I'm using the BW Gold rulebook. I'm trying to start a supernatural character, and here's what it has to say about skills and their root stats:
New skill exponents start at half the root stat rounded down. If a skill has two roots, half the average of the root stats rounded down. (p87)
Great, this covers skills of the same shade. Later, it says:
It costs five skill points to open a skill at its root with a gray shade. (p88)
However, this evolves into a contradiction. Later in the rulebook, it says:
When a stat acts as a root for a skill, the skill takes on the shade of the stat. If the root comes from the combination of two or more stats, the shade is the darker of the two. (p545)
Except the given example somewhat contradicts the previous rule:
A character with a G5 ability and a B5 perception opens a Surgery skill [Perc/Agil]....Normally, half of the average of 5 is 2.5... [rounding] to a root of 2. However, with a gray stat, the math is different: Agility counts as two greater because of its shade. So the actual numbers to average are 7 and 5. (p545)
This seems to directly contradict the previous example. So which is it? There are three cases for two root stats:
- Both stats are black: This obviously just averages and rounds down; shade black.
- One stat is black, another is grey: I'm not sure what happens here. The above examples contradict - should I +2 the grey stat for calculation, or just adopt the higher shade?
- Both stats are grey: From the Heroic and Supernatural Stats section, I would probably just set the skill grey. However, the Character Burner disagrees, indicating that I still have to spend 5 points to get a grey skill. What should I do here?
and two cases for one root stat:
- The stat is black: This is pretty obvious. Cut in half and round down; shade black.
- The stat is anything else: This runs into the same contradiction as above. The Character Burner claims it takes 5 points to make the skill grey, but later in the book, this appears to be a contradiction. What should I do here?
So, I'm confused. How should I handle these cases? Normally I wouldn't quibble over rules like this, but these rules are pretty critical, vastly changing probabilities and balance.
The first two quotes are from the Character Burner, so may not be intended to deal with grey stat/shades. Still, it's pretty confusing.