History TabletopGame / MutantsAndMasterminds

31st Jul '16 12:36:22 PM nombretomado
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A tabletop RPG from Creator/GreenRonin Publishing, ''{{Mutants}} [[MagicAmpersand &]] [[DiabolicalMastermind Masterminds]]'', also known as ''[[FanNickname M&M]]'', describes itself as "The World's Greatest [[SuperHero Superhero]] [[TabletopGames Role-Playing Game]]." DCComics sure seemed to think so. The game uses a heavily modified version[[note]]So heavily modified that it is now legally ''not'' a version[[/note]] of the TabletopGame/D20System from ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition]]'', and its [[PointBuildSystem point-buy character creation system]] is designed to allow players to create just about any character they can think of. In fact, the "Roll Call" section of [[http://www.atomicthinktank.com the Atomic Think Tank]], the official ''Mutants & Masterminds'' forum, contains fan-submitted stats for [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny pretty much every fictional character that's ever existed]], from Comicbook/{{Superman}} to ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' to [[ScoobyDoo Shaggy Rogers]][[note]]Even JustForFun/TropeTan[[/note]].

Creator/GreenRonin has recently published ''DC Adventures'', a licensed [[TabletopGames RPG]] based on TheDCU and using the 3rd edition of the ''M&M'' rules.

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A tabletop RPG from Creator/GreenRonin Publishing, ''{{Mutants}} [[MagicAmpersand &]] [[DiabolicalMastermind Masterminds]]'', also known as ''[[FanNickname M&M]]'', describes itself as "The World's Greatest [[SuperHero Superhero]] [[TabletopGames Role-Playing Game]]." DCComics Creator/DCComics sure seemed to think so. The game uses a heavily modified version[[note]]So heavily modified that it is now legally ''not'' a version[[/note]] of the TabletopGame/D20System from ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition]]'', and its [[PointBuildSystem point-buy character creation system]] is designed to allow players to create just about any character they can think of. In fact, the "Roll Call" section of [[http://www.atomicthinktank.com the Atomic Think Tank]], the official ''Mutants & Masterminds'' forum, contains fan-submitted stats for [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny pretty much every fictional character that's ever existed]], from Comicbook/{{Superman}} to ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' to [[ScoobyDoo Shaggy Rogers]][[note]]Even JustForFun/TropeTan[[/note]].

Creator/GreenRonin has recently published ''DC Adventures'', a licensed [[TabletopGames RPG]] based on TheDCU Franchise/TheDCU and using the 3rd edition of the ''M&M'' rules.
24th Jul '16 3:30:34 AM Venatius
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** Various forms of power "arrays" allow characters to have various powers at a dramatically lower price than they would take to buy them all normally. Generally this comes with the balance factor that they cannot all be used at once. For instance, a shapeshifter has a finite budget for their alternate forms, but can use any combination of powers that they can afford within that budget. "Alternate powers" are bought at almost no cost, with the stipulation they cannot be used simultaneously with the power to which they're attached. As these systems are ripe for abuse, the books caution GMs about allowing power arrays that amount to "all the powers I want my Hero to have" rather than reflecting a coherent theme.
24th Jul '16 3:23:40 AM Venatius
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* GameSystem: A derivative of the d20 mechanic from [=D&D3E=], though with a completely different character creation system (a PointBuildSystem instead of a ClassAndLevelSystem).

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* GameSystem: A derivative of the d20 mechanic from [=D&D3E=], though with a completely different character creation system (a PointBuildSystem instead of a ClassAndLevelSystem). The third edition remains d20 based, but strips out many of the D&D terms and mechanics (such as the division between ability scores and ability modifiers).
24th Jul '16 3:18:18 AM Venatius
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* DamageTyping: "Lethal" and "Nonlethal." Under the default rules, all damage is assumed to be the latter unless specifically stated otherwise, but all attacks can inflict either type.

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* DamageTyping: "Lethal" and "Nonlethal." Under the default rules, all damage is assumed to be the latter unless specifically stated otherwise, but all attacks can inflict either type. The third edition does away with this distinction, treating all damage as nonlethal until it is directed at a character that is already incapacitated.
24th Jul '16 3:16:08 AM Venatius
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* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: In the third edition, this is the only way anyone can die. Characters only move to "Dying" status after failing a resistance check against damage after already being incapacitated. After ''that'', they still only die if they accumulate three or more degrees of failure on a DC 15 Fortitude check, or get finished off ''again'' by another source of damage they fail to resist.

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* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: In the third edition, this is the only way anyone can die. Characters only move to "Dying" status after failing a resistance check against damage after already being incapacitated. After ''that'', they still only die if they accumulate three or more degrees of failure on a DC 15 Fortitude check, or get finished off ''again'' by another source of damage they fail to resist. Thus, barring GM fiat, a group of gerbils will only be incapacitated by a nuclear explosion in the same room, until and unless debris/fire/radiation harms them further - at which point they still won't die immediately.
24th Jul '16 3:14:16 AM Venatius
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* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: In the third edition, this is the only way anyone can die. Characters only move to "Dying" status after failing a resistance check against damage after already being incapacitated. After ''that'', they still only die if they accumulate three or more degrees of failure on a DC 15 Fortitude check, or get finished off ''again'' by another source of damage they fail to resist.



* NonLethalKO: Even with super-strength, no matter how high the damage, the worst that can happen to a target is being [=KOed=] when using non-lethal damage.

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* NobodyCanDie: Backed up by the mechanics to varying degrees across editions - see KickThemWhileTheyAreDown and NonLethalKO.
* NonLethalKO: Even with super-strength, no matter how high the damage, the worst that can happen to a target is being [=KOed=] when using non-lethal damage. In the third edition this is enforced for all damage - no amount of damage of any type can do more than incapacitate someone, and they only stand even a chance of dying if damaged again (see KickThemWhileTheyAreDown, above).
24th Jul '16 2:58:13 AM Venatius
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** In addition, canonically, heroes receive 1-2PP per arc of the adventure and every 10-20PP, gain a new PowerLevel. Each Power Level essentially doubles your power.

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** In addition, canonically, heroes receive 1-2PP per arc of the adventure and every 10-20PP, gain a new PowerLevel. Each Power Level essentially doubles your power.
24th Jan '16 10:11:39 PM Adannor
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* CharacterLevel: "Power Level" (not to be confused with PowerLevels), though they don't mean quite the same thing as in other [[TabletopGame/D20System d20-derived]] games. "Power Points" are what actually increase your character's abilities -- Power Level only restrict how you can spend your points (e.g., the total amount of damage you do per attack cannot exceed your power level without trading off from your attack bonus).

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* CharacterLevel: "Power Level" (not to be confused with PowerLevels), though they don't mean quite the same thing as in other [[TabletopGame/D20System d20-derived]] games. "Power Points" are what actually increase your character's abilities -- Power Level only restrict how you can spend your points (e.g., adding up the total amount strength of damage you do per your attack and its accuracy together cannot exceed your power level PL times two, so you can't raise one sky-high without trading off from your attack bonus).sacrificing the other; same goes for pairing up several kinds of defences with each other).
17th Dec '15 1:32:40 AM TheUnsquished
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