Baraendur said:lastbesthope said:1) Why must we differentiate between levels below and above 20, it seems like an avoidable evil to me, but let's see what the do in 2E.
To keep power levels realistic, and to keep from having to design a completely new game to support high level play. If you continue to use the same advancement, by level 35, your officer will have an attack bonus that would be +35/+30/+25/+20/+15/+10/+5. That's just so many attacks that it strains believability. Saves also go off the charts very quickly, as do skills, etc. At 20th level, you're already at a point where the old challenges just aren't that scary anymore. Why compound the problem by maintaining the same rate of advancement?
Realistic? We're playing an SF game :lol:
Buit remember, B5 is not primarily a combat game, and it ttakes Sheridan 8 years to become 20th level from being 12th level at the start of Season 2. And by then he is no longer a combat character, he is a political force more than anything.
As for compunding the problem, what problem? You need to come up woith tougher objectives every time they level up anyway, and if your GM still has them intrigued at level 20 then you should have no trouble keeping them interested beyond that. but by the time your characters get to those sort of levels you've got to wonder what more does your character really have to do, they're probably running at least one planet or major corporation by then and have not so much time for adventuring through the galaxy.
But anyway, I am perhaps sounding too arrogant now, and if so I apologise. If you want to use the Epic Level handbook to progress your characters past 20th, you can. That's the first rule of RPGs, it's your game, do with it what you will. Personally, I am nowhere near this becoming a problem, by the time AotR gets to that stage I will either come up with something spectacularly devious, or just kill them all for being dumb enough to go adventuring when they are persons of such significance :twisted:
I mean, look what happened to Dukhat when he went off around the galaxy . . . .