« on: April 05, 2012, 05:52:18 PM »
So I'm thinking about skills for a moment, and I realize.....wait, how come you either can see people, or you will never be able to find them? What i'm saying is that I'm not really sure if I like the fact that those with skill points invested in sneak skills will just be able to screw over anyone who hasn't put equal investment into perception skills. This isn't a sneak/perceive problem exclusively, but it mostly illustrates my point nicely. So I had a seed of an idea off of that point: what if instead of skill points per level being like they are now, you had drastically reduced resources to devote to skills, and everyone gains ranks in all (class?) skills over time, just not enough to make them awesome.
So basically the idea works somewhat like this:
Every so often, you will gain a rank in every skill (or class skill? or both......you gain +1 skill point in every skill at levels 2, 6, 10, 14, and 18 or something, and then in classes at levels 1, 5, 9, 13, and 17?). Your class (ability? race? I like race+ability for this.....) grants you a very small number of skill points that you can use to help customize, but won't allow you to go over, say 10-15 ranks in a single skill? The primary benefit of this I can see is early access to feats that help augment skills in ways to make them even more awesome. The DCs for skills will remain mostly unchanged, but they will grow slower than they do now in most cases. Combine with a re-working of the skills themselves, so things like Hide/Move Silently are now Stealth, the DCs scale better, and they accomplish things that they should (Jump lets you effectively fly if you have enough ranks, for instance, around level 15 maybe?).
Ideally this will create less of an immediate discrepancy between those who take skills and those who don't. I don't think any other aspect of the system is so black and white like this, by level 5 any stealth character will just outright annihilate any non-focused perception character in the opposed check. So, anyone have thoughts? Ideas to implement on this front?