Counterfeit Games

Discussion in 'Trek Gaming' started by Sgt_G, Apr 28, 2021.

  1. Sgt_G

    Sgt_G Commodore Commodore

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  2. ChallengerHK

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    I'm not at all surprised. There are lots of people selling scans out out-of-print games on ebay. I've seen tons of SPI stuff, Decision Games stuff, etc. The only difference I can see is that they're not telling people that they're buying originals.

    One guy tried selling Companion Games SFB modules on disc, and they weren't cheap either, something like $20 each. I haven't seen him on in a while, so I'm guessing that he wasn't successful.
     
  3. Sgt_G

    Sgt_G Commodore Commodore

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    Well, Companion Games SFB modules was a different animal. They weren't counterfeits per-say in that they weren't Xeroxed copies of a real ADB module. Instead, they were unauthorized "made for" modules, which would fall under Derivative Copyright law.

    I did see them back in the day, and I saw two problems with them. First, they undercut the price of ADB modules, so some players would spend $14.95 for a CG module rather than $19.95 for an ADB one. The second problem is they were flawed, from a game-balance point of view. And because of that, those players who were dissatisfied in the CG product never bothered to try a real ADB module.
     
  4. ChallengerHK

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    Yeah, I couldn't care less about the price issue, but the balance issue was pretty serious. I think I have everything they printed, and I don't think I've played any of them, primarily because of the imbalances.
     
  5. Sgt_G

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    Well, for someone on limited funds back then, $5 was a meal at McDonald's with change back.
     
  6. ChallengerHK

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    When I say I couldn't care less, I mean that that $5 difference didn't bother me vis-a-vis the game being unofficial. A cheaper game is always a good game if all other factors are equal.