Sunday, May 6, 2018
Speed Comics #4 - pt. 2
A 1st degree burn starts at around 111 degrees F; let's assume that is for 1 point of damage. If we double the max damage every time the temperate doubles, that gets us to 1-8 points of damage at 888 degrees, which is the damage assigned to crossing fire in the Basic rules. Since steel melts at around 2,700 degrees F, that puts us about halfway between 2-16 damage and 4-32 points of damage, which maybe we could put at 4-24 damage. Shock would still get a save vs. missiles for half damage.
There's currently no power that makes someone immune to poison (though there could be!), but the 1st-level power Different Physical Structure gives a high saving throw bonus and could apply here.
It's an interesting tactic to collect poisonous snakes and throw them at your opponents. I'm not sure a Hero should be the one doing it, though. Using poison as a weapon seems to be decidedly un-heroic. Perhaps Shock made his save vs. plot to avoid genre conventions here, or maybe the Editor allowed it because he threw snakes at them to invoke a morale check, not as an attack.
Florida has lots of islands around it.
This is 1940, so Shock's concern isn't that Germany might be planning an invasion; his concern is that their base being too close to the U.S. violates American neutrality.
When raiding a submarine base, your first tactic should always be to raid the torpedo dump first.
I'm not sure how Shock knows there are women and children aboard the ocean liner; it seems like he's just guessing. Unless, maybe, the Editor gave him a skill check to see if he could spot passengers on deck from where he was?
Given how comic books work, I think Von Kampf is underestimating when he says he has a 1 in 1,000 chance of survival. If I was using the villain class from 1st edition (Supplement II: All-American), Von Kampf would be level 3, maybe even level 4 by now, with a 40-55% chance of survival under mysterious circumstances.
What's surprisingly not effective? Panthers, as this one is taken down with a single thrown rock. Maybe it was starving and down to its last few hit points. Or, even more disturbingly, I may have to stat water buffaloes better than panthers.
Combining a mobster type with a trap -- like putting a panther at the bottom of a pit -- is a good idea, though the story is unclear if the panther was part of the trap or the trap was for the panther and he just happened to still be in it.
It's also unclear how they managed to get captured again. Maybe they could not think of a way to get out of the pit on their own.
If you thought "mongoos" looks like a misspelling -- you're right.
(Scans courtesy of Comic Book Plus.)