The Bribe System - Some Questions Answered
In Issue 1 we presented the Backhanders and Dodgy Deals game which incorporated our own Bribe System.

We now have the rules available in PDF format for easier viewing.

There's been a fair bit of interest in the system (God knows why) so we thought we'd better clear up a few points:

My players aren't happy with the idea of handing cash over to me (the GM). What should I do?

My players are overusing the "making a bribe" action with low-powered characters!

The UK now has a two-pound coin. Can I use this in the Bribe system?



My players aren't happy with the idea of handing cash over to me (the GM). What should I do?

There are two options here.

You could say that you wonıt pocket the cash personally but will put it to a good cause: a charity, buying gaming materials / pizza for the group, paying for you all to go to a bar and get smashed, and so on.

A more corrupt option would be to take the most vocal of your players aside and offer him a deal. Basically he would pretend that he was okay with you getting the cash (as compensation for the time you have to spend preparing for the game sessions) and would persuade the other players to submit.

During the play sessions he would hand over the cash along with all the others. But then afterwards, you and he would secretly get together and split the proceeds fifty-fifty (of course offer 60/40 at first and allow him to haggle you down).

My players are overusing the "making a bribe" action with low-powered characters!

One flaw of the original rules was that in allowing a player to make an unlimited number of bribes per play session, we opened up the possibility of creating a low powered character (with three bronze in everything) then just doing loads of bribes - after all, itıs only pennies.

We have now (if you look at the updated rules) amended this rule to say that the GM has the option to accept or decline a bribe. Obviously, you're much more likely to accept a gold bribe (a one pound coin) than a bronze one, thus making having Gold coins in an attribute more valuable.

The UK now has a two-pound coin. Can I use this in the Bribe system?

Yes, if it can make you more money!

Just say that it is a super-gold coin, ranking above gold. This would increase the theoretical "take" you could make off a single player to £30.
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