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mike wightman March 7th, 2019 03:00 PM

Giving 'Other' a new lease of life.
 
Step 1 - Characters in the Other career get two skills per term as per SMC modification of S:4 CotI careers with no commission or promotion.

Step 2 - the player has the option of rolling on the Patron table to determine what the character arc of the Other career is.

Step 3 - the player can choose one skill at level 1 as an automatic skill just like most careers get relevant to the character arc.

Jake is rolling a character, he chooses Other for a change.

He rolls a 6 and a 2 for a shopkeeper prior career arc. He chooses Admin 1 as his automatic skill.

The Oz March 7th, 2019 07:41 PM

Not bad; I like the option of rolling on the Patron table to find a prior career.

Is the "automatic Skill-1" tied to the choice to roll on the Patron table? If so, why would anyone not choose to roll on the Patron table? I don't see any harm in rolling on the Patron table; why not require it?

Perhaps the roll on the Patron table could be tied to a roll during char gen? Many services have a roll for "Position," perhaps Other could also have a "Position" roll which, if passed, allows the roll on the Patron table to see what prior career (and thusly, Skill-1) you get. This "Position" roll would be showing the character moving out of the temporary labor pool and into an actual employment.

Brandon C March 7th, 2019 09:39 PM

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Originally Posted by mike wightman (Post 599787)
Step 2 - the player has the option of rolling on the Patron table to determine what the character arc of the Other career is.

He rolls a 6 and a 2 for a shopkeeper prior career arc. He chooses Admin 1 as his automatic skill.

Prior career or career arc? These aren't the same thing.

kilemall March 7th, 2019 10:26 PM

Hmm come to think of it, perhaps the Patrons should be a source of CT COTI chargen expansion?


Patrons of the Imperium?

mike wightman March 8th, 2019 02:07 AM

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Originally Posted by The Oz (Post 599792)
Not bad; I like the option of rolling on the Patron table to find a prior career.

There are some interesting results :)

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Is the "automatic Skill-1" tied to the choice to roll on the Patron table? If so, why would anyone not choose to roll on the Patron table? I don't see any harm in rolling on the Patron table; why not require it?
Yes the automatic skill should be derived from the career, it can be any skill that makes sense for that career.

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Perhaps the roll on the Patron table could be tied to a roll during char gen? Many services have a roll for "Position," perhaps Other could also have a "Position" roll which, if passed, allows the roll on the Patron table to see what prior career (and thusly, Skill-1) you get. This "Position" roll would be showing the character moving out of the temporary labor pool and into an actual employment.
Now there's a thought...

mike wightman March 8th, 2019 02:09 AM

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Originally Posted by Brandon C (Post 599794)
Prior career or career arc? These aren't the same thing.

They are to me. I am using the term career arc to represent the jobs done by the Other career - just to differentiate between a prior career by the book and a prior career outlined by the Patron table.

mike wightman March 8th, 2019 02:10 AM

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Originally Posted by kilemall (Post 599799)
Hmm come to think of it, perhaps the Patrons should be a source of CT COTI chargen expansion?


Patrons of the Imperium?

That would be quite a book...

Brandon C March 8th, 2019 07:12 AM

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Originally Posted by mike wightman (Post 599803)
They are to me. I am using the term career arc to represent the jobs done by the Other career - just to differentiate between a prior career by the book and a prior career outlined by the Patron table.

To me, "prior career" is the character's job before he entered Other while "career arc" is what the character does during his time as Other. While they can both be the same, they don't have to be and the character is more interesting if they differ.

mike wightman March 8th, 2019 02:09 PM

In CT you can't be in another career prior to Other. Other is the name of your career. I am using the Patron table to add colour.

If you check out the Other entries in Supplement 1 you will find that even GDW didn't use their own rules to generate the Other NPC list.
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Other characters represent a broad range of individuals from the criminal
through the ordinary to the extraordinary. Rather than use the procedures from
Traveller Book 1, a modified procedure has been instituted which makes all
available skills possible for a character. In addition, characters are allowed a random
number of terms of service before being listed here. These characters may be
assumed to be armed, regardless of their possession (or lack) of weaponry expertise.
As these individuals are encountered, the referee should pencil in the occupation
the character has assumed, such as asteroid miner, computer forgery expert, petty
thief, etc.
These characters are not recommended for use as player-characters.
I just noticed something I had forgotten - in the sample Scouts section it mentions that scouts receive two skills per term, this is three years before the revised edition of CT would make this the rule as written.
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As an exception to the rules in Book 1, each Scout receives two skills per term served, rather than only one.

Brandon C March 8th, 2019 05:10 PM

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Originally Posted by mike wightman (Post 599825)
In CT you can't be in another career prior to Other. Other is the name of your career. I am using the Patron table to add colour.

I know Other is the name of a career. What I'm saying is that "prior career" implies a career before entering Other (or any other Book 1 career).

FWIW, you can get theoretically get psionic training before term 1 of a career and Books 4+ add various academies, although strictly speaking these aren't careers.


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