Man, Steve tore through the manuscript and really punched it up, based on a year of play. And I got pages of great notes from people who have played and found the book confusing in spots, or hard to parse, or had questions unanswered by the text. So I’m weeding it and adding stuff based on Steve’s really hard edit and it is looking great. I cannot wait to hand it over to Patrick, who is going to lay it out again in a more sensible way. It’s going to be easier to read and play.

One super interesting trend – 80-90% of the procedural confusion stems from things that are directly addressed in sidebars. This means that people don’t read them. Which means they are going away.

Grey Ranks, Second Edition

4 thoughts on “Grey Ranks, Second Edition

  • April 21, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Sweet. Looking forward to the new edition!

  • April 21, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    that sidebar thing is really interesting.

  • April 22, 2009 at 7:04 am

    It’s the 6×9″ format, I’m sure. The sidebars are too narrow; I think they unconsciously get read as noise or decoration. Or they are too hard to parse and people give up.

  • April 23, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    I’m never sure when to break from reading the main text to read sidebars, especially if there aren’t natural places to stop on the same page as the sidebars. I also think, from D&D et al, many roleplayers are likely to consider sidebars to be optional.

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