One of my oldest house-rules is "The stat max is equal to 18+/- the racial modifier". I don't have too many concerns regarding that but, recently, a player rolled up a half-orc fighter and I had cause to look up the relevant bonuses and penalties.
+1 Strength, +1 Constitution, -2 Charisma.
"Wow", I thought, "he might be able to get a 19 freaking strength. That's like a hill giant..."
I was a tad nervous for a bit, then I decided to look up the mechanics.
I was not impressed. The difference, in combat, between an 18/00 and a 19 amount to a +1 damage. Whee. Certainly, a half-orc would have an edge in being able to get a 19 (roll an 18, add 1, and viola!, rather than roll an 18, roll percentile, and hope), but this is fairly minimal and altogether not worth worrying about.
Sure, half-orcs become the ultimate choice for fighters for a certain type of player (I don't actually have any of them, so, again, not an issue for me), but how is that harmful?
I'm still thinking of ditching percentile strength and reworking the chart, but that's a separate issue, one more related to my dislike of a special type of scoring for one stat.
Oh, and for those wondering, the PC in question doesn't have a 19 strength. The player's rolls were good, but not that good.
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