A modification of the cortex used in several more recent Margaret Weis games. Use for Marvel Heroic RPG, Leverage and Smallville

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What is innovative about the Smallville RPG?

I gather the Smallville RPG has innovative mechanics. In what way are they innovative? (Particularly, I've heard that they're like indie RPGs. That's what I'm interested in, but it's also harder to ...
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How do I create a sense of Impending Doom?

I've been reading up on the rules and I've noticed that if the player rolls multiple ones on their action I can choose to either award a PP for each 1 and add a d6 for each opportunity or I can choose ...
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Can assets be given to another player's character?

If a player creates an asset in Leverage like Baseball Bat d6 (paying the plot point to do so) can the PC then give the bat to some other PC? Of course they can in the fiction, but does the other PC ...
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When a villain grandstands, what is he rolling against?

From OM15: The Watcher may add to the doom pool directly by spending effect dice from a villain’s action, rather than inflicting stress or creating a complication. This represents the villain ...
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Two-Player Leverage

I'm preparing to run a game of Leverage. It will be my first time running Leverage, but not my first time running a Cortex-Plus game as I've run some Marvel Heroic Roleplaying too. The problem is, ...
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Effect of simultaneous Physical Stress

Here is the situation that happened in today's game: Johnny Storm (Human Torch) as a NPC has d12 of Physical Stress, and has activated his Nova Flame SFX on his previous action. He is attacked by a ...
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Online tools appropriate to a mapless Marvel Heroic Roleplaying (Cortex Plus) game

I'm going to be running a series of games for the "gaming wives" of my regular group. My wife's a big fan of the Marvel Heroic Roleplaying game and system, which uses the Cortex Plus rules, so that's ...
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What do I need to play Firefly: Echoes of War?

I've recently found out about the yet unreleased Firefly RPG. What's currently available are Echoes of War: Serenity Crew and a handful of adventures. It is clearly stated that "Serenity Crew" is ...
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Useless Opportunities in Cortex-Plus

I am getting ready to run the second session of my Leverage game. One thing I have noticed is that when the GM rolls a 1, it provides the players with an Opportunity. The only use I can find for an ...
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How does the “spotlight method” of recovering trauma work?

I'm looking at page OM28 here: If you don’t relish the idea of sitting out an entire Act or it doesn’t make sense in the story for the Watcher to skip ahead several weeks in a single Transition ...
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Where can I learn Marvel Heroic Roleplay?

I've read the rule book, got the cheat sheet and watched some people play online, but while Marvel Heroic Roleplay seems easy enough, I still don't feel like I "get it". Where is a good place to play ...