Legendary Dudes of Awesome
I know what you’re thinking. Specialties already represent a narrow focus! True, but let’s go ahead and narrow that focus even further. Let’s say you have a character that is an expert in the field of geology. You could represent that expertise by creating a character with three or four dots in Science and plop a Geology Specialty on top. That gets the job done, but those three or four dots in Science represent a whole lot more knowledge about science in general rather than specific knowledge about geology. Maybe you’d rather have one of those dots in Computer so your super-scientist can actually open e-mails by himself. The solution to this is Stacking Specialties.
Simply put, this allows you to buy the same Specialty up to three times. A truly expert geologist might not know much at all about virology or quantum mechanics – frankly, he might not really know as much about biology as he’d like, because he’s been so narrowly focused on his field. The character can get away with two dots in Science, but three Specialties in Geology – which you can write as Geology (3) if you don’t want to write the word thrice. So, when the character is called upon to make a roll in his field of expertise, he’s got five dice to add to his Attribute. But, if he needs to remember the taxonomy of waterfowl, he’s only got two to add.