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.

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Proposal: Announce the winner.

Popular, 4-0. Enacted by JonathanDark.

Adminned at 15 Jul 2024 21:27:10 UTC

Under Judging, add this bullet after
“Add the Fragment in that Judging with the highest Total Score, randomly selecting a Fragment among any that are tied for highest Total Score, to the end of The Story, unless it is an Ending Fragment, in which case publicly track it as “The Last Fragment” and do not add it to the end of The Story.”

Make a Story post announcing the winning fragment along with any flavor text the Publisher may choose.

Proposal: Understanding Your Standing

Timed out, 1-2. Failed by JonathanDark.

Adminned at 15 Jul 2024 21:26:36 UTC

In the rule “Points” add the following text:

As a Virtual Story Action, a Storyteller may send a request to the Publisher to learn where they are in Points relative to all other Storytellers. When the Publisher resolves this action, they subtract 5 from that Storyteller’s Points, privately sort the Points of all Storytellers in order from highest to lowest, and report back to that Storyteller with that Storyteller’s ordinal place in the list (e.g.: 1st, 2nd, 3rd. etc), where the Storyteller with the highest Points is 1st.

Similar to Clucky’s Proposal, but you only learn where you are in the list, not anyone else’s Points value, nor who is ahead or behind you.

Proposal: Announce the winner

Withdrawn. Failed by JonathanDark.

Adminned at 13 Jul 2024 22:04:38 UTC

Under Judging, add this bullet after
“Add the Fragment in that Judging with the highest Total Score, randomly selecting a Fragment among any that are tied for highest Total Score, to the end of The Story, unless it is an Ending Fragment, in which case publicly track it as “The Last Fragment” and do not add it to the end of The Story.”
Make a Story post announcing the winning fragment along with any flavor text the Publisher may choose.

Story Post: Judging: 13 July 2024

Something unnatural.

  1. As the storm quickly grew in intensity, a strong breeze carried a salty mist into the village. June peered out at the ship on the horizon. It was quickly approaching the sandstone cliffs. She froze. “They’re returning already!” She could only hope that there had been enough time to prepare. June rang the warning bell at the top of the hill with a loud CLANG! As the mist became a light rain, June noticed that the ship had gotten surprisingly closer. It almost seemed as though the ship was being… propelled. No, the ship was being carried by something humongous, a giant shadow underneath the hull. And the storm was following in its wake. Already the villagers were beginning to meet by the cliffs, chatting nervously but prepared with the weapons and defenses that they could find.
  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”
  3. June could only guess what was going on. She feared the sea, and thereby, knew little of it. But one story in particular had always stuck with her: the story of the gem. Naturally… she purchased a rowboat and set sail oar for the storm.

    At the center of the maelstrom, Natasha had taken the gem to Charybdis, the bottomless pit that lie in the deep. She simply wanted to meet… for a chat. With the gem. She had planned meticulously for this. Years upon years of research and pillaging. Well… almost meticulously, at least. She did forget to properly inform her crew, which thought this was The End. Ignoring her disorderly crew, she raised the gem and exploded her voice into the deep,  “Zenzizenzizenzic and zenzizenzizenzic powers raised, closer and closer to your mathematical ways. Instead by zero let infinity shine, so now let thine power be mine!”
  4. A small town abuzz with chaos sent out a “smell” that a nearby sleeping dragon noticed. Little psychic screams infiltrated the cozy den of the dozing dragon. Mir lifted an eyelid as well as her nose. She stirred irritably at the interruption to her snooze but that passed when her senses grabbed onto something. Not people, well, yes, there’s people: there’s always people, but something else. A jewel? THE Jewel? Mir stretched her wings out and gazed out the cave door that fell directly into a bottomless pit. While making up her mind that she’d need to go introduce herself to whatever bozo, correction, lovely person that happened to be holding a dazzling jewel, she walked toward the cave entrance. As she stepped off the ledge, she pushed down with her wings and she thought, “Amazing! New friends to meet! We might have a nice chat or some exciting negotiations.”
  5. As June set sail, her mom’s words echoed in her head. “Go to the orchard of the sea goddess. There you’ll find the high priestess Anthalia. Meet with her, she should know more about the gem that the pirates took.” “Don’t worry Mother, I promise to end whatever they plan on doing” June thought as she sailed onward.

    It was sunset by the time June made landfall on the island orchard. To her surprise, a clocked figure was waiting on the beach. “Umm.” June stammered “Hi… I’m looking for…” The figure raised a hand. “The winds have told us of your need to meet with our high priestess. Come, there is much to chat about.”

Friday, July 12, 2024

Proposal: Situational Awareness

Popular, 5-0. Enacted by JonathanDark.

Adminned at 13 Jul 2024 19:39:18 UTC

In the subrule “Drawing”, add the following step as the last step of the Drawing atomic action:

* Make a Story blog post with the title of “New Drawing: “ followed by the current date, and any flavor text of the Publisher’s choosing in the body of the post.

Some people are missing the fact that a Drawing has started, so let’s make it more obvious with a blog post.

Friday, July 12, 2024

Story Post: Drawing Deadline: 13 July 02:30

Last call for Creative Writings

Proposal: Peekaboo

Timed out, 1-3. Failed by JonathanDark.

Adminned at 13 Jul 2024 19:38:37 UTC

Add the following to “Points”

As a Virtual Story Action, a Storyteller may send the name of another Storyteller to the Publisher. When the Publisher resolve’s this action, they first reduce the points of the Storyteller performing this action by three, then privately inform that storyteller how many points the other Storyteller they named has

 

Roll Call

Feel free to check in here with a comment just to keep from going idle

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

naught = 0

naught has been idled for being inactive for 7 days. Quorum falls to 4.

Monday, July 08, 2024

Proposal: Unleashing the Dark Forces

Popular, 5-0 with 1 DEF and Publisher voting FOR. Enacted by JonathanDark.

Adminned at 10 Jul 2024 01:31:00 UTC

Add a new Category named “Rituals” to the gamestate page.

It feels like something is going to happen with this gem, either to invoke its power or prevent its use, or maybe both.

Sunday, July 07, 2024

djf1107 is back

djf1107 is unidled per this CfJ. Quorum remains unchanged at 4.

Story Post: Judging: 07 July 2024

“Unless the part about there being a girl who can use the gem to destroy the master is true.”

  1. June and her mother stumbled out of the burning building. “Is that everyone?” June asked, breathing heavily. Her mother surveyed the group of people that they had managed to evacuate. “Yes, everyone made it out.” June let out a sigh of relief. “They took everything. Even the seaberries and dragonfruit that you worked so hard to gather,” her father said, looking distraught. “But it’s worse than that. They took the heart of the deep. The prophecy has come true.” At this, June gasped. “June, I’m so sorry, but we need you to get that gem back. You’re the only one who can harness its true power.” June looked around at the chaos and destruction that the pirates had caused, and her fists clenched. She was going to make them pay. “My pleasure.” And June headed for the sandstone cliffs.
  2. “Set course to the sandstone cliffs. We need to get the gem to the caves before sunset” Natasha ordered, biting into a piece of fruit to hide her nerves. She couldn’t believe it. Here she was, the most feared pirate in the seas, shaking like a penguin at a seal colony. “It’s a pleasure making such a deal with you” the voice of the cloaked figure echoed in her mind. “Why would anyone even dare try to use this gem?” Her conscience nagged at her. Before she had time to ponder what would await her, the voice of her first mate suddenly called out. “Captain! We’re being followed!”
  3. June spent the next several hours helping the village recover from the pirate attack. Fortunately, when all was said and done only a couple of villages had lost their lives, though several buildings were burnt down in the raid. After a long day of helping survivors, June took a moment to relax with a simple pleasure: fruit from the great apple tree that stood on top of the sandstone cliffs. As she plucked the bright red fruit from the leafy branches she took a bite. The Black Hawk could barely be seen on the horizon, but June knew it was only a matter of time before it returned. Suddenly, dark clouds began to form above the distant ship and loud thunder filled June’s ears. This was no ordinary storm. Something was wrong. Something unnatural.
  4. Distracted by the stream of goods going over the sandstone cliffs, June didn’t see a blond girl sidle up beside her. Speaking softly in June’s ear, “Cap’n’s gonna be happy for swamp beets; almost good as fruit.” June gasped slightly and tried to calm her heart while staring at this girl who apparated from nowhere. “Ladies by themselves get mistaken as goods.” She whispered, as she put a small dagger into June’s free hand. “Pirates shoot cannons at enemies. Damsels are for pleasure; and not their own.” The blond took off and motioned to June to follow. She followed.

Saturday, July 06, 2024

Call for Judgment: Bring djf1107 back?

Popular, 4-0. Enacted by JonathanDark.

Adminned at 07 Jul 2024 19:02:31 UTC

Make the player djf1107 unidle and treat their idle timer as if they had not gone idle during this dynasty.

Saturday, July 06, 2024

Story Post: Drawing Deadline: 07 June 2024 01:20

Last call for Creative Writings

djf is AFK

djf1107 is idled after 7 days of inactivity. Quorum remains unchanged at 4.

Wednesday, July 03, 2024

Proposal: The Last is the L-Only One

Popular, 4-0. Enacted by JonathanDark.

Adminned at 05 Jul 2024 05:27:39 UTC

In the rule “The End” add the following text:

There is a publicly tracked Fragment called The Last Fragment which defaults to empty.

and in the same rule, replace “While there is an Open Judging, any Storyteller may call for a Ending Drawing” with the following:

While there is an Open Judging and The Last Fragment is empty, as a Story Action any Storyteller may call for a Ending Drawing

and in the same rule create a subrule named “Wrap Up” with the following text:

A Wrap Up is a blog post with the category Story Post - Votable Matter where the title begins with the phrase “Wrap Up” and the body only contains instructions for one of the following:
* Add the contents of The Last Fragment to the end of The Story.
* Add the text “The End.” to the end of The Story.

A Wrap Up has the following additional rules:
* A Storyteller may only post a Wrap Up as a Story Action, and only while there is not an Open Judging.
* Only one Wrap Up may be Pending at any time. Any Wrap Up that is posted while another is Pending should be closed as Illegal.
* The Publisher may not vote on a Wrap Up.
* The Publisher does not count when determining quorum for a Wrap Up.

A Wrap Up is resolved in the same manner as described in Resolution of Proposals, by interpreting the term “Proposal” to mean “Wrap Up” for the purposes of resolving a Wrap Up.

Storytellers can either wait for The Last Fragment to contain an Ending Fragment or just end The Story earlier as it stands, but whichever option is chosen, a quorum of Storytellers must agree in order to end The Story.

Proposal: [Core] Writing is not idle work

Timed out, 1-3. Failed by JonathanDark.

Adminned at 05 Jul 2024 05:26:54 UTC

In rule 1.2.1 “Idle Storytellers,” replace “An Admin may render a Storyteller Idle if that Storyteller has asked to become Idle in an entry or comment from the past 96 hours (4 Days), or if that Storyteller has not posted an entry or comment in the past 168 Hours (7 days).” with:

An Admin may render a Storyteller Idle if that Storyteller has asked to become Idle in an entry or comment from the past 96 hours (4 Days). An Admin my also render a Storyteller Idle if that Storyteller has not posted an entry or comment or made a legal change to the gamestate tracking page for the current dynasty in the past 168 Hours (7 days).

A slight change to make sure an otherwise active player doesn’t get idled due to infrequent blog posting

Monday, July 01, 2024

Proposal: The Story Arc

Popular, 5-0. Enacted by JonathanDark.

Adminned at 03 Jul 2024 00:43:43 UTC

In the rule “The End”, after the paragraph “If the last two words in the story are “The End” the Story is Complete.” add the following paragraph:

While there is an Open Judging, 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. Fragments received by the Publisher for an Ending Drawing are considered Ending Fragments and must end with the sentence “The End.”

In the rule “Judging”, replace the step “* Add the Fragment in that Judging with the highest Total Score, randomly selecting a Fragment among any that are tied for highest Total Score, to the end of The Story, and format The Story with any paragraph breaks between sentences that the Publisher deems appropriate.” with the following steps:

* Add the Fragment in that Judging with the highest Total Score, randomly selecting a Fragment among any that are tied for highest Total Score, to the end of The Story, unless it is an Ending Fragment, in which case publicly track it as “The Last Fragment” and do not add it to the end of The Story.
* Format any part of The Story with any paragraph breaks between sentences that the Publisher deems appropriate.

 

Providing a way to turn a Drawing into writing the last Fragment, then holding onto that Fragment so that everyone can see where The Story is supposed to go at the end. If you like this idea, we will need something else to decide when to add it to The Story and end it.

Story Post: Judging: 01 July 2024

She turned to investigate and momentarily forgot about her worries as she saw the pale blue glow of the jewel.

  1. June stood before the blazing inferno that was the shop. Her home. She was fortunate, really. Had she arrived a few minutes later, likely her family wouldn’t have survived. Not everyone was as lucky. Eddie’s father was killed, sword rammed through his chest, when he protested the destruction. She spun, stalking toward the well, where her father sat nursing his burns. “We can’t let them get away with this!” “I know, child,” her father sighed, “and I agree. Your passion is admirable, but look around you. This town is in no state to send a party in chase. Especially not enough to overpower a blood-thirsty pirate band.” June pointed, “They didn’t fire their cannons. No bombardment, and the brigands ransacked every building they saw. They were looking for something, and were willing to kill to get it. I need to stop them. Even if it means doing it by myself.”
  2. Watching the unfolding horrors, June didn’t see the petite blond sidle up beside her. While looking forward, she said close to June’s ear, “Cap’n’s gonna be happy ‘bout dem swamp beets. Ya never see ‘em in the sea towns.” June, turning her head quickly, and trying to get her now exploding heart back in her chest, gasped. “Ladies by themselves get mistaken as goods.” And the blond shoved a small dagger into June’s free hand. “Pirates shoot cannons at enemies. Damsels are for passion and fun; and not their own.” The blond took off and motioned to June to follow.
  3. Suddenly, a loud BANG was heard a cannon ball whizzed past their heads, crashing into the cliff wall above them. Natasha turned to see another large ship turning into the bay. “Blasted Navy” Natasha muttered. “Get back to the ship, we’ve got what we came for.” A fiery passion burned in her eyes as she grabbed the jewel and aboard climbed The Black Hawk. “Take us out, Faulk” she ordered. “But Ma’am, many crew are not back on board” the helmsman replied. “I said. TAKE US OUT” she roared. “Don’t try to fight them. Its time to run.”
  4. “At last, the power to command the seas,” Natasha said. “Assuming the legends are true, that is.” As Natasha took the crate with the jewel from her first mate, Steven, she suddenly realized what had felt so wrong. All of the sounds that she would have expected—birds, waves, even the wind—were absent, and the air felt unusually still. At this realization, Natasha froze. “All hands on deck; I want our cannons ready,” she ordered. “Are you expecting trouble?” Steven asked. “Anything could happen,” Natasha said. “And something feels wrong.” All of a sudden, something exploded from the ocean with a furious passion. “Ambush!”
  5. As the pirate handed her the gem, Natasha allowed herself a small smile. “Beautiful,” she sighed as she leaned against a nearby cannon. “Captain, what’s so special about this gem?” Glaring, Natasha turned and held out the gem. “Its called the heart of the deep and its said to hold a power anyone with a passion for power would kill for.” Keeping her own fears hidden, she continued. “Legend says this gem allows one to control the master of the deep and rule the seas.” Muttering to one another, the other pirates began to ponder what they had just learned. Turning back to her quarters on the ship, Natasha shivered. “Unless the part about there being a girl who can use the gem to destroy the master is true.”