Classic Fantasy Adventure Games are Infinite

Grumpy Wizard

There are at least two kinds of games. One could be called finite, the other infinite.

A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game is for the purpose of continuing the play.

If the rules of a finite game are unique to that game, it is evident that rules may not change in the course of play-else a different game is being played.

It is on this point we find the most critical distinction between finite and infinite play. The rule of an infinite game must change in the course of play. The rules are changed when the players of an infinite game agree that the play is imperiled by a finite outcome- that is, by the victory of some players and the defeat of others.

The rules of an infinite game are changed to prevent anyone from winning the game and to bring…

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