I was thingking about this while researching swords, and deciding which one I would like to purchase
First off, swords are not illegal in withmore right?
considering that firearms are, you would think that the variety of weapons avaliable in withmore would be slightly more diverse. Even in modern times america where most states allow carrying a firearm with a permit (which I guess withmore does too) swords have their own niche market in which skilled swordsmiths are highly sought after. in a world where swords are the first legal line of defense (not to mention probibaly the most effective barring firearms) you would think that they would be even more highly sought after, and therefore there would be more people making them. I think that since anybody can carry a sword/knife that smiths who can construct a variety of edged weapons would be insanely popular, similar to tailors you could have stock metals avaliable, and in the right conditions(eg with a forge and tools) people could construct various weapons. I don't think something of this nature would be extremely hard to code, and at the very least I think we should see a greater variety of swords hit the market. modern day rapiers, two handed claymores, and so on. Introducing a smith type of career would not only make more interesting weapon types it would give some people employment, and definately promote many kinds of rp. the more talented the smith the better the weapons he or she creates.
mono edged technology should probibaly be avaliable in 2088 too.
monofilament whips ooh!! regular whips too, which would have a chance of ensnareing a charcter's limb, renedring them incapicated, or at least tripping, or disarming them
polearms?? could be devistating in the right hands, though next to worthless to the untrained, or unskilled hand.
which leads me to teaching combat, charcters should be able to teach martial arts, brawling, or any skill for that matter, raising the student's skill GRADUALLY up to the level the teacher possesses. or maybe a slightly lower level at the teacher's discression (most would not want to teach everything they know) this would not lend itself to open-ended abuse. and the teacher could control how much the student learns. and if a PC is used to teach then people couldn't really abuse the system in any ways that I could see.
oh, and for god's sake fix the ambidexterus skill (don't adress that I KNOW...IT'S ON "THE LIST")