There are many interesting parallels between the FIRE community and Board gamers.

As it turns out Tabletop Gaming magazine talks about different attitude towards tabletop gameplay last month which can be applied to the FIRE movement.

In tabletop gameplay, players can be arranged around a 2×2 matrix. On one axis is respect for the rules and, on another axis, respect for goals.

This creates four categories of different “players” that can be found in the board-gaming world our society today.

Let’s look at each category one by one.

1) Conventional Player / Believer in the Singapore Dream.

The conventional player is the kind of player you meet most of the time. Those who respect the rules of gameplay and respect the goals of the game. In D&D, the fighter tanks; the cleric heals; the thief opens lock; the wizard Fireballs.

In personal finance, respect for the rules means that the person respects the conventional way money is