Finding the Rules of the Game

in philosophy •  5 days ago 

Imagine building a complex game where part of the game is finding the rule book for how everything works, what the objective is, etc. The rule book has been shredded into thousands of bits and pieces scattered throughout the game world across all of time. You have to piece it together, from each individual thread, even when some copies are imprinted over other copies and some are forgeries and others are misunderstandings. It’s not enough to find the rule book. You have to validate it and demonstrate its authenticity via living out the example. The whole time you are trying to piece together this great guide, the game is unfolding, with or without your understanding of the rules.

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Eish. Sounds like "life". I mean, thats what life feels like

I think that was his point.

Lol Fair point

It’s not enough to find the rule book. You have to validate it and demonstrate its authenticity via living out the example.

For anything else, let's summon to @lextenebris!!

And ultimately, let's call also to @quillfire - @yallapapi & even @theresa.may who have long been missing in action. };)

Oh, you're looking for a manual for life hold on, I'm sure it's here somewhere ...

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It just so happens that i have the manual for multiple lives on my shelves somewhere. What are you looking for? A life of high adventure? Space trading? Down in the mud soldiering? Reenacting and exploring the setting of the Alien movies? (Yes, that is a brand-new copy of the new Alien RPG in hardback on that shelf…)

Name the game you want to play, we've got the tools. Pick the life you want to live, we've got the tools.

Funny thing about it, they were just as well for fictional and real-life guidance – at least as well as any other guidance you're going to get from anyone so you might as well enjoy it.

(It's a wonderful thing that so much of RPG publishing has gone digital because, frankly, I just don't have any more space for role-playing games or wargames on my shelves. It's getting pretty intense.)

And sometimes you even have to create your own rules.

What an insane idea! That would be an AWESOME game... addictive much!

Sounds pretty interesting. Do it. (: