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May 22nd, 2014, 02:01
Originally Posted by Sir_Brennus View Post
This is a pointless discussion because in the old days everyone rerolled until the desired values appeared anyway.
In a CRPG yes. This was called, by a technical term, "cheating". Its also why the DM insisted he watch you roll.

Another system Jay doesn't mention is the "Point Sell" system where you give up two points in one ability to buy one in your preferred." I think this is outlined in the AD&D DM's Guide.

Some of the most fun you could have in a game is role playing your useless stats.

The point buy system is egalitarian, while rolling your stats marks the randomness that nature gives you. And its a variable that makes characters much more interesting.

There are two problems with any system though: one, the ability to increase abilities over time was difficult so items that did this were invaluable; and two, more importantly, some abilities are/were absolutely useless to your class. You could lower them to your heart's content and it would have no affect on your game.
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