Monday, July 15, 2019

Sticky Post: Royal Duel Rumble in the Royal Forest

Announcing a duel in the Royal Forest:
Valid opponents: Kaia
Valid judges: Cuddlebeam

Apoplectic with rage, Farsight challenges anyone he sees to a duel. Unfortunately for Kaia, she arrived at exactly the wrong moment…

Friday, July 12, 2019

Sticky Post: Level the Duel Field

Announcing a duel in the Royal Forest, known for it’s unsensational, upside-down trees, and for being located conveniently nearby.
Valid opponents: Farsight; Ienpw III; Kaia; Kevan; ubq323; The Druid
Valid judges: derrick

Wizard TyGuy6’s creatures were in a good mood. A better mood, in fact, than the aforementioned professor of arcane summoning arts himself. Muttering under his breath, he strode with his happily chirping, grounded combatants in tow. “If I’m to be doing this confangled business again, it’ll be somewhere close! And scenic! Ugh, I NEED a vacation.”

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Sticky Post: The Third Campaign: Approaching the City

This is campaign number 3: our battlefields are as follows:

Subterranean Falls: sloped aquatic underground
Island Fortress: sloped walled aquatic
Royal Forest: forest nearby level

The enemy assault continues. We lost near the desert, but our aquatic defenses remain strong. We should push through the subterranean falls to secure an avenue of attack. We also need to take care of enemy forces ravaging our lands. We cannot loose this war!

Monday, July 15, 2019

How (not) to Cheat at Musical Chairs

Change
“If the military situation has been greater than 3 or less than negative 3 for 48 hours, and no new court allies have been associated with for 48 hours, a wizard with more influence than any other wizard has achieved victory.”
to

If the military situation has been greater than 3 or less than negative 3 for 48 hours, and no court allies, aside from Councilor Arnok, have been associated with for 12 hours, a wizard with more influence than each other wizard has achieved victory.

Add “Councilor Arnok” to the list of “the possible identities of Court Allies”, then add him (Councilor Arnok) to a random Wizard’s court allies, with 5 trust.

He emerges from throneroom shadows, whispering words of finality.

This change fixes an “any” bug and could also shorten the timeline of the endgame considerably.

ubq323 idles out

Having not commented or posted in more than a week.

7 Wizards, quorum of 4.

Proposal: One last favor

Increase the Favor of all Wizards by 10.

I am Ienpw, Master of Duel s

Battlefield: Royal Forest
Valid Opponents: Kaia
Valid Judges: [default]

Fresh off the heels of my epic takedown of the defender of nature, no Wizard can stop me!

Proposal: Outsider Art

Remove “As a daily action, a Wizard may submit a Portrait post to the blog, which contains the word “Portrait” in the title, an animal which exists in a stable and has not appeared in a portrait post before and a link to an image of the animal of the Wizard’s own rendition. When a Wizard makes a Portrait post, they may gain 1 Food.” from the rule “Creature”.

Have we had enough of this?

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Proposal: Bribery and Defamation

3 to 3. not popular after 48 hours. Failed by Derrick.

Adminned at 15 Jul 2019 19:52:59 UTC

Add to “Food”:

As a daily action, a Wizard can spend up to 10 Food to gain Favor equal to that amount spent, or reduce another player’s Favor by that amount spent.

Yes, this involves the super spooky idea of p l a y e r i n t e r a c t i o n.

Proposal: Victory period

Reached quorum 7 votes to 0. Enacted with no effect by Kevan (original text no longer exists).

Adminned at 15 Jul 2019 08:18:58 UTC

Replace the paragraph:

If a wizard has been allied to His Majesty for more than 48 hours and the military situation has been greater than 3 for 48 hours, that wizard has achieved victory. If a wizard has been allied to the ambassador for more than 48 hours and the military situation has been less than negative 3 for 48 hours, that wizard has achieved victory.

with:

If a wizard has been allied to His Majesty for the preceding 48 hours and the military situation has been greater than 3 for the preceding 48 hours, that wizard has achieved victory. If a wizard has been allied to the ambassador for the preceding 48 hours and the military situation has been less than negative 3 for the preceding 48 hours, that wizard has achieved victory.

On my reading, it is possible to attain victory if the conditions have *ever* been satisfied for a cumulative duration of 48 hours, so this little fix would require them to be satisfied directly prior to the victory.

Proposal: Royal Banquet

Reached quorum 5 votes to 1. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 15 Jul 2019 08:18:17 UTC

Update each Wizard’s Allies so that each Wizard is allied to no identities.

Then, for each of the identities of Court Allies, make a random Wizard become allied to that identity with a Trust of 5.

Looks like the less favoured Wizards aren’t bothering to form alliances because they’ll be easily broken by the higher-favour players. Let’s shake things up.

Portrait: Stealthy Wild Sponge

A rare glimpse of this reclusive creature: https://imgur.com/a/oEqzFxh

Portrait: Mole

Friday, July 12, 2019

Proposal: [Plato reference here]

Reached quorum 6 votes to 1. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 15 Jul 2019 08:11:08 UTC

Amend:

A wizard may “associate” with a court ally by selecting an identity, spending an amount of favor greater which is both greater than zero and greater than the trust of any court allies in the GNDT with that identity, removing any courtly allies in the GNDT with that identity, and adding to their court allies an ally with the chosen identity and a trust equal to the court favor spent.

To:

A wizard may “associate” with a court ally by selecting an identity, spending an amount of favor which is both greater than zero and greater than the trust of any court allies with that identity, then transferring (or adding, if they are associated to nobody yet) to their court allies an ally with the chosen identity and setting their trust to the court favor spent.

Weird and exploitable to have the GNDT itself be a factor there. Fixing it.

Duel at the Pool

Battlefield: Subterranean Falls.
Valid Opponent: Kaia.
Valid Judge: Derrick.
No items
Fox only
Final destination

Proposal: Relying on the Advisors

Timed out / quorumed 5 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 15 Jul 2019 08:00:41 UTC

Add to the rule “Court Politics”:

A wizard’s influence is equal to the number of his court allies, plus two if the military situation is greater than three and they allied to his majesty, plus two if the military situation is less than negative three and they are allied to the Ambassador.

As a weekly communal action, the trust of all courtly allies may be raised by the campaign number of the most recent campaign

Change:

If a wizard has been allied to His Majesty for more than 48 hours and the military situation has been greater than 3 for 48 hours, that wizard has achieved victory. If a wizard has been allied to the ambassador for more than 48 hours and the military situation has been less than negative 3 for 48 hours, that wizard has achieved victory.

To:

If the military situation has been greater than 3 or less than negative 3 for 48 hours, and no new court allies have been associated with for 48 hours, a wizard with more influence than any other wizard has achieved victory.

“I cannot decide” his majesty said. “They each have their strengths, but which strengths are most important? I need your counsel”

“We are happy to help”, said Counselor Arnok.
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This proposal is designed to make simply collecting favor and cashing it in at the end a less desirable position. This maintains the lead of those ahead, but gives people lagging a chance to catch up. It also incentivizes choosing court allies sooner rather than later.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Proposal: [Core] Must, aka, Should not too long delay

Fewer than a quorum not voting against. Failed 1-4 by Kevan.

Adminned at 13 Jul 2019 17:26:31 UTC

In Fair Play, change
“A Wizard should not deliberately and unreasonably prolong the performance of a game action once they have started it.”
to

A Wizard should not deliberately and unreasonably prolong the performance of a game action once they have started it, nor similarly prolong the non-performance of a game action which is required of them by the rules.

“...a proposal or CfJ may be made to reprimand or punish the perpetrator…”

Proposal: The Strongest Spell

Self-killed. Failed by Kevan.

Adminned at 13 Jul 2019 17:29:50 UTC

Add a new rule called “The Strongest Spell”:

As a weekly action, a Wizard can cast the Strongest Spell by pointing their finger at a screen their choice, having their thumb raised too, and saying “Bang!” out loud; along spending an amount of Food equal to the Upkeep of a Creature plus 3 and making a blog post that is clearly for the purpose of this action. Upon doing so, that Creature is unceremoniously removed from its Wizard’s stable.

That blog post shall then be also considered a Duel, with the City Gates as battlefield, the King as its only valid Judge and the Druid as its only valid Opponent. The Druid should accept this Duel whenever possible, stating how guns aren’t real magic, with the challenger optionally scoffing back smugly with conviction that they actually are.

Proposal: Watching Paint Dry

Timed out/quorumed 6 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 13 Jul 2019 17:25:52 UTC

In “Creature”, replace “If a Wizard has not done so in the previous 24 hours they may” with:-

As a daily action, a Wizard may

Removing the pressure to post a portrait as quickly as possible 24 hours after your one from the previous day.

Proposal: Mustlessness

Timed out 4 votes to 1. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 13 Jul 2019 17:24:35 UTC

In “Duel”, replace “The duelists must submit a plan by sending a private message” with “Each duelist may submit a plan by sending a private message”.

Replace “If 48 hours have passed since the start of the duel and only one of the duelists has submitted a valid plan, that duelist is the Triumphant. If 48 hours have passed and neither duelist submitted a valid plan, a Triumphant is decided by way of a random DICE2 roll in the GNDT. ” with:-

If 48 hours have passed since the start of the duel and only one of the duelists has submitted a valid plan, the Judge may declare that duelist to be the Triumphant. If 48 hours have passed and neither duelist submitted a valid plan, the Judge may randomly select one of those duelists as the Triumphant.

Replace “The judge must then post a comment on the duel’s blog entry detailing the creature slots, Strengths, wins, and which duelist was the Triumphant.” with:-

The judge may then post a comment on the duel’s blog entry detailing the creature slots, Strengths, wins, and which duelist was the Triumphant.

Rewording duels to avoid the aggressive “musts” (as demonstrated with this recent duel, what happens if the Judge decides not to judge? What if they go idle?) and automatic effects (assigning a Triumphant automatically after 48 hours even if nobody - not even the Judge - knows who it is).

Proposal: Come pulse sorry

Self Killed. Failed by Derrick.

Adminned at 12 Jul 2019 14:26:56 UTC

Add a new rule called “Compulsory”:

An action is Compulsory if:
- The rules compel a Wizard to perform it (eg. “a Wizard must...”).
- The Wizard can perform it.
- The Wizard has all of the minimum amount of information needed to perform the action, granted via explicit rule-defined mechanisms.

While a Wizard has an action that is Compulsory for them to do, they cannot perform any non-Compulsory dynastic actions.

 

Portrait: Swimming Winged Giant Emu

Portrait: Wild Sponge

Another ten-second masterpiece: https://imgur.com/a/nBiprIs

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Portrait: Caterpillar

Proposal: Triple Regulations

Timed out 4 to 1. Enacted by Derrick.

Adminned at 12 Jul 2019 14:23:48 UTC

Add to the rule “Duel”:

If seven days have passed since a duel’s blog entry was posted and it has no opponent, any wizard or the king may close it by making a comment on the entry stating that they are doing so. A closed Duel ceases to be a duel.

And Change:

The Triumphant’s favour increases by the mean average Strength for that Battle of the other duelist’s creature slots, rounding up.

to:

The Triumphant’s favour increases by three, plus one if creature with gaudy is in their stable.

sigh…

Portrait: Venomous Swan*

https://i.gyazo.com/563f27048c0e679b6d7983601092b5ff.png

(*She is smuggling a vial of cyanide up her butt.)

Portrait: Surefooted Armoured Swimming Sponge

Just claiming the daily Food bonus: https://imgur.com/a/ibhBxeE

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Mole (first draft)

https://photos.app.goo.gl/C5a2yNShbmuqLnKf9

I’m doing a rare (for me) color image.

Proposal: Dual Duel Regulations

Self-killed. Failed by Kevan.

Adminned at 11 Jul 2019 12:15:12 UTC

Add to the rule “Duel”:

If seven days have passed since a duel’s blog entry was posted and it has no opponent, any wizard or the king may close it by making a comment on the entry stating that they are doing so. A closed Duel ceases to be a duel.

And Change:

The Triumphant’s favour increases by the mean average Strength for that Battle of the other duelist’s creature slots, rounding up.

to:

The Triumphant’s favour increases by three, plus one if creature with gaudy is in their stable.

Portrait: Winged Gaudy Venomous Swan

Duplicate post

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Druid’s Duel: Withholding Food

The Druid Challenges Ienpw III to a duel!

The battle field is the city walls. Any wizard except Ienpw II may be judge. Ienpw III is the only valid opponent.

The Druid accuses Ienpw III of having an unnatural number of animals in his stables, and of not feeding them enough.

“You have a duty to the rodents and birds! they tell me they see a barn, and look for corn to eat, but find none!”

Proposal: Rage Stomp

Fewer than a quorum not voting against. Failed 2-4 by Kevan.

Adminned at 11 Jul 2019 12:14:48 UTC

Change “Any Wizard may announce a duel,” to

The Druid may announce a duel,

Remove Queen from among TyGuy6’s court allies.

Sweaty, caked waist-deep with mud, TyGuy6 stomped into the parlour royale. “I’ve had enough of this nonsense. Someone’s got to put an end to this childish system of dare-foolery. By favor of the queen, I shall end it myself if I have to!”

Councilor Arnok looked up from his careful cross-comparison of recent war news with the latest court gossip. “End what, the war?”

“Nay, the duels. They shout in the streets for the glory of them, but I… my poor dear monstrosities, that is, must jump a thousand hoops to find ourselves one single opponent, or even none at all! I’d have better luck fighting the Druid!”

Proposal: Overdraft

Timed out 1 vote to 4. Failed by Kevan.

Adminned at 11 Jul 2019 10:38:05 UTC

Amend the first paragraph of “Food” to:

Each Wizard has an amount of Food stockpiled for their creatures, tracked in the GNDT and defaulting to zero.

As a weekly action, the King may perform a Harvest, which is the following Atomic action:
- Increase each Wizard’s food by 10.
- Increase the Food of the Wizards allied to the Chamberlain or Treasurer by 3.
- For each Wizard, be their X the sum of their total Upkeep of every Creature in their Stable plus (if the Wizard has it) the Upkeep of their Underling Type. If X is greater than their Food amount, lower their Favor by the (math) difference between X and their Food amount (down to a minimum of 0), then set their Food to 0. Otherwise, decrease their Food by X.

If you can’t pay in Food, you’ll pay in Favor.
(There is currently no consequence for not being able to pay your Food Upkeep)

Proposal: The Difference Between a Duck

Reached quorum 6 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 10 Jul 2019 09:48:45 UTC

Replace “Two creatures with the same qualities (not considering order) and creature type are the same creature.” with:-

Two creatures with the same qualities (not considering order) and creature type are considered to be Equivalent.

Replace “A wizard may not add a creature to their stable if that creature is in another wizard’s stable.” with:-

A wizard may not add a creature to their stable if an Equivalent creature is in another wizard’s stable.

As Cuddlebeam observes, defining two creatures as literally being “the same creature” is a bit weird.

Portrait: Armored Swimming Sponge

Portrait: Wild Wild Wild Zonkey

Proposal: Wild Goose Chase

Reached quorum 5 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 10 Jul 2019 09:47:29 UTC

For each Creature which has more than one of the same Quality, remove all but one copies of that Quality from it.

In “Creature”, replace “A quality may be added to a creature more than once, but no creature may have more than 3 of the same quality.” with:-

A Creature may not have more than one of the same Quality.

Monday, July 08, 2019

Duely Duel McDuel

Royal Swamp
Judge: Derrick
Rest default
Let’s go

Idlewild

This dynasty is neat, but I can’t keep up! Idling myself. Quorum becomes 5.

Call for Judgment: Clearing the Fog of War

Reached quorum 5 votes to 1. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 09 Jul 2019 17:39:12 UTC

For reference, “Numbers and Variables” stated:
“If a set of valid values is not specified in their definition, game variables defined to hold numeric values can hold only non-negative integers. Any action that would set those values below zero is an illegal action unless explicitly otherwise stated in the ruleset.”

Change
“The kingdom has a military situation, tracked as an integer in the GNDT field of the king for courtly favor.”
to

The kingdom has a military situation, tracked in the GNDT field of the king for courtly favor, with the set of all integers as it’s valid values.

Set the military situation to -1.

The military situation cannot be negative, as I read it. Winning will depend upon the value, so even if it was fine before, this makes it more explicit.

Proposal: Removing a third wheel

Self-killed. Failed by Kevan.

Adminned at 10 Jul 2019 09:44:32 UTC

Add to the first paragraph of Duels:

The Judge can be specified to be “Hash” by the Challenger, in which case the Hash variant applies.

Add to Duels:

The Hash variant of a Duel requires the challenger to state their list of creature slots for the battle as a comment to the duel’s post instead, in a hash, once the Opponent has been assigned and within 48 hours. Within 48 hours from that, the opponent must publicly post their list of creature slots as a comment to the Duel’s post. Within 48 hours of that, the challenger must reveal the hash they used and the creature list that they submitted for this Duel, as well as resolve the Duel as a judge would with the two given lists.

I assume we’ve got enough swagger to know what a hash is.

Proposal: Cardinal General Fix

Reached quorum 7 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 10 Jul 2019 09:43:51 UTC

In the subrule Closing a Campaign replace

(excluding creatures which are Armored or forces commanded by Wizards who are allied with the Northern General).

with

(excluding creatures which are Armored or forces commanded by Wizards who are allied with the Southern General).

Tactics already gives a purpose to the Northern General, and the flavour text of Kaia’s proposal suggests this is how it was meant to be to begin with.

Proposal: Call of the Wild

Timed out 2 votes to 4. Failed by Kevan.

Adminned at 10 Jul 2019 09:39:55 UTC

Add to the rule “The Druid”.

If the creatures in a Wizard’s Stable contain between them 3 or more instances of the Quality “Wild”, that Wizard may not be considered “Unnatural”.

Also, a Wizard who is Vegetarian gets to hang with the Druid on weekends. A Wizard who is Vegan gets written into the Druid’s will.