Thursday, July 12, 2007

Proposal: The Eighth Loophole of Hell

Cannot be Enacted without CoV (3-6, with 12 total Corporations)
Failed by Hix

Adminned at 13 Jul 2007 09:19:39 UTC

[ Fixing the “adjusting incorrect production values by crazy amounts” loophole, and refunding its victim. ]

Replace both instances of “adjust” with “reduce” in Rule 2.3 (Production).

Refund Xorph Conglomerates Ltd (the Corporation known as “Brendan”) the $520M that they were forced to spend on the 52 (now demolished) factories that Chronos caused the building of, and revoke Brendan’s “bankrupt” status.

If any Corporation interpreted the wording of Rule 2.3 in a manner other than that which this proposal rewords it to, between this Proposal being posted and it being enacted, then the Cash of that Corporation shall be set to $1M less than their Credit Limit.

Comments

Zephyr:

07-12-2007 13:50:31 UTC

against I agree with the change but I don’t agree with the refund. Hasn’t the CFJ already resolved this issue?

Brendan:

07-12-2007 13:54:55 UTC

The CfJ resolved whether it was legal (it was).  This is aimed at the question of whether it was right.

for , obviously.

Hix:

07-12-2007 14:07:46 UTC

against

Chivalrybean:

07-12-2007 16:21:29 UTC

imperial

I agree with the change to the rule.

Denis Brandao:

07-12-2007 20:15:44 UTC

against

Bucky:

07-12-2007 22:28:12 UTC

against I agree with the change to the rule, but not to the refund.

Night:

07-12-2007 22:42:14 UTC

against I have to agree with Bucky. The rule should be changed, but exploiting a bad rule before it CAN be changed is half the fun of the game.

Kevan:

07-12-2007 23:30:00 UTC

Scamming is fun, but the ability of a quorum of players to chide a single player for going too far against the spirit of the rules is also an important part of keeping the game fun for everyone.

I wouldn’t be contesting a declaration of victory if Chronos had been devious enough to pull off an overnight win, from this. But if your scam has a short-term bonus and you can’t capitalise on it in the time it takes other players to fix the wording and punish you for spirit-breaking, then you aren’t scamming hard enough.

Bucky:

07-12-2007 23:35:23 UTC

Kevan:  You are probably aware of my views on this issue.  Whoever spots the scam first has the right to have a little fun.  If someone scams it after we make proposal to fix it, then we punish them.

Kevan:

07-12-2007 23:41:55 UTC

“A little fun” is fine, but if you go too far (particularly if you’re doing something that disadvantages other players; I’d have been less bothered by a scam that just gave the scammer a bit more stuff), I think you can expect a few other players to frown on it. I’ve not been watching the numbers too closely in this Dynasty, but -$520M seems like a lot of non-fun for one player.

Hix:

07-13-2007 00:44:02 UTC

Does no one else see that this rule does not need to be changed; that it is, in fact, perfectly possible to safely distribute all of your production points without risk of your subsidaries’ screwing you?  I’ve been hoping that at least a few other Corporations were simply hoping, like I was, to be able to eventually make use of this fact.  Now I won’t be completely opposed to the rule being changed, but I’d prefer if it remained, since it encourages those Corporations with lots of bonus production from subsidiaries to be more cautious.

I am definitely opposed to the refund; Brendan’s bankruptcy is Chronos’s reward for pulling the scam, since they (*shudder*) have a good chance of being able to buy out Brendan.  I see no need to require a scam to be an “overnight success” to have a lasting effect.  A bit unfair to Brendan, but…  Brendan was sort of “in the lead” at the time; could have safely distributed production points; could have realized that there was something outside of their (*ugh*) influence that might decrease production; and can produce cash to get out of bankruptcy, and still have tons more factories than most of us.

Brendan:

07-13-2007 00:54:39 UTC

Apparently no one else does see it.  Kindly explain for those of us on the slow end of the classroom?

Josh:

07-13-2007 08:28:57 UTC

Weakly, for . A lot of the points raised here have merit. Hix’s argument that it’s not illegitimate for a subsidiary to have a degree of power over the parent (enough, at least, that the parent should have to watch its back) is not a bad one, and somewhat corroborates my own feeling that, once a Corporation has been bought out, there should be some other incentive for them to continue playing. Also, I’m unconvinced that Chronos’ original scam was too far over the line; transposing his actions to myself, I could see myself being keen to assert their legitimacy. The odds are good that, as things stand, the extent to which he will benefit is limited. He needs four more subsidiaries to win, and will quite probably fall prey to his own scam before that happens.

On the other hand, the rules as they stand are a problem, as an organised group of subsidiaries working in concert can quite easily make life impossible for a parent company. I’m not convinced by the argument that “the scam hurt Brendan too much, so we should reverse it”, but I am much more convinced by the idea that moving the game in this direction - with one uber-company fending off its circling brood - is boring and counterproductive. It seems to me that the best way of dealing with this is to hit the reset switch.