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As real life makes it very difficult for the entire group to get together regularly, I was thinking of running a "core four" fill-in game for laurie_robey, jamesbarrett, and hantamouse. Among other ideas, I was thinking of using Fantasy HERO as the game system, being a HERO grognard from way back, so I went to the HERO website and put together a "bring myself up to date" package...

Shopping Cart Contents
Product Name                       Cost
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HERO System Sidekick Revised     $14.99
HERO System Combat Handbook      $24.99
Fantasy Hero - PDF               $22.99
Hero System Bestiary             $24.99
Hero Designer v3                 $25.00
HD Bestiary Character Pack       $ 6.99
HD Fantasy Hero Character Pack   $ 8.99
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Total: 7 items in your cart    ($128.94)


That's an expensive fill-in campaign. Of course, I could just stick with the 4th Edition (hey, it still works), but I am all drooly over the character-building software.

Or I could just stick with D&D.

Hmm. Must ponder.

-The Gneech

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mecampbellesq
Dec. 21st, 2006 08:07 pm (UTC)
And NOW you undersstand the reason that the last set or RPG rules I bought was a pristine Villains & Vigilantes rulebook for five bucks. In the industry trades they're talking about the 'graying of the hobby' with the new gamers of the world going for other forms of gaming instead. They want kids to get in at the 'entry level', but then they turn around and put it two stories up....
the_gneech
Dec. 21st, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC)
Yes, but at the same time, any non-WotC company is just-this-side of "getting by" as it is; I know from direct experience just how pricey printing anything is -- those books are probably making HERO Games maybe $1 - $5 each, and that has to be split among everybody who worked on the book.

The only thing that's really kinda out-of-whack, it seems to me, is the PDF of Fantasy HERO costing $23. And that, I think, may be intended to keep the lower cost of PDFs from killing the print line.

Besides, considering that this package sets me up with just about everything I need for 1/6th the cost of, say, a Nintendo Wii without games, I'd still say it's a pretty good value!

-The Gneech
mecampbellesq
Dec. 21st, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC)
Besides, considering that this package sets me up with just about everything I need for 1/6th the cost of, say, a Nintendo Wii without games, I'd still say it's a pretty good value!

Yeah, as long as you make it clear to your players that these are the rules you're going to be using, and these are the ONLY rules you'll be using. When I was running games back in the day my players would be drooling over the latest rules in the latest supplement-of-the-month and demanding that I buy and use said rules. Of course, these are the players who were SO CHEAP that they insisted that it was part of the GM's job to provide writing implements for the game, so I may be biased...
laurie_robey
Dec. 21st, 2006 10:30 pm (UTC)
Of course, these are the players who were SO CHEAP that they insisted that it was part of the GM's job to provide writing implements for the game

Ummm, yeah, right.
the_gneech
Dec. 22nd, 2006 01:01 am (UTC)
Sounds to me like you just had a few jackass players. They get the boot!

-The Gneech
hantamouse
Dec. 21st, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
Perfect time for D&D 4th Ed. to come out.
the_gneech
Dec. 22nd, 2006 01:00 am (UTC)
You're looking at 2008 as the earliest for that, probably. And even then, I'm not likely to adopt it unless there's some radical surprise to it.

Mind you, I suspect they're trial-floating some ideas in the new edition of Star Wars, and just don't want to say so.

-The Gneech
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