I'm new to the BRP system and found it when looking for a rule-set suitable for an 'A Song of Ice and Fire' campaign I'm trying to put together (that's 'A Game of Thrones', for anyone who hasn't read the books).
I know that Green Ronin have a game out, and that there's a D20 version (which I have), but looking through the BRP, Chaosium seems like a better fit.
For anyone who isn't familiar with the world of Westeros -- A Song of Ice and Fire is a story of war and political intrigue set in a low fantasy world that (at first) has a lot of historical realism. It is rarely a tale where good and evil is black and white.
People die from a single sword cut, heroes get slaughtered, noblemen and women are forced into loveless marriages for political reasons; and characters behave like real people with real motivations and often destiny altering strengths and weaknesses. The author was heavily influenced in his writing by the War of the Roses, medieval european history, and the Medici and the Borgia.
My question is about skill levels. I know that the BRP uses d100, but am I right in thinking that it is not percentile based? (i.e - characters can have skills in excess of 100).
Looking at the BRP, it lists 75% as an expert and 90% as a master. My question is how do these translate to actual game worlds? Where, for example, would Jaime Lannister and Barriston Selmy (2 contenders for greatest swordsmen of recent history) be in regards to their sword skill? 95% or 237%? Is there an upper level to skills? The same with attributes -- I think 18 is max starting characteristic and 20 is overall max? So would Gregor 'the Mountain that Rides' Clegane be a size 20? Or higher for exceptional characters?
Does anyone know if the 'A Song of Ice and Fire' characters have been statted up anywhere to give me a head start?
Thanks for any help you guys can give me!