[Runequest] Quick-and-dirty skill pyramid

Peter Maranci pmaranci at gmail.com
Tue Nov 19 15:20:09 EST 2013

Interesting points, Styopa - thanks! How about having two lists, then? One
of advantages, and one of disadvantages. PCs could roll once or more on
each one, Or instead might be allowed to pick one or more from each one,
said choices being subject to the GM's approval of course.

My concern is that some advantages might be so overwhelmingly positive that
everyone would want them, such as eidetic memory. So what the hell: I HAVE
added a new section to the Chaos Project. And I've put in my own entry for
Eidetic Memory, just to make sure that it's not ridiculously unbalanced.

Anyone can make entries in the form, so here's an invitation: if you have
an idea for some interesting personal quality that could be expressed in a
D100 system in a meaningful way, please feel free! It's the last form in
the Chaos Project, at the bottom of the page. I've tested it, and it worked
on my desktop and mobile device. It's based on Google Forms, so it's nice
and solid so far.

...oh yeah. Almost forgot the URL: http://www.runequest.org/chaosproj.htm

On Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 9:38 PM, Styopa <styopa1 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 8:18 PM, Peter Maranci <pmaranci at gmail.com> wrote:
>> What I like about advantages and disadvantages is the degree to which
>> they allow customization of a character. I'm not looking for a new way for
>> minmaxers to abuse the system; rather, I'd like to see the system gain the
>> ability to handle more detail in a meaningful way.
>> For example, I'm a "supertaster". To me, it seems that most people go
>> through life smelling and tasting remarkably little (smell and taste play a
>> comparatively large role in my campaigns as a result). I'm also nearsighted
>> and farsighted, correctable to 20/15. No version of RQ or BRP that I know
>> of has any way to reflect such abilities and disabilities save by GM fiat.
>> And they're not just unimportant window dressing; my sense of smell has
>> probably saved my life at least twice, or at least helped me to avoid
>> considerable harm. My poor vision has also led to at least one
>> life-threatening situation. These things *matter*. We ALL have such
>> personal qualities. And yet unless the GM or player makes a special
>> exception, RuneQuest characters simply don't.
>> So I'm not really looking for advantages of the GURPS Supers variety;
>> rather, I'm thinking about ways to implement the personal differences which
>> can be significant but are currently not represented in the system. I'm
>> almost tempted to add another section to the Chaos Project on my site for
>> this topic.
> I entirely agree with you - but for me, what is the bright, clear dividing
> line between a 'superhero-y, game-y' advantage/disadvantage system
> is...choice.
> IF the advantage system is random - meaning people have as equal a chance
> to get a sucky one (nearsightedness, for example) as a great one
> (ambidextrous), then it is about verisimilitude and interesting characters.
>  If it's a point buying system, that's just min-max bait, imo.
> For that matter, I also prefer to shock the sensibilities of my teen/young
> adult players with the ***crazy** old-fashioned idea that you simply ROLL
> your stats and play the character as rolled (allowing a teensy bit of
> re-rolling, etc to allow that the players should be at least
> slightly-better-than-average, I mean, we all think we are anyway ... don't
> we?)
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