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Rules as written (RAW) are the formal rules of a role-playing game that are written in a rulebook (or supplement) and presented by the game designers.

Rules as written (RAW) are often contrasted with two different terms with the acronym RAI: rules as intended (by the game designers who have a broader grasp of design goals before writing the rules down) and rules as interpreted (by the players of games, based on the rules as written).

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