Declaration of Victory: Declaration of Victory
11 votes against. Quorum Reached. —Excalabur.
Adminned at 03 Mar 2006 09:17:34 UTC
According to rule 2.18, “Victory”:
If a Swashbuckler other than Elias IX has held the role of ‘Captain’ for 3 full days, then e may declare victory at any time.
Since according to Bucky/Captain, “a Swashbuckler other than Elias IX has held the role of ‘Captain’ for 3 full days”, clearly, I may declare victory at any time. Although there is controversy as to whether Captain may declare victory, I am “then e”, and I am declaring victory.
I strongly request that you vote against all four pending DoVs. Although I feel like the dynasty should come to a close fairly soon, it should not be because of a weakness of English. If everyone played Nomic the way this game has been played the last couple days, there would be no way to play it except in a language where:
* every word refers to only one thing, and exactly one thing, and
* the grammar is strong enough so that a sentence has only one meaning, if it has a meaning.
Obviously, English fails horribly on both counts, and that’s why Nomic should be played by the meaning of the rules, not the meaning of the grammar.
If the tightening of the ruleset is taken to the extreme, I forsee, ideally, a solution where the ruleset defines core nouns, verbs, adjectives, and maybe even grammatical structures, which the ruleset then extends. In practice, a hodge-podge of proposals to create this would be even less graceful. The suggestions to ‘escape’ names in the ruleset, such as ‘Elias IX’ or [Elias IX] (except the ones which were scams), I feel to be working toward this end. Although minor changes like this are good ideas, taking it to the extreme is not.
Again, if you vote for Bucky’s DoV, you should also vote for mine. However, for the sake of the game, please do neither; please don’t help set a precedent that could take BlogNomic down forever into exploiting loopholes in an all-too-easily exploited language.