Foresight 2010

Foresight received a thorough revision in 2003-5 including blind testing, but the results were never published — although you can download a near final version here. I’ve considered self-publishing it through lulu.com, and just discovered that it’s very easy to publish to the Kindle (which I do not plan to buy until I find out what Apple has planned).

Back when the Newton first came out I planned to produce a version of Foresight for the Newton based on the deliriously optimistic idea that Newtons would become ubiquitous. I also started work on a pure HTML version of ForeSight some time ago.

The obvious thing to do at this point would be to convert the latest version of Foresight entirely to XML, and then build an XSL presentation layer on top of it — allowing instant delivery as HTML (which is also the best way of getting stuff onto the Kindle), and relatively easy porting to any other platform. The beauty of XML delivery would be the ease with which tools could be delivered or even embedded in the rules (e.g. the character sheet could simply be driven by XML skill and background data).

Foresight always pushed the envelope in terms of what was easy to lay out via DTP (e.g. its tables exceeded the maximum complexity supported by most word-processors of a given generation). Electronic delivery seems like the way to go — assuming anyone wants it.

Let me know if you have any interest.

  • Sean Case

    I’d buy a Kindle version. I already have the ForeSight 2004 PDF on my Kindle, even though the type is painfully small on the standard Kindle screen.

    I don’t know what has to be done to enable sales for the “international” Kindle. I believe we have a smaller catalogue than the US Kindle store. In Oz, we definitely don’t get access to the web at large: just Wikipedia and Amazon.

  • David M Jacobs

    Depending on the price, I may have a hard time justifying its necessity to my other half, but I’d love to pick up a print(/able) copy, if only for nostalgia’s sake. I’m still not entirely sold on Kindle, however; its DRM issues aside, I’m still a sucker for wood pulp.

  • I think I’ll make it available via lulu and any electronic distribution channel I can manage. Publishing to the Kindle will actually be a lot more work than publishing via lulu, but if I want to make sure the two versions are consistent that’s going to be more work still. Being a perfectionist, it’s unlikely any format changes will not result in content changes…

  • Sean Case

    I just got my Kindle DX. The PDF of ForeSight 2004 is gorgeous on the bigger screen.