[Nomic02] a vague attempt at summarising

Adam Biltcliffe nomic02@wurb.com
Thu, 16 Jan 2003 12:55:02 -0000

--On 15 January 2003 3:23 pm -0700 "Carbol, Roger" 
<Roger.Carbol@gov.calgary.ab.ca> wrote:

> I'm of the opinion that anything referenced by the rules is
> implicity part of the game state.  Consider Rule 2 and its
> reference to 'English', for example.

This certainly doesn't fit with my idea of the state of the game: I think 
it's important to draw a distinction between things that are part of the 
game (which can be implicit) and things that are part of the state of the 
game (which have to be formally defined).

As I understand it, the entire state of the game at the moment can be 
summarised as: "Roger Carbol, Carl Muckenhoupt, Adam Biltcliffe and Admiral 
Jota are playing a game with the following rules:", plus the list of rules. 
That's all the information necessary to define the game in its current 
state. When the rule introducing demerits comes into effect (which I think 
happens in about half an hour, as I believe I was the only person who 
hadn't ratified it), the number of demerits assigned to each player will 
also become information necessary to define the state of the game.