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Proficiency? What's that?

8th Jun 2015, 7:54 AM

Proficiency? What's that?
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kidra on 8th Jun 2015, 7:54 AM

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Just as a heads up, there will almost certainly be no strip on Thursday. XiaoKe has family stuff going on, and I have some projects I need to work on.

Proficiency penalties stink. In pathfinder at least it's a -4, and most of the time if you're not proficient with a found weapon then your base attack bonus is lousy too.



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Otaku on 8th Jun 2015, 9:39 AM

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Hmm... could be worse.

GURPS* has skills like most games, but often goes into more detail... even when it shouldn't. So not only would Yinsen need the Guns skill, but it requires specialization. So if Yinsen enjoyed hunting and had Guns (Rifle) or Guns (Shotgun) then he'd still have a penalty to his roll... though the -2 between Guns defaults is far easier than the DX-4 for not having any Guns skill. Just to make it more complicate is that there are "familiarity" penalties on top of this. So assuming that is what GURPS classifies as a submachine gun (even a light machine gun needs a bipod or to be fired from the hip in GURPS, at least for a normal person) and Yinsen had Guns (SMG), if it was a model he wasn't familiar with, he still might suffer penalties (it gets complicated). Of course they go away with just some practice time (far less than to actually learn a brand new skill), but in cases like this... well that doesn't help much.

*Seriously, by now no one should be surprised I'm talking about this since I have so little d20 experience and frankly prefer GURPS anyway. When I have a relevant old World of Darkness or whatever-version-of-the-Star-Wars-RPG-I-played story, I'll use it.

Someone to somebody.

Keirgo on 8th Jun 2015, 2:05 PM

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The fear for Yinsen's life is one of those things I like to see in an RPG. When the players care about an NPC to the point it starts to affect their actions. This goes beyond even just forming romances, the Ironclaw game I run picked up a random NPC named Jane after one mission. Mute, helpful and kind the party declared her to be the only character the other characters all liked for a period of time. (Until they started getting along, not that they stopped liking Jane.) Hell, part of why they came into conflict with the big bad was the dude tried to attack her, and that wouldn't stand.

Caring. It can lead to an asskicking.
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