Last night at the AL-esque D&D group my wife and I attend as players, I was having a conversation with the lead DM and another guy (whom said DM was trying to recruit for DMing).
The conversation turned to Adventurer’s League rules (especially season 8) and why the store didn’t really abide by them. Ultimately, it came down to this:
Those rules limit fun.
D&D is all about fun.
Therefore, we ignore those rules.
Now get out there and tell a story (and if you need one to tell, check out Zassan the Slaver!)