Hi there! Boy, your name looks familar to me. Did you contribute to the Lejendary Adventure game at one time? Anyway...
I'm so glad you like what you see so far!
I don't have my PDF with me, so I'll double check everything tonight. If Gegdin's Reflexes is listed twice, it must have been a case of search & replace gone awry.
The truth about the Defense Pools is that there are many ways to calculate them to slightly different effect. I think this fact is what lead to some of the issues you see. For example, I do recommend allowing a player to add the MV of some Unarmed Combat specialties, if you agree to it as the GM, and it makes sense for the genre of the fantasy story. Pugilism is one such example. I'd like to see an article on expanding the specializations of Unarmed into a more robust system.
Dodge should be Speed and Reflexes together.
As for Resilience, that's another one where I'd actually like to see a spectrum of calculations to reflect the danger level of the campaign. For my campaign, I'd probably use Resistance + Willpower instead of Resistance x2 + Willpower. The average campaign had the PCs pretty darned tough, and the default calcuation is used. I need to include this into a sidebar int the main text, but I'll certainly include it in the updated FAQ.
My intention is to update and release a new FAQ soon.
Also, we're working on a new free adventure...TBA.
Lastly, with Agility, just collapse it into Reflexes. The Quickstart was not updated to reflect that change. It was changed in response to posts here on these forums that the ability wasn't needed in addition to Reflexes. I probably failed to purge it from the character sheet because I wasn't 100% convinced
One cool thing about Eldritch is you can mess around with the abilities and how to calculate the DPs quite a bit without "breaking" anything. We've got a work in progress that messes around with the skills and some rules to create a different "feel" than the default "tough as hell" epic fantasy (something other than Ainereve, which is still in the pipeline). Stay tuned on that.
I purchased and downloaded the updated PDF this morning and am impressed so far. There are a few confusing bits, which may or may not be due to the updates:
On page 14, should Gegdin's Evade be 4 instead of 8? Reflexes is listed twice.
The formulas given for calculating several of the DPs on pages 32 and 33 don't match the rest of the book:
- Evade is listed as taking any Unarmed Combat specialty (which I prefer); the rest of the book and the sheet suggest pugilism only
- Dodge is list as Speed only, not Speed + Reflexes
- Resilience is given as Resistance + Willpower instead of Resistance x2 + Willpower
The Character Sheet which comes as an extra download with the core book is the old one referencing Agility. The Quick Start is still built around using Agility as well.