Dang it, I'm stuck on my Watchmen '66 adaptation. Doctor Manhattan's power of precognition is throwing me for a loop. In the graphic novel, what happens is that Doctor Manhattan is experiencing his entire personal timeline simultaneously. Whatever he says about his future is true, because he's experiencing it now (if "now" means anything in this context).
I'm wondering how best to implement that in Marvel Heroic Role-Playing, which offers you a whole bunch of crazy options to work with. Here's one that I don't think I've seen, but in theory is legal:
When you're playing Doctor Manhattan, make a prediction about your future and spend 1 plot point. Assemble your die pool, and include Quantum Senses d10. If your prediction affects another character currently in the scene, that character may choose to oppose you. If you're just making a prediction in general, the Doom Pool provides opposition.
If you fail, your opponent can spend their effect die to inflict a Complication: Lost in Thought on you for free
If you succeed, reserve your effect die (write it down on an index card with your prediction). Step down the effect die to ask a Scene-Framing question consistent with your prediction if you are also in that scene. The Watcher may "interrupt" or cancel a question by spending an equal sized die from the Doom Pool; a player may do so by spending 1 plot point.
This isn't exactly how it works in the graphic novel, but the problem with an Asset or Complication is that these things are still fallible, whereas part of the deal here is that this stuff really does happen, and the surest way to handle that is by Framing right past it.
Here's how I envision this working:
Dr. Manhattan: "Captain Axis, I admire the micro-architecture of Kleinemunde and the research you've performed. But the project will fail: you'll die of a brain aneurysm three days before its completion. Let the hostages go." Guys, makin' a prediction here: Captain Axis dies of a brain aneurysm three days before the project's completion. That's, um, Solo d8 + God Exists, And He's American d8 + Quantum Senses d10. That's a total of 11, with a d8 effect die.
Watcher: Captain Axis sneers incredulously: "Aneurysm? I designed the Ubermenschen! Do you think I would ignore my own biological limits?" That's his Solo d8 + Master of the Master Race at d4 + Enhanced Stamina d8 + Medical Expert d8." Ugh, that's an 11 on my reaction. Ties go to you. So write down your prediction and give it a d8 effect.
(scene plays on, and eventually end.)
Watcher: Okay, new scene! Doctor Manhattan and Ozymandias, you're meeting with J. Edgar Hoover to discuss , and--
Doctor Manhattan: Sorry, I feel like jumping the gun. Ozymandias, you're telling me how you were investigating the Kleinemunde Projekt and came across Captain Axis's body...? D8 down to d6.
Ozymandias: Eh, I don't feel like spending a point to fight you. "...And then I came to the heart of the project itself, and there sprawled his decomposing corpse, stretched out across the landscape, crushing microscopic buildings beneath it like Dionysis on a last, terminal carouse."
Doctor Manhattan: J. Edgar, you're telling me why you think it was an aneurysm. D6 down to d4.
Watcher: "We intercepted a Red wire saying as much. Their agent had sawn off Captain Axis's head and dissected it."
Doctor Manhattan: Which Red agent?
Watcher: Sorry, I'm spending d6 from the Doom Pool to cancel your foreknowledge.
(transition scene continues to play out)
I suspect this would be insanely too powerful in actual play, but I'm really curious about it. What am I missing?