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SIGMATA: Repeat the Signal

SIGMATA: Repeat the Signal

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SIGMATA: Repeat the Signal is the official companion to SIGMATA: This Signal Kills Fascists (Winner of Ennies 2019 Judges' Spotlight Award). This product dramatically improves the core SIGMATA experience, effectively upgrading it to a 2nd edition. It features the following enhancements:

  • Major overhaul to core mechanics and character rules to make for more varied play and more dynamic characters.
  • Ability to play a human Partisan who fights alongside Receivers, who have their own set of advantages (e.g. they don't rely on the Signal to use their best abilities) and disadvantages (e.g. they cannot reboot)
  • Guidance and templates for creating your own factions for the core 1980s setting.
  • Guidance and templates to create your own SIGMATA hack, including editable character sheets, scene sheets, and War Room sheet. The new refinements to the game make it much easier to hack.
  • Strong relationship mechanics, as seen in AIRLOCK, which make for exciting inter-character drama.
  • Major rules overhaul and new sheets for scenes of combat, evasion, and intrigue.
  • Rules for using Evasion scenes to replicate car chases and survival horror.
  • Rules for using Intrigue scenes to replicate strategic montages, arguments between player characters, and crime scene investigations.
  • Major overhaul of the War Room sheet adds more dynamism and danger to campaigns.
  • New "Block Wars" rules and sheets as an alternative to way to run your campaign and a means to better tie your campaign's events in a sense of time and place.
  • And more...

Requires "SIGMATA: This Signal Kills Fascists" to play.

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Chad W March 18, 2020 5:06 pm UTC
POD is coming, but not for several weeks.

Yes, if/when we release a PDF/POD combo, we will come up with some type of discount for the POD to honor those who already purchased the PDF. More details when POD comes out.
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John D March 18, 2020 1:26 pm UTC
Forgive my saying so, but the marketing (at least) of this product seems a little insulting to consumers.

Consider: the original SIGMATA rules still cost $19.95. That's a fair but not insignificant price.

Now you're releasing a sourcebook, a scant year and a half after the original core rulebook, that overhauls the game to address what the very advertising copy itself admits are problems/deficiencies/lacunae in that original book.

Less than two years' time would be a rather aggressive schedule for even a complete-in-itself second edition, but this new book, priced at $14.95 for 149 pages, isn't even an independent new edition; it still requires the original (which is, again by the ad copy's own admission, problematic in its creator's eyes).

I'm not trying to be a troll here, but that seems a little ungenerous. Is there the possibility of reducing the price of the core rulebook, given that the strong implication of Repeat the Signal is that the original game has...See more
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Chad W March 18, 2020 2:10 pm UTC
A game product's retail price is determined by production costs and newness. The core book was 24.95 when it came out and was reduced in price over time. This is a source book that still requires the core book to play. Like any source book, it introduces new content as well as balancing tweaks and new ways to look at the game.
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Chad S March 18, 2020 2:21 pm UTC
Price seems fair to me. Support indie creatives.
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John D March 18, 2020 4:21 pm UTC
Chad S.: I respect that not everyone will agree with my criticisms here, and if the price seems right to you, then by all means purchase and enjoy. Still, as someone who has bought a *lot* of indie games over the years, I cock a highly skeptical eyebrow at the notion that supporting indie creatives and politely questioning their pricing schemes are somehow mutually exclusive things to do.

For my part, I maintain that this isn't a great example of best pricing practices; as noted, we shall see what the market as a whole thinks. My worry is that more of them will feel as I do than not, but I would be perfectly content to be proven wrong.
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John D March 18, 2020 4:30 pm UTC
Chad W.: Again with respect, I think the problem may be one of wording: phrases like "major overhaul to core mechanics," "major rules overhaul," and the now-missing bullet point about how this sourcebook acknowledges and fixes things that were problematic in the original rules (it was probably wise to delete that one) suggest that this is less an expansion and more a patch job after the fact. Since I haven't—and won't, at these prices—purchased Repeat the Signal, I cannot comment on its contents, only on the description its author/publisher has provided.

I think SIGMATA has a fascinating premise, and I'm always excited to see ingenious high concept roleplaying games. I would never wish failure on any game that wasn't actively obnoxious, and I wish you lots of success. Please take my words here as a candid bit of criticism, and not as entitled gamer carping.
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Chad W March 18, 2020 4:57 pm UTC
Thank you. I will continue to play with the marketing copy until I'm confident in both how it is represented and how it mirrors what the product actually is.
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John D March 18, 2020 5:09 pm UTC
Chad W.: Good luck to you, and thank you for replying to my comments.
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Terry R March 19, 2020 1:30 am UTC
The "this updates to a new edition but still requires the previous book" is a bit jarring. As someone who's curious about the game and hasn't purchased, text that says "it's received an overhaul" suggests the first edition was lacking and now it feels like the cost was upped to get the fixed version. I understand there's other rules and content too, that's just how it looks from the outside. Looking forward to seeing how it shakes out.
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Wez W March 18, 2020 10:01 am UTC
My question too, bought the hardcover when it was more expensive and now already its out of date with the addition of this, a little frustrating since really like this book.
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Chad W March 18, 2020 12:51 pm UTC
RTS is a sourcebook, not a standalone game, and still requires the core book to understand/play.
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Xavier B March 18, 2020 8:08 am UTC
ok so obvious question: POD?
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Chad W March 18, 2020 12:49 pm UTC
Yes, in several weeks. If/when we offer a PDF/print combo deal, we will offer a discount to those who already purchased the PDF before that to make it even.
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