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kafka47 October 11th, 2007 06:25 PM

Skill Levels, narrative style
As a way of always trying to improve the narrative style of role playing, as opposed to roll playing has anyone come up with terms to describe the various skill levels in MegaTraveller/CT.

level 0 = clueless
level 1 = novice
level 2 = skilled
level 3 = experienced
level 4 = professional
level 5 = expert
level 6+ = mastery

This way one can describe the flow of as such:

Dirk has innate MASTERY over computers attempts to reprogram the Vargr mainframe; it is a DIFFICULT task but succeeded with remarkable success. However, he has inadvertently triggered the laser tripwire, and whilst SKILLED at LOCKPICKING there is no way override this FORMIDABLE trap. He dons the outfit of the janitor that he picked up earlier, CLUELESS, he will attempt to poise as the Vargr.

Fritz_Brown October 11th, 2007 07:37 PM

I think most times, those levels have been moved down a notch: level 0 = novice. Without the skill at all is definitely clueless.

Droyne668 October 11th, 2007 09:50 PM


No skill = clueless
level 0 = trainee/novice/hobbiest
level 1 -2 = competent professional
3 - 4 = expert/elite
5 = renowned/vastly superior
6 = unequalled/superhumanoid

Something like that.

Fritz_Brown October 11th, 2007 10:50 PM

I was actually thinking of using (for the first few levels) the tradecraft idea:
2=Senior Journeyman
4=Master Craftsman

aramis October 12th, 2007 01:27 AM

IMTU, in general...
0: amateur or hobbyist, or in training apprentice
1: employable apprentice or newly trained; AA/AS, EMT-4/Paramedic/Corpsman
2: Experienced apprentice or new journeyman; BA/BS, RN
3: experienced journeyman or recent master; MA/MS, MD
4: Experienced master; PhD, MD-Specialist
5: Highly experienced master; multiple related PhD's

Icosahedron October 12th, 2007 04:02 AM

I go with:
0 = Clueless lay person
1/2 (0.5) = Novice
1 = Semi-skilled/amateur
2 = Skilled/occupational grade
3 = Professional (eg MD)
4 = Master/Consultant (PhD)
5 = Renowned (planetary or local Main)
6+ = Widespread renown

Incidentally, when did Level 1/2 become Level 0?

Merxiless October 12th, 2007 06:59 AM

Dirk, his fingers flying over the keyboard, attempts to reprogram the alien mainframe computer, his hands much more delicate over the oversize and brightly colored buttons than the clumsy paws of the canine Vargr.

Standing, Dirk breaks the beam of a laser.

He dons the outfit of the ill-fitting coveralls of the Vargr janitor that he picked up earlier.

That's how I do narrative, with skills assumed and included within the description, without "breaking it out into keywords, per se."

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