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The tabletop RPG system Mouse Guard (based on the comics of the same name) appears to have 2 editions. The first edition of the game was published in 2008, and the second edition was released in 2015.

Correspondingly, there are 2 tags for the Mouse Guard RPG right now:

  • The tag was originally created in 2010. Its tag excerpt currently reads:

    For questions about Mouse Guard, a tabletop RPG created by Luke Crane based on the Mouse Guard comic books (by David Petersen) and his own Burning Wheel system. The game was released by Archaia Studios Press in 2008. It is set in a pseudo-medieval setting about an order of anthropomorphic mouse rangers.

  • The tag was created in 2017. Its tag wiki currently reads:

    For questions about the second edition of the Mouse Guard tabletop role-playing game. (See also: the tag.)

Neither of these tag wikis/excerpts have been edited in years. The original versions of those tag wikis/excerpts were very barebones, and it seems I've been the only one to revise the guidance for either tag since then – and all I did was copyedit and slightly expand on what was already there. Importantly, the tag guidance hasn't been meaningfully updated since before the 2nd edition even existed.

I know that our tagging practices have sometimes varied for other RPG system/edition tags, in terms of whether there is a "blanket" tag that covers multiple editions of a game (and if there is such a tag, whether that tag should be included in addition to a tag for the specific edition of the game that a question is about).

I'm not an expert on the Mouse Guard RPG system, so I can't really judge how the tag is being used right now. It seems like there are just 4 questions with both the and tags; there are another 30 questions that have the tag but not the tag. (According to this Q&A, the editions are not that different, so some of the questions in the latter category may be applicable to the system as a whole, and not system-specific.)

As such, it's not clear to me which approach is being taken with this tag.

As such, I think the tag guidance should be updated to reflect the intended usage (and depending on what that usage is, some retagging might be warranted as well):

  • Should the tag only be used for questions about the 1st edition? (If so, should it be renamed to ?)
  • Should the tag cover questions about the Mouse Guard RPG system as a whole or about multiple editions, but not questions about a single edition?
  • Should the tag be included on all questions about Mouse Guard (whether they're about the system as a whole or about a particular edition), in addition to any edition-specific tags?
  • Something else?

(I don't really favor any particular option here over the others; I just wanted to bring it to the community's attention so that the usage/guidance for the tag could be clarified accordingly.)

Whatever the community decides, the tag guidance should probably be updated to reflect that consensus.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ (Sorry if the structure of my post is hard to understand; it's late, and my thoughts are a bit jumbled.) \$\endgroup\$
    – V2Blast StaffMod
    Mar 29 at 23:59
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    \$\begingroup\$ Peering at the top users in mouse-guard, I know Glazius is quite regularly active, I’d really like to hear their perspective here (no pressure though). \$\endgroup\$ Mar 30 at 0:52

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I'm in favor of three tags total.

Some questions under the existing tag should be migrated to the new tag . A few questions under the existing tag ask about very specific things like conflict procedures with split mouse parties that only existed in the first edition of Mouse Guard, and have been removed in second edition.

Keep the generic tag. A large number of questions about the system, however, don't have to be specific to 1E or 2E; 1E and 2E would give the same answer and an answer provided by somebody with only 1E knowledge would be largely useful in 2E still.

Update as of April 23

I've created a tag and attached it to the handful of 1e-specific questions we have.

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