Nikola Statkov
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In the Rulebook should I explain the custom game setup at the beginning along with the default setup or should I create a separate section at the end of rulebook?

There are areas where players can and put pieces & areas where they cannot. Also, there is a specific order which players should follow when putting pieces. So maybe that makes the custom setup a bit more advanced & I should put it at the back of the rulebook so as not to confuse newbies..?
 
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My vote is at the beginning. Keep like items in the same area. As long as it's clearly labeled or easy to differentiate that it's a custom setup via the head or page color.
 
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I think this depends mostly on how you want to market the custom version. Is this the full/advanced version of the rules that players should "graduate" to once they know what they're doing, or is this a spin-off/variant that players can safely ignore if they're happy with the regular rules?
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Nikola Statkov
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Antistone wrote:
I think this depends mostly on how you want to market the custom version. Is this the full/advanced version of the rules that players should "graduate" to once they know what they're doing, or is this a spin-off/variant that players can safely ignore if they're happy with the regular rules?


Inexperienced players can make mistakes when custom-setting up their pieces. The regular set up is great & the pieces are well protected. A custom setup is not 'better', but rather it is just different. You can setup your pieces more defensively or more offensively. So there is no "graduation" to knowing how to set them up better, just differently.
 
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The question isn't really "how are the rules different?", it's "how do you want your players to feel about the different rules?" How you organize your rulebook is an opportunity for you to influence players' perceptions about the various parts of your game.

A pretty substantial chunk of your playerbase is likely to follow your recommendation about how to play--even if that recommendation is only implied, and whether or not you realize that you implied it.
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At the end or in a separate book, wherever you present variations.
 
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Depends on how you frame it. Is the custom set up and alternative version or and advanced version of your game? If it's advanced, put it in the same area with your original set up, so players can keep it in mind and know to graduate to that version once they're comfortable. If it's an alternate version that is more about changing up the rules rather than scaling to player skill, then I would stick that at the end. (I should say that I'm biased and don't care for alternative rules, so my placement choice results from that).
 
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If there are other rules that go with the alternate setup, then all the changes could go at the end. If it only is an alternate setup, keep it with the main rules, but separate in text box or shaded area or something to really set it off. I’ve played games that have only a couple rule changes for a 2 player version, but are in a separate section and a pain to flip back and forth to try and catch everything. Some that have full changes in every phase of the game, separate rules makes sense to me.
 
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My vote is the back.
 
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Nikola Statkov
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great advice, guys, thank you a lot! I have decided to put it at the end - it is 1 page exactly.
 
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