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Tue, Oct. 19th, 2010, 08:51 am
A question for the table top role players

So I'm looking at doing a Pathfinder game and I'm looking at the methods of character creation. For this sort of game, I like to stick to random methods for character attribute generation. I have a method I'd prefer to use, but I'd like input.

Here are the methods:

Hardcore Classic - roll 3d6 and record it for each attribute. No rerolls, no putting rolls where you want them.

Classic - roll 3d6 six time and assign them to attributes as you wish.

Standard - roll 4d6, discard lowest die, do it six times and assign as you see fit. (Possible hardcore variant would be to assign them as you roll)

Heroic - roll 2d6 and add 6, again do it six times, etc, etc.

When responding I'd also like to hear your reasoning for liking it. Maybe there's something in your reasoning I never thought of.

Tue, Oct. 19th, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)

I dunno... While on the one hand it harkens back to the good ole days of D20 goodness... I've been spoiled by the numerous systems where random chance doesn't wind up gimping you with a Mage who gets killed by a house-cat falling on them.

Though without knowing the system I couldn't recommend anything outside of assigning a base number of points and adding requirements and restrictions so things remain balanced but allow for some wiggle room.

Wed, Oct. 20th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)

The listed are the only choices. No point based system.

A description of Pathfinder can be found here. It is a fork of the 3.5 rules.

Wed, Oct. 20th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)

Ultimately, the beginning stats should be a means to an end. The better the stats are, the less the GM/DM should have to worry about greasing the playability of earlier adventures. When I GM, I want the players to worry about their characters dying because they make stupid choices, not because they have shitty stats.

Of the choices, Standard is the best for what I like (where stats are just a thing you use to base your roleplaying off of).

Also, I also enjoyed the Pluses/Minuses of Unearthed Arcana where you could give yourself a negative to add a positive. Something like, he smells bad, but its because he eats too many onions and that gives him more stamina.