I was pretty quiet yesterday, after a surge of activity the previous days. My free time was spent developing core concepts and prepping for a KickStarter I hope to launch as soon as all the stuff clears through Amazon and whatnot. Fun stuff.

I rolled up an experimental character for my system using a straightforward 3d6-down-the-line method. My rolls were 10, 8, 14, 10, 8, 9. It takes trying to use the rules you’ve written to realize the flaws, and that’s what I was aiming to do.

I don’t want big, inflatable ability score like you tend to get in 4e — and 3e to a lesser extent — I’d much rather characters have pretty consistent abilities throughout their career. At the same time I’m dropping ability score damage because it seems like a bad deal to me. Like, scary bad, not fun bad.

Anyway, if I had completed any character classes by this point — this character would probably be slated for a Dexterity-centric class, given that 14 is where “Dexterity” falls on the list. I tried to imagine other things that would affect my choices — the 8/9 at the end would make for weak Mettle/Resolve defenses.

Oct. 16, 2013
Link: ARMR Defenses

I talked about the frequency with which certain defenses would be targeted by attacks — the bulk of attacks, including the majority of weapon attacks, will swing at “Armor.” If I found a class that preferred Dexterity and slapped on some armor (probably leather or hide), he’d have an Armor defense in the vicinity of 14-15.

On the whole, a pretty average character with one stand-out score. I think I’ve more or less settled on using a character’s Fortitude score as a basis for hit points — giving most characters a minimum of 3 before adding their class bonus.

Before applying a character class, he’d look like this:

Abilities
Str 10 (+0)
For 8 (-1)
Dex 14 (+2)
Int 10 (+0)
Wil 8 (-1)
Cha 9 (-1)

Traits
+0 Atk/Dmg
8 hp
12 Armor
10 Reflex
9 Mettle
9 Resolve

I’m kind of proud of the character for some reason. I don’t know, … so average and yet. I don’t know. Maybe I’ll have to give it a name or something.

I’m sure there’s more to glean from this, but I haven’t figure it out yet.