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The most powerful background.

Discussion in 'Arcanum Discussion' started by Dark Elf, Jul 22, 2009.

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  1. Wiz

    Wiz New Member

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    I think the "Ugly Dude" Background (not sure I'm spelling right) used on a half-horc would give you an interesting, pretty powerful warrior, plus the fun of seeing the super-hostile reaction of ANY npc you'll encounter on your way, cause the incredible handicap about beauty.

    The "Debutant" background is interesting if you want to make a fascinating, elegant female elf or half-elf and you're interested to become the master of persuasion of Arcanum. I think I'll use this backgroud for my "Non Kills playthough" challenge.

    While for "Raised by monks" background: i used it one time for creating an halfling thief, but actually I felt the single +1 bonus on Perception is a bit poor, especially because there are many other background that give you massive bonus in determinate characteristics, depending in what hero are you interested to make.
     
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    Archmage Orintil New Member

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    It's "Beat with an Ugly Stick". Hilarious background. That one, and "Arsonist" are my favorite rp backgrounds.
     
  3. Dark Elf

    Dark Elf Administrator Staff Member

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    Or half-orc for an extra twist.
     
  4. Wiz

    Wiz New Member

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    Correct. Hylarious and good background for me too.


    I should give a try to this one too.
     
  5. Jwrac

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    *Casts Necromancy on ancient thread*
    I just wanted to note how awesome the Charlatan's Protege' background is, I just love absorbing the residents of Arcanum as my followers.
     
  6. Dr. Ferb Wallace Mythril

    Dr. Ferb Wallace Mythril Member

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    Incorrect ritual. You must invoke the dread name YOG-SOTHOTH.
    take 2D20 CN penalty

    ontopic:
    I'm a huge fan of "Beat with an Ugly Stick", it works for every combat type and gives you a bonus at early levels.
     
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    If I'm an half-ogre, the "Ran Away with the Circus" background allows me to effectively steamroll everything before I reach even level 2.
     
  8. Dr. Ferb Wallace Mythril

    Dr. Ferb Wallace Mythril Member

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    enh... the low Int score makes me twitch...plus there is the quest loss
     
  9. UweWesens

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    *conjures thred spirit*

    All my Tech builds get "sickly child". Sheesh, 14 INT, right from the start? Being able to toss Explosive Grenades like rice on a wedding *at Level 10* is just ridiculous. Great deal of fun! Who needs any other weapon?

    For the rest I go with "Charlatans Protegee". That feels like a Mini-Me, pure roleplaying reasons.
     
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  10. Jojobobo

    Jojobobo Well-Known Member

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    Personally, with my over enthusiastic attempts at character building, something I've realised is Muscle Makers are pretty awesome. All you need to do is put 2 character points in Therapeutics, get some tech manuals and bam - you can start converting mental stats into physical. If you're going melee and so want to mac ST and DX, then investing into IN means you're getting a two for one trade - and IN honestly isn't hard to maintain at 8.

    With this in mind, a "best background" could be the one that preserves a single mental attribute you would want to conserve in order to sacrifice others to make Strength and Dex better. I guess this is just a single way you can work a background, but I think the Muscle Maker (and Brain Builder) dialing up (and down) of stats is a pretty sorely overlooked mechanic that more people should exploit.

    Something to think about, I know I do in my dreams.
     
  11. t-roll

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    These are the ones I like the most:

    Miracle Operation = great for tech gunslinger or even technomage

    Single Child = best one for mage

    Ran Away with the Circus = less popular one but is great for turning weaker races like halfling or gnome into strong melee fighters like orc or dwarf.

    Beat with an Ugly Stick = this one is best for any kind of bow, throwing, melee fighting

    Charlatan's protege = great for pacifist character

    Sickly = best for tech

    Idot Savant = highly underrated background as it gives 9 points for 6 but it does limit your dialogue to idiot levels. i think is great for an autistic technologist type build


    These are also pretty good :

    Troll Offspring = this one is much like Ran Away with the Circus + Beat with an Ugly Stick one above helps you turn your weaker character into a strong melee fighter. -4 beauty and -4 charisma for +2 str +2 con and +1 dex. beauty is a dump stat anyway so technically only costs you -4 charisma.

    Tough hide = this is half-ogre passive for anyone very unique.

    Professional Knife Tosser = great for a throwing build
    Arsonists = great for a bomber / grenadier build
     
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