Introduction To Agents

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It is important to emphasize the random nature of the agent system. As both you and your opponents have random agent skills, the crux of building your network is being able to identify what your agents will be good at and how to utilize them to the best of their potential.

As a player, you cannot sit around waiting on an agent with that one rare skill to perform a special mission. If you have many agents with Seduction and Charisma, you should focus your efforts on missions requiring those skills, instead of waiting for the ultimate agent to drop in your lap. You must learn to utilize the agent skills you have available to develop a network which can accomplish any mission they are assigned.

Pay close attention to the description for each skill when you are trying to figure out where you might use your agent in your existing espionage empire. These little tips will give you valuable clues for using a skill that you may not have realized. Armed with this knowledge, you should be able to employ your agents’ skills for maximum effectiveness more quickly than those who will rush to set up their system without understanding what each skill does. Look for opportunities to manipulate these players because you spent a little time reading something that something they thought was meaningless.

Being a successful agent mastermind will require a different thought process from most other games, Many people who are successful in this game have little idea about the potential of the agent system because of its supposed complexity, but you can master it with a little patience and attention to detail.

You will find the true power of the system is in its hidden simplicity, and the skill system is a great example of this. There are so many different skills that the system can appear daunting but the key is to only concern yourself with the skills you need to accomplish your goals. First decide what it is you want to do, then use the charts in this chapter to find out the best way to do that and work from there. As you now know, every agent has a purpose, if you are able to quickly look over an agent’s skill list and immediately realize their uses, you will have a distinct advantage over your enemies as you begin to form your espionage empire.

Have you ever heard the saying, “modern intelligence services are nothing more than media services”? Say “Hello” to the Galactic News Service (GNS). The GNS is the absolute best library for obtaining data on potential adversaries. Don’t know where your target is settled in the universe? Well I’m sure the news service has broadcast it at sometime; just check the archives! They will give you a list of all player locations.

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Remember that during a mission the die rolls skill system is happening behind the scenes and influences even your best agents’ skill. No matter how good your agent might be, you always have a chance to fail. Of course, an agent with 98 skill will almost certainly have a much higher success rate than one with 50. Your takeaway lesson from all of this is simple; never think your agent is not good enough because they do not have an extremely high skill. As you now know, every agent has a purpose, if you are able to quickly look over an agent’s skill list and immediately realize their uses, you will have a distinct advantage over your enemies as you begin to form your espionage empire.
Many skills can augment the use of another skill. For instance, Sense of Direction makes an agent better at skill tests for Navigation. These skills work on a 20 sided die roll, which gives you a chance to have a 100% success rate on each roll. These little nuances provide you with a sense of certainty in a system full of uncertainty due to its random nature.

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