CharNomic Current Ruleset

This page represents the ruleset followed by CharNomic as it currently exists.  Note that CharNomic began on March 16.  Feel free to compare this page to that of the  initial ruleset.

The following page is broken down into two sections:

  1. Immutable rules
  2. Mutable rules
  3. New rules

Immutable Rules

101. All players must always abide by all the rules then in effect, in the form in which they are then in effect. The rules in the Initial Set are in effect whenever a game begins. The Initial Set consists of Rules 101-116 (immutable) and 201-211 (mutable).

102. Initially rules in the 100's are immutable and rules in the 200's are mutable. Rules subsequently enacted or transmuted (that is, changed from immutable to mutable or vice versa) may be immutable or mutable regardless of their numbers, and rules in the Initial Set may be transmuted regardless of their numbers.

103. A rule-change is the enactment, repeal, or amendment of a mutable rule, or the transmutation of an immutable rule into a mutable rule or vice versa.

(Note: This definition implies that, at least initially, all new rules are mutable; immutable rules, as long as they are immutable, may not be amended or repealed; mutable rules, as long as they are mutable, may be amended or repealed; any rule of any status may be transmuted; no rule is absolutely immune to change.)

104. All rule-changes proposed in the proper way shall be voted on. They will be adopted if and only if they receive the required number of votes.  This vote will be completed within three days of the termination of debate.

105. Every player is an eligible voter.  Players vote by submitting email to the group indicating whether they are in favor of the proposal or against it.  Those players who do not vote within the allotted voting period will be assumed to have abstained.

106. All proposed rule-changes shall be disseminated to all players before they are voted on. If they are adopted, they shall guide play in the form in which they were voted on.

107. No rule-change may take effect earlier than the moment of the completion of the vote that adopted it, even if its wording explicitly states otherwise. No rule-change may have retroactive application.

108. Each proposed rule-change shall be given a number for reference. The numbers shall begin with 301, and each rule-change proposed in the proper way shall receive the next successive integer, whether or not the proposal is adopted.

If a rule is repealed and reenacted, it receives the number of the proposal to reenact it. If a rule is amended or transmuted, it receives the number of the proposal to amend or transmute it. If an amendment is amended or repealed, the entire rule of which it is a part receives the number of the proposal to amend or repeal the amendment.

109. Rule-changes that transmute immutable rules into mutable rules may be adopted if and only if the vote is two thirds in the affirmative among the eligible voters.  Transmutation shall not be implied, but must be stated explicitly in a proposal to take effect.

110. In a conflict between a mutable and an immutable rule, the immutable rule takes precedence and the mutable rule shall be entirely void.  For the purposes of this rule a proposal to transmute an immutable rule does not "conflict" with that immutable rule.

111.  A reasonable time must be allowed for debate. The proponent decides the final form in which the proposal is to be voted on and, unless the Judge has been asked to do so, also decides the time to end debate.

112. The state of affairs that constitutes winning may not be altered from achieving n points to any other state of affairs. The magnitude of n and the means of earning points may be changed, and rules that establish a winner when play cannot continue may be enacted and (while they are mutable) be amended or repealed.

113. A player always has the option to forfeit the game rather than continue to play or incur a game penalty. No penalty worse than losing, in the judgment of the player to incur it, may be imposed.

114. There must always be at least one mutable rule. The adoption of rule-changes must never become completely impermissible.

115. Rule-changes that affect rules needed to allow or apply rule-changes are as permissible as other rule-changes. Even rule-changes that amend or repeal their own authority are permissible. No rule-change or type of move is impermissible solely on account of the self-reference or self-application of a rule.

116. Whatever is not prohibited or regulated by a rule is permitted and unregulated, with the sole exception of changing the rules, which is permitted only when a rule or set of rules explicitly or implicitly permits it.

Mutable Rules

201. All players begin with zero points.

202. A player may propose a rule-change at any time.  No player may have more than one proposal under consideration at any one time.

203. The players who vote against winning proposals shall receive 10 points each.

205. When a proposed rule-change is adopted, the player who proposed it receives 10 points, but cannot receive additional points for voting against this proposal..

206. When a proposed rule-change is defeated, the player who proposed it loses 10 points.

207. Each player always has exactly one vote for each proposal.

208. The winner is the first player to achieve 200 (positive) points.

209. At no time may there be more than 25 mutable rules.

210. If two or more mutable rules conflict with one another, or if two or more immutable rules conflict with one another, then the rule with the lowest ordinal number takes precedence.

If at least one of the rules in conflict explicitly says of itself that it defers to another rule (or type of rule) or takes precedence over another rule (or type of rule), then such provisions shall supersede the numerical method for determining precedence.

If two or more rules claim to take precedence over one another or to defer to one another, then the numerical method again governs.

New Rules

304.  Players will be classified as either Active or Inactive Players.  Active Players will be defined as players who are in regular contact with the CharNomic group.  Inactive Players will be defined as players who have been out of contact with the CharNomic group for some period of time and are currently out of contact.  When a player is classified as Inactive, his or her potential vote will no longer be considered for the purposes of the determination of proposal acceptance.  Note that this is an exception to Rule 207 in that only Active Players will have one vote for each proposal.

An Active Player may become Inactive in one of two ways.  First, the player may so declare himself by informing the group of his intention. Second, if an Active player abstains from three consecutive votes, he may be ruled by the Judge to be Inactive.

An Inactive Player may become Active by informing the group to this effect.  Until he informs the group of his change in status, he may not vote, debate, or propose new rule-changes.

Adopted March 27, 1998 by Proposal 304.

319.  A Motion is defined as an action taken by the Players to alter the game state.  A Motion may be introduced by any Active Player.  A Motion may not alter the ruleset.  It may be used, however, to take any other action that alters the game state.  The Player may permit as little or as much time for debate on the Motion as he desires and may alter the wording of the Motion in whatever way he sees fit, until such time as a vote is called for by the author of the Motion.  Upon terminating the debate and calling for a vote, he must circulate the final form of the Motion which is to be voted on.

A Motion will be adopted if and only if it receives no negative votes. Note that, for purposes of this rule, an abstention is not considered to be a negative vote.  Further, note that no affirmative votes are actually required for passage of a Motion.  Voting will terminate at midnight of the third day following the call for the vote.  If the Motion is adopted, as prescribed above, then it goes into effect immediately.

No points will be awarded for a Motion's adoption or failure to any Player.

Adopted May 9, 1998 by Proposal 319.

321. At the end of a Proposal's Voting Period, a Proposal immediately goes through a process known as its Resolution, which is as follows:

1) The value of the following terms are calculated:

2) If Y >= R, then the Proposal is adopted, and takes effect immediately.
3) If Y < R, then the Proposal is defeated.

When multiple Proposals are scheduled to enter the Resolution process at exactly the same time, the Proposals in question will instead undergo the Resolution process in sequential order, from lowest-numbered to highest-numbered, with each subsequent Proposal entering Resolution immediately upon completion of the previous Proposal's Resolution.

Originally Rule 204, part of Initial Ruleset.
Amended May 2, 1998, by Proposal 321.

322. If players disagree about the legality, interpretation or application of a rule, then the player call upon the Judge to decide the question. Disagreement for the purposes of this rule may be created by the insistence of any player. This process is called invoking Judgment.

An alphabetical list of all Active Players will be maintained, called the Player Roster.  The Judge will be selected from this list, beginning with the first Player on the list. Thereafter, before each decision, the next Player on this list will act as Judge.  In such cases where the Judge is involved in the dispute, this person will be skipped in favor of the next Player on the roster, until a non-involved player is selected.  Under no circumstances may an Inactive Player be called upon to serve as Judge.

The Judge must publish a ruling before midnight EST of the day following the call for judgement.  If the Judge fails to do so, responsibility for judgement will fall to the next player on the roster, as specified above.  Each subsequent Judge will have until midnight EST of the next day.  If the Judge becomes Inactive before giving Judgement or before the twenty-four hour period expires, responsibility for Judgement falls upon the first Player who immediately follows the now Inactive Player in the alphabetical list of Active Players.

A Judge’s decision may be appealed by any player.  The Judge's Judgment may be overruled only by a 2/3 vote of the other players completed within forty-eight hours. If a Judge's Judgment is overruled, then a new Judge is selected as specified above for the question, and so on.

New Judges are not bound by the decisions of old Judges. New Judges may, however, settle only those questions on which the players currently disagree. All decisions by Judges shall be in accordance with all the rules then in effect; but when the rules are silent, inconsistent, or unclear on the point at issue, then the Judge shall consider game-custom and the spirit of the game before applying other standards.

Originally Rule 211, part of Initial Ruleset.
Amended May 16, 1998, by Proposal 322.

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