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2D6 Powers

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Heroes possessing supernatural or superhuman abilities have been a staple of literature and entertainment for millennia. From such ancient figures as Samson, Hercules, Hanuman, and Robin Hood to the modern-day exploits of John Henry, The Shadow, Superman and Wonder Woman, superheroes have been part of a rich mythos that continues to this day. Superheroes and their amazing powers have been featured in oral tradition; religious texts and other written works; television and movies; and most famously, comic books.

Superheroes have also been the protagonists of various games, both online and tabletop. While there are many RPG systems that allow players to take on the guise of those who fight for Truth, Justice, and the Human Way; fans of the splendid 2D6 system which powers Cepheus Engine (CE) and the Original Science Fiction Roleplaying Game (OSFRPG) have had to make do with the (necessarily limited) Psionics rules or not run such games at all.

But look! Up in the sky! It’s 2D6 Powers, a suggested set of rules for emulating the astounding feats of comics’ greatest stars. Designed specifically to take the physics-bending capabilities of metahumans into account, the file offers:

  • A brief discussion of superpowers and their level of realism
  • A method for determining a base power level using a new stat: Power (PWR)
  • Creating powers using descriptive Applications, designed for broad interpretation based on Player imagination
  • Rules for using powers in both combat and non-combat applications
  • A method for balancing non-powered “masked vigilante” heroes against modern-day gods
  • And to top it all off, a system for creating super-weapons and equipment

And the rules are also flexible enough to be useful for emulating the Mysterious Powers of the early “Mystery Men” and pulp heroes, and the transhuman abilities of upgraded science-fiction protagonists.

Spring into super action with 2D6 Powers!

 
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Perry H May 03, 2020 12:58 am UTC
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Okay, idiot question: does the Power score represent the total amount of superpowers a character can have? For example, if my character has a Power score of 8, does that mean I could have a power rated at 5 and another rated at 3?

If you ever update this file, I would suggest an example of character creation and how powers get added to the standard character creation.
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Michael B May 03, 2020 5:48 am UTC
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That's one method. I deliberately left the system freeform enough that the Referee could tweak it to suit his or her campaign. Thus, depending on the intended flavor, PWR could represent multiple powers adding up to the score, one score to represent the max power a super could use, or simply the number of powers the super possesses. Or anything in between. If you look at the example in the Super Weapons & Equipment section, PWR represents the maximum power the meta could bring to bear *and* the number of powers ("slots") (s)he could wield.
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Lee S May 02, 2020 7:21 pm UTC
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Are there pregenerated powers listed or is it a narrative free for all?
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Michael B May 02, 2020 11:02 pm UTC
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It's similar to the spell-building technique used in 2D6 Magic. This gives the player maximum flexibility to describe the power they way (s)he wants. The only worked examples included are for Super-Weapons and Equipment.
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Lee S May 03, 2020 4:28 am UTC
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Thanks for the heads up.
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Daniel M May 02, 2020 1:17 pm UTC
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I' m guessing I need Cephus light to play this?
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Perry H May 03, 2020 12:55 am UTC
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Or some form of Traveller or 2d6 variant. It doesn't cover combat or character creation, just the creation and definition of superpowers for that system.
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Michael B May 03, 2020 5:48 am UTC
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Correct. It's just an "add-on" for the system.
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Daniel M May 03, 2020 1:07 pm UTC
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Cool. Thanks.
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Trentin B May 01, 2020 8:10 pm UTC
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Awesome! I would suggest a preview (unless it's still loading...).
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Michael B May 01, 2020 11:19 pm UTC
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Odd. I know I set it to show a preview when I uploaded it. Should be working now; sorry for the mishap.
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