Lesson #2 - "Super Hero Syndrome"

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With Prof. Dr. Fritz von Stossenbaum Alkaseltzer

Super Hero Syndrome, or SHS for short, will strike when you least expect it from people you even less expect it from. What is the SHS? How and why does it start? How can we stop it? All good questions… and they shall be answered! or my name is Günter… and it’s not…

So First things first, what is SHS. Well it's evil… but we already knew that, otherwise I wouldn’t have spend a whole lesson about it. SHS is the name that we gave to those players who think they are Q’s, immortal, best at everything and ever hitting with a phaser. Some players might be for ever in the grip of SHS, some may have temporal black outs. But one thing is certain, at one time or another we will all meet SHS or somebody who is suffering from it.

How and Why SHS? The how does it work, I actually explained that earlier but for those who aren’t paying attention. A player suffering from SHS will make his character the best of the best, the character will have finished Starfleet Academy as top of his class and he will always have the right answers and strategies in the right times. He has the connections, he has the McGuyver skills when it comes to making bombs for chewing gum and a piece of dental floss. Why do player fall into the deep dark side of SHS? Because it’s the easy way out… it’s a simple as that… Players who prefer the SHS way are just to lazy to do it the RP (Role-playing) way. And to be frank (don't be confused… I'm still Fritz…) they actually miss the best part of RP’ing that way… Weaknesses!

How can we stop it? Well for that we need Your Help! When you write your character make sure that he has its flaws, everybody has flaws, you and I have flaws why wouldn’t a fictional character have them? Putting minor flaws into your character is fun to play and makes it a whole lot more realistic. Also be aware that Skills take time to develop and learn and be realistic in what your char can do (i.e. An Engineer is unlikely to be able to perform an autopsy on an Alien lifeform) If you have read this entire lesson then you are already halfway to saving yourself from the Evil SHS Monster. Having your character need help fixing the replicator, translating a foreign language allows for more interaction with the crew, which is the ultimate in RP.

Now for some examples, so you can diagnose SHS early and adequately and go and tell the Big Boss…

The SHS Way:
Fritz rushed over the plains a type IV phaser in both hands blasting at the hordes of oncoming rabid Klingons "Come and get some you Dogs!!!" All the disruptor shots missed Fritz as he was doing his famous Von Stossenbaum Alkaseltzer Manoeuvre, and just dodged all the incoming fire. The Klingons died by the dozens and when the group, or what was left of it, finally arrived at Fritz’s location the remaining Klingons got frightened by his awesomeness they threw their weapons to the ground and ran off, tail between their legs. Fritz the Magnificent has been victorious once again.
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The RP Way:
Fritz jumped into some nearby bushes and peered through the leafs he saw what seemed to be a horde of oncoming rabid Klingons, armed with disruptors and Bat’leths. They were storming down the hill towards the base camp of the USS Pegasus away team, “there is no way we can fight them off” Fritz whispered to himself as he rose from his hiding spot. Fritz ran back to the camp, hoping that he would arrive in time to warn everybody to run… run like hell.
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Off course these examples are a bit exaggerated but after years and years of studies I have found out that you simple minds are impressed by such a thing. I hope this was informative to you all, as always if you have any questions concerning this lesson Go Bug The CO!!!

Until Next Time!
Dr. Fritz von Stossenbaum Alkaseltzer
L.I.S.P. Professor
Starfleet Headquarters
"Fritzie, Fritzie, He’s Our Man… If He Can’t Do It… No One Can!!!"

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