Has anyone looked at the later RPGs based on the FASERIP system? I believe there is G-Core and maybe one other. They may have an alternative approach to how to handle/randomize range of power levels for the characters.
Just started looking at G-Core, and they do seem to have a solid take on the character building issue. It's still random rolls for power levels, but each origin has a number of Free Points that can be used to nudge things around. Plus there are Flaws and Weaknesses that can be taken to add overall bonus Ranks to buff/customize the character.
It's only $2.50 on DriveThru RPG, so it's not going to cost a lot to check out.
As for the other FASERIP game descendant...I haven't found another one.