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Jamie Madrox: how can you not love this character? I’m sure our reader Lukas likes him, since we are answering his request.
Multiple Man started as a C-list mutant that refused Xavier’s invite to join the X-Men and grew from that until he became the leader of X-Factor Investigations, a major player on the Mutant side of the Marvel Universe. Nowadays, with Peter David as writer, Madrox really shines and makes his mark on Marvel fandom.
Design-wise, the main challenge was to emulate his Duplication power, because on the Basic Game there isn’t such power set. I had two ideas, the first was to make him able to create mobs, but since it would create the need for a whole subset of rules, I decided to go with the second idea, which was a more subtle and PP/SFX dependent approach.
I just created the “Duplication” power, that essentially works like Super Strength, with the plus side of being able to be used on scenes where you may need a lot of coordinated people, like sailing a boat. All his SFX represent his ability to create dupes, taking advantage or contributing for the general mayhem of the scene. Also, he has almost all the Specialties in his file, to reflect the collected knowledge acquired by his dupes. In transition scenes, creating resources from specialties is as simple as summoning the right guy for the job.