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25th Aug '17 4:16:28 AM jormis29
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* {{Mahjong}}, especially the Japanese variant, has many house rules. Common house rules include:

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* {{Mahjong}}, TabletopGame/{{Mahjong}}, especially the Japanese variant, has many house rules. Common house rules include:



* All the manner of alternate cooperative dueling rules exist for ''MagicTheGathering'':

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* All the manner of alternate cooperative dueling rules exist for ''MagicTheGathering'':''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':



* ''Uno'''s house rules have gotten to the point that in many minds they have displaced the real rules. In the original, you cannot stack Draw Two/Draw Four cards, you play for score (number cards are worth their number; Skip, Reverse, and Draw Two are all worth 20, and Wilds are worth 50), with the lowest score winning once someone hits 500 points, and you can challenge Wild Draw Four cards (you're not supposed to play them if you have the color of the card on top of the pile; the loser of any challenge has to draw eight as a penalty). Most people don't play with these rules, to the extent that they won't even announce which house rule sets they play with when the game begins.

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* ''Uno'''s ''TabletopGame/{{Uno}}'''s house rules have gotten to the point that in many minds they have displaced the real rules. In the original, you cannot stack Draw Two/Draw Four cards, you play for score (number cards are worth their number; Skip, Reverse, and Draw Two are all worth 20, and Wilds are worth 50), with the lowest score winning once someone hits 500 points, and you can challenge Wild Draw Four cards (you're not supposed to play them if you have the color of the card on top of the pile; the loser of any challenge has to draw eight as a penalty). Most people don't play with these rules, to the extent that they won't even announce which house rule sets they play with when the game begins.



* The [[Main/{{Calvinball}} faux-game]] ''[[Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue Mornington Crescent]]'' consists almost ''entirely'' of the players "arguing" about which house rules are in effect for the particular game. Minutiae such as what day of the week it is, whether the House of Lords is in session at the time of play, and how many buttons are on the shirt being worn by the player to your right can all potentially be [[Main/SeriousBusiness of significance]].

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* The [[Main/{{Calvinball}} [[{{Calvinball}} faux-game]] ''[[Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue Mornington Crescent]]'' consists almost ''entirely'' of the players "arguing" about which house rules are in effect for the particular game. Minutiae such as what day of the week it is, whether the House of Lords is in session at the time of play, and how many buttons are on the shirt being worn by the player to your right can all potentially be [[Main/SeriousBusiness of significance]].



** 'You are not playing White Wolf's ''{{Exalted}}'', you are playing your ST's ''{{Exalted}}''.'

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** 'You are not playing White Wolf's ''{{Exalted}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', you are playing your ST's ''{{Exalted}}''.''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''.'
22nd Jul '17 6:08:45 PM darkemyst
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* In ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' when Kavonn is DM he applies the rules of their 'verse's actual magic to games. This tends to kill off the player characters more quickly.
28th May '17 3:26:52 PM nombretomado
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** Fans of WarhammerFantasy got tired of waiting for Games Workshop to publish rules for armies from the parts of the world map that [[FantasyCounterpartCulture approximately correspond to North Africa and Asia]], and set out to create their own army books. To date, Cathay, Albion, Araby, Nippon, and Estalia have got fan-made army books.

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** Fans of WarhammerFantasy TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy got tired of waiting for Games Workshop to publish rules for armies from the parts of the world map that [[FantasyCounterpartCulture approximately correspond to North Africa and Asia]], and set out to create their own army books. To date, Cathay, Albion, Araby, Nippon, and Estalia have got fan-made army books.
25th Apr '17 10:02:28 AM Gatomon41
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For the video game equivalents, see SelfImposedChallenge (undertaken within the mechanics of the game) and GameMod (altering those mechanics themselves). See VariantChess for a fiction-based trope with narrative uses. Also see {{Calvinball}}, which may be a result of a liberal application of this trope.

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For the video game equivalents, see SelfImposedChallenge (undertaken within the mechanics of the game) and GameMod (altering those mechanics themselves). See VariantChess for a fiction-based trope with narrative uses. Can also be applied to create unofficial SoloTabletopGame rules. Also see {{Calvinball}}, which may be a result of a liberal application of this trope.
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16th Apr '17 7:11:01 PM nombretomado
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* In ''StarWarsBattlefront II'', assault on Mos Eisley has these unofficial rules: 1) The arena is for dueling, 2) Interfering in a duel is a bannable offense, 3) Ayla Secura is cheap, 4) No Yoda either.

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* In ''StarWarsBattlefront ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront II'', assault on Mos Eisley has these unofficial rules: 1) The arena is for dueling, 2) Interfering in a duel is a bannable offense, 3) Ayla Secura is cheap, 4) No Yoda either.
7th Apr '17 3:40:54 PM nombretomado
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* Being a game with countless "official" variations and even more unofficial ones, {{Poker}} is replete with house rules. Some popular ones:

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* Being a game with countless "official" variations and even more unofficial ones, {{Poker}} TabletopGame/{{Poker}} is replete with house rules. Some popular ones:
18th Mar '17 12:41:06 PM Gosicrystal
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* If you want to make ''VideoGame/MarioParty'' even more chaotic than it already is, try skipping all the minigame explaination screens. [[FanNickname This is sometimes known as]] ''[[VideoGame/WarioWare Wario Party]]'' mode.
** Some ''Mario Party'' games even allow you to pick and choose which minigames come up in the board game mode, allowing you to more tailor the game to your liking.

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* ''VideoGame/MarioParty'':
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If you want to make ''VideoGame/MarioParty'' the games even more chaotic than it they already is, are, try skipping all the minigame explaination screens. [[FanNickname This is sometimes known as]] ''[[VideoGame/WarioWare Wario Party]]'' mode.
** Some ''Mario Party'' games even allow you to pick and choose which minigames come up in the board game mode, allowing you to more tailor the game to your liking.
4th Mar '17 9:52:37 AM nombretomado
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** Some ''MarioParty'' games even allow you to pick and choose which minigames come up in the board game mode, allowing you to more tailor the game to your liking.

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** Some ''MarioParty'' ''Mario Party'' games even allow you to pick and choose which minigames come up in the board game mode, allowing you to more tailor the game to your liking.
5th Feb '17 4:49:07 PM Everdream
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* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'': Due to the customizability of the matches, house rules are easy to implement. And due to the Smash series being random and chaotic by default, they are widely deployed in competitive TournamentPlay scenarios to remove chaotic elements and create order and fairness to ensure that the winner is determined solely by show of skill. The tournament ruleset is varies slightly by installment and is too complex to list here but always restricts play to a limited subset of levels and requires that the random appearance of items be turned off.

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* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'': ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'':
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Due to the customizability of the matches, house rules are easy to implement. And due to the Smash series being random and chaotic by default, they are widely deployed in competitive TournamentPlay scenarios to remove chaotic elements and create order and fairness to ensure that the winner is determined solely by show of skill. The tournament ruleset is varies slightly by installment and is too complex to list here but always restricts play to a limited subset of levels and requires that the random appearance of items be turned off.
** A common set of house rules used by competitive players designed to give the "fairest fight" even became a meme; [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/no-items-fox-only-final-destination "No Items, Fox Only, Final Destination."]] This set of rules in particular is often criticized by rest of the fandom as removing much of what makes the game fun.
23rd Oct '16 7:16:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* There are certain card games that are entirely based on house rules. For example, one game called ''{{Mao}}'' has only one real rule at the start; it's exactly like Uno with regular playing cards (no draw cards or wildcards), and the winner of a hand can make up a rule each turn so long as it doesn't favor anybody in particular. It generally starts with at least one or two extra rules so that you can trip people up. An even more crazy version of this was a game where you could make a rule any time you played an 8 card, and the rule could do anything besides make you win instantly without playing a card.

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* There are certain card games that are entirely based on house rules. For example, one game called ''{{Mao}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Mao}}'' has only one real rule at the start; it's exactly like Uno with regular playing cards (no draw cards or wildcards), and the winner of a hand can make up a rule each turn so long as it doesn't favor anybody in particular. It generally starts with at least one or two extra rules so that you can trip people up. An even more crazy version of this was a game where you could make a rule any time you played an 8 card, and the rule could do anything besides make you win instantly without playing a card.
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