No - this is it for me. I think I'm done with it now.
I've squeezed in everything I think is relevant to Trail from all the other GUMSHOE games into this last version and I'm finally happy with the language and layout.
I was aiming at a minimal level of verbiage but still retaining proper sentence structure so anyone familiar with RPGs could read it and be ready to play ToC.
Initially it was just an exercise for me to get to grips with the ToC rules since I could see by reading the rulebook that, at its heart, it was a very simple game, but unfortunately the rulebook tends to splatter the rules all over the place rather than presenting them in a nice structured orderly fashion. I know there is a balancing act between making the rules clear and not making the book too dry by including theme text but I'm not sure the ToC rulebook managed to navigate that road so successfully.
It's been through several iterations - the first was just a Word doc. Then I wanted to learn PDF layout skills so gave it the look of the official rulebook. After that it got various rules added as I acquired other GUMSHOE products and fixed a few errors or made the language clearer.
Unless there are any actual errors left in there, I probably won't change it until after any ToC 2nd Edition comes out which might mean a revisit.
If anyone wants to make a "supercondensed" set of rules from them then feel free.
I'm toying with the idea of making my own version of what I think should be on a ToC Keeper screen which might fit the criteria.
Edited by Tony Williams, 13 May 2015 - 09:41 PM.