M.A.'s 3d6 system was introduced in Third Edition in 2002 (according to Wikipedia) ... so it could be d20 backlash, or the designer really wanted a bell curve instead of a flat d20 distribution.
Originally Posted by Inquisitor Tremayne
I bought M.A. and have yet only skimmed through it ... definitely not rules-light. It looks like the 3d6 result tells you what row on a table to look at, although I haven't really read the thing. The organization is kinda poor, too. *And* you create three different characters (robot, android, and human) for different "phases" of the game, and use the one you want later ... unless you want to make an animal or plant mutant when they become available.
So, as interesting as the premise sounds, I don't want to plunk down money for Galacta(dot)3 until I find more reviews or see a copy first.
"On two occasions I have been asked [by members of Parliament], 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question."
- Charles Babbage (1791 - 1871)