Frequently Asked Questions
for Our Nomic
document is a brief FAQ listing some of the most common questions
that I get from players. If
you have a question that should appear on this page please let me
do I join? What happens after that?
Joining Our Nomic is
very easy! Just send a note to Chuck Henry (firstname.lastname@example.org)
and he'll do the rest. First, he will then ask you a couple of
questions. Usually, he'll ask if you'd like a mentor and where
you found us. Then, he'll add you to the Our Nomic Discussion
list. This list exists to provide an easy forum for the distribution
of official game information as well as discussion about the game.
Third, Chuck will announce to the Our Nomic players that you have
joined. If you asked for a mentor then he will ask for volunteers
in the same mail as the announcement of your joining. If anyone
volunteers then the mentor will contact you seperately. Next,
Chuck will add you to the Gamestate. The Gamestate is the current
status of the rules, players, points and other details. Once added
to the Gamestate you are now an official Our Nomic player. You
may start playing as a full player as soon as you are announced
on the Discussion List.
do I play?
Hmmm... that's bit complicated.
I guess the best thing to do would be give you a list of the options
do I vote?
As a player of Our Nomic
you have the responsiblity to vote on as many proposals as you
can. To know when a proposal is up for vote, check your mail or
check the webpages for cahnges. Periodically, you will recieve
emails which contain the header "NOMIC UPDATE". These email detail
any changes to the gamestate including new proposals up for vote.
These emails will list the title of the proposal, the proponent,
and the voting period. The voting period is period of time that
a player may cast for or against that proposal.
The webpages at www.northnet.org/windrant/OurNomic
list the proposals "in the hopper". These are the new proposals.
Read through them. If it sees like a reasonable proposal, vote
yes! If it seems foolish or against whatever devious plans you
may have vote no. However, the thing to remember is: If you vote
against a proposal that passes, you gain 10 points! Otherwise,
you gain nothing in terms of winning the game. Provides encouragement
to vote carefully huh?
do I propose a rule?
There are two routes
to this goal:
Lobby It- Write
up your wonderful new rule. Then find two other people to support
it. To do this, send your rule to 2 people that you think would
support it with a note asking them to support it. (No! You can't
just post it to the Discussion list.) If they support it, they
will reply to you with a note stating that. When you have 2 letters
of support, then send your rule and the letters of support to
the Speaker. The Speaker will then add the proposal to the gamestate.
Post It- Write
up your wonderful new rule. Then post the rule to the Discussion
list. You must state on the rule that it is a "Proposition for
Debate". Now the players may comment on your rule. You don't have
to take their suggestion but usually they are trying to help.
Your rule while it is posted in this fashion is protected from
being copied and submitted by another player... so don't worry
about that. Your rule can stay up for discussion for up to 7 days.
At anytime during that 7 days you may submit it the Speaker without
having any supporter as above. If you choose not to submit it
in those 7 days, no one (including you) will be able to submit
or post a similar rule for the period of 7 days. So if you're
going to submit it, do it in the first 7 days. In either case,
the Speaker will assign it a number and a voting period. Now all
you have to do is talk it up to get enough votes to have it pass
or sit and pray for the best!
do I quit the game?
Why would you want to?
Well, if you really want to that's ok... not everybody has the
time to play. Just let Chuck know and he'll remove you from the
gamestate and the Discussion List.
do you mean by a rule?
A rule is simply a new
rule to the game. It can change or amend an old rule or be a new
thing all by itself. Rules can be things which change the game
play or have nothing to with it at all. You can create new objects
or places within our imaginary country Nomicsylvania. Be creative!
We like creative!
do I play a subgame? What the heck is a subgame?
Let's start with the
second question first! A subgame is another game created to amuse
the players. The rules to the subgames are stated within a rule
in our ruleset. These subgames typically affect the players that
choose to particapte in some fashion wheter it be an increase
in points or prestige. Now the first question, to play a subgame...well
it depends... ask around or read the ruleset to find out!