There are a lot of questions to be addressed to make v4 work for ETC and also to make sure we have a watertight rules pack for EW. I support the idea of giving the job of drafting all this to a committee.
Why a committee? Any forum is great for raising questions. It is moderately good at discussing them - only "moderately" because people don't read all the posts, forget some of the arguments and drift off topic. It is pretty mediocre at agreeing a set of proposals for the above reasons plus it is even harder to discuss the overall balance of a set of proposals.
The size of the committee should be limited because a large group becomes a talking shop and the Forum already fulfils that function. I would suggest no more than six members, all from different teams.
I suggest that we give the following mandate to the committee:The committee should be composed of captains from up to six teams. The members will be selected from volunteer captains. If there are more than six volunteers, a vote should be organised, with each team given six votes. The six volunteers with the most votes will be the members of the committee.
The committee will:
Draft a proposal on how to adapt ETC-specific aspects of the game to run under v4. (ETC-specific aspects include how many lists from a given nation, what about 2/2/2, how to do the pairings, who attacks, how to select the mission(s), what about battle plans...)The committee will present its conclusions on ETC-specific aspects by mid-October. There will be a two-week comment period on the Forum. Then the committee will have a week to revise its proposal in the light of the comments. The revised proposal should then be presented for a yes-no vote. In case of a no vote, we revert to discussing on the Forum until a new vote can be prepared.
Draft a rules pack for EW v4. (To provide clarifications on aspects that are not ETC-specific and not yet addressed in LFTF. There are a number of issues that need looking at, which is hardly surprising given that the EW books are mostly v2 with some patches to carry them over to v3. This rules pack would be an annex to the current "don't be a dick" main rulespack.)
The same approach will apply to the EW-v4 rules pack.
Note that I am not proposing to give control to the committee - the captains would still decide through the normal voting process. The committee would just do the heavy lifting in preparation for the vote.
Full disclosure - I have been quietly working on the above aspects for about three weeks now together with a handful of other captains who volunteered to help. Our work is far from complete. I had no mandate to do this and I claim no right to be on the committee, though I am a volunteer. No hard feelings if I am not a member - this is a lot of work! I will of course be happy to share the incomplete work with the committee whether I am a member or not.