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Re: (TFT) Re: attributes
Main Gauche (1)
Spear Throwing (1) - free with Pole Weapons if IQ 8+
Tool Weapon (1, 2 or 3)
Musician (1) - free with Bard
Storyteller (1) - free with Bard
Very interesting list. It's a complete shift of emphasis, yet almost
feels the same as cannon. I don't think two characters made from the
different lists; one from cannon, and one from your list, would find each
other strange at all. In fact two players who made their characters, one
from each list, would probably not be able to tell if they played in the
same campaign together. Yet the talent list represents a completely
different world view.
The " Storyteller (1) - free with Bard" tickles a part of my brain. I
have always felt that when TFT came out, most of the talents represented
entire character classes in AD&D. For instance an elf could be a
fighter/cleric/theif. In TFT a character could have sword,physicker, and
theif, and all for a measly 6 points. Thus TFT can do far more than just
offer multi-class. Now that AD&D has entered it's 3rd edition of bloat, to
compare it to TFT is best done by saying; one talent in TFT is an entire
book in AD&D. Or in the Case of the whitewolf, one talent in TFT contains
and entire game system. The storyteller system. Which as you show above,
is but a meer part of the bard talent.
Also, as a last comment, your merger of architect/builder (granted an
already merged concept), with Engineer and Shipbuilder reflects a bit more
than just convienence for the players. "Architect/Engineer/Shipbuilder (2)"
says that not only have all the rpg's published since TFT neglected this
area, but there have been no compelling rules on building published at all.
The making of a arch, a sail, or an engine may as well be one talent for 2
points. And to tell the truth, my experience of what players want, and try
to do in rpg's, this is a realistic position to take.
Here is an example of what I mean by a Talent in TFT is an entire book
or system in another game. Instead of the disquise talent as listed try the
following. In this case one talent can be stretched to cover an entire
genera, that of the super hero.
Disguise (2): The character is a vigilanti or secret hero who only appears
in disguise. No one knows who they really are, not even close personal
realations. The character cannot allow themselves to be captured so they
should be very selective in choosing their fights. The public persona will
develope its own reputation and reaction bonuses or minuses completely
independant of the characters mundane job and race. If this talent is used
by a monster it works the other way around. They can disguise themselves
into the mundane work force concealing their true nature as a monster. A
favorite of demons, and shapeshifted dragons.
David Michael Grouchy II
p.s. does Prestidigitator (2) give one access to all the spells?
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