STARTING SKILL SELECTION
In CRYPTWORLD, the number of skills a Player Character (PC) starts with is randomly determined by rolling 1d10 and consulting the table of p. 11 of Chapter 2: Characters. While this works perfectly fine, it always felt a little too random for my tastes, especially considering that the starting number of paranormal talents has a little more verisimilitude to back it up by linking the values of Basic Attributes (specifically PCN and WPR) to the number of paranormal talents a PC can access. Below are three alternate ways of determining a PC's starting number of skills I have used, with my personal preference being the last.
1. All PCs start with 5 starting skills (the average number of starting skills rounded up). Recommended for games set in the modern era and beyond.
2. All PCs start with 4 starting skills (the average number of starting skills rounded down). Recommended for games set in earlier eras.
3. Starting skills are determined by a PC's PCN (Perception) score. Note that with this method Basic Ability scores, profession, and one profession-related skill must be determined BEFORE selecting other skills in the character creation steps. PCs determine number of starting skills from the following table:
Any character may use an appropriate object not normally classified as a weapon as an impromptu melee or missile weapon using their Unskilled Melee score or DEX score (for missiles) at a -20 penalty modifier. If they have a relevant Combat Skill (e.g. Dagger/Knife when using a broken bottle, Short-handled Weapons when using a baseball bat, Sword when using a office paper cutter blade handle as a machete), the penalty to their Unskilled Melee score or DEX score is reduced to -10.
So there you have it, feel free to give these for a spin the next time you break out CRYPTWORLD. If you do, please let me know what you thought in the comments, or feel free to share some of your own CRYPTWORLD house rules. Thanks for reading!