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Spycraft 2.0 Rulebook - Second Printing $49.95 $19.95
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Spycraft 2.0 Rulebook - Second Printing
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Spycraft 2.0 Rulebook - Second Printing
Publisher: Crafty Games
by Marc H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/08/2006 00:00:00
I just wanted to jot down some of my first impressions of the spycraft 2.0 pdf.

First a little background, while this is not my first d20 .PDF file I have purchased, it is the first time I have purchased a .pdf to be used first and foremost in its electronic format. I don't have a laptop, and I don't really see one in my near future (unless anyone has one just lying around that I can have :) ). Previously I have always printed out the document and used it like any other d20 supplement. But as this is a HUGE color document with graphics up the wazu, I won't be printing it out anytime soon.


Next I already bought Spycraft 2.0 (and 1.0). I bought it mainly to support crafty, secondly to get the gear tables. And thirdly to integrate all of the errata that was a pain to keep track of as I am trying to learn this new system.

So if this sounds like anyof you folks, this first impression is for you.

Look and Feel. Just in case you have not read any other reviews, the .pdf has the same style that you had in the first printing. no surprises.

Tables: The gear picks are much easier to read now, a vast improvement over the first printing. So far it does not disapoint.

Errata: So seamless I can't tell what is errata and what is original text. However it a concept is easier to understand than before most likely it was errata.

Organization: As we all know Spycraft 2.0 is dense. Really dense, and literally brimming with information. Well it is still so dense that I still have trouble finding what I am looking for. Take for instance the description of the P90 heavy submachine gun. It lists as a quality UPG (red dot sight). I recalled I never found the reference to this red dot sight in the original book. I spent a lot of time looking up UPG meant (weapon upgrade), finding the weapon upgrade section and then looking for Red Dot Sight. and not finding it. So I decided to try and check again.

Found the FN-F90 description, saw the upgrade, checked the bookmarks for weapon upgrades this was done in about the tenth of the time compared the the dead tree version. However I still could not find anything called a red dot sight. So I decided to search, and Boom there it is, 3 pages down fromt the heading of weapon qualities under the bold heading of Red dot sight. Why I did not see it before, I don't know, I guess fatigue. But this illustrates the power of the pdf files and how the power of the search tools and bookmarks can drastically improve the ability to find the info you need in this huge book.

I'm not saying the book is badly put together, but I think it has so much information that the details are often hard to locate in the sea of data. And it looks like the pdf is a pretty good way to navigate yourself through it all.

So that is my first impressions hope this helps anyone who is on the edge to take the plunge. The water is a bit clearer, and you now have sonar :)

Marc

p.s. Just for the record, I already had the book from Amazon for about $25. The book normally sells for much more, and Amazon just sells it real cheap. I don't understand how you can give this product a bad score just because you found an older version of the prodcut cheaper at another place. I for one think this is a perfect compliment to the current and future hard cover editions.




LIKED: Very up to date with little errata
Great overall concept and seemless game mechanics integration
Great bookmarks
text searchable to find hard to locate info quickly


DISLIKED: Could have had more examples of play, for instance on creating and using NPC's and Special NPCs.

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied

[THIS REVIEW WAS EDITED]


Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Spycraft 2.0 Rulebook - Second Printing
Publisher: Crafty Games
by Game M. B. G. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/03/2006 00:00:00
I think Spycraft 2.0 is great. However, after purchasing the PDF for $24.95 here, I went to Amazon.com and found the hard copy print version for $25.17 with FREE shipping. I wish I went to Amazon and got the print copy. $24.95 for a file! I feel ripped off! And I can't get a refund. I know, nobody twisted my arm. I should have priced the print version since the PDF was close to a discount print price.




QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Ripped Off

[THIS REVIEW WAS EDITED]


Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
Publisher Reply:
Point of order - the PDF here is the pre-release PDF of Spycraft 2.0's second printing, to be released by Mongoose later this summer. This document incorporates all errata and rebuilds the sometimes-problematic Chapter 4, which you will not find in your Amazon copy. If they still have it, considering the first printing is now sold out :) Sorry you feel cheated, but in the end you are getting the most recent and best version of Spycraft 2.0 yet.
Spycraft 2.0 Rulebook - Second Printing
Publisher: Crafty Games
by Michael M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/30/2006 14:20:12
Review: Spycraft 2.0 Second Printing {PDF}
US$ 24.95. 497 pages. 94 MB zipped, 160 MB unzipped.

Since the first edition of Spycraft and its Shadowforce Archer setting, many fans have been clamoring for PDF copies of the Spycraft books, only to run into AEG's no PDF's policy. While we're waiting for the Spycraft 2.0 Second Printing, Hardcover (August), Crafty Games, new owners of the Spycraft line, have decided to dip into the PDF pool with that same product, offered in electronic form.

This review only deals with the changes made between the Spycraft 2.0 Second Printing {PDF} and the first printing of the Spycraft 2.0 core rulebook.

Chapter 4: Gear.
I'm putting this section first because, if you're like me, it was your number one concern. The most common complaint about the first printing of the Spycraft 2.0 hardcover, was, that using the gear section was a headache inducing trial of back and forth page-flipping between sections, in order to track down the information you needed on any particular item.

Well, put your mind at ease, the PDF gets it right. The gear section begins with an explanation of the terms used in the following table-columns. The invaluable table 4.7: Pick Tables, on page 223, gives you a flip-to-it breakdown of each pick category, by table and page number. Each gear pick table that follows includes all the abbreviated information you will need about any particular gear pick...sorted by caliber!

Now, you can calmly scan across the columns and copy your pick's particulars unto your character sheet without having to turn the page even once. Included in the header of each gear table is the page number where you will find further paragraph-style detail about that table's pick category.

Rulings & Errata:
Remember that monstrous thread in Control Transmissions on the AEG forums? Yeah, that one. Well all the questions, clarifications, weird rules quirks, complaints, Morgenstern's 'yeah, that's not how this is supposed to work, use this for now' rulings; have been absorbed, distilled and folded into this PDF and I assume the forthcoming second printing of the hardcover. As far as I can tell, they only missed two things. The Sleuth is still trying to trick his victims instead of tiring them and vehicles are a tiny bit confused concerning the whole firm-point/hard-point distinction (already clarified in the single page second printing errata found on the official web page).

The Hacker? Pwns all your base. 2-handed grip on 1-handed weapons? Works. Desert Eagles? They're in there.Tanks being owned by AP handguns? Not unless those bullets have a 5 foot blast-increment and are fired from a howitzer. In short, Crafty Games has polished all the rough edges off of this particular jewel.

Bookmarks:
Excellent. Makes navigating through this 500 page monster a breeze. A pleasant surprise, all the sidebars in each section have their very own bookmark. My favourite bookmarks are; +Diagrams, +Feat Tree Diagrams, +Tables, and +Sheets. Those bookmarks are the last four and will probably get the most use, as they include an expanded listing of each of those categories (frex: the Blast Diagram is a sub-bookmark under +Diagrams).

Bottom Line:
This PDF is not meant for printing (at 497 full color pages, cost would be prohibitive). It is a useful tool for those of us who like having the functionality of a properly produced electronic copy of a hardcover book. Crafty Games, in my opinion, has done a great job with Spycraft 2.0 Second Printing {PDF} and I feel comfortable recommending this purchase. I look forward to further offerings from the new company.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Spycraft 2.0 Rulebook - Second Printing
Publisher: Crafty Games
by Michael M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/27/2006 00:00:00
Review: Spycraft 2.0 Second Printing {PDF}
US$ 24.95. 497 pages. 94 MB zipped, 160 MB unzipped.

Since the first edition of Spycraft and its Shadowforce Archer setting, many fans have been clamoring for PDF copies of the Spycraft books, only to run into AEG's no PDF's policy. While we're waiting for the Spycraft 2.0 Second Printing, Hardcover (August), Crafty-games, new owners of the Spycraft line, have decided to dip into the PDF pool with that same product, offered in electronic form.

This review only deals with the changes made between the Spycraft 2.0 Second Printing {PDF} and the first printing of the Spycraft 2.0 core rulebook.

Chapter 4: Gear.
I'm putting this section first because, if you're like me, it was your number one concern. The most common complaint about the first printing of the Spycraft 2.0 hardcover, was, that using the gear section was a headache inducing trial of back and forth page-flipping between sections, in order to track down the information you needed on any particular item.

Well, put your mind at ease, the PDF gets it right. The gear section begins with an explanation of the terms used in the following table-columns. The invaluable table 4.7: Pick Tables, on page 223, gives you a flip-to-it breakdown of each pick category, by table and page number. Each gear pick table that follows includes all the abbreviated information you will need about any particular gear pick...sorted by caliber!

Now, you can calmly scan across the columns and copy your pick's particulars unto your character sheet without having to turn the page even once. Included in the header of each gear table is the page number where you will find further paragraph-style detail about that table's pick category.

Rulings & Errata:
Remember that monstrous thread in Control Transmissions on the AEG forums? Yeah, that one. Well all the questions, clarifications, weird rules quirks, complaints, Morgenstern's 'yeah, that's not how this is supposed to work, use this for now' rulings; have been absorbed, distilled and folded into this PDF and I assume the forthcoming second printing of the hardcover. As far as I can tell, they only missed two things. The Sleuth is still trying to trick his victims instead of tiring them and vehicles are a tiny bit confused concerning the whole firm-point/hard-point distinction (already clarified in the second printing errata found on the official web page).

The Hacker? Pwns all your base. 2-handed grip on 1-handed weapons? Works. Desert Eagles? They're in there.Tanks being owned by AP handguns? Not unless those bullets have a 5 foot blast-increment and are fired from a howitzer. In short, Crafty-games has polished all the rough edges off of this particular jewel.

Bookmarks:
Excellent. Makes navigating through this 500 page monster a breeze. A pleasant surprise, all the sidebars in each section have their very own bookmark. My favourite bookmarks are; +Diagrams, +Feat Tree Diagrams, +Tables, and +Sheets. Those bookmarks are the last four and will probably get the most use, as they include an expanded listing of each of those categories (frex: the Blast Diagram is a sub-bookmark under +Diagrams).

Bottom Line:
This PDF is not meant for printing. It is a useful tool for those of us who like having the functionality of a properly produced electronic copy of a hardcover book. Crafty-games, in my opinion, has done a great job with Spycraft 2.0 Second Printing {PDF} and I feel comfortable recommending this purchase. I look forward to further offerings from the new company.

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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