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With Great Power Origin Cards

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About the Origin Cards

Designed for the With Great Power role-playing game, this deck can spark ideas for your own superheroes and supervillains with any role-playing game! The cards are helpful, but not necessary to play With Great Power. The game book itself contains everything you need. The cards contain story prompts, and 54 origin questions like:

  • “Your powers came from an unrepeatable accident. Who was to blame? What else was lost?”
  • “You have to be careful about pushing your powers too far. What do you fear could happen?”
  • “You have inspired someone to follow in your footsteps. Who? How do you feel about their choice?”
  • “The mugger has a knife and a short temper. What do you do?”

Using the Cards for Origins

  1. Draw five origin cards.
  2. Answer the questions on any three of them—heroically for heroes, villainously for villains.
  3. You now have your character concept ready to go!
  4. For more well-rounded concepts, draw two cards from each suit and answer the question on one card from each suit.

Using the Cards for Story Prompts

The bottom of each card has prompts for scenes:

  • Personal: Day-in-the-life scenes with low stakes.
  • Adventurous: Who can save the day?.
  • Man-made Disaster: “Houston, we have a problem.”
  • Natural Disaster: “Natural” doesn’t mean “Safe.”
  • Location: Places for the prompts above to happen.
  • Exotic Location: Only in the pages of comic books!
  • Point: Steps of a supervillain’s plan. See With Great Power for details.
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This title was added to our catalog on February 29, 2016.