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POLL: British or American Style?


198 votes were cast.


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Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP writes:

By those criteria, The Sword and the Flame is …. British.
Yeah. That makes a lot of sense. grin


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
I prefer British style.
25
13%
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I don't agree with the premise of this poll.
35
18%
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I see differences but not these.
3
2%
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I don't see any difference.
4
2%
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I don't like rigid rules...
3
2%
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I don't like story rules...
4
2%
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I prefer American style.
51
26%
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I see additional differences.
2
1%
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I have no idea what you're talking about.
4
2%
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Both sides of the pond have some of each.
67
34%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP says:

I may be the only person to pick up on this, but here goes. Do you prefer what I call the British style of rules or the American style of rules?

I describe the British style as rules which read more like a story with suggestions for rules sprinkled throughout. Leaving it up to the reader to select or base his own rules on. I have seen the term "tool kit" to describe this approach. A flexible style which allows you to build the rules as you please.

I describe the American Style as having a more rigid organization. Like an alphanumeric outline. It attempts to tell you exactly what you can and cannot do. Think of boardgames from AH, SPI, GDW, and more recently GMT and COA, among others. This style of rules would often have optional rules for you to semi-customize the rules. You don't really need to be told you can modify the rules to taste. You already know you can. I know there are some significant exceptions. This is just my overall impression.

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

I prefer British style.
I appreciate the flexibility and find it a good jumping-off point.
I don't agree with the premise of this poll.
I don't agree with the premise of this poll.
I see differences but not these.
Please explain.
I don't see any difference.
I don't see any difference.
I don't like rigid rules...
...or "alphanumeric outline" rules, but don't associate them with either side of the pond.
I don't like story rules...
...or "tool kit" rules, but don't associate them with either side of the pond.
I prefer American style.
I want a complete set of rules. I don't want to write them.
I see additional differences.
Please explain.
I have no idea what you're talking about.
I have no idea what you're talking about.
Both sides of the pond have some of each.
Both sides of the pond have some of each.