City of Heroes – My Return to Rhode Island

I recently returned to City of Heroes, which explains why I'm still not 100% caught up on blog posts.

City of Heroes - Introduction

If you've never played City of Heroes, then you missed a great game.

Much like Overwatch, this is the game that has been taking up a lot of my "free" or research time.

This game used to be my 2nd favorite game (after SSBM), and I put a lot of time into both PvP and PvE aspects of the game.

Unfortunately, the servers shut down on Friday, November 30, 2012, and the game looked to have died forever.

That said, there was a secret server running for years, that has since been open-sourced and released.


I now play on the Homecoming server, which I found out about on April 19th, 2019.

City of Heroes - Download

It was an awesome day, and I was incredibly excited to get back into the game.

In addition to the new forums and servers, the devs also setup a repository and wiki for the game and any updates.

I know that there are a few other popular servers, but I haven't given them a try yet.

Other than that, I may release a post in the future on setting up your own server!

City of Heroes - Optimization, and Tooling

In addition to the PvE and PvP modes that I love, there is plenty to do outside of the game.

For starters, the Mids Reborn (Unofficial) hero builder is a great place to waste some time.

It allows you to design your character's power selections as well as enhancement slotting.

Mids' power slotting

When you finish the build, you can see your potential statistics without having to spend the time or money in game for testing.

Mids' stat totals

Other than the hero builder, there is also plenty of opportunity for development or spreadsheets.

First, I have a spreadsheet to track the status of my PvP characters, so that I know what I have and how finished they are.

City of Heroes - PvP spreadsheet

I also have a spreadsheet to track any profit that I make on the internal auction house.

Market spreadsheet

Finally, I use a spreadsheet for calculating potential damage of my character attacks (to help with choices).

Damage calculator

I think the opportunity for tweaking and min-maxing is one of the things that kept bringing me back to City of Heroes, in addition to the actual gameplay.


Before the devs banned video recording and posting, I managed to capture plenty of new footage.

If you would like to see what PvP used to look like (via Fraps on an old laptop), then this and this are some examples I saved from old hard drives.

For a new example of PvP, I recommend you checkout this "kickball" video.

I have also recorded an example video of what farming looks like in this game, at least sometimes.

Other than that, another avenue of optimization that I enjoy is DPS, which I've tested both in game as well as in spreadsheets.

Finally, I've uploaded a lot of unlisted videos to my PvP team's playlist. I'll likely release these one day, but they are all internal-only for now.

City of Heroes - Renegades private videos

City of Heroes - Conclusion

This is definitely where some more of my hacking time has gone, but it has been well worth it.

I loved this game years ago, and it is a great escape, especially nowadays.

If you play, or have played, then definitely reach out!

Other than that, it would be awesome to find a vulnerability or two now that I'm more skilled than I was when I first played.

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Ray Doyle is an avid pentester/security enthusiast/beer connoisseur who has worked in IT for almost 16 years now. From building machines and the software on them, to breaking into them and tearing it all down; he's done it all. To show for it, he has obtained an OSCE, OSCP, eCPPT, GXPN, eWPT, eWPTX, SLAE, eMAPT, Security+, ICAgile CP, ITIL v3 Foundation, and even a sabermetrics certification!

He currently serves as a Senior Staff Adversarial Engineer for Avalara, and his previous position was a Principal Penetration Testing Consultant for Secureworks.

When he's not figuring out what cert to get next or side project to work on, he enjoys playing video games, traveling, and watching sports.

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