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I have seen the abbreviation RAW several times now, what does it stand for?

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Rules As Written, sometimes contrasted with Rules As Intended or Rules As Interpreted (both entirely separate concepts, unfortunately ambiguously abbreviated to RAI)

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Also contrasted with Rules As Interpreted, Common Sense About How Things Should Work in a Given Setting and Genre and the Rule of Cool, none of which have no catchy acronyms that I'm aware of. Pity, that. –  GMJoe May 12 at 6:27

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