I feel vaguely guilty about Signature Vehicle. I can't help worrying that it exists in some part because of all my compl--- um, bringing people's attention to the RAW difficulty of ever actually owning a vehicle. Which it does technically fix, obviously, but... first of all, I feel like an Electric Samurai shouldn't need *another* functionally useless Perk just to exist*
. And otherwise - really? The GM is supposed to work a significant percentage of adventures around a river boat?
I don't think so. I mean, don't get me wrong - the Archetype made me smile. The African Queen
is one of my Mom's favorite movies and watching it with her is a treasured childhood memory, so on a personal level it was awesome to see someone I strongly suspect is deliberately modeled after Charlie. And OK, actually that would be an awesome
scenario for an Orrorsh adventure. The leeches scene alone! shudder
The Masked Flyer, though, seems like a good example of what I mean about how these kinds of Perks should be maybe situationally balanced, and... I'm really not sure about this, if I'm honest. It does feel a little bit like, say, Magic Users in D&D -- "balance over time", where they're useless at early levels and render everyone else useless the rest of the time, isn't really a fun balance and it's a terrible way to do things. And that twin-machine-gun-airplane thing seems kind of overwhelming in some situations and totally unavailable in others, which seems like a tradeoff I might consider as a player but as a GM, or as a fellow player, it could be very annoying. And it definitely seems like scenes in which it would fit but be balanced - eg, where both sides have forces both on the ground (since the Flyer's Corsair can only hold one person) and in the air - are either going to be rare or feel super forced. I don't know. It's not a simple issue. Trademark Vehicle I do agree might be a strong candidate for an, "Or this Substitute Perk" option.
But yeah, I don't see how a saber tooth cat - or even a small dragon - is more of a problem for the corporate infiltration arc than the Edeinos already was.
*- Not complaining! I'm still trusting that the Pan Pacifica book is totally going to fix everything.