Mercenaries, Spies & Private Eyes RPG was first published in 1983 by Flying Buffalo Inc. MSPE (as it came to be known) allowed players to run rpg adventures from the 1800's all the way to the modern era, ranging from Victorian steampunk, and crime noir, to super spy thrilllers in the cold war. Michael Stackpole wrote the MSPE role playing game, using the Tunnels & Trolls framework as a jumping off point.
In 1986, Flying Buffalo took a hit from an unrelated disaster, and sold the rights of MSPE to Sleuth Publications. They came out with an edition that had a black & white cover, and they left out a few things that Buffalo had included, and inserted a few new things that weren't in the Buffalo edition. The last existing copies of the Sleuth edition have sold out, so now Flying Buffalo is printing a third (Combined Edition of MSPE) which includes all the material that was in both editions!
The Combined Edition: What's in it? The new edition will contain all the original text and art from the Flying Buffalo and Sleuth editions. From the Buffalo edition, we will use the amazing painted cover and will include the Tunnels & Thompsons section (which was not in the Sleuth edition) along with some missing art. We have also made various corrections to the rules text that have been found by players and fans over the years.
The Sleuth edition had several extra sections at the end of the rules that are not in the Buffalo edition. These include optional rules on aging; 13 fully described statted Non-Player characters (including Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty - illustrated by Liz Danforth) and a special folding version of the MSPE Character sheet. All of these will be added to the Combined Edition.
PLUS New material: On top of that, we are also going to add some new information on using MSPE in sci-fi environments and info on stopping distances for vehicles. All newly illustrated by Steve Crompton. We just might also add a few other rule enhancements based on the response to this Kickstarter.
We will be including all of this in the Combined Edition - (Along with possibly a few other surprises!) The rules will be printed as a trade paperback 8 x 11, (or as a hardback) and for a little extra you can even get your copy of the rules signed by Michael Stackpole. (see details in the pledge levels)
If you are a Tunnels & Trolls player you should get this book to see how T&T evolved to allow for guns, grenades, cars, planes and tech skills. And you can easily adapt the MSPE rules for use with your T&T characters and campaigns. Trolls with grenade launchers? Elves with machine guns? Why not!)
ADD ONS: Here are some extras you can add to your pledge!
- Stormhaven printed - $6 (note if you are buying a hardcover you get 1 free copy)
- Stormhaven PDF - $5
- Add your name to the book - $10 if you are buying a hardcover book
- Mugshots 1: Case of the Pacific Clipper printed - $9 (Written by Dave Arneson)
- Mugshots 1: Case of the Pacific Clipper PDF - $3 (Written by Dave Arneson)
- Jade Jaguar solo printed - $6 (Written by Mike Stackpole)
- Jade Jaguar solo PDF - $2 (Written by Mike Stackpole)
- GM Screen printed - $7
- GM Screen PDF - $3
To purchase add-ons, just add the price listed above of any item you want to the your pledge total. At the end of the KS, we'll send a survey out and you can let us know which add-ons you want us to ship you. PLEASE NOTE: if you have bought just a PDF of the MSPE rules, but want printed copies of any of the add-ons, there is a $4 extra charge to cover shipping. So remember to add that to your pledge total. (If you bought a printed rulebook there is NO extra shipping charge.) Also if you buy printed copies of any books you will also get a FREE copy of the PDF.
OTHER INFO ABOUT THIS PROJECT:
We've already scanned and restored all the pages of the rules and the book is ready to go to press. All we need to do is add the page of backer names, scan Stormhaven and Jade Jaguar and give them to the printer. So there really should not be much delay.
Pledge today and help bring this classic piece of RPG history back to life again!
Final (probably) stretch goal: If we make $25,000 we will make a poster of the original cover art for the book, and send one free poster to everyone who has requested a physical copy of the rulebook! If you only requested pdfs, you can get a poster by adding $10 for postage to your pledge. If you want more than one poster, add $5 for each additional.
Where does the money go? Almost half goes to the printer to print 1000 copies. another share goes towards production (scanning, restoration, new material added to the book, new art and pre-press) About 5% goes to kickstarter ($500), 5% more goes to the credit card company and we expect to have to ship around 300 copies at $4 each for postage and packaging. The rest goes to cover any expenses I've forgotten about, or unexpected expenses, and if there is any left over I might get to keep some.
Kickstarter doesn't let you support with more than one reward. So if you want extras, just add extra money as below to your pledge: for each extra copy of the book, add $16. Fpr each extra signed copy of the book, add $25. When I send out the survey I'll ask you for what you wanted. You can also select other items when you answer the survey.
US Backers note: postage is included for USA backers.
Also note: nothing from this project is limited edition, so if you want something, but cannot afford it right now, just tell me when you answer the survey. You can send the extra funds later by credit card or by paypal. We will work with you.
Risks and challenges
The book is written, edited and laid out. All we need now is the money. We've been in the game business for 49 years now. I think we know what we're doing. If either Steve or I (Rick) becomes so sick he can't do his part, we have friends who can and will help out. Of course there is always the possibility of a catastrophic delay. Remember please the projected completion date is an ESTIMATE, not a promise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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