I'm not crazy about the rogue Scheme mechanic whereby they get a second background chosen from a limited list.
- It doesn't say they only get a mechanical benefit, it says they get the whole background. This means rogues must have been either a thief or a thug before adventuring. Kind of limits RP.
- The above gets silly when you combine it with certain "normal" backgrounds, e.g. Knight+Thief. You can certainly explain it with some creativity, but it's strange that you have to.
- If you're only supposed to gain the mechanical benefit and not an RP background, you have the reverse problem: what if you want to be a former thief with the Thief scheme?
- The rules say that if you get the same skill from two sources (e.g. two backgrounds), you can just pick a different skill. So if you take Bounty Hunter as your background and Thug as your scheme, you get Spot, Stealth, Streetwise, Intimidate... and then any two random skills you want? That seems... unintentional.
- This is a more general comment, but I'm not crazy about the fact that some skills can only be gained through one or two very specific backgrounds (or the Skill Training feat). If I want to be a traditional dungeon rogue, who can find traps, I have to be a former thief.
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