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2014-06-19 03:32:52 PM  

The One True TheDavid: 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?


What's love but a second-hand emotion?
 
2014-06-19 03:37:08 PM  

Eskaminagaga: 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.


If you live long enough, you will have seen people you care about die.  Ask anyone over 50.  There is sadness, of course, but I don't see why it should be some horrible burden that makes you curse your longevity.  The whole "Who wants to live forever?" trope has always struck me as melodramatic.

People lose friends, but people also gain new friends.  If your immortal character ends up alienated and alone, that says a lot more about his personality than it does about immortality itself.
 
2014-06-19 03:38:44 PM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: 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.


As to superhero pen & paper RPGs, CHAMPIONS is a decent choice, as is MUTANTS & MASTERMINDS, which is
based on the D20 system (same as D&D 3.5).

But, if you want something that requires less of a $$$ investment, check out SAVAGE WORLDS.
 
2014-06-19 03:40:58 PM  

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


Bah, rent a plane.  Super intelligence is the way to go, you primitive apes!
 
2014-06-19 04:30:56 PM  
Time travel.

Now, how do I apply that to my business dealings?

I`d rather actually just be the prime user of the HHGTTG 2...

that`s not a superpower though
 
2014-06-19 04:40:38 PM  
Be able to make anyone orgasm instantly.

About to get a ticket?  Splooge....ummm I am going to let you off with a warning

Cute girl at a bar?  Hello my name is....sploosh...SDCC.  Nice to ....sploosh....meet you.

Arse at the office?  Ok I am going to be going...splurt..uh over...splurt....uhhh the quarterly....splurt....re...splurt...port....oh my god...splurt....splurt.... splurt.... splurt.... splurt.... splurt....

Guy behind you tailgating?  Oh that's a splurtin
 
2014-06-19 04:45:54 PM  

ciberido: 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.


Rex Reed? I don't much agree with his reviews, but he's not a terrible film critic. (I assume you mean Reed Richards.)

I was interpreting the question to apply to the real world, just assuming that I get one magic wish for a power. The reason that Reed Richards is useless, in the comics, is precisely because they can't really show what the presence of superintelligence does to the world without altering it so thoroughly that it would be unrecognizable, which makes the narrative too difficult for most writers to handle.

In a realistic environment, an ultra-genius is a world shaping event. You won't be fighting crime, you'll be initiating a Singularity.

Mind you, I'm not just asking for Tony Stark levels of intelligence. I'd want to be significantly greater than human, akin to the gap between us and H. erectus, or maybe even between us and  Canis lupus familiaris.
 
2014-06-19 05:53:44 PM  
stepping in & out of space/time.
when outside, looking in; everything is frozen, can build pyramids or solar systems outside space/time.
then stepping in again,
Poof! Alakazam Kalamazoo!!, there's the pyramid or solar system in the blink of an eye.

Aaand that is how the worlds were created.
-were- to you trapped in space/time.
-is- to those who are not.

The tower of Babel....
is about people trying to do just that...
 
2014-06-19 06:14:03 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.


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The DCU did that - Psycho Pirate. Was a major player in both the original Crisis and the Infinite Crisis of the mid-2000's. A weak-willed person who could control emotions. Let's say it didn't work out well for him when he tried to use his powers on Black Adam.
 
2014-06-19 06:20:17 PM  

The One True TheDavid: Are you sure you don't mean "young women?"


I still call females my age and older than me, and even some in their 40s, "girls".
 
2014-06-19 06:21:46 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.


Well Wolvie's real power is healing and regeneration - which is a pretty awesome power. The claws came later.
 
2014-06-19 06:26:22 PM  
The correct answer to this is "Lantern Ring".

Let's go down what a Ring gives the wearer who controls it right:

Flight
Limited Invulnerability
Ability to construct whatever one imagines.
Direct blasts of energy, which can be molded into whatever frequency or intensity you want (So, Fighting Superman? Green K beam!)
Direct access to a nearly infinite knowledge base (think Wikipedia: Galactic Edition just by asking the Ring)
Space/Aquatic survival.

Your only limits are keep the battery close by.
 
2014-06-19 07:05:42 PM  
Has anyone said they want the power of having Morgan freeman narrate their lives?

Cause that's the power I would want
 
2014-06-19 07:16:30 PM  

saintstryfe: 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.

Well Wolvie's real power is healing and regeneration - which is a pretty awesome power. The claws came later.


Actually, the metal came later, but I think he had the claws before (as bone). The reason he was given the metal was his healing ability allowed him to survive the process. I recall in the comics it being stated that the metal actually slowed  his healing ability, when it was removed (or at least one of the times it was) he could heal even faster
 
2014-06-19 09:58:01 PM  
What I fond most depressing is that they feel that what should be normal things like enthusiasm and drive are superpowers. I guess I kind of get it but you were obviously driven to get where you are. Not everyone wants to be a CEO. If I could live on the pay, I'd much rather be driving a forklift for a living. But I can't so I die slowly in a cubicle.
 
2014-06-20 08:07:53 AM  

Mr. Ekshun: iddqd
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2014-06-20 08:10:54 AM  
I choose....
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Heart!


/Fark you, heart power is awesome
 
2014-06-20 10:50:49 AM  
I'd like to have the power to get a certain Farkette to say hi to me in email.

Getting laid before I die would be nice too.

But picking a winning Powerball number would be best of all, even just once. With enough money one can buy anything. Even a pen pal.
 
2014-06-20 11:34:21 AM  
Form of: A bucket of ice!!!
 
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