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POLL: Rules: Plain Language or Added Flavor?


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Personal logo Dasher Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member writes:

Rules up front.
Flavor in the back.


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
added flavor
46
27%
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other (explain)
10
6%
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plain language
103
60%
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no opinion
12
7%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

Plasticviking3 says:

Do gamers find it enjoyable or irritating to get a ruleset which uses a lot of period jargon or foreign words?

If I write the perfect set of rules for the Sardinian Sheep War of 1534, is it better to include a lot of local terms to add color, to give this gaming 'period' some authenticity and also show I have read at least one book about?

Or is it better to try only to use plain language and assume the players can find authentic detail themselves from other sources than a rulebook?

N.B. This is not about how much period information is given in a rulesbook, but about the terminology used in the rules.

For example: psiloi or light infantry / port and starboard in a naval game or left and right / Klingon words for this and that or just use English?

Poll set up by Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian, based on this pre-poll discussion.