[Nomic02] a vague attempt at summarising

Adam Biltcliffe nomic02@wurb.com
Wed, 15 Jan 2003 15:03:38 -0000

Ok, since at present there's simultaneously no mechanism for keeping track 
of proposals and and awful lot of half-formed proposals flying around, I'm 
making some attempt to summarise the rules which have been suggested so far 
and not absolutely rejected by anybody. I've tried to only mark proposals 
down as having been accepted by certain players when I'm sure this is the 
case, but I wouldn't consider any of this authoritative to be on the safe 


"Each rule has a number.  Rule numbers start with 1, and each new rule has 
a number 1 greater than the previously enacted rule."
(Accepted by baf, jwalrus, Jota)

"Rules may not be changed or removed.  The only change to the rule set 
permissable is the addition of new rules."
(Accepted by baf)

"No rule may require any effect on anything that is not part of the game, 
except by making it part of the game."
(Accepted by jwalrus)

"Any player may post a proposal for a change which requires the unanimous 
agreement of all players. All other players may vote "aye" or "nay" in 
response to the proposal by posting this vote to the list. Any player may 
change his or her vote on a proposal until such time as the voting is 
complete. The proposer is assumed to cast an initial "aye" (but may change 
it, like any other vote). Any player who hasn't voted on a particular 
proposal within the first 72 hours is assumed to have voted "aye", but may 
change that vote up until the proposal is officially ratified or removed 
from consideration. If at any point any player has voted against a 
particular proposal, then any other player (including other "nay" voters) 
may declare it to be dead, and removed from consideration. If at any point 
all players have voted in favour of a particular proposal (either by voting 
"aye" or failing to vote within the alloted 72 hours), the original 
proposer may declare it to be ratified by posting a message containing the 
text of the proposal, a summary of the votes on it, and the time it will 
come into effect: the issue under consideration is considered to have been 
unanimously agreed by all players after a period of one hour from the time 
of this posting has elapsed."
(Accepted by baf, jwalrus, Jota)

"Players may be added to the game by unanimous consent."
(Accepted by jwalrus)

"Whenever a player performs an action that is forbidden by a rule other 
than Rule 4, or fails to perform an action that is required by a rule other 
than Rule 4, a "demerit" may be assigned to that player by unanimous 
agreement. The player being demerited may not veto the issuing of the 
demerit. Demerits are part of the state of the game."
(Accepted by jwalrus, Jota)

"Any player with three demerits will automatically be removed entirely from 
the state of the game."
(Accepted by baf, jwalrus, Jota)

"Demerits may not be assigned for violations of rules that were not part of 
the state of the game when the violation occurred."
(Accepted by baf, jwalrus, Jota)

"The mailing list at nomic02@wurb.com will be considered a part of the 
game, and will be refered to as The List. To "post" something is to send it 
to the list. Any player who does not post for a week (that is, a seven-day 
period of non-posting following their latest post, counted from the time of 
day the last post was made) will incur one demerit. Further week-long 
delays, counted from the latest invocation of this rule, will each incur 
one additional demerit."
(Accepted by jwalrus, Jota)

"Any player may leave the game at any time by posting intention to do so."
(Accepted by jwalrus)

"Unless specified otherwise, when a player leaves the game, portions of the 
game state specifically associated to that player and no other player cease 
to exist. Portions of the game state associated with both that player and 
other player(s) will revert to only the other player(s) with which they are 
(Accepted by jwalrus)

"It is possible for players to win or lose by means to be described in the 
rules.  A player who loses will be removed entirely from the state of the 
game, and may not rejoin.  If a player wins, the game will immediately end 
and all players who have not won will lose."
(Accepted by baf, jwalrus)

"The game contains a map, consisting of rooms, one of which is called "the 
Lounge". All players have a location on the map which is initially the 
Lounge. The map and any information about the location of anything on it 
shall be considered part of the state of the game."
(Accepted by jwalrus, Jota)