Tonight at the Swindon Board Games group we had some "fun" trying to figure out the rules for Ming Dynasty. After reading the rules several times and in various layers (they come in repeats with more or less detail), and looking online, and applying some logic, we had a playable game.
It wasn't easy though, it appears some games publishers don't employ tecnical document writers, or playtest the actual documentation on humans.
I think I can do better, so I will be attempting a better version of the Ming Dynasty rules, as well as a set of rules/notes on writing board game documentation.
Watch this space!