OK, we all know I’m a 4e hater so just take this in that spirit. I was prepared to not buy but not hate on the new Gamma World. But I saw it being played in a game store today and noticed that they sell card “booster packs,” randomized and with “rares” just like Magic cards or whatnot, to players.
A stack of cards for random effects comes in the game box. But if you buy your own, you can construct your own “player deck” of mutation powers from them. Now, this is brilliant from a revenue stream point of view. They have always made great bank from CCGs and this means you can convert RPGs into that kind of a stream. But something in me balks at “players that spend the most money do better.” Maybe I’m just being old and grumpy. But I don’t like it in computer games either, the new “micropayments” where you can pay RL cash for better weapons or whatnot. Of course, I think the South Korean economy pretty much runs on that now, maybe it’s the wave of the future.
I didn’t actually like the old Gamma World – I played it once with Jim Ward GMing, no less, and its goofy and pointlessly random nature really put me off (I don’t mind that per se, I like Paranoia, for example, but there seemed to be a disjoint between the tone and the results). So it’s not like this is ruining memories from my youth or whatnot. I don’t know, I put my couple thousand dollars into Magic and then I swore it off, so maybe that’s the problem. Am I just being a grumpy grognard? Or what?