Good afternoon Ladies, Gentlemen and Sentient Creatures. Today we’ll pick up where we left of on Tuesday and continue our discussion of the classes and how they fit into the game world. Today’s focus will be on the two primary crafting classes in our game, Scientists and Engineers.
Some big themes in the Steampunk and Gaslight Fantasy genres are Scientific Innovation and Discovery. This is why from a mechanical standpoint there’s a lot of overlap with the two classes at low level and the base rank of all sciences is on the general list, we want to provide a wide range of players the opportunity to feel like they can create and add to the game, even at a basic level. Scientists and Engineers are at the ones on the cutting edge of invention, but they approach it from very different standpoints.
Engineers are motivated by putting science to use. Pushing the boundaries of science is all well and good, but putting innovation into the hands of the masses is how the world is brought into a new age of enlightenment. Engineers build, mix, and tinker with whatever fuels their passion. Engineer characters tend to towards professions that you would expect them to be, Chemical Lab Technicians, Engine Mechanics and Heavy Equipment Operators. But they can also be people who came to science from a different angle, such as EMT’s, Clockwork Hobbyists and Illicit Drug Dealers.
Scientists approach things for a different angle. Yes, bringing knowledge to the masses is noble, and education is certainly something they encourage. But rather than focusing on making things, they excel at understanding the universe at a core level. Breaking it down and pushing theoretical study and analysis to its limits. By gaining true understanding of the building blocks of the universe, they can push science forward and improve the world with their discoveries. Just like with Engineers, Scientists fall into backgrounds you’d expect, Doctors, University Professors, , Chemist and Physicist. But they can also be Scientifically Minded Nobility, Curious Clergymen, and Lawyers looking to lock down a patent.