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River D
River D
Well-Connected

Oct-14-2006 17:35

Just a short post in which I would like to bring to discussion the recent spate of swapping items between agencies. I believe this is certainly unethical and takes away much of the challenge of the game. For obvious reasons I cannot be too specific, but it does not reward hard work and organisation, just laziness. It also abuses what the locker function is all about.

Obviously you cannot ban people from trading things between agency lockers and calling it unethical is not going to stop people doing it.

I would like to hear the Sleuth community's thoughts on the issue, I may be in the minority but from my initial feedback I feel like this has caused some distatste amongst some members.

Should the majority find this practice unethical I propose a 72hr cooloff period for locker access in agencies after having been promoted to agent or higher. This would also to a certain extent prevent immediate hit and run thefts that have happened from time to time.

Discuss :)

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JimmyC 09
JimmyC 09
Old Shoe

Oct-14-2006 18:45

We could do auctions on a board?

Dogberta
Dogberta
Nomad

Oct-14-2006 18:47

Just a couple of additions. You can have access to most of the regular favor gear from all levels by visiting the fence at Big Lucy's in New York. Its kind of random what's on offer, but if you visit Lucy often enough - you can usually find the odd white lab coat or whatever...

I always feel sympathy for the lone wolves who virtually have to open a single detective 'agency' just to have office space for cases and a locker. I remember some agents who have done just that. I have been an advocate for a cheap one-person office for a long time. Also for the small agencies (I've advocated mini-hunts for smaller agencies so they would have something to compete for). Still would like to see that.

I wouldn't mind a market - which would open trading items to folks across agencies as well as singles and (dare I say) unsubscribed agents. Entering an agency just to make a trade makes me a little uncomfortable, though I don't see it as major ethics violation. Trading would still tend to favor more experienced (and/or richer) agents - but there are always some perks to having played alot.

That said, I love the game and new twists - and although Ben & Sunny have not chosen to go my route in the past - they have still made an awesome game.

Serges
Serges
Vigilante

Oct-14-2006 18:48

The general principle could be handled on the boards, definitely!

Good idea Jimmy(Jojo).

AraLives
AraLives
Battered Shoe

Oct-14-2006 19:04

It seems to me that all items in the new missions are available from IH favors. I haven't seen any information to the contrary on this at all. In fact I just sold a leopard banded fedora, Jojo, so I know that is available from an IH favor.

I like to think of the game in "real life" terms. So if I were *really* a member of a detective agency, who was willing to buy or sell a particular item, why wouldn't I? Personally I prefer the thrill of the hunt, so won't be looking to buy any of the items for the missions. And if a detective I was friendly with came to me and asked if I had a pair of polka dotted pumps (which I *don't*, so back off people), I would not have a problem with inviting them into SMRT to pick them up. I wouldn't charge, either--what do I want with more money? So in "real life" terms, I don't object to swapping/selling items, because I feel that "real life" detectives would do the same. I like the idea of the market, I must say! :)

Cynderbear
Cynderbear

Oct-14-2006 19:07

Thank you all for being so receptive, even if I did use "guilds" instead of "agencies." (You can sure tell where my experiences have been. ;) ) Still and all, I do really love this game, and I think an open trading board would be great.

It's the underhanded things that tend to erode community feeling, rather than promote it, at least in my gaming background.

biggie528
biggie528
Lucky Stiff

Oct-14-2006 19:30

I LOVE the idea of a trading post sort of deal.

Ranier Peperhaut
Ranier Peperhaut
Old Shoe

Oct-14-2006 22:40

I am all for an organized way of trade.

I casually commented on the like on a previous thread as well. I don't see how it is unethical, since we are each playing this game on our own, not competing for one and the same prize. The way we play our games may be as lone wolves, or as active agency members - however we choose. The game itself though, is still our game alone, to be played as we like. A swap between two people has no effect on the community or anyone else's game. So I say, no harm, no foul.

Some people have little patience. I am one of those people. I don't even bother reading the twists or intros anymore (sorry to all the writers!!!) In contrast, some people prefer to explore each option, and complete each avenue in its entirety. That is each of our choices though, and those choices, again, don't affect anyone else's game. So what would make them the wrong choices?

Anyway, just to restate - YAY TRADING!

tollo
tollo
Old Shoe

Oct-15-2006 03:37

I have to say, i´m a bit puzzled. on the other hand this trading thing could be nice, but sleuth is so unique, I don´t want an actual market place, like 99% of RPG´s.
. If agencies want to help out each other, that´s ok, i´m not against swapping. So if one wants to trade with another, they would have to put a little effort on that. But to have all the stuff I´ve worked hard to get being there just to buy, no, i dont like that.
What i´ve learned, every one who can get to Shangri La, can get items needed sooner or later (I for one seem to belong the "later "group).
So bottom line: No market place.

Charcol
Charcol

Oct-15-2006 10:28

mMorpg.
massive MULTIPLAYER online role playing game.

nuff' said!

Reese Withers
Reese Withers
Well-Connected

Oct-15-2006 11:56

I dont see a big deal in agencies helping each other out by swapping items....but I agree with tollo. I dont think items, that we've worked hard to get, should be put out there to buy. That's too easy. JMHO

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