S Straife Milton , Jerry D. Grayson, who was the first person to respond to this thread, wrote one of the all-time best lifepath systems. HELLAS: Worlds of Sun and Stone, is like Flash Gordon, BSG and actual Greek Mythology rolled up. Lifepath system. Not clunky or overly recursive.I really enjoy them but I can see why others dislike them.
For me, it’s the revelatory nature of lifepaths I enjoy. I get a lot of happy accidents that would never have occurred to me if I focused on making the character thoroughly consistent from the beginning.
Some of the thing that occur during lifepaths rolls give me and the GM food for thought later on. It’s a challenge sometimes to make past events work with the character during play. If I’m a devote and chaste paladin, but my lifepath tell me I had several ex-lovers in the past I have a few things I can hang story on. It doesn’t mean I’m not a devote paladin now, just that my past is a bit sorted.