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Old 08-31-2017, 12:50 PM   #1
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Default Superhero Template Ideas

I'm starting game prep for a superhero game set in my Marvel Reboot universe but taking place in what is considered the "pre-modern" era (meaning before the Fantastic Four gained their powers), during the time I designated as the era of the outlaw team known as the Shadowguard (of which Charles Xavier and Magneto were members), set in the early 1990s.

Character generation will take place in two phases: build the character with a pre-powers template, and then add powers. Racial packages such as the Skrulls, Inhumans, Atlanteans, etc. will be part of the "powers", as are "super-normal" packages (centered around cinematic advantages Gunslinger, Trained By a Master, Weapon Master, etc.)

I've begun work on the pre-powers templates, but I don't have anything to share as yet. (I'm pondering permitting the templates in Action as well, but I have to read through it again to be sure.) Ideas for the templates so far are:

Civilian Adventurer - An untrained adventurer who relies mainly on hir wits and powers as opposed to any specialized training or skill set. Ex: Dazzler, Green Lantern Kyle Rayner (especially starting off).

Criminal - A streetwise inner city adventurer, often with a criminal record. Lenses intended for thieves (pickpockets, cat burglars) and street toughs. Ex: Black Cat, Luke Cage.

Debutante - Money talks, and good looks make things easier. Almost always rich, but may be a struggling model or actor/actress. Ex: Warren Worthington/Angel, Janet van Dyne/Wasp.

Engineer - An inventor or tinkerer who replies on technical prowess as much as his powers. Often (but not always) a tech-based adventurer. Ex: Tony Stark., Beetle.

Martial Artist - A highly capable combatant who knows little outside of combat. Usually but not always a "super-normal". Ex: Iron Fist, X-23, Cassandra Cain/Batgirl.

Scientist - Chemist, physicist, biologist, or other scientific discipline - or a multidisciplinary scientist - who may have given himself or others powers, intentionally or by accident. Ex: Reed Richards, Hank Pym, Bruce Banner.

Sleuth - An investigative specialist, either a former police officer or a private eye, or just someone with an eye for detail. Ex: Jessica Jones, Clark Kent.

Soldier - A more worldly combatant to whom life is more than just fighting. May or may not have actually served in a military. Ex: Cable, Punisher, Cyclops, Wolverine.

Super-Spy - A trained espionage specialist. Usually but not always a "super-normal". Ex: Black Widow.

Anything I might have missed?
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