Friday, April 07, 2023

Proposal: Unstable Elements

Withdrawn. Failed by Brendan.

Adminned at 09 Apr 2023 04:41:50 UTC

Repeal the rule “Integrity”.

In the rule “The Building”, after the bullet that begins with “Optionally, by spending 1 from any of their Materials”, add the following sub-bullet:

* * If they do so, and the Material has the Supportive Property, increase Building Stability by 25. Decrease Building Stability by 25 if the Material has the Heavy Property and the Block is not on the bottommost Level.

and after the bullet that begins with “Choose a non-Empty Block”, add the following bullets:

* If the Block that was swapped with an Empty Block contains a Material with the Heavy Property, decrease Building Stability by 25
* If the Level of the Block that was swapped with the topmost Level now contains 3 Empty Blocks, decrease Building Stability by 50

In the subrule “Building Contents” add this text:

A Block that “is, “has”, or “contains” a Material “X” is the same as describing the Block as an “X Block”, e.g. a “Wood Block” is the same as a “Block that is Wood” or “Block that contains Wood”.

In the rule “Specialisation” replace this text:

Carpenter: Change any Block in the Building to Wood

with this text:

Carpenter: Change any Block in the Building to Wood and update the Building Stability depending on the Block’s former Material, as described below:
* * Empty: increase Building Stability by 25
* * Had the Supportive Property: decrease Building Stability by 25
* * Had the Heavy Property: increase Building Stability by 25 unless the Block is on the bottommost Level

and replace this text:

Decorator: Change a non-Empty Block in the Building to the Material listed directly below it in the Building Contents table

with this text:

Decorator: Change a non-Empty Block in the Building to the Material listed directly below it in the Building Contents table and update the Building Stability depending on the Block’s new Material, as described below:
* * Has the Supportive Property: increase Building Stability by 25
* * Has the Heavy Property: decrease Building Stability by 25 unless the Block is on the bottommost Level

It’s not quite the same effect as Integrity, but it’s close enough without getting more complicated. It accomplishes the goals of making the choices of Block swapping and Material replacement more interesting.

If you think it’s still too complicated, just vote against it, no harm done.

Comments

Lulu: she/her

07-04-2023 12:40:56 UTC

for

Brendan: he/him

07-04-2023 21:32:42 UTC

against I’m in favor of the change to the block rules but against the changes to the roles.

jjm3x3: he/him

07-04-2023 21:34:24 UTC

@Brendan but aren’t those changes only to account for stability changes that could result based on the role action being performed?

Brendan: he/him

07-04-2023 21:38:43 UTC

@jjm3x3 I’d rather just see them removed than turned into nested atomic actions inside an atomic action that can itself be nested in another atomic action.

Kevan: he/him

08-04-2023 11:37:48 UTC

against per Brendan’s concern on complexity for the Specialisms; better to go for a simple wording than a scrupulously realistic one. It’d be fine if the Decorator’s ability cleverly left the Stability unaffected, or the Carpenter’s included an “optionally add 25 to Stability” rider to reflect a cunning piece of construction.

I’m also mildly against rigidly defining things like “if a Block ‘is’ Wood this means it is a Wood Block” when the interpretation already seems clear - it gives a foundation from which to argue that other ways of phrasing block composition (“a Block made of Wood”, “a Block of Wood”) aren’t actually recognised by the ruleset.

Lulu: she/her

08-04-2023 14:24:21 UTC

against cov

jjm3x3: he/him

08-04-2023 15:12:03 UTC

I don’t feel as strongly as the others, but I think they make good points imperial

JonathanDark: Publisher he/him

08-04-2023 17:09:17 UTC

against  Withdrawn

Anyone else have ideas on how to make block choices interesting, or to make the Materials have any effect?

Kevan: he/him

08-04-2023 18:36:01 UTC

The basic idea of block choice directly modifying stability seems fine here, I just wasn’t a fan of the other amendments.

JonathanDark: Publisher he/him

08-04-2023 22:46:34 UTC

Ok, maybe I’ll just re-propose with the first part.