Ah...apologies for misunderstanding your intent. Cool and intriguing ideas, to be sure. But would it would over-burden or water-down an individual Wiki entry page if the idea was taken too far?
I guess I'm wondering what the main focus of a YSDC Wiki page should be. Brief summary? One part of a reference library? Review? Obviously, if Players read the whole text of any given page the mystery is potentially spoiled for everyone. What about Keepers who also enjoy their time as Players but also want to use the YSDC Wiki?
Please understand that these are genuine questions on my part and not meant to be contrarian. I've only done the Mansions of Madness scenarios so far, and tried to be as thorough as time has allowed, but now wonder if I've included too much or too little in adding to the collective knowledge.
The scope and totality of the Wiki may have unhinged my mind....
No apology needed; they're good questions, and - I fear don't know the answers yet about whether it will be too much or where too far is. It's an experiment, and one I've not tried yet, or fully worked out how to get started.
I can say I think I know exactly what you mean about worrying about whether you've been including too much or too little, and about the scope and totality of the Wiki unhinging your mind - I feel exactly the same way. I keep trying to remind myself that even an earnest step forward is a great help to everyone involved, and gives future writers a starting point to add more: some of the pages I've worked on were started by other people, and included only page count, title, author, and a short blurb of text from Chaosium's catalog, but even that's a great help. Yet, it's hard not to look around at all the "rabbit-holes" I could fall into and feel a sense of dread and terror at the thought of getting lost in them and never getting out, while wondering if trying to avoid them is a mistake!
For my part, I'll try to stick to a plan: 1. I'll finish adding the scenario pages first with the amount of detail I've chosen to work with (that's an adventure in its own right, but at least it's been straight-forward so far), and 2. I'll worry about figuring out the monster pages and so on after I've done that, and try the experiment then, unless something that really catches my imagination comes up first.
In any event, I might try the experiment later or even just sleep on, realize it doesn't feel right, and scrap the whole idea: it wouldn't be the first time something that I imagined would be fun and easy to do revealed itself to be impractical or worse once I start trying to put it "on paper". Until I cross that bridge, though, it's up in the air - if someone else finds it interesting and wants to blaze that trail before me, I'll be fascinated to hear about how it works out.
As for the "Content" section vs. the back cover: I think I'd want to see both in an article describing the supplement, but I'd expect the back cover text to be a sales pitch, and the "Content" to describe what I'm actually getting: "Content" is a more detailed and factual account of exactly what I'm getting, while the back cover text is (in theory) meant to suggest why I should be interested in getting the content. For scenarios, it's somewhat like the way understood the Summary vs. Synopsis:
- Summary: "The crew of a mining spacecraft respond to a distress call, and soon learn that, in space, no one can hear you scream."
- Synopsis: "(spoilers!) Sci-fi/horror scenario in the spirit of classic 'B' films of earlier decades like It: The Terror From Beyond Space and The Planet of the Vampires, in which the crew of a mining spacecraft respond to a distress call, find that the signal is coming from an alien space ship, and stumble upon a parasitic alien monster that finds its way into the bowels of the mining ship, where, like a slasher movie, it begins killing the crew off one at a time. The characters must find the alien and destroy it, before it's too late." (Different people will have different ideas about how much or how little information to include here, and I think that's alright.)
Edited by yronimoswhateley, 16 September 2015 - 01:48 PM.