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  • Mimic Roladex

    So, I've been fiddling with the idea of the creating a Mimic character with a twist. The basic concept is following along the lines of Peter Petrelli from Heroes, a Mimic with the ability to recall powers that he's learned and use them again at a later time. I'm guessing a "once you Mimic the powers of X person one time, you can always use them." might be a little overpowered. Especially since you'd have to account for person X, Y, Z, ect. So maybe a limit for how many known powers the mimic can shift through? Choosing to add or subtract as he encounters new powers, maybe adding a longer wait time to shift between powers, what kind of flaws make this idea more feasible?

    Any thoughts or comments?
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    Re: Mimic Roladex

    They go into this in more detail in the Meta Powers Profile.

    You just want to duplicate the powers of others, which is pretty basic. It's not always clear, but I believe the default assumption is that the subject or catalyst of the power must be in Close Range to allow for configuring the power unless some kind of range is purchased as well. So you can duplicate the powers of anyone you touch. Being able to recall previous contacts is actually mentioned in the Profile as a Feature:
    Originally posted by Power Profiles p133
    Once you have directly experienced a catalystís powers, you retain a perfect recollection of them and how they work, even once you no longer have access.
    By my reading, you would just buy the power normally and add that Feature. No Flaws necessary, no top end defined.

    If you really want to have a limit on how many other powersets you can recall, you could just make the powersets in an Array and have as many slots as there are powersets, which I can almost guarantee would be a cheaper option unless you want to have more that a dozen powersets available.

    The simplest way is probably the basic plus Feature, and you could make hitting the ceiling on your powersets a Complication that requires you to dump one of your previous sets.
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    • #3
      Re: Mimic Roladex

      Thanks I haven't looked at the Meta Powers reference material so I wasn't aware it was already covered, I've only ever looked at the PHB or the d20 website. Appreciate it.
      -Love is like a Rhino, short-sighted and hasty; if it cannot find a way, it will make a way.

      -Flavor text "Crash of Rhinos"

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      • #4
        Re: Mimic Roladex

        I think JDRook covered this adequately, but just wanted to add that this is a basic Variable power. I don't think the "has to have observed it" is much of a limitation unless supers are particularly secretive, etc. in the campaign world. If the limitation came up it might be worth a Quirk or a Complication.

        Basically, it's a descriptor, though, for the Variable power. I haven't looked in a long time, but the Meta Power Profile has a more detailed way of doing it, but I don't think it's particularly necessary.

        Alternatively, you could make an array of different power "sets," especially if you can only use one discrete set at a time. So, for instance, you can't combine Human Torch's flight with Invisible Woman's force fields. Then, if needs be, you could power stunt an unlisted set. But, if the character has observed a bunch of supers already, or is likely to have, then the Variable Power seems the way to go. The two approaches aren't even mutually exclusive, though some people would balk at having a Variable Power as part of an array.

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