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Re: Outside the Box powers

 

the OP has reminded me of an old power, which was a type of Flashie-Thingie from Men In Black (Deneuralizer)

 

We wrote it up as 12 Dice INT Drain, only versus the topic at hand, or Topic as described by attacker., OIF, Flash Def, etc

 

So the targeted person would not be able to form any coherent thoughts as regards that subject (aliens among us for example)

He would have -20 INT or so for these purpose, and have to even make an INT roll to think about Aliens

(on an 8 or less, or worse) much less get the story straight.

 

 

Technically, the way that is built the effect would only last as long as the Drain. A Transform would work. Another method would be to Drain EGO and then give a verbal command to "Forget". See my version of Wonder Woman's Golden Lasso of Truth for an example of how this could be built:

 

The Fires of Hestia

13 1) Drain EGO 2d6 (standard effect: 6 points), Area Of Effect (4m Radius; +¼), Reduced Endurance (½ END; +¼), Constant (+½), Penetrating (+½), Delayed Return Rate (points return at the rate of 5 per Minute; +1); Conditional Power Only to force truthful answers from anyone held within the Lasso (From 6e1, page 44: At EGO 0 the character follows all orders given to him from any source unless he succeeds with an EGO Roll.; -1), OAF Unbreakable (Golden Lasso; -1), Limited Power Only usable vs. target(s) grabbed using Golden Lasso (-1), No Range (-½), Concentration, Must Concentrate throughout use of Constant Power (½ DCV; -½), Unified Power (-¼) 3

 

Just change the Limitations to match the way the MIB device worked.

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Invisibility, invisible power effects?

 

Used that to represent a "you don't notice me leaving the room" spell. The SFX was that that the character still appeared to be in the same place (doing nothing) until range got to great (or dropping the power, which came first in this case).

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Invisibility, invisible power effects?

 

Used that to represent a "you don't notice me leaving the room" spell. The SFX was that that the character still appeared to be in the same place (doing nothing) until range got to great (or dropping the power, which came first in this case).

 

Interesting! It seem like you are getting a 'Image' power there for free though (and how would it work if there was nobody around?).

 

Invisibility, invisible power effects --- makes me think that 'The Silence' (from Doctor Who) would have something like this as their defining power :)

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silence_%28Doctor_Who%29

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Interesting! It seem like you are getting a 'Image' power there for free though (and how would it work if there was nobody around?).

 

Invisibility, invisible power effects --- makes me think that 'The Silence' (from Doctor Who) would have something like this as their defining power :)

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silence_%28Doctor_Who%29

 

Yeah, it was a bit of a stretch. But it was a simple way to represent what I wanted, and since it was a power pool (once-off) power the GM could require a more complicated/expensive build if I tried to use it again.

 

If I was the GM and a player wanted to use such a power regularly I'd probably require images+invisibility as well.

 

IPE invisibility is a nice way to represent a "you see me but just don't take any notice of me power". As a GM I could see letting such a character actually interact with people who can't, technically, "see" him - they'll just end up wondering "who did I just talk to?". :)

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Killing Attack, No Normal Defense, Invisible Power, Does No STUN.

 

Since it did neither BODy nor STUN, what did it do? It did Impairing and Disabling (roll the damage and compare for Disabling purposes without actually taking any points off.)

 

It represented the traditional faerie Elf Stroke or Elf Shot power.

 

Lucius Alexander

 

The palindromedary thinks everything I post is outside of a box

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I remember a 4th edition charater I wrote up for an 'english adventure' game. He was named Phantasm, a ansmetic walking corpse who can almost ghost-like go through solid objects if he wanted. Mostly it was the special effect 'he exists in both the living world and the dead world'. Now, the Desolidifation is not that special. But an alxelitary power is. It was described as wraping a thin mist of the land of the dead around the victom so that he is distracted by unearthly shapes, sounds, smells, coldness, ect. Funcionality, it was an Drain INT with the limitation "Only For Preception (PRE) Rolls".

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I recently created a mentlist for the upcoming TED Thread/Project named Mentock. Mentock's hook...he can project his mind into the past, and form a body out of mental energies for it. I wrote it up as an Extra-Dimentinal Transport, then added the "Meet Body" Limitation (like the "Enter Cyberspace" example). Note: Most of his mental powers have the parital limitation "Only Usable In The Past". Also note, 'Past' is limited to the 20th centery up to the 31st centery (takeing time off for when there are low mana periods of time).

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I have a character named Sassafras Jackson' date=' A.K.A. Super-Pimp. He has an Ego Attack that causes extreme sexual pleasure in the target. He's been known to use the power outside of combat...if you know what I mean.[/quote']

 

We had a Ecstasy weapon type attack that was built as a ECV Based Entangle linked to a small Continuous Endurance Drain.

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I've mentioned this a few times before, but I think Multiform would be a good way of simulating powers.

 

Let's say you're playing 5th Edition with 250 Points characters with a 60 Active Points limit.

 

Bruce Wayne has the Money: Filthy Rich and a 4x 250 Point Multiform (cost 60 Points) for his Batman, Batmobile, Batplane, and Batboat. The special effect is those vehicles are in the Batcave waiting to be called for. Batman is the True Form, so he gets the experience points. Bruce would also get experience points from time to time so the character can grow on two levels.

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I have a character named Sassafras Jackson' date=' A.K.A. Super-Pimp. He has an Ego Attack that causes extreme sexual pleasure in the target. He's been known to use the power outside of combat...if you know what I mean.[/quote']

 

I think some people would say I'm outside the box and beyond the pale

 

 

http://www.herogames.com/forums/showthread.php/83378-Where-do-gangsters-get-pool-babes/page4?highlight=variable+babe+pool

 

Variable Babe Pool, 50 base + 84 control cost, (92 Active Points); OAF Immobile (Swimming Pool; -2), Limited Special Effect Uncommon SFX (Babes; -1) Real Cost:60

 

Slots

 

Call Bimbo: Summon 20-point Babe, Weak-Willed -4 on EGO Rolls (+1/2), Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2) (8 Active Points); Extra Time (20 Minutes, Only to Activate, -1 1/4), Arrives Under Own Power (-1/2)

 

Bevy of Bimbos: Summon 8 20-point Babe, Weak-Willed -4 on EGO Rolls (+1/2), Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2) (38 Active Points); Extra Time (1 Hour, Only to Activate, -1 1/2), Arrives Under Own Power (-1/2)

 

Call Bitch: Summon 175-point Babe, Variable Special Effects (Limited Group of SFX; So many ways to be a bitch...; +1/4), Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2), Expanded Class of Beings (Limited Group: Bitches; So many kinds of bitches...; +1/2) (79 Active Points); No Conscious Control (Only Effects cannot be controlled; You don't pick the bitch; the bitch picks you; -1), Antagonistic Hostile (-1/2), Arrives Under Own Power (-1/2)

 

Pack of Bitches: Summon 4 125-point Babe, Variable Special Effects (Limited Group of SFX; So many ways to be a bitch...; +1/4), Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2), Expanded Class of Beings (Limited Group: Bitches; So many kinds of bitches...; +1/2) (79 Active Points); No Conscious Control (Only Effects cannot be controlled; You don't pick the bitch; the bitch picks you; -1), Antagonistic Hostile (-1/2), Arrives Under Own Power (-1/2)

 

Starlet, Stripper, or Strumpet: Summon 75-point Babe, Expanded Class of Beings (Very Limited Group; Also Escorts, Models, Nurses...; +1/4), Friendly (x2 as many tasks; +1/2), Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2) (34 Active Points); Extra Time (1 Hour, Only to Activate, -1 1/2), Arrives Under Own Power (-1/2)

 

Troupe of Starlets, Strippers, and/or Strumpets: Summon 16 75-point Babe, Expanded Class of Beings (Very Limited Group; Also Escorts, Models, Nurses...; +1/4), Friendly (x2 as many tasks; +1/2), Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2) (79 Active Points); Extra Time (1 Day, Only to Activate, -2), Arrives Under Own Power (-1/2)

 

Call Moll: Summon 90-point Babe, Trigger (Activating the Trigger requires a Zero Phase Action, Trigger requires a Turn or more to reset, Character does not control activation of personal Trigger, Trigger can expire (it has a time limit); This simply means that if the Moll has unused "tasks" and the character does not, or is not in a position to, give orders, the moll will execute some logical "task" unprompted. Examples of such spontaneous tasks: Arrange bail, call the lawyer, call an ambulance, shoot the hitman that's about to finish off the character, etc.; +1/4), Loyal (x4 as many tasks; +1), Time Limit (1 Week; +2 1/4) (81 Active Points); Extra Time (1 Day, Only to Activate, -2), 3 Charges which Recover every 1 Week (Loyal molls don't come along every day. Only about once a week.; -1 3/4), Arrives Under Own Power (-1/2)

 

Call Doll: Summon 80-point Babe, Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2), Devoted (x2 as many tasks; +1), Time Limit (1 Month; +2 1/2) (80 Active Points); Extra Time (1 Hour, Only to Activate, -1 1/2), Arrives Under Own Power (-1/2)

 

Collection of Dolls: Summon 4 30-point Babe, Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2), Devoted (x2 as many tasks; +1), Time Limit (1 Month; +2 1/2) (80 Active Points); Extra Time (1 Hour, Only to Activate, -1 1/2), Arrives Under Own Power (-1/2)

 

Attract Groupie: Summon 80-point Babe, Trigger (Activating the Trigger requires a Zero Phase Action, Trigger requires a Turn or more to reset, Character does not control activation of personal Trigger, Trigger can expire (it has a time limit); This simply means that if the Groupie has unused "tasks" and the character does not, or is not in a position to, give orders, the Groupie will execute some logical "task" unprompted. Examples of such spontaneous tasks: Arrange bail, call the lawyer, call an ambulance, shoot the hitman that's about to finish off the character, etc.; +1/4), Slavishly Devoted (x2 as many tasks; +1 1/4), Time Limit (1 Month; +2 1/2) (80 Active Points); Extra Time (1 Week, Only to Activate, -2 1/4), 2 Charges (Recovers Under Limited Circumstances (Must do something to enhance reputation or draw attention); -1 1/4), Arrives Under Own Power (-1/2)

 

Grope of Groupies: Summon 4 30-point Babe, Trigger (Activating the Trigger requires a Zero Phase Action, Trigger requires a Turn or more to reset, Character does not control activation of personal Trigger, Trigger can expire (it has a time limit); This simply means that if the Groupie has unused "tasks" and the character does not, or is not in a position to, give orders, the Groupie will execute some logical "task" unprompted. Examples of such spontaneous tasks: Arrange bail, call the lawyer, call an ambulance, shoot the hitman that's about to finish off the character, etc.; +1/4), Slavishly Devoted (x2 as many tasks; +1 1/4), Time Limit (1 Month; +2 1/2) (80 Active Points); Extra Time (1 Week, Only to Activate, -2 1/4), 2 Charges (Recovers Under Limited Circumstances (Must do something to enhance reputation or draw attention); -1 1/4), Arrives Under Own Power (-1/2)

 

Looks like the place is packed with babes: Touch Group, Normal Sight and Normal Hearing Images, +/-6 to PER Rolls, Persistent (+1/4), Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2), Uncontrolled (Turn it off by turning them off. They'll probably scatter when the fight starts anyway) (+1/2) (70 Active Points); Extra Time (20 Minutes, Only to Activate, -1 1/4), Set Effect (-1), Difficult to Alter simple changes take a Full Phase (Plus verbal instructions. "Why don't you girls all get in the pool?"; -1/2), Physical Manifestation (Because it IS packed with babes; -1/4)

 

Nice Scenery: Change Environment (-4 Characteristic Roll and all Skill Rolls based on Characteristic, Long-Lasting 1 Day, Varying Combat Effects), Personal Immunity (+1/4), Area Of Effect (8m Radius; +1/2) (70 Active Points); 3 Charges (-1 1/4), Limited Power Only effects justifiable based on babes (-1/2), Physical Manifestation (But who would want to hurt the babes?; -1/4), Variable Limitations (requires -1/2 worth of Limitations; Usually either Extra Time, or Conditional: must have some babes around already; -1/4)

Note:Filling it with babes is a nice way to change the environment. Possible Variable Combat Effects include: up to 5 STR Telekinesis, to represent casual use of babes to fetch drinks, make sandwhiches, give footrubs, and do other tasks requiring little strength or skill, or -5 to either PRE or EGO (whichever is higher) to do anything requiring focus or concentration. Note that setting it to -4 PRE rolls and PRE skills is very useful if one is negotiating something with a guest...

 

Not so dumb after all: Retrocognitive Clairsentience (Sight Group, Normal Smell And Normal Hearing), Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2) (75 Active Points); No Conscious Control (Only Effects cannot be controlled; -1), Only Through The Senses Of Babes (-1/2), Limited Power Sometimes babes are confused, make something up, or are vague and uncertain (-1/2), Limited Range (-1/4)

Note: Sometimes a babe will notice something and even mention it - at the time or later

 

Don't be like that, babe, just listen to me...: Mind Control 7d6+1, Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2), Cumulative (86 points; +3/4) (83 Active Points); Limited Class Of Minds Babes (-1), Extra Time (1 Turn (Post-Segment 12), Only to Activate, -3/4), Variable Limitations (requires -1 worth of Limitations; Normally some combination of: Skin Contact Required, Eye Contact Required, Expendable Focus (cash or gifts,) Requires Skill Roll: Charm, Literal Interpretation (especially for Bimbos); -1/2), Incantations (Fast Talking; -1/4)

 

Naked Advantage: Line Of Sight (+1/2) for up to 3 Active Points (1 Active Points)

Note: Seeing them naked is one of the great advantages of a Variable Babe Pool...

 

Orgy: Swinging 1m, Uncontrolled (Completely wild and out of control!; +1/2) (1 Active Points); Extra Time (5 Minutes, Only to Activate, To get the party started; -1), Required Multiple Users ([3-4] people; Sort of by definition....; -1/2)

Note: Oh wait, not THAT kind of swinging....

 

Lucius Alexander

 

the palindromedary suggest that instead of reposting everything I ever posted, I just ask people to click on my name and look at my posts at random for examples of "Outside the Box Powers"

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Any use of a Power that is counter to its obvious or 'standard' special effect.

examples:

 

  1. Teleportation used to represent 'moving faster than the eye can see' (as opposed to using Invisibility linked to movement) instead of the typical 'teleportation' sfx.
  2. Density Increase to represent a form of the power of flight that is of such a high power that it literally enhances STR, KB resistance, defenses, etc... but doesn't use a 'density' sfx.
  3. Overall Levels as a form of 'superspeed' purchased as a Power (usually with a form of the Costs END Limitation) instead of a 'skill' based sfx.

 

HM

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The character Stopwatch has Several Overall Skill levels to represent that she can stop time and so take all the "Extra Time" she wants when she uses certain Skills. She can even "rewind" and undo mistakes with considerable effort. These levels cost Endurance and have Charges, truly stopping time is arduous for her and hard to to repeatedly. There's also certain Skills (like some Interaction skills) that the levels won't work with (or at least not as well). The power is called "All the Time in the World."

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Here's a package I created for a superhero artist.

 

 

6 Artistic Sensitivity: +2 PER with all Sense Groups

 

9 Artist's Touch: (Total: 15 Active Cost, 9 Real Cost) Discriminatory with Touch Group (10 Active Points); Concentration, Must Concentrate throughout use of Constant Power (1/2 DCV; -1/2) (Real Cost: 7) plus Microscopic ( x10) with Touch Group (5 Active Points); Concentration, Must Concentrate throughout use of Constant Power (1/2 DCV; -1/2), Extra Time (Full Phase, -1/2) (Real Cost: 2)

 

19 Artist's Eye: (Total: 25 Active Cost, 19 Real Cost) An eye for fine detail and subtle shadings: Discriminatory with Sight Group (10 Active Points); Extra Time (Extra Phase, Only to Activate, -1/2) (Real Cost: 7) plus Sense of Perspective: Absolute Range Sense (Real Cost: 3) plus +1 versus Range Modifier for Sight Group (Real Cost: 1) plus Block out a scene with a glance: Rapid ( x10) with Sight Group (Real Cost: 5) plus I can draw that later: Eidetic Memory (5 Active Points); Limited Power Only for sensory impressions or visual scenes; could memorize a face or the location of every item in a room, but not text or conversation (-1) (Real Cost: 2)

 

3 Ear for music: Perfect Pitch

 

Lucius Alexander

 

The palindromedary says, and not the martial kind either

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The funniest "outside the box" power we've used wasn't even a power. The character looked like a typical anime catgirl (furry, triangular ears on top of her head, little fangs, etc). But despite this and that she wore no disguise of any kind and the game world was essentially the normal world (no widely known aliens,mutants or supernatural creatures) Few people noticed or commented on her unusual looks...

 

 

The character didn't have a Distinctive Features Disad or any other Disadvantage relating to her appearance. So we ran it as peope either just somehow didn't think about her appearance or rationalized it ("Wow, what a great costume!...but I thought Halloween was next week..."). Admittedly this was a very light hearted campaign.

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Miniaturized Tools; Stored in Helmet Compartments (25 AP); ~

2 [ Notes: Various Useful Implements: Jaws of Life, Laser Cutter, Grappling Gun, Shark Repellent, SpotLight, Heavy Drill, Jackhammer,

and all that batman shyte. Each is One-Use only, 10 minutes or so. previously shrunk with Pym particles back at the base.]

 

Uses Inventor Skill;

 

from Ant-Man; he'd carry a pocket full of "useful items" and then unshrink one as needed.

mundane stuff, but bulky. Like to cut open a sewer pipe, pop a vault door, light up the whole sky.

The skill roll represented "did he have the right item" pre-shrunk or not.

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