Hey look, it's me. *coughs dust and spiderwebs*
Looking at this talk of new powers and the return of kits, I'm reminded of something that often annoyed me in the old FPL. It is possible I suggested it during one of its past continental shifts and was shot down for whatever reasons, but I wouldn't remember. I figured I might as well propose it and/or be shot down again. What I have in mind are Alignments; not moral ones, but physical, conceptual. They would be a category much like kits, where you take one or none instead of spending points, for their own class of strengths and weaknesses. It could potentially go alongside kits to add to face value diversity in characters.
Here's what I mean, exactly. A character might take the "Ethereal" alignment, and as a non-solid entity be difficult to strike or harm with physical attacks, but more easily "burned up" or dispersed by energy attacks. Someone with the "Mindless" alignment would be hard to effect with mental attacks, but be disadvantaged by its limited ability to think creatively or tactically. These alignments would not directly alter powers or attributes, but would be a descriptionless factor (like kits) that are still relevant to how the character works.
I couldn't count how often I was annoyed at feeling obligated to take powers that seemed inherent to the character, so that some man-eating tree with a weak Mind stat because it had no mind at all wouldn't have to spend a fortune on mental defense or be disabled by a paltry mental attack when there is no mind to disable. While I know the FPL is about the writing more than the powers, these powers are still used as a framework in both creation and in fiction/discussion between their interactions. It's why we have them in the first place. Frankly, many people do still at least acknowledge the powers if not keep them in mind while voting, and from a writer's standpoint, having to compensate for this felt like a choice between a narrative crutch and a gaping plot hole. I wouldn't relish the thought of the godmodding scent that would inevitably hang over any "nuh-uh" responses to why disabling Treevil with a logical paradox is dumb.
Hopefully I'm not putting this in the wrong thread entirely, it seemed a bit more relevant than the general news thread.