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April 5th, 2003
06:45 am


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For consideration at the next meeting
NOTE: This was supposed to be in 100percentwork, but I don't have posting access to that community. Can someone fix that, please?

(So, are we meeting this Wednesday for sure?)

This relates to how to refer to the different categories of a multi-category skill within the skill itself.

Since Pain of Life from the Comsez is in front of me now, I'll use that as an example. Pain of Life has the categories Range, Effectiveness, Speed, and Duration. We (I forget which subset of "we" this was) had previously decided to refer to these categories just like that, "Range", "Effectiveness", "Speed", "Duration". The Comsez template is doing things a bit differently. "Pain of Life: speed", for example. And usually, it's in bold: "Pain of Life: speed". I think this is a bit better, and a bit less likely to cause confusion to someone. I don't think it needs to be in bold, but I do like the idea of having the skill name in there. I would definitely capitalize the subcategory, though. So it would look like:
This power takes 10 actions to activate. Every 10% in Pain of Life: Speed beyond 20% reduces the casting time by 1 action, with a minimum casting time of 2 actions. A successful speed casting conjures the spell as if the caster's Pain of Life: Speed score were 30% higher.

For now, I'm marking up the files to be like the original way that we had settled on, but I thought I'd throw this out there for consideration.

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Date:April 5th, 2003 05:18 am (UTC)
Funny. I had actually thought it was repetitive to keep including the spell name with each of the categories, and was hoping you'd remove that. I trust your judgement and experience as a copyeditor, and if you think it should stay....
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Date:April 5th, 2003 05:29 am (UTC)
Yes, it's repetitive, but I think we should keep in mind that people aren't always going to be reading the whole skill at once. I assume they may read the whole thing once initially, and then later will only read the bits they need. We need to make sure that the way we refer to the subcategories is both consistent and clear, and I think doing it the way I suggested is the best way to do that. We also don't want these subcategories being confused with other skills. I don't know all of the skills, but I could imagine that there is (or might be in the future) a skill called Strike, or a skill called Speed, and we wouldn't want there to be any confusion between those skills and Touch of Blood: Strike and Touch of Blood: Speed, for example.
Date:April 5th, 2003 10:15 am (UTC)
Very good point. I agree. :-)
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Date:April 7th, 2003 04:43 am (UTC)


Well, you are a member of the group, so I don't know why you can't post. Did you actually join? You wouldn't be able to post otherwise. I noticed that you'd never made a top level post before. Go and try and join and see if that fixes the problem.
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Date:April 7th, 2003 05:06 am (UTC)

Re: Hrmmm...

That's pretty weird. I'm a member, but I still have to join? Anyway, it worked.
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