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Feedback sought for Deckbuilding/Spelling game rulebook

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KAndrw
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Cross-post from BGG:
www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1008395/

I've been working on a deckbuilding spelling game (Scrabble runs into Ascension in a dark alley, there's a scuffle) for a couple of years ago, so imagine my disappointment when Paperback was launched on Kickstarter a few weeks ago. Doubly disappointing was how fun it looked!

But I think there are enough differences between that game and my game, Dexikon, that it's worth pushing ahead. And now that Paperback's run on Kickstarter has finished, I can post details without feeling like a spiteful saboteur!

Here is the current rulebook for the game, as well as a gallery file showing all of the cards. I'll be releasing a PnP playtest version with correct numbers and proportions of cards and/or sending playtesters printed copies some time in the future.

www.scatteredfleet.com/data/dexikon_rulebook_v3_0.pdf
www.scatteredfleet.com/data/dexikon_gallery_lowres.pdf

For now I'd really like some feedback on the readability and intuitiveness of the rulebook and the game in general. Any other comments are also very welcome!

I'm very aware that the rulebook needs more pictures, so it would be wonderful to be told what things people are having the most difficulty understanding - then I can tailor the images to help express those concepts.

Cheers!

Note - feedback on BGG has already exposed that I missed a pretty major rule out of the rulebook:
In addition to the face-down pool stack and a six card face-up pool mentioned in the rules, there should be a face-up 'returns' pile. Returned cards should go to the returns stack. In addition, before buying cards, a player can chose to move the entire pool into the returns pile, then restock the pool. After buying cards, the pool is restocked at the end of the turn.

regzr
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Please let us know when the rule book has been updated.

And don't worry, rival (PB) is not a perfect game. I don't like $ dollar signs, they're unnecessary. By the way, the narrative theme and "buying a western" conflicts, books supposed to be written, not bought along the narrative. A pure abstract is okay.

-regzr

KAndrw
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The rulebook link has now

The rulebook link has now been updated, and the document now contains all the rules necessary to play the game (!)

If anybody has any feedback about aspects of the rules that would especially benefit from having an image to reinforce rules, I'd really appreciate it. It's quite difficult at this point to step back and evaluate these things objectively now.

regzr
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Of the rulebook V3.1

A picture or a chart of a readymade set-up on the table would be nice.

Phase 6 Cleanup
"Discard all the letters you played this turn, as well as all the cards left in your hand, then draw five new cards."
If one has never played a deckbuilding game, one may wonder where should he draw the five new cards from.

Check this.
Getting the last word
"...are still worth zero points."
(I admit my stupidity, I don't understand why is that. If it is fine, forget this.)

Book V3.1 is much better than the previous version. I think you must still consider to simplify the game a little bit. Look every card and effect closely and see if they are obligatory for the game.

-regzr

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