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RPGs / Re: M&M 3e question
« on: July 18, 2014, 12:59:40 PM »
There's 2 big ways power level effects characters in M&M - total power points and power caps.
The power caps are the big issues if you start going below PL 8. 

Basically - the PL number is the max offensive and defensive value your characters can have.  You can swap between them if you want to.  Example: a PL 8 character can have +8 to hit/ +8 damage, or +6 to hit/ +10 damage, or +4 to hit/ +12 damage, etc.  That's just attacking, there are skill caps, defense caps all over the place.  Gear is included in these caps.  This is to stop somebody from getting a damage 10 anti tank gun in your PL 6 cop game and insta killing everyone.

SWAT officers in the main book are PL 6, and random thugs are PL 4.  Heroes really ought to start at PL 8 and up so they have a better chance at survival vs random folks.

PL 8 - good for teen heroes (powered but inexperienced), and costumed vigilantes.  Think the Teen Titans, Hit-Girl, Ninja Turtles

PL 10 - standard starting point assumed in the book.  Established heroes. Think Spiderman, most of the X-Men, The Punisher, Daredevil, Catwoman.

PL 12 -  As 10 but moreso.  National level heroes and villains. I'd put most of the Avengers about here.  Also folks like Apocalypse.

PL 15 and above - Justice League A-Lister or cosmic beings.  Think Superman, Wonder Woman, Thor, Silver Surfer.

Outside of DC adventures I don't think they've ever released a list as exact as to point out specific character examples specifically.  You could always try the M&M forums over at for better ideas for power level scaling.  There are some pretty detailed discussions on the matter there.

As a direct result of listening to RPPR my wife and I bought:
  • Zombies of the World twice (one for myself, once as a gift to someone else)
  • Base Raiders (backed on Kickstarter)
  • No Security (backed on Kickstarter)
  • Call of Cthulhu 6th ed
  • Trail of Cthulhu
  • 13th Age
  • Channel A
Plan on getting the Dreamlands supplement for COC and Monsters and other Childish Things sometime soon.  Base Raiders has me looking at Fate Core now too.

...also, my easily-grossed-out-by-horror-movies wife now wants to play Delta Green as a result of listening to the APs.

General Chaos / Re: What Vidja games are you playing?
« on: July 02, 2014, 10:15:57 AM »
I got:
-Transistor 33% off
-DmC (Devil May Cry reboot or prequel or something) 75% off
-Metal Gear Rising: Revengance 50% off

Beaten Transistor and Revengance so far.  Sort of grudgingly looking forward to starting up DmC, kinda expecting it to be easily the weakest of the three though.

Was not expecting to buy any more games for a while... then Shovel Knight came out.  *shakes fist*  Dammit steam you're getting $15.00 more bucks from me before the week is out.

General Chaos / Re: GenCon 2014 and the 5th RPPR Fan Meet-up
« on: June 27, 2014, 07:55:54 PM »
We of Eclectic Eccentricities will be at booth 770 (the back corner), and as always, we encourage folks to stop by and say hi while we're booth-bound.

Tom: TOTALLY interested in that payday 2 game.  Been a few days, here's hoping all slots haven't been filled already.

General Chaos / Re: Favorite NON RPG Tabletop Games
« on: April 15, 2014, 09:29:58 AM »
Played a ton of Betrayal, so I will second that.

Arkham Horror - which I like despite it's ridiculous game length and outrageous pieces/game board.

Channel A - loads of fun.  Only issue I've ever had with it is some folks are intimidated by the whole "anime" thing for some reason.

Cards Against Humanity - Apples to Apples' mean older brother.

Sentinels of the Multiverse - my current favorite game.  Crazy superhero action!

General Chaos / Re: Pax East 2014 meetup/games
« on: April 05, 2014, 04:04:16 PM »
Main lobby area seems like it would work pretty well off the top of my head.  It's easy to find, wide open, and has numerous easy to spot landmarks.  Most notably the main doors that lead to the dealer hall, but also life sized resin promotional statues of game characters.

General Chaos / Re: Pax East 2014 meetup/games
« on: April 04, 2014, 10:43:39 AM »
So don't know what, if any, game plans there are but I'm bringing Channel A.  Had some great fun with that game.

Yes, I bought it because I listened the RPPR channel A game.

General Chaos / Re: Pax East 2014 meetup/games
« on: April 01, 2014, 06:41:11 PM »
Saturday night sounds good! What booth are you manning? I'll be at the Pixelscopic booth part of the time.

We're the Eclectic Eccentricities booth at 1160.  It's our own little home business, mostly handmade nerdy chachkas.

General Chaos / Pax East 2014 meetup/games
« on: March 31, 2014, 08:29:33 PM »
Seemed to be enough of us going to this to justify it's own thread :D

So my wife and I are manning a booth, so after hours is pretty much the only possibility for us.  Based on past experience my guess is that Friday night is going to be frenzied setup and Sunday night is going to be exhausted breakdown, meaning that Saturday night is probably the safest bet (for us.)

Don't know how that shakes out with everyone else.

General Chaos / Re: Other RPPR Con Plans This Year?
« on: March 25, 2014, 09:54:49 PM »
I will be at PAX East. It would be fun to meet up and have a game at some point? Rosssssss? :3

Sweet!  Another forum person's going.  After hours game/meetup?  :D

General Chaos / Re: Other RPPR Con Plans This Year?
« on: March 12, 2014, 07:24:20 PM »
Wife and I will be vending Pax East at the Eclectic Eccentricities booth.

We'll be sure to try to find Pixelscopic booth to say hi to Ross.  Anyone else doing Pax?

Role Playing Public Radio Podcast / Re: Upcoming RPPR One Shot games
« on: September 27, 2013, 11:12:42 PM »
Real long shot here, but I gotta ask - any chance of a "Dungeons: the Dragoning 40,000" one shot?

RPGs / Re: Horror: How Far is Too Far?
« on: July 13, 2013, 12:32:06 AM »
I really don't feel like the critcism of the Amante being "too disturbing" is anything that ought to be taken too much to heart.  It's not as if Caleb invented murder/rape monsters in horror RPGs.  Call of Cuthulhu's already got a few pretty nasty examples:
  • Deep ones - specifically capture and rape humans to breed hybrids.
  • Yog Sothoth - Impregnated Old Man Whatley's daughter in Dunwich Horror.
  • Eihort - "implants his spawn" in people that eventually eat them from the inside out.
That's just in fussy old-fashioned Cuthulhu too.  That's not even getting to the disturbing rape monsters in Fear Itself.  Old World of Darkness got away with some pretty creepy fetishy horror stuff with Vampire (especially with Tzimisce fleshcrafting.)  Might be White Wolf was just banking on vampires always getting away with that sort of thing.  Seems like you can get away with all sort of bizarre stuff if it's vampires.  *sigh*

Honestly I think these folks are just nervous about narrating this stuff to a group of their friends, perhaps thinking "what if I offend someone?"  That's where this oft repeated refrane "know your players limits" comes in.  If all else fails, just run a zombie game.  Everyone can agree that describing folks being torn to pieces and eaten alive by the walking corpses of their former friends and family is A-ok.

General Chaos / Re: Introduction
« on: February 01, 2012, 11:39:35 PM »

I'm a 27 year old gamer living in Providence RI.  Not currently in a regular gaming group, though I've got some folks I've played Pathfinder with once or twice when schedules permit.  Found about about RPPR while looking through podcasts to keep me entertained during my day job.

Been into tabletop RPGs since middle school, playing your standard array of the D&Ds and the White Wolfs.  Lately my interests lie more in the Mutants and Masterminds and ORE direction, though I read just about any RPG that crosses my eye for the fun of it.
I've also LARPed for about 8 years now, which if nothing else is a sure fire way to find folks to game with.

Been an occasional lurker for a good long while now, until I showed the podcast to my fiancee BellaJen (see above).  It was then abruptly decided to finally get this awkward first post business out of the way.

Love the podcasts, I eagerly wait for them every week.


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