Economy of greed.
* this has been one of my major stumbling blocks. When this smacked into place this morning it all became so much more simpler.*
Money is information, there is no hard currency anymore. So any Operator knows how to maintain and hide different lines of credit. This is hir Credit Rating, or Credit for simplicity. Whenever the Operator needs to get a significant piece of kit (with game effects) sie tests hir credit.
When you BURN CREDIT to acquire a piece of kit ROLL + CREDIT. This takes time and effort, ‘cause you don’t want any piece of kit right of the mall. You need to go looking and that costs time and credit. On a hit you get it. With 10+ there are no catches, on a 7-9 either your Credit takes a hit ( - 1-credit) or you generate Noise. If you miss you get both, and you don’t get the kit.
Credit has a base of zero. At the start of a session, or after some downtime, the Operator checks to see how hir contracts/obligation(s) worked out. You name which ones sie worked and you ROLL + ATTITUDE. On a 10+ they all scored, raised Credit. 7-9 gives you a hit on at least one, if you worked more then you get Credit from each, but one, which goes sour. On a miss they all went to hell. It is going to be a busy day.
Contracts are like the gigs from the ApW Operators playbook and are acquired during lifepath generation or as an advance taken during play.
Paydata or the economy of information.
When the Operator acquires Paydata in play, name it. Paydata that is kept more than two down-periods is obsolete and loses its value. Spend it or lose it, simple really.
Spending or dumping Paydata raises Credit temporarily by one for each point of Paydata sold. This adds to the next BURN CREDIT move, or MAINTAIN SOTA move. There are two ways to dump Paydata.
When you DUMP IT ON THE OPEN MARKET you get the Credit boost quick and dirty, but you generate Noise. Also if you dump more than one point of Paydata you get less - 1-credit, but you always get at least one.
When you FIND A BUYER however, you take your time seek out just the right client, ROLL + STREET. On a 10+ you get both, on a 7-9 pick one:
• You push the price (+ 1-credit)
• You don’t generate noise.
Dumped Paydata is gone.