Okay, so generally speaking we're in agreement that Chargen and PostChargen should be interchangeable in terms of what kinds of characters can be built. This presents us with a problem: chargen cash. Now, currently under all chargen systems: BeCKS, Build Points, even Priority, the more Karma you invest in Resources, the more Resources you get per point of Karma/BP/Priority. It is roughly an exponential progression: as seen particularly in BeCKS, you get 500 Nuyen per Karma point at 0 Resources, but you get 20,000 Nuyen per point at 101+ Resources, forty times as much.
In fact, it's even worse than that. The progression is such:
500/pt 1,500/pt 4,000/pt 9,000/pt 15,000/pt 20,000/pt
which follows no real pattern at all, and therefore sucks. There's nothing that can be extrapolated to a reasonable cashforkarma conversion factor for higherKarma starting characters, for example: even if we kept a running total of how much Karma had been spent on Resources in the past, and used the BeCKS conversion for all future cash expenditures (meaning that characters would essentially only earn Karma postchargen and use cashforKarma for Resources), you still have the problem that there is no formula for what happens once a character has already traded in his 120 Karma for his million nuyen, and wants to trade in his 121st point.
So, what do do? Well, Kage has already expressed his desire to keep the million nuyen sacred cow, as well as the ability to have 5,000 nuyen at chargen (btw, note how BeCKS in fact starts everyone with ZERO nuyen... even worse!) so let's try to accommodate that. Now, obviously an exponentiallyincreasing series for Resources is fundamentally unsustainable postchargen, and linear is, well it's possible, but at 5,000 nuyen per Karma point you have to invest 200 Karma to get to a million nuyen.
So let's instead go for a quadratic progression instead. In other words, we need to define a(n), b, c such that:
a(0) = X  Some whole number: in BeCKS this is 0; under BPs this is 5,000 a(n) = a(n1) + b(n) ... a(120) = 1,000,000
b(0) = b(0) b(n) = b(0) + c * [FLOOR (n/d)]
n = Total Karma spent on Resources a(n) = Total Resources available at (n) Karma b = Amount of cash granted for exchanging the nth Karma point for cash c = Stepwise increase in b d = Step interval; amount of Karma at which (20 in BeCKS)
So, commencing math. Be back in a bit.
