[Nomic02] Proposal: Brigadoon

Carl Muckenhoupt nomic02@wurb.com
Wed, 5 Feb 2003 17:18:07 -0500 (EST)

On Tue, 4 Feb 2003, Dylan O'Donnell wrote:

> A proposal for one new room and one new rule.
>   Brigadoon [Psmith]

Aye.  And I note that Brigadoon, when connected, would be connected to:

Blasted Heath
the Servants' Quarters
Embedded CPU
The North Pole
West of House
West of Nowhere

If this seems like too many connections, we could change the new room to
Vineta, which connects only to Central Park, Embedded CPU, Under the High
Wall (on a resting), and Blasted Heath.  Which isn't much fewer, but there
you are.

Vineta, being folklore, has a highly variable story, but it has elements
of Brigadoon, as well as both Atlantis and the Bottle Imp.  The people of
Vineta were famously decadent, feeding cake to pigs, letting their
children play with gold, and so on.  In punishment, the city was sunk
beneath the Baltic Sea and the people sent to Hell.  Once every hundred
years, it rises again, complete with its population, who have the
opportunity to break the curse by selling something for one pfennig to
someone born on a Sunday.  (There is a story of a traveller who spies a
pfennig on the road, but doesn't pick it up.  He then wanders into Vineta,
where people are desperate to sell him the most marvelous wares, but
refuse to take more than a pfennig.  The traveller rushes back to where he
saw the pfennig, but by the time he gets back, Vineta is gone.)  Also, on
St. John's Day, the bells of the sunken city ring, luring sailors to their
doom.  (Thanks go to Gunther for googling German folklore sites for