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  1. Re: Character concepts that cry out for GM Vengeance Didn't something like this happen to Beast in X-Factor long long ago? (A bit of Google searching reveals that this is the case, according to rec.arts.comics.marvel.xbooks' FAQ)
  2. Re: Character Posting Game. I wouldn't call Norbert Rogers all *that* obscure, not after those two movies, but great write-up all the same!
  3. Re: Limited (restricted) Varaible Limitations? Huh. All interesting food for thought. (Mind you, I have no special plans to write up any Incredibles characters; it just crossed my mind when thinking about how Frozone was depicted in the movie.)
  4. I noted in the FAQ that it's considered allowable to constantly assign one common limitation in a Variable Limitation setup, but what if you have a small set of common limitations that don't all occur at once? This grew out of thinking of Frozone's powers-- he definitely has the common ice-power limitation "Will Not Work in Hot/Dry Conditions" but it looks like he can sometimes swap that out for the Side Effect "Dehydrates Self When Powers Used" (for some risk of damage). But those are the *only* two limitations and they don't occur simulataneously. Would this be treated as Variable Limitation that just happens to have two forms?
  5. Re: New powers help I think this would be more like an EB, Indirect, with either OIF (weather of opportunity) or Limited Power (must be in storm). The butter smear, that's a good Change Environment (subtracts from DEX rolls).
  6. Great, now I'm going to have this stuck in my head today.
  7. A Muslim character said this at a PRESS CONFERENCE in the US? I think VIPER just won.
  8. Brandi

    Bag O' Marbles

    Ah, I should've known. Next time I see our Champions-collecting friend (he's got damn near everything including the infamous Road Kill adventure) I'll look in UMA.
  9. Brandi

    Bag O' Marbles

    This discussion came up with my husband after we'd seen a recent Justice League episode (the "Injustice League" one). I figure a bag of marbles like the Joker used to trip up the Flash would be bought as a Change Environment similar to the ice sheet used as an example in FRed, with possibly a different area of effect (it might appear to be a cone from where they were thrown), and with these limitations: 1 Charge (optionally recoverable, though the Joker's trick marbles blew up), with a fairly long duration Gestures to activate (you can't throw them if your hands are tied up!) Is this likely, or would a Transform be perhaps a bit likelier, on the assumption that if you don't clean up the marbles it'll stay an area of unsure footing for a very long time?
  10. I think this makes THREE undone challenges now: 1) Electricity-based hero who can travel through wires and such; 2) Undead who is not typical zombie or vampire; [i keep thinking I have an idea for this one and then other things distract me from writing it up. ] 3) Popeye.
  11. More like Presence Attack, Does Knockback. Maybe even Double Knockback.
  12. If it's good enough for a real lion, it's good enough for Irving: the claws for a lion as described on pp. 307-308 of 5th ed have the Restrainable limitation. As for why he came to life... you know, I've never settled on an origin that really felt right to me, and I also wanted to leave it open in case our GM had any clever ideas. My current theory is that somehow, like the Overlook hotel, he has gradually absorbed a psychic residue from people passing by, sitting on and by him, etc. It's quite possible that a more specific spirit has influenced his personality, maybe some reader who spent much of his life enjoying books by the stone lion. And perhaps that's where Irving got his name... This also suggests that Patience, the other lion, has the potential to awaken as well, but perhaps per his name he doesn't feel the need for haste.
  13. The team's techie worked up some basic waldoes that let him do fine manipulation. They're too large and clumsy for him to use outside the base, but they do let him do things like affix signatures and use computers.
  14. Just trying out Hero Designer and converting a 4th ed character to 5th Edition. Interestingly, his point cost dropped, probably because of the increased cost of Hunted/Watched with Public ID and the new ruling that being permanantly large is a disadvantage...IrvingPlayer: Brandi Weed Val Char Cost 60 STR 50 17 DEX 21 23 CON 26 20 BODY 20 15 INT 5 13 EGO 6 20 PRE 10 16 COM 3 20 PD 0 20 ED 0 4 SPD 13 17 REC 0 50 END 2 62 STUN 0 12" RUN00" SWIM-212" LEAP0Characteristics Cost: 154Cost Power END 14 Big and Heavy: Knockback Resistance -7" -10 Easy to Hit: -2 with DCV 10 +8 PD, Hardened (+1/4) (10 Active Points) 19 +15 ED, Hardened (+1/4) (19 Active Points) 20 Damage Resistance (20 PD/20 ED) 5 Lack Of Weakness (-5) for Normal Defense 5 Lack Of Weakness (-5) for Resistant Defenses 50 Life Support , Eating: Character does not eat, Immunity: All terrestrial diseases and biowarfare agents, Immunity: All terrestrial poisons and chemical warfare agents, Longevity: Immortal, Safe in High Pressure, Safe in High Radiation, Safe in Intense Cold, Safe in Intense Heat, Safe in Low Pressure/Vacuum, Self-Contained Breathing, Sleeping: Character does not sleep 9 Roar: +20 PRE (20 Active Points); Only to Cause Fear (-1), Incantations (roar) (-1/4) 17 Claws: Killing Attack - Hand-To-Hand 2d6 (plus STR) (vs. ED) (30 Active Points); Restrainable (-1/2), Reduced Penetration (-1/4) 3 7 Reach: Stretching 1", Inherent (+1/4), Reduced Endurance 0 END (+1/2), Persistent (+1/2) (11 Active Points); Always On (-1/2) 12 +6" Running (12" total) 1 Powers Cost: 158Cost Skill 5 Cramming 5 Breakfall 13- 3 Oratory 17- 3 KS (INT-based) 12- 3 KS (INT-based) 12- 1 Deduction 8- 3 +1 with any three related Skills 1 Language: Spanish (basic conversation) Skills Cost: 24Cost Perk 1 Public Notary: Fringe Benefit: License to practice a profession Perks Cost: 1Cost Talent 4 Speed Reading Talents Cost: 4Val Disadvantages 20 Distinctive Features: Giant Marble Lion (Not Concealable; Always Noticed and Causes Major Reaction; Detectable By Commonly-Used Senses) 20 Physical Limitation: Big and Heavy (2" Long, 1600kg, +2 PER rolls for others to spot) (All the Time; Greatly Impairing) 15 Physical Limitation: No Fine Manipulation (Frequently; Greatly Impairing) 10 Physical Limitation: Achromatic Colorblindness (Frequently; Slightly Impairing) 5 Physical Limitation: Anosmic (Infrequently; Slightly Impairing) 20 Psychological Limitation: Honorable (Common; Total) 20 Psychological Limitation: Code Against Killing (Common; Total) 5 Vulnerability: 1 1/2 x STUN Sonics (Uncommon) 5 Vulnerability: 1 1/2 x BODY Sonics (Uncommon) 15 Social Limitation: Public ID (Frequently; Major) 10 Money: Destitute 25 Hunted: VIPER 8- (Mo Pow; Harshly Punish; Extensive Non-Combat Influence; PC has a Public ID or is otherwise very easy to find) 15 Hunted: US Government 8- (Mo Pow; Watching; Extensive Non-Combat Influence; PC has a Public ID or is otherwise very easy to find) Disadvantage Points: 185Base Points: 200Experience Required: 0Total Experience Available: 0Experience Unspent: 0Total Character Cost: 341 Height: 6' 0" Hair: Grey Weight: 3528 lbs Eyes: Grey Appearance: He's the Fortitude statue from the New York Public Library, carved out of pink Tennesee marble (which has greyed over the years). Note that while Irving stands about 6' high, his body length means he effectively covers 2 hexes.Personality: Irving is gentle, curious, inquisitive, and very idealistic. If he thought he could do the people of New York city more good by retiring from active superheroing and teaching adult literacy classes, he might just do so. Even as part of the active superteam Omega Unit he prefers trying to talk people out of fighting, and protecting bystanders to actually smashing bad guys.Quote:"Was the color orange named for the fruit, or the other way around? Mind you, I can't really tell the color, but..." (followed by, "Good question, Irving, but could you ask it later, when we're NOT staking out the VIPER base?")Background: No one, not even Irving himself, is quite sure how or *why* the great marble lion once known as Fortitude woke up and decided to explore his home and the outlying city. Nobody's really inclined to stop him, though... (Nobody knows why he chose the name Irving, either. He says he just likes the way it sounds.)Powers/Tactics: Irving really would rather talk than fight, and if he can prevent a fight by talking it out with the villains he will (his first encounter with a supervillian, Armadillo, actually ended up as a quiet discussion of Xeno's Paradox and the development of calculus until another member of the team who was itching for trouble showed up...). When Irving must fight he uses his heavy paws to great effect, preferring to swat rather than actually use his claws; he also has the very un-feline habit of ramming big and dangerous opponents.Campaign Use: Pacifist brick with a remarkably odd outlook on life.
  15. Actually, *is* there any way this could be done without being abusive? The idea of powers that could only activate in a cumalative fashion is not an inherently bad one.
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