This variant is basically D&D that stops at L6 or L8 respectively and makes all future advancement after that in the form of feats at every 5000k XP.
It adds verisimilitude and grit to the game without changing the rules in any significant way and as you can guess I really like it.
However it can be difficult to explain the power curve to people at times.
Here is how I do it
L1 Ordinary Folks
L2 Skilled Folks
L3 Highly Skilled Folks, S.W.A.T. Teams that kind of thing
L4 Low Grade Hero Types (Hero in the old level titles) and Experienced Highly Skilled Folks
L5 Elite Types Navy S.E.A.L.S Green Berets, Cinematic Movie Cops, World Class Atheletes
L6 The Very Best, Near Super Humans, Bruce Lee etc
L7,L8 Low Powered Supers
Characters are differentiated within these bands by stats and if PC material action points , so while a Navy S.E.A.L. And Martin Riggs from Lethal Weapon (or his fantasy counterpart) may be both 5th level,the S.E.A.L. uses the Elite Array,Riggs has different stats and action points. Got it? Good
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