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I actually had a go on the Oculus Rift, the rollercoaster demo they used was brilliant! Then I met Dan Bull.

I also played Akiba's Trip, FarCry 4, Persona Q and Saints Row: Gat out of Hell. I know what I'm spending my money on now.

I saw some really good cosplay, and one really controversial outfit. Someone actually had the balls to attend the Expo dressed as Ebola-chan! If he did that in Africa, he probably wouldn't leave the building alive...
Officer Jill Benbow - PL 10 (NPC)

Strength 1, Stamina 2, Agility 1, Dexterity 1, Fighting 6, Intellect 2, Awareness 2, Presence 2

Assessment, Benefit, Security Clearance: Ministry of Powers, Connected, Contacts, Defensive Roll 2, Equipment 4, Favored Foe: Anyone who she has successfully Assessed, Improved Initiative, Ultimate Effort: Will, Uncanny Dodge, Well-informed

Athletics 5 (+6), Deception 4 (+6), Expertise: Behavioral Sciences 4 (+6), Expertise: Civics 4 (+6), Expertise: Current Events 4 (+6), Expertise: Government Agent 4 (+6), Expertise: Streetwise 4 (+6), Insight 8 (+10), Intimidation 4 (+6), Investigation 8 (+10), Perception 8 (+10), Persuasion 4 (+6), Ranged Combat: Guns 8 (+9), Stealth 5 (+6), Technology 4 (+6), Vehicles 4 (+5)

Bulletproof Vest with Plates: Protection 4 (+4 Toughness)
Psychic Abilities
Comprehend: Comprehend 3 (Languages - Speak All, Languages - Understand All, Languages - You're Understood; Limited: Only with people contacted through Mind Reading or Telepathy)
Mind Reading: Mind Reading 10 (DC 20; Subtle: subtle)
Feel of the Place: Effortless Mind Reading 10 (Alternate; DC 20; Effortless, Subtle: subtle; Limited to Emotions)
Picking Up Surface Thoughts: Effortless Mind Reading 10 (Alternate; DC 20; Effortless, Subtle: subtle; Limited to Surface Thoughts)

On Top of It!: Senses 1 (Danger Sense: Mental, Advantages: Uncanny Dodge)
Telepathy: Mental Area Communication Perception (Visual) Perception (One Sense) 4 (Sense Type: Telepathy; Area, Perception (One Sense): Audio, Perception (Visual): Visual)

Equipment: Bulletproof Vest with Plates [Bulletproof Vest with Plates: Protection 4, +4 Toughness], Flashlight, Handcuffs, Heavy Pistol, Lock Release Gun, Next-Gen Smartphone

Initiative +5
Feel of the Place: Effortless Mind Reading 10 (DC Will 20)
Grab, +6 (DC Spec 11)
Heavy Pistol, +9 (DC 19)
Mind Reading: Mind Reading 10 (DC Will 20)
Picking Up Surface Thoughts: Effortless Mind Reading 10 (DC Will 20)
Throw, +1 (DC 16)
Unarmed, +6 (DC 16)

Honour: Officer Benbow has some standards concerning the use of her powers. You wouldn't catch her reading minds when playing poker with her co-workers for example, or if she's at a RPG club. She won't hesitate to use it for job-related reasons though (Making sure that a freshly-empowered super was telling her the truth about his origin story, for example).
Motivation: Patriotism: Jill seeks to truly serve her country however she can.

Languages: U.K. English

Defense: Dodge 8, Parry 8, Fortitude 6, Toughness 8/2, Will 10

Power Points: Abilities 34 + Powers 60 + Advantages 14 + Skills 41 (82 ranks) + Defenses 21 = 170
Officer Jill Benbow
Jill Benbow is an officer of the Ministry of Powers (The British government agency which focuses on superhumans). Her ability to read minds makes her one of their most valuable assets.
There are various ways to obtain powers in the Betterverse. They're usually divided into five known categories...

Magic: All powers that can be considered "supernatural" fall into this category. It could be due to being born as part of a race that can use magic (Examples include Ms. Magus and Zatanna, both part of the homo magi.), a supernatural being simply granting power for whatever reasons they see fit (The Dragoneye legacy and MacRoth are good examples of this type of empowerment) or making a trade with a supernatural being for power (The classic Faustian Pact is one famous example, but becoming the willing servant of a deity is often the least dangerous version of the trade, particularly if said deity is actually friendly toward mortals. The Griffin and Sakura Fubuki are heroic examples of the latter).

Mutation: There are those who were simply born with abilities which set them apart from the rest of humanity, or they could be latent, simply needing the right sort of 'spark' to burst into life. These abilities can sometimes make it impossible to pass for normal in public (Rocky Jones) or they could be the sort where you wouldn't know that someone has them until they're actually being used in front of you (Princess).

Natural: This sort of hero usually has no powers but a lot of training and equipment (Batman, The Rook) or they're a member of a race whose superhuman abilities come naturally (Superman, Xeno).

Science: Powers obtained this way could be due to an accident (The Flash and Vortex) or due to a successful experiment (Victor Prophet). The DNAscent Process is one way to obtain powers by scientific means.

Technology: Some heroes decide to build technological devices, such as battlesuits (Ultramarine) to gain an edge in battle. Others may actually be androids or gynoids, technology given human shape (Kid Robot).
Power Types
Talking about the various ways that powers are categorised in the Betterverse.
Grove Street Families:

This L.A. gang is perhaps more well known than the Bloods or the Crips. They ended the 1992 L.A. Riot by crashing the firetruck that was carrying the corrupt officers responsible for it to LAX.

Their leaders, Carl "CJ" Johnson and his brother "Sweet" are local legends. When crack came to the city, CJ and Sweet's response was simple: kill every crack dealer in their area, making it as hard, dangerous and unprofitable as possible to peddle the stuff there.

Grove Street in East L.A. is their home turf, and they still don't like people dealing in the hard stuff. They're good friends with the Varrios Los Aztecas, and outright allies of the Cloud Mountain Boys Triad of San Francisco, to the point that both groups own a stake in the Four Dragons Casino in Las Vegas.

In San Francisco, they have controlling interests in a car dealership and their own chop shop. And somewhere in the Mojave Desert, they even have their own airfield!

The Families were once attacked by their rivals, the Front Yard Ballas, right in the middle of Grove Street! A couple of days after they successfully fended off the assault, they heard that someone who died at the shootout was going to be buried, and all the Ballas were going to be there! One ambush later, a large amount of Ballas were dead, along with Kane, a Balla higher-up.

3rd Street Saints:

This high-profile syndicate is based out of Stilwater, Michigan. It evolved from a big-time street gang to a full-blown syndicate when it successfully performed a hostile takeover of the underworld of Steelport on the East Coast, taking down an anti-gang task force called STAG while they were at it, stealing their tech on the way.

After merging with Ultor to form the "Saints/Ultor Media Group", the gang has produced Saints-branded merchandise for a rabid public. They are worldwide celebrities, and there are affiliated gangs all over North America (which simply infuriates those who cling to black and white morality or otherwise don't like gangs).

Their leader is known to be completely fearless and often leads from the front. When the Saints needed guns to help take over Steelport, he led the raiding of a National Guard Armoury!

3rd Street Saints rank-and-file members are usually various Underworld Archetypes from the Hero's Handbook and Gamemaster's Guide, with their "Choose One" skill set to Ranged Combat: Guns, and even their newest members carry at least a Heavy Pistol and wear a Bulletproof Vest.

Their biggest threats are from rival syndicates and vigilantes, the only kinds of groups capable of taking on the Saints in any effective manner.

They have recently begun expanding into Europe, and are already encountering resistance.
Catherine McAllister AKA The Manx Cat - PL 10

Strength 7/1, Stamina 6/1, Agility 7/1, Dexterity 2, Fighting 10, Intellect 1, Awareness 3, Presence 1

Advantages: Evasion, Hide in Plain Sight, Improved Critical 2: Claws, Improved Initiative, Languages 1, Luck 5, Set-up, Teamwork

Skills: Acrobatics 3 (+10), Athletics 3 (+10), Expertise: Streetwise 5 (+6), Insight 7 (+10), Perception 7 (+10), Stealth 3 (+10)


Cat Suit (Removable)
. . Cat's Luck: Burst Area Luck Control 4 (Bestow Luck, Force a Re-roll, Negate Luck, Spend on Other, Advantages: Luck 5; Burst Area: 30 feet radius sphere, Selective)
. . Claws: Strength-based Damage 1 (slashing, DC 23, Advantages: Improved Critical 2; Accurate: +2)
. . Feline Fitness: Enhanced Trait 34 (Traits: Strength +6 (+7), Stamina +5 (+6), Agility +6 (+7))
. . Feline Movement
. . . . Leaping: Leaping 3 (Leap 60 feet at 16 miles/hour)
. . . . Movement: Movement 1 (Wall-crawling 1: -1 speed rank; Limited: To One Move Action)
. . . . Movement: Movement 1 (Water Walking 1: you sink if stopped; Limited: To Solid Surfaces)
. . . . Movement: Movement 4 (Safe Fall, Sure-footed 2, Trackless: Visual 1)
. . . . Speed: Speed 4 (Speed: 30 miles/hour, 500 feet/round)
. . Feline Senses: Senses 5 (Acute (Type): Smell, Low-light Vision, Tracking: Smell 1: -1 speed rank, Ultra-hearing)

Initiative +11
Claws: Strength-based Damage 1, +12 (DC 23)
Grab, +10 (DC Spec 17)
Throw, +2 (DC 22)
Unarmed, +10 (DC 22)

Feline Compulsion: While Catherine wears the suit, she becomes scared of water and loses her ability to swim, she becomes nervous around dogs (-5 to resist Intimidation rolls if a canine is on the intimidator's side), and she gains a craving for fish and to wash her hands with her tongue (occasional Will rolls needed to avoid doing the latter in public). The compulsion only occurs when she's actually wearing the suit.

Identity: Catherine doesn't want anyone to know that she's the Manx Cat.

Motivation: Greed: The Manx Cat is known as a "Counter-thief". She usually gets hired to find where something valuable and stolen has gone, and get it back. whether it's cash, diamonds, documents or guns, she'll get it back to you.

Languages: U.K. English, Manx

Defense: Dodge 14, Parry 14, Fortitude 10, Toughness 6, Will 10

Power Points: Abilities 40 + Powers 68 + Advantages 6 + Skills 14 (28 ranks) + Defenses 22 = 150
The Manx Cat
Occupation: "Counter-thief"

Base: Douglas, Isle of Man

Catherine McAllister found a cat costume in the cellar of her grandfather's house in Douglas, on the Isle of Man. The story she heard about it went that her great-grandfather had saved an African witchdoctor from danger by shooting a black pantheress. In gratitude, the witchdoctor made a traditional costume out of the pelt, claiming that it would give the wearer great power. Her great-grandfather didn't believe in "heathen mumbo-jumbo" as he called it (but was wise enough not to in front of the witchdoctor), but was grateful enough to humbly accept the suit.

Catherine decided to wear it, and saw that it was a perfect fit. She felt somewhat lighter with a bit of spring in her step. She brushed the bannister with her claws and saw she had cut nearly all the way through. She realised that she could use this suit to get things done.

With no superhuman community on the Isle of Man, Catherine decided to get involved with the British superhumans and underworld. She soon discovered her knack for getting things back to their rightful owners, charging a fair price for her services.

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djpj411 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
Thanks for the watch
GoodKittyNyanchan Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:iconrika-plz:  Thankies for the watch-nya. :heart: :iconazu-nyanplz:
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AbelMvada Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014   Digital Artist
Hi, Simon - thanks for letting :iconatariforce: show off your photo!
You're more than welcome join our new group, should you feel so inclined, or to check out the galleries anytime you like. Cheers!
VS-Devao-Irsez Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Happy belated 30th Birthday Simon :cake:

I'm a friend of some of your friends here on DA and have been a casual follower of your photography work on this page, and I also remembered that you mentioned something along the lines of being a Libertarian, well as it so happens I attended my first Libertarian party convention in my own country on Saturday and I remembered that it also happened be your birthday. Since it was a busy weekend for me I didn't get a chance to chime in here until now so happy 30th birthday, albeit 2 days late, once again Simon. :party: :cake:
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Sricketts14381 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
Happy Birthday. :cake:
Sorry for being late.
Darkgon01 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Just to warn you, your newest watcher :iconalerkina2: is a notorious art thief. For more info read here [link] , look here and here [link] , and read here, [link] . You'll probably want to warn your watchers and friends as he'll go after them next.
Vestiphile Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for watching.

I WON'T LET YOU DOWN...or something.
JustBeFantastic Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Heey! I just came across your page AND I have a question to ask yaa!

Would you be willing to vote for me? Its an art competition, and its national! it would mean SO much if you did!

here is the link: [link]

All you have to do is log in, click terms and agreements, go back to my drawing (it should be in the most votes section) and theen click VOTE!

Thank you SOO much if you do! i would really appreciate it hehe !

Have a good day dear!
Shennanigma Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for adding me to your DeviantWatch! I promise you'll Love what I have in store!
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MGmaciek Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Student General Artist
SciFi-Designer Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
... loved your BBC Microcomputer 32K image ... and forgot to mention in my comment that I actually used to sell those computers in the eighties, and had first crack at the Master 128 machine too before it was publically available as I was a hardware tester working for a company that has long since ceased to exist.
surumi Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional
Thank you :D
Krullish Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks alot for watching me dude! :D :earth:
TimmyTa Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the watch! :)
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333holifin Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
Thank you very much!Merry Christmas!
rpfaas Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks for returning the "watch"!
Willihelm Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
thx for 10 out of 10 at watchers...
ill take a longer round in your gallery for this:-)
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Lovepanda29 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Watch for a watch? ^_____^
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FaAngMo Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
thanks for the :+devwatch: :glomp:
Zelinaa Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011   General Artist
Thanks for the fav! :D
Zelinaa Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011   General Artist
Thanks for the fav! :D
HeavyMetalWaterfall Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
Squee! Thanks for the watch! :meow:
dtroyt Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
thanks ever so much for the watch x
hawkeye280 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for :iconfavouriteplz: :woohoo:
zaz14ispottermad Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Student Photographer
Hi welcome to #nuts-about-nature
we are a group that loves nature in every way.
the good, the bad and the ugly too.
mother nature is beautiful and we want to catch her beauty.

:bulletblue: members can submit ONLY 2 submissions PER WEEK

:bulletblue: We accept all types of nature photography into the gallery, the only condition is that nature must be a part of it, so we will accept portraiture as long as nature is a large part of the photograph too. we also accept landscape, waterscape, macro, animals etc.
:bulletgreen: The main subject, whatever that might be, clearly in focus
:bulletred: No snapshots (ex: no webcam shots or "facebook/myspace" like self-portraits)
:bulletpurple: We do NOT accept photographs taken from cars or windows
:bulletorange: We have Minimal Quality Standards. We judge photos based on the photography basics and rules. For example: exposure, focus, lighting, composition, noisiness, colors, contrast, white balance, etc..
:bulletyellow: We do NOT accept Highly manipulated works.
:bulletblue:Photographs with large watermarks will be declined. (if dA watermark or any other watermark interferes with the viewing of the deviation then it WILL be declined)
:bulletgreen:Blurry and out of focus images, as well as overexposed or underexposed photographs will be declined.
:bulletred: photographs must be of artistic quality. Not a photo that you would upload to something like facebook, like a picture of your cat or a photo of you and your friends

:bulletblue: If you have any questions, feel free to Note this group or comment on the group profile page.
thanks for joining
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