This weeks poll is a two-parter, trying to discern how many people consider themselves casual or competitive gamers along with whether they interpret the rules as they believe they were intended or strictly as they’re written. This poll was inspired in large part by one our regular new columnists, Tony (see a list of his posts here), more specifically his recent post on Rules as Written vs. Rules as Intended. Other inspiration was gleaned from GDMNW’s insight in the comments, as well as his follow-up post on his blog here.
Essentially, what we’re trying to determine is how many people consider themselves casual gamers and how many competitive. Granted, even casual gamers are competitive to some degree (and inversely, competitive players can play casual games). While most people really fall into both camps at various times, we’re asking you to pick which is most applicable to you overall.
Likewise, we’re trying to determine whether you interpret the rules as written (RAW), playing things exactly as they’re written in the rulebook–or if you try to discern an underlying intent on some rules, modifying them slightly to make the game more “balanced.” Unlike the above, chances are you’ll fall directly into one of these two categories.
Being a two-part poll, it’s a little tricky in the wording, but I have the utmost faith in followers of the old-school website and am sure you’ll be able to figure it out. Please feel free to vote using the poll to the right, or immediately below this post. As always, the poll will be open for two weeks, and the following week, we’ll try to disect the findings. I for one, am really interested to see how things turn out…