From experience (i.e, my current WiP) introductions and prologues, e.g. choosing background, stats, gender, etc. should be very different (e.g. in my WiP you can start as an orphan, noble person, wizards apprentice, or with family, but all the stories are similar but in alternate universes (as in, in all situations house burn down; family members die.)
This, for little likely financial reward, takes a lot of effort, however most people I’ve shown it to say it shows from the outset your choices matter.
A good compromise, perhaps, would be that you can have the different starting schools, which can affect stats, friends, etc, but quickly move into a neutral area (e.g. tornament/ underground abandoned place) where all players have to go, and add a few *if background = kinda comments.
I completely agree. I’m not sure on the rules of this whole fight thing, but even I know a MMA artist is going to beat a grappler or boxer no matter how skilled they are.
Self defence ftw, (But even then there’s stuff like “Can you use weapons” or if in a sporting environment what you can and can’t do)
Also seems like a good idea to add, after all readers love having their choices acknowledged