So pretty new to SW and going to run Nec Evil with some friends. One player wants to make a character with illusions. The power is a little open ended and I'm concerned about how I will GM it. I asked the player to describe how he wanted to use the power, (which he saw buying 2 levels plus Film Quality) and he responded with:
I think this is largely for being able to avoid being a wanted suspect, so he can disguise himself to fool police and security cameras and enemy gangs.
He can also create distractions while he's shoplifting or luring targets out of position (smashing windows, screams, rustling in bushes). Making illusory buttons on devices to fool security forces into thinking they've called for backup can be fun too.
And of course, I'd also like to use it for voice recognition and iris scanning.
Lastly, he can create the illusion of giving hobos change and she-hobos jewelry too, so he can befriend them more easily and cajole them into divulging knowledge and rumors. Depending on the mechanics of the costs, I may not need as many points in illusion as I currently have... we'll see.
That seems like a reasonable thing to ask for someone who isn't familiar with SW (it'll be his first time playing), but it seems a bit much for a 5 point power. (He was also clever enough to buy an Extra Action for 3pts, so that he would get no penalties for maintaining his illusions while performing other actions.
Part of the issue is that it also crosses into the powers of Chameleon and Copycat. Disguising oneself through illusions seems generally reasonable, but what about chameleon (another player is buying that but can get that plus other illusions for the same cost it seems).
Copying someone else's retina scan and voice print definitely seems like it should cost and extra couple of points (like the Voice option in chameleon: Voice (+2): Your chameleon can emulate voices as well. The mimicry is perfect enough to fool voice identification devices. Combined with an assumed form, this Modifier increases the Notice roll allowed to detect the chameleon to –4.)
Having NPC's press an illusory button seems like a problem because there would be no tactile sensation, it's just an image.
Anyway, I'd love some advice about all this. I could even see him trying to use it for invisibility, which just seems wrong. That said, I don't want to discourage his creativity, and many applications of the power could certainly be fun, but getting everything he described for 5 points (or less!) seems unbalancing and unfair to the other players.
Thanks for listening and thanks in advance for any advice!