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Writing Tools: Performance List of Features (PDF), Research Supplement (PDF), & Dissertation (PDF)
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    Performance List of Features

    Includes ONE available document:

    * PDF - Performance List - Comprehensibility Features of Rulebooks, 8 pages

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    NOTE: The Performance List will be released in the future with a Creative Common License at no cost. The $2 reward level ensures that (1) you will be notified of the downloadable link in November and (2) supports additional prospective research in rulebook design.

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    Research Supplement

    Includes TWO available documents:

    * PDF - Research Supplement - Comprehensibility Features of Rulebooks, 200+ pages
    * PDF - Performance List - Comprehensibility Features of Rulebooks, 8 pages

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    Dissertation

    Includes ALL available documents:

    * PDF - Dissertation - Comprehensibility of Game Rulebooks: Perspectives from a Community of Practice, 250+ pages
    * PDF - Research Supplement - Comprehensibility Features of Rulebooks, 200+ pages
    * PDF - Performance List - Comprehensibility Features of Rulebooks, 8 pages

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    Personal Rulebook Evaluation

    This reward includes all rewards from the Dissertation level and the following:

    I will evaluate a rulebook of a game that you provide. The rulebook can be a prototype for feedback before publication OR of a published rulebook before reprinting. Any shipping will be at your expense.

    I will provide a detailed scoring summary and recommendations using the Performance List's 92 weighted features. A rulebook can be evaluated without a physical copy of the game but 7 of the 92 features may not be possible to include in the evaluation.

    Turn around time will be within two-weeks after receiving the rulebook. The evaluation does NOT include any rewriting, editing, layout, or formatting of the rulebook. The feedback I provide will serve as a guide for any possible changes you decide to make on your end.

    Provided rulebooks will be evaluated in the order received. Add $100 to this level for evaluation results to be presented in a maximum two-hour Zoom meeting or in person in Las Vegas.

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    Zoom Workshop: (4) two-hour sessions

    This reward includes all rewards from the Dissertation level and the following:

    Attend an 8 hour online Zoom workshop to learn hands-on how to use all three documents to write, evaluate, and revise rulebooks and explore recommendations on developing supplemental rulebook materials and in-game reference supports.

    Each of the (4) two-hour sessions will be graduate level in detail but accessible for neophytes drawing on my 24 year public/university teaching experience; the last 4 years being a full-time online instructor.

    These sessions will be offered in the following registration block. Do NOT select this reward if you cannot attend the dates and times of these sessions:

    November Workshop
    Sundays 8:00 am to 10:00 am PST
    Dates 11/2, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22

    Workshop recordings will be available for 3 months if a session is missed and to support learning through repeat viewings.

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