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    DusterBoy got a reaction from PsiJudge McCabe in Best jobs for Secret IDs?   
    Domino, my sorceress character runs a second-hand bookstore specialising in mystical/mind/body/spirit literature and has a reputation for being able to get you anything. Of course, she’s also the scion of one of the richest families in the Bay Area, so it’s not like she *needs* a job, but she enjoys the work and the clientele. 
     
    (I do confess, I haven’t thought through the practical logistics of this, I just thought it sounded thematically appropriate, not merely a cool idea.) 
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    DusterBoy got a reaction from Ragitsu in Quote of the Week from my gaming group...   
    Adjusts glasses and knocks on Ragitsu’s door “Excuse me, have you time he hear about the Nephilim?”
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    DusterBoy reacted to massey in Best jobs for Secret IDs?   
    Yeah, but I think you're talking about two different things now.  In the game, a Secret ID won't be revealed to the public unless the player just absolutely blows it.  The purpose is to add another dimension of gameplay and give obstacles for the player to overcome.  Amazing Man isn't going to have his Secret ID busted by an IRS investigation or because somebody tested a hair follicle, because that would be a boring game.  That's not superheroey, so it won't happen.  But if we're talking about a "realistic" scenario where supers are hiding their identities, that's when you start wondering about how they file their taxes and which cell towers they're pinging.
     
    Cool stories (and fun games) have different considerations than a realistic deconstruction of the genre.
     
    Although, this discussion has given me an idea for a story/character.  What about some kind of "SecretIDs R Us" company that sets you up with good alibis, covers your tracks, and provides red herrings to investigators?  Nobody is going to investigate your Secret ID if they think they already know who you are.  I mean, of course Batman is secretly Mark Manchester, the Gotham PD detective who got fired for police brutality 10 years ago.  His wife got killed by the Joker, and he went on a rampage putting guys in the hospital trying to catch that clown.  He almost went to prison, but the DA declined to prosecute because of the circumstances with his wife.  Mark had a big fast car, knew some martial arts, and a bunch of SWAT gear went missing right before he got fired.  He still lives in Gotham, runs a gym, and disappears for days when Batman is away on Justice League missions.  Who else could it be?  I hear he's even got an under the table connection to a big company, like LexCorp, where he gets some of his really cool stuff.
     
    Imagine being a really low-tier superhuman who gets hired to be Superman's "real identity".  You're about the right height and build, and you kinda look like the Man of Steel.  You're a construction worker in Metropolis, and you sometimes "accidentally" bend a steel bar or step out into the street and get hit by a truck, surviving unscathed.  "Wow I really got lucky there" as you leave a palm print in the hood of the vehicle.  You run off during disasters and come back to work with really lame excuses.  You tell government agents that you're definitely absolutely not Superman, and then place a call from your definitely-tapped phone line to a secret number and tell the gravely-voiced Batman-sounding guy on the other end that you're running late to the League meeting.
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    DusterBoy reacted to ChaosDrgn in Superhero Cosplayers   
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    DusterBoy reacted to Ragitsu in Quote of the Week from my gaming group...   
    After a small-time (but vicious) bureaucratic villain got away scot-free during the course of our latest escapade, we met with the NPC that hired us to investigate said fiend.
     
    NPC: *still upset, but steadily beginning to cool down* "Merrius will get his due. Every rope has an end."
    Me: "Comforting words. Your own?"
    NPC: "My father's."
    Me: "He must have been a wise man."
    NPC: *takes a measured sip of his drink* "He was a hang man."
    Me: *takes a swig of ale with nonchalance plastered on my features* "Doubly wise, then."
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    DusterBoy got a reaction from Scott Ruggels in Superhero Pocketa are the worst!   
    Cool drawings, Scott.
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    DusterBoy reacted to Scott Ruggels in Superhero Pocketa are the worst!   
    I drew a lot of Supers back in the 80’s and 90’s but rarely used  skin tight costumes. Pockets pouches or armor were common. My own characters were mostly some variation of armor. But I would draw anything for $20 bucks back then. 

     

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    DusterBoy reacted to Ragitsu in Quote of the Week from my gaming group...   
    NPC: "That was one alias. I have many names. You should..."
    Player: "So do porn stars. You'll have to try a lot harder if you want to impress me."
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    DusterBoy got a reaction from Grailknight in Superhero Pocketa are the worst!   
    Hey, at least I didn’t say Wildey loves you.... 😛
     
    And as for communicators, secure phones/radios with Bluetooth earpieces are always an option. I keep thinking about a headset which combines scrambled comms, a flip-aside HUD and a miniature video camera. The idea is to be able to let everyone see what you can (a la movies like Aliens) and have data able to be projected into your POV without it being overly distracting. 
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    DusterBoy got a reaction from IndianaJoe3 in When did superpowers occur?   
    Choosing the first “modern” option was actually a spur of the moment thing, because I started to thinKing of a scenario where the first superheroes with verifiable “powers beyond mortal ken” appeared a little over two generations ago (the late 60s).
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    DusterBoy got a reaction from Pariah in A DC Animated-style HeroMachine   
    Good work there, Pariah.
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    DusterBoy got a reaction from Quackhell in My Speedster Name Ideas   
    How about Redline, after the red line on a car’s tachometer?
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    DusterBoy got a reaction from pinecone in My Speedster Name Ideas   
    Tachyon, literally the Greek for “rapid one”.
     
    I came up with a female French-Algerian speedster called Celerite, after the French for “speed”.
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    DusterBoy got a reaction from pawsplay in Hands Off the Maxima   
    @pawsplay lol
     
    Also, in Dark Champions, STR 15 is the minimum for Navy SEALs, which makes sense, given the need foe exceptional upper body strength in the Teams.
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    DusterBoy got a reaction from Ninja-Bear in My Speedster Name Ideas   
    Tachyon, literally the Greek for “rapid one”.
     
    I came up with a female French-Algerian speedster called Celerite, after the French for “speed”.
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    DusterBoy got a reaction from Ninja-Bear in My Speedster Name Ideas   
    How about Redline, after the red line on a car’s tachometer?
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    DusterBoy got a reaction from Duke Bushido in dark champions was...   
    It's fun arguing genre definitions, isn't it?
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    DusterBoy got a reaction from Ninja-Bear in dark champions was...   
    It's fun arguing genre definitions, isn't it?
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    DusterBoy got a reaction from wcw43921 in Superhero Images   
    Talking about Michelle Yeoh in SilverHawk, am I alone in thinking that high-end Hong Kong martial arts movies are basically super hero movies?
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    DusterBoy got a reaction from Quackhell in Need some names   
    But, given the ...um.... ambiguous....nature of the relationship between said black sword and said albino sorcerer, maybe not. It would certainly be a unique way to walk the moonbeam roads.
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    DusterBoy got a reaction from Mr. R in Need some names   
    Metal Storm
    Razor Storm (if you'll accept something so Rusty 90s Dork Age)
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    DusterBoy got a reaction from Quackhell in Supers Image game   
    *solemnly intones* "We put our faith in... BLAST hARDCHEESE!"
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    DusterBoy got a reaction from Tjack in Quote of the Week from my gaming group...   
    *Whaps Bolo with the +5 Rolled Up damp edition of the Radio Times of Smiting* Bad dog!
     
    xD
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    DusterBoy reacted to Enforcer84 in Superhero Cosplayers   
    MK I Ironman for MCMLondon. by Redditor Facest4b

     
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    DusterBoy got a reaction from Hermit in City Entry Form   
    This is hilarious, especially Grognak's answers. Also, I notice his Hellsteed-descended warhorse is called Binky.
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