- Not to be confused with rules as intended.
In some role-playing game theory, rules as interpreted are considered necessarily distinct from the rules as written (RAW) because the act of interpreting the rules is a fundamental part of game design. This view holds that game groups can never run a game strictly according to the rules as written, only according to their own interpretation of those rules.
Specific interpretations of given rules may be widely known and shared by many players of a specific game, or held only by individual players or gaming groups. In general, the clearer and more specific a set of rules as written, the more consistent the corresponding rules as interpreted will be.
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