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cloa513
01-23-2014, 11:04 PM
Are there RPG systems (especially with strong combat aspects and numerical conflict resolution) that in their Non-house ruled forms allow the players to go as high they want in skills but still discourage them from highly restricting the skill set set to get to Overpowered levels? Sure the GM can restrict it. D&Ds and Pathfinder fail dismally in either OP or level is restricted. Other systems mainly restrict the skill level (for some some it doesn't matter- higher level gives more choice of dice).

DMMike
01-23-2014, 11:21 PM
That sounds like a restriction itself:

How does a game allow characters to get as high as they want, yet still require them to spread their skill points over several skills?

The game I'm developing allows a character to boost only one skill if he wants, but that leaves him pretty vulnerable to basically everything else. And the GM is welcome to increase the number of skill points that characters get each level (one by default).

cloa513
01-23-2014, 11:52 PM
That sounds like a restriction itself:

How does a game allow characters to get as high as they want, yet still require them to spread their skill points over several skills?

The game I'm developing allows a character to boost only one skill if he wants, but that leaves him pretty vulnerable to basically everything else. And the GM is welcome to increase the number of skill points that characters get each level (one by default).
Exponential level raising would do it- e.g. twice as difficult to go from 1 to 2 as 2 to 3 so you can use something like points to give spread or be delayed slower and slower to rise. Perhaps flexibility but not power improves with the given skill so you still the interest in the game.

TorteStone
01-25-2014, 06:00 AM
Not sure exactly what you mean, but in the Basic Roleplaying system (best known for Call of Cthulu) you can advance a skill (each skill is in d%) above 100% as an Option in the main book.

Since you gain skill by using skills, there's no stopping you increasing multiple skills above 100 to an unlimited level- you could have 1,000,000,000% (way OP) but you can only gain roughly 6% per skill per adventure, so to get from 100% (very good, but not OP) to get there you'd have to complete 17 adventures (not single sessions) so it would be a pretty long ride to OP-dom!

-Will-

nijineko
01-27-2014, 09:17 AM
could you rephrase your question(s)?

tianle
01-29-2014, 01:38 AM
The other people can do this.