General Character Creation Discussion

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General Character Creation Discussion

Based on: a second set of personal epiphanies, re-reading rule books, reading the wiki, and indirectly receiving a second set of advice, I have come to the conclusion that I need to rethink everything I know about character creation. I have compiled a list of general rules for character creation. If you disagree with something or if there is something you think I should add, then let me know. Also, note that this list has contradictions within itself.

  • Always have fray
  • Always have perception
  • Always have some networking
  • Keep aptitudes between 10-20 due to fork and morph modifiers
  • Everything is easier when it is divisable by 5
  • Due to ego casting and software depreciation (it gets outdated), don't buy credits
  • Do not spend too much CP on starting morphs unless there is not much ego casting
  • SOM is not that useful
  • INT and REF determine intuition
  • WIL is pretty important
  • Specializations are 10 for 5
  • Keep infrequent background skills or skills you can take time on at 40
  • Keep useful but not critical skills at 60
  • Having skills above 60 is wasteful
  • Have a few skills, 3-5, at 70-80 to be your core specialties
  • Social engineers are very useful
  • Hackers should always have Infosec
  • Hackers should always have programming
  • Hackers should always have interfacing
  • Having a Skill of 90 is very wasteful
  • Hackers should have a infosec Skill of 80-90 (Transhuman page 114)
  • Get as much rep in character creation as possible
  • Get rep in Autonomist, Guanxi, and/or Civicnet for morph brokerage and gear

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o11o1 o11o1's picture
Some of these seem

Some of these seem contradictory:
+Having skills above 60 is wasteful
+Have a few skills, 3-5, at 70-80 to be your core specialties
+Hackers should have a infosec Skill of 80-90 (Transhuman page 114)

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Exactly

This is one of the reasons I am confused

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Xagroth Xagroth's picture
TheBurn wrote:This is one of

TheBurn wrote:
This is one of the reasons I am confused

Simply put: yes, you can be wasteful when defining the character's specialties, or when setting skills that are used in opposed rolls.

Infosec is THE KING SKILL in EP, and looking into the open playtest for EP2 it is there too (much longer than any, and frankly the Morph and gear creation could have used a lot more love). Thus you have two options when choosing Infosec as part of your defining skills: don't, or maximize it as much as possible (in EP1, being an Infolife makes it possible thanks to the hefty discounts), this includes gear quality, muse for teamwork bonuses, etc...

The other defining skills can reach an effective value of 70-80 thanks to specializations and the bonuses from other skills, like Programming getting bonuses from Knowledge: , or Tactics from Knowledge: , , ; etc...