I have started work on the first Flat Black gazetteer, under the working title Forty Exotic Worlds. Perhaps it will end up useful to GMs running other settings.
So far, I have a draft entry for one world, Tau Ceti. It’s 1,128 words including a column of standard data at the beginning, and it fits into two pages of Roger’s magical compromise pages, in double columns of generously readable 12-point Times New Roman. I think I’d be content to reduce the text size to 11-point if I needed to get more information across. I’m a bit more reluctant to advance to a third page.
I should like to get some feedback on the scope and format of this example entry. Is anything important missing? Is anything superfluous included? Is it succinct enough to read at the beginning of an adventure? Is it explicit and complete enough that you think a player who had a taste for this sort of thing would feel able to play a stranger visiting Tau Ceti and who had looked the place up in the Lonely Universe Tourist Guide? Would this be too much for you? Would this be really not enough for you? Do you think that the addition of material like what I wrote for the “Attractions” post in the thread about Tau Ceti a while ago would be valuable enough to justify extending to a third page?
There will eventually be a key to the tabulated data in the first column.