Thursday, June 30, 2022

Proposal: The pen is mightier than the sword

Withdrawn -SingularByte

Adminned at 30 Jun 2022 21:59:36 UTC

Append to the first paragraph of Wide, Empty World of the Damned: Any Demiurge or Non-Player Character with a Current Location of a given Location is said to be in that location.
Append the following line to The Heartbeat of Creation: If something is said to be able to occur “Once a heartbeat”, that means that it can occur only once between the most recent Heartbeat of Creation and the one that comes after it.

Add a subrule of Ideologies called “Preaching to the People” with the following text:

Each Demiurge has a Voice. This Voice is publicly tracked as being either Present or Expended, defaulting to Present.
For each Ideology: Once a heartbeat, any one member of that ideology may set all the Voices of the Demiurges with that Ideology to Present.

Any Demiurge in a Location may perform Preaching. This is an atomic action defined as follows:
* Calculate the number of Proselytisers, where Proselytisers are human demiurges who meet the following conditions: they have a Present Voice, they have the same ideology as the Preaching Demiurge, they are in the same location as the preaching Demiurge, and they have not changed location in the last 24 hours. As an exception to this, the Preaching Demiurge is permitted to have changed location within the last 24 hours.
* Calculate the number of Hellions, where Hellions are the number of demons in that location that do not have that ideology
* Roll DICE((2 * Proselytisers - 2 * Hellions) - 1). This result is permitted to negative.
* If the result equals or exceeds the population size, the Location converts. Its Primary Ideology becomes that of the Preaching Demiurge.
* For each Proselytiser, set their Voice to expended.

Add the following items to the rule Items

Name: Cough Drops
Effect: This can be used by a Demiurge to set their voice to Present.
Description: They’re still good, I swear.
Type: Instant

Name: Ideologically Appropriate Trappings
Effect: A Demiurge with this item counts as an additional Proselytiser for their Ideology during the Preaching action.
Type: Buff, Hold

The 24 hour restriction for proselytisers is simply to give time for counterplay - it’s inelegant, but better than letting people rush things at 00:01 UTC.


Trapdoorspyder: he/him

30-06-2022 04:37:13 UTC

I should just say this here: I didn’t mean to intrude on this proposals space. I started drafting mine a while ago, before this one came up. Didn’t realize that until I had already posted. I will say however, I’m not sure about adding yet another very new mechanic when there’s a bunch we haven’t even started utilizing yet.

lendunistus: he/him

30-06-2022 05:11:23 UTC

you forgot to make voices publicly tracked

SingularByte: he/him

30-06-2022 05:19:20 UTC

[lendunistus] I don’t believe I have. “Each Demiurge has a Voice. This Voice is publicly tracked as being either Present or Expended, defaulting to Present.”

[Trapdoorspyder] Yeah, that’s fair. I’m intending this one to play into the space of moving between locations (costing provisions and therefore beats), and of being an alternate win condition. My attempt at the primary gameplay mechanic didn’t work out, so I’m staying back from that one for the moment.

Josh: Bookie he/they

30-06-2022 09:15:42 UTC

against Not a fan of the dice rolling aspect to this; Trap’s proposal seems like a better base to build on, to me.

Trapdoorspyder: he/him

30-06-2022 20:08:00 UTC

against no offense but I’m slightly biased here.

SingularByte: he/him

30-06-2022 21:59:05 UTC

Withdrawn in favour of conquering.  against