|Bob Jonquet Venture-Captain, Illinois—Decatur aka TwilightKnight|
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I think you're going to lose loads of players. If you require every player at your table to own every book they use then you're probably going to lose 50-70% of the people playing society at your store.
Since PFS has been the largest, fastest growing organized play campaign for the past 5+ years, and has ALWAYS had the expectation that players own the books their character draw material from, I seriously doubt your estimate of 50-70% is anywhere near accurate.
People don't have the disposable income. Hell I know of a number of people selling their blood just to eat every week.
I sympathize, and no offense intended, but maybe PFS is not the best choice of game for them, nor would be Warhammer 40K, or Magic the Gathering. Some games just have a higher level of monetary commitment.
Maybe you should run some of the games as non-society *GASP* and let people play whatever they want.
Maybe he's not interested in running non-society games. Maybe those players who cannot afford to buy all the books should stick to using material from the books they already own. There are plenty of players that do this and have no complaints. Or maybe those players should organize their own non-society game. I'm sure there are other players who would be happy to join them. There are plenty of RPG players who don't like some of the restrictions of organized play or wish they could use non-society approved material. This would be an opportunity to meet the needs of all the above. I'm sorry, but the rules for PFS require players to own their materials. If you want to play in the campaign, you have to follow the rules.