Imperious leader wrote:What edition is Nova games? How come that don't count as any edition?
The fact that there were three editions of Classic after the Nova version makes it difficult to apply the term "edition" to the games at all outside of each individual publisher. Add to this the fact that Nova, Classic, Revised, and 1942 (which also now has two editions) are really very different games, and term tends to lose all meaning in the "big picture". And that's not even counting the Anniversary, 1941, and 1940 variants.
The use of the term "edition" at this level also tends to be very confusing, as many people aren't aware of all of the different rules sets that have existed over the years. Take this instance, for example. Someone who is unaware of the existence of the 3rd edition rules for Classic instantly assumes that "3rd edition" refers to Revised, as it followed Classic.
(As an aside, most of this confusion stems from the widespread use of the term "2nd Edition" to refer to Classic. Originally, this term (properly) differentiated the 2nd edition rules of Classic from the 1st edition rules. In fact, at that time most people weren't even aware of the existence of the Nova version at all. However, over time most people forgot that there were 1st edition rules for Classic, and when the Nova version came to light it became a popular misconception that "2nd edition" referred to the fact that that version preceded Classic.)
For these reasons, I tend to refer to Nova, Classic, Revised, etc. as "versions", reserving the term "edition" for revisions within each version. This leads to the following nomenclature for the "core" game:
Classic version (1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions)
1942 version (1st and 2nd editions)