But, what's stopping you from doing that with an array or with point buy? And, again, since we're talking about odds here, the odds that you're going to roll 6 stats ALL below 12 is very, very small. Additionally, that's considered an unplayable character in most editions. You would reroll that character in 1ed and 3e for example. Not sure about 2e and 4e didn't do it that way.Maxperson said:Ahh, but I'm not talking about a somewhat lower primary. I'm talking about bad stats. A 12-14 is a somewhat lower primary. An 11 or lower is a bad stat.
Stepping back a bit but, it appears to me that this is fundamentally just a riff on the whole rules as physics debate. Do the mechanics model the in-game reality or are they simply tools we use to resolve events? Personally, I favor the latter rather strongly. Mostly because when you try to extrapolate game mechanics into the larger world, all sorts of bizarre discrepancies crop up (10% of your population being physically or mentally challenged as an example from this thread).
I get that there is some differing of opinion on the issue though.