Monday, November 19, 2018

Dirt Apple

Trigon, change activity to Recon.

This time legally.

The Meeting!

I am calling a meeting. We have few days left to plan our actions!

Chance of success increases by 15%!

Everyone get ready for the next stage!

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Proposal: Filter Tip

Reached quorum 3 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 18 Nov 2018 14:03:37 UTC

Repeal the rule “Locations”.

We’re not using the location tip mechanic any more, the rule has a confusing title, and there may yet be a scam lurking in it.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Pomme de Terre

Trigon, change activity to Recon.

No Slackers

Pokes, I order you to change activity to planning.

Proposal: Taking the Blame

Reached quorum 3 votes to 2. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 17 Nov 2018 21:29:07 UTC

Move the contents of “Suspicion” to the end of “Heat” rule, and rename that rule to “Heat and Suspicion”.

Add to that rule:-

If an Activist’s name is listed as part of the Team, then they may - at any time - increase their Heat by 1 to lower another Activist’s Heat by 1, or increase their Suspicion by 1 to lower another Activist’s Suspicion by 1.

We’re really missing a tradeable resource to persuade people with, here.

Proposal: Back-Up Plan

Reached quorum 4 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 17 Nov 2018 17:00:09 UTC

Set the Team of the Plan to “Brendan, Derrick, Kevan, Pokes and Trigon”.

Set the Cover Story of the Plan to “X Express Window Cleaning.”

We can and should propose something more interesting to replace this, but let’s at least get a finished plan on the flipchart.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Proposal: Six Sleeps

Reached quorum 3 votes to 1. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 16 Nov 2018 08:55:16 UTC

Set the Date of the Plan to the 21st of November 2018.

Dialling the just-quorumed Pushing the Deadline back most of the way, but giving us more of next week to play it out.

Do we really think there’s two full weeks of game left here, for five players?

Build: Weapons

Since Pushing the Deadline is about to give us two long weeks to change our mind on Pokes’ undiscussed demand that we use force, I begin handing out the petrol bombs.

Proposal: Mission Impossible

Fewer than a quorum not voting against. Failed 2-3 by Kevan.

Adminned at 16 Nov 2018 08:54:09 UTC

In “Orders”, replace “where [X] is a valid activity” with “where [X] is a valid activity other than Leading”.

Add to the rule “The Speaker”:-

If an Activist is named Kevan or Trigon, they may - once per dynasty - reduce their own Suspicion by 1.

Step away from the megaphone, Brendan.

Po-Tah-To

Trigon, Change Activity to Leading.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Proposal: Pushing the Deadline

Reached quorum 3 votes to 2. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 15 Nov 2018 18:39:03 UTC

Set the date of the plan to 30th of November, 2018.

This dynasty is looking interesting, we have a steady (if slow) stream of proposals, several fields we could fill out better, I love the order mechanism, and most successful dynasties last longer than 1 month. The exact timing was chosen to allow a climax after thanksgiving weekend in the USA.

Non-lethal, of course

Now that I can do this more constructively: Kevan - Construct Weapons!

Proposal: Knowledge is Power

Reached quorum 3 votes to 1. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 15 Nov 2018 18:37:58 UTC

In “The Big Day”, replace “The accuracy of the most recent Report filed by the Activist.” with:-

+X, where X is twice the accuracy of the most recent Report filed by the Activist.

This seems difficult enough to deserve a larger reward.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Proposal: The final field

Self-killed. Failed by Kevan.

Adminned at 15 Nov 2018 18:37:19 UTC

Enact a new rule entitled “Story Submission” with the text:

Any player can submit a Prospective Cover Story (PCS) by posting an entry in the “Story Post—Votable Matter” category with the text “[PCS]” in the title. When a PCS is Enacted, the “Cover Story” field in the rule “The Plan” is modified to the body of that post.

An admit can fail any PCS if the player who submitted it has submitted another one more recently.

Amend the rule “The Big Day” by:

  1. adding a paragraph after the paragraph beginning “If no Activist has Raised the Banner” containing the following text:
    If no Admin has Chosen a Cover Story, any Admin can do so by first failing each Prospective Cover Story, if the player who submitted it has submitted another one more recently; then creating a blog post containing the list of Prospective Cover Stories and the (number of votes for, after evaluating Deferentials * number of votes against, after evaluating Deferentials); then selecting the PCS with the highest such value and Enacting it. If multiple such PCSes exist, the one to be Enacted is the one submitted earlier
  2. adding a new item to the list after the final one with the following text:
    +3 if the Cover Story field of The Plan was set by a Prospective Cover Story they submitted.

It’s a creative writing contest!

I’m sorry if this is lame, but we have to have a way to fill out the Cover Story field.

Proposal: Making the Cut

Timed out 1 vote to 2. Failed by Kevan.

Adminned at 15 Nov 2018 18:27:12 UTC

If any Activists are Trusted, set the Plan’s Team to a comma-separated list of all Trusted Activists. (An Activist is Trusted if their name appears in comments by a quorum of different Activists on this proposal; otherwise they are not Trusted.)

Add a bullet point to “The Big Day”:-

* +2 if the Activist is listed as part of the Plan’s Team

Proposal: Order and Law

Reached quorum 4 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 14 Nov 2018 10:21:37 UTC

Remove the Order “Photograph” from the list of orders

Add to the list of orders:

[*]Construct [X]: The Activist has taken a Build action that added [X] to the plan’s equipment, where X is “Placards”, “Weapons”, or “Tech”; or that the Plan’s chance for success is not less than 25%

 

Monday, November 12, 2018

Potato

Kevan. Photograph.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Proposal: This Wasn’t The Plan

Reached quorum 4 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 13 Nov 2018 16:40:07 UTC

Enact a new rule, “Scrambling”:-

An Activist may call to Scramble, at any time, by making a blog comment to that effect. An Activist should only call to Scramble if they feel that a piece of revealed, hidden information was outside of their own expectation of what that information could have been. If a quorum of Activists have called to Scramble, then no Activist is ever considered to have ever achieved victory in the current dynasty.

The action of calling to Scramble may be taken during Hiatus, may be taken during the Big Day and may be taken while the Aftermath is in effect.

As discussed much earlier, if we’ve got a big reveal leading into the victory condition then this doesn’t leave us any time to respond to tricksy scams in the moment of that revelation, except by CfJ (which would usually be seen as unsporting in response to a scam). This buys us time to deal fairly with any surprises, and gives a head up to anyone planning that kind of scam.

Proposal: Go On Without Me

Reached quorum 4 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 13 Nov 2018 16:39:19 UTC

To the end of “The Big Day”, add:-

If the Veteran has achieved victory, he may nominate an Activist: that Activist achieves victory.

In case I win this one.

Proposal: And I did it all by myself!

Timed out 2 votes to 2. Failed by Kevan.

Adminned at 13 Nov 2018 16:38:36 UTC

Add to the bullet points after “an Activist’s Impact is an integer which may go below zero and which can be calculated by summing the following factors for that Activist”:

* +1 if the Activist’s loyalty is different from all other Activists’ proven loyalties.
* -1 if the Activist’s loyalty is the same as two or more other Activists’ proven loyalties.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Proposal: The Town Hall Two

Reached quorum 3 votes to 1. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 11 Nov 2018 20:17:40 UTC

Remove the “+2 if the Activist filed an accurate Tip in the comments of the post at the following URL: https://blognomic.com/archive/whet_your_alibis” bullet point from The Big Day.

Enacted during a quieter part of the dynasty, this can only ever be a +2 bonus for Brendan and Derrick, and nobody else. Relocating the Plan would at best just give me +2 instead, so dropping the bullet point seems more in the interests of the wider group at this point.

Proposal: Another Cold Potato

Reached quorum 4 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 11 Nov 2018 20:16:56 UTC

In “The Speaker”, replace “If they make a comment with “command denied” or do not comply with the command within 48 hours, they have rejected the command and gain 1 suspicion. ” with:

If the Commanded Activist makes a comment with “command denied” or does not comply with the command within 48 hours (excluding any periods of time during which dynastic actions are not allowed), they have rejected the command: any Activist may increase the Commanded Activist’s 1 Suspicion for this (if no Activist has already done so for this rejection).

The Speaker’s timeout exemption for weekends should also apply to those they are giving orders to, and increasing a rejector’s Suspicion should itself be a dynastic action.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Paint those Placards, Cache those Weapons

Since Kevan proposed that we construct, I think we found our first volunteer. Kevan: Change Activity to Construction!

The bullhorn passes to Brendan.

Get Back Here!

Trigon, I order you to change activity to planning.

We need to hold that meeting soon!

Proposal: Defusing the Hot Potato

Reached quorum 4 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 10 Nov 2018 09:06:39 UTC

Change:

If an Activist has been Leading for 48 hours or more

To:

If an Activist has been Leading for 48 or more hours during which dynastic actions are allowed

Right now you can inflict suspicion by making them leader right before the weekend and then logging on on Monday before they do and booting them.

Speaker’s command

I command Brendan. My order is as follows: Change activity to Training

Haven’t been paying super close attention but I really do want to play. I think this works. If not, oh well.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Proposal: Doubling Up

Reached quorum 3 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 10 Nov 2018 09:05:34 UTC

Change:

If a meeting has been called but a montage has not been called

To:

If a meeting has been called but a montage has not been called OR if only one montage has been called and there are less than 6 activists

No additional inspiration, so I’m trying it as is.

There’s poison underneath the sink

I Build.

Proposal: Sound Check

Reached quorum 3 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 10 Nov 2018 09:04:32 UTC

In “The Speaker”, replace:-

any Activist may change that Activist’s Activity to no activity.

with:

any Activist may increase that Activist’s Suspicion by 1 and change that Activist’s Activity to no activity.

Add to the bullet list in “The Big Day”:-

*-1 for each point of Suspicion that the Activist has

Suspicion penalty for timing out as Leader, and maybe it’s time to give Suspicion a drawback.

Proposal: Lying Low

Reached quorum 3 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 10 Nov 2018 09:03:17 UTC

Enact a new rule, “Weekends”:-

Dynastic actions may not be taken on Saturdays or Sundays.

Per Derrick’s comment on Flash Mob about weekend finales, maybe this would be a good idea.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Order: Take That Mask Off

As Speaker, I give an order to “Change Activity to Planning” to the activist known as “pokes”.

Proposal: In from the Cold

Self-killed. Failed by Kevan.

Adminned at 08 Nov 2018 10:42:44 UTC

Set Brendan’s Activity to Absence, and increase Brendan’s Heat by 1.

To be clear: I can’t pursue any activities until my activity is reset, preventing me from increasing readiness. A vote against this proposal is a vote against the Plan.

Proposal: What’s He Building In There?

Timed out / quorumed 3 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 08 Nov 2018 10:42:02 UTC

To “Activities”, add:-

An Activist who is pursuing Construction may Build by posting a blog entry to this effect, gaining 1 Heat, and changing their Activity to Absence. This increases the Plan’s chance of success by 5% if it is less than 25%. When an Activist Builds, they may add the word “Placards”, “Weapons” or “Tech” to the Plan’s Equipment (removing the word “undefined” if it is there).

If the Plan’s Equipment includes the word “Weapons”, an Activist who is pursuing Training may Spar by posting a blog entry to this effect and changing their Activity to Absence. This increases the Plan’s chance of success by 5%.

To the Impact bullet list in “The Big Day”, add:-

* +1 if the Plan’s Equipment includes Weapons and the Activist is a Militant or a Spook
* +1 if the Plan’s Equipment does not include Weapons and the Activist is a Protestor or a Cop

Proposal: Flash Mob

Timed out 2 votes to 1. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 08 Nov 2018 10:32:39 UTC

In “The Plan”, set the Date to 19th November 2018.

A month from the dynasty’s start, and also getting close to the “within the past 10 days” Impact penalty, which might wake some lurkers up.

Note that since this proposal would modify The Plan, Activists without Identities cannot vote on it.

Monday, November 05, 2018

Proposal: Be Prepared!

Reached quorum 3 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 07 Nov 2018 08:52:58 UTC

If the proposal “Wait for Me!” has passed, add to the rule “Activities”:

If a meeting has been called but a montage has not been called, and the conspiracy is primed and ready, any activist may call a montage.

else add to the rule Activities:

If a meeting has been called but a montage has not been called, any activist may call a montage.

Add to the rule “Activities”:

Recon, Training, Construction, and Sabotage and considered preparatory actions.

When a montage is called, The plan’s chance of success is increased by X%, where X is the number of activists pursuing a preparatory action times the number of unique preparatory actions currently pursued by activists.

Did you know that Scar the Lion was a member of the Boy Scouts?

This is a good start, but I’m trying to figure out a way to either run montage exactly twice but only if we don’t grow beyond a certain size and possibly make a different way to add chance of success.

Proposal: Wait for Me!

Fewer than a quorum not voting against, failed 1-3 by Kevan.

Adminned at 07 Nov 2018 08:49:37 UTC

Create a rule named “Readiness”:

Each activist has a posture tracked in the GNDT which is either ready or unready and defaults to ready. If a Quorum of activists is ready, the conspiracy is “primed and ready”. An activist may change their posture as a daily action.

Add to the list of valid orders:

*Hurry Up: The activist’s posture is “ready”
*Slow Down: The activist’s posture is “unready”

change:

If no Activist has yet done so this dynasty,

to

If no Activist has yet done so this dynasty and the conspiracy is “primed and ready”,

The Windows of City Hall

I have taken photos of city hall, and at great personal risk to myself.

fortunately, I’m a good runner.

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Proposal: Who Are You, Again?

Reached quorum 3 votes to 1. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 05 Nov 2018 20:19:16 UTC

In “The Big Day”, replace “-2 if the Activist has no Identity, or set their Identity for the first time within the past 10 days” with “-7 if the Activist has no Identity, or set their Identity for the first time within the past 10 days”.

Replace “an Activist’s Impact can be calculated” with “an Activist’s Impact is an integer which may go below zero and which can be calculated”.

Per Trigon’s comment on Strangers’ Gallery, upping the Impact deduction for a brand new or cagey activist.

The current -2 penalty doesn’t amount to much, as such a player can easily pick up one of the +2 “has never pursued” bonuses to cancel it out, and can choose their faction based on the current state of the Plan, giving them a good chance of getting the +3 Win/Lose bonus as well.

Order: Zoom Lens

Derrick. If you think storming City Hall is such a good idea, let’s have a Photograph or two of the building’s entrances and exits.

Saturday, November 03, 2018

Megaphone Call

Derrick timed out as our group’s Leader after 48 hours of declining to do any leading.

As your new Leader, I informally request that either Derrick or Brendan changes their vote on “It’s Either This or McDonald’s”, to prevent it from passing, as fighting City Hall strikes me - and, I’m sure, any Activist who failed to submit a Whet Your Alibis tip - as a foolhardy plan.

If “McDonald’s” becomes enacted, I’ll consider issuing a punitive Order to balance the personal advantage that these players seem likely to receive from it.

Friday, November 02, 2018

Proposal: First Among Equals

Timed out / quorumed 3 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 04 Nov 2018 18:29:13 UTC

In “The Big Day”, replace “If the Aftermath is in effect and if a single Activist has a higher Impact than every other Activist, then that Activist receives news coverage.” with:-

If the Aftermath is in effect and if a single Activist has a higher Impact than every other Activist, then that Activist achieves victory. If the Aftermath is in effect and if multiple Activists are tied for highest Impact, that tie is broken by lowest Suspicion; if still tied it is broken by lowest Heat; if still tied it is broken by whoever was most recently Leading; if still tied then any Activist may resolve it at random (if no Activist has already done so) - the winner of such a tie achieves victory.

Trying to switch on the victory condition again, with a big boring tiebreak list this time.

Proposal: Down to the Wire

Timed out / quorumed 3 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 04 Nov 2018 18:28:29 UTC

In “The Big Day”, replace “If it is the Big Day, then the only dynastic actions that can be taken by Activists are the Revealing of Reports and the Proving of Loyalties.” with:-

If it is the Big Day, then the only dynastic actions that can be taken by Activists are the Revealing of Reports, the Proving of Loyalties and the Raising of the Banner.

Add a paragraph after the second:-

If no Activist has Raised the Banner, any Activist may do so by rolling DICE100 and making a blog post describing the result. If the result is less than or equal to the Plan’s Chance of Success, then the Day is Won; if it is greater than the Plan’s Chance of Success then the Day is Lost.

To the bullet list in that rule, add:-

* +3 if the Day is Won and the Activist is a Protestor or Militant
* +3 if the Day is Lost and the Activist is a Cop or a Spook

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Proposal: It’s Either This or McDonald’s

Timed out 2 votes to 1. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 04 Nov 2018 18:27:24 UTC

Amend the rule “The Plan” to define The Location as City Hall.

pokes is the only remaining Activist whose vote would not count on this proposal.

Proposal: A Modest Protosal

Timed out 2 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 04 Nov 2018 11:07:34 UTC

Add to the bulleted list of impact factors in the rule “The Big Day” the following:

  • +1 if the Activist is a Protestor.