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POLL: The Atlantic Gap in Rules Style


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Personal logo Dasher Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member writes:

From the U.S. and think that the reason rules get classified as "too detailed" or "too unspecific" generally stems from one or both of the players feeling they got screwed because their opponent "got away" with something that "could only happen in rules written by a Brit/Yank".


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
from the US and prefer rules that aim for completeness and precision
88
21%
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from the US and prefer rules that aim for openness in interpretation
60
14%
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from the US and don't care
117
27%
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from the UK and prefer rules that aim for completeness and precision
13
3%
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from the UK and prefer rules that aim for openness in interpretation
33
8%
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from the UK and don't care
39
9%
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from elsewhere and prefer rules that aim for completeness and precision
18
4%
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from elsewhere and prefer rules that aim for openness in interpretation
17
4%
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from elsewhere and don't care
19
4%
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not actually from anywhere
22
5%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

Lentulus wonders...

Personal logo Dale Hurtt Supporting Member of TMP has brought up a stereotype that we toss around a lot. Americans are supposed to like games where every case is covered - say, like Frank Chadwick's Command Decision series. Brits are supposed to like rules like Black Powder, where there is a bit of play and an expectation that players will interpret things for themselves much of the time.

(Keeping in mind that these are just examples. You may loath CD or BP in particular, but still prefer that general style.)

So, here's the list of options. No "I am not a gamer" - don't care is there, why you don't care you can explain if you want to.