|Average starting characters?
|Fri, 26 Aug 2005 00:21:27 -0400
Another thing to keep in mind, and this is a change, for skills is
that a Skill of Zero no longer means "No skill". It means the "The
normal level of untrained competency" in this skill. This means the
normal, average everyday person will have 0 in driving, and still be
able to drive. 0 Pistols means they know enough to point and pull the
trigger. They may even know enough to check the safety. But they
haven't really used a gun, so don;t know enough to adjust for kick and
Since you can always use just Skill, and don;t default to some wierd
place anymore, it makes 0 less of a hinderance.
Plus, the idea for Starting characters now is that you're not much
better than your average person. You're now a starting character,
maybe with a little training. The idea of an SR2 or SR3 Shadowrunner
being a "newbie" to the streets was lauyghable at best, since they
were all geniuses with olympic level physical skills and were master
marksmen, deckers, or spellslingers. Hardly "Joe Wageslave" who left
his corp and is now trying to make his way in the world, or "Bob the
Ganger" who's trying to rise out of the gutter.
And hey, if you WANT to maintain the old Shaodwrunner godlike power
levels, feel free. The system doesn;t actually break that much if you
decide to simply remove the caps (Or replace them with the psuedocaps
SR3 had) and/or jack up the starting BP.