Polished Rules, a Rant – an editorial

If some­one presents me with a set of rules, which form a com­pletely smooth, per­fectly inte­grated, closed sys­tem…


…then I am left with a sys­tem which doesn’t leave room for tweak­ing and homebrewing!

What’s the point of that?!

I do under­stand the chal­lenge – and the sense of achieve­ment – of for­mu­lat­ing a design goal and then ful­fill­ing it to the let­ter in such a man­ner. But this very under­stand­ing – the com­mon joy in “cre­at­ing” – leads me to find the smooth, pre­cisely engi­neered piece of rules art­work to be of less inter­est – and use – than the some­what unfin­ished, rough and blocky mon­stros­ity in the back.

Tweak­ing and home­brew­ing rules and options is fun.

And a sys­tem can be too smooth to eas­ily allow for that type of fun.

Bet­ter a rough dia­mond than a per­fectly pol­ished glass pearl.

Arti­cle source: http://d6ideas.com/?p=3486

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