I've been playing Ashen Stars for a good year now, and we went through four of the published adventures (Pleasure bringers, Dead Rock Seven, Justice Trade, Terra Nova), two homebrew adventures and some extra stuff that came out of the personal arcs of the characters.
Except for one adventure, the laser's Reputation kept rising after each scenario. In the very first adventure (one of the homebrews), I could habe been harder on them Reputation-wise, but I thought it to be better to play nice in the first sessions. However, I kind of regret that now, because in most of the published adventures, there really aren't any hard choices that might lead to reputation loss, and a lot of opportunities to gain reputation. By now, I have startet to fiddle around with the personal arc of some of the characters to get them to do some shady stuff, but in the end, the planet-saving in adventures like Justice Trade and Pleasure Bringers always means that they come out of each scenario with a positive score.
Maybe that's okay and my players are just awesome (actually, they are!). But the constant rise of reputation has big repercussions for the game: The time between contracts goes down, so by now, they have much more money that they need, and it becomes hard to believe that they would keep up their humble laser lifestyle. In my last homebrew adventure, they even decided to forego their payment, doing "the right thing" instead, even against the wishes of their contractors; they also lost their shuttle and had to buy a new one for 20, and they had to pay an informant for 15 - and still they have more than 100 bigcreds.
Has anyone else encountered similar problems? I don't want to hose them by delibaretly looking for ways to reduce their reputation or take away their money, but on the other hand, the whole campaign would be much more interesting if money was an issue for them from time to time ...
(Another factor in this is probably that they have very low upkeep - none of the Viroware and Cyberware enhancements seem particularly enticing to them, and neither do the bolt-ons. At least, they started upgrading their ship specs after a pretty close call in spaceship fight in the last adventure.)