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James Bond 007 RPG vs. Classified retro-clone

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jhkim:

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--- Quote from: jhkim on October 14, 2021, 01:54:23 PM ---If I wanted to do a modern-day movie like the Daniel Craig Bond movies, I'm still not sure that Classified is the right choice. I'd want to look further afield at different options.
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Modern movies have car chases, shootouts, and fist fights, all of which are in the JB007 rules. I'm not sure what you'd need on top of that.
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There's a lot more in a 150-page rulebook than just the core resolution rules, though. If I only wanted rules for car chases, shootouts, and fist fights -- then I could use almost any system.

The JB007 core rules have a lot of stuff like random encounters, NPC generation, equipment, and more. I enjoyed those, and I felt they do well at emulating the feel of the 1980s Bond movies. There is a lot of style and flavor to all of that material.

In terms of core resolution, I think the biggest issue is gadgets as well as resolution rules for computer use. What were super-cool gadgets of the 1980s are now less impressive. James Bond himself still doesn't do much with computers, but in a superspy team like Mission Impossible, there's now usually a hacker - and dodging computerized surveillance is now a big part of the genre.

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hedgehobbit:

--- Quote from: jhkim on October 15, 2021, 12:26:33 PM ---The JB007 core rules have a lot of stuff like random encounters, NPC generation, equipment, and more. I enjoyed those, and I felt they do well at emulating the feel of the 1980s Bond movies. There is a lot of style and flavor to all of that material.
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I see what you mean. I only ran the published adventures (I found a huge stack of them at a used book store) so that kind of material wasn't much use to me.

There is another clones of JB007 called Double Zero. I followed it early on before the author got what we'd call today Bush Derangement Syndrome. Anyway, the first version came out in '07 and was a straight clone but the version that's is currently on DriveThru is dated 2020 and is more heavily modified and not compatible with JB007 anymore. There are a few supplements for it as well. Not 100% sure what was changed, but they added in a bunch of story-game mechanics (not that these are so out of place in JB007).

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