Ok. Duly noted and I'm thinking about it. I almost wonder if it would help if I got rid of the acronym page... thus obscuring the quantity of acronyms so that you don't really know just how many there are... I know that's pretty sleazy. But if seeing the whole list like that gives you the hebee jeebies, and it is a matter of perception, then maybe that actually *is* the solution, and my rules book reviewer was mistaken in insisting I include it. Gosh I wish I could get you two together so you can duke this out! hah.
I'm half jesting, of course. I think that it's an intrinsic problem. The system itself actually has that many elements to be considered by formulas. The only time I create acryonmys (I'm almost positive) is when I am going to use it for a formula. I'll double check that. If there are any strays then I'll look at taking them out. Maybe it would help to think of some rules for when to include acronyms... like if it is a primary variable in a formula then include it, but if it's an intermediate than don't? At least on the final list? Anyay, I'm curious to hear other people's reactions to this over time. If the general consensus is that there are too many, or the page itself makes it *seem* like there are too many, then I'll mop it up. I just am guessing that some people will say, "oh I'm glad you included the full list" while others will have the same reaction you did.
Oh, another reason that I have the acronyms is that it was a tough job getting all of the text to fit into the page structure as it was, and the acronyms saved enough space to keep the book in the page order I needed so that both chart pages when printed face each other. In order to increase the page size of any one page means that I would literally need to reorder the pages of the book, or add a new page to fill in the gap. The fact that the charts pages face eachother is so that with a spiral bound print out you can, and I have done, use the book itself as your GM shield, if such is needed. I know it's a bit of a cutsie feature, but it's something that was only possible if I kept the wording on each page within a specified limit - hence the acronyms serve that purpose too.
But all of that said, I understand your point. Too many terms for a book this size. Hmmm... *pondering*