An interesting debate (of conflict to be precise ) occurred last session, as the group is getting more and more to the end of the month and bills have to be paid… It is related to the cost of living section in the rulebook and single sentence in the ship maintenance paragraph. But first things first.
The section COSTS OF LIVING AND EVERYDAY EXPENSES on p.104-105 introduce something I like a lot in roleplaying games - monthly upkeep that takes care of the annoying expense management activities that happens in other games such as Symbaroum. Helps to improve the roleplay aspect of the game by reducing the time spend on inventory management. The categories in the table 6.1 define different standards and upkeep for the different environments.
In my understanding of the rules, the player picks how he would like to live and ensures he has the necessary funds each month. Those cover the expenses and I more or less tend to use this system as the Credit Rating one in Call of Cthulhu, where you don’t track an expense unless it is above your daily allowance. Here it is not that detailed, but I can say that you have to find a money to buy this everyday item as it is big portion of your living standard.
So for me, it does not matter if the PCs spend most of their time flying, on the planet’s surface or 50/50, they want to aim for this kind of lifestyle.
Now, in the SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE on p.155. there is the following sentence: Servicing your ship (a technology test) also resupplies food, drink and other consumables, as well as reactor isotopes, antimatter etc.
You see where I am going. The players state that because they own expensive ship, they don’t have to do any upkeep based on the costs of living table and every time they service the ship all is good. They can live like kings because have Class 4 ship for example.
I disagree here, because I compare it to the real life scenario - if i own expensive property, its taxes and maintenance fees are high, but it does not mean that I automatically get expensive furniture, the best food shipped from around the globe and etc.
How do you handle this if you happened to have such discussion with your groups?