Monday, April 10, 2023

Proposal: Wibble Quibble

Reached quorum 7 votes to 0. Enacted by Kevan.

Adminned at 12 Apr 2023 13:56:33 UTC

Delete the three consecutive steps in the Build atomic action that begin with the step “Spend any amount of Focus” and replace them with the following:

* Spend any amount of Focus (which may be 0 Focus) to roll DICEN, where F is the amount of Focus spent, G is equal to the number of Gaps in the Building, and N = G x 25 - F. If N would be less than 0 then this step cannot be completed.
* Decrease Building Stability by the result of the die roll in the preceding step.

Delete the step of the Build atomic action that reads “If the Level of the Block that was swapped with the topmost Level now contains 3 Empty Blocks, decrease Building Stability by 50”

If the proposal “The Weakest Link” was enacted, then reword the step of the Build action that begins “If the Wobble before subtracting Focus was an odd number…” to read as follows:

* If the amount that Building Stability decreased in the preceding step was an odd number, and there are any Weakened Blocks, then choose any one Block that is Weakened and replace it with an Empty Block.

The only effective change to the current process in this rewrite is that it moves the subtract-Focus-spent step to before the roll instead of after. But there are some glaring holes in the current wording—what does the “times 25” clause modify? What about “to a minimum of zero”—does it refer to the Wobble or the amount of Focus spent? Which of the foregoing Build steps could “the step above” refer to? Why do we need the term Wobble at all?


JonathanDark: Publisher he/him

11-04-2023 01:13:09 UTC

While we’re quibbling, I just want to check that “any amount of Focus” doesn’t allow an Engineer to spend negative amounts of Focus, nor does it allow an Engineer to spend more Focus than they have, which would result in a negative Focus.

Brendan: he/him

11-04-2023 02:22:01 UTC

As ever, Numbers and Variables is your battle-hardened friend: “Unless otherwise specified, only positive amounts can be spent, paid, lost, gained, or transferred…” and “If a set of valid values is not specified in their definition, game variables defined to hold numeric values can hold only non-negative integers. Any action that would set those values below zero is an illegal action.”

Kevan: he/him

11-04-2023 07:56:09 UTC

for Although there is some fun being lost in the fact that the subtract-after die roll plainly shows a player how much Focus they should have spent.

JonathanDark: Publisher he/him

11-04-2023 15:04:39 UTC


jjm3x3: he/him

11-04-2023 15:20:04 UTC

If a situation comes up where that step “cannot be completed”, does that mean the entire action can’t be completed?

JonathanDark: Publisher he/him

11-04-2023 15:25:35 UTC

@jjim3x3: Correct, that’s the rules for atomic actions. Unless a step is optional, all steps must be completed to complete the action.


11-04-2023 15:43:00 UTC


jjm3x3: he/him

11-04-2023 15:47:06 UTC


Raven1207: he/they

12-04-2023 13:50:37 UTC


Taiga: he/him

12-04-2023 13:52:50 UTC