I'm so tired of the "Race Debate" in RPG Gaming.
You can run Orcs as Lawful Good or whatever you want in your setting and still call them "Monsters".
How is this hard unless you have some underlying agenda to change how people interpret "Race" in an RPG.
What term do you want? What makes you...
Tell your players to immerse in their characters or they won't reach role-playing.
You wouldn't be lying to them.
Immersion is the highest level of RP.
Stop being nice and drive them into what the hobby is.
Seems the GM is afraid of Player reaction.
You told them before the game started what to expect.
Crimes against nobility are normally punishable by death, to keep the citizenry in line.
Now, you're afraid of doing what makes the most sense. Why? Because your good friend is involved...
Still waiting for examples of play that demonstrate how "where random rolls don't fit in ways that having nothing to do with what a group chooses, nor with the (un)fairness of the world."
It's unusual enough to require examples.
In your examples of PB games that don't favor player skill could you provide examples outside your play group of this? I only ask because given any opportunity to 'game the system', why wouldn't the player do so since such a micro-game confers benefit?
Your dismissive attitude of how groups...
Duh. If the game doesn't allow it, then YES, you can't exercise that option.
Are you mad those games don't? Write your own then.
You seem to think "fair" is every RPG allowing you to do everything.
Please design & publish THAT game (lol).
Preference is preference.
Can I as GM design tight NPCs that might overwhelm novice and even experienced Point-Buy players?
Yup. I know ALL the kinky munchkin twists. Is that fair? If the novice PB player designs a nice warrior who's outclassed by the warrior PC of a more experienced player...
The world isn't fair. Random rolls fit any game a group chooses.
On point-buy, it isn't fair either: there's a level of system mastery that goes into making competent PB PCs. Players more knowledgeable about GURPS or Shadowrun or HERO or Savage Worlds or Mutants & Masterminds will build BETTER...