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Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Mar 2008 8:03 p.m. PST

I am in the process of building a Rules Directory similar to the now-defunct directory here on TMP. I'm looking for volunteers to write reviews as well. The goal of these reviews is less about a critical review as about an overview of the rules. It should eliminate a lot of those "what dice do these rules use?" and "tell me about Rules AXZ – how do they handle combat?" type threads here on TMP.

The latest review I have written is of Galactic Knights, the ship-to-ship space combat game by Monday Knight Productions.

You can check it all out here:

link

And you can leave comments of your own as well! We'd especially like to hear from people who actively play these games!

Mark "Extra Crispy" Severin
Owner, ScaleCreep.com
Author, DeepFriedHappyMice.com

Rhoderic III and counting Inactive Member15 Mar 2008 10:07 a.m. PST

Your rules directory is a great initiative and I'd like to contribute (to the small extent that I can), but I seem to be having trouble e-mailing you for the form. The address at your "Say Howdy" page doesn't seem to be working.

emckinney15 Mar 2008 1:08 p.m. PST

Mark, this is a great initiative!

The rules genre menu, though, is unnecessary "look at me!"-ware. It would be quicker if you just made an indented list with all of the sub-genres, with each of those linking to a page listing all of the reviews in that sub-genre.

For one thing, when you have a lot of reviews, I'll want to use CTRL+F to quickly find the one I'm looking for.

For another, JavaScript menus don't work on my Palm Tungsten. I suspect that there are plenty of other mobile devices they won't work on, which some folks might be using while in a game store or at a convention ("Do I want to buy this? The clerk doesn't know anything about the rules themselves …").

And yes, I have seen people download game errata and the like on handhelds at conventions. I store several rules sets on my Palm Tungsten because of its search ability (quick to find specialized rules).

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Mar 2008 1:16 p.m. PST

Rhoderic:

I'll get that fixed but in the meantime the address to use is rulesdirectory at deepfriedhappymice dot com

McKinney:

I'll take a look at the menu structure. I use that one because my software program generates it automatically as I add pages. Plus with even just a few entries per category it becomes a VERY long page. Okay for searching but hard to browse. Still, I'll see what I can do to make it more user friendly.

PS You're the front runner for the Techno-Weenie award – d0wnloading gaming stuff to a mobile device? That's nerdiness squared :-)

DesertScrb17 Mar 2008 4:48 p.m. PST

Thanks, Mark. As one of the few Galactic Knights players on this board, I appreciate you taking time to give us your take on the rules. The website looks good to me.

As to your review itself:

I've read the rulebook several times and played the game a few times as well. All in all, I'd say you gave a good review of the game. You were very accurate in your summary of game play. It's easy to learn, quick and simple to play. In the games I've played, the longest (total of 8 ships) took under 2 hours.

One critique of the game that I have: There are waaaaaay too many typos for a professionaly designed and marketed game. Most of them are merely annoying (misspellings in the fluff sidebars) but some of them could cause confusion among players, such as the typo on the quick reference card. It gives the wrong number of damage points a HPB does at long range (4 instead of 2). This book could have used one more round of proofreading.

DesertScrb17 Mar 2008 4:49 p.m. PST

… and yes, I misspelled professionally in my last paragraph above complaining about typos.

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