Monthly Archives: December 2011

Probably because they have to do the laundry

(From "The Green Mask" volume 2, number 3.)

HM3: Cityscapes

I've just updated the core HeroMachine 3 app to support a new set of items. They're in the "Background" slot, and the set is named "Cityscapes". Here they are:

The first one is the "Dark Alley" from Replacement Prize List 2. Since I didn't want a whole set of items with just one thing in it, I went ahead and did the rest. Hopefully you'll find them useful when making settings for urban characters.

I've just double-checked and the updates are live. If you don't see the new set in the list, you'll have to flush your cache.

Do Androids dream of … kicking each other's butts?

Before posting the poll, for those of you who don't know, Roy Batty is the bad-ass android/replicant from "Blade Runner", played by Rutger Hauer. Data is a milk-skinned emo-seeking android from "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Here, it's these guys:


It's tempting to just declare Roy the winner here because he came from a darker, more dangerous universe than the sunny Lieutenant Commander Data. However, Roy faced off against a regular human and lost, and Data's stronger, faster, and smarter than Harrison Ford any day of the week and twice on any day he plays an Amish character. Nothing against the Amish, you understand, but they're not going to be reading this anyway so why not engage in totally made-up discrimination with no basis in reality? After all, it IS the holiday season!

On the other hand, Data has been shown to be susceptible to psychological manipulation, something this particular replicant excels at.

Personally I'd still stick with the replicant, because Data had to prove he was "fully functional" with Tasha Yar, and for that he deserves a swift mercy killing. But which would you choose?

Super-hero first dates are awkward

(From "The Green Mask" volume 2, number 3, 1945.)

Caption Contest 114 – Holy Horrific Holiday, Batman!

Your challenge this week is to come up with the best replacement dialog for this comics panel:

The best entry (as judged by yours truly) wins the author's choice of either any item they like or any portrait to be included in HeroMachine 3′s final release, or a custom black and white “Sketch of the Day” style illustration (you pick the subject, I draw it however I like).

All entries must be left as a comment (or comments) to this post. Keep ‘em clean (appropriate for a late-night broadcast TV show), but most importantly, keep ‘em funny!

This week we have a cap of no more than five (5) entries per person, so make 'em your best!

Character Design Contest 79 Winners!

Since this is the holiday season, I'm not going to pick an overall winner for this week's contest. Instead, all of the following Finalists should consider themselves winners, albeit without an actual prize. Thanks for all your creativity this year, everyone, and Happy Holidays!

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Great moments in useless super-powers

(From "The Green Mask" volume 2, number 2, 1945.)


(From "The Green Mask" volume 2, number 2, 1945.)

HM3: Noob mask

Another set of items from the Replacement Prizes list, now available in Headgear-Military:

I hope that's code for something

(From "The Green Mask" volume 2, number 2, 1945.)