On the Forge, people had "standard rants" about recurring topics and they assigned them numbers and names, and they'd just link to them whenever they felt people were rehashing old topics without understanding all the progress that had been made before.
This is a thread to collect ideas about illusionism, participationism, railroading, hidden force of GMs or other players, and so on. I'm not going to define any of these things for the thread, but it's a good idea if posters define their own terms.
Here are some ground rules for the thread.
1. You get ONE POST. You can edit it perpetually to refine your views. (And, um, this doesn't count as my one post.)
2. Your post should be essentially as self-sufficient as possible. This is an essay, not a conversation. Define your terms.
3. This is not a conversation. Have conversations elsewhere. Link to them in your post, if you like. Don't write responses to other people. Don't address other people.
4. Keep things polite. However, it's understood that there are ethical issues on many sides
of these issues, so it's not like you can't talk about those things. Tread gently, avoid sarcasm, etc.
5. If you want to discuss anything "meta" about this thread, do so in the Meta Discussion about the RULES of the Standard Rants on Illusory Play & Practices thread
Changed the subject title to remove the world "illusionism."
These are essays. They don't have to be "rants." That's just a reference to the old Forge "standard rants" that turned into a way of saying, "Hey, I already have a thing prepared for this."
It's probably a good idea to avoid referring to the title of the thread, even, because it's in flux. Make your post as independent as possible.
You can't have more than one post, but you can have multiple topics if they're interconnected. That seems fair!