Saturday, January 06, 2018

Proposal: Stomping on the rubble of the Orphanage

Self-killed. Failed by pokes.

Adminned at 07 Jan 2018 22:43:28 UTC

Add a special case rule, “No Orphan Variables”:

An Orphan Variable is a dynastic gamestate variable which has neither a location in which it’s tracked, nor a manner in which it it can be determined from other gamestate variables, specified in the Ruleset.

A variable that is specified as being privately tracked by one or more Failed Experiments is not an Orphan Variable.

A Failed Experiment may not take any dynastic actions that are contingent on the specific value of an Orphan Variable.

Set this rule to be active.

Add to “Endgame”:

Which Heroic Actions a Failed Experiment has performed are tracked on the Failed Experiments wiki page, by appending UT, SF, or E, respectively, to the name of the Failed Experiment.

An alternate take: either specify where the variable gets tracked or freeze play around it.

Comments

card:

01-06-2018 19:13:38 UTC

Would this still allow someone to say “X is tracked in the Failed Experiments” mind?

pokes:

01-06-2018 19:26:03 UTC

I’d think yes, as long as it’s explicitly stated.

Diabecko:

01-06-2018 23:04:53 UTC

After recent events I too am much more wary of faulty wording:

“A variable that is specified as being privately tracked by one or more Failed Experiments is not an Orphan Variable.”

This could be interpreted as meaning “If a Failed Experiment specifies that this variable is privately tracked, it is not an Orphan Variable”. Therefore the final clause preventing actions dependant on orphan variables could be circumvented by simply writing a post stating: “I’m tracking this variable privately”.

“A Failed Experiment may not take any dynastic actions that are contingent on the specific value of an Orphan Variable.”

This does not prevent modifying the variable.

card:

01-07-2018 03:55:42 UTC

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Ah good point Diabecko, although I interpreted “specified” to be where that variable is defined in the ruleset but I can see how others might disagree.

pokes:

01-07-2018 13:03:31 UTC

Yeah, good point, I agree that needs to be more clear.  against