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Are there any game rules?

Rules are often included to allow characters to enact actions that are not possible in reality (e.g. magic spells, healing wounds) or are too unsafe to actually carry out (i.e. real hand to hand combat).

Some events favour huge complex rulebooks in order to offer players a greater choice of character customisation and others choose to have no rules at all in order to keep the game simple and fluid. Most settle for a happy medium that allows for the most useful in-game actions to happen but without the rulebook being too intimidating.

It’s important to learn the rules and follow the spirit of them so that you play out the game that the organisers had in mind and to be fair to your fellow players.

Photo by Beth Dooner
A scene from "Empire" by Profound Decisions