GW 4th, of course, not 4e. :)
So, I'm finally digging in to architecting bits of an Encounter
Generator in C# in my non-existent spare time. I have loot all working
pretty well, so now taking a climate/terrain and then randomizing a
critter type, number appearing, hit points, common gear, etc. Then I'm
working up various algorithms to sort out randomized loot, and equip
these adversaries if applicable.
So, I'm down in the weeds of the XP generation system, and noticed
something odd with Badders. (I've only worked with Arks and Badders so
far). Usually, I just take the XP listed for each critter for granted,
but this looks like an error to me now that I'm calculating like pages
140 and 141 say.
The book says Badders are 420 XP. That would mean they at level 4 (xp
rank 4) and were modded up to level 7. When I run the rules on page 140
and 141 like my program will, I get level 8.
Starting Level: 4 rank
Mental Attack: Empathy +1 rank
Ranged Weapons: Bows +1 rank
Avg Int or Better: Very +1 rank
Special Attack or Defense Not Covered by Above: Battle Fury +1 rank
That makes rank 8 which would be 650 xp by the blind calculations, not
the 420 they say.
If you wanted to really go by the pg 141 chart, you could come up with
xp rank 9 for Badders by using Night Vision as technically fulfilling
the "any non-defect mutations not covered by above" bonus.
None of my math here to reach rank 8 or 9 overlaps any powers or mods,
since it clearly says that each power or mutation gives only one bonus,
which I'm adhering to.
I just wondered if I'm missing something obvious here.
I'm used to calculating XP for random mutants, etc, but generally have
trusted the critter XP as starting point before equipping them with any
artifacts that might lead to another bonus. I'm trying to write one
component to calculate XP for any adversary (even critters) from scratch
which is the only reason I've noticed this apparent inconsistency after
all these years. There may be more, I've just been grabbing some of the
first alphabetical critters to begin so have only looked at a few.
Please someone tell me if my poor dual brain is taking over again, or
just entropy on the poor primary brain.