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RMSS vs RMFRP
Part 18 - Professions

Copyright Brent Knorr ©2002

Edited by Peter Mork for The Guild Companion

5500 Rolemaster Standard Rules 5800 Rolemaster Fantasy Roleplaying 5806 RMFRP Character Law
5803 RMFRP Spell Law of Channeling 5804 RMFRP Spell Law of Essence 5805 RMFRP Spell Law of Mentalism

This article examines the differences in Professions between Rolemaster Standard Rules and Rolemaster Fantasy Role Playing and RMFRP Character Law in detail.  Several of the professions are also reprinted in the Spell Law books, overall, there are very few changes to the professions, a character designed from either set of books would be fine under both sets of rules.

The School of Hard Knocks – The Skill Companion also adds four new professions that were never published in any RMSS product. These are Barbarian, Outrider, Sage, and Swashbuckler.

The material in section A-4 in RMSS is covered in section A-2 of RMFRP and section 2.0 of Character Law.  The example profession page used in this section changes from Illusionist in RMSS to Magician in RMFRP.  The RMFRP version adds the following opening paragraph:

"Each character must have a profession. A character's profession reflects the fact that early training and apprenticeship have molded his thought patterns; affecting his ability to develop certain skills and capabilities.  A profession does not prohibit the development of skills, it merely makes some skills harder an others easier to develop."

This paragraph is actually in RMSS as well, from Section 4.0 on page 26.

The three tables in section A-4 in RMSS are all included in the appendix in RMFRP Character Law.

RMFRP Character Law also includes information on Evil Spell Users, which was in Spell Law in RMSS and a section on Hybrid Spell users that I couldn't find a match for in RMSS, although I'm sure the information exists, just in little pieces scattered through the books.

The entries for the professions in RMFRP don't include costs for Training Packages that are in Character Law, but Character Law has a Master Table that includes all the costs. Likewise for skills, not all of the Categories that were in RMSS were included in the RMFRP Hardcover, but these were added back in Character Law.

For many of the professions in RMFRP Channeling is no longer listed as restricted skill if the character's chosen realm is not Channeling. This is likely because Channeling is not included as a skill in RMFRP, it gets added in Character Law.   Channeling is listed as a restricted skill for all non-Channeling professions in Character Law, and in professions from RMFRP that are reprinted in the various Spell Law books.  It should probably be restricted for the non-Channeling professions from RMFRP as well.

The abbreviations used below are as follows:

CL = RMFRP Character Law

E = RMFRP Spell Law – of Essence

C = RMFRP Spell Law – of Channelling

M = RMFRP Spell Law – of Mentalism

Fighter                       RMSS A-4.1,             RMFRP A-2.1

New artwork,  Tackling replaces Wrestling as an Everyman skill, and Channeling is no longer listed as restricted skill if the character's chosen realm is not Channeling.

Thief                           RMSS A-4.2,             RMFRP A-2.2

New artwork, Subdual is not listed as an available Everyman skill in RMFRP, and Channeling is no longer listed as restricted skill if the character's chosen realm is not Channeling.

Rogue                       RMSS A-4.3,             RMFRP A-2.3                                              

Tackling replaces Wrestling as a choice for an Everyman skill in RMFRP, and Channeling is no longer listed as restricted skill if the character's chosen realm is not Channeling

Warrior Monk           RMSS A-4.4,             CL 2.1

New artwork, no other changes                               

Layman                     RMSS A-4.5,             CL 2.2                                                           

No changes

Magician                   RMSS A-4.6,             RMFRP A-2.4           E 12.2                        

Magic Ritual and Spell Mastery are not listed as Everyman Skills in RMFRP, and Channeling is no longer listed as restricted skill in RMFRP, but is listed as restricted in Spell Law, of Essence.

Illusionist                  RMSS A-4.7,             CL 2.3                        E 12.1                        

No changes, didn't even fix the typo in the first paragraph (adventages?).

Cleric                         RMSS A-4.8,             RMFRP A.2.5           C 12.2                       

Channeling is not listed as an Everyman skill in RMFRP, but is included in Spell Law, of Channeling.

Animist                      RMSS A-4.9,             CL 2.4                        C 12.1                       

No changes

Mentalist                   RMSS A-4.10,           RMFRP A-2.6           M 12.2                       

New artwork (actually what used to be the picture from Warrior Monk in RMSS), Channeling is no longer listed as a restricted skill in RMFRP, but is listed in Spell Law – of Mentalism.

Lay Healer                RMSS A-4.11,           CL 2.5                        M 12.1                       

No changes

Healer                        RMSS A-4.12,           CL 2.6                        M 12.5            C 12.5           

No changes

Mystic                        RMSS A-4.13,           CL 2.7                        M 12.6            E 12.5

New artwork, no other changes

Sorcerer                    RMSS A-4.14,           CL 2.8                        C 12.6            E 12.6

No changes

Ranger                      RMSS A-4.15,           RMFRP A-2.7           C 12.4                       

RMFRP adds a Special Note: "A Ranger gets a special +10 bonus to stalking and hiding (a GM may wish to restrict this to stalking and hiding when 'outdoors')."

Paladin                      RMSS A-4.16,           CL 2.9                        C 12.3                       

No changes

Monk                          RMSS A-4.17,           CL 2.10                      E 12.4                        

No changes

Dabbler                     RMSS A-4.18,           RMFRP A-2.8           E 12.3                        

New artwork, Channeling is not listed as a restricted skill in RMFRP, however it is listed as restricted in Spell Law – of Essence

Bard                           RMSS A-4.19,           RMFRP A-2.9           M 12.3                       

Channeling is not listed as a restricted skill in RMFRP, however it is listed as restricted in Spell Law – of Mentalism.

Magent                      RMSS A-4.20,           CL 2.11                      M 12.4           

No changes     

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