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MSPE-Mercenaries, Spies and Private Eyes: Combined Edition

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Mercenaries, Spies and Private Eyes (MSPE) was first published in 1983. This is a rpg very similar to the classic Tunnels & Trolls fantasy rpg system, except it is (as the title suggests) for more modern characters with guns, armor and tech. You can play adventures from the Victorian age all the way to the modern era. in 2019 we created this new Combined Edition of MSPE that includes all the material from the Blade 1983 edition, all the material from the Sleuth 1986 edition and almost 20 pages of brand new material including new rules and play advice by best selling author Michael Stackpole (who wrote the original edition of the rules.) It is more of a skill based system than T&T. And the skills are based on modern abilities like computer hacking, gunsmithing, driving etc.
This is a rpg very similar to the classic Tunnels & Trolls fantasy rpg, except it is (as the title suggests) for more modern characters with guns and whatnot. It is more of a skill based system than T&T. 

A hardcover and softcover edition of MSPE is availalbe.

 
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Michael J June 11, 2019 2:30 pm UTC
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OK, made my way up through Skills and there is still one old error that is still there. A Revolver is a Revolver. A Pistol is a Pistol. There is no such critter as a "Clip Pistol" really, (with the exception of the Mauser). Pistols have magazines, some rifles had/have clips. Some Revolvers have "clips" (like Moon Clips). It's minor, but still niggling after all these years. Made it all the way through! I liked Michael's additions, as well as Thessaly's and the SF addition. The chart is a bit confusing, but, eh.. Overall? Love it! Great old art and fantastic new stuff (thanks, Steve!). I must say that the .pdf looks and works better in iOS than on my normal .pdf reader. In iOS it scrolls like a book and on the desktop I have to scroll down page by page. Great job all around! I'm not going to mention typos, (there weren't a lot that I saw. Just a few). Y'all did a wonderful job!
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michael R June 11, 2019 3:07 am UTC
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cannot download.
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Steven C June 18, 2019 2:00 am UTC
Do you know why? Was there an error code or anything? hundreds of people have downloaded it so far so maybe we fixed the problem since you last tried?
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Steven C June 10, 2019 6:29 pm UTC
NOTE: This is the new combined version of the MSPE rules which includes both the Blade and Sleuth edition material PLUS twenty pages of new rules, items, genres guides and even a couple of maps you can use for your first adventure. We have also uploaded the MSPE GM screen, and updated version Mugshots1 (by Dave Arneson) and the Jade Jaguar solo. (which can all be purchased on drive -thru separately)
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Richard L March 05, 2019 10:08 pm UTC
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We now have a kickstarter going to finance a new edition of MSPE. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/994700393/mercenaries-spies-and-private-eyes-rpg-by-michael?ref=project_build
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Robert F May 19, 2017 2:56 pm UTC
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Anyone know what the difference between the two PDFs provided are? They look the same. (Both have page 13.) But computing sha256 hashes of them says they’re different.
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Jeff E May 16, 2017 5:21 pm UTC
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Whether you are new to the game, or a long time player, drop by Vin's T&T TrollBridge ( http://trollbridge.proboards.com/ ). There are boards for all versions of T&T in general, and for MSPE specifically. Come to learn, or teach, or just say hello!
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Curt M May 15, 2017 8:54 pm UTC
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For those waiting to buy, page 13 is now included.
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olivier L May 15, 2017 5:57 pm UTC
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We want our page 13!
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Curt M May 15, 2017 2:50 pm UTC
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Yeah, my only issue with this scan is the missing page 13.
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5198419000007420 L May 15, 2017 1:56 pm UTC
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Also wanted to add that page 13 is missing...
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May 15, 2017 5:16 am UTC
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Finally I can play a Wasteland like game without butchering Tunnels and Trolls too much.
Thanks, Flying Buffalo.
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Nicholas B May 15, 2017 4:02 am UTC
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Just wanted to comment that MSPE was amazing.... I still have distinct memories of the many games I played and ran with it back in the 80's...it was an amazingly versatile system for modern gaming. And compatible with T&T, too!
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Patrick C May 14, 2017 10:50 pm UTC
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MSPE is one of the most versatile RPGs that I know. I have bought this pdf and the scan is really good. I am super excited to see a digital edition of the game. If you want to know why, I have a review of MSPE on my blog: http://toybox-sw.blogspot.be/2017/05/it-happened.html (follow the links for a full description and a few ressources).
Page 13 is indeed missing. I suppose it should be quite easy to fix it and upload a corrected version.
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Mark G June 04, 2018 9:01 am UTC
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Bonjour Patrick. It was fun to read your enthusiastic blog on MPSE. I discovered MPSE in July 2017 and have finally gotten around to playing Jade Jaguar (still early days). 39 Steps has been on my reading list forever, and I'm hoping to get around to it sooner rather than later. I had to smile at your Horatio line, since I too have used it in my second book, Rylomos. Salut, Grish.
https://markgrisham.wordpress.com/2018/06/03/danger-in-the-jungle/
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Jeff E May 14, 2017 9:50 pm UTC
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Page 13 (of course it's 13) is missing!
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Steven C May 14, 2017 9:36 pm UTC
Special thanks go to Jeffrey Terrel for Supplying us with the scans to make the first official PDF of MSPE available anywhere!
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156
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0-940244-30-6
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