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The Zoogie People
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General comment about issues...

Postby The Zoogie People » Tue Aug 11, 2009 10:34 pm

writers: please, please, please please! refrain from giving your issues a freaking bajillion options. :blink: I like issues that are interesting. I like issues that have some depth. I don't like issues that have something like 8 different 2-or-3 line options that are barely distinguishable at times. Do some paring down!

Ah, sorry. Don't know if this is has been discussed already. Just a newfound pet peeve of mine, and I've only noticed it recently with a few issues. :lol:

(I do enjoy the new issues, by the way, and am not trying to knock those of you who have the time and creativity to come up with all these interesting issues. I just feel inundated by the choices and feel that it would be much, much better to have a couple, 3 or 4, solid options, rather than 8 "hm, these are all the clever responses I could think of, so I'll just throw them all in."

Am I the only one who feels this way? Discuss. :p

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Kandarin
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Re: General comment about issues...

Postby Kandarin » Tue Aug 11, 2009 11:47 pm

Issue content isn't just getting tossed in unaltered by writers. I'm sure a lot gets submitted, but the issues that actually get in are vetted (and tend to get a fair amount of editing) for a set of specific and complex criteria. Every issue that's gotten in has an original idea, a specific structure, and a certain wry brand of humor. In other words, if it still has 8 options when it's put in the game, it's probably because it's supposed to. If the current issues are any example, this can have a lot to do with the issue's structure. A large number of responses might be inappropriate in a reactive issue (Group X demands Y. Ban them? Support them? Do some other weird thing?) but for some other issues it makes sense that a myriad of options would be available. (Office Z is vacant. Here's a list of potential appointees and their plans!)
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Re: General comment about issues...

Postby Todd McCloud » Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:51 am

Kandarin wrote:Issue content isn't just getting tossed in unaltered by writers. I'm sure a lot gets submitted, but the issues that actually get in are vetted (and tend to get a fair amount of editing) for a set of specific and complex criteria. Every issue that's gotten in has an original idea, a specific structure, and a certain wry brand of humor. In other words, if it still has 8 options when it's put in the game, it's probably because it's supposed to. If the current issues are any example, this can have a lot to do with the issue's structure. A large number of responses might be inappropriate in a reactive issue (Group X demands Y. Ban them? Support them? Do some other weird thing?) but for some other issues it makes sense that a myriad of options would be available. (Office Z is vacant. Here's a list of potential appointees and their plans!)

I believe the maximum number of choices allowed per issue is seven.
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Re: General comment about issues...

Postby New South Hell » Sun Aug 16, 2009 4:04 pm

Todd McCloud wrote:I believe the maximum number of choices allowed per issue is seven.


Not so. There's an Easter egg with 12.

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Re: General comment about issues...

Postby Glen-Rhodes » Sun Aug 16, 2009 6:36 pm

For what it's worth, from this first batch of issues I'm editing, every single issue has more options than it needs to. I've stripped the unnecessary options. But sometimes a lot of options are necessary. Not all sides of an issue can be addressed with only two or three options.


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