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POLL: Why We Don't Like Rules Lawyers


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consectari Inactive Member writes:

My interpretation of "Rules Lawyer" is someone who bends the letter of the rules to defy the intent of the rules.

And I frequently insist we "dice to decide" because my usual opponent would happily spend hours looking up rules rather than playing. The majority of the time, we discover there was no rule specifically covering the situation anyway.


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
Reason #1
96
14%
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Reason #2
29
4%
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Reason #3
60
9%
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Reason #4
19
3%
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Reason #5
29
4%
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Reason #6
10
2%
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Reason #7
4
1%
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Reason #8
2
0%
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Reason #9
5
1%
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Reason #10
46
7%
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Reason #11
5
1%
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Reason #12
73
11%
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Reason #13
28
4%
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Reason #14
48
7%
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Reason #15
16
2%
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Reason #16
57
9%
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Reason #17
6
1%
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Reason #18
96
14%
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I like rules lawyers
16
2%
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no opinion
20
3%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

quidveritas Inactive Member ruminates...

No one likes a Rules Lawyer - exactly why? Being a lawyer myself, I have never really had a problem with rules lawyers. Let's break this down a little further to see exactly why these unfortunate souls are so hated.

(Options taken from this pre-poll discussion.)

Reason #1
I object to the fact that the rules lawyer puts winning ahead of enjoying the game.
Reason #2
I object to the fact that the rules lawyer puts winning ahead of respecting my integrity as a fellow gamer.
Reason #3
I find it distasteful when 'how to play the game' becomes more important than 'playing the game'.
Reason #4
I just don't like the smarmy, smirky face the rules lawyer gives me when he's right.
Reason #5
I have always had a problem with people that assume they are 'in charge' because they think they are smarter than everyone else.
Reason #6
I feel bad for the rules writer when a rules lawyer makes hash out of a reasonably good set of rules.
Reason #7
I hate it when I paint up a unit planning on capitalizing on a certain rule, only to have a rules lawyer deflate my balloon by circumventing my plans with his knowledge of the rules.
Reason #8
Rules are made to be broken -- doesn't the rules lawyer know that!
Reason #9
I think the mark of a misspent youth is a Rules Lawyer.
Reason #10
I don't mind being corrected on the rules, I just don't like the way a Rules Lawyer goes about it.
Reason #11
I know the rules better than anyone else -- where does a rules lawyer get off trying to tell me how to interpret the rules!
Reason #12
I come to games to play -- not to listen to arguments.
Reason #13
Rules discussions should be held AFTER the game.
Reason #14
If there's a dispute, why can't people just roll a die to resolve the dispute and get on with the game?
Reason #15
Rules lawyers are cheaters.
Reason #16
I hate the rules lawyer that has to do everything just so, when my mistake favors me, but is perfectly happy to let something go when my mistake favors him. Of course he's only too happy to rub it in later.
Reason #17
I can't bill the time wasted when I encounter a rules lawyer. They tend to make me feel like I ought to be charging somebody $450/hour.
Reason #18
Rule Lawyers getting in the way of making the game enjoyable/fun.