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Personal logo Jerboa Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Sep 2023 3:06 p.m. PST

Looking for proofreading

I am in the process of finishing writing a set of Napoleonic rules driven by order counters placed by units. Counters are placed face down, then flipped and matched for combat results.

The rules are very simple and fast, for 1:100 miniatures or smaller, at battalion / squadron level. The level of abstraction does not favour larger scales.

Combat does not include dice rolling, but d6 are used for auxiliary procedures, like rally, unit quality and terrain protection saves.
No written orders, no counters apart from orders, no bookkeeping.

Any bases can be used, though wide frontage single bases will require shaken tokens, instead of the base offset system proposed. But no rebasing or modification will be required in any case.

This new gaming system has very high solo playabily, with a few tweaks the game can play itself.

Expecting maximum 16-18 written pages, without the explanatory drawings. Planning to have the basic draft ready in two weeks.
Looking for a proofreader, for a fair price.

Thank you

arthur181503 Sep 2023 1:50 a.m. PST

I am interested. I was one of the proofreaders of Henry Hyde's two books on wargames and campaigns, and proofread Bob Cordery's Portable Wargame books, and taught English in independent schools for thirty-five years. I am a long-time Napoleonic wargamer, was in a reenactment unit when a student, and have contributed articles on Napoleonic wargaming to several wargame magazines, such as Miniature Wargames.

If you would like to discuss further, please email me using my username AT yahoo DOT co DOT uk

Personal logo Jerboa Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Sep 2023 8:37 a.m. PST

Truly excellent references, keeping the address.

Thank you

Andrew Walters03 Sep 2023 9:55 a.m. PST

Proofreading rules! I salute you!

If I had a dollar…

If I weren't so busy I would love to help. Good luck, the rules sound interesting!

evilgong13 Sep 2023 6:24 p.m. PST

Hi there

I'm happy to review and proof your work.

(I have a number of play-test credits in published rules)

send to dfmbrown (at) mpx.com.au

Regards

David F Brown

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP14 Sep 2023 2:03 p.m. PST

One tool you can try for free…

I was taught to read my work, aloud, to hear it spoken, gives you a pretty good proofread.

Modern technology to the rescue: Adobe Acrobat Reader (free!) will read aloud a PDF file to you: load your file; click -- View|Read Out Loud|Activate Read Out Loud. It skips if the text is not continuous, but it is worth a try. Cheers!

dapeters15 Sep 2023 8:41 a.m. PST

Me, me, me (some will get the joke.)

Personal logo Jerboa Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Sep 2023 3:45 a.m. PST

Sgt Slag
Modern technology to the rescue: Adobe Acrobat Reader (free!) will read aloud a PDF file to you: load your file; click -- View|Read Out Loud|Activate Read Out Loud. It skips if the text is not continuous, but it is worth a try.

Nice tip, thanx.
The problem is that I will make some errors too obvious for an English speaker.
There is also a large difference between having the text professionally proofread (like I had in AWE 10) or having a wargamer checking the whole text for consistency.

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