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May 4th, 2013, 20:06
So, I've long been considering a foray into Spiderweb games and finally sat down to make a party in Escape from the Pit. Being a completely foreign rules system, I'm somewhat overwhelmed…

1) For a newbie to the series, would a hard difficulty setting be merely challenging or infuriating?

2) I've been trying to research character creation and have run into the phrase, "x amount of points among party members." Is there some collective check on the game's part for skills such as Tool Use and Cave Lore, or am I misinterpreting that?

3) I am to understand that ranged combat is woefully underpowered; can I still use a bow or missile weapon if I have no points in it? I am concerned with scenarios in which melee range is not possible.
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