Black Mamba wrote:If your argument is that the person who wrote the game is wrong in his example, well, there is not much anyone can do to change your opinion about that. As I said, you are free to handle it however you wish.
Reread my previous posts if you are confused about the basis of my argument.
Mistakes had been made when writing some of the design journals (and other information posted on Green Ronin's website) in the past. Allowing for the possibility of this journal containing a mistake in it would not be unheard of. Steve Kenson has in the 2E official rules forum given conflicting answers before and when queried about these conflicting answers he would think about the question as a whole again and give what he wanted to be a "finalized" answer on the subject.
Black Mamba wrote:As far as PL caps, we should look at example characters meant to be played rather than Archetypes or NPCs:
In every example the characters are capped in Offense and in only 2 examples does a character have a single Defense that is below PL.
Those DC characters are intended to be used for play as written.
The Emerald City characters happen to be nearer to, or as you point out at, their PL caps. However, that doesn't change the fact that anyone using the DCA products who is looking to play an established character would often be under PL cap in a few areas. Nor would it impact my previous argument regarding Aid, Aim, etc. because simply listing further examples of characters able to make use of those bonuses when they are limited by PL changes nothing about the bonuses being limited by PL.
Black Mamba wrote:Note the bolded and underlined portion of the quote.
Of course that does not clear up any Deflect issues mentioned in this thread, but I think it handles the Circumstance Bonus issue nicely.
See that is a valid argument regarding Circumstance Bonuses and PL limits because it shows specific intent for the game mechanic by the game designer. On top of that, because this precedes his journal using Batman in an example encounter with the Joker and his henchmen, it removes my earlier concern about Steve Kenson possibly making an error in his article.