The reason we codify a game’s rules is so that we can enjoy again something that we’ve already discovered we enjoy.  It would hardly be fun or efficient if every time we got together with friends to play, we had to invent or re-assemble the rules from scratch.  We’re okay with a few house rule variants here or there, but for the most part, when we sit down to play poker or warhammer or d&d, we like to assume a reliable foundation.  This is one reason why I dislike it when companies reinvent a game under the same name.

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