The Fascist Game - results of Game 2

This is the log of the second run of The Fascist Game.

Proposals and decisions


Proposal 1

Date: Mon, 1 Aug 94 14:45:01 GMT
Proposer: Jeff Linthicum
Salutation: None.
Proposal: Only rules whose numbers are multiples of 3 may contain any punctuation other than commas and periods.
Decision: Ignored.
Reason: Insolent dogs who can't address their Emperor properly do not deserve my attention. [Rule 14]
Score: 0 points.
Total: 0 points.

Proposal 2

Date: Tue, 2 Aug 94 08:55:48 GMT
Proposer: Pierre-Yves Lochou
Salutation: O dear Master, I have a humble proposition for a rule
Proposal: Any proposal done by a player whose name begins with a 'L' or a 'P' will be refused.
Decision: Accepted as Rule 25.
Decision: Rejected, as your own name begins with a 'P'. Reason: Rule 25.
Score: 1 point.
Total: 1 point.

Proposal 3

Date: Tue, 2 Aug 94 10:21:36 GMT
Proposer: Per Abrahamsen
Salutation: Most Unlikely Emperor
Proposal: I propose Per Abrahamsen is not given 19 bonus points for abusing rule 25.
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: Rule 25. Per is to be subjected to 19 lashes by The Sadistic Gaoler for his foolish attempt to win by paradox. The only winners in this game earn their reward by good, honest spotting of spelling mistakes. (Lash^19!).
Score: 1 point.
Total: 1 point.

Proposal4

Date: Tue, 2 Aug 94 13:12:12 GMT
Proposer: Jon Care
Salutation: Oh Mighty Emperor, before who we are but toe-clippings of life
Proposal: All new players wishing to join the game must submit a proposal.
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: Since the only interaction between players and "The Game" is via proposals, any new player who didn't submit a proposal would be having a very boring (not to mention unacknowledged) game.
Score: 1 point.
Total: 1 point.

Proposal 5

Date: Tue, 2 Aug 94 17:41:33 GMT
Proposer: James Huggins
Salutation: Oh most royal personage, consider my rule proposal
Proposal: Any proposal from a player whose name has the same number of letters as the Imperious Emperor shall receive one bonus point, regardless of its eventual treatment by the Imperious Emperor.
Decision: Accepted as Rule 26.
Score: 3 points.
Total: 3 points.

Proclamation 6

The Imperious Emperor decrees that, since rules are now appearing which discriminate between players, players should be allowed to adopt pseudonyms of their choice, as many as they like per game, but points will be kept separate for each pseudonym. Ie. if John Smith has 2 pseudonyms, Fred X and Jim Y, and submits a proposal which is accepted under each pseudonym, the score board will show that Fred X and Jim Y each have 3 points, not that John Smith has 6 points. Of course, players may continue to enter under their real names.
Enacted as Rule 27.

Proposal 7

Date: Wed, 3 Aug 94 13:41:25 GMT
Proposer: Olivier MarcÚ
Salutation: Light of our days, here is my proposal
Proposal: As mentioned during the previous game, all rules which discriminates or advantages a player, and not based on the proposed rules or the score of these player is a deep insult made thrown to the face to our Sublime Emperor : only Him can decide to discriminate or advantage a player by this way.
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: The Imperious Emperor considers it a deep insult to be ordered to overturn a law in this way. You have options: either change your identity or propose laws that disadvantage your competitors more than yourself. (The Imperious Emperor warns all players to be wary in this latter respect, however; He does not suffer great silliness lightly!)
Score: 1 point.
Total: 1 point.

Proposal 8

Date: Wed, 3 Aug 94 15:21:13 GMT
Proposer: James Huggins
Salutation: Oh most glorious emperor, hear my plea for this proposed rule
Proposal: The Humble Scribe shall note in the current state of play the last date on which the state of play was changed.
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: The Emperor does not concern himself with matters of administration.
Score: 1 point.
Total: 4 points.

Proposal 9

Date: Sun, 7 Aug 94 22:34:15 GMT
Proposer: Piper Jackson
Salutation: To the Imperious Emperor, who is the Heart and Soul of the Universe's existence
Proposal: In homage to the Imperious Emperor, all new proposals must begin with the letter i and end with the letter e.
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: Far too banal!
Score: 1 point.
Total: 1 point.

Proposal 10

Date: Mon, 8 Aug 94 15:01:19 GMT
Proposer: Jon Care
Salutation: Oh most effulgent Emperor, whose plangent utterings illuminate the souls of thy subjects
Proposal: Any proposal that does not increase the happiness of the emperor's subjects (in the judgement of the emperor) will be rejected.
Decision: Accepted as Rule 28.
Score: 3 points.
Total: 4 points.

Proposal 11

Date: Tue, 9 Aug 94 11:13:30 GMT
Proposer: Huw Morris
Salutation: Ineffable mighty one, hear my plea for a proposal, even though my thoughts are as inconsequential to you as a Guatemalan warthog's
Proposal: Any player whose proposal is rejected should have to submit a limerick or 4 line couplet expressing the extent of your glory.
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: I don't know what a couplet is, so I rejected this proposal. Don't use long words to your Emperor.
Score: 1 point.
Total: 1 point.

Proposal 12

Date: Wed, 10 Aug 94 08:19:08 GMT
Proposer: Riff Raffer
Salutation: My liege lord, who lights the dark cosmos with his wisdom, yae even brighter than the Usenet Oracle, I beg of thee: hear my proposal
Proposal: Lest any player become careless and inattentive to The Imperious Emperor, allow me to propose that players make a new proposal within two weeks of their previous proposal. Players who fail to make a new proposal in time shall forfeit half their points, rounded up. Addendum: Players who fail to propose a new rule within four weeks forfeit their lives and are removed from play.
Decision: Accepted as Rule 29.
Score: 4 points (1 for name - awarded following Report 14).
Total: 4 points.

Proposal 13

Date: Thu, 11 Aug 94 19:46:39 GMT
Proposer: Philadelphia DeJesus
Salutation: His Royal Highness, Walker Between Worlds
Proposal: Any proposal including a specific reference to an individual letter or letters will be ignored.
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: All proposals are are composed entirely of specific references to individual letters. Acceptance of this rule would lead to ignoring all other proposals.
Score: 1 point.
Total: 1 point.

Report 14

Reporter: Riff Raffer
Salutation: Most Glorious Emperor, whose holdings stretch from Thule to Land of the Rising Sun
Report: I regret to point out an error, The scribe appears to have mistyped my score, for by Rule 26, a ten letter name gains one extra point. Please instruct the scribe to correct his error.
Decision: Accepted.
Score: 2 points.
Total: 6 points.

Proposal 15

Date: Fri, 12 Aug 94 09:32:05 GMT
Proposer: Huw Morris
Salutation: Oh, Gracious One, who commands the very forces of nature
Proposal: Sire, in the interests of game simplicity, and in order to increase player happiness, I respectfully request that rule 22 be struck from the statute book.
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: If its game simplicity you're after, try the online TIC-TAC-TOE!
Score: 1 point.
Total: 2 points.

Proposal 16

Date: Mon, 15 Aug 94 11:18:48 GMT
Proposer: Ten Letters
Salutation: Oh Imperious Emperor who art above us all
Proposal: I propose that The Humble Scribe record which of the remaining rules was the last to earn its proposer an extra point due to Rule 21.
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: The Humble Scribe is overworked enough as it is!
[Thank you, Your Hugemungousness. THS]
Score: 2 points (1 for name).
Total: 2 points.

Proposal 17

Date: Mon, 15 Aug 94 11:24:32 GMT
Proposer: Ten Letters
Salutation: Lo, Emperor of supreme Imperiousness whose merest shadow leaves us in awe
Proposal: As there are not yet any palindromic rules, I propose that Rule 19 be modified so that if either the rule OR the salutation is in the form of a palindrome, that the bonus points be awarded. If BOTH are palindromic, that great event should still only be worth 5 bonus points.
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: It is not the actual rule that has to be a palindrome, just the proposal. The Humble Scribe is responsible for transcibing the pigeon english most people seem to submit into the glorious prose you get to see. As for the allegation that there have been no palindromic responses, I advise you to seek out the origins of Rule 24 in Game 1, and I expect you to show due respect when you have!

It may be difficult, but can be done and we are talking about 5 whole points!
Score: 2 points (1 for name).
Total: 4 points.


Proposal 18

Date: Mon, 15 Aug 94 11:30:01 GMT
Proposer: Ten Letters
Salutation: He whose smile makes the sun rise, and whose whim causes giants to tremble, please consider must most unworthy proposal
Proposal: That I be appointed as Acting Sadistic Gaoler until it comes to pass that the Official Sadistic Gaoler is appointed, and that this appointment be recorded appropriately in the rules by The Humble Servant. I would be happy to submit suitable references if your grace desires.
Decision: Ignored.
Reason: Rule 12.
Score: 1 point (for name).
Total: 5 points.

Report 19

Date: Mon, 15 Aug 94 11:49:13 GMT
Reporter: Ten Letters
Salutation: Oh King of kings, Oh Lord of Lords, He shall reign forever and ever more, hallelujah
Report: I hate to point it out, but the scribe has spelled "receive" wrongly in "GMT last proposal was recieved". Doesn't he have a dictionary?
Decision: Accepted.
Warning: Watch it with the puns - the day may come when the whim takes me to arm The Humble Scribe, and then his retribution will be dire indeed!
[Lick! Lick! Grovel, Grovel, Your Superlativeness. THS]
Score: 2 points.
Total: 7 points.

Proposal 20

Date: Mon, 15 Aug 94 11:54:47 GMT
Proposer: Ten Letters
Salutation: Oh, Ho! Dude who is much greater than that B1WFF bloke. Yo!
Proposal: I don't reckon no dudes should be allowed to call themselves just "L". That'd be unrighteous. I propose, 'n all that guff, that there be a new rule. "Name? No `L' alone, man!" That'd cheer the guys up and be totally awesome.
Decision: Ignored.
Reason: Rule 12 (Again - this game is solely concerned with rules - it may help to read the existing ones occasionally!)
Score: 1 point (for name).
Total: 8 points.

Rule 29 half forfeit

Date: Tue, 16 Aug 94 08:55:48 GMT
Pierre-Yves Lochou loses one point.
Total: 0 points.

Rule 29 half forfeit

Date: Tue, 16 Aug 94 10:21:36 GMT
Per Abrahamsen loses one point, leaving no points.
Total: 0 points.

Proposal 21

Date: Mon, 15 Aug 94 18:30:48 GMT
Proposer: Bob Steinke
Salutation: Oh great imperious one whose wisdom surpasses all our understanding
Proposal: I propose to amend rule 16 so that its last phrase reads: "So long as this does not change the specific set of words of said proposal."
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: See reference to pigeon english earlier [Proposal 17]. The Humble Scribe performs an essential duty and should not be hampered in his noble deeds.
[Awe, truly this man is the Son of Gawd, THS]
Score: 2 points (1 for name).
Total: 2 points.

Report 22

Date: Tue, 16 Aug 94 22:37:54 GMT
Reporter: Philadelphia DeJesus
Salutation: Overlord of The Civet Mines, Lord of the Aleph
Report: Proposals 17, 18 and 20 by Ten Letters were decided upon in violation of rule number twelve, as they are all preceded by non-ignored proposals by the same source.
Decision: Accepted.
Comment: You get your 2 points - I made a mistake! Ten letters keeps his points - call it an act of god!
Score: 2 points.
Total: 3 points.

Proposal 23

Date: Wed, 17 Aug 94 10:21:43 GMT
Proposer: Huw Morris
Salutation: My liege, at whose feet I prostrate myself
Proposal: Your excellency, I propose that the first three proposals to contain every letter of the alphabet be awarded a bonus of three points.
Decision: Accepted as Rule 30
Score: 3 points.
Total: 5 points.

Rule 29 half forfeit

Date: Wed, 17 Aug 94 13:41:25 GMT
Olivier MarcÚ loses one point.
Total: 0 points.

Rule 29 half forfeit

Date: Wed, 17 Aug 94 15:21:13 GMT
James Huggins loses two points.
Total: 2 points.

Proposal 24

Proposer: David Lodge
Salutation: Oh great one who's toenail clippings we are not worther to chew (with tomato sauce of course :)
Proposal: Every person who submits a proposal must wear a Tea Cozy on his head.
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: My subjects are free to indulge in whatever fetishes they care for, but should not attempt to impose their own deviences on others.
Score: 2 points (1 for name).
Total: 2 points.

Proposal 25

Date: Thu, 18 Aug 94 14:03:49 GMT
Proposer: David Lodge
Salutation: Look, listen t'proposal an' I'll gie you a pint.
Proposal: That everybody type in t'Monty Python Yorkshire style. Aye lad.
Decision: Ignored.
Reason: Rule 12.
Score: 1 point (for name).
Total: 3 points.

Report 26

Date: Thu, 18 Aug 94 14:07:27 GMT
Reporter: David Lodge
Salutation: vast prostrations and kissing of the heavenly feet
Report: Sorry, but Scribe has made a mistake: in the list of scores he's listed the person with 5 points (ten letters) after the people with 4 points.
Decision: Accepted.
Score: 2 points.
Total: 5 points.

Proposal 27

Date: Thu, 18 Aug 94 16:26:15 GMT
Proposer: Peter Zeller
Salutation: Dear highly exalted emporer
Proposal: I would like to propose that any submission that is accepted and has more vowels than consonants gets an extra 3 points, unless, of course, their are no words with at least three consecutive vowels.
Decision: Accepted as Rule 31.
Score: 3 points.
Total: 3 points.

Report 28

Date: Thu, 18 Aug 94 21:07:08 GMT
Reporter: Harla Quinn
Salutation: O Gloriously Perverse Philosopher-King
Report: Allow me to propose that either The Humble Scribe be given ten strokes of the lash (light ones) for transcribing "pidgin English" as "pigeon English", or else that Your Imperiousness should supply each of your subjects with a suitably trained pigeon.
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: In my kingdom the pigeons actually do talk in pidgin english, so either phrase is equally appropriate.
Score: 0 points.
Total: 0 points.

Proposal 29

Date: Thu, 18 Aug 94 23:03:37 GMT
Proposer: Philadelphia DeJesus
Salutation: Oh magnificent weaver of webs
Proposal: I propose that we eat spam on Fridays.
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: Everyone already does eat spam on fridays, so your proposal carries zero information content.
Score: 1 point.
Total: 4 points.

Proposal 30

Date: Thu, 18 Aug 94 23:07:21 GMT
Proposer: Philadelphia DeJesus
Salutation: Oh one who is wired and snapped
Proposal: I propose that those statements which pertain to the betterment of the men of Fascist be rewarded with quantities of spam.
Decision: Ignored.
Reason: Rule 12.
Score: 0 points.
Total: 4 points.

Proposal 31

Date: Thu, 18 Aug 94 23:10:06 GMT
Proposer: Philadelphia DeJesus
Salutation: To the keeper of the sacred chao
Proposal: I propose that any player whose proposals create a paradox should recieve a bonus of five points.
Decision: Ignored.
Reason: Rule 12.
Score: 0 points.
Total: 4 points.

Proposal 32

Date: Fri, 19 Aug 94 02:55:36 GMT
Proposer: Chaos Maker
Salutation: O fascist dictator, slayer of innocents, scourge upon the face of the earth
Proposal: Regeln die in einer Fremdsprache (mit ▄bersetzung) vorgeschlagen werden, erhalten 2 Bonus-Punkte. Translation: Rules which are proposed in a foreign language (with translation) shall receive 2 bonus points.
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: What is a foreign language? Every language is foreign to someone, and hence all possible submissions in all possible languages would have to receive a bonus under your rule.
Score: 2 points (1 for name).
Total: 2 points.

Proposal 33

Date: Fri, 19 Aug 94 07:10:33 GMT
Proposer: Fox for hire
Salutation: Oh lord of most excellent and confusing wisdom
Proposal: I would like to propose that the Sadistic Gaoler should hereafter be referred to as Barney, in the interests of lessening the fright of his name for the common people.
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: Barney is a far, far more terrifying name than TSG!
Score: 2 points (1 for name).
Total: 2 points.

Report 34

Date: Sat, 20 Aug 94 03:31:42 GMT
Reporter: kiyoko aoki
Salutation: oh dear emperor
Report: I do believe that one of the proposals made and accepted in the first game is not included in the current rules. The propsal that a player who has a prime number of points shall receive a bonus point.
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: This proposal was accepted as a one off instantiation of a rule by the then Emperor's strict adhesion to the letter of the law. While we may now look back with a certain amount of nostalgia on proposals of this calibre, the rulings of our precursors must still stand.
Score: 0 points.
Total: 0 points.

Rule 29 half forfeit

Date: Sun, 21 Aug 94 22:34:15 GMT
Piper Jackson loses one point.
Total: 0 points.

Proposal 35

Date: Mon, 22 Aug 94 12:12:29 GMT
Proposer: James Huggins
Salutation: Most great leader, I fall upon my knees and beg for merciful consideration of my proposal.
Proposal: The Imperious Emperor may place any player on inactive status if requested. Any player on inactive status is exempted from rule 29. A player on inactive status will be returned to active status upon submission of any proposal or after one month, whichever is shorter.
Decision: Accepted as Rule 32.
Score: 3 points.
Total: 5 points.

Rule 29 half forfeit

Date: Mon, 22 Aug 94 15:01:19 GMT
Jon Care loses two points.
Total: 2 points.

Proposal 36

Date: Mon, 22 Aug 94 16:41:26 GMT
Proposer: Faisal Jawdat
Salutation: Oh most Beneficient Emperor, whose mere gaze brings happiness and light to his most depressed and despairing servant, and that would also bring happiness and light to his most downtrodden citizens, but for the fact that the Grace of His Own Greatness has raised his most loyal subjects into hitherto unheard of heights of Utopian Existance
Proposal: I humbly propose that your loyal subjects are not getting enough fruit in their diet, and thus, all subjects should commit themselves to engaging in a healthy breakfast including fruit every morning, and further, that all proposals should henceforth be accompanied by a description of the fruit in question, such as the delicious nectarine I enjoyed this morning.
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: Too silly.
Score: 1 point.
Total: 1 point.

Proposal 37

Date: Tue, 23 Aug 94 01:20:13 GMT
Proposer: Riff Raffer
Salutation: Glorious Fascist Ruler, our just and magnanimous Lord, please hear my proposal
Proposal: A glorious rule for the future: A player may sacrifice himself and his score in a worthy cause, and donate his score to another player. The sacrificing player's score is reset to zero. In order for a sacrifice to be considered worthwhile the player must have submitted at least one proposal and have had it accepted by the Glorious Emperor. This prevents players from submitting twenty frivolous proposals under different aliases to waste the Emperors time.
Decision: Accepted as Rule 33.
Score: 4 points (1 for name).
Total: 10 points.

Proposal 38

Date: Tue, 23 Aug 94 12:37:36 GMT
Proposer: AndersMohn
Salutation: Oh high master of rules of democratic anarchistic paradoxal insanity. Consider this proposal from an unworthy wimp
Proposal: Any proposal that refers to an old proposal that proposes a change of the same rules as the new proposal should be ignored if they do not refer to a proposal to change a rule that came out of a proposal containg ecactly 2/3 of the number of letters of the new proposal.
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: Far too complicated for both myself and most of my loyal subjects.
Score: 2 points (1 for name).
Total: 2 points.

Proposal 39

Date: Thu, 25 Aug 94 21:55:46 GMT
Proposer: Kielpinski
Salutation: O great Lord of All, whose magnanimity surpasses the power of human apprehension
Proposal: I submit that all proposals be limited to 19 words length, so as to increase The Emperor's free time.
Decision: Accepted as Rule 34.
Score: 4 points (1 for name).
Total: 4 points.

Report 40

Date: Fri, 26 Aug 94 14:10:07 GMT
Reporter: Natty Dread
Salutation: Oh great and all powerful emperor, before whom we are all as naught
Report: I regret to imform you that your Humble Scribe has made not one but two mistakes in his recording of your mighty proclamations. In proposals 17 and 21, he wrote "pigeon english". Surely he should have written "pidgin english"?
Decision: Ignored.
Reason: See Report 28.
Score: 0 points.
Total: 0 points.

Report 41

Date: Fri, 26 Aug 94 17:58:34 GMT
Reporter: Fairy Queen
Salutation: Greetings to my favorite emperor
Report: Your fairy queen is here to report that Proposals 16, 18, 20 and 21 should have been awarded an extra point because proposers had ten letter names.
Decision: Accepted.
[Scores corrected. THS] Score: 2 points.
Total: 2 points.

Proposal 42

Date: Sun, 28 Aug 94 14:29:47 GMT
Proposer: bloooojack
Salutation: Greetings to the most high and exalted Emperor, and all Glory to his Name!
Proposal: Any proposal designed to benefit only its own author shall be rejected.
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: How can any proposal be evaluated on benefits which may or may not come to pass in the future? How do I know you have not designed this proposal to benefit only yourself? I am an Emperor, not a prophet!
Score: 2 points (1 for name).
Total: 2 points.

Rule 29 half forfeit

Date: Mon, 29 Aug 94 11:54:47 GMT
Ten Letters loses four points.
Total: 4 points.

Rule 29 half forfeit

Date: Mon, 29 Aug 94 18:30:48 GMT
Bob Steinke loses one point.
Total: 1 point.

Proposal 43

Date: Tue, 30 Aug 94 16:53:44 GMT
Proposer: duanew
Salutation: O Great and Powerful Emperor, do I send my greetings
Proposal: I would like to propose that we declare war on the Nomic game that calls itself Agora.
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: We are a peaceful nation, committed to excellence in the arts, not belligerent warmongers. Any more talk of war and I'll send the militia round to keep the peace.
Score: 1 point.
Total: 1 point.

Rule 29 half forfeit

Date: Wed, 31 Aug 94 10:21:43 GMT
Huw Morris loses three points.
Total: 2 points.

Proposal 44

Date: Wed, 31 Aug 94 15:26:41 GMT
Proposer: Jon Care
Salutation: Oh glorious Emperor, who's holiday sun-tan knows not of artificial tanning aids
Proposal: I propose that The Humble Scribe be armed, for the purpose of taking strong action against those subjects who ask "So how was your holiday then? Did you send us a postcard?"
Decision: Rejected (twice).
Reason: Improper salutation - I have not been on a holiday for two years - it is only Humble Scribes who can spare the time to go swanning off to god-forsaken corners of the globe. Us Emporers have to stay back to look after the pet vultures.
Score: 1 point.
Total: 3 points.

Proposal 45

Date: Wed, 31 Aug 94 17:49:45 GMT
Proposer: Valentinia
Salutation: Oh great and most noble Emperor, a supplicant before you kneels!
Proposal: I would dare propose a new rule, that those who preface their proposals with salutations which are, in the opinion of Your Exaltedness, unusually humble and therefore worthy be rewarded with one bonus point.
Decision: Accepted as Rule 36.
They'll have to be good though! (Better than yours, at any rate!)
Score: 4 points (1 for name).
Total: 4 points.

Proposal 46

Date: Wed, 31 Aug 94 19:30:17 GMT
Proposer: Bob Steinke
Salutation: Oh one for whom mere gods are as nothing
Proposal: In addition to the condition of one player reaching exactly twenty points the game shall also end if the action taken be the most imperious emperor on the most recent five proposals is reject, ignore, accept, reject, ignore.
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: The game ends when the game ends, and not before!
Score: 2 points (1 for name).
Total: 3 points.

Proposal 47

Date: Thu, 1 Sep 94 01:07:08 GMT
Proposer: Blob
Salutation: None.
Proposal: A player who has submitted two or more proposals, at least one of which was accepted, is called an "Experienced Player."
Decision: Accepted as Rule 37.
Score: 3 points.
Total: 3 points.

Proposal 48

Date: Thu, 1 Sep 94 10:54:14 GMT
Proposer: Ten Letters
Salutation: To my Imperious Emperor, our only provider of comfort in this otherwise harsh world
Proposal: The current cruel (but fair) punishment of the Humble Scribe leaves your people in terror. We must post a proposal within two weeks of our last proposal, and yet we cannot know the state of the rules when that proposal is accepted (for the latest proposals before ours have not been posted yet). We beg for your mercy, and hope that you will grant an exception from this rule to us during our hour of need. That is, I ask that you been lenient, and not deduct points for failing to post a proposal during the period that the Humble Scribe is away. I can only pray that this proposal itself is not thwarted by rules proposed after August 19 but before this very day.
Decision: Rejected.
You can always post proposals, stop moaning!
Score: 2 points (1 for name).
Total: 6 points.

News item 49

Date: Thu, 1 Sep 94 19:28:07 GMT
Reporter: duanew
Salutation: Oh Great and Powerful Emperor, I, your humble servant, have a report for you.
Report: The foul fiends of the Nomic game of Agora are plotting to Annex and otherwise take over Your Fair Game. I am at this time, attempting to slow these cretins down and will report from time to time.

Proposal 50

Date: Thu, 1 Sep 94 22:34:03 GMT
Proposer: Bret Indrelee
Salutation: Hail oh mighty Imperial Emperor
Proposal: I hereby propose that any player who has a first name begining with B and a last name begining with I receive 1 point each time a proposal is rejected.
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: The Emperor is fed up with proposals based on names, think of original proposals to win my favour!
Score: 1 point.
Total: 1 point.

Rule 29 half forfeit

Date: Thu, 1 Sep 94 23:10:06 GMT
Philadelphia DeJesus loses two points.
Total: 2 points.

Rule 29 half forfeit

Date: Fri, 2 Sep 94 07:10:33 GMT
Fox for hire loses one point.
Total: 1 point.

Proposal 51

Date: Sun, 4 Sep 94 06:00:53 GMT
Proposer: Mojo Eyelid
Salutation: O most benificent emperor, who art as a beacon to us and sometimes a guide, too
Proposal: I propose to outlaw the use of Monty Python routines as a function of any part of a proposed rule; while funny, Python now serves only as a crutch for those too lazy to make up their own jokes.
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: While a crutch, Python humour has, to a certain extent, become all pervading in today's humor, and since a line would have to be drawn, how do you define Python humour from non-Python humour, since all things derive from their precursors.
Score: 1 point.
Total: 1 point.

Proposal 52

Date: Sun, 4 Sep 94 20:18:03 GMT
Proposer: Grinsekatz
Salutation: Hi Boss
Proposal: A player may leave a proposal only if he is happier than he has been when leaving his last proposal. The Imperious Emperor judges the players happiness by his proposal.
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: What is happiness?
Score: 2 points (1 for name).
Total: 2 points.

Proposal 53

Date: Mon, 5 Sep 94 05:38:06 GMT
Proposer: A Groveller
Salutation: Most Gracious One!
Proposal: A proposal shall be accepted only if the proposer first utters 'Sret tuts rifre sopor peht fiyl nodet pecca ebllah slasoporpa enosu oicarg tsom'
Decision: Rejected.
It was worth a try I suppose!
Score: 2 points (1 for name).
Total: 2 points.

Proposal 54

Date: Mon, 5 Sep 94 15:34:35 GMT
Proposer: David Lodge
Salutation: Oh person to whom god (if there were such a thing as god - which there isn't :) is naught but an unfair imitation
Proposal: I propose, that any proposal whose time (ie. hours+minutes+seconds) is a prime number get a 5 point bonus.
Decision: Accepted as Rule 38.
Score: 4 points (1 for name).
Total: 9 points.

Proposal 55

Date: Mon, 5 Sep 94 15:36:12 GMT
Proposer: David Lodge
Salutation: Great one
Proposal: I propose that any proposal which uses the word "canonicallise" in its proper usage gains a bonus of 3 points.
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: I wouldnt recognise the correct usage if it bit me on the nose!
Score: 2 points (1 for name).
Total: 11 points.

Rule 29 half forfeit

Date: Mon, 5 Sep 94 16:41:26 GMT
Faisal Jawdat loses one point.
Total: 0 points.

Report 56

Date: Mon, 5 Sep 94 19:13:40 GMT
Reporter: Chaos Maker
Salutation: O fascist emperor, who strikes terror to the hearts of your humle subjects, etc., etc..
Report: I regretfully report that The Humble Scribe has taken leave of his senses during his long exile, leading him to neglect his duty in enforcing rule 26, and awarding a bonus to submitters of proposals whose names contain 10 letters (which incidentally includes myself). I humbly request strict enforcement of Rule 23.
Decision: Rejected.
Score: 0 points.
Total: 2 points.

Proclamation

The Imperious Emperor hereby repeals Rule 23 as it causes too much trouble for too little gain. The game ain't called Fascist for nothing.

Proposal 57

Date: Tue, 6 Sep 94 00:02:57 GMT (prime)
Proposer: A Groveller
Salutation: Quixotic Zephyr! King of Kings!
Proposal: I humbly submit that a proposal shall receive one extra point if the player genuinely identifies him or herself as a subject residing in the southern hemisphere. Your Antipodean Servant, A Groveller.
Decision: Rejected.
Not on your life!
Score: 7 points (1 for name, 5 for prime).
Total: 9 points.

Rule 29 half forfeit

Date: Tue, 6 Sep 94 01:20:13 GMT
Riff Raffer loses 5 points.
Total: 5 points.

Proposal 58

Date: Tue, 6 Sep 94 09:06:12 GMT
Proposer: Alexy Marce
Salutation: O powerful Toaster of the Planets!
Proposal: I propose that a report of a mistake made by THS will give the two extra points only if the proposal which has to be joined to the report is accepted. Any report without proposal or with a refused or rejected proposal make the player lose 2 points.
Decision: Accepted as Rule 39.
Additional: Reduce scores to a miniumum of zero. Read "refused" as "ignored". Reports must accompany proposals from now on. Score: 4 points (1 for name).
Total: 4 points.

Proposal 59

Date: Tue, 6 Sep 94 11:07:41 GMT (prime)
Proposer: Huw Morris
Salutation: Oh, most radiant wisdom dispensor
Proposal: I most humbly ask that, just this once, I be exempt from the loss of my points under rule 29. This is simply because, as The Humble Scribe was having his flesh burned, I was unable to tell whether my previous proposal would be rejected or not. I would have thought it to be the height of bad manners to submit a proposal not knowing the outcome of one's previous submittal.
(I think he means "submission", Your Effluence. [THS])
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: Rules iz Rules.
Score: 1 point.
Total: 3 points.

Proposal 60

Date: Tue, 6 Sep 94 13:38:09 GMT
Proposer: Matthew Bas
Salutation: Your Beneficient Municipalness
Proposal: I propose that those that seek the 1 point bonus from Rule 26 (either for themselves, or on behalf of others), by reporting that The Humble Scribe has failed to award it, should instead be penalised by 2 points for each proposal so reported; that this proposal should overrule Rule 23 should conflicts occur; and that this proposal be enforced retrospectively for the increased amusement of your other loyal subjects.
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: I might be a fascist Emperor, but I'm no goddamn nazi, boy!
Score: 2 points (1 for name).
Total: 2 points.

Report 61

Date: Tue, 6 Sep 94 14:03:52 GMT
Reporter: James Huggins
Salutation: O most gracious Emperor, hear my plea
Report: I beg to inform thee of an error made by thy humble servant, The Humble Scribe. The current rule state shows rules 30-32 in a single paragraph, as the Scribe has forgotten to place a paragraph marker after rules 30 and 31.
Score: -2 points (Rule 39).
Total: 3 points.

Proposal 62

Date: Wed, 7 Sep 94 05:22:55 GMT
Proposer: Ten Letters
Salutation: Oh Lord, whose arena of influence is even wider than that of WWW
Proposal: I ask that proposals ignored because of Rule 12 be once again brought to your excellency's attention once two other proposals have been accepted, so ye may re-evaluate their worth.
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: When I ignore, I ignore for keeps!
Score: 2 points (1 for name).
Total: 8 points.

Proposal 63

Date: Wed, 7 Sep 94 08:22:17 GMT (prime)
Proposer: A Groveller
Salutation: Lord of all that is fun!
Proposal: I humbly propose that if a players score falls below -2, the score is then set to 7. A Groveller from Down Under.
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: It's impossible for a players score to fall below 0, so this rule is entirely irrelevant.
Score: 2 points (1 for name).
Total: 11 points.

Proposal 64

Date: Wed, 7 Sep 94 15:04:50 GMT
Proposer: Richard Ecx
Salutation: Excellent Excellency, excelling in excellent excellence
Proposal: Your Excellency, I propose that the first proposal that claims to meet Rule 30 by stating that the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog be rejected.
Decision: Accepted, and therefore rejected.
Score: 8 points (1 for name, 3 for alphabet - 1st award).
Total: 8 points.

Proposal 65

Date: Wed, 7 Sep 94 16:04:34 GMT
Proposer: Olivier MarcÚ
Salutation: Hello
Proposal: What happens with our Glorious Emperor? The proposals fill the queue! I propose to suspend the game until the come-back of our King of the Kings, and mail to the players once the game restarts.
Decision: Rejected.
What a silly proposal. Even if the Emperor has been slightly tardy with his responses, a verdict on this response could only be possible once I had started responding again!
Score: 1 point.
Total: 1 point.

Proposal 66

Date: Thu, 8 Sep 94 09:34:39 GMT
Proposer: The Humble Scribe
Salutation: Your Empiricalness
Proposal: Points are taken to have been awarded at the time the proposal, rather than the decision, was made.
(This means scores can be calculated from the sequence of decisions and forfeits and decisions can be kept with proposals and need not be separately dated).
Decision: Accepted as Rule 35.
Score: 3 points.
Total: 3 points.

Proposal 67

Date: Thu, 8 Sep 94 12:34:46 GMT
Proposer: Ten Letters
Salutation: To He Who Controls Our Destinies With His Whim
Proposal: Players may, at any time, without effect to their score, submit a "point of order" to highlight illegitimacies.
Decision: Accepted as Rule 40.
Score: 4 points (1 for name).
Total: 12 points.

Point of Order 68

Date: Thu, 8 Sep 94 12:43:35 GMT
Reporter: Ten Letters
By Rule 22, a player on 10 points must only submit 20 word proposals. By Rule 34, a proposal of greater than 19 letters [words THS] will be ignored. By Rule 6, an ignored rule gets no points [unless you have a ten-letter name THS]. Hence, a person on 10 points cannot advance by proposing rules. The Imperious Emperor, in his great awesomeness, might like to clarify this situation to his confused subjects.

So what. Advance (or otherwise) by some other means. Or submit rules that help you in this respect. TIE.


Proposal 69

Date: Thu, 8 Sep 94 14:09:59 GMT
Proposer: The Humble Scribe
Salutation: O incandescent supernova of logic
Proposal: A new rule applies to all submissions numbered greater than or equal to its own proposal.
Comment: Just to make things more explicit.
Decision: Accepted as Rule 41.
Score: 3 points.
Total: 6 points.

Proposal 70

Date: Thu, 8 Sep 94 15:56:39 GMT
Proposer: Valentinia
Salutation: Oh Light of Lights, before whom the sun is as nothing, I beseech you to hear the prayer of one who is but as a mote in the eye of the smallest creature that crawls in the muck!
Proposal: In zealous pursuit of exacerbating injustice, do give one point to whoever makes a proposal containing Q and Y.
Decision: Accepted, but not as a rule.
Score: 7 points (3 for alphabet - 2nd award, 1 for QY).
Total: 11 points.

Proposal 71

Date: Thu, 8 Sep 94 17:14:16 GMT (prime)
Proposer: Jim Huggins
Salutation: Oh most gracious and wise Emperor, who treats his subjects with compassion and grace beyond measure, hear my carefully crafted proposal
Proposal: Name no 'L'? One, man!
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: Thwarted by my present dislike for name rules. The palindrome looked suspiciously familiar anyway.
Score: 2 points (1 for name).
Total: 5 points.

Proposal 72

Date: Thu, 8 Sep 94 17:36:29 GMT
Proposer: Bret Indrelee
Salutation: O great Imperious Emperor whose great wisdom and understanding cause him to support an increase in the education of his subjects
Proposal: Let any subject choose the number base that calculations are done in when evaluating the acceptability of a proposal.
Decision: Rejected.
Reason: Poppycock!
Score: 1 point.
Total: 2 points.

Proposal 73

Date: Fri, 9 Sep 94 04:07:42 GMT (prime)
Proposer: A Groveller
Salutation: Pharoah!
Proposal: No "S" in? Up me 2, Emp! Unison? Ha! Or a HP?
Decision: Accepted as Rule 42.
Despite grave doupts about HA OR A HP!
Score: 9 points (1 for name, 5 for palindrome).
Total: 20 points. THE WINNER!

Final scores

Congratulations to A Groveller for a spectacular finish.
  1. 20 A Groveller <damian@hparc7.aus.hp.com>
  2. 12 Ten Letters <julian@cs.uq.oz.au>
  3. 11 David Lodge <D.Lodge@uk03.wins.icl.co.uk>
  4. 11 Valentinia <kbryant@fas.harvard.edu>
  5. 8 Richard Ecx <stadt@cs.utwente.nl>
  6. 6 The Humble Scribe <dbh@doc.ic.ac.uk>
  7. 5 Riff Raffer <mogens@cs.stanford.edu>
  8. 5 James Huggins <huggins@umich.edu>
  9. 4 Kielpinski <dkielpin@hep.uchicago.edu>
  10. 4 Alexy Marce <alf@lifac.ens-cachan.fr>
  11. 3 Peter Zeller <pzeller@doc.gov>
  12. 3 Jon Care <J.Care@swansea.ac.uk>
  13. 3 Bob Steinke <steinke@c3.lanl.gov>
  14. 3 Blob <s2119737@cse.unsw.edu.au>
  15. 3 Huw Morris <hm@rlssp1.bnsc.rl.ac.uk>
  16. 2 Chaos Maker <sburde@sorter.pathology.rochester.edu>
  17. 2 Philadelphia DeJesus <mdaum@fnalv.fnal.gov>
  18. 2 AndersMohn <andmo@aid.no>
  19. 2 Fairy Queen <angela@cyber.mn.org>
  20. 2 bloooojack <bluejack@omni.voicenet.com>
  21. 2 Grinsekatz <Heiner.Schorn@waldschrat.umu.se>
  22. 2 Matthew Bas <matthew@sa.rl.ac.uk>
  23. 2 Bret Indrelee <bret@winternet.com>
  24. 1 Mojo Eyelid <cgree01@emory.edu>
  25. 1 Fox for hire <foxen@netcom.com>
  26. 1 duanew <duanew@atlas.com>
  27. 1 Olivier MarcÚ <alf@lifac.ens-cachan.fr>
  28. 0 Natty Dread <np2@doc.ic.ac.uk>
  29. 0 Harla Quinn <medwards@astro.princeton.edu>
  30. 0 Faisal Jawdat <faisal@qks.com>
  31. 0 Piper Jackson <bj5i@musicb.mcgill.ca>
  32. 0 Per Abrahamsen <abraham@iesd.auc.dk>
  33. 0 Pierre-Yves Lochou <lochou@cnam.fr>
  34. 0 Jeff Linthicum <jlinthic@valhalla.cs.wright.edu>
  35. 0 kiyoko aoki <kiyoko@nwu.edu>
  36. 0 Richard ekx <stadt@cs.utwente.nl>
  37. 0 Ritchie Gere <stadt@cs.utwente.nl>
  38. 0 Don Blaheta <DBlaheta@aol.com>

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 Humble Scribe who will publish them and send them 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 20 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 Chris Walsh.

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. Repealed.

(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, otherwise 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.

25. Any proposal by a player whose name begins with an "L" or a "P" will be rejected. (Note - this rule is still in force despite having rejected itself - The Humble Scribe).

26. Any proposal from a player whose name has the same number of letters as the player who is The Imperious Emperor (ie. ten letters in this game) shall receive one bonus point, regardless of the proposal's eventual treatment by the Imperious Emperor.

27. A player's name shall be taken to be the name used when submitting a proposal or report. This may be the player's real name or a pseudonym. Each player may use any number of different pseudonyms during a game. Points will be awarded as though each name was a different player.

28. Any proposal that does not increase the happiness of The Imperious Emperor's subjects (in the judgement of The Imperious Emperor) will be rejected.

29. A player who fails to make a new proposal within two weeks of his previous proposal shall forfeit half his points (rounded up to a whole number). A player who fails to make a new proposal within four weeks forfeits their whole score. A proposal shall be judged to have been made at the time it was received by The Humble Scribe.

30. The first three proposals to contain every letter of the alphabet will be awarded a bonus of three points.

31. Any submission that is accepted and has more vowels than consonants and contains at least one word with at least three consecutive vowels gets an extra 3 points.

32. The Imperious Emperor may declare any player to be exempt from Rule 29 if requested. A player ceases to be exempt when he submits a proposal or after one month, whichever is sooner.

33. A player who has had at least one proposal accepted by The Imperious Emperor may donate his score to another player. The donor's score is reset to zero.

34. Proposals containing more than 19 words (excluding the salutation) will be ignored.

35. Points are taken to have been awarded at the time the proposal or report was submitted, rather than when the decision was made.

36. A player who prefaces his proposals with salutations which are, in the opinion of The Imperious Emperor, unusually humble and therefore worthy will receive one bonus point.

37. A player who has submitted two or more proposals, at least one of which was accepted, is called an "Experienced Player."

38. A player who submits a proposal with a time-stamp for which hour + minute + second is a prime number will get five bonus points.

39. A player who submits a proposal may, at the same time, report a mistake made by The Humble Scribe. If the proposal is accepted the player will get two bonus points for the report. If a player submits a report without a proposal or with an ignored or rejected proposal the player will lose two points or his whole score, whichever is less.

40. Players may, at any time, without effect to their score, submit a "Point of Order" to highlight illegitimacies.

41. A new rule applies to all submissions numbered greater than or equal to its own proposal.

42. No "S" in? Up me 2, Emp! Unison? Ha! Or a HP?