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From: Mikko Kurki-Suonio <maxxon@s...>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 1997 06:31:12 -0400
Subject: Re: "Inferior", was Re: Just wondering.....

On Mon, 7 Jul 1997, Oerjan Ohlson wrote:

> Sure. Of course, once I figure out roughly how badly overpriced they
> I'll adjust their costs downwards for use in friendly games.

But then you'd be playing an unsanctioned, unofficial house variant :-)

Sadly, for certain games/gamers, this is a major point. 

Even with less anal retentive gamers, it tends to destroy playability
strangers. If I could get a dime for every time I tried to play Car Wars

only to find out halfway through the game that the opponent had either
 - used house rules without telling me
 - seriously misunderstood basic rules (14,000lb. lux cars! hello? 
reality check?)
 - never heard of the current errata...

> expensive (in game points terms). In that way you can maintain some
> of balance. 

I don't know... if it's powerful but overpriced, people will play it a
times to see the xyzzygun in play, but sooner or later they will realize
the stuff is not worth the cost and either stop using it or change the

If it's weak and still overpriced, you might not even get to the testing

phase unless the stuff is especially colorful/different. Who wants to
out "mini-laser: exactly as pulse laser, but half damage"?

> Of course, if it _is_ correctly priced/sized, it isn't 
> "superior" any longer :)


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