Thursday, October 4, 2012

Stars Without Numbers Skill Matrix

We had our first game of Redshirts last night.  It was great fun and I'll be posting a play report later.  In the meantime, I wanted to share the skill matrix.

In role playing games with skills, I like to create a matrix so I can see where the party's strengths and weaknesses lie.  It's been said that players pick skills that they want to use.  I think also that they pick skills that they fear that they will have to use.  Scaring the shit out of the players before character creation is a great way to make them get strange skills.  "Are you SURE you'll never have to perform an alien autopsy?"

The top skill selected is Tactics, with 5 out of 6 characters getting that skill.  Wow.  Looks like they are expecting the GM to put them in a lot of difficult combat situations.  How odd.

Combat skill are popular as well.  Half of them appear to be convinced that they are going to end up in fighting situations with no weapons.  Hilarious.  I'd NEVER do such a thing.  Much.

Interestingly, 3 of the 6 picked Leadership.  That is a heck of a lot of cooks spoiling the soup there. :)

The players spread out skills pretty well.  I see one horrible, glaring omission.  Tech: Medical

Everyone expects to be in combat.  No one expects to have to apply a band-aid.  They are Redshirts, after all.  Makes sense, I guess.

Other skills that NO ONE picked: Artist, Business, Combat: Psitech, Culture: Alien, Gambling, Instructor, Profession, Religion, Steward, Tech: Maltech, , Tech: Psitech, Vehicle:Air, Vehicle: Water.

So, judging from this list, I should create a scenario where the characters must enter a religious debate while playing Texas Hold-em with a alien millionaire sculptor, on a flying boat about to be eaten by a nano-bot plague.

These adventures just write themselves. :)

Enjoy the MATRIX:


Name
James Loranzo
Mark Five
Kal Kek
Holt McManus
Owlicious
XC-OM
Rank/Rate
E-6 Petty Officer 1st Class
O-3 Lieutenant
E-2 Spacer Apprentice
O-3 Lieutenant
E-4 Petty Officer 3rd Class
E-2 Spacer Apprentice
Class
Warrior
Expert
Warrior
Expert
Expert
AI
Level
1
1
1
1
1
1
Background
Soldier
Midshipman
Naval Marine
Security Crew
Researcher
-
Training
Commando
Aviator (Naval)
Marine Officer
Bounty Hunter
Xeno- archaeologist
-
Artist
-
-
-
-
-
-
Athletics
0
Bureaucracy 0
Business
-
-
-
-
-
-
Combat Energy
1
1
Gunnery
0
Primitive
-
-
-
-
-
1
Projectile
1
1
0
Psitech
-
-
-
-
-
-
Unarmed
0
1
0
Computer
1
Culture Alien
-
-
-
-
-
-
Criminal
0
Spacer
0
0
0
Traveller
-
-
-
-
-
-
World
1
1
1
Exosuit
0
Gambling
-
-
-
-
-
-
History
0
Instructor
-
-
-
-
-
-
Language English
Native
Native
Native
Native
Native
Native
Gaelic
Native
Native
Native
German
Native
Russian
Native
Leadership
0
0
1
Navigation
0
Perception
1
1
Persuade
0
0
Profession
-
-
-
-
-
-
Religion
-
-
-
-
-
-
Science
1
Security
0
Stealth
0
0
Steward
-
-
-
-
-
-
Survival
0
0
Tactics
0
0
1
1
1
Tech Astronautic
0
Maltech
-
-
-
-
-
-
Medical
-
-
-
-
-
-
Postech
1
1
Pretech
-
-
-
-
-
1
Psitech
-
-
-
-
-
-
Vehicle Air
-
-
-
-
-
-
Grav
0
Land
0
Space
0
Water
-
-
-
-
-
-


- Ark

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