With Great Power...
is a Silver Age superhero tabletop role-playing game
by Michael S. Miller, independently published
by Incarnadine Press. Its title comes from the oft-repeated line from Spider-Man
, "With great power must also come great responsibility."
The rules of the game are designed to encourage players to think in terms of what would benefit the story, rather than doing what would benefit the character. As such, "suffering" can aid a character by granting mechanical bonuses, such as putting more cards into the player's hand.
Structure of Play
Like most RPGs
, With Great Power...
has a gamemaster
who will play the villains and decide on the order of scenes. Unlike in many RPGs, the game master has no special referee function. The other participants, called players, each create a superhero to play. Both heroes and villains are described through free-form traits, called Aspects.
During play the so-called Suffering of the various Aspects will increase and decrease. The gamemaster tries to increase the Suffering on the heroes' traits such that the villains can take control of the aspects. The players will try to bring Suffering to the villain's aspects, in order to finally thwart his plan.
To increase tension, the accumulation of Suffering starts an inverted death spiral
. That means that suffering Aspects become more powerful. The participants must therefore find a balance between protecting their Aspects and increasing their chances for success.
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