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Cavall wrote:Awful lot of paladins get found by fairies.That's what happens when specific fluff (found by fairies as a baby) gets attached to generic mechanics (magic healing is more effective on you). The Reactionary trait is another good example.
This is why we're even having this conversation.
Other games don't tie fluff to mechanics so tightly. Two characters might have the same stats but completely different backstories, and not just because they bought enough books to find redundant traits. Plus, a lot of the time you don't have to work nearly as hard to optimize your character, or else if you do it involves spending effort on things other than a preplanned 1-20 build.
The way Pathfinder does it is practically designed to create resentment, towards people who've mastered the system enough to make effective characters and towards the same fluff that's repeated on each one. (See also: Warhammer 40k list-building.)