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History once spoke of individuals able to accomplish miracles, eventually eradicated or bred out by a population too frightened of what they didn't understand.  As science filled in the void left by absent gods, these gifted individual decreased until they became all but extinct.  But they never completely vanished.  Each generation, such a rare being appeared with abilities subtle to extreme.  However, despite their desire to reveal themselves, forces continually prevent them from doing so. 

To many of those who know them, they're of an inferior class.  To others, including themselves, they are considered an improvement on the design of man, an upper echelon. 


The apex.


Apex is a module for DEM's Ultramodern4, a plug-in rather than a full setting: a set of rules and ideas to allow any number of homebrew settings to work within it.  There is a basic background involving people who gain unnatural powers, but don't let that limit you if you wish to use it as a jumping off point.

Apex includes the following: 

--Customize abilities and boost powers with over 400 new feats.

--New sacrifice rules to trade penalties for new abilities.

--New lifepaths for normal people and apex.

--Eleven new ladders to focus your superpowers.

--One new superhero class, paragon path, and epic destiny.

--New adversary templates and monsters.


NOTE:  Apex requires Ultramodern4 rules, which can be downloaded for free in OGL or purchased with art and layout (/index.php?manufacturers_id=2363). 



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Jake A January 25, 2021 6:57 pm UTC
I just received my copy of UM5, and access to Apex and I wish I found this before Mutants and masterminds. I am unsure what the best way to start. My hope is to revive the game I started but in this system. I have characters who already have powers. they are pretty well themed and I can see stuff in UM5/Apex to come close to the same designs.

Ultimately, how would you suggest starting A) from scratch(because I may have some new players) B) take a character who had powers and migrate to this system.
Hopefully I make sense. Character creation can always be interesting. There are different schools of thought when it comes to starting point.
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Chris D January 25, 2021 7:17 pm UTC
Well, if you have UM5 and Apex, you are commenting on the wrong page, because this is for the 4th Edition version of Apex, not the 5th. :)
If you have new players, it really depends on how powerful you want the characters to be. Like any system, starting characters have limited powers. So you need to ask how powerful do you want them to be from the start.
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Angelo C November 01, 2014 9:48 pm UTC
I have bought this book and I have a few questions.

Is there a way to have a version without the border? It does occasionally interfere with the text making it difficult to read.

Will you be offering a softcover POD of the book?
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Chris D November 01, 2014 11:06 pm UTC
To be perfectly honest, there are currently no plans to offer a softcover version of the book. I really really like the look of the color hardcover. We will look into revising the border at a future date--that's something we can do. Thanks for the support.
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Angelo C November 02, 2014 6:55 am UTC
Thank you for your response. I hope to see more material for this game in the future.
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