There was a new player on BSG recently who got a bit miffed that his “special snowflake” thing was rejected where others were not - especially when the chargen policy invites you to have one special thing and there were others that he felt were perhaps even more outlandish than his.
While I don’t regret the decision, it was a gut call and it made me think about why my gut made that call. I think I weigh four factors when considering apps:
- How implausible is it?
- Is it likely to come up in the game?
- Is it likely to cause sore feelings among other players?
- How interesting is it?
A few examples from BSGU:
- Ex pyramid star? Plausible, interesting, and likely to only come up in recreational scenes not important plots. Verdict: OK
- Former test pilot with Elite piloting? Plausible, interesting, but will come up very often in combat missions. May cause some jealousy. Verdict: OK, but only if their gunnery isn’t also awesome.
- SAR recon specialist with Elite Stealth also cross-trained as a Combat Medic? The concept is interesting, but we have a slight plausibility issue. Someone with that much specialized training would likely be held onto by their home military, not sent to the CF. And it’s likely to come up often in missions. Not only do they have an Elite skill, but they’re occupying two specialized niches and thereby potentially detracting from someone else’s ability to fill a niche. Verdict: No.
What criteria do you use for judging whether someone’s special thing is okay or not?