Sable Wyvern wrote:Why should anyone immediately assume that minimums and maximums for point buy are the same as for rolling?
Why should you not? There are no other rules for point buying other than those three bullet points, thus the implicit and logical interpretation is that the values are equivalent to what can be rolled on the dice. I'll back that up with the objective fact that as Loz said, this is the first time (I recall) that this has ever been brought up in over five years the rules have existed. In fact I even went back and checked the original packs we sent out to the various playtest groups and the wording is identical.
Not specifying strict numerical maximums and minimums was a deliberate design decision. First of all RQ/Mythras allows you to play almost any creature and adding a column to every stat block to print out numbers which can be easily mentally calculated is superfluous. Secondly, characteristics can be raised or lowered by things like magic, being converted into undead and so on, so stating absolute max-min values may cause confusion. Thirdly it might have caused problems down the line when we foresaw supplements whose (demi)human characteristic ranges contradict the core rules.
Personally I don't see it as a problem. The official 'interpretation' is that the min-max values are the same as the dice values. As always however, feel free to house rule as desired; YMMV.