4e and the UPS
Well before 4e was released, I was musing about what I wanted to see and began sketching out what I dubbed the Unified Power System.
Now that 4e is out and I have played around with it a bit, the appeal of the UPS is really taking hold. It forms a framework for most of those bits I’m dissatisfied with in 4e: the dramatic disconnect between combat and non-combat abilities (and, really, the dearth of the latter), the fairly rigid class system, the over-emphasis on balance, the possibly-too-low power curve (not sure about this one, not having played higher level PCs yet), and things like that.
That said, 4e has also informed my thoughts about a UPS as well. I’m still in the process of figuring out how, precisely…