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8026  Community / Customer Service / Re: Big Score Question on: January 24, 2008, 09:35:25 PM
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. Smiley

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. Smiley
8027  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Lifestyle vehicle second printing on: January 24, 2008, 08:51:47 PM
So essentially your lifestyle vehicle no longer gets extra upgrades beyond those that come as part of the vehicle's caliber cost?

8028  Community / Customer Service / Re: Big Score Question on: January 24, 2008, 08:35:02 PM
Wow. This sounds very much like someone who is producing something they hate. I can almost see your eyes rolling as you speak Pat. "YEs, here's the book so you can play games just like everyone else instead of being creative and original".

Admittedly, Big Score is not on my jonesing to see it list, but your attitude is amusing.

My apologies. I should probably have worded that less caustically. I'm not a fan of traditional gear systems by any stretch, it's true, but that's no reason to take it out on Big Score, which is a fine product for those who want it. Smiley

EDIT: It's not, for the record, that I think the Spycraft system is more creative or original than traditional gear systems, but that I feel traditional gear systems are inherently imbalanced and in most cases flatly broken. In any game featuring a cash economy, you have to do one of the following...

a) Artificially limit a character's income (or come up with some reason to take it away from them after the fact, which seems equally offensive),

b) Overwhelm the characters with so many expenses that they can't accumulate enough cash to 'break' the system,

c) Not include anything they can purchase that is inherently better than stuff they get as a matter of natural character progression (in which case, why bother with the economy, other than to let people say, "I have stuff" and needlessly track pointless gear), or

d) Accept that there's an obvious loophole in your game that lets people ignore the rules, and likely many challenges that should be inherent to a compelling RPG.

I find that most games - even ones that are well-balanced in every other aspect - simply fall apart the second the characters score their first dragon horde, or high-end weapon cache, or whatever. After that, the rest of the game's rules are largely meaningless because the team can always just pull up the floorboards and use their stacks of cash/coin or the mega-weapon to bypass the fun part of any scenario.

It's just not how I like to have fun - as a player, a GC, or a designer. Of course, my opinion's unimportant here, because it's your game and you should be able to play it as you want. Smiley
8029  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Questions/Errata on: January 24, 2008, 08:32:57 PM
I knew where the feat was Smiley, but under Favoured Gear you don't choose a catergory, you pick an item that is always with you. So I thought it was an error to reference this feat and it would of made more sense to have the Extra Gear Feat which you pick a catergory for, just like the Trap Master etc feats.

The prerequisite should probably read, "Favored Gear (Dossier)."
8030  Products / Fantasy Craft / Fantasy Craft - It's Like This! on: January 24, 2008, 08:30:24 PM
Well, not really, but this is fun too.

Stumbled across it while researching some stuff for GenCon Indy. It's an amusing little distraction.
8031  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Questions/Errata on: January 24, 2008, 07:56:52 PM
With the Gear Feat 'Ear to the Ground', it requires to have Favoured Gear (Tradecraft), should this be Extra Gear Tradecraft? In line with the Trap Master, Electronic Warrior and Micro-Minaturized Feats?

The Favored Gear feat is located on page 197 of the Rulebook's Second Printing.
8032  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Initiative Tracking Sheet on: January 24, 2008, 07:53:44 PM
It's up. Enjoy!
8033  Community / Customer Service / Re: Binding problems? :( on: January 24, 2008, 07:11:11 PM
We apologize for the inconvenience. For the record, the problem is that Spycraft 2.0 is a BIG BOOK - the biggest Mongoose has produced - and that it sometimes appears fine at the facility but winds up having minor defects that become major ones in transit. Fortunately, from what we're seeing, the issue is fairly rare. Given the number of books reportedly sold, the number of binding errors has actually been relatively low.
8034  Community / Customer Service / Re: Big Score Question on: January 24, 2008, 07:05:02 PM
So will Big Score, with it's new system, make it easier to create stories in the more traditional sense. Most of the players in my group like stories that are one long narrative, not being broken up into missions and scenes.

Yes. It'll transform the Spycraft gear system into something more traditional, with cash and purchase prices and such. The product won't include gear, though, because it's intended to be applied to any game in any genre as you prefer.

EDIT: Scaled back the unintentional bile. Smiley
8035  Community / Fiction and Story Hour / Re: (Ultimates) Two Guns on: January 24, 2008, 07:01:44 PM
Glad to see you on the boards again Gatac. Hope you enjoy the sunshine!
8036  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cloverfield on: January 24, 2008, 06:44:19 PM
For those who didn't follow the viral campaign, here's a post-release recap.
8037  Community / Customer Service / Re: a bit dissapointed about the SP on: January 23, 2008, 05:35:17 PM
Biggest issue still seems to be binding. Came from the Alliance distributor.

Thanks for letting us know. The store owner should drop Mongoose a line. They'll replace the copy.

Thanks Pat I'll make sure to let them know they have the option any e-mail in perticular they should use?
8038  Community / Customer Service / Re: a bit dissapointed about the SP on: January 23, 2008, 04:39:04 PM
Biggest issue still seems to be binding. Came from the Alliance distributor.

Thanks for letting us know. The store owner should drop Mongoose a line. They'll replace the copy.
8039  Products / Spycraft 2.0 / Re: Initiative Tracking Sheet on: January 23, 2008, 04:36:46 PM
Hey Pat, were you still going to throw this up for download?

Hehe. Last time I wrote that I meant to write myself a note for home - where the files are - and promptly got distracted. I'll go write that note now.  Embarrassed
8040  Products / Ten Thousand Bullets / Re: Where can this book be purchased at? on: January 23, 2008, 04:15:43 PM
No love for Buckaroo Bonzai?

One of. Bonzai was equally awesome.
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