Quoted from markmon:
Now had this been a nordman design...
This. And as ridiculous as it might sound, a big part of the reason I ordered WOZ and supported JJP early-on was because of the promise that Nordman was part of the crew and would be making the next game.
Balcer has his name on a couple of games that ended up being fun, but I don't know that his layouts were a fundamental part of that fun. They just aren't that satisfying to shoot. Good rules can make a decent game out of practically any layout, but ideally we'd have fantastic rules AND layout.
The funny thing though, Mark, is that I seem to remember you slamming WoF in the past, which is actually a great collaboration between Nordman and Keefer. Great fun-to-shoot layout and interesting rules.. You just have to get past (or embrace) the hokey theme!