[Nomic02] [P] /dev/null

Dylan O'Donnell nomic02@wurb.com
Sun, 30 Mar 2003 12:33:57 +0100

Carl Muckenhoupt wrote:
> Jota's concerns about the banana proposal making it difficult to drop
> things gives me the following idea:
> /dev/null [baf]
> Add one room, named /dev/null.
> Enact one rule:
> No token's location can be /dev/null.  Whenever a token's location would
> become /dev/null, it will instead be removed from the game.


> The rule only mentions tokens.  Non-token entities, such as the monkey and
> the omnibus, are not affected.

... except in that dropping the uplink there would render the monkey
inert, of course.

> If I have crafted this proposal correctly, it should still be possible to
> drop prize tokens in /dev/null for points.  Such tokens will immediately
> vanish, unless (as in the case of the Bus Driver's Lunchbox) redeeming the
> token sends it to a different room.

I agree with everything up to the last clause. The Lunchbox is phrased
as "Immediately after it has been dropped and points awarded, [...] its
location will be changed to the chosen room." But, immediately after
it's been dropped in /dev/null, it doesn't exist any more to _have_ its
location changed; the act of dropping it in /dev/null destroyed it.

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