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  1. I've never financed a vehicle either, but I have never paid cash. It is just inconvenient to carry that much cash, even if it is legal tender for all debts. But being hard to trace, cash is great for criminals. And marijuana sales since they are technically illegal on the federal level even if they are legal on a state level in some places. Which makes a marijuana shop another good place to launder money.
  2. There is always someone willing to do the tedious chores if they are paid enough. I suggest a lawyer like Michael Cohen. Now the plot hook - the hero has to protect said scumbag lawyer to be able to testify against the supervillain. Sure he is a loud-mouthed, insufferable, entitled douche, but without his testimony the supervillain walks, and the supervillain knows it. I don't know what the current limit is for cash transactions you can make before the merchant or bank has to report it, but I don't believe it is all that high (several thousand dollars I think). You c
  3. A guy is driving down the I-95 highway at night, listening to his radio when an emergency broadcast comes on. "A warning to drivers on I-95, there is a car traveling down the highway in the wrong direction." The guy snarls "Well it isn't just one car, it's dozens of them!"
  4. For some rolls, like Stealth rolls, what you really have is a skill roll contest, so the player makes a Stealth roll and the GM makes a PER roll for whomever they are trying to sneak past. If they roll really well, they know they probably won the contest, but they are never quite sure. Plus, I think the character would have some idea of how well they did (they can hear their own footsteps after all). For rolls that need to be secret, I will sometimes roll those myself. Mostly my players are okay with that. But I have also had players make a bunch of rolls and write down the res
  5. Ockham's Spoon

    End

    I make the players track END because the GM already has too much to do. That said, during character creation I make the players figure out how much END they use each Turn on average (typically half move, attack, and possibly an active defense power). Initially we did that to gauge how many Turns they could last before exhausting themselves so that they would be sure to have enough END to last through the average combat. But now they often track END by Turn instead of by Phase, adjusting up if they used a high END ability one Phase or down if they just Dodged or something. I am
  6. I posted a version back just before Thanksgiving, but I'll take it as flattery 😀
  7. Logically there should be combat penalties, but I never use them for a couple reasons. First, it just makes combat that much more complicated and slow, and that is the last thing combat needs. Second, most of my players buy up their skill roll to a point they are comfortable with. If they want to have a 15 or less success chance typically, they buy the skill roll up that high. If as GM I typically impose a penalty of -2 in combat, they will just buy it up to 17 or less to compensate, so really it just becomes an additional expense spell casters have to take, and one that will pr
  8. Well there you go. You can pay for the 5 point LS: Immunity to Pregnancy with your 5 point Physical Complication. Overpriced, but at least consistent.
  9. Yes, the Ultimate Metamorph has LS: Immunity to Pregnancy as 5pts, which IMO is ridiculously overpriced for the game effect it has. Seriously, unless both the player and GM want to role play a pregnancy, it should never come up. And if they do want to role play a pregnancy, then it is just going to happen by fiat. I can understand having a power to represent the fact a character can't get pregnant just for flavor, but that sort of thing should be practically free, or rolled into another ability, like a metamorph Power Skill or something.
  10. Change Environment, -1m Swimming, only vs. sperm. Scale up the area as needed.
  11. Heathcliff and Catherine from Wuthering Heights. And Old Joseph too. Especially Old Joseph.
  12. A man comes home early from work one day to find his two young kids watching television, oblivious to the strange noises coming from upstairs in the master bedroom. He senses something is wrong, drops his coat and briefcase and rushes up the stair and opening the door finds his wife naked and sweaty on the bed. "What is going on?" the man asks. His wife replies "I, uh, think I might be having a heart attack." "Oh my gosh!" he says "I'll go call an ambulance!" He rushes back downstairs to get his phone. He calls 911 and explains the situation wh
  13. Man, I threw it out there, but no one decided to bite. I am impressed by the restraint given the number of puns that hit these boards.
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