Self-evidently the title doesn't work for a number of potential customers, which isn't ideal. The title obviously worked for the author and I see (I believe) what he was going for. The word inequity is highly associated with rapacious capitalism in my mind…
However, the content looks very useful for RT GMs and that is the real issue. We shall see if it is as good as it sounds.
Perhaps we have a US/UK division here?
In the UK inequity might not be an everyday word, but if you have any interest in politics it should be familiar. In the context of a Rogue Trader it would indicate a one-sided, exploitative exchange - exactly what a RT wants! i.e. We give the locals some, glass beads and VD, we get them to mine precious metals for us in highly dangerous conditions and using methods that poison their environment…
I read the title as "Stars ripe for exploitation", which is a great RT title imo.
Hmmm… I dunno. I accept that the connotations one derives from a word are always going to be subjective, and that my daily encounters with whiny douchebags who constantly use the word “Inequity” may colour my view of this book’s title, but I don’t think it’s really a US/UK thing. The word has the same meaning in both countries, after all.
In the US the word “Inequity” may be used by politicians to make their statements seem more profound, and in the UK it’s used by people who want to raise 47 bullet pointed grievances about their employer’s failure to say “Happy Birthday” to them, but it still just means “unfair.”
Again, it’s a subjective thing, but “Inequity” is a weasel word, in my opinion. If one was doing a list of words that suit 40k, it would contain words like “Iniquity,” “Colossal”, “Heresy,” “Aflame,” “Eldritch” and “Desecrate.”
Words or phrases unsuitable for 40k include “Fluffy,” “Cuddle,” “Health and Safety,” “Unicorn,” “Teacake” and “Inequity.” I recognise I’m now setting myself up for 40k writers to include as many of those words as possible in the next book by way of a challenge!
Anyway, I’m making a vast mountain out of this molehill. The content of the book sounds excellent, and I’ll be getting it whatever happens, I’ve been wanting rules for colonies for a while, I even had a go at making my own, but they were unworkably abstract. This will be a must-purchase for me.
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Imagine a colleague being paid more than you, given more respect by managers and in line for a promotion you are not even being considered for. Imagine this treatment is entirely at odds with work performance. As a white male I have observed this happen, but I've never been the wrong end of it. Still I can imagine how it might feel to be. So the word reminds me of this.
More generally for me the word conjures images of worker exploitation and virtual slavery in both history and the modern world. Such examples are not hard to find in the world. I don't associate it with malingerers trying to get free money from employment tribunals. Ymmv.
And you can't argue that Rogue Traders don't get to enjoy the habitual crushing of the masses.
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Now hold on a moment, good sir. How could the Imperium operate without teacakes? What else would an Imperial Governor or a Comissar take with their afternoon recaff? I would posit that teacakes are quintessentially grimdark. Mankind would never have lasted through The Age of Strife without them.
Inequity aside (not all titles are born equal), I too am looking forward to this supplement. I'm always open to new ideas and inspiration for the 40k games, and I'm sure there'll be concepts in here that could translate well to Dark Heresy (and probably Deathwatch and Black Crusade).
Am I the only one who feels Nurglings are cuddly?
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