I know the crumbled letter effect is pretty poor.. I thought I’d be really clever and just tesselate it, then add a noise to that and finally stretch the result and.. it could’ve looked better. It made more sense in my head than it did in practice, apparently. Anyway.
Exposition is a strange thing to work with; more than just a pure info dump, there’s often several forces at play that adjusts what is being said, and how. First of all there’s setting up the context for where the plot is heading in the near future.. then it’s setting up things that might not be relevant until much later, but still needs to be set up in advance.. and then there’s just plain expressing the world and how it works. Finally on top of all that, there’s simply trying to stay true to character throughout it all.
Sometimes, keeping within the page size limit is a royal pain in the backside.