Calvinball

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A potentially-dysfunctional Technique of Hard Core Gamist play, characterized by making up the rules of a game as it is played, especially in the immediate context of advantaging oneself and disadvantaging one's opponents. "Tagged you! Tags mean you're out!" "It's Tuesday! Tagging doesn't work on Tuesdays!" Most so-called "rules-lawyering" is actually Calvinballing. The term is taken from the comic strip Calvin & Hobbes; see also The Unofficial Official Rules of Calvinball.