Monday, February 10, 2020

Proposal: The Road Not Taken

Times out as Popular at 5-0 with 3 unresolved DEFs. Enacted by Brendan.

Adminned at 12 Feb 2020 16:32:00 UTC

Rename “Divergent Actions” to “Discrepant Actions”, and reword it to:-

If an action is a Discrepant Action and it defines an effect for both an Upsider and a Downsider, then any Scientist may perform it as follows:-

* If the Scientist is Prime-Oriented, they apply its effects with the Prime version of themselves as its Upsider and their Alpha version as its Downsider
* If the Scientist is Alpha-Oriented, they apply its effects with the Alpha version of themselves as its Upsider and their Prime version as its Downsider
* If the Scientist is Balanced, they randomly determine which version of themselves is its Upsider and which is its Downsider and then apply its effects

All Discrepant Actions are also considered to be Daily Actions.

Add a subrule to “Discrepant Actions”, called “The Discrepancies”:-

Scanning is a Discrepant Action which raises or lowers (at the choice of the action’s performer) the Upsider’s Polarity by 1, and does the opposite to the Downsider’s Polarity.

If “The Opposite Of Divergance” enacted, replace “When a Divergent Action is taken” with “When a Discrepant Action is taken”.

Reworking Divergent Actions to remove the (self-defeating?) coin flip for every case, and including an example action so we can think about the action concept more clearly and optionally start taking them.

Seems maybe a bad idea to have “Divergence” being a huge deal and “Divergent Actions” being a related but different concept (has “Divergence occured” if someone’s taken a Divergent Action?), so I’ve also changed the word to “Discrepant” here.



02-10-2020 13:02:29 UTC

how exactly does scanning work with one universe?


02-10-2020 13:18:10 UTC

Ugh, good question. I did have “can’t take discrepant actions until the universe splits” in there, but took it out when I realised it contradicted the pending Opposite of Divergance proposal of “universe splits after twenty divergent actions”.


02-10-2020 13:20:24 UTC

I guess nothing happens as all of the Orientation checks fail?


02-10-2020 13:34:46 UTC

But it still counts as an action, which means Similarity would still decrease?

Josh: HE/HIM

02-10-2020 17:43:37 UTC


Darknight: HE/HIM

02-10-2020 18:08:26 UTC



02-10-2020 18:11:19 UTC


derrick: HE/HIM

02-10-2020 21:26:47 UTC


Brendan: HE/HIM

02-10-2020 23:57:57 UTC

imperial Coin flip was meant to be an emergent effect of these kinds of actions, rather than a goal in and of itself, but obviously I could have made that clearer. The idea was “1) coin flip 2) sell 100 putty for 200 budget or whatever 3) in one universe this means you trip on a doorframe, in the other you don’t.” I need to draft up a proposal to demonstrate that.


02-11-2020 23:15:12 UTC