Thursday, October 11, 2012

Edge of the Empire Beta

We have in the Beta edition for the new Star Wars RPG from Fantasy Flight Games. This will be the 4'th RPG system out for the Star Wars system (1 from WEG and two from WOTC).

I am finding FFG's approach to this interesting. Essentially, the Beta asks fans of Star Wars to test out the system for FFG and give them feedback on what to improve.  However, unlike WOTC's beta testing of D&D Next/5th edition, FFG is asking fans to pay for the privilege of doing playtesting for the company

1 comment:

  1. Paizo did the same thing with Pathfinder. At least FFG and Paizo were upfront about it.

    I remember back in the early days of White Wolf. The first edition of a game would come out (Vampire, Werewolf, Mage, and Wraith that I remember), and it would be a $20 softcover. With each of those books, the "second edition" would come out almost exactly a year later, and they would be $25 hardcovers, complete with major revisions based on "major feedback and player comments". Sounds like "beta-testing" to me. The Wolfies just didn't call it that...

    I actually applaud FFG for the move. Maybe, with enough feedback, they'll ditch the custom dice mechanics that they are trying to use with SW Beta, and that they have used with major backlash to the current edition of Warhammer Fantasy Role-Play.