Friday, July 31, 2015

Proposal: I’m Just Gonna…

Amend the list in the rule “Movement” to read:

  • Scamper: move any number of Cells in a cardinal direction, so long as this move does not pass through any walls or any cell which contains a Tranquilliser.
  • Crawl: move from A4 to G4 (or vice versa) or from D1 to D7 (or vice versa).
  • Limp: move in to or out of a cell which contains a Tranquilliser and no other Rats, so long as this move does not pass through any walls.

Add a sub-rule, “Tranquillisers”, to the rule “Spawners”:

A Tranquilliser is a Spawner which inhibits Progress through the Cell it occupies, as defined by the rule “Movement”. A Tranquilliser may not occupy a Cell which contains another Tranquilliser or is adjacent to a Cell which contains a Tranquilliser. There are Tranquillisers in Cells [X1, X2, X3 and X4].

Add a sub-rule, “Random Selection of Cells”, to the rule “The Maze”:

An acceptable method to randomly select a Cell is to roll two separate DICE7, using the first to find the column, with 1 signifying A and 7 signifying G, and using the second to find the row.

Randomly select four Cells which can legally contain a Tranquilliser and add a Tranquilliser to those Cells, amending the list of Cells in the rule Tranquillisers and the table underneath the picture of The Maze to reflect this.

Proposal: Throw a little cheese at the rats, say we’re labbin’ them

In the rule entitled Movement, change “As a Daily Action, a Rat may Progress exactly X times” to “As a Daily Action, a Rat may Progress up to X times”

At the moment, any movement action that doesn’t use up all Progressions is illegal. (It’s also easily evaded, for retroactive legality: moving a distance of more than two squares can be split into multiple scampers.)

Proposal: Dead End

Vetoed while vote at 3-0. Adminned 11:58 by Tantusar.

Adminned at 31 Jul 2015 11:58:41 UTC

Apply the ruleset changes proposed by the previous proposal.

Replace “chosen in a random order” with “in an order of the Head Scientist’s choosing” in the rule “Tests”.

Feeling a bit of a chilling effect in here after Tuesday’s veto. If proposals have to fit the Emperor’s unmentioned gameplay plans and his or her subjective idea of fun, it’s much harder to write them confidently.

I’m just going to try a reproposal of that last one, minus the random sequencing.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Resolving Test: Buddy System

KEV and DAR, as well as JOS and PUP, found themselves in the same Cell at the Completion Deadline of this Test.

Everyone receives 1 Cheese and 2 Learning, and now “must add 1 to their Success Rate”.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Proposal: Testing Times

Vetoed. -Purplebeard

Adminned at 30 Jul 2015 07:10:14 UTC

In “Tests”, replace “At any time, the Head Scientist may set a Test” with:-

If there are no Tests which have not reached their Completion Deadline, the Head Scientist may set a Test

And add to the bulleted list:-

  • A list of Specimens (being a list of every Rat, chosen in a random order)

And add a paragraph after the list:-

Once the Acceptance Deadline has passed, any Specimens for that Test who did not Accept the Test are no longer considered to be Specimens for it. (The Head Scientist may edit the blog post to reflect this.)

In “Movement”, replace “As a Daily Action, a Rat may Progress exactly X times, where X is the amount of Cheese that Rat has.” with:-

If a Rat is a Specimen for a Test which has passed its Acceptance Deadline but not its Completion Deadline, and if every Specimen listed prior to that Rat for that Test has Progressed since its Acceptance Deadline (or if the Rat is listed first in the Specimens list), then that Rat may Progress exactly X times, where X is the amount of Cheese that Rat has.

Replacing the daily-action timing trickery: rats instead get one set of moves per Test, taken in an order defined by that Test.

Proposal: The Alternatum

Cannot reach quorum at 1-4 and fails. -Purplebeard

Adminned at 30 Jul 2015 07:08:26 UTC

Replace the paragraph in the Core Rule “Victory and Ascension” which reads:

When a DoV is enacted, all other active DoVs are failed, and a new Dynasty begins with the Rat who made the DoV as its Head Scientist. That Rat may pass this role to another Rat at this point by making a post to that effect, if they wish. The Hiatus continues until the new Head Scientist makes an Ascension Address by posting an entry in the “Ascension Address” category - this should specify the Head Scientist’s chosen theme for the new Dynasty, and may optionally specify that the terms Rat and Head Scientist will be replaced with theme-specific terms throughout the entire ruleset, and/or a number of dynastic rules to keep. Upon posting such an Ascension Address, the Ruleset is updated to reflect any changed terms, and any dynastic rules which were not listed to be kept are repealed.

With:

When a DoV is enacted, all other active DoVs are failed, and one of the following happens:

  • If it is currently a Metadynasty, a new Dynasty begins with the Rat who made the DoV as its Head Scientist. That Rat may pass this role to another Rat at this point by making a post to that effect, if they wish. The Hiatus continues until the new Head Scientist makes an Ascension Address by posting an entry in the “Ascension Address” category - this should specify the Head Scientist’s chosen theme for the new Dynasty, and may optionally specify that the terms Rat and Head Scientist will be replaced with theme-specific terms throughout the entire ruleset, and/or a number of dynastic rules to keep. Upon posting such an Ascension Address, the Ruleset is updated to reflect any changed terms, and any dynastic rules which were not listed to be kept are repealed.
  • If it is not currently a Metadynasty, a Metadynasty starts with no Head Scientist. The Hiatus continues until another 24 hours have passed, at which point an Admin should post an entry in the “Ascension Address” category stating that a Metadynasty has begun. Upon posting this entry, all dynastic rules are repealed.

I’m putting this out there. At least until activity picks up (and I sure hope it does), we may want to consider this.

Proposal: Back and Forth

Passes unanimously at 5-0. -Purplebeard

Adminned at 30 Jul 2015 07:07:38 UTC

In the rule named “Movement”, change every instance of “and vice versa” to “or vice versa”.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Proposal: He’s right you know

Reached quorum 4 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 28 Jul 2015 08:52:49 UTC

Remove the text “They must then complete the Task before the Completion Deadline.” from the rule called “Tests”.

It’s redundant anyway as the subsequent paragraph defines success and failure.

I’m idle right now, but something that probably needs fixing

According to the ruleset, accepting a Test means that you must complete its Task by the Competition Deadline.

As I understand normal BlogNomic terminology, doesn’t this mean that all Rats who accept the Test are deemed to complete its Task (perhaps with gamestate changes to match), even if they actually haven’t? A “must” is typically treated as platonic (i.e. because the rules say this must happen, this must happen).

Proposal: The Trouble With Lab Animals

Vetoed. Failed by Kevan.

Adminned at 28 Jul 2015 08:52:19 UTC

Add a new rule entitled “Poop”:

Rat poop is an irritating nuisance in a lab environment. Every Cell has an amount of Droppings in it. A nonzero amount of Droppings n may be recorded in the Maze as “n Droppings” (an amount of zero need not be recorded).

The glamorous task of cleaning the Maze has been assigned to Jeremy, the grad student, who comes by each Monday at 0:00 and removes all Droppings from every Cell. Any Rat or the Head Scientist may update the wiki page to reflect this change.

Change the bulleted list in the rule entitled “Movement” to the following:

* Scamper: add a Dropping to its Cell, then move any number of Cells in a cardinal direction, so long as this move does not pass through any walls.
* Crawl: add a Dropping to its Cell, then move from A4 to G4 (or vice versa) or from D1 to D7 (or vice versa).

Note that, in the description of Crawl, the phrase “and vice versa” has been changed to “or vice versa” to ensure that it does what we want it to do.

Unidling

See title.

Hello.

Proposal: Conditions Apply, See In-Store

Fewer than a quorum not voting AGAINST. Failed 2-3 by Kevan.

Adminned at 28 Jul 2015 08:40:24 UTC

After the sentence in the rule “Tests” which reads:

They must then complete the Task before the Completion Deadline.

Add:

Any Rat may pull out of a Test they have accepted at any time before the Acceptance Deadline by posting AGAINST in the comments for that Test’s post.. If they do, they will no longer be considered to have accepted the Test.

I could’ve sworn I made Some Refunds a proposal. Ah, well.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Some Refunds

After the sentence in the rule “Tests” which reads:

They must then complete the Task before the Completion Deadline.

Add:

Any Rat may pull out of a Test they have accepted at any time before the Acceptance Deadline by posting AGAINST in the comments for that Test’s post.. If they do, they will no longer be considered to have accepted the Test.

Story Post: Test: Buddy System

Task: Be in the same cell as someone else when the Test ends.
Reward: +1 Cheese, +2 Learning
Punishment: +1 Learning
Acceptance Deadline: 21:00, Monday 27th July
Completion Deadline: 21:00, Wednesday 29th July

Punishments don’t have to be negative.

[SITE CHANGELOG] Post titles now link to their posts.

They are styled so as not to look like links. This has been bugging me since I started using this site and now it won’t.

Comment links, meanwhile, actually link to the bleeding comments.

These changes should break nothing. Do tell me if they do.

Proposal: Overwhelmed

Fails 1-4. Adminned 21:01 by Tantusar.

Adminned at 26 Jul 2015 21:01:53 UTC

Reword the first paragraph and list of Rule 1.5.2 to read:

The oldest pending [[Proposal]] may be enacted by any Admin (by updating the Ruleset and/or Gamestate to include the specified effects of that Proposal, and then setting that Proposal’s status to Enacted) if any of the following is true:

  • There is a number of Rats with at least one FOR Vote on it equal to the number of Rats, all Votes on it are FOR, and it has not been Vetoed or Self-Killed.
  • It has a number of FOR Votes that exceed or equal Quorum, has been open for voting for at least 12 hours, and has not been Vetoed or Self-Killed.
  • It has been open for voting for at least 48 hours, it has more than 1 valid Vote cast on it, more valid Votes cast on it are FOR than are AGAINST, and it has not been Vetoed or Self-Killed.

Is this better?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Proposal: A Series Of Challenges

Passes 5-0. Enacted 21:00 by Tantusar.

Adminned at 26 Jul 2015 21:00:43 UTC

Add a new rule, “Tests”:

Each Rat has a Success Rate, tracked in the GNDT, which defaults to 5, and must be a number between 0 and 10, inclusive.

At any time, the Head Scientist may set a Test, by making a Story Post with “Test: ” at the start of its title. This post should include:

  • A Task
  • A Reward
  • A Punishment
  • An Acceptance Deadline
  • A Completion Deadline

Any Rat may accept a Test by commenting on its post with an ARROW before the Acceptance Deadline. They must then complete the Task before the Completion Deadline.

If a Rat which has accepted a Test completes the Task before the Completion Deadline, it will receive the Reward, and must add 1 to their Success Rate. If a Rat which has accepted a Test fails to complete the Task before the Completion Deadline, it will receive the Punishment, and must subtract 1 from their Success Rate.

Add to the third paragraph of the rule “The Maze”:

When a Rat sets their Code for the first time, they must add it to Cell D4.

You can’t succeed if you don’t try.

Proposal: Yes, I Think We Get It

Fails 1-4. Adminned 23:56 by Tantusar.

Adminned at 25 Jul 2015 23:56:44 UTC

Reword the first paragraph and list of Rule 1.5.2 to read:

The oldest pending [[Proposal]] may be enacted by any Admin (by updating the Ruleset and/or Gamestate to include the specified effects of that Proposal, and then setting that Proposal’s status to Enacted) if any of the following is true:

  • It has a number of FOR Votes equal to the number of Rats.
  • It has a number of FOR Votes that exceed or equal Quorum, has been open for voting for at least 12 hours, and has not been Vetoed or Self-Killed.
  • It has been open for voting for at least 48 hours, it has more than 1 valid Vote cast on it, more valid Votes cast on it are FOR than are AGAINST, and it has not been Vetoed or Self-Killed.

Proposal: Self-fulfilling prophecy

Passes 5-0. Enacted 23:55 by Tantusar.

Adminned at 25 Jul 2015 23:55:51 UTC

Add the following to the end of the first sentence of the rule entitled “Hypothesis”:

A Rat may never be the subject of its own Hypothesis, and Rats are not considered to be Rats or part of any subset of Rats for the purposes of a Hypothesis that they have made.

Pending Hypotheses will be subject to this change at the time of their Evaluation.

Proposal: What Are The Chances

Passes 4-1. Enacted 23:50 by Tantusar.

Adminned at 25 Jul 2015 23:51:24 UTC

In “Hypothesis”, replace “Specificity Score” with “Significance”.

Then replace “The Significance of a Hypothesis should reflect how specific it is and how likely it is to come about, and should be an integer between 0 and 10.” with:

The Significance of a Hypothesis is a value reflecting how likely the Head Scientist thinks it is to come about, on a scale of 0 to 10, where 0 is “certain” and 10 is “impossible”.

If Josh made a comment including the word GRUYERE on this proposal, the action that created his pending Hypothesis shall be considered not to have happened. Otherwise, his Hypothesis shall be considered not to have had a Significance applied to it yet.

Clarify this “should reflect” thing. Given that my “extremely specific” and “extremely likely” Hypothesis somehow only got a 5, I think people might be reading this sentence differently.

Story Post: Hypothesis formed

I am now legally testing a hypothesis.

Story Post: Hypothesis Formation

ILLEGAL: Actually, hang on, you haven’t set a Code for yourself. - Tantusar.

Adminned at 25 Jul 2015 08:11:16 UTC

After scratching repeatedly at the clear plastic of a nearby wall, I have formed a hypothesis.

Story Post: Hypothesis formed

ILLEGAL: Actually, hang on, you haven’t set a Code for yourself. - Tantusar.

Adminned at 25 Jul 2015 08:11:48 UTC

I am currently testing a hypothesis.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Proposal: Infernal Spawn of… Cow?

Passes 5-0. Enacted 22:21 by Tantusar.

Adminned at 25 Jul 2015 22:21:53 UTC

Add a new rule, “Spawners”, with a sub-rule, “Cheese Spawners”:

There are Cheese Spawners in Cells A1, A7, G7 and G1. When a Rat is in the same Cell as an Active Cheese Spawner, they may complete all or none of the following actions:

  • Add 1 Cheese to their total Cheese
  • Deactivate the Cheese Spawner in the Cell they are in
  • Activate the next Cheese Spawner in clockwise order

Scientist’s Note: In other words, the activation order is A1, A7, G7, G1, and then repeats.

The position of the current Active Cheese Spawner is marked using [[File:For icon.jpg]] in the table on the page [[The Maze]].

Activate the Cheese Spawner in Cell A1.

Change the last paragraph of the rule “Test Conditions” to read:

Each Rat has an amount of Cheese, tracked in the GNDT, which defaults to 3, and must be a number between 1 and 5, inclusive.

External Links and Profiles

Any player who wishes to join the Slack team or provide links to their own corner of the Internet can, but is not required to, go to External Links and Profiles, and fill out a new row of the table there. The page is not considered gamestate, you have nothing to gain and/or lose from doing this.

Whoever “aosher” on Slack is should probably fill it out. I don’t know who you are.

Test Status: Incomplete

Tekneek has gone inactive, and is now idle. There are now 5 players, quorum is 3.

Proposal: The Rats in the Walls

Passes 4-0. Enacted 05:51 by Tantusar.

Adminned at 25 Jul 2015 05:52:04 UTC

Reword “Movement” to:-

As a Daily Action, a Rat may Progress exactly X times, where X is the amount of Cheese that Rat has. When a Rat Progresses, it may either:-

  • Scamper: move any number of Cells in a cardinal direction, so long as this move does not pass through any walls.
  • Crawl: move from A4 to G4 (and vice versa) or from D1 to D7 (and vice versa).

To the end of the rule “The Maze”, add:-

The black lines on the map of the Maze are Walls. The blue and red lines are Conduits, which are a type of Wall.

Changing Movement a bit, fixing the “move by any route just end up near your start space” bug and explaining what a Wall is.

Proposal: Really old school

Fails 1-4. Adminned 01:58 by Tantusar.

Adminned at 25 Jul 2015 01:59:10 UTC

Add a new rule to the core rules, entitled External links:

Rats may link their accounts on other platforms to their BlogNomic Rat account. Linked accounts are detailed at each Rat’s User: page on the BlogNomic wiki. Platforms whose accounts can be linked are:

  • Twitter
  • Reddit
  • Pinterest
  • Personal blogs

If a rule specifies that a Rat must undertake an action at a different platform, it must be carried out on that Rat’s page on that platform as specified by their User: page on the BlogNomic wiki, and must in all other respects conform to the ruleset of BlogNomic. These platforms are not considered gamestate for purposes other than actions specifically defined by the BlogNomic ruleset. Any rule that requires a Rat to carry out an action on another platform should as a matter of courtesy require that a notification of that action be posted to the BlogNomic blog.

At the very outset, BlogNomic required every player to keep a blog, and made certain blog behaviours a requisite for scoring. This was abandoned as being too limiting after a few dynasties, but given the increased range of external services that are available now that weren’t then, perhaps it’s worth revisiting.

Proposal: Weird science

Passes 5-0. Enacted 01:55 by Tantusar.

I am now accepting PMs with Hypotheses.

Adminned at 25 Jul 2015 01:55:20 UTC

Add a rule to the ruleset, entitled Learning:

Each Rat has an amount of Learning, which is tracked in the GNDT and is an integer that defaults to zero.

Add a rule to the ruleset, entitled Hypotheses:

A Hypothesis is a prediction about the behaviour of Rats in the coming week. A Hypothesis must be specific and measurable - it must contain one or more behaviours or actions that all Rats or a specific subset of Rats can carry out, and the number of times (or range of numbers of times) that each behaviour is Hypothesised to occur.

As a weekly action, any Rat can make a Hypothesis by sending a PM to the Head Scientist detailing their Hypothesis and by making a story post to the blog announcing that a Hypothesis has been formed (but not detailing its specifics). The Head Scientist should, as soon as possible thereafter, respond to that Rat with a Specificity Score for their Hypothesis. The Specificity Score of a Hypothesis should reflect how specific it is and how likely it is to come about, and should be an integer between 0 and 10.

As soon as possible thereafter, but not sooner than 7 days after the posting of the relevant story post, a Rat who formed a Hypothesis may Evaluate it by making a further story post with the detailed terms of their Hypothesis and the results of their Evaluation. A Hypothesis may be Evaluated as Successful if the terms of that Hypothesis have been met completely and in their entirety. Otherwise, it is Unsuccessful. If a Hypothesis is Evaluated to be Successful, the Hypothesising Rat may once increase their Learning by the Specificity Score of their Hypothesis.

Proposal: Onboarding

Passes 5-0. Enacted 22:56 by Tantusar.

Adminned at 24 Jul 2015 22:56:48 UTC

This Proposal does nothing if the Proposal “Initial Calibration” failed.

Add a rule, “Scientist’s Notes”:

Any Rat, including the Head Scientist, may include a Scientist’s Note in a Proposed Rule, prefaced as such and in italics, which may include an example or other explanatory text. When the containing Proposal is enacted, the Scientist’s Note should be included, verbatim, in the relevant part of the Dynastic Rules. A Scientist’s Note should not contain flavour justifications or any other text irrelevant to the Rule it is in. While a Scientist’s Note does not have any actual bearing on the Rules, it may be used in the case that the intended meaning of a Rule is brought into question.

Add to the rule “Scientist’s Notes”:

Scientist’s Note: This is an example of a correctly formatted Scientist’s Note

Add a subrule, “Movement”, to the rule “The Maze”:

As a Daily Action, a Rat may change their Position to be up to X Cells away from their current Position, where X is the amount of Cheese that Rat has. Rats may not move through walls, but may move from A4 to G4 (and vice versa) or from D1 to D7 (and vice versa).

Scientist’s Note: For example, movement from B1 to B2 would require movement through A1, A2, A3 and B3, in that order.

Why am I adding a rule and then changing it immediately afterward? So that Scientist’s Notes are legal before I need to make one. Enactment if a Proposal, of course, occurs in the order it appears, and… Basically, that’s how it has to happen.

Proposal: Initial Calibration

Passes 5-0. Enacted 22:51 by Tantusar.

Adminned at 24 Jul 2015 22:51:30 UTC

Add a new rule, “Test Conditions”:

Unless explicitly stated, the Head Scientist does not count as a Rat for the purposes of the Dynastic Rules.

Each Rat has a Code, that they may set at any time, consisting of any three letters of their name, in all-caps, tracked in the GNDT. Their Code must be unique among other existing Codes. If they do not have a Code, they may not perform any other actions as defined by the Dynastic Rules.

Each Rat has an amount of Cheese, tracked in the GNDT, which defaults to 3.

Add a new rule, “The Maze”:

The Great Test takes place in The Maze, which is tracked on the wiki page [[The Maze]].

The Maze is a maze of dimensions 7 Cells by 7 Cells. Each Cell has a set of coordinates with the letters A through G representing the Column and the numbers 1 through 7 representing the Row, with the top left Cell being Cell A1, and the bottom right Cell being Cell G7.

Each Rat has a Position in The Maze, tracked on the wiki page [[The Maze]] in the table after the image of The Maze using their Code, which defaults to Cell D4.

We prided ourselves on our pristine white marble floors and black obsidian walls in The Maze. That’s right, we did, before we dropped some Rats in there and had them wander around.

Ascension Address: For Science

24 July, 2015 - Head Scientist’s Log - Triemond Science Laboratories

Today Subject KVN finally woke up. After three weeks of delays, construction- and subject-wise, we seem to be ready to begin testing. I say seem, I’m sure someone will come up with some stupid excuse for why I ca- Oi! You! What are you doing! NO! DON’T TO- *static*

Sorry about that. Where was I? ... Oh, right, we’ll be dropping the subjects into the maze in a couple of hours, so I’ve called for a soft lockdown, no unnecessary personnel on site until we get this started.

END LOG

Repeal all Dynastic Rules, replace “Tribe” with “Rat” and “Nomad” with “Head Scientist” throughout the ruleset.

This Dynasty is all about Science. Good Science, not that awful done-by-“Olympians” Science they’re doing across the road at Aperture. This is real Science.