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Terry Bailey Sr.
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I just finished reading the rulebook. I have one disappointment. I looked at the end of the rulebook to see who the technical writer was that wrote the rules. I wanted to come here and praise him. Alas no mention of who it was. Whoever you are you deserver credit. This rulebook is the best I have read. Other companies should use this as an example of how to do a rulebook. Thank you anonymous person whoever you are.
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It's so funny. Clearly this person did a great job, because of all the praise heaped on this rulebook, but for some reason I had a lot of trouble getting through this one. And I'm no stranger to reading rules, having read plenty of rulebooks online prior to purchase, having done official rules translations before, etc. Perhaps this one was written in a style that just doesn't jive with me.

But whatever. I'll echo the Kudos. This book clearly works for a lot of folks, and that's no small feat.
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David Short
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Agreed. This rulebook was ridiculously good. This is a meaty game with intricate mechanisms, but the rulebook cuts it up into easily digestable morsels. Very well done.
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jasonwocky wrote:
It's so funny. Clearly this person did a great job, because of all the praise heaped on this rulebook, but for some reason I had a lot of trouble getting through this one. And I'm no stranger to reading rules, having read plenty of rulebooks online prior to purchase, having done official rules translations before, etc. Perhaps this one was written in a style that just doesn't jive with me.

But whatever. I'll echo the Kudos. This book clearly works for a lot of folks, and that's no small feat.


It's a matter of taste. It's generally very clear, but for me it's a little too wordy which clouds up some areas which are inherently simple to understand. It does not stand up with something like Dominant Species in terms of rule book awesomeness.
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Curt Carpenter
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Presentation is good. But there are some niggling issues with the rules. A FAQ was required, and there are still some debates. See the threads.
 
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Terry - I totally agree with you. This rule book is (to me) the best organized, easiest to understand, I have seen. I'm usually the one to read the rules and teach the games to other players, and have been doing so for over 50 years. I've waded through the Avalon Hill rules from Advanced Civ and Up Front to today's modern games - so I can grasp rules. But this one deserves a star IMO. Good job (and unique IMO).
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I agree. Very well done rulebook. Unfortunately, as Curt pointed out, there was at least one issue that wasn't clearly covered- when actions MUST be fulfilled.
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shadow9d9 wrote:
I agree. Very well done rulebook. Unfortunately, as Curt pointed out, there was at least one issue that wasn't clearly covered- when actions MUST be fulfilled.


That's the only one I've seen that I didn't feel was crystal clear. What else?
 
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Curt Carpenter
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Dearlove wrote:
shadow9d9 wrote:
I agree. Very well done rulebook. Unfortunately, as Curt pointed out, there was at least one issue that wasn't clearly covered- when actions MUST be fulfilled.


That's the only one I've seen that I didn't feel was crystal clear. What else?

Issues covered in the FAQ:
Whether doublers/money is limited.
Which spaces exactly can be reused by "single worker".
When exactly the extra black worker provides his benefit.
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Lee Fisher
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The scoring is still quite confusing and very easy to mess up!

But good once you get it down.
 
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Robert Stewart
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I judge rulebooks on three goals:

1) Learning the game - better than average
2) Completeness - a few holes (component limits, and a couple of obscure details - black worker interactions, and which actions can be partially completed)
3) Ease of reference - better than average but not perfect - the one time I played, we had trouble finding some of the rules to answer questions as they came up.

Overall, the rulebook is much better than the average rulebook, but Dominant Species remains my pick for best rulebook I've encountered.
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I echo the praises here. I've been playing games for a long time, and this is one of the best rule books I've ever read. Absolutely clear and concise.
 
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