If you say "I decided to make this game" and another designer asks "why?" then "because I want to" is a perfectly good answer. Designing a game because you want to is not mutually exclusive to designing a game because some other game doesn't do what you want it to. Who gives a shit if D&D uses d20 mechanics, you can still make your own game that does too. I make game stuffs because I like the ritual, not because I am trying to unearth untrodden ground.

@cecil Sure, but when people ask why you're designing a game, it's generally because they're trying to get insight into the game, rather than because they're judging you. Or... one would hope, at least?

Sometimes knowing the purpose of a design helps people refine advice/suggestions, or clarifies whether they're interested to eventually play it, etc.

@lukehawksbee Yeah, totally, I just don't see that clarity as often. Like, more often in RPG communities someone shows up and says "hey check out this mouse hack I made for BitD" and there are so many people going "but why, Mouseguard already has mice?" and it's frustrating to me. And if the hacker replies "I just wanted to" folks get upset like "you mean there is no deeper philosophy here?" from their high horses. To me making stuff is just like enjoying applejacks, despite the not-apple-flavor

@cecil Well, that's fair enough, I suppose—I just haven't come across it much. The only time I really see that is when someone is essentially cloning another game from the ground up; that may be some people's idea of fun but it's probably helpful to point out the pre-existing game in case they haven't seen it.

@cecil I STRONGLY relate to this. I also find it useful to ask myself that question, though, because I have SO MANY game ideas that I need a way to trim down and focus so I complete things. When the answer is "because I want to design a game, and because I want to play this game," it's handy to be able to answer, "I can design some other game, and I can play this game using that other designer's solution."

@cecil "Because I want to just asks for another question" but "because I enjoy the ritual" is an actual answer.

@Halfjack they're the same thing in my book. Fight me.

@cecil The first is challenging the asker rather than answering the question. The second is the actual answer. If you feel like the question needs a fight, the first is good. If you feel like you want to pass on actual information, the second is your better choice.

@Halfjack why is "I like things cause I like things" fighting words?

Some people understand by doing. I know that’s why I’m often motivate to hack or home brew before I even play the first session: I want to understand what makes a game tick.

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