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Back to Basics: Modern SRD Classes for Spycraft 2.0
 
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Back to Basics: Modern SRD Classes for Spycraft 2.0
Publisher: Crafty Games
by Nickolas M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/14/2007 23:21:51
I really like the customizable classes in this book. I have actually been able to have more useful characters that played the way I wanted to using this addition. Tabling is better in this than other spycraft sources (probably because it has less content to fight with being a small pdf). Still hard to read when printed because of poor color choices on tables.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Back to Basics: Modern SRD Classes for Spycraft 2.0
Publisher: Crafty Games
by Zack C.
Date Added: 05/29/2007 16:18:55
Great Book for anyone who wants to take Spycraft Back to the Basics!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Back to Basics: Modern SRD Classes for Spycraft 2.0
Publisher: Crafty Games
by Chris G. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 03/18/2007 00:00:00
Spycraft is the game of modern spies and espionage. It takes the best of the d20 system and adds on rules for easy ways to equip characters with all the latest gadgets and has a great system of feats that give cool abilities. I have always preferred it to d20 modern so when I first got some of the PDFs I was excited to see what was being done with the game. I will admit for not being all that excited for seeing d20 modern classes done in the Spycraft style.

Back to Basics is a PDF by Crafty Games who now hold the Spycraft license. The twenty page PDF is written by Alex Flagg. The PDF comes in two versions. The main version is in full color and has nice art and looks very similar to the Spycraft book. The second one is a basic black and white PDF that has no art but will be really easy to print and use that way. What I like about the second one is the classes each take up one page so that a DM can just print out what a player needs and have it all there for them to easily reference. The main PDF is book marked though a book mark to each knack would have been helpful.

The basic classes of d20 Modern are all presented here. There is one that matches each attribute. For Spycraft they have been lengthened to twenty levels and they get an ability each level to match up with the Spycraft classes. Each class gets Knacks which are very much like d20 Modern?s Talent Trees. There are plenty of knacks presented in the book some of them for only one class and some of them that can be taken by multiple classes. The classes do a good job of being less of an arch type then the classes of Spycraft so someone can be the type of character they want to be without getting locked into what the class defines them as.

The book does a good job with the classes but one area I think it does not do that well in is with mixing the classes. It does have a little sidebar that talks about using the classes side by side and how the normal Spycraft classes will be a little stronger then the d20 Modern versions. But I also wanted to see suggests or ways to mix the character classes together through multi classing and any problems that might present. Also the same with prestige classes of Spycraft. I think this was a pretty big over sight as it is something players will want to do and DMs might be a little confused by the lack of anything on it.

For players and DMs of Spycraft this PDF will be a good addition for those that want a little more flexibility in the classes and less definition in what they are. It will also be beneficial for d20 Modern players that want to try Spycraft but really like the d20 modern classes.

QUALITY: Acceptable

VALUE: Satisfied


Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Back to Basics: Modern SRD Classes for Spycraft 2.0
Publisher: Crafty Games
by Jason K. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/10/2007 00:00:00
Back To Basics is a great translation of the D20 Modern classes to Spycraft 2.0, and of the Spycraft class abilities to the D20 Modern talent tree structure (with a name change to call them knacks.) I picked it up to find new things to add to my Grim Tales game, and so some translation was required. However, I did find that the work was very well done, and integrated the Spycraft engine nicely. If someone is looking for a way to do D20 Modern scenarios using the Spycraft Engine, this is the product I'd use. For those that like art in their PDFs, there was none in this one. I don't mind it, as I buy RPG products for content, not artwork; others may disagree, however (and such is their right to do so.)




LIKED: Excellent translation of the D20 Modern classes into Spycraft terms; loved the Core Abilities concept.


DISLIKED: Being a D20 Modern fan, I was hoping for something a little more D20 Modern-oriented, as the game mechanics of the abilities were still very Spycraft Engine-oriented. Still, there's enough here to work with, so that's only a minor setback.

QUALITY: Very Good

VALUE: Very Satisfied

[THIS REVIEW WAS EDITED]


Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Back to Basics: Modern SRD Classes for Spycraft 2.0
Publisher: Crafty Games
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 01/28/2007 11:30:59
An RPG Resource Review:

The concept behind this product is simple. It's a rework of the D20 Modern basic character classes as described in the SRD (Systems Reference Document, the thing you use if you want to create Open Gaming Licence materials) into Spycraft terms. If you are asking why, the reasoning is simple. What if you don't happen to want to use the quite defined base classes in the Spycraft rules? Perhaps you are not undertaking a conventional espionage mission, or you have a very clear picture of the character that you want to play but cannot see quite how to create him using the rules as given.

So, whether the game is different or the character is one you wish to build precisely as you like, here's an opportunity to stick with the Spycraft system and yet have the versatility and freedom to make a character from more generic classes. You do this by setting 'Basic Classes' as a campaign quality. This replaces Spycraft 2.0 base classes with these basic ones, but does allow the use of the expert and master classes later on as you rise in level. It is possible to mix these with the base classes from Spycraft although people who prefer to maintain very strict game balance will find that the basic classes presented here are marginally underpowered and maybe a bit less 'cool' than the base classes in the main rulebook. Overall, characters created using these rules will be a bit less cinematic than their base class fellows at lower levels. However, if the flexibility appeals, being able to create a character that is precisely what you want will outweigh this.

While based on the basic classes presented in the SRD, the ones here are a bit different - so there's a definite advantage in purchasing this product if the concept appeals rather than just using the SRD. To start with, all classes run to 20 levels, SRD Talents have been replaced with Knacks, and there is a wide range of 'Knack Trees' for you to choose from.

As expected, the classes are the Charismatic Hero, the Dedicated Hero, the Fast Hero, the Smart Hero, the Strong Hero and the Tough Hero; each based on one of the attributes used to describe your character. This enables you to create a character based more on natural ability rather than the more skills and prior training approach used to choose a Spycraft base character class.

The Knacks are interesting. Each time you level up, you gain a new class ability which you can select from a wide range of class-specific and general knacks. Many are in a 'tree' format, with levels 1-5 which you select in turn as your skills improve. Some allow you to take a different variant of the ability each time you choose it - for example if you take the Damage Resistance knack you need to specify which type of damage you are resistant to but can take it several times to cover you against a wide range of eventualities. The knack descriptions provide ideas of how they can be useful as well as providing the precise rule mechanic for actually using them in play. They do, of course, go further than this - they can be used to define the whole style of the character and a good role-player will have little difficulty with this even when the situation does not call for use of rules and die rolls. Many of the knacks relate to abilities which you might well have picked up using a Spycraft base class, but here of course you are not constrained to following a set profession and so can pick and choose knacks to suit your concept.

For people who come to the game with a strong idea of the precise character they wish to play, it provides the tools to build the character according to that model, rather than having to find a 'best-fit' amongst the base classes provided in the core rules.

There is the usual danger of rather colourless 'generic' characters, and it can be a bit harder to become really good at whatever your core talent is. And it takes away some of the flavour, I'd rather be a Wheelman than a Fast Hero with the Vehicle Expertise Knack... sounds better when bragging in the bar!

Overall, it is an excellent idea for those who want to craft their characters outside of the standard mould. It might have been even better if the new basic classes had been built so that they could mesh with ordinary base classes to allow for even greater versatility.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Back to Basics: Modern SRD Classes for Spycraft 2.0
Publisher: Crafty Games
by Jim F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/15/2006 00:00:00
Well, this product silenced a few D20 modern players who claimed that they would be pidgeonp-holed by Spycraft 2.0's base classes. Now you don't have to play a Soldier to be the tough guy - Play the Tough Hero! While the basic classes presented here arn't as crunchy as regular base classes, they are more flexable. All in all, I like!


LIKED: This is the kind of thing I expect from Crafty's PDF efforts! Bravo!

DISLIKED: If the basic classes had just a little more... umph to them. Make them more abilty to stand toe to toe with spycraft's Base classes. Also, better guidelines for crossing over the base/basic classes.

QUALITY: Excellent

VALUE: Very Satisfied


Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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