Originally Posted by Magnetbox
Well maybe I am squishy, but I can... errr... what can I do again? A half-ass job at a bunch of different skills? Guess that will work.
(In reality it is probably more like a three-quarter-ass job at least)
Ah, but think of it in relative terms. Jack gets 4 skill points per level. Galliard gets 6. You get 11. You are all at level 5 now, which means you have 56 total more ranks than Jack and 40 more than Galliard.
Keep playing until level 20 and (assuming everyone's Int stays the same, and it probably won't; yours will probably go up
) and you will have 161 more ranks than Jack, and 115 more than Galliard.
And both of your teammates have inordinately high Int scores for their classes (monks and clerics aren't typically the sharpest knives in the drawer). In a less exotic party the gap would probably be even wider. At the moment you are spreading yourself pretty thin, putting ranks into almost every skill. Keep that up and soon you'll be a certified expert in pretty much everything imaginable.
A high level factotum can have 20+ ranks in over a dozen skills, or 10+ in almost every skill there is. Jack will probably be able to max out 4 skills, with a smattering of ranks elsewhere. And three of them almost have
to be Spellcraft, Concentration and Knowledge(Religion). Not a ton of freedom for the average cleric, and he's got more ranks to spare than most.
Three-quarter-ass job? You'll soon have asses to spare.