This is a small batch because I was worried I’d never find the courage to go through the enormous Sarge Steel research pile to do the artwork. So I got it out of the way. There were a few other targets of opportunity :
- FAQ. There’s been some minor polishing in the FAQ ; furthermore a Mutants & Masterminds 3rd edition section has been added since a small subset of DCH community members are resuming work in this thread at the Atomic Think Tank. If you’re a M&M player reading this, you’re quite welcome to meet us there.
The FAQ, being huge, is going to eventually be split in several parts corresponding to the main types of WORG readers.
- SARGE STEEL. The second writeup for Sarge Steel, covering his career as a DC character, is in. It has a huge lot of history about espionage and metahuman operations in the DCU (and has been richly illustrated since the text is long).
- Chris’s entry for Volcana has been reworked, had some text encoding issues fixed, received a fair bit of new art, and the like. As to Phantom Girl, a text encoding issue has been repaired.
- THUNDERBOLTS. Continuing Gareth’s big arc we now cover the strangeness of the Ghost.
- Slagg and Coven are two minor, generic 1990s mercenaries from the DCU. Being useful, they each got an entry.
- WONDER WOMAN. Here’s a profile for Dgrth, an otherdimensional version of the Devil and an enemy to Stalker and – much later – to Wonder Woman.
- ART PATCHES. Very minor improvements using illustrations I had laying around and never got the time to work on:
- REWORK. Minor polish to the entries for the General and Henri Ducard. Very minor technical changes to the Claw the Unconquered entry – preparing M&M stats for an entry is the best way to spot technical issues, I guess.
And that’s 4598 entries so far.
This batch is again about chasing loose ends with an ax, an open plaid shirt and bloodshot eyes. However these loose ends are new content – the end of the backlog, some v2s and some entries from the shadow backlog.
Roll call :
- Ethan continues to cover famous atomic horror movie monsters. This time it’s the mega-spider from the 1950s Tarantula movie he’ll tell you about.
- DALLAS. Of course we need more Dallas writeups ! This time around Peter cover Cliff Barnes.
- LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES. Chris has released another entry (yay !) – here’s a bite-sized piece of pre-Crisis LSH lore, the old version of Calorie Queen.
- SUPREME POWER. More of Peter’s work about this series, with the version of Emil Burbank seen therein. Burbank always was an interesting villainous mastermind.
- WONDER WOMAN. I’ve sort of lost count of how many Wonder Woman entries are in this arc, since it works along a loose “two degrees of separation” principle (for instance Wonder Woman -> Nemesis -> some dude Nemesis fought in 1982). But this one is straightforward – it’s the Gorilla Knights, guys.
- Hominid71 has written up the hero of a late 1960s BBC TV series, Adam Adamant, by many of the same people who made The Avengers.
- CARBONE’S KILLERS. Following the rewriting of Cane and Combat, here are more formulaic hitmen who fought the Punisher to distract folks from the fact that I’m not advancing as quickly as I should on the shadow backlog front ;
- STARFIRE. Our two writeups about the 1970s swords-and-lasers DC series have been almost entirely redone, because entries are always better the second time around. Or at least, mine are. These are the writeup for Starfire herself, and the one for her buddy Thump.
- POLISHING. Typo corrected in the Black Canary writeups (she had been cheated out of two APs on her sonic cry for the classic years stats).
I’m still clearing my to-do lists dealing with the Sisyphean work to improve or round out existing content. So it’s just a Men at Work Batch, for values of “Men” that include women. Upgraded stuff :
- ART PATCHES. More stuff that should have been online ages ago :
- Another shot for Duplicate Boy
- Another shot for Firepower
- Much extended illustration bar for our Ign’ea notes
- Another shot for our old Lady Vic writeup
- Two more banners for our Lester Girls entry
- The entries for Col. Trevor and Lt.-Col. Candy-Trevor have had art fixes – instead of using comics books that were poorly printed and nearly 25 years old I’ve used the same shots from the first trade paperback reprint. There are the exact same images, only in much much better quality because, heh, George Perez. Does somebody has the second TPB and a scanner ?
- Svetlana X – the previous version was notes about her main appearance, now it’s a full entry with full research, more info, adjustments, new content, new pictures, etc.
- Neutrax of the Super-Assassins, who fought the LSH – revised, improved and updated by Chris since these guys have made their return to the DCU. Neutrax has also gone from having just one illo to having the normal WORG Pulchritudinous Pictorial Payload.
- Colonel Sulphur, just like Svetlana, has gone from having his main appearance written to having a full profile. But you had deduced that !
- Barricade (SHIELD agent) was largely rewritten and had its illustrations redone
- Doctor Doom’s Time-Bot – one of the last entries quoting Marvunapp no longer does, entirely rewritten and re-illustrated.
- CLAW THE UNCONQUERED. Claw has been updated, expanded and revised with demon-inspired vigour. The entry is now much bigger, fully up to date and crammed with stuff – and generously illustrated to boot. There will be a full coverage of Claw’s friends and foes, but given the packed publishing schedule for the site we do not advise holding one’s breath.
- SIGNIFICANT REWORK. The following entries have had a serious talking-to and are now much better :
- Armadillo (was also updated to be current, added a few banners)
- Two entries for characters I really wish I had time to cover much better – Cliff Steele and Black Canary (Dinah Laurel Lance) – have been made as OK as this sort of notes gets
- Max Payne now has much better rules for his bullet time thing, plus some minor rewriting
- SCHTICK EVOLUTION. We were originally planning to review one Schtick a week to keep polishing them, which has turned out to be unworkable. But while things move slower, they’re still moving :
- The The ‘I’ in ‘Team’ Schtick (formerly Gorilla Warfare) has been removed from the list and crammed in the special section at the end of the document since we no longer use it – Man-Ape was the only guy with it and a less experimental approach is now being used
- The Paired Weapons Schtick now has a suggested cost since it gets used way more than the others
- The Alienating Subplots has been removed from the list and archived at the bottom since we came up with a better approach
- One-half of this better approach is the Signature Subplot Schtick, now included in the listing. The other half (Repetitive Narrative) is a Drawback and will be included in the next release of the New Optional Rules compilation. James Rhodes and Iron Fist now have Signature Subplot instead of the old one.
- Strangler’s Hands has been further polished and developed
- Master of Interaction has been through one more iteration as a result of a long-running discussion about Character Interaction Manoeuvres
- CLEAN-UP TYPE REWORK. Varied but generally minor improvements for :