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Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 at 04:40:17 pm EDT (Viewed 96 times)
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Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 at 02:43:29 pm EDT (Viewed 10 times)

    IMO power has a scope (or breadth, versatility, etc) factor as well as a magnitude factor. BOTH have to be considered when figuring out how powerful someone is overall. IMO this relationship is certainly nonlinear: a character with superstrength and durability =100 vs. a character with superstrength and durability =10, fireblast =10, flight = 10, energy drain/absorb=10, healing=10, speed 10, and a myriad of other powers at 10 or less aren't going to be equals...

    Someone with 100 strength and durability vs. someone at 95 strength and durability who also has flight, then the guy with Flight is probably overall more powerful. Heck, the guy with 85 strength and durability with 85 EP and flight is going to be more powerful as well, but certainly wouldn't be the equivalent of 85 flight + 85 strength and durability + 85 EP=255, 2.5X as powerful as the guy with 100 strength and durability...rather, it would be something like 1.2X (ballpark and arbitrary figure).

I think that attempting to put some numbers on it is an interesting concept. I actually roleplay with some guys in a super-heroic settings and much of my opinions are based on the relativity that our system impose. It also forces us tu build heroes from the ground up, and see what succeeds, and what fails.

Suppose, taking your numbers as a base, that character A has 34 pts worth of strenght, 33 for durability and 33 for fast flight, who faces characters B that has 5 of both strength and durability but 20 in mental powers and 20 in invisibility; Who wins?

I say Character B, because his powers together forms something that character A cannot win over. Even if he is worth less.

It is the synergy that counts when making a successful character, IMO. And nothing brings synergy better than a sound concept.

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