Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Proposal: Cordon Rouge

Reached quorum 7 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 25 Mar 2020 18:26:34 UTC

To “Money, Prestige and Power”, add a paragraph:-

The median Debt of all Noblemen who have non-zero Debt is known as the Red Line.

In “Appeals”, replace “The median average of all currently active Noblemen’s Debt” with:-

A secretly random number from zero to the Red Line

In “Excess Spending”, replace “If a Nobleman’s Debt is greater than the median Debt of all Noblemen who have non-zero Debt, then that Nobleman is Dissolute.” with:-

If a Nobleman’s Debt is greater than the Red Line, then that Nobleman is Dissolute.

In “Items”, redefine the Valuable Impact’s effect as:-

upon winning a Valuable Item at auction, Louis XIV decreases the winner’s Debt (to a minimum of zero) by a secretly random number from zero to the Red Line

Unifying the Debt medians to always ignore non-zero Debts, and changing the Appeal to give a random insight rather than a 100% accurate answer to whether the Appellant is over the line or not.

Comments

naught:

03-24-2020 14:00:04 UTC

for

TyGuy6:

03-24-2020 15:51:41 UTC

for

Jumble:

03-24-2020 20:49:12 UTC

for

Tantusar: HE/THEY

03-24-2020 23:44:22 UTC

for

pencilgame: HE/HIM

03-24-2020 23:56:57 UTC

imperial

I don’t fully understand the effects of this, but it mostly seems like basic clean up of the rules.

Kevan: HE/HIM

03-25-2020 11:38:28 UTC

The first change relates to the fact that Appeals uses “median average of all currently active Noblemen’s Debt” but Excess Spending uses the subtly different “the median Debt of all Noblemen who have non-zero Debt”. The rules would be clearer if we used the same calculation in both places. Your mileage may vary on whether you prefer a clear game, or a slightly confusing one such that opponents might make a miscalculation; I lean to the former.

The second change is altering Appeals so that instead of getting told the exact median every time, you get told a random number between zero and it. This makes the median a bit more mysterious: players will get a sense of it (and can compare notes) but won’t always be immediately confident that they are below it.

The third change is fixing Valuable Artefacts to say when and how the Debt decrease is applied (and what happens if it would take a Debt below zero).

Josh: GAIA HE/HIM

03-25-2020 12:27:54 UTC

I’m not sure that the change to Appeals produces useful information. Other than that,  for

Kevan: HE/HIM

03-25-2020 13:05:57 UTC

The usefulness will depend on how the Appellant’s Debt compares to the median. If I’m on 1,000 Debt and receive an Appeal answer of “27,463”, then I know I’m below the Red Line; if I get an answer of “493”, then I might be above it but I can’t be sure (and can consider another Appeal to check).