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I am interested in investing in the Fading Suns RPG for the first time. My interest is almost wholly in the fiction rather than the ruleset. There are several different versions still available (listed here). Which would you recommend to a first time player primarily interested in the setting material and why? The ideal answer would also briefly touch on the the differences between the 1999 Second Edition Rulebook, the 2007 Second Edition Revised Rulebook, and/or the 2012 Fading Suns Player's Guide (Revised Edition).

Thanks in advance!

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The first thing to make note of is that there are two versions of the system: The so-called Victory Point System, which is driven by attribute+skill using dice pools, and the d20 OGL version. The d20 OGL version has not been updated since it's release to my knowledge.

So the question becomes complicated by your stated use.

If you are familiar with d20 OGL, then that version would be recommended to a beginner to the background.

However, if you are not, then the latest version would be my recommendation. The VPS has remained the same among the three versions- the difference is a change in evolution, i.e. with each version, the rules have been tightened, and the fat sloughed away to create a more digestible system in its current iteration. The content of the game is also the latest in the 2012 version- there aren't too many differences, but they are there.

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Thanks very much for the reply wraith808. You nicely address some of the system changes. I am purchasing this game as source material to be implemented in another system so I am less interested in that. Which could you recommend as having the most complete and highest quality setting materials? –  Marcus Morrisey Sep 13 '13 at 15:29
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@MarcusMorrisey - The latest version (i.e. the second edition) as a matter of course is the most complete and up to date background material. That said, there isn't that much difference between the 4 versions in that regard. –  wraith808 Sep 13 '13 at 17:18

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