I’m not sure which is the clearest and most concise/elegant way to convey the scoring tariff in the Shape Up! game. If you’ve got a moment or two, please do take a look at these three examples: http://www.holkar.net/wording_choices.png and see what you think. (And see here for a description of the game (slightly out-of-date but basically OK), if you’re going ‘eh what?’ at this point.) Or if you’ve got a suggestion that’s better than all three of these, that would be even nicer of course.
The idea is that you have one of these nine example cards with you during the game as a scoring summary reminder: it is not the actual scoring explanation (which you will have already seen / been told). So it doesn’t have to fully explain how scoring is done – it just to clearly communicate the bases on which your own personal score will be calculated.
The game is a bit ambivalent at the moment, in that I’ve designed it to be in theory playable by people down to age 8 or so, but all my testing has been on adults who are also at least casual gamers. If any of you have any thoughts about the different text/layout approaches needed for a kid-friendly version, do please say!