So I've always wanted to run this game, and this is my first experience GMing something. I got a bunch of the books via humble bundle a while back and two of my neighbors are interested in trying it, and since we're all quarantined we have the time to do it (via video).
I've been preparing like crazy the past week, and we just had an initial session zero where I walked them through building their characters, although they have the week to figure out where they want to spend their 1000xp.
I have spent enough time with the rules to know that this is a huge, fairly messy book, even though it's also extremely awesome.
A few simple issues escape me and I know at least a few folks on here are very versed in this game, and even play tested it.
1. Skill: basic vs trained.
What difference is there between doing a basic test that you are trained or untrained in? The character sheet says: basic, trained, +10, +20.
If you can do a basic test at your full characteristic value, what is the advantage of being "trained" in it? Is that basically just a leveling up tax on your way to getting to the bonuses?
I have some other questions but actually that one is a big sticking point I would like answered.