Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Proposal: It’s All In The Game

Timed out 3 votes to 4, with the Imperial DEF against. Failed by Kevan.

Adminned at 10 Sep 2021 21:40:42 UTC

Add a new dynastic rule called “Intercepts”

Each Cell may be Intercepting another cell, or no cell at all and by default is no one. As a Cyclical Action, a Cell may change the Cell they are Intercepting or choose to cease Intercepting any cell. If the Cell (the target) another Cell (the observer) is Intercepting goes Idle, the observer ceases to be Intercepting any Cell. Which Cell each Cell is Intercepting is privately tracked by the Ministry of Information, and if asked the Ministry of Information may privately inform a Cell which Cell they are Intercepting. Cells may not be Intercepting themselves.

In “Communications” replace “a list of Restricted Recipients, which must be a list of names of other Cells” with “optionally a Restricted Recipient, which if included must be the name of another Cell” and replace “Send the censored Message individually to each of the Cells on the Intended Recipients list via the BlogNomic DM function.” with “Send the censored Message individually to each of the Cells who are not the named Restricted Recipients (if its included) and who are either named on the the Intended Recipients list or who are Intercepting the Cell sending the Communication, via the BlogNomic DM function.”

Letting you intercept a single persons communications, but also letting you counter that if you think you know who is spying on you.


Josh: he/they

08-09-2021 20:44:53 UTC


I think Restricted Recipients should have a cost, then, maybe, otherwise you’d just put the name of every Cell not in the Intended list in the Restricted list. Maybe a Building, where for every Adherent put to work there you can have one Restricted Recipient per message?

Josh: he/they

08-09-2021 20:55:53 UTC

Oh I see, this restricts it to one Restricted Recipient anyway… (You put “name of another Cells” in the replacement text, which threw me)

Clucky: he/him

08-09-2021 20:56:22 UTC

I changed it so that you can only have one Restricted Recipient

I toyed with the idea of making it so that you can buy more Restricted Recipients, but wanted to keep things simpler for now.


09-09-2021 06:43:04 UTC


Josh: he/they

09-09-2021 09:20:54 UTC


Kevan: he/him

09-09-2021 11:06:39 UTC

against Mere opportunity cost (that the only cost to surveill Clucky is that I can’t surveill anyone else at the same time) seems cheap for how much impact this will have.

Darknight: he/him

10-09-2021 11:01:46 UTC



10-09-2021 14:50:32 UTC

for I’m interested by this. If nothing else if it turns out to be too powerful later on a cost of some sort can be added.

Kevan: he/him

10-09-2021 15:09:01 UTC

Given that the power it’s creating is “general chilling effect on private communication” it’ll be hard for anyone to see how much effect it’s having.

I suspect it’s going to be a bit of a ladder-pull for larger cabals who already have a decent communication code in place, making it harder for smaller cabals to form: the larger cabal can monitor several rivals between them, and won’t care if anyone monitors them.

Brendan: he/him

10-09-2021 17:41:50 UTC


Josh: he/they

10-09-2021 18:19:14 UTC

Cov imperial per Kevan

Raven1207: he/him

10-09-2021 18:39:05 UTC