Who is writing the big score? I hope it's not you. Not because you're not capable of doing a bang up job, but because no one should be writing something they obviously hate.
We couldn't agree more. That's why I'm not involved beyond editing the fine work that Alex and Scott are forging with this one.
1> Your not exactly rolling in a big money industry. We like to think your doing the job you love.
Once again, we're with you. That's why we've structured the company as we have. Like Spycraft, it's compartmentalized. Everyone has a say in everything, but only the folks who dig something actually do the creative work on it.
There was a brief period where I was writing Big Score (more out of necessity than anything else - at the time, everyone else was busy). My disgust with the project was obvious, though, so instead of having me continue we shelved the project until someone else was free. Thus some of the delay we've seen with it.
Don't worry - we're not about to sacrifice a product's quality by forcing someone to write something they dislike. Each of us would sooner wait to find our mojo, or find someone else who can take it on.
I agree with most of your points. My way around it in fantasy games was always to run games where magic only belongs to the elite. You can have all the money you went, but magic items can not be purchased, ever,only found, or sometimes made.
It's a workable solution, but not applicable in a toolkit because you have to plan for any setting with any economic baseline, and there's a lot of folks out there who dig the "break the system" version popularized by D&D. So we have to allow for it.
Most real world items in those settings have enough down sides for me not to care.
That's true in most fantasy settings, though not all.
Modern Settings I usually played hero, using point based item systems for most of the reasons you outline. The fact that gear was 'controlled' much like it was in hero was one of the big bonuses to playing Spycraft.
Like minds. I love modern roleplaying, but characters might as well be trigger fingers with legs if you include some of the stuff available out there right now.
So my vote is dump the Big Score like a hot potatoe. Go on to do things you like and care about. Screw that noise as it were.
We have four partners, and the other two of the three who write aren't as passionate about this as I am. We have a draft in and it's on my pile to edit soon. We should be able to get it out there with little to no bias.