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.
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.