Monday, April 25, 2016

Declaration of Victory: Rat King

Reached quorum 6 votes to 0 with no AGAINST votes and the Overlord voting in favour, after 12 hours. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 26 Apr 2016 08:20:47 UTC

I hold the Golden Crown, and have achieved victory.


Clucky: he/him

25-04-2016 20:06:59 UTC


Brendan: he/him

25-04-2016 20:08:21 UTC

A bunch of things just happened very fast. They’re based on a dynastic rule exploit. The rule “Attacking” states that the steps for a given attack must be carried out in order. It does not specify how much time, or what other actions, might elapse between steps.

1. Kevan crafted a Thrall and donated it to me; I salvaged it for half its crafting cost: 1 AP. We repeated this three more times, giving me 8 AP.

2. I spent 1 AP to start an attack on That Pesky Dragon. For step 1, I invoked Dead Shot and took a result of 10, then added my Dexterity of 13, plus 2 for my equipped Swamp Dagger. That total was equal to the Dragon’s Dexterity of 25, so the attack continues.

3. Step 2 is skipped because the Dragon was not Stunned. For step 3, I again took a Dead Shot, adding my Strength of 8 to an effective roll of 5. I reduced the Dragon’s Health by 13.

4. Before finishing the remaining steps of the first attack, I spent another AP and started a second attack, taking Dead Shot again for both rolls and hitting it for another 13.

5. I repeated this start-an-attack cycle six more times, spending my remaining 6 AP. This took the Dragon’s Health to -4, making it Dead.

6. I completed steps 4 and 5 of my first attack, then my second attack, etc. This took me to -35 Health, making me mortally wounded.

7. In step 5 of my eighth and final attack, I elected not to distribute Loot.

8. Kevan Plundered the dead Dragon, taking possession of the Golden Crown.

9. Kevan flipped a coin to decide which of the two of us would take possession; I won the toss, so he traded it to me.

Kevan: City he/him

25-04-2016 20:19:22 UTC


Clucky: he/him

25-04-2016 20:20:00 UTC

still voting against I don’t think doing all the actions simultaneously is legal


25-04-2016 20:20:48 UTC

for Seems fine to me. Great play!


25-04-2016 20:21:16 UTC

Make a CfJ then, Clucky.

Kevan: City he/him

25-04-2016 20:28:56 UTC

No need for a CfJ - if enough players would vote in agreement that it was illegal, that same number would be be enough to vote down this DoV and prevent the win.

[Clucky] I think it’s reasonable to read the Attacking rule’s “then performing the following in order” as allowing a gap of seconds, or minutes, or even hours or days between each step. If you accept that, there doesn’t seem to be anything ruling out taking other game actions in between those steps.


25-04-2016 20:29:52 UTC

Although I’m a bit inclined to think achieving victory is an action, even if it’s a passive one. I would like to hear other Orcs interpretation of this.

“If an Orc is Mortally Wounded they may not perform any action defined by the dynastic rules other than Rest.” [Health rule]

“Affect: The Orc who holds The Golden Crown has Achieved Victory.” [Golden Crown sub rule]

Clucky: he/him

25-04-2016 20:31:46 UTC

CfJ is redundant at this point. If this fails can just rollback the last 7 attacks set the Dragon’s health to 87 and Brendan’s health to 0.


25-04-2016 20:33:10 UTC

[Kevan] But that doesn’t automatically fix the issue of the gamestate, as there would still be a disagreement of the rules’ interpretation if this DoV fails, I think.

Clucky: he/him

25-04-2016 20:34:23 UTC

Its my belief that actions like that are always atomic. Might be good to clarify that in the glossary, but I don’t think we need the clarification in the glossary for that to be the case.

Clucky: he/him

25-04-2016 20:38:08 UTC

@IceFromHell Its not even a passive action. Could’ve maybe tried to argue that Brendan couldn’t do the “loot the crown” step, but as he didn’t I think that part is fine

Clucky: he/him

25-04-2016 20:42:16 UTC

that being said, “A single Item may not be traded more than once per day”

Is “single Item” a “single *instance* of an item”? Or could the hack to give Brendan enough AP to pull this off be invalid as well?

Brendan: he/him

25-04-2016 20:51:20 UTC

Obviously I have a vested interest in certain interpretations here. However: the case for steps of an attack being discrete and separable is strongly implied by the Poison Barb, which can be dropped—a separate action—”when an Orc who holds a Poison Barb causes a Creature to lose Health,” not after an attack.


25-04-2016 21:02:20 UTC

Clucky’s last point is something that bugged me for a while when that was being proposed, but I forgot to send my comment at that time. I honestly don’t know what a “common english” interpretation of that really is, so I don’t have a saying in this.

Kevan: City he/him

25-04-2016 21:34:32 UTC

The Trade action is to ”[remove] an Item from their Inventory” and then to ”[place] the removed Item in another Orc’s Inventory. A single Item may not be traded more than once per day.”

Items in an Orc’s inventory are created by an action which “add[s] one instance of that Item to the Items held by that Orc”, so the things being removed and placed - the things being traded - are instances. The verb “trade” cannot be applied to a class of Item.


25-04-2016 22:06:31 UTC

It is at-least implied that you have to do things all simultaneously in general as alot of dynasties would not have worked right otherwise. I’m going to look over stuff and see if this has ever come up before and what people thought. This seems like it breaks any action that has ever not included the words “and may not take any other actions during the steps” which we don’t include often.


25-04-2016 22:39:37 UTC

Not sure how to feel about this. However, it could technically be argued that the trade rule can only transfer a single item per day regardless of the sender or type of item. Going to wait a little while before voting.

Kevan: City he/him

25-04-2016 22:57:39 UTC

From memory, lists of stepped actions are quite rare, and are usually confined to gamesmaster-type processing from the Emperor. This is the only player-action-list I can find offhand, and gives no obvious incentive to pause and do something else mid-list, so the scam didn’t arise there.

Josh had a good go at sorting out imperatives a few months ago (where “must” would explicitly become “cannot take any other game actions until you do this”), but it didn’t get picked up again. I’d certainly like to see something like that added to the ruleset for future dynasties.


26-04-2016 00:02:58 UTC

@GenericPerson how so? I don’t see a way to argue that. I think they are right so for


26-04-2016 02:17:24 UTC

I didn’t say the argument would be very good. It would involve an iffy interpretation I doubt would work. for


26-04-2016 02:27:37 UTC

We have quorum and Larry is for, so congratz :)

(But I think we should really take the time to make something about this timming stuff that came up. It’s possible that some actions are still gamestate [cause they never got concluded or something] and generally it’s not a good idea to have it like that. You never know.)

Clucky: he/him

26-04-2016 02:47:51 UTC

for to speed the game along