So I'm joining a two man party of two gestalt characters with one of my own. The basic idea was a woman of noble descent, fencing since she was 8 and is now looking for the culprit that burned down one of the galleries of her family.
Having looked at some of the example encounters I think that a Melee Fighter has a bad time with just two Ranged in his group, but that is the question. I don't have experience in D20 Modern (although I do have in D&D) and my GM won't give me an example of fight the group had, so I can't "do the math" myself.
A little bit of background info: I've got a gestalt character with Charismatic Hero 8/Negotiator 4 on the one side and Fast 6/Strong 4/Archaic Weapon Specialist 2 on the other side. Everyone in that little group is level 12. So is my character.
The Stats are the following: Str 13, Dex 14, Con 12, Int 14, Wis 10, Cha 15 - haven't added the attributes yet. I thought of taking the following Feats: Dodge, Elusive Target, Combat Expertise, Agile Riposte, Improved Disarm, Archaic Weapon Proficiency, Weapon Focus, Weapon Finess, Defensive Martial Arts. There are still some I could use (the character is not yet finished).
So the question is: In a group of 2 ranged and 1 melee (me being the melee), with an Armor Class of 21, does my character survive a normal encounter or should I switch from Rapier to Bows? Is there a way of still using a Rapier as weapon of choice since I like the concept?
Edit: The whole group is a group of Mercenaries riding from one hotspot to the next using top notch (even a bit sci-fi) equipment, so not carrying a weapon with me all the time would be a very suicidal thought. (The d20 Future Progress Level would be between 5 and 6, something along those lines.)
I switched Con and Wis around to get at least one more hitpoint per level. It's not much but I wouldn't want to take the 15 away from Charisma.
And for "viable": I meant it that way. The question would be what I would have to do to just don't die in an encounter. My focus would be more regarding Armor Class than just being a meat shield for my group members.