MP Homebrew Rules & Theorycrafting

On this page I'll list "home-brewed" and "theory-crafting" rules for Mighty Protectors. A homebrew rule is something that I actually use whereas the theory-crafting rules are something that I have not used and that have not been play-tested. I'll be adding to, and/or editing this page, as time goes by.

A) Leaping (Homebrew)
Determining how far a character can leap is a multi-step process that uses the chart shown below. This change in how MP characters leap means the 'free' leaping for very strong characters is vastly reduced. If your character is really strong, he can still leap farther than a weaker character, but if you want him or her to leap miles like the Hulk then you will have to put CPs into Physical Ability F) Super Leap.
  1. Find the Task # for the character's Carrying Capacity.
  2. Find the Task # for the character's weight.
  3. Subtract the Weight Task # from the CC Task # and add 1 to determine how far the character can leap in game inches.
  4. Multiply the resulting number by the character's Super Leap multiple (if any).
  5. Add +1" to the leaping distance if the character pushes.
  • Example #1: Lone Star's CC Task # is 6 (he can lift 240 lbs). He has a Weight Task # 5 (he weighs 150 lbs). He can normally leap (6-5)+1=2" or 3" if he pushes.
  • Example #2: S.A.M.'s CC Task # is 16 (he can lift 245760 lbs) and a Weight Task # of 7 (he weighs 720 lbs). He can normally leap (16-7)+1=10" or 11" if he pushes.
  • Example #3: Alley Cat's CC Task # is 7 (she can lift 480 lbs) and a Weight Task # of 4 (she weighs 100 lbs). She can normally leap (7-4)+1=4" (5" with push) but she also has Super Leap with a x4 multiplier, so she leaps four times farther @16" or 17" if she pushes.





















Leaping Notes:
1. Optionally, if the GM wants to add randomness to leaping distance, have the PCs roll their base HTH damage to determine their Carrying Capacity Task number. Even if the character fails to equal the Weight Task number, the minimum leaping distance is still 1".
2. Treat Size Change B) Smaller characters with 0 weight as if they weighed 3 lbs.

B) Tunneling (Theory-crafting)

C) Radiation (Theory-crafting)

D) Companion (Theory-crafting)
Use the chart below for the cost. Companions do not gain experience.
Power Level
Companion Character Points:
(-5)*
0 points
(0)*
20 points
(5)
40 points
Low (10)
60 points
(15)
80 points
Standard (20)
100 points
(25)
120 points
High (30)
140 points
(35)
160 points
Cosmic (40)
180 points
(45)
200 points
(50)
220 points
(55)
240 points
(60)
260 points
(65)
280 points
(70)
300 points
(75)
320 points
(80)
340 points
(85)
360 points
(90)
380 points
(95)
400 points

E) Summoning (Theory-crafting)
Use the chart below for the cost. Summoned creatures do not gain experience. Summoning takes 5 minutes, PR=2 to perform, and PR 2 per hour to maintain.
Power Level
Summoning Creature Points:
(-5)*
15 points
(0)*
35 points
(5)
55 points
Low (10)
75 points
(15)
95 points
Standard (20)
115 points
(25)
135 points
High (30)
155 points
(35)
175 points
Cosmic (40)
195 points
(45)
215 points
(50)
235 points
(55)
255 points
(60)
275 points
(65)
295 points
(70)
315 points
(75)
335 points
(80)
355 points
(85)
375 points
(90)
395 points
(95)
415 points

F) Extended Size Change A) Larger (Homebrew)

G) Microscopic Vision (Homebrew)
To simulate microscopic vision, buy it as if you were buying Heightened Senses: Telescopic Vision. See the chart below for size examples and corresponding range penalties:
Microscopic Range Penalty Chart


H) Optional Motivations (Homebrew)
Listed below are optional motivation categories for heroes and villains in Mighty Protectors. Also note that over time a hero or villain’s motivation may change. For example, if a hero starts with a Romance motivation and the loved one is killed, the hero could then adopt a new motivation of Vengeance.

Hero Motivations
Self-Improvement: The hero is motivated to make themselves the best individual that they can be. These heroes are constantly training and expect others to be as prepared as they are.
Unwanted Power: The character never wanted to be a hero or to have super-powers.
Gain Acceptance: The hero wants to be accepted by society, by his or her peers, or by some other group -- and will do whatever it takes to “fit in.”
Indebted/Owes Someone: The hero owes a debt to someone else and must do everything in their power to repay the debt.
Loyalty: The hero is motivated by his or her undying loyalty to another individual or organization.
Romance: The hero is romantically interested in another character, usually another hero, and will endeavor to gain that person’s affection and trust.

Villain Motivations
Collector: The villain loves collecting things. What those things are varies from the mundane to the rare and powerful – and even super-powered beings.
Fear: The villain is motivated by causing terror in other individuals.
Indebted/Owes Someone: The villain owes a debt to someone else and must do everything in their power to repay the debt.
Romance: The villain is romantically interested in another individual and will do things, including criminal acts, to gain that person’s love.

Superhero Motivation Table
d100
Superhero Motivation
01-06
Penance
07-12
Vengeance
13-18
Self-Improvement
19-25
Utopian
26-31
Thrill Seeker
32-37
Unwanted Power
38-43
Duty Bound
44-49
Gain Acceptance
50-55
Need To Know
56-61
For Hire
62-66
Owes Someone
67-72
Self-Defense
73-78
Glory Hound
79-84
Loyalty
85-89
Carnage
90-94
Romance
95-100
Justice

Supervillain Motivation Table
d100
Supervillain Motivation
01-05
Insanity
06-10
Vengeance
11-15
Collector
16-21
Dystopian
22-26
Thrill Seeker
27-31
Fear
32-36
Anarchist
37-41
Indebted
42-47
Prejudice
48-53
Mercenary / Servitor
54-58
Romance
59-64
Greedy / Egoist
65-68
Publicity Seeker
69-73
Belligerent / Carnage
74-78
Survival
79-83
Dupe
84-88
Conquest
89-94
Twisted Honor
95-100
Opportunist


I) Experimental Mechanics: Hit Point Calculation (Theory-crafting)
Increasing the BC stats that give both Power and Hit points tends to be a more cost effective way of increasing a character's combat effectiveness than buying abilities. If you would like to modify this tendency, then you can try out this rule change: EN and CL become the only attributes which affect Hit Points:
BC
EN
CL
Score
Hits
Hits
0
1
-3
1
2
-2
2
2
-2
3-5
3
-1
6-8
3
-1
9-11
4
0
12-14
8
+1
15-17
12
+2
18-20
16
+3
Etc.
+4 more
+1 more



J) Experimental Mechanics: Double BC Cost (Theory-crafting)
These rules double the cost of MP attributes. They were never fully play-tested, so use with caution. These changes reduce a character's power and hit points, making it more difficult for power-gamers to construct 'combat monster' characters. The generally lower power, hit points, to hit chance, and defenses of characters constructed with these rules tends to speed up combat. The downside is that it is more complicated than the official rules, with many changes made to existing abilities.

A double-BC character sheet shows what these changes look like. Note: this sheet also uses the change to hit point calculation shown above.
  • Attributes now cost 2 CPs per point
  • Weaknesses which affect Attribute scores are now worth twice as many points.
  • Attribute score modifiers from Density Increase & Size Change need to be adjusted
  • Stat-based Abilities are half as effective
Beginning characters receive +50 CPs to offset the increased attribute cost. However, the initial stats are somewhat lower (see chart below).

BCs
Normal
Low
Standard
High
1st
14
15
16
17
2nd
12
13
14
15
3rd
10
11
12
13
4th
8
9
10
11
5th
6
7
8
9
BC Cost
100
110
120
130
Ability Cost
0
40
80
120
Total CPs
100
150
200
250


Use the formulas below to determine BC and Ability Caps:
BC Cap = (Total CPs-50)/5 +10, rounded down
Ability Cap = (Total CPs-50)/5, rounded down
Damage Cap = (Total CPs-50)/12.5 +3, rounded down


Heightened Attributes yield half as many points (+5 at Low power, +10 at standard power, +15 at high power).

DENSITY INCREASE:
CPs
Protection
ST
Weight X
Equivalent Material
(0)
1/1/0/1
+0
1
SR 0 / water
(2.5)
2/1/1/1
+1
1
SR 1 / clay
(5)
2/1/1/2
+1
2
SR 2 / rubber
(7.5)
2/2/2/2
+2
3
SR 3 / quartz
(10)
3/2/2/2
+3
4
SR 4 / bone
(12.5)
3/2/3/3
+3
5
SR 5 / brick
(15)
3/3/3/3
+4
6
SR 6 / brick
(17.5)
4/3/3/3
+4
7
SR 7 / marble
(20)
4/3/4/3
+4
8
SR 8 / lead
(22.5)
4/3/4/4
+5
9
SR 9 / bronze
(25)
4/4/4/4
+5
10
SR 10 / iron
(27.5)
5/4/4/4
+5
11
SR 11 / steel
(30)
5/4/5/4
+5
12
SR 12 / tungsten
(32.5)
5/4/5/5
+5
13
SR 13 / titanium
(35)
5/5/5/5
+5
14
SR 14 /
(37.5)
6/5/5/5
+6
15
SR 15 / super alloy
(40)
6/5/6/5
+6
16
SR 16 /
(42.5)
6/5/6/6
+6
17
SR 17 /
(45)
6/6/6/6
+6
18
SR 18 / diamond
(47.5)
7/6/6/6
+6
19
SR 19 /
(50)
7/6/7/6
+6
20
SR 20 / adamantium

EXPERIENCE LEVELS:
CPs
Hit Bonus
Defense Bonus
Task Bonus
(15)
0
1
1
(20)
1
1
1
(30)
1
2
2
(40)
2
2
2
(50)
2
3
3

HEIGHTENED DEFENSE: 
Power Level:
Defense Bonus:
Low (10)
+1
Standard (20)
+2
High (30)
+3
(40)
+4
(50)
+5

HEIGHTENED EXPERTISE: 
CPs
All Attacks
One Class
Specialist
(5)
0
1
1
(10)
1
2
2
(15)
1
2
3
(20)
2
3
4
(25)
2
4
5
(30)
3
5
6
(35)
3
5
7
(40)
4
6
8
(45)
4
7
9
(50)
5
8
10

HEIGHTENED INITIATIVE: 
Power Level:
Initiative Bonus:
(5)
+1
Low (10)
+2
(15)
+3
Standard (20)
+4
(25)
+5
High (30)
+6
(35)
+7
(40)
+8
(45)
+9
(50)
+10

INVENTING: 2 CPs per +1 IP.

SIZE CHANGE A) Larger:
CPs
Height
Profile
Weight
ST
EN
(0)
6’
x1
x1
-
-
(2.5)
7'
x1.2
x1.5
+1
-
(5)
8’
x1.3
x2
+2
+1
(7.5)
9'
x1.5
x32
+2
+2
(10)
10’
x1.6
x4
+3
+3
(12.5)
11'
x1.9
x64
+4
+3
(15)
12’
x2
x8
+5
+4
(17.5)
14'
x2.3
x12
+6
+5
(20)
15’
x2.5
x16
+6
+6
(22.5)
17'
x2.9
x24
+7
+6
(25)
19’
x3.2
x32
+8
+7
(27.5)
22'
x3.6
x48
+9
+8
(30)
24’
x4
x64
+9
+9
(32.5)
27'
x4.5
x96
+10
+9
(35)
30’
x5
x128
+11
+10
(37.5)
34'
x5.7
x196
+12
+11
(40)
38’
x6.4
x256
+12
+12
(42.5)
43'
x7.2
x392
+13
+12
(45)
48’
x8
x512
+14
+13
(47.5)
55'
x9.1
x784
+15
+14
(50)
61’
x10.1
x1024
+15
+15

SHIELD: The default parry bonus drops from +4 Physical Defense to +2 Physical Defense. Each +1 bonus to physical defense costs (5) CPs. The cost for increasing the shield's breakpoint doesn't change.

SPECIAL WEAPON: The CP cost of the Accuracy modifier is doubled, from 2.5 to 5 CPs for +1 to hit.

Shown below are two example MP character sheets. The first sheet shows how the double stat cost looks on a beginning standard power level character. The second sheet shows a standard power level character with a bunch of heightened stats for Abilities.


with Heightened Stats

K) Life Support (Homebrew)
Life Support is a voluntary ability that automatically activates when needed. It is not gear by default, although it may be given the Gear modifier if desired. Similarly, the PR cost may be given the Charges modifier. In all other ways this ability functions like the official version.

CPs
Environmental Immunity
Protection
(5)
PR=1 per Round
2
(10)
PR=1 per 3 Rounds
2
(15)
PR=1 per 5 Minutes
2
(20)
PR=1 per Hour
2
(25)
PR=1 per 10 Hours
3
(30)
Unlimited
4
(35)
Unlimited
5
(40)
Unlimited
6
(45)
Unlimited
7
(50)
Unlimited
8


L) Attractiveness (Homebrew)
For those who want to add a beauty component to their MP game, try using Attractiveness. This is a Continual Ability. PR=0 per hour. The reaction modifier can be used as a bonus for influencing others (see 3.1.1 Influence Tasks on pg. 103 of the MP rules). Note: the CP cost and bonuses are based upon the Distinctive Weakness.

CPs
Reaction Modifier
Example
-10
-4
Repulsive
-5
-2
Ugly
-2.5
-1
Homely
0
+0
Average
2.5
+1

5
+2
Pretty/Handsome
7.5
+3
10
+4
Model/Movie Star
12.5
+5

15
+6
Elite Model/Movie Star
17.5
+7
20
+8
Helen of Troy
22.5
+9

25
+10
Other Worldly Beauty
  • Gender Modifier: There is a cost adjustment of (-5) CPs if the reaction modifier only applies to members of the opposite sex.

M) Meta Points (Theory-crafting)

Introduction
Many super-hero RPGs utilize game mechanics that allows PCs to re-roll dice, learn important clues, or in general override the game system to their character’s benefit. In Mutants & Masterminds and DC Heroes the system is called "Hero Points," in Savage Worlds Supers it is called "Heroic Bennies" and in Marvel Super Heroes it is called "Karma Points."

In DC Heroes and Marvel Super Heroes the system is tied in with character advancement (experience). In Mutants & Masterminds and Savage Worlds, the system stands alone and is not tied to experience.

For Mighty Protectors, what would such a system look like and how would it work? One could go the route of DC Heroes and MSH and tie the system into experience or use the stand alone system of the other rpg’s. There are pros and cons to both systems, but I think the stand-alone system is ultimately the better system for Mighty Protectors, so I’ll go with that and call it Meta Points.

Earning Meta Points
MP heroes start each game session with one Meta point. If the hero suffers a major setback, roleplays well, or performs a heroic action, he gains one Meta point. Add +1 Meta points for every (5) CPs of Luck the character possesses. Meta points reset at the end of each adventure.

Spending Meta Points
The hero may use as many Meta points per round as he possesses. Meta points may not be used when the hero is surprised or unaware. Possible uses include the following:
  1. Inspired: spend a Meta point to get a clue, hint, or help from the GM
  2. Re-roll: spend a Meta point to re-roll hit, damage or save rolls; hero get to use the better of the two rolls
  3. Power Stunt: spend a Meta point to temporarily use an existing Ability in a different way or to use an entirely new Ability (so long as it makes sense)
  4. Increase Initiative: spend a Meta point to add +1d6 to the hero’s initiative roll
  5. Recover: spend a Meta point to recover from knockout (requires at least 1 Hit)
  6. Escape Death: spend a Meta point to automatically stop bleeding
Meta Points Usage By Campaign Type:
Standard: 1-6
Gritty: 1, 2, 4 and only 1 Meta point per round may be used

2 comments:

  1. Great stuff! Thanks for sharing. I saw a post on the forum that you had house rules for characters between Normal and Low. I think you used it for Commandos for your WWII campaign. Would you share your Commando House Rules here, please?

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  2. Cougar, sorry for the late reply! Unfortunately, my computer (with windows 7) was unable to leave comments. I've now (finally) upgraded to windows 10 and it seems to be letting me post replies!

    The only commando rules I've written are in War Heroes, which is owned by Monkey House Games and I can't post them here.

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