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2014-06-19 12:33:44 PM  

Eskaminagaga: Clever Neologism: Felgraf: Skyrmion: studebaker hoch: Time travel.

This if I'm going to break physics, I'm going all out.

I never, ever want time travel. The responsibility alone would break my brain.

I mean, you have the ability to save everyone. From everything. Does that mean you also have that responsibility? Is it OK for you to not jump back and save random person after random person from mundane accidents, diseases that went without diagnosis, their own bad choices (Hi Jim Henson)? At what point do you just become a tyrant that's denying people free will?

fark no. Time travel with no limitations would drive me farking bonkers.

My power is time travel/manipulation, but *only* into the future... you can only alter the speed at which you flow through time into the future (asymptotically, you can freeze time).

First, that gives you teleportation (from everyone else's perspective), and super speed.

If you have a positive view of the future, then time travel beat all other powers... because eventually all other possible powers would be discovered and analyzed.

Immortality?  Just jump far enough into the future that they've fixed what ails you/install you in a computer/do whatever.

Invulnerablility?  Jump far enough into the future they've designed Iron Man suits.  Or figured out genetic modification...

Plus, there are no paradoxes, and you are not breaking any fundamental physical laws.  And no pesky weird ethics either.

The central conflict with this power is: what do I skip over/how much do I skip forward?  You can't go back and try again if you overshoot or miss some Golden Age of Humanity.

Also, you get the benefit of having slow-motion-capture on demand.  It'd be like that show on Discovery, but whenever you wanted.

The only problem i can come up with  for slowing down time would be the fact that if you, for example, half the speed of time around you, suddenly the speed of all particles moving would half which would cause temperature to half in reference to absolute zero. You could freeze yourself pretty fast. This not even including how the photons hitting your eyes would half, making it excessively dark. If you are saying that this will not happen as a result of some sort of "time bubble" at the surface of your skin, then just the interaction of the environment at these slow speeds would cause enough friction to heat your body up, possibly causing it to spontaneously combust.

If you completely disregard the physics, it would be a cool power, though.


Your wrong, the amount of photons would be the same as long as you don't cross your own path. As you hit the photons you'll see what they reflected regardless of the speed of the photon. The wave length didn' change, it simply got frozen in place. You'll throw a mighty weird shadow once time resumes because you basically mopped up all the light in your path, but there is no reason to assume your vision would change because the photons aren't moving. It is basically the young Earthers idea of "the light was created in transit".
 
2014-06-19 12:37:25 PM  

DerAppie: Eskaminagaga: Clever Neologism: Felgraf: Skyrmion: studebaker hoch: Time travel.

This if I'm going to break physics, I'm going all out.

I never, ever want time travel. The responsibility alone would break my brain.

I mean, you have the ability to save everyone. From everything. Does that mean you also have that responsibility? Is it OK for you to not jump back and save random person after random person from mundane accidents, diseases that went without diagnosis, their own bad choices (Hi Jim Henson)? At what point do you just become a tyrant that's denying people free will?

fark no. Time travel with no limitations would drive me farking bonkers.

My power is time travel/manipulation, but *only* into the future... you can only alter the speed at which you flow through time into the future (asymptotically, you can freeze time).

First, that gives you teleportation (from everyone else's perspective), and super speed.

If you have a positive view of the future, then time travel beat all other powers... because eventually all other possible powers would be discovered and analyzed.

Immortality?  Just jump far enough into the future that they've fixed what ails you/install you in a computer/do whatever.

Invulnerablility?  Jump far enough into the future they've designed Iron Man suits.  Or figured out genetic modification...

Plus, there are no paradoxes, and you are not breaking any fundamental physical laws.  And no pesky weird ethics either.

The central conflict with this power is: what do I skip over/how much do I skip forward?  You can't go back and try again if you overshoot or miss some Golden Age of Humanity.

Also, you get the benefit of having slow-motion-capture on demand.  It'd be like that show on Discovery, but whenever you wanted.

The only problem i can come up with  for slowing down time would be the fact that if you, for example, half the speed of time around you, suddenly the speed of all particles moving would half which would cause temperature ...


yeah, i agree, i did not think that part fully through.
 
2014-06-19 12:40:01 PM  
I'd pick the ability to heal anyone, anywhere, of anything. I'd start with curing cancer and go from there.
 
2014-06-19 12:41:06 PM  

PeregrineBF: I'd pick the ability to heal anyone, anywhere, of anything. I'd start with curing cancer and go from there.


Big Pharma would have you killed.
 
2014-06-19 12:45:51 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: Joe USer: DjangoStonereaver: gopher321: Anybody who doesn't answer "flight" is a moron. There, I said it.

I've always skewed toward nigh invulnerability myself, but flight would be up there.

I did notice, though, that no one said "Not being a super douchebag", though.

You'll need a good battle cry.

Pity the best one's been taken:

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I'll go with -burp- then.


Keep it eating utensil related and go with SPORK



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2014-06-19 12:52:21 PM  

stevetherobot: Satanic_Hamster: Shows what you know, subby.

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I live in the desert, so unless he also has tornado powers, his angry sharks are useless.


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2014-06-19 12:56:19 PM  

Felgraf: Skyrmion: studebaker hoch: Time travel.

This if I'm going to break physics, I'm going all out.

I never, ever want time travel. The responsibility alone would break my brain.

I mean, you have the ability to save everyone. From everything. Does that mean you also have that responsibility? Is it OK for you to not jump back and save random person after random person from mundane accidents, diseases that went without diagnosis, their own bad choices (Hi Jim Henson)? At what point do you just become a tyrant that's denying people free will?

fark no. Time travel with no limitations would drive me farking bonkers.


That's why it would dovetail nicely with my other super power, which is the ability to not give a fark.

"With great power comes great..."
"Shut up, old man!"
 
2014-06-19 12:59:31 PM  

abhorrent1: Why is it none of these upper management douches picked common sense?


Deadpool sez it's the rarest power of all

Sshhh, my commonsense is tingling
 
2014-06-19 01:02:49 PM  

Ctrl-Alt-Del: Invisibility on demand is also pretty damned cool


Girls locker rooms beware!
 
2014-06-19 01:11:24 PM  
I would like the power to warp reality to my wishes.
 
2014-06-19 01:20:58 PM  

SpiceWeaselElzar: I've always wanted the power to make people crap their pants.  Cut me off in traffic? Crap your pants.  Act like a jerk on the phone?  How bout some crap in those pants?  Wouldn't be long before everyone knew what you were all about either.  Then people would be falling over themselves trying to be helpful, so I wouldn't make them crap their pants.  Just saying, you could use that super power several times daily.


So a pair of Depends would be like kryptonite to you?
 
2014-06-19 01:24:42 PM  

Eskaminagaga: gopher321: Anybody who doesn't answer "flight" is a moron. There, I said it.

I would NOT want flight. If the power worked that you had to exert energy to fly, similar to running, you wild tire and fall to the ground. If you fly too high, the thin air would cause you to pass out and fall to the ground. If you fly too fast, the G-forces would cause you to pass out and fall to the ground. If a bird happens to fly in front of you while fly fast, it couls case major injury and likely cause you to fall to the ground. Flying through bad weather would cause you to be too cold or get hit by lightning.


Required secondary powers that take care of such concerns are usually part of the package.

The main reason why I wouldn't want flight is that (unless such superpowers were somewhat common) it makes me too much of a target.  Governments would try to capture me and subject me to testing to see if they could reproduce the power.

I would much rather have teleportation, especially if I could be careful and use it only when nobody was watching, so that nobody even know I could teleport.  If I actually wanted to use it to fight crime then I would put on a costume or something.
 
2014-06-19 01:25:45 PM  

ciberido: SpiceWeaselElzar: I've always wanted the power to make people crap their pants.  Cut me off in traffic? Crap your pants.  Act like a jerk on the phone?  How bout some crap in those pants?  Wouldn't be long before everyone knew what you were all about either.  Then people would be falling over themselves trying to be helpful, so I wouldn't make them crap their pants.  Just saying, you could use that super power several times daily.

So a pair of Depends would be like kryptonite to you?


A setback perhaps, but I'd wager you'd still have a tenancy to avoid the "everything must go, blow out sale" I had planned for you, if you could help it.
 
2014-06-19 01:26:06 PM  

stonicus: Clever Neologism: My power is time travel/manipulation, but *only* into the future... you can only alter the speed at which you flow through time into the future (asymptotically, you can freeze time).

Plus, there are no paradoxes, and you are not breaking any fundamental physical laws.  And no pesky weird ethics either.

You might speed travel 1000 years into the future and carry with you some virus or bacteria that doesn't exist in that future, and you could start a pandemic that wipes out humanity.


Only works if you hit Madagascar first, though.  Remember that.
 
2014-06-19 01:27:06 PM  

bulok: I would like the power to warp reality to my wishes.


I was just about to say this (I'm surprised I didn't see it mentioned earlier).

If that's too much, I'd go with the ability to create and/or alter any object in any way that I wish. This wouldn't work if you had to completely understand the object at an atomic level, or anything like that. However, with enough hand-waving, this easily covers shapeshifting (plus clothing) and most forms of healing, solves world hunger, pollution, etc. If you allow it to extend into creating fictional objects, it's just as good as wishing for unlimited superpowers.
 
2014-06-19 01:32:38 PM  
Immortality. Like, Highlander-style immortality. Sure, I could be killed by decapitation, but I can assure you, that would be easier said than done. >:-)
 
2014-06-19 01:33:31 PM  
laughing at your 'powers'

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2014-06-19 01:34:12 PM  

Tiber727: bulok: I would like the power to warp reality to my wishes.

I was just about to say this (I'm surprised I didn't see it mentioned earlier).

If that's too much, I'd go with the ability to create and/or alter any object in any way that I wish. This wouldn't work if you had to completely understand the object at an atomic level, or anything like that. However, with enough hand-waving, this easily covers shapeshifting (plus clothing) and most forms of healing, solves world hunger, pollution, etc. If you allow it to extend into creating fictional objects, it's just as good as wishing for unlimited superpowers.


Don't lie to us.  You'd spend all day turning random objects into fleshlights.
 
2014-06-19 01:35:38 PM  

Eskaminagaga: The only problem i can come up with  for slowing down time would be the fact that if you, for example, half the speed of time around you, suddenly the speed of all particles moving would half which would cause temperature to half in reference to absolute zero. You could freeze yourself pretty fast. This not even including how the photons hitting your eyes would half, making it excessively dark. If you are saying that this will not happen as a result of some sort of "time bubble" at the surface of your skin, then just the interaction of the environment at these slow speeds would cause enough friction to heat your body up, possibly causing it to spontaneously combust.


The Forever War had a kind of stasis field which limited the max speed at which anything could move, down to the level of subatomic particles, which meant electricity and light didn't work and nothing could be warmer than some very low temperature (since temperature is essentially the speed at which molecules vibrate).  Instant death to unprotected humans.  But they got around it by wearing special pressure suits that kept the field out.  The field also nullified all weapons beyond the bow and arrow, so people carried swords and bows into the field.  I think there was some weird particle effect that the suit translated into images so that the people inside the suits could still "see" even though photons didn't work normally.

I'm not sure, it's been years since I last read it.  But it sounds like the book covers some of the issues you raised.
 
2014-06-19 01:44:38 PM  

Eskaminagaga: stonicus: Eskaminagaga: This not even including how the photons hitting your eyes would half, making it excessively dark.

You would still light travelling at its normal speed, c.

I agree with 'c' approximately being 300,000,000 meters per second. Now if one of those seconds is equal to two of your seconds, then the speed would be about 150,000,000 meters per second. Considering light is made of photons, those would slow, thus less would hit your retina per second. This is a similar reason as to why cameras need a longer exposure time in darker environments to get a decent picture.


In physics as we understand it, as you speed up or slow down, the speed of light relative to you stays the same.  The number of photons hitting your eyes per second would remain the same regardless of your speed (relativity says that cannot change).  There is, however, a Doppler effect which might cause the photons to red-shift: The photons don't move any SLOWER, but they do seem to lose kinetic energy with respect to you.  It would be as if you were moving away from the light source (moving away from EVERY light source) at a high speed.

Of course, since you're talking about some kind of time travel which would seem to violate physics as we understand it, all bets are off, but if you're trying to reconcile a superpower with real-world science, my best guess is light would red-shift and images would distort, so without a required secondary power you'd quickly be unable to see anything.
 
2014-06-19 01:48:28 PM  
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2014-06-19 01:50:39 PM  

Eskaminagaga: stonicus: Eskaminagaga: stonicus: Eskaminagaga: This not even including how the photons hitting your eyes would half, making it excessively dark.

You would still light travelling at its normal speed, c.

I agree with 'c' approximately being 300,000,000 meters per second. Now if one of those seconds is equal to two of your seconds, then the speed would be about 150,000,000 meters per second. Considering light is made of photons, those would slow, thus less would hit your retina per second. This is a similar reason as to why cameras need a longer exposure time in darker environments to get a decent picture.

Nope.  You'd still see it as 'c'.  That's how relativity works, and it's been verified.  No matter how fast or slow you move through spacetime, you will perceive light as travelling at 'c'.

Yeah, it is part of the particle/wave duality of light. It still doesnt change the fact that there would be less photons interacting with your retina which you would percieve as a darker environment.


No, again, the NUMBER of photons would not decrease.   The ENERGY of each photon might decrease.  The light would probably be red-shifted into invisibility, which more or less amounts to the same net result.  Without some sort of work around, you'd have no visible light with which to see anything.

This, again, is assuming that relativity still works the way we think it does even with your time-distortion field or whatever superpower it is we're discussing.
 
2014-06-19 01:53:09 PM  

Tiber727: bulok: I would like the power to warp reality to my wishes.

I was just about to say this (I'm surprised I didn't see it mentioned earlier).

If that's too much, I'd go with the ability to create and/or alter any object in any way that I wish. This wouldn't work if you had to completely understand the object at an atomic level, or anything like that. However, with enough hand-waving, this easily covers shapeshifting (plus clothing) and most forms of healing, solves world hunger, pollution, etc. If you allow it to extend into creating fictional objects, it's just as good as wishing for unlimited superpowers.


So .... pretty much a Green Lantern ring, then?  Only in the hands of someone smart enough to think of something, anything, beyond "big weapon."
 
2014-06-19 01:54:48 PM  

ciberido: Eskaminagaga: stonicus: Eskaminagaga: stonicus: Eskaminagaga: This not even including how the photons hitting your eyes would half, making it excessively dark.

You would still light travelling at its normal speed, c.

I agree with 'c' approximately being 300,000,000 meters per second. Now if one of those seconds is equal to two of your seconds, then the speed would be about 150,000,000 meters per second. Considering light is made of photons, those would slow, thus less would hit your retina per second. This is a similar reason as to why cameras need a longer exposure time in darker environments to get a decent picture.

Nope.  You'd still see it as 'c'.  That's how relativity works, and it's been verified.  No matter how fast or slow you move through spacetime, you will perceive light as travelling at 'c'.

Yeah, it is part of the particle/wave duality of light. It still doesnt change the fact that there would be less photons interacting with your retina which you would percieve as a darker environment.

No, again, the NUMBER of photons would not decrease.   The ENERGY of each photon might decrease.  The light would probably be red-shifted into invisibility, which more or less amounts to the same net result.  Without some sort of work around, you'd have no visible light with which to see anything.

This, again, is assuming that relativity still works the way we think it does even with your time-distortion field or whatever superpower it is we're discussing.


what this is turning into.

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2014-06-19 01:55:31 PM  

natas6.0: laughing at your 'powers'

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Ok, I have to ask, why 5 rings on one hand and only one right on the other?  Wouldn't 3 on each make more sense?  And who is that guy, anyway?
 
2014-06-19 01:55:39 PM  
Super intelligence is always the right answer. With SI, you can engineer any of the other powers you want, and you can outthink your enemies while you're doing it.

There's a reason that Lex Luthor is the only villain who can really put Superman to the test.
 
2014-06-19 01:58:53 PM  

stonicus: I'd like to control people's emotions.  Flood a hot chick's mind with feelings of love, safety, affection, horniness.  Make men pants-pissingly terrified of me.  You could so easily rule the world.


Yeah but if you had to do it one human at a time it'd get pretty tedious, not to mention too easy to counter.

How about everybody wakes up tomorrow and sees me as God, whatever that looks like to them? (I'd prefer to look like Krishna in splendor than an old Jew with a beard, the latter being something I could manage in a month.) It'd be a trip to walk into Wal-Mart and watch everybody who sees me go quickly prostrate in servile admiration.

Of course I might settle for a certain Farkette deciding I'm okay enough to visit for a weekend...

stonicus: Clever Neologism: My power is time travel/manipulation, but *only* into the future... you can only alter the speed at which you flow through time into the future (asymptotically, you can freeze time).

Plus, there are no paradoxes, and you are not breaking any fundamental physical laws.  And no pesky weird ethics either.

You might speed travel 1000 years into the future and carry with you some virus or bacteria that doesn't exist in that future, and you could start a pandemic that wipes out humanity.


But if you carry it you might well be already immune to it. And some people could turn out to be somehow resistant--not every Native American who got smallpox got very sick let alone died, and some people might have cross-resistance like the cowpox thing--and some of them might turn out to be hot smart healthy young adults you could rule and repopulate the world with.

And the worst case scenarios ain't bad: either everybody dies including me (oh well), or everybody dies but me which would be great.

Not long ago I read a book translated from German where this Viennese guy wakes up one morning to find he's the only animal (including homo sapiens) on Earth, they all just disappeared, which for some reason caused him to lose his frigging mind. I don't get it. Of course without anything to pollinate them all the plants would eventually die off (the edible plants might go pretty quickly), but in this unfortunately fictional world there's plenty of canned food, the electric and water systems keep working (at least for the few months before he kills himself), etc. etc. etc. For the next say 20 years of my natural lifetime I should be okay. I could become Super-Tourist, tootling around wherever I want in whatever vehicle I wanted including boats. (Planes take too much skill and ain't necessary: e.g., drive to one side of the Bering Strait, boat over to the other side, find another car.)

Of course I'd rather not be the only creature on the planet, dogs can be great company for example, but the idea of a world where all that changes is the rest of you people disappear would be heaven on Earth. Feel free to go extinct at the earliest possible opportunity, okay?

Even a mass die-off, say minus 4 billion or so, would be a good start. How about everybody dies who's not a gorgeous, horny, easy-to-be-around 18 year old? (<- See? I'm still not a pedophile!)
 
2014-06-19 02:06:29 PM  

AFKobel: You might actually be a humorless twunt.


That's one of the few superpowers I've managed already.

OhioUGrad: Ctrl-Alt-Del: Invisibility on demand is also pretty damned cool

Girls locker rooms beware!


Are you sure you don't mean "young women?"

You'd be pretty disappointed at what straight chicks are like when there're no men around, or at least none they perceive as straight. Hint: toe jam football.
 
2014-06-19 02:06:51 PM  

ciberido: natas6.0: laughing at your 'powers'

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Ok, I have to ask, why 5 rings on one hand and only one right on the other?  Wouldn't 3 on each make more sense?  And who is that guy, anyway?


That's Lobo.  He is known as the last Czarnian because after he was born he immediately murdered all the millions of people on his planet.  As a baby.
 
2014-06-19 02:08:31 PM  
 
2014-06-19 02:09:53 PM  

Some 'Splainin' To Do: Super intelligence is always the right answer. With SI, you can engineer any of the other powers you want, and you can outthink your enemies while you're doing it.

There's a reason that Lex Luthor is the only villain who can really put Superman to the test.


Many moons ago I used to play tabletop (or "pen and paper") superhero RPGs, back when if you said "role-playing game" there was no chance people would think you meant some kind of computer game.  I can't remember now which game system it was, but I remember that picking your origin archetype was a crucial first step.  I don't remember them all, but among them was alien, mutant/mutated by radiation, and genius inventor.  So yeah, genius who gives himself superpowers via technology (like Iron Man) was a whole category of superhero.

The thing is, of course, that you need a lot of money to build all that.  I know the standard answer is "Well, if she's that smart she can MAKE money," but even so you really need to justify it with some kind of backstory that explains exactly where you got the initial funds from, before you go into inventing the actual technology

Also this brings up the "Rex Reed Is Useless" trope.  If you're so smart that you can create Iron Man's armor, why not use some of those smarts to cure cancer or end starvation?  Irrigate some deserts or something when you're not fighting Loki.
 
2014-06-19 02:12:06 PM  

Eskaminagaga: I would choose Wolverine style healing. You would get the immortality with it as well as the ability to live forever. With all of the time in the world, you could accomplish whatever you set your mind to.


that to me would be a curse because you will see every single person you've ever love die before you.. over and over and over again.
 
2014-06-19 02:13:26 PM  

ciberido: Many moons ago I used to play tabletop (or "pen and paper") superhero RPGs, back when if you said "role-playing game" there was no chance people would think you meant some kind of computer game. I can't remember now which game system it was, but I remember that picking your origin archetype was a crucial first step. I don't remember them all, but among them was alien, mutant/mutated by radiation, and genius inventor. So yeah, genius who gives himself superpowers via technology (like Iron Man) was a whole category of superhero.


Heroes Unlimited?

I played it back in the mid 80's
 
2014-06-19 02:14:47 PM  

The One True TheDavid: stonicus: I'd like to control people's emotions.  Flood a hot chick's mind with feelings of love, safety, affection, horniness.  Make men pants-pissingly terrified of me.  You could so easily rule the world.

Yeah but if you had to do it one human at a time it'd get pretty tedious, not to mention too easy to counter.

How about everybody wakes up tomorrow and sees me as God, whatever that looks like to them? (I'd prefer to look like Krishna in splendor than an old Jew with a beard, the latter being something I could manage in a month.) It'd be a trip to walk into Wal-Mart and watch everybody who sees me go quickly prostrate in servile admiration.


Assuming you're not already a horrible person to begin with, either absolute power would corrupt absolutely and you'd turn into a horrible person, or you''d quickly become disgusted with it and try to damp the effect down all the time.

No good person could have that power for long, enjoy it, and remain good.
 
2014-06-19 02:16:15 PM  

toraque: gopher321: Anybody who doesn't answer "flight" is a moron. There, I said it.

Shapeshifting beats flight.  You can turn into anyone.

Admittedly, I wouldn't be fighting crime so much as turning into Christina Hendricks and standing squirming naked in front of a mirror all day, but that's how it goes.


Fixed that. For me.
 
2014-06-19 02:21:45 PM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: ciberido: Many moons ago I used to play tabletop (or "pen and paper") superhero RPGs, back when if you said "role-playing game" there was no chance people would think you meant some kind of computer game. I can't remember now which game system it was, but I remember that picking your origin archetype was a crucial first step. I don't remember them all, but among them was alien, mutant/mutated by radiation, and genius inventor. So yeah, genius who gives himself superpowers via technology (like Iron Man) was a whole category of superhero.

Heroes Unlimited?

I played it back in the mid 80's


Mid-1980s is the right time, but ... I'm not sure.  It could have been Heroes Unlimited, or Champions.  I know that there are a whole hell of a lot of superhero RPGs now, more than I can list, but back then there may have been only 2 or 3.

Actually, a friend of mine is talking about starting up a superhero game and we've been debating which system to use.  It would be his first time ever as a game master, so I've been pushing for a system that's more newbie-friendly.  In other words, not too crunchy.  Which rules out GURPS, as far as I'm concerned.

Any suggestions?
 
2014-06-19 02:21:53 PM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: ciberido: Many moons ago I used to play tabletop (or "pen and paper") superhero RPGs, back when if you said "role-playing game" there was no chance people would think you meant some kind of computer game. I can't remember now which game system it was, but I remember that picking your origin archetype was a crucial first step. I don't remember them all, but among them was alien, mutant/mutated by radiation, and genius inventor. So yeah, genius who gives himself superpowers via technology (like Iron Man) was a whole category of superhero.

Heroes Unlimited?

I played it back in the mid 80's


Champions maybe.  Seems I remember choosing an archetype for that one.  If you remember it had a bazillion charts to roll for then it was Champions.
 
2014-06-19 02:27:06 PM  

gopher321: Anybody who doesn't answer "flight" is a moron. There, I said it.


Walken voice: " a tail."
 
2014-06-19 02:28:49 PM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: Tiber727: bulok: I would like the power to warp reality to my wishes.

I was just about to say this (I'm surprised I didn't see it mentioned earlier).

If that's too much, I'd go with the ability to create and/or alter any object in any way that I wish. This wouldn't work if you had to completely understand the object at an atomic level, or anything like that. However, with enough hand-waving, this easily covers shapeshifting (plus clothing) and most forms of healing, solves world hunger, pollution, etc. If you allow it to extend into creating fictional objects, it's just as good as wishing for unlimited superpowers.

Don't lie to us.  You'd spend all day turning random objects into fleshlights.


Like what happened to Dr. Doom towards the end of Secret Wars?
 
2014-06-19 02:29:36 PM  
I already have a superpower, having been bitten by a radioactive bug that didn't give a damn about anything.
 
2014-06-19 02:33:00 PM  

ciberido: SirDigbyChickenCaesar: ciberido: Many moons ago I used to play tabletop (or "pen and paper") superhero RPGs, back when if you said "role-playing game" there was no chance people would think you meant some kind of computer game. I can't remember now which game system it was, but I remember that picking your origin archetype was a crucial first step. I don't remember them all, but among them was alien, mutant/mutated by radiation, and genius inventor. So yeah, genius who gives himself superpowers via technology (like Iron Man) was a whole category of superhero.

Heroes Unlimited?

I played it back in the mid 80's

Mid-1980s is the right time, but ... I'm not sure.  It could have been Heroes Unlimited, or Champions.  I know that there are a whole hell of a lot of superhero RPGs now, more than I can list, but back then there may have been only 2 or 3.

Actually, a friend of mine is talking about starting up a superhero game and we've been debating which system to use.  It would be his first time ever as a game master, so I've been pushing for a system that's more newbie-friendly.  In other words, not too crunchy.  Which rules out GURPS, as far as I'm concerned.

Any suggestions?


Sorry but nope.  I really never got into the superhero RPG.  D&D, Top Secret, and Gamma World were my big three.


We got creative and made up new rules for Dawn Patrol (WWI air combat game) to be more like D&D wil all kinds of ridiculous upgrades.  There I was ruling the skies over France in my Sopwith Camel with twin 20MM gatling guns.
 
2014-06-19 02:37:09 PM  

SuperNinjaToad: Eskaminagaga:

I would choose Wolverine style healing. You would get the immortality with it as well as the ability to live forever. With all of the time in the world, you could accomplish whatever you set your mind to.

that to me would be a curse because you will see every single person you've ever love die before you.. over and over and over again.


What's love got to do with it?
 
2014-06-19 02:38:02 PM  

SuperNinjaToad: Eskaminagaga: I would choose Wolverine style healing. You would get the immortality with it as well as the ability to live forever. With all of the time in the world, you could accomplish whatever you set your mind to.

that to me would be a curse because you will see every single person you've ever love die before you.. over and over and over again.


...up until they perfect anti-aging. Even if they do not, i am prepaired to deal with that. It will suck, but it is no reason to die.
 
2014-06-19 02:38:18 PM  

The One True TheDavid: stonicus: I'd like to control people's emotions.  Flood a hot chick's mind with feelings of love, safety, affection, horniness.  Make men pants-pissingly terrified of me.  You could so easily rule the world.

Yeah but if you had to do it one human at a time it'd get pretty tedious, not to mention too easy to counter.

How about everybody wakes up tomorrow and sees me as God, whatever that looks like to them? (I'd prefer to look like Krishna in splendor than an old Jew with a beard, the latter being something I could manage in a month.) It'd be a trip to walk into Wal-Mart and watch everybody who sees me go quickly prostrate in servile admiration.

Of course I might settle for a certain Farkette deciding I'm okay enough to visit for a weekend...

stonicus: Clever Neologism: My power is time travel/manipulation, but *only* into the future... you can only alter the speed at which you flow through time into the future (asymptotically, you can freeze time).

Plus, there are no paradoxes, and you are not breaking any fundamental physical laws.  And no pesky weird ethics either.

You might speed travel 1000 years into the future and carry with you some virus or bacteria that doesn't exist in that future, and you could start a pandemic that wipes out humanity.

But if you carry it you might well be already immune to it. And some people could turn out to be somehow resistant--not every Native American who got smallpox got very sick let alone died, and some people might have cross-resistance like the cowpox thing--and some of them might turn out to be hot smart healthy young adults you could rule and repopulate the world with.

And the worst case scenarios ain't bad: either everybody dies including me (oh well), or everybody dies but me which would be great.

Not long ago I read a book translated from German where this Viennese guy wakes up one morning to find he's the only animal (including homo sapiens) on Earth, they all just disappeared, which for some reason caused him t ...


so... The Justice League episode Hereafter?
 
2014-06-19 02:39:21 PM  

studebaker hoch: I already have a superpower, having been bitten by a radioactive bug that didn't give a damn about anything.


www.freehi.com
 
2014-06-19 02:39:24 PM  

ciberido: Eskaminagaga: stonicus: Eskaminagaga: stonicus: Eskaminagaga: This not even including how the photons hitting your eyes would half, making it excessively dark.

You would still light travelling at its normal speed, c.

I agree with 'c' approximately being 300,000,000 meters per second. Now if one of those seconds is equal to two of your seconds, then the speed would be about 150,000,000 meters per second. Considering light is made of photons, those would slow, thus less would hit your retina per second. This is a similar reason as to why cameras need a longer exposure time in darker environments to get a decent picture.

Nope.  You'd still see it as 'c'.  That's how relativity works, and it's been verified.  No matter how fast or slow you move through spacetime, you will perceive light as travelling at 'c'.

Yeah, it is part of the particle/wave duality of light. It still doesnt change the fact that there would be less photons interacting with your retina which you would percieve as a darker environment.

No, again, the NUMBER of photons would not decrease.   The ENERGY of each photon might decrease.  The light would probably be red-shifted into invisibility, which more or less amounts to the same net result.  Without some sort of work around, you'd have no visible light with which to see anything.

This, again, is assuming that relativity still works the way we think it does even with your time-distortion field or whatever superpower it is we're discussing.


yeah, i agree, i did not think it through when i was saying that.
 
2014-06-19 02:42:01 PM  
Yeah, go ahead. Hide in the desert for all the good it will do hiding from Cthulhu...img.fark.net
 
2014-06-19 02:52:37 PM  
meh, if I could have any super power, any super power at all...I'd take cold war era USSR
 
2014-06-19 02:53:02 PM  
I've always wanted to have Jamie Madrox's powers, if any. Just imagine, cloning yourself with a touch! You could literally learn anything as you re-absorb gods know how many clones you have out in the world studying at various universities or in strange jobs. Have a company composed only of yourself. Have 5.378 careers. Have as many girlfriends as you want. All while you sit at home in your big pile of money directing yourselves into your agendas...

Tangent note: it isn't just me right, but Wolverine is the lamest mutant in the world isn't he? I mean, of all the mutant who do mutanty things, knives on your hands sucks. Shoot lasers? Sure. Control weather? Yes. Knives on your hands? Wat.
 
2014-06-19 03:01:07 PM  

Terrible Old Man: I've always wanted to have Jamie Madrox's powers, if any. Just imagine, cloning yourself with a touch! You could literally learn anything as you re-absorb gods know how many clones you have out in the world studying at various universities or in strange jobs. Have a company composed only of yourself. Have 5.378 careers. Have as many girlfriends as you want. All while you sit at home in your big pile of money directing yourselves into your agendas...

Tangent note: it isn't just me right, but Wolverine is the lamest mutant in the world isn't he? I mean, of all the mutant who do mutanty things, knives on your hands sucks. Shoot lasers? Sure. Control weather? Yes. Knives on your hands? Wat.


You're intentionally dragging me down this hole aren't you...

"Knives on hands" is not Wolverine's mutant power.
 
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