Questions tagged [mutants-and-masterminds-3e]

M&M 3E is the third edition of Green Ronin's Mutants & Masterminds superhero roleplaying game. M&M 3E is the ruleset behind the DC Adventures roleplaying game. M&M 3E is based on a heavily-modified D20 system and features dynamic power creation.

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Affects Others, Area and Personal Range power combination is possible?

I'm trying to build a hero with telekinesis capable of creating a force field in an area for protection, like a wall or even a dome. My first thought was to use Protection effect with Area (Burst), ...
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Enhanced Dodge/Parry should be adjusted to Reaction Action?

Should I change the Action to Reaction if I'm buying Enhanced Dodge/Parry?
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Can the “Damaging” Extra be turned off for Move Object's effect?

I'm using the Portuguese version of the 3rd edition. The general rule for Extras is that they can't be turned off, changing the power effects permanently. But the Damaging Extra describes that 'your ...
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Are these change to Penetrating and Impervious overpowered?

I'll be the DM for a new campaign and I don't particularly like how Impervious was handled in this edition. But, I also think that the 2nd edition one was OP (overpowered). The idea behind the ...
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Was Steve Kenson involved in the design of Mutants & Masterminds 3e?

I was talking to a group of gaming friends and the topic of Green Ronin and Steve Kenson came up. Someone commented that Steve Kenson was working on Aberrant and didn't seem to do anything for Green ...
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What is the cost of Multiattack on Unarmed Attacks?

It may be a newbie question but nontheless... How much does the Multiattack Extra cost on Unarmed Strikes, if it is even possible? I have a Unarmed Attack based character, with the current strength of ...
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Can I include a Metamorphosis Machine in my HQ/Installation to get a supply of superpowered minions?

In the Powers chapter of the sourcebook Gadget Guide, it lists the Metamorphosis Machine as a device that can empower people to superhuman states, using the following power: Metamorphosis Machine: ...
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How does the Insidious Extra interact with the Weaken Power?

I've been playing around with the Weaken Power and trying to find its best application. As of right now, I think it's in Weaken Senses. Almost every enhancement in Senses requires 1 rank at 1 point ...
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What is a grab check, and how does it interact with Strength, Fighting, and Elongation?

In the M&M 3E Hero's Handbook, it says under Elongation: In addition, Elongation allows you to wrap up and entangle an opponent so it grants a +1 bonus to grab checks per rank (limited by ...
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Can an alternate Effect have the Reaction extra?

I've been playing around with making a Kung-Fu master for some time in Mutants and Masterminds, and I'm nearly done. However, I'm not sure if I constructed their attacks correctly. The image that I ...
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If I have an Extended Teleport effect, can it be triggered when I get knocked out?

This is the power I bought for my character Triggered(1) Extended Teleport 10 Trigger: When Artifice is knocked out, he teleports away from enemies to a teleport beacon he's set up. Teleport ...
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What are the differences between DC Adventures and 3e M&M?

DC Adventures is a version of 3e Mutants & Masterminds, released in advance of the core 3e books. In the course of answering someone's question on the Ronin Army forums about the legality of the ...
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How does the Impervious Modifier apply to Defenses other than Toughness?

It's been about a Month since i started playing Mutants and Masterminds 3e with my friends, and we absolutely LOVE the system (particularly the one-shot modules), but something in the Impervious ...
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How would one create a genie?

I'm trying to create a character based around the Genie from Aladdin. Able to grant wishes with nearly infinite versatility, but not able to act on it's own free will; totally subject to the will of ...
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Would Reluctance count as a Complication?

Would Reluctance count as a Complication for Mutants & Masterminds 3E, reluctance to use her powers or do heroics because of either confidence, doubt, or other psychological hangups? A player in ...
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How do you make a Bicycle in Mutants and Masterminds?

Hopefully the last time I have to ask someone a question about M&M 3e, but here it goes. I've been experimenting with a character that has a Blast Affliction that has the quirk of activating, ...
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How do I build Multiple Defenses/Security Systems for the same Heaquarters?

I'm taking a slog through Mutants and Masterminds 3e again. This time, I'm working on a character with a county-sized headquarters (Awesome headquarters with Grounds feature). In his backstory, the ...
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How do you make a Gravity effect?

I've been doing character building exercises in M&M3e so I can have a better grasp on the Dos and Don'ts of the system. I was thinking of that one scene from Batman Beyond where the one villain ...
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What's the Cap on Minion Summoning?

just screwing around with Character Creation again in Mutants and Masterminds. I'm just a little confused with how the Summon power functions, specifically its limits. I know that each attack and ...
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Do you lose the points you invested in your mecha if it is destroyed?

In Mutants&Masterminds it mentions that if your mecha is destroyed then they can no longer be repaired and they must be rebuilt from scratch. Does that mean that the points you invested in your ...
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How to build a dynamic aura blade type of power?

A player of mine wants to play a Sword master and sword collector type of character. I want it to build the power, if possible, with hero-lab (since is the standard in the group). The general idea is ...
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Is there a “Take 20” mechanic?

Most d20 systems have a "take 20" mechanic as per the d20 SRD When you have plenty of time (generally 2 minutes for a skill that can normally be checked in 1 round, one full-round action, or one ...
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Did I miscalculate this Variable Power?

I've been messing around with Character Creation in Mutants and Masterminds 3e, and I want to double check to see if I have this right. I wanted to have the Variable power (from p. 132 of the Hero's ...
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How do I assemble this Perception-based Defensive power into Mutants and Masterminds?

My Tabletop group has been discussing running a game of Mutants and Masterminds in the future, so I thought I should get a head start and attempt to build a character. The character i have in mind is ...
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How many points of Benefit to be President of the United States?

How many points in the Benefit advantage would you need to be President of the United States (or the leader of a similarly powerful nation, like Russia or an alternate universe United States or ...
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How can I make an effect that requires a bit of time to use?

One of my characters is a Wizard. I am trying to stat out a sort of "ritual" that takes a minute or more to do, making it inapplicable for in combat. The effect in question is Continuous Summon. The ...
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How fast can you Move an Object?

This came up in another question, although I can't remember if it was here, or in another location. When using Move Object, how fast can you move the object? The long range of Move Object is rank x ...
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How would I stat out an inability to change a Variable effect without a certain object?

So, a PC is a wizard. One of her spells is a Variable Summon effect. She does this by invoking the names of all sorts of things from a magical book. What I am trying to figure out, is how can I make ...
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Stealing in Mutants and Masterminds

In a question on reddit, someone asked about how to create a Power that replicated the common cartoon trope of a villain holding an item only to not notice (until they try to use it) that it has been ...
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Does a target get a Dodge check, for effects they cannot see?

An Area effect allows a dodge check, typically, unless it is also Perception-based. However, what if a target cannot see it--such as an effect with Subtle, that they cannot detect? Do they still get a ...
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Can Immortality Affect Others?

Okay, I've got an odd one here. So, a player in my group has gotten an... Interesting ability. I'm extremely happy, with his innovativeness, but it seems sort of... Like it might not be meant to ...
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Do the Vulnerable and Defenseless conditions affect the Deflect effect?

So I was looking at the Deflect effect, in M&M 3E. Normally, the Vulnerable condition causes someone to half their Active Defenses. The Defenseless condition puts them at zero. The Deflect ...
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Needing Help with Mind Control

I am trying to work out a "mystically seductive" sort of character, for M&M 3E. She already has extremely high Persuasion and Deception, and I am trying to work out a sort of mind control ...
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Take Reactions on your own turn?

In regards to Reaction based effects. Is there any way someone can use them on their own turn? Or is it invariably necessary for it to occur as a Reaction to something? For instance, if a character ...
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Create as a Move Action

I'm attempting to make a defensive-based character for M&M 3E. The Deflect effect isn't what I'm looking for, so I turned to Create. If I were to get Move Action Continuous Create (Create, with ...
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Is it possible to use an effect with Triggered as an Instant effect?

The text for the Triggered Flat Extra (my emphasis): You can “set” an instant duration effect with this modifier to activate under particular circumstances, such as in response to a particular ...
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Immunity from Metal

I'm making a villain for my party to go up against, who is a metal manipulator. Not sure yet if I'm going to have his power be magnetism or just metal shaping. Anyway, his super outfit is, of course,...
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Can reaction powers by default be disabled as a free action?

The reaction modifier's description includes, The user can only prevent the reaction effect from occurring by choosing to deactivate the effect entirely (as a free action), in which case no ...
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Can you take the Recover Action outside of combat?

In Mutants and Masterminds 3E, there is a Recover Action that lets one use a Standard action during an encounter to heal your worst condition, but only once per encounter. Recovery outside of combat ...
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Do Fast Grab and (Damaging) Move Object work together?

The Damaging Modifier on the Move Object Power (page 119) states: Damaging: Your effect can inflict damage, like an application of normal Strength with damage equal to its rank This includes ...
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What's a reasonable way to make the DC 15 Athletics check for running balanced?

M&M 3E allows an Athletics check as a Free action to add one rank to your speed that round, effectively doubling your speed. You can make a DC 15 Athletics check as a free action to run faster: ...
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Does Immunity Stack?

So I've got a guy who's playing an "elemental" character with the Insubstantial 3 (Fire-Energy) power. He already has Fire Immunity 5, so when he "flames on" does the Fire-immunity of the ...
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If a character shapeshifts into a larger creature, how do I determine their mass?

I've got a character with the ability to shape shift into any animal. I've got everything else squared away, but I'm wondering about mass. If the character turns into a creature larger than what the ...
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What does the Precise Modifier actually accomplish for Protection power?

I'm looking at the character archetypes and I noticed that the Gadgeteer archetype has the "Precise" modifier on their Protection power. Does it make it different to other Sustained Protection powers?
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Complication: Clone of an Evil-Doer

We have a player that wants to be the good-aligned clone of Mina Kosmova, the Cosmic Mind. I'm trying to work with the player and so far, we've come up with nothing. What sort of sample complications ...
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How should I handle a player trying to use their ability to command insects to destroy a large number of toy adversaries?

I'm playing in a PbP campaign. One of the players chose to be able to control insects using the Affliction power. I think he's realizing the limitations of what he chose, and is looking to try to game ...
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Where does the “Hide Minions” extra come from?

The Hero Lab implementation of 3E Mutants and Masterminds includes a power Extra for the Summon power of "Hide Minions" with the following text: This extra hides your summoned minions. This is ...
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How would a Telepath be able to tell that they're not going crazy? [closed]

It's the Psychic player again. She asked me a pretty good question to better roleplay the character. Her character has been able to read people's minds since early adulthood. As soon as she said this, ...
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How does Mind Control work against a Stormer?

I'm going to be running Emerald City Knights soon and I have a question: what would happen if a Psychic attempted to Mind Control a Stormer? Taken from Emerald City Knights: While two of the ...
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Does Movement (Dimensional) allow you to choose where you go?

This came up in an extended discussion moved to chat for Need help making a Headquarters via Equipment Advantage as portable pocket dimension?. Hey I Can Chan: That addresses one concern, but I'm ...