I have usually created characters that had "force fields" with the Create power as I wanted to be able to create a large solid dome for the entire party.
Now, I am creating a character who, thematically should not create a completely solid barrier, so I'm going to use Protection. I am still playing with giving the character the ability to grant the force field's bonus to nearby party members. I haven't seen anyone use the Protection power as the basis of a shared force field.
1) Affects Others would allow any friends I grant the power to, to move about freely after I grant the force field right?
2) What do you think about replacing "+1 Affects Others" with "+1 Area" to create a large bubble of Protection, (5' radius/rank) that is not solid? Here, friends would have to stay with in the bubble to have its benefits, but I don't have to spend points on how many "Others" I want to include, and I don't have to go around tapping them all, or explaining how I give force fields with a touch
Thanks as always for the help.