if the “Tournament” page has not been created, create and blank it.
If the rule “Tournament” does not exist, enact the following rule entitled “Tournament”. Otherwise, Replace the text of “Tournament” with the following:
Once per time advancement, any noble may start a tournament if one is not already in progress. In order to host a tournament, a noble must make a Story Post with “Tournament” included in the title, must update the “Tournament” wiki to reflect the new tournament, and must spend N*14 wealth, where N is any non-zero, non-negative, integer. Once a tournament has begun and is not “Closed”, any noble may decide to join the tournament by posting in the comments to the tournament page their intent to join and how many knights they are sending to the tournament (K), they must deduct K from their total number of knights, and they must add themselves to the proper location in the “Tournament” wiki along with the number of knights. The tournament automatically ends once time advances, and the noble who advances time should reflect the tournament as “Closed”. At any time, any noble may resolve a “Closed” tournament and then change the status of the tournament to be “Resolved”. If time advances before any noble joins the tournament, then the noble hosting the tournament regains the spent wealth, and the tournament becomes “Resolved”.
Resolving a tournament:
The noble who resolves the tournament rolls S = 1 DICEK for every noble who joined the tournament, where K is the total amount of knights pledged. The noble who gets the highest score S is awarded N*8 wealth and 5 dignity, the noble with the second highest score is awarded N*4 wealth and 3 dignity, and the nobles with the the third highest score is awarded N*2 wealth and 2 dignity. Additionally, any noble attending the tournament gains 1 dignity. The noble hosting the tournament gains N*5 dignity and 2 knights (The top two winning knight are offered a place in the noble’s army). If there is a tie for any position, the rolls for that position are re-rolled until there is a victor. The victor then takes the position that was being rolled for, and the loser takes the next highest position. Thus if there is a tie for first and second place, a tie breaker will keep one of the of the nobles in first place and put one of them in second. The nobles who were tied for second then roll for third place, the winner getting third place and the loser getting nothing.
Sponsoring a noble:
Instead of participating in a tournament, a noble may sponsor any noble who has a title lower than theirs (N) by spending 2 wealth to increase the total roll of N by 2 (i.e. S is increased by 2). A noble may not sponsor more than one noble per tournament, but a noble may gain sponsorship from various sponsors. Additionally, a noble may not sponsor themselves. A Noble may spend one favour to request sponsorship from any noble from whom they have gained a favour. If they do so, it is outrageous for the noble to refuse. If a sponsored noble wins the tournament (by coming in first, second, or third), the noble who sponsored them the most gains 1 knight. If more than one noble sponsored N in equal amounts, none of them gain any knights from this. All nobles who sponsor another noble gain 1 dignity per 2 wealth they spent for a max of 4 dignity.
A noble may not participate in a tournament they host, nor may they sponsor any of the participating nobles.
Once a noble enters a tournament, they may not leave it.
I hope fixed all of the kinks everything. I reduced the base cost from 20 to 14. While this is still expensive, one does get dignity and 2 knights out of it. I also created a new sponsorship mechanic. (a) this allows favours to be utilized. (b) this allows for an interesting dynamic of getting sponsors. This will hopefully offset RaichuKFM’s, Duke of Sussex and Exeter, concerns about people with no wealth getting left behind. I also dealt with the issues of ties and no one joining a tournament.