Playing a droid character has never appealed to me personally but the version presented in EotE is VERY weak in my opinion. The character starts with just 1 point in each charcteristic! Granted you get 175 xp to start with but it will cost 120 points just to get those stats to what is average for every other species in the game. This leaves only 55 xp to build your droid if you want to start it off well rounded in all areas.
I realize customization and specialization is part of playing a droid. But any player character needs to be well rounded to some degree. I feel the current system starts the droid off weak and takes too much xp just to get it to average.
What my group has played around with completely changes the character generation for droids. We left the starting charcteristics at 1 and lowered the starting xp to 100. We then increased the starting credit value for droids! Working together to modify the costs of cybernetic implants from the gear section and creating some of our own to fill the gaps we created a list of 'Starting Parts' available for purchase. Lets face it, part of the fun of playing a droid is BUILDING your own not just investing xp to increase numbers. We are also currently working on a droid talent tree that is a free specialization tree for selecting the droid character. It still counts against the maximum of 3 any character can take but provides droid specific talents like ion shielding or computer interface jack.
We are also testing the idea of turning experience points into credits for droid upgrade points only. It is the charcters option to take 5xp and turn it into 500 credits but those credits must be used specificly to purchase new upgrades to the droid itself. This part has been a little more difficult to work out but we are giving it a try. Any suggestions are welcome.
Let me know what you think!