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16  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Super Craft scratch pad thread on: February 13, 2014, 12:05:10 AM
There is no reason to assume level 1 has to be the starting level. Characters like Spider-Man are just balanced differently from Batman. Even as a novice, Spider-Man has the resource to handle diverse threats and take down multiple veteran opponents. So, in my make-believe model, Peter Parker might only be a level 1 Burglar, but he's got a few levels in Powerhouse representing innate ability.
17  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Super Craft scratch pad thread on: February 12, 2014, 11:39:47 PM
If you assume beginning supers are 6th level, a lot of things fall into place.
18  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Super Craft scratch pad thread on: February 12, 2014, 06:35:50 PM
Part of what started my brain down this path was thinking that using feats, paths, and Prizes to regulate commonly used powers would keep PCs fairly grounded in their original concepts. It would take significant amounts of advancement resources to boost a character's "power level." Kind of like Heroes Unlimited, but not horrible and wildly unbalanced.
19  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Questions on: February 10, 2014, 03:56:51 PM
Not being a dragon also makes one less conspicuous.
20  Community / Wiki Development / Re: [New Wiki]What are we trying to build here? on: February 10, 2014, 11:50:22 AM
Has anything further happened on the Wiki front?
21  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Bow Supremacy on: February 10, 2014, 11:49:14 AM
RAW, no. The stance is not increasing the damage done by the ammunition but the attack itself

But it doesn't say base damage, just damage.
22  Products / Fantasy Craft / Re: Questions on: February 10, 2014, 11:14:31 AM
Draconic Heritage can be taken by Drakes? 

Yes! Drakes are an option to let you play a dragon, but Drakes are not themselves dragons. I highly recommend Draconic Heritage, and if it suits you, grabbing Truescale (probably through the Sorcerer Specialty, or one of the custom specialties posted on this site). If you have the Adventure Companion, you'll want to snag Larger Than Life. if you don't have the Adventure Companion, you'll want to snag the Adventure Companion. Smiley In addition to some great settings and inspiration, it's loaded with all kinds of character options.
23  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Super Craft scratch pad thread on: February 10, 2014, 11:09:11 AM
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Special: When you take this feat, you may accept a permanent -2  to Appearance to select another species feat with the prerequisite "Level 1 only."
That is a brilliant twist on the usual formula.

Thanks. Note that it's a fairly soft penalty, so this needs to be balanced around the idea you will probably take it.
24  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Super Craft scratch pad thread on: February 10, 2014, 11:04:44 AM
Sorry, lost Internet for a while.

Prizes

Artifacts
Artifacts aren't necessarily magic items. A battlesuit is just a suit of armor that boosts Strength and adds flight and some offensive capabilities. A ring could be an alien artifact, rather than a magic item.

Empowerments
This is a new category of Prize. They work like magic items, but rather than being tangible items, they are effects. Thus, when discarded, they generally go away. They can represent the Power Cosmic, an accumulation of energy, or simply a way to represent super-powers that replace normal equipment.

Empowerments can take up slots; for instance, something that grants or enhances an energy blast might require one or two hands. Or, something like a fire damage aura might preclude wearing armor.

Characters might be able to craft empowerments through science, or they could be found as Prizes during an adventure. Some feats might afect them.

25  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Super Craft scratch pad thread on: February 10, 2014, 01:36:48 AM
Thematic Paths

Thematic Paths have exactly the same sctructure and benefits as Divine Paths. You can use some of the existing Paths judiciously as they are: the Path of Strength, notably.

Path of Invulnerability
Invulnerability I: You gain Thick Skin as a bonus feat.
Invulnerability II: You gain the monstrous defense NPC quality.
Invulnerability III: You gain Thick Skin Evolution as a bonus feat.
Invulnerability IV: You gain the cagey I NPC quality.
Invulnerability V: You gain Thick Skin Superiority as a bonus feat. Also, your Constitituion increases by 2.

Path of Flight
Flight I:  You gain Flight Basics as a bonus feat.
Flight II: You gain Fast Flight as a bonus feat.
Flight III: You gain Flight Evolution as a bonus feat.
Flight IV: You gain Jet Flight as a bonus feat.
Flight V: You gain Flight Superiority as a bonus feat. Also, your Dexterity increases by 2.

Path of Training
Training I: You gain +5 on Knowledge checks. You also gain a bonus to Reflex saves equal to your Training Step.
Training II: You gain Basic Skill Mastery as a bonus feat.
Training III: You gain Iron Will as a bonus feat.
Training IV: You gain Exceptional Skill Mastery as a bonus feat.
Training V: You gain Legendary Skill Mastery. Also, your lowest attribute raises by 2.
26  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Super Craft scratch pad thread on: February 10, 2014, 01:36:27 AM
Feats

Species Feats

Misfit of Science

Although not a mutant, you have been physically transformed by an accident or experiment.
Prerequisites: non-Mutant, non-Android
Benefit: Your highest attribute increases by 1, you gain a +2 insight bonus with saves against diseases and poisons, and you may take feats as though you were a mutant. However, the Dispositions of non-mutants who are not aware of your Species decrease by 10.
Special: When you gain this feat, you may reduce any of your attributes by 2 to gain an additional Species feat with the requirement "Level 1 only."

Pass for Human
Your mutations are subtle and you have hidden your true nature from the world.
Prerequisites: Mutant, Level 1 only, no Appearance penalties from feats or class abilities
Benefit: The reviled quality does not apply to you unless you purposefully reveal your mutant nature; you can even attempt to pass off overt power uses with a Lie check as something else. Your Panache also increases by 2.

Talented Mutant
You're not just another pretty, blue face.
Prerequisites: Mutant, Level 1 only
Benefit: Pick one human Talent. Gain any one line item from that Talent, including attributes, but not including a bonus feat or any trait that grants action dice.

Tough Hide
Your body is covered with a tough hide that turns blows.
Prerequisites: Android or Mutant, Level 1 only
Benefit: You gain thick hide 3; you’re considered to be wearing partial armor that provides Damage Reduction 3. This Damage Reduction does not stack with other armor (only the best protection applies). If you gain thick hide from multiple sources, your hide offers the highest single DR value + 1 per additional hide benefit (e.g. thick hide 4, thick hide 3, and thick hide 1 offer DR 6).
Special: When you take this feat, you may accept a permanent -2  to Appearance to select another species feat with the prerequisite "Level 1 only." You may not exercise this option if you have already taken an Appearance penalty to gain another feat. You may instead reduce any of your attributes by 2 to gain an additional Species feat with the requirement "Level 1 only."

Tough Hide Evolution
Your skin can turn blades.
Prerequisites: Tough Hide
Benefit: You gain thick hide 4 (giving you a minimum of DR 5 in conjunction with Tough Hide).

Tough Hide Superiority
Your skin can turn bullets.
Prerequisites: Tough Hide Evolution
Benefit: You gain thick hide 5 (giving you a minimum of DR 7 in conjunction with Tough Hide and Tough Hide Evolution).

Wings
You have natural wings.
Prerequites: Mutant, Level 1 only
Benefit: You gain winged flight with a speed of 40 feet.
Special:  When you gain this feat, you may reduce any of your attributes by 2 to gain an additional Species feat with the requirement "Level 1 only."

Wing Evolution

Wing Superiority

Super Feats

Energy Beam Basics
You can project an energy attack.
Benefit: Choose one of the following damage types: cold, electricity, fire, heat, lethal (AP 2), sonic. Once per round as a half action, you may project a beam up to 60 ft. inflicting 2d6 + your Con modifier of that damage type. Make a ranged attack to hit. Opponents may make a Reflex save with a DC of 10 + the number of Super feats you possess + your Con modifier to take half damage.

Fast Flight
You can accelerate to high speeds.
Prerequisites: Fly speed of at least 30 ft.
Benefit: You can fly at 5 MPH, +5 MPH per Power feat you possess.

Flight Basics
You can loft from the ground.
Benefit: You may manifest Feather Fall at will. Using a levitational boost, you gain a +5 on Jump checks.

Flight Evolution
Prerequisites: Flight Basics
Benefit: You may fly at a speed of 45 feet (30 with a heavy load). You may ascend at half this rate, or descend at twice this rate. While airborne, you are considered two Sizes smaller for the purpose of resisting Bull Rush and Trip attempts.

Flight Superiority
Prerequisites: Flight Evolution
Benefit: Your fly speed increases to 90 feet. While airborne, you are only considered two Sizes smaller for the purpose of resisting Bull Rush and Trip attempts.

Jet Flight
You can accelerate to high speeds.
Prerequisites: Non-winged flight
Benefit: You can fly at 25 MPH, +25 MPH per Power feat you possess.


Supersonic Flight
You can hit the sound barrier.
Benefit: You can fly at 700 MPH, +100 MPH per Power feat you possess. This creates a resounding sonic boom which can be heard for a great distance. You gain a trick.
Sonic BooM (Flying Run Trick): You travel a straight line 100 ft. long, plus 5 feet for every Super feat you possess. Everyone within a diameter of the center suffers hearing flash damage equal to 5 per Super feat you possess. In addition, anywhere along your path, you can designate a 60 foot burst, inflicting 2d6 + your Con modifier sonic damage; a Reflex save against a DC of 10 + your number of Super feats + your Con modifier halves this damage.

Touch of Power
You exhibit some more than-than-human gifts.
Benefit: You gain the the 1st step in a Thematic Path.
27  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Super Craft scratch pad thread on: February 10, 2014, 01:36:01 AM
Classes

Based on the FC classes, since they are already MC compliant.

Assassin --> Assassin
Burglar --> "Infiltrator"
Captain --> Captain
Courtier  -->  "Luminary"
Explorer --> Explorer
Keeper --> "Analyst"
Mage -->  Mage (or "Sorcerer" or "Magus")
Martial Artist --> Martial Artist
Priest --> "Mystic"
Sage --> "Counselor"
Scout --> Scout
Soldier --> Soldier

Spycraft 2.0 classes can be adapted as appropriate.

New Classes:

Powerhouse: A thematic character who exudes raw power. This would include strong guys, fast guys, flying guys, etc.. Every odd level is a step in a Thematic Path. A high level character with multiple suites would be like a baby Superman.

Wielder: Basically, they get an artifact. This could be Iron Man or the Green Lantern.

Controller: At 1st level, the character gains one Control Power. This works like access to a spell schools. Instead of spells, there are "powers." This is your Human Torch or Charles Xavier.
28  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Super Craft scratch pad thread on: February 10, 2014, 01:35:37 AM
Origins: Species

First of all, the human species is acceptable and appropriate for most characters, even super-powered ones. The Talents offer a lot of necessary breadth. Unborn become "androids" and the other species can be used as aliens.

Mutant
You're an offshoot of humanity that represents a possible new path of evolution. Your breed offers great power, but also poses great danger.
Attributes: +2 to Constitution, +2 to any 1 attribute, -2 to any 1 attribute.
Base Speed: 30 ft.
Bonus Feat: You gain one bonus Super feat.
Enlightened Skill: Choose one skill. Your maximum rank in that skill increases to your Career Level + 5. Only the highest bonus from any single enlightened ability may apply to each skill.
Iron Gut: You gain a +2 insight bonus with saves against disease and poisons.
Limited Proficiencies: You begin play with 2 fewer proficiencies (minimum 0).
Reviled: The Dispositions of non-mutants decrease by 10.
29  Community / License to Improvise / Super Craft scratch pad thread on: February 10, 2014, 01:34:58 AM
Super Craft

The Mastercraft system, adapted for costumed superheroes. This concept is appropriate for street-level heroes and junior teams, up to the power level of the Fantastic Four and Teen Titans, but breaks down at the JLA/Avengers level because of the constraints of the 20-level system. Here are some of the ideas I've had. This is all loosey-goosey, spitballing stuff. These ideas may not be workable; they may not even be sane. Still, I hope this can provide some amusment and possibly inspiration.

Campaign Qualities
Hearty Heroes
Iron Heroes
Miracles
Rare Magic Items (to say the least)
Sorcery
30  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Aumentation: Mechanical and Biological; OR Cyberware and Bioware on: February 09, 2014, 04:20:44 PM
I had this idea a while back of making a supers game out of Mastercraft, dividing powers up loosely into Talents, Feats, Powers (like spells), and Augmentations (Prizes).

Cyber-penny for your thoughts?

That probably warrants a new thread.
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