Well, that's a good question, and there is no very good way to
answer it. Ackanomic is one of many "Nomic" games. The
basic idea of Nomic is as follows: You begin by writing an initial
rule set. These are the initial rules of the game. They include
mainly mundane matters such as how many points you need to win,
how to interpret the rules, etc, etc. However, what makes Nomic
special is the idea of the players modifying the rules as they
go along. It is somewhat like making laws in real life; in Nomic
you make proposals, vote on them, and if they pass, they become
a rule. Of course, to understand the specifics of this you need
to read the current rule set. Ackanomic has been running since
January 1996. It may seem to you that it isn't any fun to join
a game after it has begun, but that is not the case.
To go into much more detail would take up a lot of time and space.
I must admit that when I first had this game described to me,
I thought it sounded tedious and boring. For some reason I decided
to try it, and now I love the game. Not everyone shares my great
enjoyment of the game. The beauty of Nomic is that you can join
or quit whenever you like, and it really doesn't hurt the game.
Therefore if you are curious, go ahead and sign up. You can always
quit if you don't like it.
If you are curious to learn more about Nomic, read the information available on the web page. If you still have more questions, email snowgod, the current Registrar. It is his job to answer your questions.
Check out more information about Nomic in general
Examine the Initial Rule Set we used for Ackanomic
Find out how to join Ackanomic
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