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Sleuth Admin
Sleuth Admin

Out of curiosity, I ran a report to rank the backgrounds in order of popularity.

Here is the list, if you count all Sleuths ever created:
#1 Burglar
#2 Reporter
#3 Police Detective
#4 Dilettante
#5 Doctor
#6 Lawyer

The gap between Doctor and Lawyer is huge (no word on cowboys). All told, there are about 4 times as many Reformed Burglars than Retired Lawyers.

Interestingly, if you only look at players who reach 100EXP, Dilettante jumps into the lead.

At 10K, Reporter grabs and maintains the lead.

At 100K, here's the lineup:

#1 Reporter
#2 Dilettante
#3 Burglar
#4 Police Detective
#5 Lawyer
#6 Doctor

Anybody find these surprising? No doubt Reformed Burglar grabs the attention more than some of the other choices, but do these numbers make sense from a game perspective? Personally, I think Lawyer is one of the better backgrounds, particularly early on (which is when backgrounds matter most).

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Sleuth Admin
Sleuth Admin

I'd prefer to leave the Lawyer with no PE analysis skills, just for variety's sake.

I'm leaning towards doing the following:

1) Give Starting Lawyers +1 (level 2) Research and +1 (level 2) Negotiation. This equals 110 starting skill points, which is very much in line with the rest of the pack.

2) Give Existing Lawyers +12 skill points to spend as they see fit. Why not the full +17? Well, this seems like a good compromise between establishing a fairer playing field and not fully rewarding people who didn't choose to optimize their starting background choice from the beginning.

3) Don't touch Negotiation for now. There doesn't seem to be any consensus on whether or not it's really underpowered and enough experienced players invest in it to indicate that it is useful the way it works now.

Feel free to comment on this for another day to try to convince me differently. I'll make the final switch tomorrow.

Detective Joseph Chen
Detective Joseph Chen

As long as the total skill points as a start are same for every background, I'll say "Go for it!"

DiGris
DiGris

As long as the total skill points at the start are relatively close, you mean, Joseph. The total skill points won't be the same, but at least they'll be close.

Detective Joseph Chen
Detective Joseph Chen

@Digris:

As posted by Voy Seven earlier:

Disgraced Doctor
starts with 2 charm (24), 1 hair (18), 1 thread (18), 1 handwriting (18), 1 footprint (18), 1 negotiation (14)
that equals 110 skill points

Freelance Investigative Reporter
starts with 4 charm (44), 1 hair (18), 1 thread (18), 3 research (30)
that equals 110 skill points

I'm sure if Admin want to work it out so that each of the background gets the same starting total skill points, I'm sure he can do it, but yeah, I think close is a much better as compared to same. ^_^

cjmcebdb
cjmcebdb

ahh i see then just as long as the number of start em up skill points is the same for everyone, then yes go for it. sorry ben guess i did not fully understand :) happy sleuthing all

Voy Seven
Voy Seven

Well, I think one more research and one more negotiation sounds nice. But I would prefer research and judge of character instead.

So when will the better lawyer be implemented?

I'd pretty much like to try that character out with a new detective...

kivaas
kivaas

so what's happening now?

Sleuth Admin
Sleuth Admin

I have gone ahead and made this change.

Starting Lawyers now get:
* Level 2 Charm
* Level 2 Intimidation
* Level 2 Judge of Character
* Level 2 Negotiation
* Level 2 Research

All existing Lawyers now have an additional 12 skill points to spend.

I'll repost in Game Announcements.

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