The other night me and my group were getting started with creating characters for a sci-fi campaign in the Coriolis RPG system, where the party will be based off their own spaceship. Problems arose when discussion about who should have what role started, after settling on leaving the captain seat empty until the issue has been solved the players picked the places their characters would fit.
The equipment of the different PCs is split up in two groups; personal and professional, and the players have power over their own personal gear, but it is up to the captain to equip the ship. The players think that those who got the "worst" positions should be allowed more personal equipment to balance the PCs, but in my mind, a captain among the wealthiest since it is his/her ship.
I have by now decided that all of the crew(5) should own parts of the ship(like shareholders), and the captain is a position appointed by the shareholders to the person whom it fits. So with everyone on somewhat equal levels in wealth, how do I proceed to balance the items the players are allowed to have?
Should I give the players a sack of cash and let them go bananas, or should I give them a couple of packages to choose from?