Alright, first question - can a character serve terms of service in more than one branch - like, say, doing two terms of service with the Scouts, then transferring to the regular Navy? Or is mustering out the 'end' of your character creation process, assuming you don't 12 your way into an extra term?
Stats so far, all rolled using the E Dicebot:
8, 8, 8, 9, 11, 8. (or in code, 8889B8).
Book says average of 7, so I guess I did pretty well across the board there.
With two Navy officers already, I think I'm going to try and go for the Merchant service.
Rolled a 6, +3 DMs, gets me a 9, easy into the service.
4+2 says I survive my first term. I think I got the hang of this.
Saaaaad, I got forced out of the Merchant service after 3 terms, failing my re-enlistment by 1.
8889B8 Age 30 3 Terms 50000Cr
Pilot-1, Gun Combat-1, Streetwise-1, Admin-1, Engineering-1, Electronic-1
....ships are like, stupidly expensive. Is getting to Rank 5+ and/or rolling a natural 6 on your Benefits chart the only way to start with one? And is there anything to spend my starting money on besides guns and armor? I took 3 rolls in Cash because I thought I could get a cheap starship, before I bothered to see that even the cheapest starship requires a multi-million credit down payment.
Psionics looked kinda cool, until I saw that it costs 5,000 to even get tested for your psi rating, so you can't even try until you finish your career track (which means a bunch of age penalties to your psi rating). Plus 100K is too expensive to afford training at the start.
EDIT: Are we using the rules in the bonus books (Mercenary, High Guard, Merchant Princes, Scouts)? Cause MP says I'd get a +1 to my Re-Enlist roll if I'm an officer, which I was. That'd let me continue to risk my life in service. Looks like it's easier to get promoted too if you get the right skills for the promotion examinations. I've got a nice image in my head of a grizzled old retired merchant scrounging a crew together to go free-trading in search of swashbuckling adventure. But we need a ship first, and winning one in the Benefits Lottery looks like the only way to do it.