Getting ready for my "spring session" with T&T 7 Ed. , I have decided to explore the Paragon, Specialist, and especially the Citizen types of player-characters. I know there are simpler ways of working with citizens but this is the angle I am going to use to make the type more interesting to me and players hopefully.
Essentially, I am going to convert the 2002 movie the Time Machine into a mini-campaign. One character from my current on-going campaign, who will probably be a sixth level Wizard by the spring, is going to make a Super-Blow-Me-To machine that will transport her to a very alein world. Where she will encounter a whole population of nothing but citizens, the eloi. Who she will naturally take under her wing. Then she will discover the morlocks, all warriors, and their Uber-Morlock, an 8th level wizard with special ESP abilities to track the Eloi as well as control the morlocks.
The eloi "citizens" that form her adventuring group will advacne into the other types as they progress. I think it will be a fun time watching the strategies the players develop to get objectives done, hopefully while staying alive to advance.
I rationalize the rapid advancement into the other types, as the players will already be of adult age and take on advanced training much quicker than maturing children. Similar to how a person retrains quickly for a new occupation, that he has the aptitude for in the first place.
This mostly because none of the players would agree to play citizens without the promise of playing the "cool" types later, which I have deliberately stingy with in this campaign. This campaign, it's warrior, wizard, or rogue; the "basics" in my opinion.
Fair enough. I'm more of the idea that it's *harder* to learn new stuff when you're older (certainly seems to be the case for most people I know), but it's your world and that's a perfectly acceptable rationale for what you're doing.
Though I had the scenario published in the HoHo, my name for the Hobit Hole, last spring, I think, I have only recently had a chance to play, "The Time Machine." All but one of the citizens died. We decided that it was fun, but we already have another world to explore, so the surviving PC decided to go back to growing yams and fishing-- he did get the hottie as his bride, not the wizard.