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For questions about Marvel Heroic Roleplaying, the 2012 roleplaying game from Margaret Weis Productions based on Marvel's superhero comic books using the Cortex Plus system.

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SFXs that step-up d12s from the Doom Pool

Several SFX involve taking a die from the Doom Pool and adding it to your pool, then steping it up and returning it to the Doom Pool. For example: SFX: Berserk. Add a die from the doom pool to one or ...
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Activating "Conscious Activation" Limit

On pg. OM13 of the Marvel Heroic Roleplaying Game: If the Watcher activates one of your Limits, it costs a die from the Doom Pool, but you don't get any PP. You get first refusal on this if you're ...
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How to convey knowledge of unlocks in MHRP

In the MHRP, many Events (most) have unlockable features such as characters and equipment. Is this meant to be revealed narratively, or is it more of a meta question, like, "Hey did you guys know you ...
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How to curb Advancement in MHRP

I'm a little confused about how character advancement is supposed to work in Marvel Heroic. The core philosophy is that heroes are meant to start powerful and stay about the same power level ...
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How to reduce rocket tag syndrome for cosmic superheroes?

I GM a MHR game where the heroes are getting quite powerful - we basically have pseudo-Graviton, pseudo-Dr Strange, space-Sunspot, and cyber-Jean Grey. We also used to have japanese-Thor until ...
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How is an emptied Doom Pool handled?

I occasionally get overzealous spending dice from the doom pool, occasionally spending every last die. I don't recall any rules for handling the "emptying" of the doom pool, where there are no dice ...
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How do I use Unlockables in Marvel Heroic Roleplaying to represent a mentor?

I'm busy preparing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game using the Marvel Heroic Roleplaying (MHR) system. It was suggested to me that I use Master Splinter as an Unlockable, but I'm not really sure how ...
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Berserk SFX for NPCs

I am a bit confused about how to apply the Berserk SFX for NPCs. The normal version of the SFX reads: Add a die from the doom pool to one or more attack actions. Step up the doom pool die by +1 ...
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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 ...
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How does Stress work for characters with multiple Affiliation dice?

Some characters in MHR can have various levels of Affiliation. For example, Thanos has the following Affiliations: Solo 3d10, Buddy d6, Team 2d8. Now let's suppose Thanos is in a conflict with some ...
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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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Technological warfare: how does Iron Man fight?

In Marvel Heroic Roleplaying, players construct their dice pools for an action by claiming any and all dice off their character sheet they can justify, one from each category. One of such categories ...
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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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Intangibility in Marvel Heroic Roleplaying

I am playing the Breakout event, as Spiderman (stop reading if you don't want spoilers!). We just met Zzzax, and I decided to attack him by web-throwing a huge metal pipe through him. I managed a ...
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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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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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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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