Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Proposal: Damn Paper Jams

Timed out. Fails 2-2-1—Clucky

Adminned at 05 Jul 2012 14:32:00 UTC

Upon enacting this proposal, a machine shall immediately be selected at random from among those machines which are still shrouded. That machine shall be named “The Unjamming Machine” and it shall become ‘broken’.

Append the following to rule 2.2 “Machines”:

If any machine named “The Unjamming Machine” is ever Jammed, any Worker may change that machine to Broken.

Append the following to rule 2.2.5 “Operations”:

If none of the above effects are triggered, and the Output machine is named “The Unjamming Machine” and is Fixed, the Worker may choose any number of machines which are both Jammed and have a power link to or from the Output machine. The Worker shall then change those machines to Fixed.

Amend the following in rule 2.2.1 “Power Links”:

A Worker may, as a daily action, activate two Machines and - if neither Machine is Shrouded, and if one has a Gerund name and the other has a Noun name - establish a Power Link from the first to the second.

to

A Worker may, as a daily action, activate two Machines and - if neither Machine is Shrouded, and either one has a Gerund name and the other has a Noun name or at least one of the machines is named “The Unjamming Machine” - establish a Power Link from the first to the second.

and

A Machine may have Power Links to one or more other Machines, but no more than one Power Link to a given Machine.

to

A Machine may have Power Links to one or more other Machines, but no more than one Power Link to a given Machine, unless that machine is named “The Unjamming Machine”

We need an unjamming mechanic, and introducing an explicit machine for unjamming fits with the flavor. The language of this proposal is resilient to having multiple Unjamming Machines in case somebody finds “unjam” in some dynastic rules text. Note also that the Unjamming machine can Unjam gerund machines as well as noun machines. Obviously, in order for this to be the all-purpose unjamming method, it needs to be exempt from a few of the more restrictive linking rules.

Currently, the rules text for “Operations” is exceedingly messy, so I opted to append an extra rule rather than try to turn this into a bullet point, since “Unjamming X” does not fit with the current language of the rule. (As a side note, I dislike that only Noun machines can be operated, and I suggest someone make a Proposal to change that, as well as simplify the language in general—I would rather not clutter this one and I am at my limit).

Comments

Clucky: he/him

03-07-2012 22:49:37 UTC

against too similar to the un-breaking mechanic, ruins a lot of the nice symmetry.

Kevan: City he/him

04-07-2012 08:35:01 UTC

imperial It’s a nice idea, but one Machine being different from all the others troubles my sense of game design aesthetics.

moonroof:

04-07-2012 16:56:34 UTC

for

Bucky:

05-07-2012 14:04:30 UTC

imperial

Kevan: City he/him

05-07-2012 14:36:07 UTC

against if the Foreman isn’t voting.