Playing a technician I’ve looked at my different specialization options a lot, and all specialization trees have something to offer and something that makes me want it. Except Slicer.
I have a few issues with the tree.
First, there’s ony one way to go, you cannot branch out until the fourth row of the tree, forcing you to take defensive slicing and twice, and it almost forces you to take improved defensive slicing as well.
Secondly, while the tree has a few good talents, such as natural programmer re-rolls are always great, and I guess technical aptitude would save some time if you program droids a lot. But Bypass security and Codebraker are useful only in very specific scenarios. Similarly Defensive Slicer is only useful if NPCs are trying to hack you. Those three talents are nearly half the specialization tree. Add the fact that a lot of the ranks in these talents are mandatory if you want to progress the tree.
I don’t know if there’s something I’m missing, but it seems like most talents in the tree are more limited and situational than most other specialization trees I’ve seen. And the GM will have to include a lot of slicing to make the specialization feel useful. We’ve played some of the written adventures, and there has not been a whole lot of slicing, and when there was a good intellect score and some ranks in the computer skill has been more than enough.
Are there any suggestions on how to improve the tree? My super quick idea on how to improve the tree was to connect Technical aptitude (5 XP) to Grit (10 XP). That would at least open up the tree, and not force you to buy your way down the tree. But maybe that opens up the tree too much? Should some other connections be removed? Such as one or two of the talents connecting to Grit (10 XP)?
I also feel that 3 defensive slicing, and 1 improved defensive slicing is too much. Maybe swap out one of the defensive slicing to Speak Binary, it feels like that would fit a hacker computer expert.
There’s also three bypass security, I think something like Black Market Contacts could fit better, some slicing gear is restricted after all. Swapping out the 10 or 15 XP version of bypass security would make the tree more varied.
Any thoughts? Maybe there’s already an improved Slicer tree floating around the internet, but I didn’t find it.