Episode 3 – Rulebook sins

This time we look at more boardgame terms, co-operative, competitive and gateway games, and also at some cardinal sins in rulebooks.

Music: Black Moons by The 126er on YouTube


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3 Replies to “Episode 3 – Rulebook sins”

  1. RogerBW

    Catching up…

    I think one of the best decisions a game designer can make is not to write the rulebook themselves. Instead, find an experienced game teacher, ideally one who’s also a technical writer, and get them to lay it out in a way that’s easy to learn rather than a way that comes out of the design process. It’s far too easy for a designer to know subconsciously how the game works, and forget actually to specify eveyrthing in detail.

    A FAQ is an admission that you messed up the rulebook / text on components.

    • Oliver

      Thank you for your comment, Roger.

      You’re right. Rulebook writing is a specialized skill. If you have no option, then, by all means, write the rulebook yourself, but you should really invest the money to get it professionally written.

    • Antoinette

      Hi Roger! Lovely to see you’ve crossed platforms 🙂 I completely agree with you. Having someone other than the game’s designer write the rules is the best approach I think. You’re too close to the game to write objectively.
      Thanks for leaving a comment!

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