You can configure the skill levels used by NPCs in FS3 combat.
You can define the NPC types available in your game. The standard ones are Goon, Henchman, Miniboss and Boss.
Some games try to have a “big bad” type of NPC level with dice pools of 15+. However, giving somebody a ton of dice to roll does NOT make them unstoppable by any stretch. Many a game has thought they had a “Big Bad” beastie ready to give the PCs a hard time, only to have it felled in a single turn. The numbers just don’t scale for beyond-human abilities.
The default rating is what the NPC rolls for skills by default.
Goon: Default: 4 Henchman: Default: 6 Boss: Default: 8
You can also fine-tune dice pools for specific skills. This is helpful if you want to make a Boss tough to take down without making them extraordinarily deadly (or vice-versa). You can also make specialist NPCs who are good with some weapons but not others.
Goon: Default: 4 Firearms: 6 Gunnery: 6 Piloting: 4 Henchman: Default: 6 Firearms: 8 Gunnery: 8
Any skills not expressly listed will use the ‘Default’ value.
Finally, there is a setting for ‘Wounds’ which is a lethality bonus (or penalty) added to all damage they take. To make goons easier to damage and bosses harder, you could do:
Goon: Default: 4 Wounds: 30 Boss: Default: 6 Wounds: -10
You can set what the default NPC type is. It must be one of those specified in the