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Old 05-25-2019, 11:10 AM   #11
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Default Re: [Basic] Disadvantage of the Week: Low TL

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Low TL [-5 per TL] is a mundane disadvantage, presumably mental, although it's not classified in 4e.
It's listed as mental in the Trait list, p299.
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Old 05-25-2019, 11:26 AM   #12
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Default Re: [Basic] Disadvantage of the Week: Low TL

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It's listed as mental in the Trait list, p299.
So it is, fixed in the root message.
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Old 10-13-2020, 06:18 PM   #13
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Default Re: [Basic] Disadvantage of the Week: Low TL

I run an apocalyptic setting and use Low TL for every character in the starting point. It's a 'edge of the wilderness' town far from the domed precursor vault.

The overall setting is TL8, but the starting point (and all characters) are TL6. So they start with TL-2. They have access to TL7 equipment, but it cost twice as much. TL8 stuff exists, but is very expensive, and even if they can afford it there is usually a contact, or a streetwise roll to even find one available first.

With that said there is TL10 stuff scattered around from the pre-war, but these are 'artifact' level items and not usually something that is bought or sold.

Am I doing this wrong? It works for me so far, but I'd love to hear if I'm setting myself up for some pitfall in the future.
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Old 10-13-2020, 07:05 PM   #14
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Default Re: [Basic] Disadvantage of the Week: Low TL

I have a regular fantasy character who bought down from the default TL4(ish) to TL0. He is a half-ogre who uses a spear and has the quirk that he believes all "technology" is caused by spirits. Buildings are "cave spirits" swords are "fighting spirits" roads are "rock spirits" etc. The other players are frequently amazed at just what constitutes tech levels and what really isn't there for a true barbarian raised in a cave. They've finally talked him into using more modern armor than rough hide, but he can't maintain it.

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Old 10-13-2020, 07:13 PM   #15
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Default Re: [Basic] Disadvantage of the Week: Low TL

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I run an apocalyptic setting and use Low TL for every character in the starting point. It's a 'edge of the wilderness' town far from the domed precursor vault.

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Am I doing this wrong? It works for me so far, but I'd love to hear if I'm setting myself up for some pitfall in the future.
Low TL may be correct here, but do consider what it entails. It doesn't just mean that their society has limited access to higher-tech items. It means that the characters cannot understand or learn to use some aspects of that technology without additional specialized training. They would need to gain two TL (or maybe two cutting edge perks, if those are stackable?) to be able to do anything with a personal computer or smartphone if they encountered one.

TL6 characters in a setting where TL8 technology is around but poorly distributed could make sense. So could TL8 characters who just have little to no access to TL8 hardware. Depends on what the intent is.
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