the many options are there for a reason and the game is designed so that you can complete it in several ways
plus perfect build ruins the game.
(if you really really really screw up. there is a way around that also WOOF WOOF.
2. Its about the journey not the end.
take your character, mess around with the game, travel, experiment. this is the main strength of arcanum. to rush to the end rather defeats the point of the game IMO.
this game seems to definately work best as a chance to roleplay and get a bit lost. its perfect.
i can think of lots of games that are better to rush to the end in (all of them tbh).
3. If you want instant and simple gratification. specialize in magic. if you want to get deep and have the challenge of finding parts and building stuff. choose tech.
both are cool (and the recruits you pick up can handle the other side)
i hope this can help some new players.
if you have played rpgs. you will be able to complete this game easy (its getting there that is fun).
build the character YOU want to. if you just follow some forum guide you are playing a template ;/
there is nowt to worry about.