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19 – Training Packages

Part 19 – Training Packages


5500 Rolemaster Standard Rules


5800 Rolemaster Fantasy Role Playing


5806 RMFRP Character Law

This article examines the differences in Training Packages between Rolemaster Standard Rules and Rolemaster Fantasy Role Playing and RMFRP Character Law in detail.

Overall, the changes made are very minimal and a character created with either set of rules would be fine, although you should make the corrections to the Doctor Training Package listed in this article if you are using RMSS.

The School of Hard Knocks – The Skill Companion also adds eighteen new Training Packages that were never published in any RMSS product. These are Athlete, Cavalier, Chamberlain, Escort, Farmer, Gladiator, Gossip, Guide, Guild Member, Henchman, Innkeeper, Librarian, Mother, Noble, Panhandler, Pirate, Scribe, and Veterinarian..

The material in section A-6 in RMSS is covered in section A-5 of RMFRP

The entries for the Training Packages 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.

For all of the Training Packages, the last item under “Special” was changed from having a “0” percentage chance in RMSS to “100” in RMFRP. However, they didn’t do this in Character Law, it was left as “0”.

Adventurer RMSS A-6.1, RMFRP A-5.1

No changes

Amateur Mage RMSS A-6.2, RMFRP A-5.2

No changes

Animal Friend RMSS A-6.3, RMFRP A-5.3

No changes

Assassin RMSS A-6.4, CL 3.1

No changes

Berserker RMSS A-6.5, CL 3.2

No changes

Burglar RMSS A-6.6, RMFRP A-5.4

No changes

City Guard RMSS A-6.7, RMFRP A-5.5

Added artwork, but otherwise, no changes.

Cloistered Academic RMSS A-6.8, CL 3.3

No changes

Con Man RMSS A-6.9, CL 3.4

No changes

Crafter RMSS A-6.10, CL 3.5

New artwork , no other changes

Crusading Academic RMSS A-6.11, CL 3.6

New artwork , no other changes

Cut Purse RMSS A-6.12, CL 3.7

New artwork , no other changes

Detective RMSS A-6.13, CL 3.8

No changes

Diplomat RMSS A-6.14, CL 3.9

New artwork , no other changes

Doctor RMSS A-6.15, RMFRP A-5.6

RMFRP removes the two ranks that were listed in RMSS for Technical/Trade Professional. This was an error in RMSS as you can’t gain ranks in that Category. This is corrected in RMFRP by giving three ranks each in Diagnostics and Second Aid instead of the single ranks given in RMSS.

RMFRP eliminates the single ranks given in Midwifery and Prepare Herbs that were given in RMSS. This was probably because this Training Package is in the RMFRP Hardcover and these skills were not described until Character Law. However, the cost of the Package was not reduced

New artwork was added as well

Explorer RMSS A-6.16, CL 3.10

No changes

Guardian RMSS A-6.17, CL 3.11

No changes

Herbalist RMSS A-6.18, RMFRP A-5.7

New artwork, No other changes

Highwayman RMSS A-6.19, CL 3.12

No changes

Hunter RMSS A-6.20, RMFRP A-5.8

New artwork, No other changes

Knight RMSS A-6.21, RMFRP A-5.9

RMFRP drops the paragraph that says: “Note that some GM’s may decide that the character who takes this package must also take the ‘Knighted’ talent (see Appendix A-5 for more information on Talents).”

RMFRP gives 2 ranks in the Mounted Combat skill, instead of the 1 rank given in RMSS, but doesn’t give any ranks in the Special Attacks Category or the Jousting skill. RMSS gives 1 rank in both of those.

New artwork as well.

Loremaster RMSS A-6.22, RMFRP A-5.10

New artwork, No other changes

Martial Artist RMSS A-6.23, CL 3.13

No changes

Mercenary RMSS A-6.24, CL 3.14

New artwork, No other changes

Merchant RMSS A-6.25, RMFRP A-5.11

RMSS gives 1 rank in the Advertising skill which RMFRP doesn’t, but RMFRP gives 2 ranks in Appraisal instead of the single rank given in RMSS. New artwork as well.

Performer RMSS A-6.26, RMFRP A-5.12

No changes

Philosopher RMSS A-6.27, CL 3.15

New artwork, no other changes

Sailor RMSS A-6.28, CL 3.16

No changes

Scout RMSS A-6.29, RMFRP A-5.13

New artwork, no other changes

Shaman Priest RMSS A-6.30, CL 3.17

New artwork, no other changes

Soldier RMSS A-6.31, RMFRP A-5.14

RMFRP gives one rank in Tactics instead of 1 rank in Military Organization

Spy RMSS A-6.32, CL 3.18

No changes

Traveller RMSS A-6.33, RMFRP A-5.15

New artwork, no other changes

Wanderer RMSS A-6.34, CL 3.19

No changes

Weapon Master RMSS A-6.35, CL 3.20

No changes

Zealot RMSS A-6.36, CL 3.21

No changes

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