Building Blocks

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Building Blocks

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The Core Rule Dormancy is flavour text.

Everyone’s Playing

For the purposes of all dynastic and Building Blocks rules, the Publisher is a Storyteller.

Malign Emperors

If “Mantle Passing” is active, the Publisher may be recipient of the Mantle as if they were a Storyteller. The Publisher may not cast a vote of VETO on any Proposal whose effect is limited to the dynastic rules or gamestate; any such vote is disregarded for the purposes of proposal resolution. The Publisher may not use the rule “Official Posts” to move posts into the proposal category.

If there is a Building Block rule called No Private Communication then any Storyteller may remove this rule from the ruleset.

No Private Communication

Storytellers may not privately communicate with each other about dynastic gameplay or votable matters that affect the dynastic ruleset or gamestate. Private communications are considered to be anything that any other Storyteller could not reasonably be privy to, perceive, or understand. Discussion conducted in plain English on the BlogNomic wiki and blog, and the #current-dynasty, #blognomic-general and #new-player-questions-and-mentorships Discord channels, are not considered to be private communication. Idle Storytellers (or people who are not yet Storytellers) also face the same restrictions if they intend to become an active Storyteller during the course of the dynasty. The use of creative strategies to circumvent this rule may be considered to be a scam for the purposes of determining whether an infraction of Fair Play has taken place.

A mentor and mentee may still privately converse with each other, but should keep their conversations away from discussing specific gameplay strategy. This rule’s restrictions on communication do not apply during an Interregnum. The restrictions in this rule on communication in non-blognomic-related media shall not be construed as to cause those media to be gamestate.

If information which was not allowed to be discussed is still privately discussed, the Storytellers who were part of the conversation should make a post to the blog disclosing what information was discussed as their earliest convenience.

Mantle Passing

During an Interregnum, the new Publisher may Pass the Mantle by making a post naming an Storyteller who was not the last dynasty’s Publisher; the passing Storyteller then ceases to be the Publisher and the Storyteller so named becomes the Publisher.

Declared Alliances

Each Storyteller may have an Alliance, which is publicly tracked, and consists of the distinct names of no more than two other Storytellers; a Storyteller's Alliance defaults to an empty set. A Storyteller may change their Alliance as a daily action.

If “Mantle Passing” is not active, and if a Storyteller has achieved victory in this dynasty, has posted a Declaration of Victory which has been enacted, and did not change their Alliance for at least the 48 hours immediately prior to the posting time of their Declaration of Victory: then that Storyteller may pass the Mantle to a Storyteller (as if “Mantle Passing” were active) who was named in their Alliance at the posting time of their Declaration of Victory.

If “No Private Communication” is active, it does not apply to communications between Storytellers who each have the other’s names in their Alliance.

Event Types

An Event is an official post that meets a type definition in the dynastic rules, if and only if that type definition is specified as defining a type of Event; the type definition must include the following:

  • A type name, such as “Auction” or “Quest”. A post with the Event type’s name as a tag is an Event of that type, provided it was (legally) posted while the type had a complete definition.
  • A Response Format, the format by which a comment on that type of Event is classified as a Response for that Event. While other comments are allowed on an Event, only those comments which conform to its type’s Response Format are officially considered Responses. Whether or not a comment is currently considered a Response may change according to circumstances, but comments submitted on an Event while it is Ended can never be considered Responses.

An Event type definition may also optionally stipulate:

  • Creation Condition(s). Unless they are met, an Event of that type may not be posted. They may include a format for the body of the post.
  • Ending Condition(s). Unless they are met, an Open Event of that type may not be Ended.
  • Ending Action(s). A Storyteller (or the Publisher) must do these when they End an Open Event of that type.

An Event is either Open or Ended, defaulting to Open. Except as otherwise specified, any Storyteller (or the Publisher) may post or may End an Event. To End an Event is to make it Ended by submitting a comment on that post saying it is Ended or is being Ended, and then immediately taking its Ending Action(s), if any. Once an Event has been Ended, it may not become Open again, nor may it be Ended again.


A Bounty Notice is a post in the Story Posts - Votable Matter category which broadly requests a single mechanical or ruleset change. Despite its category, it is not a votable matter and any votes on it are ignored. A Bounty Notice may be Open or Closed being Open by default and being Closed when set to the ‘Enacted’ or ‘Failed’ status in the post backend. The Enacted Status should be used for successfully completed Bounty Notices, while Failed should be used for ones that were closed for any other reason

The Publisher may post a Bounty Notice, or close an open Bounty Notice, at any time.

If a Bounty Payout action is not defined in the dynastic rules, then the Bounty Payout action is that nothing happens.

If the Publisher believes that one or more enacted votable matters satisfy the demand of an open Bounty Notice, then they may apply the Bounty Payout action to each Storyteller (other than the Publisher) who authored at least one of those votable matters and set that Bounty Notice to closed.


If they have not already done so in the current dynasty, A Storyteller may make a post to the blog announcing that they are Reinitialising; if they do so then they must immediately set all of their gamestate tracked values to their defaults for new players, and if the Publisher is privately tracking any information about them then they should do likewise at their first opportunity. When a Storyteller has Reinitialised, they are considered to have undertaken no actions in this dynasty for the purposes of determining the validity of limited actions taken after the Reinitialisation, except for the action of Reinitialising itself.

Virtual Actions

A Virtual Action is a type of action that the Publisher performs on behalf of a Storyteller. A Storyteller may initiate a virtual action by privately communicating to the Publisher their request to do so, along with any additional information needed to carry it out. The Publisher shall resolve the Virtual Action by performing the following Atomic Action:

  1. Determine whether the Virtual Action fails (if it does not fail, it is successful).
  2. If the action is successful, apply any specified effects on the gamestate and/or perform any specified actions on behalf of the Storyteller.

If a Virtual Action fails, the Publisher should tell the Storyteller why. A virtual action may fail for any of these reasons:

  • Some requirements/prerequisites to perform the action are not met.
  • The request does not contain all the information needed to resolve the action.
  • The request is unintelligible, or too vague to interpret unambiguously.
  • It would require the Publisher to do something they cannot do.
  • Any other reason specified by the action itself.

Except where otherwise stated by the ruleset, the Publisher must resolve all virtual actions in the order that they are received. A virtual action is considered to have occurred at the time it was resolved.

Until a virtual action is resolved, it is pending. A Storyteller may cancel a pending Virtual Action by privately communicating to the Publisher their request to do so.

No Cooperation

In this dynasty, Storytellers are expected to avoid co-operating to effect Victory, except through the use of co-operative mechanisms defined in the Dynastic rules, any activities carried out as part of a Mentorship, and the posting of votable matters and casting of votes. The Mentor clause that a Mentor and mentee “may work together to achieve victory” does not apply in this dynasty.

Idle Storytellers are considered to be Storytellers for the purposes of this rule.

If a Storyteller feels that another Storyteller has gone against this expectation in some way during the current dynasty, then they are encouraged to vote against all DoVs from that Storyteller during that dynasty. If a Storyteller feels that a DoV has come about as a result of one or more other Storytellers making a sincere attempt to ‘kingmake’ for the Declarant, even if the author of the DoV was not a party to that cooperation, then they are encouraged to vote against it. This overrules the encouragement to vote according to the perception of a victory in the rule “Victory in Ascension”.