[M&M 3E] October 1962 (Full)

Mark Chance

Boingy! Boingy!
Ug. Obviously my last post about when I'd add to the game proved to be wildly inaccurate. It has been a bear of a week, and now I'm prepping to host many family members for dinner. I have no forgotten about this game. I have no abandoned this game. Please be patient two or three more days at most.


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Mark Chance

Boingy! Boingy!
New post is up. Another 3 XP each, please. As the panic spreads, one thing is paramount: All of your characters ends up in the same shelter.

Did everyone else go out to the diner for lunch? If so, I'll get Jennifer out of the school so it makes sense for her to end up in a shelter that isn't in the school.

Oh, and I assume we shouldn't be spending these new XP yet either, right?

So how long would it take for my character to get to his fathers shelter? I am guessing to long but that would be his first instinct. second would be to find the closest shelter to his current location. He has been studying the map since he started eating.


Ok, here is my character as he currently is. We currently have 5 XP that is being banked until the transformation moment, so this is just Power Level 1. Turns out he's likely going to be a Paragon, what with the flight and strength and what not. It'll be interesting to see him develop his powers slowly. I need to decide if he develops his wings early or not.

The Complications will change once the transformation happens, as Overweight may not be an issue, depending on how this all plays out.

Gabriel Green
(Hero; PL: 1; PP: 15/15)

Strength: 2; Agility: 0; Fighting: 0; Awareness: 0
Stamina: 1; Dexterity: 0; Intellect: 2; Presence: 0

Dodge: 0, Parry: 0, Fortitude: 1, Toughness: 1, Will: 1 (1 Rank)

SKILLS: Expertise: Science +4 (2 Ranks + 2 Int), Technology 4 (2 Ranks + 2 Int)
ADVANTAGES: Eidetic Memory, Well-Informed

Gender: Male Age: 18
Eyes: Blue Hair: Brown
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 310 lb.


Gabriel is an overweight nerd who never got along well with others at school. Born and raised in Texas, he moved to the area about five years ago, and that was when he started gaining weight. His father is a successful lawyer, and Gabriel inherited his keen mind. He has proven uninterested in things like sports or dating. Not because he doesn't want to do them, but because his physique makes both difficult.

He has three sisters, all younger than he by a few years, whom he would die to protect, even as they poke fun at him. He has a good relationship with his family, and wants to make his father proud, though he's not entirely sure how to do that.

Unbeknownst to anyone else, his deepest desire is to join the military. He loves America and believes in what it stands for. He has a strong sense of Justice, as well, having been picked on for the past few years for not only being the new kid, but also for being overweight.

At 18, and over 300 lbs, joining the military seems like a pipe dream, but it is a dream, nonetheless. He is considering becoming a Lawyer, like his father. At least then he could help those who need helping, and put away those who need to be put away. But he can't help but dream of being a Soldier.

  • Motivation: Patriotism, Justice
  • Reputation: Nerd
  • Disability: Overweight
TOTALS: Abilities: 10, Powers: 0, Advantages: 2, Skills: 2, Defenses: 1 -> 15

Point Bank: 5

Mark Chance

Boingy! Boingy!
jmucchiello: Whatever works narratively. She could, for example, exit the school and see the other characters rushing from point A to point B. Also, don't spend XP yet. That's coming soon.

VLAD the Destroyer: Whatever works narratively. These are comic book distances. I can make either one work. Based on what has been described, it probably makes the most sense that there is a closer shelter than his family's shelter.

Mark Chance

Boingy! Boingy!
All right, y'all. This is transformation time. Power points earned up to know are still earned. They are not part of the base used to create a PL 5 hero. Spend them if you want, but that's not required. In game, feel free to describe your character's transformation from high school student to youthful metahuman.


Sweet! I’ll try to have that by this evening. I need to actually make the PL 5 character.

I have a question. One thing I want him to have is Immortality. Basically, he can die, and when he does, his body burns to ash, bone and all. Some time later (determined by his rank), and the ash that was his body disappears and he is “Born Again” in a ball of light somewhere close by. He has a whole fiery Phoenix motif going. I’m waffling between calling him The Phoenix and Seraph.

My original thought was that he doesn’t actually transform completely until he is reborn the first time.

I guess the question is: should the entire transformation happen now, or could it be gradual? Things like Wings, a chiseled physique and the ability to wield fire could be interesting to see come on gradually.


Hmm. I was thinking it over, and i think I’ll make the gradual stuff cosmetic. I’ll give him all his power up front. Or most of it, anyway. I thought of a way to do it that makes sense.

I guess I'll have to decide what Jennifer is going to become. Initially, I was just thinking some form of paragon but now that she's been seen to be so together, I'm thinking something less controlled. Hmmmm....


I’ve basically got Gabriel becoming a Paragon. Mostly, anyway. I’ll be adding a touch of healer and energy manipulator later, but for now, yeah.

Mark, are you going to make a proper rogue's gallery thread for this story now that we have meaningful character sheets?

And to be clear, we've gain 4 PL and 60 PP compared to the PL1 pcs we started with, right?


Ok, I need to know the limits of how many points we're allowed to put into a single power. I found a place that says a skill can't have more than twice our PL, but what about powers?

For example, there's a supplement I have for Life Powers, and one of them is Bio-Adaptation. It's Immunity 30 (Fortitude Effects) Limited to effects you have experienced at least once. It costs 15 points because of the limitation.

In other words, once you're exposed to a specific type of Foritude Effect, the body adapts, and develops a resistance or immunity. So if I get sick, after I heal, I am immune to that sickness again. Or if I suffocate, then I no longer have to breath.

It's a great power, but I don't know if I can put 15 points into one power like that at this level.

Another option would be Life Support, which is 10 points, and basically means he doesn't need to eat or breath and can survive in any environment. It's one that's naturally on the Paragon list, but also something I feel he can grab later, as an upgrade.

But the previous one, BioAdaptation, does this as well, but in a narrative way. If I ever Starve near to death, my body will adapt and then I no longer need to eat. If I get a disease, I won't get it again later. So eventually, I'll get the Life Support Immunity, and much more over time. So while the Life Support is better in the short run, I'd rather spend the extra five points and get Bio-Adaptation now.

I could further limit it to something I have died from, and go full on Doomsday. Not sure if that would lower the Point Cost, though. I'd imagine it should, I don't expect to die often. Unless I do, and make that a central point to his powers. In fact, it should be, now that I'm thinking about it. His thing is coming back from the dead, and I plan for his Immortality Power to slowly rise in ranks, until he can literally die every turn and come back. If I tied this to his death, and made it so he got immunity to whatever killed him, how many points would that be? Immunity is normally 1 point per rank. BioAdaptation, with its limitation, which is much broader than "something I died from" is 1 point per 2 ranks. Could I go as low as 1 point per 3 ranks? 4?

I just thought being able to adapt to an environment after being exposed to it would fit, rather than just saying "He wakes up and realizes he no longer needs to breath!" It would be a way to get that "Gradual" feeling that I was looking for.

@tglassy By the rules, Skills cannot exceed PL + 10.
No area of effect or perception attack power can exceed PL.
No other attack power can exceed attack bonus + rank <= 2*PL.
(and don't forget the limits on defenses, ignored here because you're asking about powers.)

Otherwise, powers really have no limits beyond point cost. You could spend all 60 points on a single power (not wise, but also not illegal).


Okay, how is this for Sofia:

Hero: Mirage
Identity (Secret): Maria Sofia Ximena Ibarra (Sofia Ibarra)
Height: 5’2”
Weight: 105 lb
Eyes: Black
Hair: Black
Group Affiliation: Tres Reyes gang
Base of Operations: New Falls High School
Power Level: 5 (75p)
Power Point Totals: Abilities: 8 + Powers 63 + Advantages 0 + Skills 7 + Defenses 2 = 80
Power Points Earned: 5
Unspent Points: 0
Trade-offs (PL5):
- Skill Modifier (11)
- Attack/Effect (Melee): 0/0
- Attack/Effect (Ranged): 0/0
- Dodge/Toughness: 1/1
- Parry/Toughness: 1/1
- Fortitude/Will: 1/1

Abilities (8p)
Strength: 0
Stamina: 0
Agility: 1
Dexterity: 0
Fighting: 1
Intellect: 0
Awareness: 1
Presence: 1

Initiative: 1
Melee: +0
Ranged: +0
Specific Attacks:
- Unarmed: +1; DC 11 (Damage 15, bludgeoning; crit 20)

Defenses (2 p)
Dodge: 1 (1 Agility)
Parry: 1 (1 Fighting)
Fortitude: 1 (1 Rank)
Toughness: 1 (1 Rank)
Will: 1 (1 Awareness)

Skills (14 Ranks, 7p)
Acrobatics: 1 (Trained Only)(1 Agility)
Athletics: 1 (1 Strength)
Close Combat
- Unarmed: 0
Deception: 3 (1 Presence + 2 Ranks)
Expertise (Trained Only): 0
Insight: 1 (1 Awareness)
Intimidation: 3 (1 Presence + 2 Ranks)
Investigation: 0 (Trained Only)
Perception: 1 (1 Awareness)
Persuasion: 3 (1 Presence + 2 Ranks)
Ranged Combat: 0
Sleight of Hand: 2 (2 Ranks) (Trained Only)
Stealth: 3 (1 Agility + 2 Ranks)
Technology: 2 (Trained Only)(2 Ranks)
Treatment: 0 (Trained Only)
Vehicles: 2 (Trained Only)(2 Ranks)

Advantages (0p)

Equipment (0ep)

Powers (63p)

Teleport 11 (Accurate, Change Direction, Change Velocity, Easy, Extended, Mass 5, Turnabout)
  • Range: 8 miles; Extended: 2000 miles
  • Mass: 1600 lb

Complications: Responsibility (little sister)
Motivation: Thrills, Greed

Sofia was born in Havanna, Cuba. Her family fled to Miami when Castro took over the country. In Miami, she fell in with the Latin gang Tres Reyes. Two years ago, when Sofia was a junior, her father died. Her mother moved the family north to New Falls, Washington when her mother got a job with Titan Defense. Sofia found herself out of place in the small town and missing her gang friends in Miami. With her mother working long hours, Sofia was left babysitting her little sister Alejandra. Sofia also found it difficult to fit into the new school with its tight cliques and few minorities like herself. She acted out, often getting in trouble and landing in detention.


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