Re: Shrewd & Journalist. Fair enough.
But it also means that the average 1st level fixer who hasn't gotten a basic skill feat and a "* contacts" feat is no better than any other 1st level character at using contacts, which should be their central schtick.
Too bad about them having "flawless" Networking and Streetwise to play with while they build up their contacts
. The fixer, surprisingly enough is not
a one-dimensional contact machine. He actually is kinda expected to talk with people who aren't at his beck and call. Like the Hacker, he's designed so he can't just "sit in the van" and not participate. Contacts are one thing
he could focus on and if he does so he'll be better at them than anyone else.
The Hook Up is worthless for Associate and Acquantaince grade contacts due to the DCs involved, and if they use their contact levels due to Networking to buff a contact from an origin to a point where it does, they've lost those 2 grades forever.
Because Networking only has the Contact check, and hell, Streewise doesn't do anything at all
. Not to mention is is an ability that matures over time, improving incrementally every single level you stick with the class. If you think it's worthless, don't play it, but I tend to see some value there myself
. In fact, I think you've already scared Psion with it a little. It's still a first level ability and a damn good one.
I assume that the bonus contacts from the Fixer's C ability work like the contact grades gained via Networking increases rather than contacts gained via origins?
Slick: At Levels 3, 7, 11, 15, and 19, you gain 2 additional acquaintance-grade contacts or 1 Style feat.
Each time a character gains a new contact (e.g. from an Origin option, a feat or class ability, etc.), it establishes a new contact of the indicated grade. Because a player may choose the order in which benefits are gained when creating a character or rising in level, the free Networking skill focus a character initially receives may be used to improve the relationship with a contact provided by the character’s Origin options. Further, when a character gains a new contact and a new Networking focus at the same time, he may immediately apply the new focus to improving his relationship with the new contact.
My interpretation would be no.