This is not a post supporting racism or anything like that. I don’t want that discussion or debate. However I have been chewing on starting my own project and I got to thinking about whether or not it would be appropriate to allow the player to receive a bonus (or penalty) in their stats based on their nationality.
In games like D&D there are multiple races and subraces and they receive stats modifiers. Now I realize that ethnicity and nationality are two separate factors, but it is the closest link I can come to. I tried to find some charts where some people might have given bonuses or penalties to characters that were say Russian as opposed to maybe someone who was American or Chinese.
My reason for doing so was mainly because I was reminded of the old Wasteland game (with its sequel on the way!) and how I enjoyed choosing the various nationalities of my character. It would also come into play perhaps with certain characters feeling a certain way about various races.
I know that with the new Zombie Exodus: Safehouse game you can choose an ethnicity for your character. I’m not sure if that is just for flavor in the game or if at some point it will be used as a factor in the story. I’m not even entirely sure if my thought is just far too over the top.
Anyway just tossing my question up there. I did a quick search on the forums, but didn’t really seem to find anything about it. I see a lot of situations in “character creation” with many of the Choice and Hosted games where you pick personality for your character within the first few minutes of the game and it effects stats. So I wondered if it would be ethical or offensive if characters from various countries had different stats. Americans would obviously be overpowered and get the highest stats in everything. That was a joke.
I am saying “nationality” by the way because it seems to make more sense than saying that people of a certain ethnicity are genetically better at doing certain things. I’d rather it be more like having stats based on how your country developed you as a citizen.
Anyway I hope I don’t get slammed for asking this. I realize some people might raise an eyebrow or something. Plus…I was kind of looking for suggestions for nationality stat bonuses (or penalties).