Character Development: Superhero Powers
Here’s some extra resources, I always find roleplaying guides helpful because they provide a lot of interesting details about world building, consequences, and character building that can really help expand the background aspects of your setting.
Champions by Hero Games
GURPS Supers by Steve Jackson out of the GURPS system. You may need the core book as well if you want the numbers to make sense. I believe GURPS also has a dedicated psychic supplement, so going through the catalogue could be helpful.
Trinity was put out by Onyx Path Publishing, but it’s from the same people who did World of Darkness. If you’re looking at doing superpowers in a futuristic scifi setting, this could be useful. It has two prequels Aberrant and Adventure! both games are worth looking at in context with Trinity for the way superpowers can affect a setting’s development and could give you some ideas for backstory.
If you can I recommend looking at Planetary, the early runs of Stormwatch and Authority by Warren Ellis. Alan Moore’s Watchman is a must read. Powers by Brian Michael Bendis might be useful for getting an idea of how cops in your setting deal with superhero crimes.
On Fight Scenes, here’s my advice:
Get a good sense of the physics of how a character’s powers work. A pyromancer or pyrokinetic may live in a house that has singed furniture, singed kitchens, and singed clothes (particularly on the hems around their hands). Given the nature of how fire works, you don’t really want the character who controls wind fanning those flames (that could be a fairly devastating villain duo though).
Keep track of the effects the character’s powers have on their physical environment and try to remember that not everyone will be grateful for their lives if their house just got stomped by a giant robot.
Whether a character’s earthquake just wrecked the city’s plumbing and electrical grid, a teleporter is displacing air (in and out) every time they exit a space, a telekinetic just tossed the local rich man’s luxury Mercedes into an oncoming attacker, or a brawl between two super strength wielding super humans wrecked the Christmas decorations in the middle of a shopping mall, it’s important to remember that actions have consequences and for superheroes those consequences are magnified by the scope of their powers. It’s also important to document those physical consequences in your story.