Friday, June 02, 2023

Proposal: The Search

Timed out and enacted 8-1. Josh

Adminned at 04 Jun 2023 21:16:12 UTC

Add a subrule to “Avatars”, called “Avatar Activity”:

As a daily action, the Ascendant can and should make an Activity Report. An Activity Report is a Story Post containing a list of ten Names for every Tier that matches at least one Mindjacker’s Level. These lists must be labeled by Tier, and every Name listed must be a valid Avatar Name. In each Activity Report, exactly one of these Names must be the Name of an Avatar that exists at the time of the Activity Report’s posting. To determine which existing Avatar’s Name to use, the Ascendant must select one of the Activity Report’s Tier lists secretly at random, and then select an Avatar secretly at random from those whose Occupancy Tier matches the selected list. If there are no such Avatars, the Ascendant should abort the Activity Report and start over. Each name in an Activity Report that is not the Name of an existing Avatar (referred to as a clean Name) is chosen by the Ascendant. The Ascendant is encouraged to make clean Names that are similar to extant Avatars’ Names and to repeat clean Names and the Names of past Avatars across different Activity Reports to throw Mindjackers off, but they should not repeat a single Name multiple times in the same Activity Report.

an alternative to A Symbol Idea: instead of having a heavily restricted set of names, we get a recurring report containing a bunch of names, one of which is guaranteed to be an Avatar. this gives us an idea of what we’re aiming for so that we can make informed guesses instead of wild shots in the dark; however, it should still be combined with some sort of mechanic that gives us information about the names of Avatars, so we have something to go off of instead of simple luck. it also allows Josh to give each reality’s names a different flavour if they want to!



03-06-2023 01:02:45 UTC



03-06-2023 02:50:59 UTC

This info scheme, given the dynasty’s activity level, is likely to openly reduce to “each of us ten picks one name and gambles on it”.

lemon: she/her

03-06-2023 03:35:04 UTC

@Bucky as soon as the playerbase is spread across more than a single Level/Tier, that won’t be a problem anymore — there’ll be more than ten names in total, and no guarantee that a given Tier’s list actually has a real name in it!

Josh: Bookie he/they

03-06-2023 08:51:51 UTC


Kevan: he/him

03-06-2023 09:49:13 UTC


Benbot: he/him

03-06-2023 18:32:13 UTC



03-06-2023 18:36:29 UTC

for but this might have to be amended if A Symbol Idea passes.

lemon: she/her

03-06-2023 18:51:07 UTC

@Summai agreed, but i was actually thinking the opposite — i’ll be proposing to revert A Symbol Idea if both pass. (in retrospect i wish i’d included that clause in this proposal, but oh well, im still shaking off the rust)

Trapdoorspyder: he/him

04-06-2023 04:33:03 UTC


Chiiika: she/her

04-06-2023 07:43:11 UTC


JonathanDark: he/him

04-06-2023 18:38:38 UTC

for I have an idea to combine this with A Symbol Idea without requiring a revert of either. I’ll post it as soon as this passes.

The way I see it, a Symbol Idea drew moderate interest, and this Search idea was definitely Popular, so there’s no sense in throwing either of them away.