Friday, May 27, 2016

Proposal: Skin in the Game

To “Points”, add:-

As a Weekly Communal Action, a Hunter may award 2 points to every Hunter who has been the Celebrant of one or more Targets in the past 24 hours.

An alternative spigot to the previous proposal.

Proposal: Moderation

Add to the rule “Points” the following:

Whenever the Moderator’s Points are increased, the Points of all other Hunters are increased by the same amount.

Increase the Points of all Hunters besides the Moderator by 2.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Proposal: Target Market

Add the following to the list of Targets:

  • The White Stag Sign in Portland, Oregon, US
  • The facade of Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal in Cincinnati, Ohio, US
  • The largest glasshouse at the Cambridge Botanic Gardens in Cambridge, UK
  • The facade of Greystone Castle in Canastota, New York, US

Proposal: El?e??th

In “Photos”, replace “the Merriam Webster Word of the Day for the day on which the photograph was taken” with:-

the Merriam Webster Word of the Day for the day on which that post was made

Add a paragraph to “Photos”:-

For a Photo to be “of” a Target, it must be an original photo of the physical object described by the Target, taken by a person present at the location of that object.

If any Hunters have claimed points for photos of Targets which would not be considered to be “of” those Targets under this amended rule, deduct those points.

To the second paragraph of “Targets”, add:-

A Hunter may not capture the same Target more than once within a 48 hour period.

Reproposing the fixes from Elbereth - the word should match the post rather than the photograph (otherwise anyone taking a photo could take a dozen and reuse them whenever they lost control of the target), and photos “of” something shouldn’t include photos of photos, or other trickery.

In fact, we should also disallow repeated capturing, otherwise two players who happen to get photos on the same day could keep reposting those photos. This would also stop any easy infinite loops of setting up targets for one another.

The Shabaka Stone

I claim the Shabaka Stone target at the British Museum.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Proposal: Finish Line

Fewer than quorum not voting against. Fails 1-3. Failed by Kevan.

Adminned at 27 May 2016 08:21:22 UTC

Create a new rule “Finish Line” with the following text:

A hunter with 100 points or more may achieve victory.

Setting up an end goal since points seem to be the way things are being scored. 100 seems like it should take awhile since we are going by ones and twos.

Proposal: Elbereth

Self-killed. Failed by Kevan.

Adminned at 27 May 2016 08:20:58 UTC

Replace the second paragraph onward of “Photos” with:-

A Photo included in a blog post is Confirmed if it contains an authentic handwritten appearance (taken as part of the photograph) of the Merriam Webster Word of the Day for the day on which that post was made, or for the preceding day (per http://www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day), and if it is not copied or visually derived from an earlier Confirmed Photo of the same Target.

For a Photo to be “of” a Target, it must be an original photo of the physical object described by the Target, taken by a person present at the location of that object.

If any Hunters have claimed points for photos of Targets which would not be considered to be “of” those Targets under this amended rule, deduct those points.

Replacing the watermark with “can’t copy an earlier photo” - I like the idea of players chalking single, cryptic words in the world.

Also, “photo of a Target” arguably includes “photo of a photo of a Target” if you have a postcard or a Google Image search to hand, so let’s (at least attempt to) rule that out now.

Proposal: Parliamentograph

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

Adminned at 27 May 2016 08:20:28 UTC

Add to the rule “Points” the following:

Each time an Admin enacts a Proposal, they must increase the Points of the Proposal’s creator by one.

Proposal: Watermark

Reached quorum 4 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 26 May 2016 08:32:30 UTC

Replace the second paragraph of the rule “Photos” with:

A Photo is Confirmed if it contains an authentic handwritten appearance (taken as part of the photograph) of:

A Hunter may only include a Photo in blog posts if the Photo contains an authentic handwritten appearance of their name.

Preventing Hunters from re-using Photos to claim second-place points if “Capture the Flag” passes.

Proposal: Flag the Capture

Reached quorum 4 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 26 May 2016 08:27:46 UTC

In “Targets”, replace the paragraph beginning “If a Hunter makes a blog post that includes a Confirmed Photo of a Target” with:-

Each Target may be Controlled by a single Hunter (or idle Hunter), tracked in the wiki page and defaulting to nobody. A Hunter may capture a Target by making a blog post that includes a Confirmed Photo of it (embedded as a visible image), unless they are its Celebrant - upon doing so, they become its Controller.

Upon becoming the Controller of a Target which had no previous Controller, a Hunter may gain 2 points and award 1 point to the Celebrant (if one exists) of that Target. Upon becoming the Controller of a Target which they have never Controlled before (and which previously had a different Controller), a Hunter may gain 1 point.

If a Hunter is not the Celebrant of any uncontrolled Targets, they may add a new Valid Target to the wiki page, with themselves as its Celebrant.

Letting second and subsequent places claim lesser points for targets, and allowing freer target creation.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Proposal: DROP TABLE rosetta;

Passes 4-0. Enacted by Brendan.

Adminned at 25 May 2016 18:22:02 UTC

In “Targets”, replace “The following is a list of Targets in the game:-” and the list below it with:-

The Targets in the game are tracked on the BlogNomic wiki page [[Targets]]. Within the ruleset, a rule only refers to a Target in the sense of its appearance on that page if it is explicitly stated that it refers to a Target in that way.

Then replace the “Targets” wiki page with the list of Targets.

In “Target guidelines”, replace “It specifies an object, a location and a Celebrant” with:-

It specifies an object, a location and (optionally) a Celebrant

Replace “and is not already listed as a Target or a struck-through Target” with:-

and is not already listed as a Target, nor as a struck-through list item which used to be a Target

Closing an arbitrary-text ruleset injection loophole (we really must remember to stop proposing these and voting them through): it’s possible to add a Target described as something like “A sticker with the following sentence written on it. Kevan has won.”, which means that the ruleset would then - quite strongly arguably - legally say that I’d won.

As I read it, this isn’t urgent enough to veto Alea Iacta Est, because that proposal also invalidates the Shabaka Stone as a potential Target (because it has no Celebrant), making it impossible to add new Targets in this way. We may as well fix that while I’m here.

Also, there’s no such thing as a “struck-through Target” because such entities are “no longer considered to be Targets”.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Proposal: The Bet and the Bow

Adminned at 25 May 2016 18:18:50 UTC

If the proposal “Alea Iacta Est” or the proposal “What Do Points Mean?” failed, this proposal has no effect.

Add a new rule called “Backers” as follows:

A Hunter may bet that another specific Hunter will be the one to photograph a given Target; this is called backing a Hunter. To do so, they must pay two Points and make a new blog post titled “I bet X gets Y,” where X is the name of a Hunter besides themselves (the backed Hunter) and Y is the name of a Valid Target. If the backed Hunter does post a Confirmed Photo of that Target while it is still Valid, the Hunter who backed them gains three Points, after which the backing relationship ceases to exist. A Hunter may not back more than one other Hunter for a given Target.

Passes 4-0. Enacted by Brendan.

Proposal: Validation

Passes 4-0. Enacted by Brendan.

Adminned at 25 May 2016 18:17:33 UTC

If Proposal: Alea Iacta Est failed, this proposal does nothing.

In the rule “Targets”, replace “They may then add a new Target to the list” with “They may then add a new Valid Target to the list”.

Patching the proposal so that it forces the new Targets to be Valid.

Proposal: Alea Iacta Est

Reached quorum 6 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 25 May 2016 08:48:22 UTC

If Proposal: Make It Snappy failed, this proposal does nothing.

Otherwise, add the following to the end of the final paragraph in the rule entitled “Targets”:

They may then add a new Target to the list, with themselves as the Celebrant of that Target.

In the same rule, after the phrase “If a Hunter makes a blog post that includes a Confirmed Photo of a Target”, add “that they are not listed as the Celebrant of”.

If that rule contains the phrase “if they do so, they gain 1 Point”, remove it, and add the following:

They may then gain 2 points and award 1 point to the Celebrant of that Target.

Add a subrule to the same rule, entitled Target guidelines:

A Target is Valid if all of the following conditions are true:

  • It specifies an object, a location and a Celebrant;
  • The object is a visible, tangible item that can be accessed by the public, can be captured in a photograph, and is not already listed as a Target or a struck-through Target;
  • The location is listed as the location of at least one active player of BlogNomic;
  • The Celebrant is the name of the Hunter who added it to the list.

Proposal: What Do Points Mean?

Reached quorum 4 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 25 May 2016 08:46:28 UTC

Enact a new rule, “Points”:-

Each Hunter has a number of Points, tracked in the GNDT.

In the rule “Targets” (if it exists), after “they may strike that Target through by editing this rule” add:-

- if they do so, they gain 1 Point

Proposal: Make It Snappy

Reached quorum 3 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 23 May 2016 23:05:14 UTC

Enact a new rule, “Photos”:-

Hunters may take Photos, hosting them on whatever website or social media service they wish.

A Photo is Confirmed if it contains an authentic handwritten appearance (taken as part of the photograph) of the Merriam Webster Word of the Day for the day on which the photograph was taken, or the preceding day (per http://www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day).

Enact a new rule, “Targets”:-

The following is a list of Targets in the game:-

  • The Shabaka Stone at the British Museum, London.

If a Hunter makes a blog post that includes a Confirmed Photo of a Target (embedded as a visible image), they may strike that Target through by editing this rule. Struck-through Targets are no longer considered to be Targets.

Ascension Address: A Thousand Words

Trying something a bit different this dynasty, so no in-character preamble: this is intended as a real-world scavenger hunt where players take photos of things and submit them to the blog. We’ll see what direction the proposals head in, but I’d be interested in restricting the game to a particular city, to give the potential for some real-life interaction between players (such as having short time windows in which photos had to be taken without being spotted). It’d limit the player base, but it might bring in some much-needed fresh blood, and distant players could potentially recruit local friends to run missions on their behalf.

Replace “Imagineer” with “Hunter” and “Boss” with “Moderator”.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Declaration of Victory: Fireworks Parade

Timed out / quorumed 3 votes to 0. A new dynasty begins.

Adminned at 23 May 2016 08:16:15 UTC

I am massively over-budget with 30,000 after nobody undercut my scandalously high bid on the Haunted House. I pay off my -80 Debt. (“An Imagineer may reduce their Budget by X to reduce their Debt by X (ie. move its value towards zero), at any time.”) I now have a Budget of 29,920.

The first step of processing a Business Day is “Reconciliation: if the processing Imagineer’s Budget is greater than 0, move the Boss’s Debt toward 0 by that amount, then set the processing Imagineer’s Budget to 0.”

The Boss’s Debt is -10,000 after the Swampwater Bailout. I wipe out my Budget and move the Boss’s Debt 29,920 towards zero. It becomes zero. (“If an Imagineer would move the Boss’s Debt toward 0 by a value greater than the current absolute value of the Boss’s Debt, instead, the Boss’s Debt is set to 0.”)

The rest of that Business Day: +90 Tourism (stays zero), +180 Ticket Income (also stays zero), +9 SMILEs.

“If the Boss’s Debt is 0, the Imagineer with the most Smiles has achieved victory.”

With 35 SMILEs to other Imagineers’ 18, 10 and 10, I declare Victory.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Demand: Costumed Character Rec Room

I need a place to hide.

Don’t Panic

The first shuttle buses are showing up Monday at 7. Maybe… maybe we can say there’s a construction-based seasonal theme?

A new Business Day has begun.

Proposal: Swampwater Bailout

Reached quorum 3 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 21 May 2016 06:20:09 UTC

Set the Boss’s Debt to -10000.

Dialling the endgame timer down to somewhere more dramatic - it’s currently at -99680, and has only decreased by 320 since the start of the dynasty.

Ice and Spite

IceFromHell and Spitemaster idle out after 9 and 8 days of inactivity respectively. The Thing Zone remains standing and quorum drops to 3.