Draft Group Read Rules

Starshadw at aol.com Starshadw at aol.com
Mon Jun 10 07:05:06 PDT 2002

David – (Just noticed a typo in the first set of rules.  It's  a small one; there is an "if" instead of an "is" in the third paragraph: "Be aware that the main purpose of the list IS to provide a place for discussion until the message board on the website is up and running.")

Here are some draft rules for the Group Read, just because I have the time:

readalong at dragaera.info is fine, and group-read at dragaera.info would also be fine.

~~~~~~~~~~~ Scope of List and Rules Below ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This list, with Steven's permission, is to provide a central forum for those fans of his work also interested in role-playing to “read” one (only one at a time to avoid confusion) of his books at the same time and engage in discussion and speculation about said book.  This is basically a virtual book club.

Day-to-day operation is handled by "Paarfi" (reference should be obvious). All decisions of Paarfi are final until he changes his mind.  The current [8-Jun-2002] Paarfi is ???????????? <INSERT EMAIL>.

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