Except that I was not proposing a house rule but saying that both rules need to be removed from the official rules because their game effects are tremendously negative. Such a removal would constitute errata.
Yes, except that the rules as present are not in any way unclear. If FFG had intended to allow writing things down or having secret conversations, they would have written that in the rules. The fact that they wrote the opposite was quite intentional on their part. Therefore these are not things the NEED to be removed, just things that YOU WANT to be removed. And they CAN be removed (quite easily) by way of house rules. If you and your friends want to play the game differently than how the rulebook says it should be played, you can do that. No one from FFG is going to break down the door and put a gun to your head.
You are correct that in Dune only Atreides writes things down, and for example only letting Jol-Nar do it here would be fine also. To do otherwise converts Rex from a strategy game into a memory game.
I don't understand. How is Dune NOT a "memory game" for everyone except Atreides when Atreides is the only one allowed to write anything down? ONE out of SIX factions has the ability to write things down, that means FIVE out of SIX are reliant on memory. Besides which, there's no guarantee that Atreides (Jol-Nar) will even be PART of the game if you're playing with fewer than 6, in which case ALL players would be reliant on memory.
You talk like this rule change would affect the ENTIRE GAME when in fact it would only affect ONE FACTION. I really don't see how such a minor change to one faction converts the WHOLE GAME from "strategy" to "memory." Besides which, I think most serious gamers would recognize that one's ability to pay attention and remember things IS and SHOULD BE an important part of any strategy game. That leads me to believe that your real problem is just that Rex is not EXACTLY the same game as Dune is.
Which is fine, by the way; you're entitled to your opinion. Just don't go pretending it's a flaw with the rules when really it's just a difference of opinion between what you want and what FFG wanted (because, obviously, they made the choices they did for a reason, too.)
The no secret communications rule is pure nonsense. It does not only hurt Jol Nar but makes cooperative play by Alliances effectively impossible if the plan relies in any way on shared information. For example, one player has the shield negator but the question is when to use it. Well, in Rex the only way to ask their allies is to let the whole board know they have the card and also what the plan is.
1) I don't see how the inability to hold secret discussions hurts Jol-Nar any more than it hurts everyone else.
2) Last I checked, there was no rule against showing other people your cards. The information is secret in general, but you're allowed to make it public (or semi-public) by showing your kit to whomever you want. Other players will know you're up to SOMETHING, but done right you can avoid giving away the specifics of your game plan. Bottom line, they'll know you're up to SOMETHING if you leave the room to have a private conversation with your allies, too.
I know FFG likes to avoid having writing in their games but this particular game engine absolutely needs both the written records (for Jol Nar) and the ability to confer privately in order to function properly.
As I said before, I generally agree that these things are key elements of Dune, and I will most likely institute house rules to allow them in Rex, too. I will not, however, badger FFG to make these changes official, because I (and the people I game with) are perfectly capable of coming to common agreements about such things. It doesn't need to printed in black and white in the rulebook in order for us to recognize the value in a little subtlety. Neither does it ruin the game if someone wants us to play without these house rules once in a while.
Edit: Having read Adam's reply (that was made while I was writing my post) I see that the official rules do not prohibit other factions from writing things down. I'm reasonably certain you'll jump on that as justification for your original claim, so I'll just take this opportunity to remind you that you were apparently fine with JUST giving notes to Jol-Nar. Which sort of highlights the fact that you just want Rex to be Dune, moreso than you care about writing things down.