Before they were Heroes: Playing Characters below First Level
I ran a really unique, really fun game the other night at our weekly opening Tephra gaming night at Dragon's Lair in Austin, TX. I took a handful of players and told them, "You are playing characters of 1/3rd level. You get one specialty each. You need to work together as a team and choose your specialties well, because I'll be throwing at you some pretty legitimate adversaries." What came from that was the best three-person, three-specialty team I could imagine. They combined Turret Crafting with Seeker with Fuse Box Builder (and building a fuse box with Belt Feeder) to make a small turret that could fire every turn with a +4 to accuracy and a 15 damage class. They fought 9 first level characters (in quick seccession) and stayed alive the entire time, at worst suffering a wound when an enemy swashbuckler took their gunner's ear off. They then fought a higher-level character inside a well-armored clanker with a super-heavy firearm and defeated him handily.