The Fascist Game - results of Game 1

This is the log of the first trial of The Fascist Game.

Proposals and decisions


Proposal 1

Proposer: Matt Parker
Proposal: The emperor may be overthrown if enough players wish it.
Decision: Rejected.
Score: 1 point.
Reason: Unclear. What are the implications of the Emperor being overthrown? How many players are enough?

Proposal 2

Proposer: Bryan Taylor
Proposal: The last player to make a propasal which was not ignored will be ignored until some other player makes a proposal which is not ignored.
Decision: Accepted.
Score: 3 points.

Proposal 3

Proposer: John Stafford-Langan
Proposal: No rule may be added to the game which discrimates between groups of players on any basis other than their game status. E.g. 1: No rule may be added which discriminates against a player with an E in their name. E.g. 2: A rule may exist which discrimates against all playes with an odd number of points.
Decision: Accepted.
Score: 3 points.

Proposal 4

Proposer: Dave Scruggs
Proposal: Any submissions from players with an even points total (score) must begin with a vowel (like this submission). The succeeding sentences and words are not so bound, and this proposal has no effect upon players with an odd points total.
Decision: Rejected.
Score: 1 point.
Reason: It is too easy to start a submission with a vowel.

Proposal 5

Proposer: Dave Scruggs
Proposal: Any players within three points of victory (17 pts or more) must have their proposals ignored until at least two other players have had decisions (e.g. an acceptance or a rejection) on proposals. If all players have totals within three points of victory, this rule is suspended.
Decision: Ignored.
Score: 0 points.
Reason: Rule 12.

Proposal 6

Proposer: Chris Walsh
Proposal: Any player whose current score is 10 points or more receives a deduction of 1 point for any proposal of his/hers which is rejected by the Imperious Emperor, instead of the customary accumulation of 1 point.
Decision: Accepted.
Score: 3 points.

Proposal 7

Proposer: Bryan Taylor
Salutation: Oh glorious one, here my proposal
Proposal: Any proposal which is not prefaced by an original phrase of tribute to the emporer will be ignored.
Decision: Accepted (despite the spelling).
Score: 3 points.

Proposal 8

Proposer: Olivier MarcÚ
Salutation: Magnificent Emperor, please hear my proposal
Proposal: The rule number 14 does not apply to any player for who the english langage is not his or her native langage
Decision: Rejected.
Score: 1 point.
Reason: Violates rule 13 (antidiscrimination).

Proposal 9

Proposer: Olivier MarcÚ
Salutation: Elysean Monarch, give attention to my words
Proposal: Any proposal made by a player with a score of 10 or more must have the same number of words than 30 minus the score.
Decision: Ignored.
Score: 0 points.
Reason: Rule 12.

Proposal 10

Proposer: Chris Walsh
Salutation: O thrilling, merciless swan!
Proposal: All proposals must end with a line from a Beatles song. She loves you, yeah! yeah! yeah!
Decision: Rejected.
Score: 1 point.
Reason: Too silly, even for this game.

Proposal 11

Proposer: Dave Scruggs
Salutation: Oh patient and tolerant Emperor
Proposal: Please award a five point bonus to any proposal in the form of a palindrome (a sentence which reads the same backwards as forwards). Palindrome example: "Able was I ere I saw Elba". The other rules are not waved for a palindrome, despite its difficulty.
Decision: Accepted.
Score: 3 points.

Proposal 12

Proposer: Sean Mattingly
Salutation: Oh most benificient Emperor whose nasal hair is like the downy softness of young goslings feathers.
Proposal: I propose that rule 10 be revised to state that a player must recieve exactly 20 points in order to win the game. If a player should surpass 20, their score would return to a value of 16.
Decision: Accepted.
Score: 3 points.

Proposal 13

Proposer: Joe Bliss
Salutation: Oh most glorious and esteemed emporer, hear my humble proposal and act kindly on its content.
Proposal: The player who submits the proposed rule that is the most original rule to be accepted to date will receive one bonus point for such originality.
Decision: Accepted.
Score: 3 points + 1 bonus point for originality - 1 point for misspelling "emperor".

Proposal 14

Proposer: Per Abrahamsen
Salutation: Most Imperious Emperor
Proposal: Rule 13 should be removed. It is an unreasonable limitation of your power, and removes the possibility for an aristocracy with some extra powers. Maybe even an adversary council. Think of the intrigues! Think of the fun!
Decision: Accepted (despite the feeble salutation).
Score: 3 points.

Proposal 15

Proposer: Bryan Taylor
Salutation: Emporer of infinite wisdom and merryment
Proposal: Players whose proposals demonstrate wanton ignorance of previous proposals should be penalized 1 point.
Decision: Rejected.
Score: 1 points.
Reason: Wanton ignorance of English. For misspelling my title again you are lucky I don't hang you by the URLs! Besides, deciding what constitutes "wanton ignorance of previous proposals" is too much work for a busy Imperious Emperor.

Proposal 16

Proposer: Bruce Thomas
Salutation: Oh large one!!!
Proposal: I propose all members must summit proposals will atleast one piece of under grament worn. You most unworthy
Decision: Rejected.
Score: 1 point.
Reason: It is unwise to take your proposal to a summit if your grament is worn out. I would have thought you would have known that, living in Australia.

Proposal 17

Proposer: Olivier MarcÚ
Salutation: Illistrious Suervisor, here is another humble proposal
Proposal: Any proposal made by a player with a score of 10 or more must have the same number of words than 30 minus the score. The preface does not count into the number of word.
Decision: Accepted.
Score: 3 points.

Proposal 18

Proposer: Chris Walsh
Salutation: I pour salutations upon you, my liege!
Proposal: I propose that any player submitting a proposal that has previously been submitted and ignored (whether that proposal was submitted by that player, or someone else) should also be ignored.
Decision: Rejected.
Score: 1 point.
Reason: The Imperious Emperor decides what to ignore.

Proposal 19

Proposer: Olivier MarcÚ
Salutation: Majestic Emperor, let my words be heard by you
Proposal: Any player who points out a mistake made by The Humble Scribe will gain 2 extra points.
Decision: Accepted.
Score: 3 points.

Report 20

Reporter: Olivier MarcÚ
Report: Don't forget to put <P> between rules paragrahs in 'fascist-rules.html', or better, use a <ol> list.
Decision: Accepted. (Lash, Lash, Argh, Oow.)
Score: 2 points.

Proposal 21

Proposer: Chris Walsh
Salutation: My cup runneth over with adoration for your soul, my shining commandant
Proposal: I propose that any person whose score is a prime number should receive a bonus of 1 point.
Decision: Accepted.
Score: 3 points.

Bruce Thomas, Matt Parker, Per Abrahamsen, Sean Mattingly, John Stafford-Langan, Joe Bliss and Bryan Taylor all get a one-off one point bonus. No rule change. (If that's not what you meant Chris, tough! Be more specific!)


Report 22

Reporter: Olivier MarcÚ
Salutation: King of the light and the darkness , I have to ask your attention
Report: In the rule 16, The Humble Scribe wrote "The The Humble Scribe".
Decision: Accepted.
Emperor: Fool! Can't even write your own name!
Gaoler: Lash! Chuckle.
Score: 2 points.

Proposal 23

Proposer: Chris Walsh
Salutation: GOD
Proposal: No `L' in? Nil on, dog!
Decision: Accepted as rule 24.
Score: 3 points + 5 point palindrome bonus.


Report 24

Reporter: Chris Walsh
Salutation: Oh exalted one!
Report: I believe that in Rule 19, you have spelled a word wrongly, sire. You say "waved" when I think you meant "waived".
Decision: Accepted. (Whack!)
Score: 2 points.

Proposal 25

Proposer: Olivier MarcÚ
Salutation: Greatest spirit of the mind
Proposal: Player proposal of low interest make him losing one point. Low interest of a proposal is decided by Emperor.
Decision: Accepted as rule .
Decision: Rejected.
Score: -1 point.
Reason: Uninteresting.

Report 26

Reporter: Chris Walsh
Salutation: Oh, most nubile and desirable monarch
Report: In rule 11 I think I have spotted another wrongly spelled word. You said "exiting" when you meant "existing" if you will pardon my outburst, sire!
Decision: Accepted. (Flay! Grind! Tear! Rend! Rip! Gnash! Spit! Curse!)
Score: 2 points.


Chris has won!

Final scores

  1. 20 Chris Walsh <christop@x.co.uk>
  2. 10 Olivier MarcÚ <alf@lifac.ens-cachan.fr>
  3. 8 Bryan Taylor <bwtaylor@math.berkeley.edu>
  4. 4 Dave Scruggs <scruggs@eecom.gatech.edu>
  5. 4 Joe Bliss <rips1@bphvax.biophysics.rochester.edu>
  6. 4 John Stafford-Langan <stafford@gfdvm2.vnet.ibm.com>
  7. 4 Sean Mattingly <sean@vxuwyz.cern.ch>
  8. 4 Per Abrahamsen <abraham@iesd.auc.dk>
  9. 2 Matt Parker <mdparke2@unity.ncsu.edu>
  10. 2 Bruce Thomas <mabht@graceland.levels.unisa.edu.au>

Final rules

1. The Imperious Emperor's decision is final.

2. Anyone can play.

3. Any player may propose any number of new rules or changes to existing rules at any time.

4. All proposals must be sent to The Imperious Emperor.

5. The Imperious Emperor will consider each new proposal submitted and decide whether to accept, reject or ignore it.

6. A player whose proposal is ignored will get no points.

7. A player whose proposal is rejected and whose score is less than ten points will get one point.

8. A player whose proposal is rejected and whose score is ten points or more will lose one point.

9. A player whose proposal is accepted will get three points.

10. A game ends when one player has exactly twenty points.

11. The Imperious Emperor may, at any time, modify or remove any existing rule or enact new rules in order to clarify or otherwise improve the game.

12. Any proposal from the last player to make a proposal which was not ignored will be ignored until some other player makes a proposal which is not ignored.

13. A rule may discriminate between players in any way.

14. Any proposal which is not prefaced by an original phrase of tribute to The Imperious Emperor will be ignored.

15. The Humble Scribe will publish via the World-Wide Web the current set of rules, the complete history of proposals and decisions and the current scores of all players.

16. The Humble Scribe may reword a proposal to clarify its meaning, so long as this does not change its meaning.

17. The Imperious Emperor is Denis Howe.

18. The Humble Scribe is Denis Howe.

19. A player who makes a proposal in the form of a palindrome (a sentence which reads the same backwards as forwards) will receive five bonus points in addition to the normal score but not if the proposal is ignored. The other rules are not waived for a palindrome.

20. Whenever a player's score exceeds 20 it is reduced to 16.

21. A player whose proposal is accepted and is judged by The Imperious Emperor to be the most original proposal so far will receive one bonus point.

22. Any proposal made by a player with a score of 10 or more must contain a number of words equal to 30 minus his score. The words in the salutation are not counted.

23. Any player may report a mistake made by The Humble Scribe. If The Imperious Emperor agrees that a mistake was made the player will get 2 points, otheriwse he will get nothing. The Humble Scribe will be lashed within an inch of his life by The Sadistic Gaoler for each mistake.

24. Any proposal not including the letter "L" will be ignored.