Tuesday, 6 November 2012

A mug's game?




If your electoral system was a game system, which would it be? And would you play it?

To set the ball rolling, for the UK, I might say first edition Warhammer Roleplay - a great tone and huge influence, but an official development that narrowed fast and a slow death.
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7 comments:

Studio Arkhein said...

In the US, our electoral system resembles tic-tac-toe.

The only winning move is not to play . . .

- Joshua (rimshot)

Zab said...

At least in the US your parties differ and stand by their views. Here in Canada they switch teams so often that at this point all the parties seem to run on the same platform just with different synonyms to describe it. o_0

Porky said...

@ Studio Arkhein - That's not a bad analogy for the supposedly 'knife-edge' nature of many races, and it could be an increasingly good analogy for so-called mature democracies everywhere. The impression or creation of a close race, and maybe the deeper social division this might be causing, could even help sell commentary, certain products and advertising space.

@ Zab - Movement between this kind of grouping and larger concerns is also worth a closer look. You might be interested in how another blogger based in Canada sees things, Alexis at The Tao of D&D. There's a post re this race here and he has a refreshing look at Canadian politics here.

Mike Whitaker said...

No - the UK is early AD&D. Everyone knows how it works, there are much better systems out there, but we still use it because we're comfortable with it. :D

Porky said...

Could be close to the bone with that one, on the more casual game playing especially, but it's a fair point.

faustusnotes said...

Australia's would be Rolemaster, without a doubt. Many character options, and a complex points-based system that requires an experienced and mathematical mind to figure out.

Dunno what the compulsory voting part corresponds to, though.

Porky said...

Nor do I. It could be having a gaming group that's unwilling to experiment, or feels Rolemaster - in this case - is the only game in town, or has a very particular approach to playing a game. Then again, this could also be one point at which the metaphor breaks down.

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