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post Jan 15 2008, 02:25 AM
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The SR3 group I am in is planning a test run of SR4 thus I have started reading the boards again. People keep quoting RAW as an official source for rule guidance but I can't figure out what that could possiblely be an acronym for.

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post Jan 15 2008, 02:28 AM
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Rules As Written.
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post Jan 15 2008, 02:36 AM
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Thanks for the answer.
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post Jan 15 2008, 02:40 AM
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Well, at least for me anyways, it carries an air of slavish devotion to the rules, which is why I always type it as RAW, or sometimes, :sarcasm: RAW :sarcasm: if I'm feeling especially peevish.

A while back someone on the boards claimed it came from the DnD Boards, and you know that you can always believe everything posted on the internet. :silly:
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post Jan 15 2008, 03:14 AM
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People mention the RAW because house rules get touted and debated a lot here, but someone bringing up a house rule without identifying it as such can confuse someone who is new to the game. So you will frequently get statements like "That's not what the RAW says," or "Strictly by the RAW...".


But the RAW itself can be confusing, because some of the rules either allow for a lot of GM discretion, are ambiguously worded, or both. It's not a problem when the rules say that a certain pistol does 5P damage, but things like called shots and longshot tests get vigorously debated, with lots of disagreement on how the RAW should work for them.
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post Jan 15 2008, 04:00 AM
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Since the SR4 designers did their best- and a good job of it in my opinion- to allow for a playstyles ranging from very gritty street level to jet set cinematic craziness there were several places(called shots and longshot tests being two of the main ones) where they basically gave very basic rules and left the nitty gritty up to the GM instead of spending several pages defining how things worked for low power, med power, and high power games. This irritates the hell out of some people, I on the other hand appreciate the flexibility inherent therein and am not bothered at all, but then I plan on running several games that span the power levels and like not having to change what is already there so that my players can read it and know the basics and know that I won't tell them no on a listed example unless I have a damn good reason. So... yeah, RAW gets debated alot on those two points for those reasons.

Oh, YMMV is your mileage may vary. Took me forever to figure that one out as I have never heard someone say that off of these and the DnD boards. Not once in real life, and it was always abbreviated on the boards.

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post Jan 15 2008, 06:10 AM
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QUOTE (Ravor @ Jan 15 2008, 03:40 AM)
Well, at least for me anyways, it carries an air of slavish devotion to the rules, which is why I always type it as RAW, or sometimes,  :sarcasm: RAW :sarcasm: if I'm feeling especially peevish.

A while back someone on the boards claimed it came from the DnD Boards, and you know that you can always believe everything posted on the internet.  :silly:

your not the only one that picks up that smell from those 3 letters...

hell, im waiting for them to fix that damn controls issue on this forum, so that i can edit my sig...

also, i get a feel on this particular forum that the use of raw often comes up in a kind of fatalist way. as in, people summon the power of raw to prove, ones and for all, how broken the SR4 rules are in whatever context currently being discussed.

and i suspect i may be the one claiming its origins was from the wotc dnd forums.

at least for me it was in those circles that i first encountered it, and there used by rules lawyers to "prove" some kind of point about their interpretation of the rules, for whatever end...

to me its starting to become the rpg version of reductio ad hitlerum...
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post Jan 15 2008, 06:17 AM
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I think though, that since there is no 'House Rules' subboard to exile all houserules debates to, that using RAW here is kind of important, since there is no other way to know if someone is discussing an actual rule, or trying to impose their house-rules on others.
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post Jan 15 2008, 06:19 AM
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if they dont explicitly declare that they are talking about a house rule, they should get a visit from the love troll...
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post Jan 15 2008, 08:00 AM
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Considering how often rules get errat-ed, is it wise to only go by what's written ??
I've seen whole Campaigns die because the rules for a RPG changed, and the change was enough to make Characters and/or Backgrounds very different.

I'd imagine devotion to the Rules is a situation mainly for new SR players, or the dreaded Rules Lawyer - Not really for longterm Players or GMs.


My Players rarely read the rules, or sourcebooks, apart from the bits they need to know [world background, specific description of something, etc]..
..Cuts out all the rules arguments [and keeps their knowledge level to know what their Character would know] !!

That's one of the beauties of PDFs, just print out and hand to the Players the bits they need to see or have access to.
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post Jan 15 2008, 08:25 AM
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QUOTE (Synner667 @ Jan 15 2008, 06:00 PM)
Considering how often rules get errat-ed, is it wise to only go by what's written ??

'Rules As Written' is considered to take into account any and all errata.

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I'd imagine devotion to the Rules is a situation mainly for new SR players, or the dreaded Rules Lawyer - Not really for longterm Players or GMs.


It isn't really a matter of adhering slavishly to the rules, as much as setting a common frame on which useful conversation, debate, and even house rules can be based. If there is no basic common framework, then discussion would be quite difficult. So, by default, when a question of rules and such come up on Dumpshock, you will always get answers based on the RAW, and other answers and suggestions based on house rules should be labeled as such.
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post Jan 15 2008, 08:26 AM
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A little bit of history: "RAW" crept on this boards roughly about the time of the change over from SR3 to SR4. I know because I have used "canon" largely to denote the written rules before I switched over from SR3. For those who still remember the jive boards, I was the one that harped constantly on "canon" there and for a time, "canon" was the word used to denote the printed rules.
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post Jan 15 2008, 08:28 AM
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I hate RAW! I still normally use canon to denote the actual rules.
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post Jan 15 2008, 08:30 AM
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As much as I dislike the term RAW, "canon" when used for anything other then fluff grates on me more. :cyber:
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post Jan 15 2008, 08:35 AM
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And yet canon is the (or at least one of the) correct terminology for the literal words from the literary text in question.
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post Jan 15 2008, 09:29 AM
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dont know why, but i never seem to have the mental reaction to canon that i have to raw...
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post Jan 15 2008, 09:58 AM
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"Canon" is a term usually used to refer to a religious document.
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post Jan 15 2008, 10:02 AM
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QUOTE (Cain)
"Canon" is a term usually used to refer to a religious document.

While it may commonly be used in that connotation, it is in no way restricted to being used in such a manner.
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post Jan 15 2008, 10:06 AM
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Never said it was. But it is worth mentioning that "Canon" has a wildly different connotation than "Rules as Written".
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post Jan 15 2008, 10:09 AM
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QUOTE (Cain)
Never said it was. But it is worth mentioning that "Canon" has a wildly different connotation than "Rules as Written".

True. When I hear people use it, it usually comes across more as "Don't mess with my religion!" :D
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post Jan 15 2008, 10:14 AM
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QUOTE (Cain @ Jan 15 2008, 08:06 PM)
But it is worth mentioning that "Canon" has a wildly different connotation than "Rules as Written".

You'll also note that at no time did I capitalize the word 'canon' (unless grammatically correct to do so), because capitalization does indeed tend to have, or at least just imply more of a religious overtone.
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post Jan 15 2008, 10:58 AM
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About the only thing preferable when using RAW over canon, is RAW usually gets spelled (or spelt for certain dialects) correctly. Every time I read someone using cannon when they were referring to canon made me think they were threatening to blow the adversary up if they did not immediately agree.

And I never associated RAW with wrestling until some miscreant got that thought lodged in my brain.
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post Jan 15 2008, 12:30 PM
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Hey tisoz, I think those people are right, as cannon is often more to the point than canon, donĀ“t you think?
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post Jan 15 2008, 12:39 PM
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Cannon is much more... expressive. :D
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post Jan 15 2008, 02:57 PM
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hmm, now i feel like writing something involving a love troll and a cannon :silly:
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