Saturday, June 23, 2018

Proposal: Magic Broomstick

Remove the rule “Card Types.”

Reword the first paragraph of the rule “Cards” as follows:

A card is defined as a subrule to this rule, under the heading “List of Cards.” Each such card must have a name (which is the title of the subrule); a score (which is a nonnegative integer); a type; a constraint outlining the circumstances under which it may be played or scored; and two effects, divided into an Up Effect and a Down Effect. Each card’s type must be one of the following:

  • Spell
  • Potion
  • Ritual
  • Person
  • Monster
  • Labor
  • Trick
  • Forbidden

If a card’s Constraint, Up Effect or Down Effect refer to “a (type),” such as “a potion,” that reference is considered to be shorthand for “a card of the type (type).”

Set the type of the cards “Start Drawing” and “Start Playing” to Forbidden.

Proposal: Thou Shall Not

If the sentence

Dealing shall always performed at the earliest legal time.

exists in the Ruleset, remove it from the Ruleset.

If no such sentence exists, add to the rule “Drawing” the following:

Dealing is a communal weekly atomic action with the following steps:

  1. Create a randomly ordered list containing all Wizards who have fewer than 9 cards in their hand.
  2. Randomly choose one card (which is not part of any Wizard’s hand), add it to the hand of the first Wizard in the list, and remove that Wizard from the list.
  3. Repeat the previous step until either the list is empty or their are no more cards in the deck which are not part of any Wizard’s hand.
  4. If the rule “Cards” contains the text “Wizards other than the Historian may not draw cards.”, Dealing is not legal.

A slightly clarified version of Derrick’s proposal.

Proposal: Here’s the Deal

Add to the rule “Drawing”

Dealing is a communal weekly atomic action with the following parts:

  • Create a randomly ordered list containing all Wizards who have less than 9 cards in their hand.
  • Randomly choose one card (which is not part of any Wizard’s hand), add it to the hand of the first Wizard in the list, and remove that Wizard from the list.
  • Repeat step two until either the list is empty or their are no more cards in the deck witch are not part of any Wizard’s hand.

Dealing shall always performed at the earliest legal time.
If the rule “Cards” contains the text “Wizards other than the Historian may not draw cards.”, Dealing cards is not legal.

This is mostly a copy of clause in an earlier proposal that didn’t take effect. Its a good method for drawing cards. I’ve made it so it doesn’t take effect until the “Start Drawing” Card is played.

Kevan has pointed out to me on slack that the best way to randomly generate a list of players is DICE10 DICE9 DICE8 DICE7 DICE6 DICE5 DICE4 DICE3 DICE2 in the GNDT. A sample result would be:

DICE10:10   DICE9:4   DICE8:2   DICE7:4   DICE6:2   DICE5:4   DICE4:4   DICE3:3   DICE2:2
Which indicates:
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Proposal: More communities

Add the following communities under the “communities” rule:

-Native tribe: Barban faction. War= 4, Culture= 0; Economy=1. Friendly to Derrick.
-Elitist Forrest. Grassfolk faction. War=0, Culture=3, Economy=2. Friendly to Derrick.
-Swamp. Mudling faction. War=2, Culture=2, Economy=2. Friendly to Derrick.
-The Red Plains. Redlander faction. War=1, Culture=1, Economy=3. Friendly to Derrick.
-Hidden Secret-holders: Neutral faction. War=0; Culture =5, Economy=0. Friendly to Derrick.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Proposal: Card Auction

Cannot pass at 1-5 with 1 unresolved DEF. Failed by Brendan.

Adminned at 22 Jun 2018 23:57:39 UTC

Create a new rule named “Card Auction” as follows:

Twice per week, if a Wizard has at least one card, they may put it up for “auction”. Other wizards may choose cards in their hand to trade for the card. Over the course of the auction, the original wizard may choose to change cards or add additional cards for auction. Once the original wizard has found a deal satisfying them, they may say “Seal deal x”, where x is the name of the wizard they accept the deal of. If x agrees with “Seal deal”, the trade off is then complete and the wizards swap their cards they chose. If one of the cards is played before the swap is complete, the trade is negated, and the original wizard can chose another deal to seal.

Proposal: A village is not made of houses

Passes 6-0. Enacted by Brendan.

Adminned at 22 Jun 2018 23:38:22 UTC

For each bullet below in this proposal, the text before the first round bracket is its Title, the round bracketed number is its Score, the square bracketed word is its Type, the first sentence after the closing square bracket is its Constraint, the sentence after that is its Up Effect and the sentence after that is its Down Effect.

  • Mudling Settlers(1) [Labor] May only effect communities that are not suspicious of the wizard playing the card. Change the Faction of a Neutral Village to Mudling. Raise the economy rating of a ruin by 2 and change the Faction to Mudling
  • Barban Settlers(1) [Labor] May only effect communities that are not suspicious of the wizard playing the card. Change the Faction of a Neutral Village to Barban. Raise the war rating of a ruin by 2 and change the Faction to Barban
  • Grassfolk Settlers(1) [Labor] May only effect communities that are not suspicious of the wizard playing the card. Change the Faction of a Neutral Village to Grassfolk . Raise the culture rating of a ruin by 2 and change the Faction to Grassfolk
  • Redlander Settlers(1) [Labor] May only effect communities that are not suspicious of the wizard playing the card. Change the Faction of a Neutral Village or Town to Redlander . Change the Faction of a Village to Neutral
  •   Plague (2) [Spell] No Constraint. Reduce all ratings of a community by 1 and vex it. Reduce one rating of a community by 2 and vex it.
  •   Fertility (4) [Spell] May only effect communities friendly to the wizard playing the card. discard a card and increase all ratings of a community with positive size by 1. Discard a card and place a Person type card of your choice in your hand from the deck .
  •   Barban Warrior (1) [person] there must exist at least one Barban community. Increase the War rating of a Barban community by 1 . Reduce any rating of a community that is not Barban by 1.
  •   Grassfolk Poet(1) [person] there must exist at least one Grassfolk community. Increase the Culture rating of any community by 1 . Increase any rating of a Grassfolk community by 1 .
  •   Mudling Inventor(1) [person] there must exist at least one Mudling community. Increase the Economy rating of a Mudling community by 1. Discard a potion from your hand and play either its up effect or its down effect twice .
  •   Redlander King(1) [person] there must exist at least one Redlander community. Increase any rating of a neutral town or city by 1. Increase two ratings of a redlander town or city by 1.

For each bullet above in this proposal, make a subrule of “List of Cards” which has its Title, Score, Constraint and its two Effects.

Add to the rule “Factions”

A community with a faction of X may be referred to as an X community.
A card with a faction name in it may be reffered to as a “Faction Card” or as an “X Card”, where X is the name of the faction appearing.

Proposal: compact card formats

Self Killed by Card. Failed by Derrick

Adminned at 22 Jun 2018 13:11:27 UTC

Apend to “Cards” the text

Cards may be represented in the ruleset or proposals in the following form:
      ==Title== #Score# [Type] {Constraint} ^Up Effect^ $Down Effect$
Any cards used for this dynasty that appear in a wikipage in a different form may be converted to this form. Cards may never contain the characters ‘#’, ‘^’, ‘{', '}’, ‘[’, ‘]’, or ‘$’ in any of their fields.

remove
“In a proposal, the shorthand (which ignores capitalization)
“add the following card to the ruleset:
title: X
score: Y
constraint: Z
up effect: W
down effect: V”
where the parameters are the fields to their left, stands for the text
‘Make a subrule “X” of Cards under the heading “List of Cards” with the text
score: Y
constraint: Z
up effect: W
down effect: V’” from the ruleset.

I made all of the pieces of a card have characters that probably wouldn’t be useful anyway surround certain fields so that any of the effects could have multiple sentences without having errors. Specifically avoided parenthesis since they could be used in place of the other bracket characters.

Proposal: Dispel Imp [Appendix]

Became popular 8 to 0. Enacted by Derrick

Adminned at 22 Jun 2018 13:07:49 UTC

In the “Voting Icons” keyword definition, replace “an IMP” with “a DEF”, replace “an Imperial Seal” with “a crossed-out circle”, and replace “the Imperial Veto” with “a vote to VETO”.

I just had an email from a lurker asking what a “DEF” vote was, and realised that we’re still using the very old “Imperial” name for them in the appendix. The concept of Imperial Seals is also archaic, and in rare cases the rules allow non-Emperor vetoes.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Proposal: Spells and Potions and Monsters, oh my!

Became unpopular 1 to 5. Failed by Derrick

Adminned at 22 Jun 2018 13:06:07 UTC

Change the text of the rule “Card Types” to the following:

All cards must have exactly one type from the following list:
*Spell: A Wizard may only play five Spell-type cards in a week.
*Potion: The one of the Effects of a Potion-type card must be “Nothing Happens” and the Constraint must be “No Constraint.”
*Trick: When a Trick-type card is played, the Wizard playing it must choose a Wizard (which may be theirself) to be the Target Wizard for the proposes of that card’s Effects.
*Person: Person-type cards must have the text “Add a ‘X’ to Y.” where Y is the name of a community, and X is a string. “Add a ‘X’ to Y.” means “add the string X to the list of members of community Y.”
*Monster: The Down Effect of a Monster-type card must contain two positive numbers named the “Destruction” and “Toughness”. When the Down Effect of a Monster-type card is played the Wizard playing it must choose a community. The community Fights the monster as described in the rule “Fighting”.
*Ritual: When a Ritual-type card is played, the Wizard playing it must choose a Community who is friendly to them. That community’s Culture is called the “Power” of that card. The score of a Ritual-type card is equal to its Power. A Wizard cannot play a Ritual-type card if there are no communities that are friendly to them.
*Labor:
Cards must follow the above parameters for their type.

Change this text in the rule “Communities”:

Each Community has a Name (between one and two words), a Faction (a single word), and Ratings for War, Culture and Economy (all integers defaulting to zero), all of which are tracked in the community list in this rule.

to this:

Each Community has a Name (between one and two words), a Faction (a single word), a comma separated list of members, and Ratings for War, Culture and Economy (all integers defaulting to zero), all of which are tracked in the community list in this rule.

Create a new rule called “Fighting” with the following text:

A community’s defense is a number equal to (their Rating/5) rounded up, times (their Economy + 3).

When the Down Effect of a Monster is played on a community, wait for two days. After two days, any Wizard may perform the following Atomic Action:
*the community’s defense is compared to the card’s Toughness.
*If the community’s defense is greater than or equal to the card’s Toughness, then that community gains Culture equal to the card’s Destruction.
*If the community’s defense is less than the card’s Toughness, then that community looses Rank equal to the card’s Destruction.

 

Proposal: Two-Bit Arcana

Reached quorum 8 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 22 Jun 2018 08:11:05 UTC

For each bullet below in this proposal, the text before the first round bracket is its Title, the round bracketed number is its Score, the square bracketed word is its Type, the first sentence after the closing square bracket is its Constraint, the sentence after that is its Up Effect and the sentence after that is its Down Effect.

  • Fire (1) [Spell] No Constraint. Add 1 War to any Community. Reduce a Rating of any Community by 1 and Vex it.
  • Flood (1) [Spell] No Constraint. Add 1 Economy to any Community. Reduce a Rating of any Community by 1 and Vex it.
  • Fable (1) [Spell] No Constraint. Add 1 Culture to any Community. Reduce the Culture of any Community by 1.
  • Forget (1) [Spell] No Constraint. Set a Community to be Indifferent to all Wizards. Set a Community to be Indifferent to a Wizard of your choice.
  • Brown Potion (1) [Potion] No Constraint. Draw a card. Nothing happens.
  • Red Potion (1) [Potion] No Constraint. Set a Community to be Friendly to you. Nothing happens.
  • Clear Potion (1) [Potion] No Constraint. Discard your hand. Nothing happens.
  • Black Potion (1) [Potion] No Constraint. Vex a Community. Nothing happens.
  • Swirly Potion (1) [Potion] No Constraint. Apply the Up Effect of any other Potion card, then discard your hand. Nothing happens.

For each bullet above in this proposal, make a subrule of “List of Cards” which has its Title, Score, Constraint and its two Effects.

To “Communities”, add:-

When a Wizard Vexes a Community, that Community becomes Suspicious to them if it is not already.

Proposal: Card Steal

Fewer than a quorum not voting against. Failed 1-6 by Kevan.

Adminned at 22 Jun 2018 08:07:29 UTC

Add this card under the list of cards (in the ruleset), under the type “Tricks”:

title: Card Steal
score: 3
constraint: You can only play this card if you have at least one other card in your hand not named “Card Steal”.
Up effect: You may choose a wizard, then steal a random card from their hand.
Down effect: You must reveal a card of your choosing from your hand, other than the card you just stole.

Proposal: some cards

Self-killed. Failed by Kevan.

Adminned at 22 Jun 2018 08:06:54 UTC

To the list of types add “magical object”.

To the ruletext which describes the shorthand in Cards add “type: U” to the bottom of both versions.

Add the following card to the ruleset:
title: Sword In The Stone
score: 4
constraint: Can’t have used this card at the same community before.
up effect: Choose a community and make a just ruler there. Increase that community’s Economy by 1 and set it’s Attitude toward you to Friendly.
down effect: Choose a community and make a warring ruler there. Increase that community’s War by 2; as a cost to choosing this effect lower that community’s Economy by 1, if it can’t be paid this option can’t be chosen.
type: magical object

Testing the waters for types of cards. I don’t know if the up/down effects should be mirrored but different like this one or should have mutually exclusive effects.
I think we really need to work out how this score mechanic works otherwise people are just going to propose high value cards or possibly disregard that value for the scoring victory at the end of the dynasty.

Proposal: Factions and Ruins

Reached quorum 6 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 22 Jun 2018 08:06:18 UTC

Create a rule named “Factions”:

A community’s faction must be one of the following:
*Neutral
*Mudling
*Barban
*Redlander
*Grassfolk

Factions other than neutral are known as “Active” Factions

In the rule “Communities”
change:

A Community with a size of 5 or less is a Village

To

A community with a size of 0 is a ruin and must have a faction of Neutral. A Community with a size between 1 and 5 is a Village.

 

I’m not super sold on the names of the factions, but I am sold on the general number, and they’re all supposed to be insulting names the others call them.

This will also let us have empty community sites, so that when they are settled its a change in stats rather than the creation of a community.

Proposal: Drawing

Reached quorum 6 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 21 Jun 2018 14:05:14 UTC

Create a new rule called “Drawing” with this text:

If a Wizard is instructed by ruletext or a card’s affect to draw a card and they have less than 9 cards in their hand, they must randomly choose one card (which is not part of any Wizard’s hand) from the deck and add it to their hand.

If every card in the deck is in a Wizard’s hand, no Wizard may draw or Deal.

If the text

Wizards other than the Historian may not draw cards.

is not part of the ruleset, append to the rule “Drawing” this text:

Dealing is a communal weekly atomic action with the following parts:
*Create a randomly ordered list containing all Wizards who have less than 9 cards in their hand.
*Randomly choose one card (which is not part of any Wizard’s hand), add it to the hand of the first Wizard in the list, and remove that Wizard from the list.
*Repeat step two until either the list is empty or their are no more cards in the deck witch are not part of any Wizard’s hand.
Dealing shall always performed at the earliest legal time.

Proposal: Deck Composition

Fewer than a quorum not voting against. Failed 1-6 by Kevan.

Adminned at 21 Jun 2018 14:04:08 UTC

Create a subrule named “Deck Composition” under “Deck” as follows:

The deck shall have a starting size of 200 cards, all of which begin with the name “Blank”. Constraint is “cannot be played under any conditions”. The upside is “nothing”, downside is “nothing”, and scoring is 0. Wizards may draw from the deck in the order of the deck composition (unless otherwise noted). If the deck runs out of cards, and a card draw is requested by a wizard (under legal circumstances), all cards which have been played and resolved (no ongoing effect) are to be shuffled into the deck.

 

Proposal: Grand Action

Reached quorum 6 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 21 Jun 2018 07:48:35 UTC

insert the following to the list of card types:

Persons, Monsters, Labors,

Wizards have so many tools other than magic.

Labors are meant to represent things like leading a band of refuges into a town or brokering peace between two nations

Proposal: Credit Card Fraud

reached quorum 8-0 enacted by card

Adminned at 20 Jun 2018 22:10:14 UTC

To “No Lame Scams”, add:-

Within proposals and within text under the heading “List of Cards”, a word only refers to the name of a Wizard if it is explicitly stated that it refers to a Wizard’s name.

The appendix rule about names only covers rules, not proposals. I’m not sure we need to override that forever, but we certainly do for this dynasty.

(Also, card has just proposed that card effects shouldn’t count as ruletext.)

Proposal: a missed draw

reached quorum 6-0 enacted by card

Adminned at 20 Jun 2018 22:06:00 UTC

If the cards Start Drawing and Start Playing exist, add one of each to the Historian’s hand.

If the text ‘“potions”, and “tricks”.’ exists in the ruleset change it to

“potions”, “rituals”, and “tricks”.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Proposal: They’re cards, not rules!

reached quorum 6-0 enacted by card

Adminned at 20 Jun 2018 16:15:58 UTC

If “Wizards are Wild” has not passed this proposal does nothing.

Append to the rule “Cards”

Any text contained under the heading “List of Cards” is not considered normal ruleset text and should not be normally followed as such unless a different rule directs you to follow it in that way.

Append to the rule “Cards”

Wizards other than the Historian may not draw cards.
Wizards other than the Historian may not play cards.

Make a subrule “Start Drawing” of Cards under the heading “List of Cards” with the text

score: 0
constraint: may be played when the Historian feels that the drawing mechanic is acceptable for play.
Up Effect: remove the text “Wizards other than the Historian may not draw cards.” from the ruleset. Also remove this card from the ruleset.
Down Effect: remove the text “Wizards other than the Historian may not draw cards.” from the ruleset. Also remove this card from the ruleset.

Make a subrule “Start Playing” of Cards under the heading “List of Cards” with the text

score: 0
constraint: may be played when the Historian feels that the cards and mechanics for making new cards are balanced enough to start play with them.
Up Effect: remove the text “Wizards other than the Historian may not play cards.” from the ruleset. Also remove this card from the ruleset.
Down Effect: remove the text “Wizards other than the Historian may not play cards.” from the ruleset. Also remove this card from the ruleset.

Append to the rule “Cards”

In a proposal, the shorthand (which ignores capitalization)
“add the following card to the ruleset:
title: X
score: Y
constraint: Z
up effect: W
down effect: V”
where the parameters are the fields to their left, stands for the text
‘Make a subrule “X” of Cards under the heading “List of Cards” with the text

score: Y
constraint: Z
up effect: W
down effect: V

Add the cards Start Drawing and Start Playing to derrick’s hand.

a few different things.
1. makes clear that the cards in the ruleset are not rule text and shouldn’t be followed that way unless they’re played.
2. stop Wizards other than the Historian from interacting with cards until the Historian feels that the rules are error free enough
3. makes a shortened and readable way of adding cards to the ruleset

Proposal: Types of Cards

Reached Quorum 5 to 0. Enacted by Derrick.

Adminned at 20 Jun 2018 13:26:41 UTC

create a rule called “Card Types” as follows:

All cards must fall under specific types. A card may not have more than one type. These include “spells”, “potions”, and “tricks”. Further rules may add additional types that are mutually exclusive from previous types.

Proposal: Harman Kardon Harmony Carding

Reached Quorum 8 to 0. Enacted by derrick.

Adminned at 20 Jun 2018 13:12:26 UTC

If a rule called “Deck” exists, then replace the text “in the subrule Legal Cards” if it exists in that rule with

under the heading “List of Cards” in the rule “Cards.”

“The Card Organizer” and “Wizards are Wild” both look likely to pass, so they should play nice together.

Proposal: Discard dis Card

Reached Quorum 6 to 1. Enacted by derrick.

Adminned at 20 Jun 2018 13:08:49 UTC

create a rule named “Discarding”:

A wizard may discard a card when instructed to by a card’s effect. When a wizard discards a card, it is removed from that wizard’s hand. A wizard may not discard a card they do not have in their hand. If a card effect would require a wizard to discard a card they do not have in their hand, that effect may not be performed when the wizard plays the card. The most powerful effects in the game should require cards to be discarded as part of their effect.

 

Proposal: Community Service

Became popular 6 to 0. Enacted by Derrick.

Adminned at 20 Jun 2018 13:05:00 UTC

Enact a new rule, “Communities”:

Communities exist, and are tracked as a list in this rule. Each Community has a Name (between one and two words), a Faction (a single word), and Ratings for War, Culture and Economy (all integers defaulting to zero), all of which are tracked in the community list in this rule.

Each Community has an Attitude towards each Wizard, which is either Suspicious, Indifferent or Friendly, defaulting to Indifferent to each Wizard. This is tracked in the community list in this rule, although if a Community is Indifferent to a Wizard, this need not be spelled out.

The Communities are:-

  • The Harbour: Neutral Faction. War = 0, Culture = 0, Economy = 1. Friendly to Derrick.

The size of a Community is the sum total of its Ratings. A Community with a size of 5 or less is a Village. A community with a size between 6 and 10 is a Town. A community with a size of 11 or more is a City.

Reproposing of a bit of Derrick’s opener, with some tweaks.

Proposal: Wizards are Wild

reached quorum 8-1 with 1 def enacted by card

Adminned at 20 Jun 2018 06:46:48 UTC

Create a rule called “Cards” (or, if there is already a rule by that name, reword it) as follows:

A card is defined as a subrule to this rule, under the heading “List of Cards.” Each such card must have a name (which is the title of the subrule), a score (which is a nonnegative integer), a constraint outlining the circumstances under which it may be played or scored, and two effects, divided into an Up Effect and a Down Effect.

A Wizard may have up to nine cards in their hand; the contents of each Wizard’s hand are tracked as a comma-delineated list in the field “Hand” in the GNDT. No more than one Wizard may have a given card in their hand at a time, and a Wizard may not have more than one copy of a single card.

When a Wizard plays a card in their hand (if it is legal to do so according to the card’s constraint), they perform either its Up Effect or its Down Effect as an Atomic Action. As soon as that action is complete, the card is removed from their hand.

Leaving the meaning of score open for now.

Proposal: card obtain method

Self-killed. Failed by Brendan.

Adminned at 20 Jun 2018 05:35:19 UTC

Create a rule that can be referred to as “post-combat card reward system”. The text is as follows:

If a wizard defeats another wizard in combat, the victor shall be able to claim one card from the defeated as their own. If the defeated has no cards, they will be in debt to the victor, such that as soon as they obtain a card, they must give it to the victor. It is possible to be in debt for multiple cards, in which case the oldest victor (one who won against the defeated first) obtains the cards first.

Proposal: the card organizer

Passes 9-0 with NO WIKIPAGES prevailing. Enacted by Brendan.

Adminned at 20 Jun 2018 05:33:21 UTC

Create a rule titled “Deck” with the text

A list of all legal cards are tracked in X.

If a Quorum of people who have voted on this proposal include the text “NO WIKIPAGES” replace X with “the subrule Legal Cards”.
Otherwise replace X with “the wikipage [[Legal Cards]]”

Proposal: Meddlers and Meddlees

Self killed by Derrick.

Adminned at 19 Jun 2018 18:34:35 UTC

Create A rule named “Wizards”:

Each wizard has a location, which is the name of a community or the text “wilderness”, defaulting to “wilderness” and tracked in the GNDT.
Each wizard has a number of moves, tracked in the GNDT.
A wizard may possess any number of cards, but may only play cards if they have 9 or fewer. Cards are tracked by the Historian and periodically announced by him.

Create a rule named “Communities”:

A community has a Name, which is a text string, a Faction, which is text string, a War rating, which is an integer, a Culture rating, which is an integer, an Economy rating, which is an integer. Each city has a memory of each wizard, which is an integer defaulting to 0. Cities are tracked by the Historian and periodically announced by him. The size of a community is the sum total of its ratings.

A community with a size of 5 or less is a village.
A community with a size of 10 or less is a town.
A community with a size of 11 or more is a city.

Create a rule named Cards:

A card has a name, an effect, a notes, and a score.
A card’s name is a text string. A card may be referred to by its name.
A card’s type is a text string.
A card’s effect is rules text that only occur when a card is played.
A card’s notes is rules text that effects when and how a card may be dealt, played, or scored.
A card’s score is an integer. When a playing a card creates or alters a community, the player of the card increases the community’s memory of them by the score of the card.

 

According to the book, the wizards predate the settlements. The Wise, Cunning, Mysterious Egomaniacs just “happened” They all claim to have existed before any of them did anything else. But they had to have come from somewhere. They claim to be wizards, not gods. They built civilization, not the earth. Surely one of them came first. Surely the “common folk” as they call us aren’t completely reliant on wizards to form settlements. Are we? Or is this section of the legend a complete fabrication, made to aggrandize later figures?

I’d have put the book down, if I hadn’t seen its magic with my own eyes. What was this tome? and why did my aunt give it to me?

Ascension Address: A Tome and a Legend

Upon returning from my voyages, I received word that an old aunt had perished from consumption. I mourned this loss, but there was nothing to be done about it. The executor visited me shortly afterwords, delivering a stack of old books. Aunty Neddy always had odd interests. The oldest book I’d never seen before. when I opened it, the archaic runes on the page stared back at me, signifying nothing. And then they shifted, and I could read of the ancient people who made this book. It spoke of cities, so long lost to history that this was perhaps the only record of them.

It spoke of the wizards. These wizards found safe valleys, fertile mountains, and majestic rivers for the people to settle in. They led small bands to become thriving villages. They guided young peasants to become Wise Kings, Witty Playwrights, and Cunning Architechs. They dethroned idolent kings, provoked starving peasants into revolution, and brokered alliances. They placed monsters to guard to terrorize towns, and sent heroes on quests. And they told stories about their deeds. With the short lives of the common folk, five generations is enough to rewrite history.

The word of the book didn’t just change that first time.

Replace the term Narrator with “Historian”, and “Sailor” with “Wizard”.
We are keeping the rule “No Lame Scams”

join next dynasty

it’s a little early but I thought “better early than late”. I’d like to become a player in Derrick’s dynasty (“announcing your arrival and your formal intention to become a player”), so yeah. Heard you had to make a blog post. Out of Derrick’s three ideas, I do like the idea of cards, though it’d be tricky if you had to program a “deck of cards” that is able to be shuffled, and for people to draw through.

Motivations

Here’s the post-dynastic Goal reveal required by the ruleset. As written the Goals of every player other than Derrick would just be “Abandon Ship” or “Religious”, but here’s what people actually tried to set, and how they would have scored if The Log and Line had been voted through:-

  • Brendan: Advance to Carpenter + Survive + Die + Protect Cuddlebeam + Stay Afloat + Abandon Ship + Avenge Nature 1 + Avenge Nature 2 = 3 Worth
  • Card: Stay Afloat + Survive + Protect Kevan + Advance to Deckhand + Avenge Nature 5 = 5 Worth
  • Corona: Advance to Navigator + Hunt + Survive + Stay Afloat + Protect Dewaldo + Protect Stoneworth + Protect Kevan + Religious = 6 Worth
  • Cuddlebeam: Die + (REPLACED: Abandon Ship) + Avenge Axemabaro + Avenge Brendan + Avenge Card + Avenge Corona + Avenge Cpt_Koen + Avenge Diabecko + Avenge ElMarko + Religious = 0 Worth
  • Derrick: Protect Pokes + Protect Thunder + Protect Cpt_Koen + Protect Jumble + (ERASED:Stay Afloat) + Hunt + Advance to Deckhand + Avenge Nature 2) = 6 Worth
  • Dewaldo: Avenge 4 + Advance to Cook + Acquire + Survive + Stay Afloat = 4 Worth
  • ElMarko: Advance to Third Mate + Hunt + Stay Afloat + Survive + Avenge Nature 4 = 4 Worth
  • Jumble: Avenge Nature 6 + Acquire + Stay Afloat + Survive = 2 Worth
  • Kevan: Survive + Advance to Passenger + Stay Afloat = 4 Worth
  • Mexianus: Advance to Blacksmith + Acquire + Hunt + Survive + Stay Afloat + Protect Brendan + Religious = 4 Worth

Which means Derrick would have won regardless - although tied with Corona, the Captain’s decision to pass all of their Gold to Cuddlebeam meant that the tiebreak would have been resolved in Derrick’s favour, 3 Lore to nothing.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Declaration of Victory: How does One Quantify Satisfaction?

Reached Quorum 6 to 0 after 12 hours, with Narrator Voting FOR. Enacted by derrick

Adminned at 19 Jun 2018 01:52:45 UTC

It has been a long voyage, fraught with drama and chaos. For much of the journey, We lacked a captain, and I had to do my best. We slew but a single beast, and a very unimpressive one at that. I do not know how I am still alive.

And yet, I feel a sense of accomplishment. My friends are alive. My ship is afloat. And I find myself content throwing off the cares of command and embracing the thrill of the harpoon. I am not a leader, but a harpooner.

I have achieved victory by having a reckoning of 6, far higher than any other active sailor.

As this victory is mildly irregular, I wish to share the choice of the next theme with my fellows. This is not a formal vote, but your input as to the best next dynasty will be given much weight when writing the ascension post.  The options I am considering are:
*A Contractor themed dynasty focused on secret bids and building the right team for a job whose requirements aren’t known until the last minute.
*An Exploration themed dynasty focused on the politics of funding large expeditions
*A Fantasy Civilization Building dynasty where wizards meddle with cities to see who can gain the most prominent place in legend. Focus would be on a card mechanic that I hope will fix the problems we’ve had with grinding

Passenger’s Log: Saint Calogerus’ Day

“Sails lowered, the Haniver wandered adrift through open waters.”

With players voting to enact Lord of the Level Loadstone (rendering illegally-submitted Goal lists legal and applying them) but not The Log and Line (which would have rendered everyone’s Goals legal), I can announce that it’s now the case that Derrick had the highest Reckoning when the story ended. Cuddlebeam’s was one or zero, everybody else’s was zero, and Derrick’s was six.

Since Level Loadstone did not attempt to be retroactive, this means (as I read it) that both Cuddlebeam and Derrick are presently considered to have achieved victory at some point during the current dynasty.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Epilogue

The Story ended at 15th of June of 2018, 20:22:00 UTC.

Every Sailor but Cuddlebeam had the goal of “Abandon Ship”, which was not met as the Haniver was not sunk, giving all those Sailors Reckoning of zero.

The idle Sailor Cuddlebeam may have had the goal of “Religious” or “Abandon Ship” depending on how one interprets the rule for changing Goals, which states that “one or more of their own Goals be removed and replaced” and that the Narrator “shall and can perform these changes”: it would not be possible to perform the removal step, as the list can never hold zero items. This would give Cuddlebeam a Reckoning of zero or one.

If Cuddlebeam has a Reckoning of 1, they achieved victory on the 15th.

If Cuddlebeam has a Reckoning of 0 then everyone is tied for highest Reckoning, and with 3HP+9G Cuddlebeam had the highest Prestige when the Story Ended, so achieved victory on the 15th.

Play continues.

My reading of how things are.

I was thinking I had to hold off on this until after establishing a quorum’s view, since I didn’t want to reveal secret information which couldn’t be unrevealed, but if we’re going forward with all goals being Abandon Ship, the only serious information this reveals is whether anyone else spotted and used the loophole (they didn’t) and whether the Story has ended yet (it has).

Call for Judgment: The Log and Line

Timed out 2 votes to 2 with 2 unresolved DEFs. Failed by Kevan.

Adminned at 18 Jun 2018 08:03:17 UTC

In “Goals”, replace “Each Sailor has one or more secret Goals” with “Each Sailor has zero or more secret Goals”, and retroactively consider the rule to have used that wording since the time it was added to the ruleset.

So, a quick vote on how to end this. Should we retroactively reword the rule, or should we play out with every Sailor having had “Abandon Ship” as their initial goal?

Homeward Bound

Mexianus idles out after eight days’ inactivity. With Cuddlebeam also going idle by request, quorum drops to 4.