dollars you add on, you will receive an extra copy of the Champions Character Creation Card deck!
If we unlock this level, we will create the Champions Character Creation Expansion Deck (or CCCED). The CCCED contains an additional 54 Ability cards! These include 16 one hundred point red cards, 19 fifty point yellow cards, and 19 twenty five point purple cards. If we hit this stretch goal, we will send every backer the appropriate deck or decks, depending on what level they've pledged at. For example, electronic only backers will only get the electronic only files, single deck backers will get a single deck of the stretch goal, and so forth.
If we unlock this level, we will create the Dark Champions Character Creation Cards (or DCCCC)! Create Dark Champions characters with this entirely new deck designed in the same manner as the original CCCC deck. These include 9 Archetype cards, 9 Package Deal cards, 18 Super Skill cards, and 18 Equipment cards. If we hit this stretch goal, we will send every backer the appropriate deck or decks, depending on what level they've pledged at. For example, electronic only backers will only get the electronic only files, single deck backers will get a single deck of the stretch goal, and so forth.
Jason S. Walters is an author, essayist, and publisher best known for running Indie Press Revolution (IPR), a distributor of micro-published roleplaying games. He is also one of a small group of investors that purchased Hero Games in 2001, and serves as its CEO. He is the developer of numerous roleplaying games, including Champions Complete, Fantasy Hero Complete, At The Hands of An Angry God, and Aaron Allston's Strike Force. Jason has created Champions Character Creation Cards.
Ruben Smith-Zempel was made in Oregon. He showed his creativity at an early age, charging his 3rd grade classmates 25 cents for paper and cardboard army vehicles (for the G.I. Joe’s, of course). Thus was born an artist who would never shy away from creating things important to his hobbies. Ruben will be handling layout and graphic design for this project.
Greg Elkins is also known as Tiger's Eye Media. He puts out about one hundred billion zillion Hero System products each year, including many for Hero Designer. Greg will be handling the Hero Designer portions of this project.
Risks and challenges
I've never done a card product. I've published a lot of books, and a bunch of them were for the Hero System. But never once a card product. So I suppose that the danger here is that there's some aspect of creating one that you don't know about until you've done it. Not sure what that would be, but it's certainly possible. So I'll be keeping an eye out for it!
-Jason Walters, PublisherLearn about accountability on Kickstarter