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Is taking a headquarters smaller than Small in order to get equipment points legit?

Each increase in size category costs 1 point, each decrease in size category gives you an additional point to spend elsewhere on your headquarters, although you’re not going to have a lot of room for ...
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Can Invention designs be re-used?

According to page 125 of the Gadget Guides book: An inventor can keep an existing invention running by either taking the time needed to design it (hours equal to its point cost) to do maintenance and ...
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Can Immortality Affect Others?

Yes, Immortality can Affect Others There is nothing in the definition of the power that prevents applying Affects Others. However, this player's power doesn't work The text of Immortality starts ...
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Does the "Power Profiles" PDF for M&M 3e contain all individual profiles?

It is a bundle of all of the individual items. I just did a spot check from the book and the website. They are all accounted for and there are none extra. The chief advantage to the collected edition ...
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How would a "Life Drain" power work in Mutants and Masterminds 3e?

This one has always been a bit of a handwave because Linked powers need to have the same range. By the book, with just the main book, you'd have to set up either Healing with the Reaction extra ...
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Was Steve Kenson involved in the design of Mutants & Masterminds 3e?

TL;DR, Yes Steve Kenson replied on December 3rd: I did most of the design work on M&M 3e/DC Adventures, in collaboration with developer Jon Leitheusser.
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How can I do a "Fastball Special" to throw my ally at an enemy?

With the caveat that Green Ronin only counts the Hero's Handbook as core rules, the Power Profiles: Strength Powers supplement suggests: Lastly, a strong enough character can throw another character ...
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Avengers 2 in M&M

Mutants and Masterminds 3E handles this through the use of a few different systems. By the use of the Aid action (p246) and Team Checks (p16), one character can sacrifice their action to contribute ...
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Where does the "Hide Minions" extra come from?

charlieluce, on the Lone Wolf forums, pointed out Given that it's zero cost, I'm certain that this is just the way that Lone Wolf implemented a display customization for characters using the Summon ...
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How do you make a Bicycle in Mutants and Masterminds?

I have typically (working with my GM), built a bicycle as 1 EP Equipment that grants Speed 1 rather than using Vehicle rules. That boosts my speed, and allows for Athletics checks to go faster, and ...
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Would Reluctance count as a Complication?

Sure, but there are few ways to translate "reluctant to be in public" to the listed complications. Accident: While normally for physical actions, the Accident complication can be a gold mine for ...
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Can Precise Growth let you grow specific parts of your body?

To me, Precise Growth is more likely to let you adjust your height and mass to a specific value, say to pair with Morph so that your guy passes the screening where The Green Giant has his security ...
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How does Multiattack work in Mutants and Masterminds 3rd Edition?

Multi attack isn't ranked. Rather, an attack gets the Multiattack property, which increases the attack's power point cost by +1 for each rank of the attack. It has three options: You can attack a ...
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Can Equipment be removed without a Hero Point for the Complication?

Equipment can be destroyed or stolen by enemy action (Disarm, Smash, etc.) with impunity. The quoted sections highlight that if the GM takes away the equipment by fiat, declaring that it is out of ...
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How can I design adventures or a campaign in the genre of superheroes to encourage active players?

Superheroes are reactive because the default state is that they've won: at the end of each episode, they get the city back to the way they want it, and there's nothing more for them to do until ...
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How to emulate a Gadget of the Week power?

In 3E, the effect you are looking for is (as in 2E and Scrollmaster's answer) Variable. Variable: Action: Standard, Range: Personal, Duration: Sustained. 7points/rank. There is a -1point/rank flaw ...
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What does a Limited Degree Affliction do to a Minion?

It's the former. As the Hero's Handbook states (page 193): If a minion fails a resistance check, the minion suffers the worst degree of the effect. With any Affliction power, the worst degree is ...
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How would a Telepath be able to tell that they're not going crazy?

They hear Joe think "wow I am hungry", then they hear Joe say "Hey when are we going to eat, I am hungry". Telepathy differs from schizophrenia in accuracy. Also while telepathy maybe quite rare in ...
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Does Immunity Stack?

No, your Immunity ranks do not stack with Insubstantial ranks for extra degrees of Immunity. 5 ranks of Immunity would make a hero either immune against certain non-damage effects, or immune against ...
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Do you lose the points you invested in your mecha if it is destroyed?

Just like any Device or Equipment, you eventually get the item back, or get to spend the points somewhere else, but it may not be immediate and/or it may require skill checks or some sort of quest for ...
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How would one create a genie?

Your "Genie" can't be any more powerful than a regular PC Just to get it out of the way, you'd be building your genie to the same PL limit as anyone else, so your "wishes" need to built just like any ...
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Unarmed strikes in mutants and masterminds

An unarmed strike is treated as a default Damage effect with the same rank as your Strength attribute As described by the Damage effect: Strength provides a “built-in” Damage effect: the ability to ...
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Is there a feature in Mutants & Masterminds 3e that is mechanically similar to Evasion in D&D 5e?

You could take an Enhanced Trait: Toughness power with the Impervious quality, with a sufficiently high Limited modifier specifically calling out you're only immune to damage from Dodge checks that ...
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Throwing Allies Without Intent to Harm

No, there is nothing in the core rules that specifically covers this. I would probably require an "attack roll" by the person doing the throwing to accurately target where they want the ...
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In Mutants & Masterminds 3e, what does “arc” mean in Multiattack, and how does Selective affect it?

This has been a running question since 2e. As far as I know, there's been no formal definition, so it's up to the GM. Personally, I usually don't use a map, so I let my players know who's in an "...
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Is taking a headquarters smaller than Small in order to get equipment points legit?

My gut feeling is that it would go by the same rules as for power flaws: A flat-value flaw cannot reduce an effect or power’s final cost below 1 power point. So a 0 ep or -1 ep headquarter will ...
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How can super-hacking be simulated?

There are two ways to model this. One is to build it as the typical set of powers you might wield (Feature: Traffic signals go my way, Damage 4 (Burst) [descriptor: exploding control panels], etc) ...
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Is there any limit to how many ranks you can take in a power?

There are basically two sorts of powers, PL(Power Level)-limited ones and non-PL-limited ones. The first are anything that impacts a PL-limited trait such as an attack bonus, an attack rank, a defense ...
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What does Fortitude Immunity include?

Yes Because Immunity provides automatic success on relevant resistance checks (Hero's Handbook page 113), and because Suffocation (Hero's Handbook page 186) and Starvation and Thirst (Hero's Handbook ...
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