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One of the best RPG supplements ever
on November 26, 2009
Some people may not want to go this in depth with a role playing game. I do. Mr. Martin didn't just have fun with this book, he WORKED on it, finding powers that everyone would want, and that no one would want. In fact, when I first got the book, I didn't use it for gaming right away; I just read and read and read.
Now I use it to get ideas for NPCs or PCs for all my superhero games, or just inspiration. For example, Mr. Martin says that the ability to grab people and objects and beat the crap out of them with just one's hair (like Marvel Comics' Medusa) is called prehensile hair. It works by a type of very specific telekenises, Martin says. And though any hero may have this power, historically in mainstream comics, it's only been women. So of course, I created an NPC guy with the power to lift half a ton with his hair, block bullets, etc. and called him, if I remember correctly, Super Hippy or Hairy Hippy. Fun!
I don't think the author gets anything in royalties from used books, so it's neat to see him explaining something once in a while (why'd you choose this, could I modify that, why is that chart there that doesn't lead to anything...)on the 'net. In fact, if you haunt various Superhero RPG forums, don't be surprised to come across David Martin, who still has an interest in comics and RPGs. And yes, I believe it's really him.
I think this compilation should be a Superhero RPG Hall of Fame entry! (Can you tell I like it?)