I'm not "going Tumblr" or anything.
Now, to the question:
I've finished a hack this weekend, and while i'm really tired of romhacking right now, I've been messing, out of sheer curiosity, with Fire Emblem 9. Fire Emblem (In case you don't know) is a series of strategy RPGs, yadda yadda you don't care most probably.
After bashing my head with it and understanding a few things; I think I could try in the future to make a little hack that tries to balance characters (Sou you have many more options to choose from and to add replayability) and also buff enemies a little. Thing is, characters have caps for their stats, and males and females have different caps.
Swordmaster Male 60 24 20 29 30 40 24 22
Sword mstr Female 60 22 20 29 30 40 22 25
In order: HP, Attack, Magic, Skill, Speed, Luck, Defense, Resistance.
One would think that "Well, resistance in exchange for defense" or viceversa, but then you have the Str drop, and those resistance points really lose their value (Even more when these guys should avoid magic in the first place) when the STR cap gets so low.
This happens with other classes too, and some examples are a little more exagerated. And in other cases, both genders are the same (Like Sage, or Halberdier).
If this was designed with stat caps for each character instead of class, I wouldn't even question this, but...
What do you think about finding a middle ground and giving both genders the same stat caps?
Would you let it as it is, or maybe reduce the differences, but don't make them the same?
It's not like you can change the class of a character, or create generic units, and some classes are already the same caps wise.
What do you think would be the best approach about this?
My goal is just to make all of them decent so anyone could chose whatever the heck they want and use those characters without crippling themselves (Although that's said with the overal balancing theme, not just the genders, of course, this is just a smaller point of it).
I just look at this from a gameplay/design point. I don't even know when I would start with this, but I want some opinions, even if it's just to have more ways to see things.