Friday, January 22, 2016

Playing with a Supers! layout for here

SYSTEM: Supers!

I like the layout of characters that gets used in a lot of the Supers! stuff, but the list is, well, really list-y, and the graphically interesting stuff is beyond my capability on a blog. But one of the character sheets is mostly in my reach...

DiceResistancesCost
2DComposure1
3DFortitude2
3DReaction2
2DWill1
DiceAptitudesCost
3DMechanics2
DicePowersCost
6DElemental Control (fire)6
1DElemental Form (fire)1
4DFlight4
DiceAdvantagesCost
1DCharismatic1
1DLeadership1
DiceDisadvantagesCost
1DMental Hindrance: Hothead-1
1DPublic ID-1
Total (20D character)19

I mean, it still looks very list-y, but it's easier to do the math.

Fiddling with it:

Pyroguy (Tommy Drizzle)
DiceResistancesCostAptitudesCost
2DComposure13D Mechanics2
3DFortitude2
3DReaction2
2DWill1
DicePowersCostDiceAdvantagesCost
6DElemental Control (fire)61DCharismatic1
1DElemental Form (fire)11DLeadership1
4DFlight4DiceDisadvantagesCost
1DMental Hindrance: Hothead-1
1DPublic ID-1

Second one is a little less elongated, which I like, but might have problems on mobile devices and is not as easy to do the math for.

In a layout program, I'd consider doing a list-like thing, then a second column that's mostly picture space and disadvantages at the bottom:

DiceResistancesCost
2DComposure1
3DFortitude2
3DReaction2
2DWill1
DiceAptitudesCost
3DMechanics2
DicePowersCost
6DElemental Control (fire)6
1DElemental Form (fire)1
4DFlight4
DiceAdvantagesCostDiceDisadvantagesCost
1DCharismatic11DMental Hindrance: Hothead-1
1DLeadership11DPublic ID-1

You'd put your standard stuff or your changing stuff either beneath or to the side.

Of course, the numbers are small enough (1-8, really) that you could do it more graphically:

ComposureFortitudeReactionWill
0 00 0 00 0 00 0
AptitudesCost
Mechanics (0 0 0), Leadership (0 0)3
DicePowersCost
0 0 0 0 0 0Elemental Control (fire)6
0Elemental Form (fire)1
0 0 0 0Flight Complication: Only in fire form3
AdvantagesCost
Charismatic (0), Leadership (0)2
DisadvantagesCost
Mental Hindrance: Hothead (0), Public ID (0)-2

That might just be a paper-only or layout-only idea. I've used zeroes here, but you'd use bullets instead.

We could combine the list and the table, but you'd probably lose in terms of calculation:

Name:
Secret ID
  • Composure x
  • Fortitude x
  • Reaction x
  • Will x
Cost
6
AptitudesCostPowersCost
  • Academics 3D
  • Mechanics 2D
3
  • Elemental control 6D (fire)
  • Elemental Form 1D
  • Flight 3D Complication Only in fire form
9
AdvantagesDisadvantagesCost