Ninth Age is being keyed up for this year's ETC and I can help but think that there may be a rude awakening just around the corner.
Call me a cynic, but there are different motivations at play. While one group is trying to write a ruleset there are a series of groups trying to win an ETC. let me say that I'm now sure that the two factions are necessarily aligned and altruism will always be evident.
The ETC groups are trying to get every advantage they can and I think it would be very naive to expect that every broken combo being found is being dutifully reported back to the writing teams. Indeed, as we speak, I would guess there are private gaming sessions going on in Kraków, Düsseldorf, Roma etc where lists have been developed with the express intention that they won't be revealed before rulesets are finalised...and lists lodged.
I suspect there will be a number of extreme lists come to the fore in the coming few months and that a pretty significant patch will need to be developed post Greece.
Until then we'll sing Kumbaya but come August "The Weak Will Be Punished".