Asgetrion wrote:- I'd like to hear how you and your players like the new skill system, i.e. are there enough points? Does the "+3 to all class skills" rule affect how they invest their points? And so on.
We playtested the Alpha 1 as soon as it came out, and there were about 50/50 split on that system, and those that liked it kind of liked it, those that hated it, really, really hated it.
So far when it comes to the current skill system, there haven't been many complaints, although they have noted that they can't diversify quite as much at 1st level as they could. The fighter's player still isn't thrilled with his skill selection.
I've been allowing them to use WOTC material with approval, so the rogue got Open Minded, and that seems to be a bit out of whack under the new system, since it gives you five skill points and if you spend them on class skills, one feat gives you four ranks in four skills, but again, I'm thinking this will even out a bit at higher levels.
Open minded is kind of an issue in that it is in the Psionic SRD, so its not really off limits for PFRPG either.
I've got two half-orcs in my other game, though they took the class for the strength bonus (and because one player wanted to play a "thug" rogue instead of a slick one). In that game I've got a halfling cleric, in part because the player wanted the charisma bonus to boost his channel energy uses per day.
I've run into the limited skills at first level issue too, and my playtest group and I have come up with a new rule that we're going to playtest as well:
At their beginning character level, every character will get 4 apprenticeship skill points that can be spent only on his or her starting class skills. These apprenticeship skill points cannot be modified by any race or attribute. The character will also get the starting skill points as usual for their class to place anywhere they like.
It seems silly to us that characters with years of experiences before becoming adventurers might start with just one skill. As I joked during our aftergame conversation, finishing one's apprenticeship wearing a t-shirt that said "I spent four years laboring under the high cleric Osgood of the Dove, and all I got was one rank in Craft:Alchemy which I used to screenprint this lousy t-shirt" seems underwhelming. :-p