Mouse wrote:I find it a little hard to reconcile the idea of Supes tossing a d12 power, a d8 Distinction, a d6/d8/d10 Affiliation (depending) and that's it during a fight. Like, ever. (Let's call it d12, 2d8 for conversation, and assume the middle Affiliation die.) Because that's the baseline you're suggesting, and his baseline seems much, much higher than that.
Even with Versatile or Multipower, he's chucking 2d10, 2d8 as a base. I mean, Spider-Man throws d10, 4d8 on attacks, 2d10, 3d8 on defense. Superman needs to spend PP to beat up Spider-Man? That just seems weird to me.
With Versatile, Supes D12 can become either 2D10 OR 3d8. You can get functionally the same dice from this writeup with Multipower; I like Versatile because it doesn't drive the same narrative pressure to rope in three different powers into every action.
As for the Specialties, when it comes to Combat specifically, my personal standard is: Luke Cage, Daredevil and Cyclops all have combat expert. The latter two definitely have spent a lifetime training as hand-to-hand fighters. And Luke Cage, before he ever got powers, was a bit of a rough guy. If I use power drainers on them AND Superman, and then set up a cage match among the four of them, do I expect Clark Kent to hold his own? I do not.
All that said, it's a preliminary writeup! I thought about giving Supes Unleashed but held off. He should probably have Area Attack.
Mouse wrote:Maybe this stuff will seem more clear once I actually get a chance to sit down and play. But sitting and reading, trying to represent someone like Superman has me scratching my head.
Having a chance to play multiple sessions as player and Watcher, with multiple Watchers, is really valuable. Seeing how play goes when, e.g. a Watcher prioritizes stepping Doom Dice up to D12 as quickly as possible vs. adding as many Doom Dice as possible, and when she works to hoard Doom Dice versus keeping the pool spent down, helps a lot to make wrinkles in the system manifest. Like, across that simple axis implied by the previous sentence, Healing actions work very differently in practice.
As for representing someone like Superman, it's tricky. Some versions you just can't represent in this system, I think, unless you go for the D20.