I need some.. advice, encouragement, maybe even moral.

I have a player that likes playing extremely powerful chars. Juggernaut, Ares, big super strong chars, with some stupid powers. And if he cant, he's just not into it.

I'm trying to not judge that play-style, while also having a balanced game with a system I designed. But his requests are not making it easy.

@Scofisticated There are a few games (including ) that can achieve some balance between a weakling and a semi-god around the same table, simply by giving their actions and weaknesses different weights.

For instance, if you're playing Superman, your "health bar" is typically not your own health, but that of the people you're supposed to defend.

What's the weakness/health bar of this Ares Juggernaut? Maybe it's their image in the eye of the public?

@Scofisticated Actually, in Batman v Superman, you can claim that Superman's health bar is his ability to do good. Lex Luthor successfully brings him down to zero without firing a single shot...

And then a second fight starts, this time between supers, with a different health bar.

@Yoric @Scofisticated This is a very good solution and works because it addresses what is core to the problem. It sounds like your friend's primary motivation is the fulfillment of power fantasies. The exact reason this is validating for him and the form it takes is up to personal psychology but at its root the his RP isn't an exploration but a competition. In the right context there's nothing wrong with this but in the wrong context it can be incredibly disruptive...

@redlila @Yoric
Or even figuring the weakesses of the over-powered power, using those, and the "health bar" is how well they navigate successfully the weaknesses?

@Scofisticated @redlila At least, that's one way to handle this, yes.

Of course, this depends on the maturity of the player.


@Yoric @Scofisticated Pretty much, and my comment was that if you're doing that, make sure to be clear to the player you're doing so.

@redlila @Yoric I have been finding this technique facilitating the more I think of it. Not sure how to use fully yet, but it is heavily considered.

Thank you both. I was in a hard place, and this really brought my spirits up. Much appreciate.

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