Rule of Three

https://blognomic.com/archive/rule_of_three

Zaphod took a GNDT action of “Trading in 3I for 1R”. The rule for swapping resources says “At any time a Contractor may spend 3 different resources or 2 funds to gain 1 resource of any kind.”

My reading of that rule was that the Contractor would have to spend one each of three resources, and not three of one resource - otherwise why use the word “different”? Nobody would argue that “spend 3 resources” could be met by spending the self-same single unit of resource three times over.

Replace “may spend 3 different resources” with “may spend 3 different resources (i.e. one each of three resources which are different from each other)” and consider Zaphod’s action to have been taken - and illegal - under that new wording of the rule.

shh

https://blognomic.com/archive/shh

Change ” a status (which is either dreamed, posted, contracted, or finished, and defaults to dreamed) ” to

a status (which is either dreamed, posted, secret, both, contracted, or finished, and defaults to dreamed)

Append to the list of project attributes:

*a bidding area

Change “A project may be written as NAME (STATUS) | ESTIMATION | LOCATION, where NAME is its name, where STATUS is its status, where ESTIMATION is its estimation, and where LOCATION is its location. ” to

A project may be written as NAME (STATUS) | ESTIMATION | LOCATION | BIDDING AREA, where NAME is its name, where STATUS is its status, where ESTIMATION is its estimation, where LOCATION is its location, and where BIDDING AREA is its bidding area.

Change “A contractor may make a bid on a project with a status of “Posted” by sending a private message to the Great Eccentric stating the name of the project and an amount.” to

A contractor may make a bid on a project with a status of “Secret” by sending a private message to the Great Eccentric stating the name of the project and an amount. This is known as a Secret Bid.

A contractor may make a bid on a project with a status of “Posted” by appending to the bidding area their bid. Bids in the bidding area are formatted in a comma delinated list and represented as XY, where X is the name of the bidder and Y is the amount. If the Y value of a bid is less than or equal to its Bidder’s Funds, then its a Valid Bid. This is known as a Public Bid.

A contractor may make both Secret and Public Bids on a project with a status of “Both”.

If favoring the well rested (https://blognomic.com/archive/favoring_the_well_rested ) has passed, change “If there is a tie, randomly choose from among the contractors that have the fewest number of contracted projects.” to

If there is a tie, randomly choose from the following criteria, stopping at the first contractor chosen: contractors that have made the lowest public bid and have the lowest number of contracted projects, contractors that have made the lowest secret bid and have the lowest number of contracted projects.

Otherwise change it to

If there is a tie, randomly choose from the following criteria, stopping at the first contractor chosen: contractors that have made the lowest public bid, contractors that have made the lowest secret bid.

Change the status of all projects to Secret

Add a rule with the following text

At any time the Great Eccentric may perform the following atomic action:
*set the status of any projects that have no bids on them to either Posted or Both
*set the status of a Secret project with bids on it to Both if there is at least 2 other Secret projects with bids on them
*remove this rule from the ruleset

Much Larger than the Pyramids

https://blognomic.com/archive/much_larger_than_the_pyramids

I gazed up at the pyramids towering above me. They weren’t the largest structures ever built. I’d commissioned larger ones myself, even before reaching my current status and power. Yet there was something special about these 4 millenia old structures. Something inspiring.

“Did you know the egyptians weren’t the first civilization?” My voice startles my assistant, and she looks around nervously to see if I’m offending any locals: it would make the news.

“We actually aren’t sure who is first. We remember egypt because of those. Because of the size and audacity of what they acomplished. Because they built big.”

“People talk about changing the world, but all they ever change is the attitudes of the people on it. I’m going to change it. Not with words and social programs, but with tractors and spaceships. I’ll control the weather. I’ll send colonists to mars. I’ll send them to the stars. I’ll build cities in space. I’ll build them underwater.”

I gaze back up at the pyramids “And no one will ever forget me.”

“Where are you going to find someone who can build a city in space?” My assistant asks.

I smile “Oh, I know some people who could do it, given enough money”

Change Dungeon Master to “Great Eccentric” and “Adventurer” to “Contractor”. All special rules are active.