Saturday, July 20, 2024

GloopyGhost Ghosted Us

GloopyGhost has been made Idle for not posting an entry or comment in the past 96 hours (4 days) and not sending a Creative Writing or Scoring Response in the past 96 hours (4 days). Quorum drops to 3.

Saturday, July 20, 2024

Proposal: Don’t End Just Yet!! Please

In the rule The End replace “While there is an Open Judging and The Last Fragment is empty, as a Story Action any Storyteller may call for a Ending Drawing by making a Story blog post where the title contains the phrase “Ending Drawing”. When this post has been made, the next Drawing is considered the Ending Drawing” with “While there is an Open Judging and The Last Fragment is empty, as a Story Action any Storyteller may call for a Ending Drawing by making a Story Post Votable Matter where the title contains the phrase “Ending Drawing”. If a quorum of Storytellers votes in favor of this post the next Drawing is considered the Ending Drawing”

Make the Ending Drawing just a Drawing and cancel all of the pending Creative Writings.

Give 20 Points to Clucky and give 20 Points to Darknight.

I would like to propose a rule change and do a little bit of a back track to the story.

GloopyGhost has invoked a rule and then disappeared. The rule takes us out of the story at hand and is forcing an ending. This story has barely gotten going and no real action or intentions of the characters has been developed. There is nothing of consequence to any of the few antagonists that have been introduced.

I would like to propose that we take away this segment and forced ending writing. It’s too soon and it feels like this action is being used as a way to end the game.

If anyone has presented pieces of writing for this, maybe they can be compensated for their efforts with points.

Also, I propose that the next time an ending is proposed, we amend it to require a group vote of agreement to an ending before it’s set in motion.

4st one out

4st idles after making no activity within 7 days

Reminder: You can cancel and resend your Fragment

Because the Creative Writing is a Virtual Action, per the rules for Virtual Action:

Until a virtual action is resolved, it is pending. A Storyteller may cancel a pending Virtual Action by privately communicating to the Publisher their request to do so.

Creative Writings don’t get resolved until the Judging is posted, so you can cancel your Fragment and resend it at any time until the Judging is posted.

Friday, July 19, 2024

Proposal: Here Be Drag-ons

Add “The drawing has been open for at least 96 hours” to the list “If, since the most recent Drawing action, any of the following are true:”

Add “The Judging has been open for at least 96 hours” to the list “If, since the most Open Judging post, any of the following are true:”

Reminder: The Storytelling dynasty isn’t ending yet

After the Ending Drawing, and the Judging and scoring happens, the Ending Fragment is added to “The Last Fragment” and not to The Story, so the dynasty is not ending yet. There will still be more Drawings and more Fragments between what’s currently in The Story and this Ending Fragment, unless a Storyteller posts a Wrap Up and a quorum of Storytellers votes in favor of the Wrap Up.

Proposal: Don’t Drag Everyone Else Down

Withdrawn. Failed by JonathanDark.

Adminned at 19 Jul 2024 15:13:09 UTC

Replace the entire text of the rule “Timing Out” with the following text:

The Publisher may render a Storyteller Idle if any of the below criteria are true:
* If the Publisher has not received a Creative Writing from that Storyteller within the time span of the most recent 3 Judgings being posted
* If the Publisher has not received a Scoring Response from that Storyteller within the time span of the most recent 3 Publishings being performed

A different take on my earlier Proposal. If a Storyteller has established a pattern of not participating dynastically, there’s no reason everyone else should have to wait on them to drag out every round.

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Questions to Ask Yourself about the Ending Fragment

Before you start trying to bang out the Ending Fragment in 250 words or less, simplify the process and try to answer these questions first. The answers should help you focus on what to write for the ending:

  • Which characters win and which ones lose?
  • How does the environment change for the winners and losers?
  • What happens to the people that the winners and losers interact with, if they interact with any at all?
  • How do the winners and losers interact with each other at the end, if at all?

Feel free to comment with your ideas on how to think about the ending.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Story Post: New Ending Drawing 16 July 2024

Don’t forget that this is an Ending Drawing, so the last two words of your Fragment must be “The End”, and the winning Fragment will be added to The Last Fragment rather than The Story. Also, because it’s an Ending Drawing, your word limit is 250 words instead of 150 words.

Story Post: Winning Fragment: 16 July 2024

The winning Fragment for the most recent Judging is Fragment #2:

Panic and fear racked the crew of the Black Hawk. No one really knew what to expect when Natasha held the Jewel of the Seas aloft, but a bottomless pit appearing before them was not anywhere on the radar. Neither was the eldritch beast which arose from the pit.

W̶̾͝Ẽ̸͊ ̷̄͑Ȧ̷͗R̶͐̍E̶̎̕ ̵̈THŔ̸̐Ő̸̾M̵͠

The deep voice penetrated their very souls.

B̸̈́͌E̸̽̌C̷̋͝O̵̅͒M̸̓͒Ĕ̶͉ ̶̕OUR VE̵͋͌S̶̔̚S̴͛̕Ẽ̷L

The bodies of Natasha and her crew lurched and her eyes turned a bright red.

D̸̂̄Ē̴̚S̵̅͝T̵̂̐R̷̅͠Ö̷́͛Y̶̏ THE GIRL

Without a word, the possessed crew of the Black Hawk turned their ship back to the village…

Back on the sandstone cliffs, June felt something hit her shoulder. Turning around she found a piece of paper wrapped around a small stone. Unfurling it, the message read: “Meet me in the crypts. We need to chat.”

Proposal: Creative Participation

Withdrawn. Failed by JonathanDark.

Adminned at 18 Jul 2024 18:54:57 UTC

In the rule “Timing Out”, replace the text “if that Storyteller has not posted an entry or comment in the past 96 hours (4 days), and if the Publisher has also” with the text “if the Publisher has”.

This removes the issue where a Storyteller can remain unidle by commenting or voting on the blog but not taking any dynastic actions. Since we already have a core rule that deals with lack of blog activity, it may make more sense for this dynastic time out rule to only be concerned with dynastic actions.

Monday, July 15, 2024

Proposal: End of the Line

Popular, 4-0. Enacted by JonathanDark.

Adminned at 16 Jul 2024 05:22:31 UTC

In “Fragments” after “A Fragment is a flavor text string of at least 5 and at most 150 words” add ” (unless the current Drawing is an Ending Drawing, in which case the maximum allowed length is 250 words)”

Giving us more room to finish the story

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Proposal: Revelations, Chapter and Verse

Popular, 4-0. Enacted by JonathanDark.

Adminned at 15 Jul 2024 22:17:22 UTC

In the rule “Drawing” after the text “Make a Story blog post with the title of “New Drawing: “” add the following text:

, or if this is an Ending Drawing the title should be “New Ending Drawing”,

The reminder blog post for a new Drawing should also include if it’s an Ending Drawing. Might as well make the reminder fully explicit about what’s happening.

Story Post: Time for an Ending Drawing

How will The Story be resolved??? We shall see…

Make sure your next Fragment ends with the sentence “The End.” as per Rule 2.10.