That's pretty helpful information! You've played 4th edition before?
I have. I grew up on 3rd, but 4th/20th Anniversary is probably my favorite because it let you tailor-make your characters to a degree that's rather difficult with the Priority System. Example. My character's A priority is probably going to be Skills - which means I get 46 Skill Points, and 10 Skill Group Points. That's a lot
, and meant for characters that need a lot of skills like Deckers. Here's the thing - I think it's too much
. I have little doubt that I'll be able to use up the 10 Skill Group Points, but 46 points in skills besides
those? I could downgrade Skills to Priority B, but then I drop to 36 Skill Points and 5 Skill Group Points. Still enough for a decker (invest most if not all into Electronics Skill Group)...but just on the edge. Right now, I'm having an internal war over whether or not Resources or Attributes is going to occupy Priority B (C is whichever one isn't B, D is Metatype, and E is Magic/Resonance, since I'm a Mundy).
Priority B in Attributes gives me 20, which lets me boost up half my Attributes to Rating 4, as opposed to Priority B, whose 16 points would mean I'd be average across the board. However, there's a 135,000 nuyen difference between Resources Priorities B & C, which is enough to pay for a higher-level cyberdeck. Level C would mean I'm probably picking up an Azteca 200 deck, but Level B means I could get a Novatech Navigator or even a Renraku Tsurugi if I conserve elsewhere enough.
In 20th, I could easily work around this problem by just calculating however much BP I needed for my Gear/Skills, and then going accordingly. With the Priority System...