Shannon V. OKeets
From: Honolulu, Hawaii
A clarification please on various rules.... I am a little confused and unclear on the various location and purposes of the rules.
there are the printed manuals that come with this computer game (I dont have those)
the rules as coded
the rules as written
the players manual vol. 1
the players manual vol. 2
I am only now starting to think about this as I have just been browsing them all looking for answers. Can someone put these maybe in order or provide some sort of explanation for them? Hope that makes sense?
Rules as Written are the 'official' rules for Australian Design Group (ADG) for the board game. Those rules have been evolving since 1985 and there are numerous versions, including special rules for each Add-on to the original game. The rules from ADG continue to be modified to this day, and there is no reason to expect that to change - ADG just keeps on changing the rules for the board game.
Rules as Coded are the rules used in MWIF. As Paul noted, they are an amalgamation of various rule sets into a single document. For the most part, they are the rules from ADG as of 2009. Rewriting code to keep up with ADG's rule changes grew tiresome after several years - so I made a cut-off date are (pretty much) stopped making changes for "new and improved" rule sets from ADG. I made a serious attempt to NOT change the text from Rules as Written - although that was painful for me to do - what with me majoring in English in college.
Because the 'Rules' are written in a legalistic style, leaving the player to infer the implications of each sentence/phrase/word, I wrote the Players Manual (with a lot of advice and input from other experienced players) to present the elements of the simulated world in a narrative style. The organization of the Players Manual has some intentional redundancy to make access to information easier to find.
The 3 printed books are RAC and the 2 volumes of the Players Manual, split into 3 books for ease of printing and use. While Rules as Written was 80 pages of double column, small font text, the 3 printed manuals came in at over 700 pages.
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