Wall. Of. Text.
Bit 'o trivia: When the game started over in Reloaded, the lead designer gave the dev team a 150 character limit on all cards.
There are indeed lots of words on it, but as the game ages there is hopefully a bit more room to explore complicated effects even if my personal sympathies are for the short and snappy! We're a few years in, so a few complicated cards have their place, while base sets should be shorter and simpler. That said, I wouldn't want a whole expansion of complicated cards!
Was the designer in question Mark Wooton? He gave my younger brother a very generous trade when we were getting started in L5R, Mark has always struck me as a decent person with a good grasp of design principles. I don't know him properly, but I met him again in Birmingham last year (almost two decades later?!) and thanked him for his work on Doomtown.
Phillip - glad to see you're excited by both the card and the art. I look forward to seeing how people work this in to a different flavour of Sloane Deck.