As I mentioned yesterday, I have decided to expand the content on this website, so, I have been looking at systems other than D&D 4e to give them a try. I downloaded the free version of the Classic Traveller rules and decided to give their described method of character generation a try.
First of all, I have to say that I really like the look of the book. It does have a very classic feel (which makes sense since this is a classic game). I was also thrilled to find out that they actually have a set of solitaire rules inside the book (though I haven't found them yet). I had heard about the character generation process before trying it out, and that it can actually cause character death during the character generation process.
Well, they were right.
To put it quite simply, I made 2 characters following the rules to the letter, but foregoing the option that failing a survival check results in just a grave injury and taking the DEATH! result as a very serious one.
2 of my Marines died during character generation. It isn't a good time to be a marine apparently.
The third time around, I got some OK stats. After rolling, I picked up a decent Intelligence Score, but everything else was pretty average. So, I decided to see if I could become a Merchant. I was successful. I guess the best thing about this class is that both reenlistment and survival are both pretty easy checks to pass. I did pass them. Many, Many times. I made it to my 7th term of service actually (meaning that my character is now over the age of 45...), but the effects of aging were not kind to me, no, they were not kind at all.
I lost 5 Strength, 3 Dex, and 3 Endurance from aging. This was not pleasant. The skills I picked up thankfully helped to offset this a bit. I rolled primarily on the first chart, picking up some Strength, Dex, Endurance, and I also picked up the Skills: Steward, Vacc Suit, Streetwise, and Gunnery. I like the fact that I picked up Vacc Suit - That Combat Armor is looking quite nice right now... Unfortunately, the mustering out process was not very kind to me. I did get to roll 8 times (choosing to take 3 rolls on the cash, and 5 rolls on the benefits). I picked up only 26 K in Cr, and ended up with Low PsG twice, Blades Skills (with Broadswords) and an increase to education.
At this point, I am honestly not sure what half of this means, but I am pretty sure that I just generated a middle aged RPG Nerd who spent his life in space doing space walks and apparently not learning any relevant skills in the process. I think I will call him Ralph.
At least Ralph will be getting a nice bit of Retirement Pay.
I'll post up another character later when I get a chance to go through the whole process again. I find this terribly amusing since it is basically the total opposite of character creation in 4e. I will most likely try to get into the Marines again and die several times doing so.