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POLL: Should Rules Editorialize?


165 votes were cast.


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Personal logo Martian Root Canal Supporting Member of TMP writes:

Every rules set editorializes based on what it chooses to include and not include; what it chooses to emphasize and not emphasize. It's the difference between history and historiography.


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VOTING RESULTS
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It's fine if it's kept to a minimum.
17
10%
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Don't really care.
33
20%
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Don't waste time criticizing other rulesets.
7
4%
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It's fine, I prefer games with a clear viewpoint.
5
3%
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I only buy games written by cyborg clones.
2
1%
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I prefer rules not to editorialize at all.
27
16%
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If it serves to reinforce period flavor.
17
10%
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I never ran across any rules that editorialized at all.
7
4%
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It's fine, provided I agree with the viewpoint.
2
1%
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It is far better to get a point across in how the rules play then by preaching.
8
5%
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Keep it to the designer notes in the back.
40
24%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

Personal logo Weasel Supporting Member of TMP asks:

Some game rules are strictly clinical and focused on the game.

Some include subtle (or outright) editorializing and opinion making, such as in the ways the armies are described (these guys are thugs and bandits while the other guys are noble heroes), selective quotes from world leaders or politicians, design notes where the author flat out gives their opinions and so forth.

Some games take a general stance on a particular topic or conflict, while others remain neutral.

How do you feel about this?

Poll set up by Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian, based on this pre-poll discussion.