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A New Edition of the rulebook for Mercenaries, Spies, and Private Eyes (MSPE) a modern role playing game by Michael Stackpole.
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      Bob Portnell on

      Three cheers for the Inverted Jenny!

    2. Steven Crompton Collaborator on

      @snon - you are welcome!
      Hey all - We have now unlocked Mugshots: Case of the pacific Clipper written by Dave Arneson. Its a 77 page combination solo and gm adventure that takes place int he 1930s-1940's era. There's a secret Nazi base on a volcanic island and lots of characters ans intrigue Check out our latest Update for details

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      snon on

      Thanks a lot Steve for your fast replies

    4. Steven Crompton Collaborator on

      @snon - the black and white art from the Sleuth cover we are going to use in the inside front cover so it will get used. The back cover of the Flying Buffalo version uses a piece of art that was already used in the rulebook so it too will be in the book. I can tell you that I found an illustration that was used only in a ad for MSPE (which very few people ever saw, and I also am including that the book as well. plus a couple of new illustrations by me.

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      snon on

      Maybe I did unterstand the update wrong:
      Front cover from color version &
      back cover from b/w version (now colored)
      So what's with back art from color and front art from b/w version?

    6. Steven Crompton Collaborator on

      In case you haven;t noticed - we have heard your pleas and have just added a hardback edition of the rulebook to the pledge levels. So you can now upgrade to the hardcover you have been hoping for!

      Snon - can you explain what you mean by "the 2 remaining cover arts" I may have already included them in the combined eidiotn but I'm not certain what you are refering too...

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      snon on

      Any chances that you will add both omitted/the 2 remaining cover arts in the book -maybe the beginning of a "lost" art section-?

    8. Richard Loomis 9-time creator on

      wayne, i didn't really consider that. it all depends on how many european orders we get. if we only get 30 or 40 it wont be worth it. but i will look into it.

    9. W!

      I'd change my current pledge for a hardcover copy of MS&PE. The Deluxe T&T hardcover is fabulous and I'd like to see the same production quality with MS&PE in hardcover.

    10. Steven Crompton Collaborator on

      Rodney - glad you like the new back cover, I try! Flying Buffalo licensed the rights to MSPE to Sleuth. When they went out of business (some 25+ years ago) their license automatically terminated and the rights returned to Flying Buffalo. The additional material that was in their version of the book was created by Flying Buffalo for them to add to their version of the book, and so the rights to that material returned to us as well. At least that's it in a nutshell.

    11. Rodney Haydon on

      I hope that a hardcover option can be done! And thanks for sharing the original back cover and what the new one will look like. Keep sharing info behind this. Was there difficulty in getting the permission to use the Sleuth version and combine it into this? Updates welcome.

    12. Wayne Stewart

      Perhaps you should consider two printers? US and the rest of the world out of the UK?
      Doug Cole (Gaming Ballistic) has used this a few times now and it makes it a lot more affordable for the rest of the universe.

    13. Stefan Jones on

      What amazing work on the back cover!

      I know that Rick put the shipping information in the pledge level description, but it might help to have a FAQ about it too. Because people who haven't plowed through the fine print will look there first.

      It is a shame that overseas shipping is such a bear! We have these giant container ships plowing back and forth across the oceans, and no one has figured out a way to use them to arrange a slow-but-cheap shipping method?

    14. Steven Crompton Collaborator on

      John - THANKS! The Comment is greatly appreciated! Its always fun to see the before and after when I work on these sorts of things.

      Philip - If things don't work out with Roswell Bookbinding's quote - I will contact one of your suggested companies next - thanks!

    15. John Stephens on

      The enhanced cover looks so beautiful, Steve!

    16. Philip Reed

      Hardcovers - I've never printed a hardcover with Mixam, but their saddle-stitch work has been excellent.

    17. Philip Reed

      Hardcovers - Highly recommended!!! Taylor in Dallas is amazing to work with; I've personally printed over a dozen hardcovers with them over the last six or seven years. Minimums and prices are great.