[Arcanum] How's this for a background

Discussion in 'General Gaming and Hardware Forum' started by JR Jansen, Oct 3, 2001.

  1. JR Jansen

    JR Jansen Water Chip? Been There, Done That

    951
    Apr 11, 2003
    How's this for a background

    I thought this one up and it looks rather good.

    Peeping Tom

    Restrictions : none (hey, even women can do it)

    explanation :
    You have always been interested in members of the other sex, especially when they had no clothes on. You frequently spied on them and this often from dark locations. Therefor you get a hugh bonus to perception (+5). You also had to be quiet and it couldn't always be done outside. You hade to break into peoples home from time to time. Therefor you get a bonus to prowling and lockpicking. But, nobody likes a pervert. Well, unless other perverts but they don't count. You get a drop in charisma (-5) and incur a penalty with persuasion and haggle.

    What do you think

    JR

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  2. Shadowman

    Shadowman Water Chip? Been There, Done That

    904
    Apr 24, 2003
    RE: How's this for a background

    >I thought this one up and
    >it looks rather good.
    >
    >Peeping Tom
    >
    >Restrictions : none (hey, even women
    >can do it)
    >
    >explanation :
    >You have always been interested in
    >members of the other sex,
    >especially when they had no
    >clothes on. You frequently spied
    >on them and this often
    >from dark locations. Therefor you
    >get a hugh bonus to
    >perception (+5). You also had
    >to be quiet and it
    >couldn't always be done outside.
    >You hade to break into
    >peoples home from time to
    >time. Therefor you get a
    >bonus to prowling and lockpicking.
    >But, nobody likes a pervert.
    >Well, unless other perverts but
    >they don't count. You get
    >a drop in charisma (-5)
    >and incur a penalty with
    >persuasion and haggle.
    >
    >What do you think
    >
    >JR
    >
    >Nunc ut nunquam

    That's great. :D
     
  3. JR Jansen

    JR Jansen Water Chip? Been There, Done That

    951
    Apr 11, 2003
    RE: How's this for a background

    Thought so. Good background for the lone gunnman.

    JR

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  4. Guest

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    There's one thing I dislike

    [font size=1" color="#FF0000]LAST EDITED ON Oct-04-01 AT 08:47PM (GMT)[p]Troika did a good job of making all of the stats and skills in Arcanum useful, and as a result I think they have way too many backgrounds in which the negative side outweighs the positive side. Although yours isn't as bad as a lot of Troika's, with negatives to persuasion and haggle, I'd only take 4 off of charisma.
     
  5. Shadowman

    Shadowman Water Chip? Been There, Done That

    904
    Apr 24, 2003
    RE: There's one thing I dislike

    >[font size=1" color="#FF0000]LAST EDITED ON Oct-04-01
    >AT 08:47 PM (GMT)
    >
    >Troika did a good job of
    >making all of the stats
    >and skills in Arcanum useful,
    >and as a result I
    >think they have way too
    >many backgrounds in which the
    >negative side outweighs the positive
    >side. Although yours isn't
    >as bad as a lot
    >of Troika's, with negatives to
    >persuasion and haggle, I'd only
    >take 4 off of charisma.
    >

    That's true. For my thief character I didn't pick a background at all because I thought the drawbacks of the one background good for a thief (feral child) didn't outweigh the good.
     
  6. Guest

    Guest Guest

    RE: There's one thing I dislike

    I saw a LOT of backgrounds that made me say "If I were playing a character that didn't use combat AT ALL, then that would be a good background." Likewise, there were several that made me wonder why anyone would want to play through the game without performing any quests, just slaughtering everyone, because it seemed like that's all they'd be useful for. Considering the depth possible with the chargen, I was pretty disappointed with the backgrounds.
     
  7. JR Jansen

    JR Jansen Water Chip? Been There, Done That

    951
    Apr 11, 2003
    RE: There's one thing I dislike

    You're right. At first i was thinking that it should be balanced. Give one, take one. But know i'm thinking that a background should be some sort of bonus. So maybe taking 4 of charisma is better then 5.

    JR

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