In the DDN Discussion Forum, I postulated the theory that 4E’s mechanics are based on the assumption that your character has an “18” in its primary stat, and therefore makes character optimization a requirement.
I had based this idea off of my experiences as a player and a DM in three different gaming groups. In every group, in every instance whenever someone tried out a sub-optimal race/class combination it resulted in a character that was ineffective in combat.
So far, at least three people have claimed to have different results, and I would like to pursue this topic further…
What experiences have you had with “sub-optimal” characters, and in what way were they “sub-optimal”?