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Today is special. You didn't think you'd make it half this long. Today
is the aniversary. For no rhyme or reason, every single human being
was... empowered. Oh sure, you loved it at first. So did everyone. Even the people that
ended up with crappy powers could appreciate a police force made of
supermen. Doctors that could make new arms and legs out of thin air.
Juries that could read minds. The most beautiful music and the most
moving poetry. Things were wonderful, until the supermen realized that
they could do whatever they wanted.
1995 was not meant to be a Year of Historic Infamy. It was a year of
relative peace and marginal prosperity (at least in the First World).
It was a decade that many in the US considered a rehash of the 1970's.
Music was grungy and drugged-out with metallic overtones, heroin was
making a comeback (and meth was starting to be a problem), and
everything seemed muted and depressed.
One fairly simple modification that I found to be quite useful is generalizing the
dice-adding effects of the Control or Create powers to any power with
'Useful'. If you can come up with a creative way for your power to help
you, roll it, and you can add up to Width in dice to another roll if
you pay 1 Willpower per die added.
With this extra a power has no Willpower cost at
all. If it ordinarily requires you to bid a point of Willpower for
activation (such as Block or Harm), you do not lose Willpower if you
fail to activate it. If the power ordinarily costs Willpower to use it
at all (such as Cosmic Power, Regeneration or Size Shift), you do not
have to spend any Willpower to activate it.
The Gate Maker can open portals between two points. The general form is
a swirly vortex-like wormhole, like from Stargate or Sliders. The
appearance is up to the player though, and specialized forms might
warrant extras or flaws, such as If/Then for requiring a literal door
that must be opened before stepping through. Anyone and anything may
pass through the portal as if it were a tunnel between two rooms.
Every nova has a Base Taint of 1. For every 10 Taint points gained, the
Base Taint automatically increases by 1. Increasing Base Taint does not
"spend" accumulated Taint points, and Base Taint does not decrease when
the GM spends Taint. In effect, a characters Base Taint measures how
much Taint the character has ever had.
It was a little hard getting back in
after a long hiatus (just several weeks off due to things and stuff)
but I kicked it off by pulling back and giving each player present
(Cicely's player was running late because he can't say no to his
grammaw) one of the big Companies involved in events.