Classless Skills & Powers
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This is a classless character generation method for use with the AD&D Player's and DM's Option rules. It covers the Skills & Powers, Combat & Tactics, Spells & Magic, and High-Level Campaigns rulebooks. It is a supplement for, not a replacement of, those rules. Many details of individual skills, including descriptions and relevant tables, are not reproduced here.
This system was designed according to the following principles:
This system is based on the following assumptions:
This system was created to address the following shortcomings of the character creation system in Skills & Powers and the other Player's and DM's Option rules:
All skills formerly known as "class abilities", "race abilities," "nonweapon proficiencies" and "weapon proficiencies," which currently all operate under different rules, are all skills or abilities which a character would learn during their lives. This system makes the acquisition of those skills uniform.
All the race, class, and weapon/nonweapon proficiencies are combined into one set of skills organized into skill trees. Characters buy all these abilities out of their single pool of character points.
There are no longer character classes in this system. Players are free to define their characters as they wish, according to their desired skills and personality. Multi-classing and dual-classing rules are conveniently removed thereby. Levels are retained, but are more loosely tied to individual skills than in standard AD&D. Most kits are no longer necessary, as all their component parts can be purchased individually. There is room in this system for very specific kits - ones that are not just a different collection of standard abilities (like the swashbuckler), but instead include specific abilities with their own rules and drawbacks (like the Limbant ranger). Races exist as usual but are a little more flexible.
This system also attempts to reconcile the many and varied skills presented in the various Players Option and DMs Option books. It tries to maintain a high level of compatibility with those books except where the approaches of those sourcebooks clearly differ.
Starting characters may find themselves a little weaker at first level using this scheme, but they will grow in skill at a much faster rate. As characters increase in level, they get more character points, which can be used to buy more abilities or to improve current ones.
If, as a character develops, they wish to spend more effort learning skills traditionally termed "nonweapon proficiencies" rather than ones traditionally termed "class abilities," or vice versa, that is a valid decision this system supports.
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