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Old 05-09-2017, 10:18 AM   #1141
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Multifaceted - Similar to Dabbler, Multifaceted allows you to buy off one point of negative die modifier for eight defaulting skill rolls, however Multifaceted is for defaults between related skills. The -1 for eight subjects is fungible between bonus and number of skills in the same way Dabbler is. The maximum improvement is to a -1 default roll.

Example 1: Dawn is trained in Electronics Repair (Sensors), but hey, she loves electronics, so she's always reading what's going on in other fields. So she buys Multifaceted, Electronics Repair (Force Fields, Security, Comm, EW, Media, Scientific, Surveillance and Medical). She can now default her rolls against those specialties at -3 instead of -4.

Example 2: Phil is a famous lion tamer. He has Animal Handling (Big Cats). He is also an avid conservationist and his success has allowed him to fund an animal rescue center in Kenya. He lives there and works with the staff. He has now done a lot of work with other fauna, and has Multifaceted, Animal Handling (Canines, Ungulates, Primates and Rodentia). He can now default his rolls against those specialties at -2 instead of -4.

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Old 05-09-2017, 05:15 PM   #1142
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Multifaceted - Similar to Dabbler, Multifaceted allows you to buy off one point of negative die modifier for eight defaulting skill rolls, however Multifaceted is for defaults between related skills. The -1 for eight subjects is fungible between bonus and number of skills in the same way Dabbler is. The maximum improvement is to a -1 default roll.
If I've understood this correctly, it under-prices improved defaults considerably.

Say I have one Electronics Repair (IQ/A) specialty at IQ+4, which costs [16]. All the other specialties default at IQ, and it would cost [2] each to buy them up to IQ+1. With Multifaceted, I can buy 8 of them up to IQ+1 for [1], which does seem a bit too good.

Alternatively, I can use Multifaceted to buy two of them up to IQ+3 (a default penalty of -1) for [1], instead of the [24] it would cost to buy the specialties that high.

This only really bites when you have more than [4] in a single skill. That's comparative rare for IQ skills in my experience, but fairly common for DX skills, notably weapons and Stealth.
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Old 05-09-2017, 07:57 PM   #1143
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If I've understood this correctly, it under-prices improved defaults considerably.

Say I have one Electronics Repair (IQ/A) specialty at IQ+4, which costs [16]. All the other specialties default at IQ, and it would cost [2] each to buy them up to IQ+1. With Multifaceted, I can buy 8 of them up to IQ+1 for [1], which does seem a bit too good.

Alternatively, I can use Multifaceted to buy two of them up to IQ+3 (a default penalty of -1) for [1], instead of the [24] it would cost to buy the specialties that high.

This only really bites when you have more than [4] in a single skill. That's comparative rare for IQ skills in my experience, but fairly common for DX skills, notably weapons and Stealth.
It's more that Buying Skills from Default is a load of jank to even understand how you're supposed to pay, much less a good price when you do...
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Old 05-09-2017, 10:28 PM   #1144
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Alternatively, I can use Multifaceted to buy two of them up to IQ+3 (a default penalty of -1) for [1], instead of the [24] it would cost to buy the specialties that high.
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It's more that Buying Skills from Default is a load of jank to even understand how you're supposed to pay, much less a good price when you do...
Indeed. If you had 24 points to spend on those skills, you're far better off raising the main skill by 6 levels and bringing all its defaults up with it. But yeah, it's spending 1 point for what RAW says should be 8 points.
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Old 05-10-2017, 09:43 AM   #1145
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If I've understood this correctly, it under-prices improved defaults considerably.

Say I have one Electronics Repair (IQ/A) specialty at IQ+4, which costs [16]. All the other specialties default at IQ, and it would cost [2] each to buy them up to IQ+1. With Multifaceted, I can buy 8 of them up to IQ+1 for [1], which does seem a bit too good.
Or alternately, you can buy every one of them to IQ+1 for [4], by raising the skill you are defaulting from by 1. The perk is a good deal, but the official buy up the defaults is actually overpriced.

The entire concept of skill to skill defaults is pretty broken, and generates more troublesome complexity than it's worth, compared to something like "Many less specialized tasks can be attempted with more than one skill or skill specialization. The GM should impose a situational penalty for attempting something with a plausible but less than fully appropriate one".
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Old 05-10-2017, 01:38 PM   #1146
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It very much seem likes a "some rules are better than no rules" for GMs that simply don't feel comfortable making "too many" decisions on the fly.
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Old 07-29-2017, 09:45 AM   #1147
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Personal Style. You've developed a personal style for a single artistic skill, or artistic use of a craft skill, which gives +1 to that skill, while you work in that style. You can buy instances of this perk for more than one skill, if they are all for the same style. The drawback of this perk is that your personal style may go out of fashion, at the GM's whim.
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Old 07-29-2017, 04:20 PM   #1148
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Mostly, that sounds like specialization. The drawback fits most skills anyway especially artistic ones.
For example, a character may think specializing in 1950s Disney style is cool, only for all 2D art to go out of style.

I suppose if it only really comes up for NPCs that have a quirk to loving that style, then it fits other perks like Classic Features.
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Old 07-29-2017, 04:43 PM   #1149
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I made it up when I was tinkering with skills to invent techniques, and found that some skills that definitely get used for artistic work, like Sewing, are DX/Easy and thus can't have optional specialisations.
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Old 07-29-2017, 04:49 PM   #1150
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Oh. I tend to see those skills as the functional aspects of those endeavors and associated artistic versions as the aesthetic forms. Like how Carpentry gets you functional work, while Artist: woodworking says how pretty it is.
But my mind's a bit foggy today, so I hope someone will correct me if I'm miss-remembering things.
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