Meta-Gaming Strategies :: The Rules Lawyer

The strategic compendium for the astute player.

Strategy The Rules Lawyer
Definition The player uses the forces of argumentation and rhetoric to interpret ambiguous rules in his favor.
Desired Result In this way, the rules of the game are manipulated in his favor.
Commentary The Rules Lawyer has two main weapons. First, they attempt to persuade the other players of a desired interpretation of the rules through an onslaught of evidence, textual readings, precedent, and reasoning. Should this fail, the Rules Lawyer brings out their second, and even more dreaded weapon: the filibuster. When a Rules Lawyer employs this tactic, the game grinds to a halt while rule books are read, re-read, debates ensue, players are consulted, and each point of minutia is reviewed. This strategy is best used sparingly, as it consumes a great deal of political and social capital.
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