I got a two-star review for Sword Noir over at RPG Now/Drive-thru RPG which brought up some very salient points. It’s unfortunate that Sword Noir didn’t work for this individual, and with the Sword’s Edge System now out for free, people can testdrive a version of the rules before paying good money for the genre-addition.
The thing is, the review is correct in that the rules don’t require one to create a specialist, though that is part of the Sword Noir concept—encapsulated in a paragraph I’ve reproduced so many times, I ‘m going to pass on doing so yet again. A poster on a messageboard pointed out that the rules would allow one to build whatever one wants, that it is not limited to a Sword Noir-style character. That was a feature, but it’s also kind of a bug. Much of the system was built to meet a definition, but in that example, it failed to do so.
That does not mean the system is faulty. I think the system works great, but then again, it’s cobbled together from a bunch of other great systems, so that is to be expected.
The reviewer also states that Sword Noir needed an editor. Well, it had an editor, and I think he did a great—as did everyone who worked on Sword Noir. That’s not to say there are no mistakes. Being humans, I would expect mistakes. What I would appreciate from all of you out there is to let me know what the mistakes are. I certainly want to know aspects of the system itself that could be improved—because I think everything can be improved—but what I am referring to here are spelling, grammatical, and usage mistakes.
Is a rule clunky, in that it is difficult to interpret? Let me know.
Did I misspell something? Let me know.
Is the writing obscure, impeding understanding? Let me know.
I intend to do an update of the rules before Sword Noir is available as a PoD. That’s based on feedback. I love feedback. It helps me make things better.
More on that later.