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Council of Elrond • View topic - A Universal Rules Document?

A Universal Rules Document?

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Re: A Universal Rules Document?

Postby Bandobras Took » Tue Aug 17, 2010 5:32 pm

My work has gone into overtime mode, and incorporating the CoE rulings is naturally the slowest part of the process, so the next version update may take a while. Rest assured I am still working on it. :)

As a side note, I'm altering the version plan slightly: 3.0 will include all NetRep rulings, be they card or concept related. This will prevent having to go through the digests twice.
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Re: A Universal Rules Document?

Postby Thorsten the Traveller » Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:43 pm

Good thinking.
Any inkling as to how many pages the final document will be? :D
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Re: A Universal Rules Document?

Postby Bandobras Took » Wed Aug 18, 2010 3:34 am

Too many. :)

As a side note, many of the questions and answers are simply rehashes of things already made clear in the rules; these I am not including. I am also rewriting the answers to avoid the "question and answer format." This should save a little space.
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Re: A Universal Rules Document?

Postby Bandobras Took » Wed Aug 18, 2010 4:22 am

Version 2.2: All of Van Norton's digests incorporated. Added a correction from the CreecH.
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Re: A Universal Rules Document?

Postby Jose-san » Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:41 am

Some feedback about the document structure after skimming it:

- I would put "Glossary of Terms" after "Game Mechanics" as is usual in this kind of documents. Also I find a bit discouraging for new players.
- I don't think that "A. Building a Deck", "B. Starting Cards" and "I. Victory Conditions" should be part of "III. Player Turn Summary".
- Please, use different symbols for nested list. It can be confusing.

I'm reading it in detail now. It looks great!
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Re: A Universal Rules Document?

Postby Bandobras Took » Wed Aug 18, 2010 1:10 pm

Some of the earlier posts suggested the idea of a simplified rules document for beginners, which I'm all for.

I put the general flow of the game under the Player Turn Summary, which includes both deck building and victory conditions. It seemed natural enough to go Beginning of Game -> Turn Cycle -> End of Game.

I'll consider moving the glossary, but I definitely wanted some space between it and the card rulings.
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Re: A Universal Rules Document?

Postby Bandobras Took » Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:27 am

I've incorporated the first 10 CoE digests, found two egregious errors, one controversial ruling, and complained more about the inconsistent Adunaphel ruling. :)
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Re: A Universal Rules Document?

Postby thorondor » Fri Aug 20, 2010 12:03 pm

suggestion: can you document these wrong rulings and inconsistencies? would help a lot to have them fixed.
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Re: A Universal Rules Document?

Postby Bandobras Took » Fri Aug 20, 2010 1:20 pm

I posted the big one on the Rules Forum. The problem is that they may have been overturned in later digests, so I'm hesitant to panic too much.
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Re: A Universal Rules Document?

Postby Vastor Peredhil » Sun Aug 22, 2010 9:50 am

AWESOME :)
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Re: A Universal Rules Document?

Postby Bandobras Took » Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:27 am

Updated with CoE 11-20. Digest 20 was pretty easy. ;)

Incidentally, the Digests are still entitled "weekly" at this point. Perhaps we should prod the NetRep to at least do a monthly "I'm here and browsing the forums" post? :)
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Re: A Universal Rules Document?

Postby Bandobras Took » Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:51 pm

Updated with 21-25, and asked a few more questions on the Rules forum. :)
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Re: A Universal Rules Document?

Postby Bandobras Took » Fri Aug 27, 2010 3:45 am

Updated with 26-30 (including 27a & b). Found a reference to a Balrog rulebook that doesn't appear on the CoE website. We've only got a 5-page Balrog rulebook.
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Re: A Universal Rules Document?

Postby Bandobras Took » Tue Aug 31, 2010 4:34 pm

Konrad Klar has graciously donated some scans of the complete MEBA rulebook so that I can incorporate a couple of vital rules found there and nowhere else. I suggest anybody who knows him and can reach him buy him a drink of his choice. :)

I'm also off of overtime at work, so should be able to do some consistent work on incorporating the complete MEBA rules as well as some more CoE digests. 8)
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Re: A Universal Rules Document?

Postby Bandobras Took » Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:02 am

Incorporated the MEBA complete rules and 30-35, including a little gem from Chad Martin about the Balrog turn summary and influencing cards controlled by an avatar. ;)
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