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Core Rules

Ruleset and Gamestate

This is the Ruleset for BlogNomic; all Princes shall obey it. Section One consists of the “core rules” of BlogNomic, covering basic proposal mechanics; Section Two contains the rules of the current dynasty; Section Three contains rules which apply in special cases; and Section Four contains the appendix, which exists solely to clarify the remainder of the ruleset.

The Ruleset and Gamestate can only be altered in manners specified by the Ruleset.

Princes may correct obvious spelling and typographical mistakes in the Ruleset and their own Pending Proposals at any time, including replacing Spivak and gender-specific pronouns with the singular “they”.

If the Ruleset does not properly reflect all legal changes that have been made to it, any Prince may update it to do so.


Any human may apply to join BlogNomic (if they are not already a Prince) by registering at via the Register link in the sidebar, and then making a post making clear their wish to be a Prince. An Admin shall add them to the roster in the sidebar and the GNDT, at which moment they become a Prince.

A Prince may cease to be a Prince at any time by posting an entry to the BlogNomic weblog requesting such an action. A human who has ceased to be a Prince in this way may not become a Prince again within the following two weeks. A Prince may only change their name as a result of a proposal approving the change.

Some Princes are Admins, responsible for updating the site and the Ruleset, and are signified as such in the sidebar. Princes who wish to become Admins may sign up with a username for the Ruleset Wiki, and submit a Proposal to make themselves Admins. Existing Admins may be removed from their posts by Proposal, CfJ, or voluntary resignation. New admins shall be given the GNDT configuration password when they become admins.

Idle Princes

Some Princes are Idle, and shall be marked as such in the sidebar. For the purposes of all Gamestate and the Ruleset, excluding Rules “Ruleset and Gamestate”, “Princes”, “Dynasties”, “Fair Play” and any of those Rules’ subrules, Idle Princes are not counted as Princes.

If a Proposal contains a provision that targets a specifically named Idle Prince, then that Idle Prince is considered to be Unidle solely for the purposes of enacting that specific provision

When a Prince is unidled, if they went Idle in the same dynasty, their personal gamestate retains the last legally endowed values it had, if they are still valid. Otherwise (including if a value is invalid, does not exist, or the Prince Idled in a different dynasty), the Prince is given the default value for new Prince, if such a value exists.

An Admin may render a Prince Idle if that Prince has asked to become Idle in an entry or comment from the past four days, or if that Prince has not posted an entry or comment in the last seven days. In the latter case, the Admin must announce the idling in a blog post. Admins may render themselves Idle at any time, but should announce it in a post or comment when they do so. An Admin may Unidle a Prince if that Prince has asked to become Unidle in an entry or comment from the past four days, and Idle Admins may Unidle themselves at any time, unless the Prince who would be Unidled asked to become (or rendered themselves) Idle within the previous four days, and within the current dynasty.

Admins who are unidling themselves should, in their first vote following each unidling, highlight their changed idle status and any changes to quorum to have come about as a result of it.


BlogNomic is divided into a number of Dynasties. Each Dynasty may be headed by a single Prince, known as the King. If there is no King, the Dynasty is a Metadynasty.

Votable Matters

A Votable Matter is a post which Princes may cast Votes on, such as a Proposal, a Call for Judgement or a Declaration of Victory.


Each Prince may cast one Vote on a Votable Matter by making a comment to the Official Post that comprises that Votable Matter using a voting icon of FOR, AGAINST, or DEFERENTIAL. Additional voting icons may be permitted in some cases by other rules. A valid Vote is, except when otherwise specified, a Vote of FOR or AGAINST. A Prince’s Vote on a Votable Matter is the last valid voting icon that they have used in any comment on that Votable Matter. Additionally, if the author of a Votable Matter has not used a valid voting icon in a comment to the post, then the author’s Vote is FOR. A non-Prince never has a Vote, even if they were a Prince previously and had cast a valid Vote.

If a Prince other than the King casts a vote of DEFERENTIAL, then the Vote of DEFERENTIAL is an indication of confidence in the King. When the King has a valid Vote other than VETO on a Votable Matter, then all votes of DEFERENTIAL on that Votable Matter are instead considered to be valid and the same as the King's Vote for the purposes of other rules unless otherwise specified.

A Votable Matter is Popular if any of the following are true:

  • It has a number of FOR Votes that exceed or equal Quorum.
  • It has been open for voting for at least 48 hours, it has more than 1 valid Vote cast on it, and more valid Votes cast on it are FOR than are AGAINST.

A Votable Matter is Unpopular if any of the following are true:

  • The number of Princes who are not voting AGAINST it is less than Quorum.
  • It has been open for voting for at least 48 hours is not Popular.

Enacting and Failing

Votable Matters can either be Pending, Enacted, or Failed. When a Votable Matter is first put forward, it is considered Pending.

Whenever an Admin resolves a Votable Matter, they must also mark their name, and report the final tally of Votes (or the fact that it was self-killed or vetoed). Comments cannot be made on Enacted or Failed Votable Matters.

This rule cannot be overruled by Dynastic Rules in its application to Calls for Judgement or Declarations of Victory.


Any Prince may submit a Proposal to change the Ruleset or Gamestate, by posting an entry in the “Proposal” category that describes those changes (unless the Prince already has 2 Proposals pending, or has already made 3 Proposals that day).

Special Proposal Voting

When a Prince casts a vote AGAINST their own Proposal (which is not in the form of a DEFERENTIAL vote), this renders the Proposal Self-Killed, even if the author later changes their Vote. The King may use VETO as a voting icon to cast a Vote on a proposal; when the King casts a vote of VETO on a Proposal, this renders the Proposal Vetoed, even if the King later changes their Vote.

Resolution of Proposals

The oldest Pending Proposal may be Enacted by any Admin (by updating the Ruleset and/or Gamestate to include the specified effects of that Proposal, and then setting that Proposal's status to Enacted) if all of the following are true:

  • It is Popular.
  • It has been open for voting for at least 12 hours.
  • It has not been Vetoed or Self-Killed.

The oldest Pending Proposal may be Failed by any Admin, if any of the following are true:

  • It is Unpopular.
  • It has been Vetoed or Self-Killed.

If a proposal somehow ends up being pending for more than 7 days, it is ignored for the purpose of calculating the oldest pending proposal, and can be failed by any Admin.

Calls for Judgement

If two or more Princes actively disagree as to the interpretation of the Ruleset, or if a Prince feels that an aspect of the game needs urgent attention, then any Prince may raise a Call for Judgement (abbreviated CfJ) by posting an entry in the “Call for Judgement” category.

A Pending CfJ may be Enacted by any Admin if all of the following are ture:

  • It is Popular.

A Pending CfJ may be Failed by any Admin if any of the following are true:

  • It is Unpopular.
  • It specifies neither changes to the Gamestate or Ruleset nor corrections to any gamestate tracking entities.

When a CfJ is Enacted, the Admin Enacting it shall update the Gamestate and Ruleset, and correct the GNDT and other gamestate tracking entities, as specified in the CFJ.

This Rule may not be overruled by Dynastic Rules.

Victory and Ascension

If a Prince (other than the King) believes that they have achieved victory in the current Dynasty, they may make a post to the Blognomic weblog in the Declaration of Victory category, detailing this.

Upon doing so, the game immediately goes into Hiatus, if it hasn’t already. During this time, the only game actions that may be taken are those covered by Rules “Princes”, “Votable Matters”, “Calls for Judgement”, “Gamestate Tracking” and “Victory and Ascension”.

Every Prince may cast Votes on that DoV to indicate agreement or disagreement with the proposition that the poster has achieved victory in the current Dynasty.

A Pending DoV may be Enacted by any Admin if any of the following is true:

  • It is Popular, it has been open for at least 12 hours, and either the King has Voted FOR it or it has no AGAINST Votes.
  • It is Popular, and it has been open for at least 24 hours.

A Pending DoV may be Failed by any Admin if any of the following are true:

  • It is Unpopular, and it has been open for at least 12 hours.

When a DoV fails and there are no pending DoVs, Hiatus ends.

When a DoV is enacted, all other pending DoVs are failed, and a new Dynasty begins with the Prince who made the DoV as its King. That Prince may pass this role to another Prince at this point by making a post to that effect, if they wish. The Hiatus continues until the new King makes an Ascension Address by posting an entry in the “Ascension Address” category - this should specify the King's chosen theme for the new Dynasty, and may optionally specify that the terms Prince and King will be replaced with theme-specific terms throughout the entire ruleset, and/or a number of dynastic rules to keep. Upon posting such an Ascension Address, the Ruleset is updated to reflect any changed terms, and any dynastic rules which were not listed to be kept are repealed.

A DoV may not be started in the period between an enacted DoV and that DoV’s Ascension Address. When a DoV is failed, if it had at least one AGAINST vote, the Prince who posted it cannot make another DoV until after 120 hours (5 days) have passed since the time their DoV was failed.

This rule cannot be overruled by Dynastic Rules as it relates to Declarations of Victory, but can be overruled in other matters.

Fair Play

The following are BlogNomic’s rules of fair play. If any of these rules are found to have been broken, or if a Prince's behaviour or actions are otherwise deemed unacceptable (socially or otherwise), a proposal or CfJ may be made to reprimand or punish the perpetrator or, in cases of extreme or repeated violations, remove them from the game and bar them from rejoining.

  • A single person should not control more than one non-Idle Prince within BlogNomic, and should announce publicly if they control both a non-Idle Prince and any Idle Princes.
  • A Prince should not “spam” the BlogNomic blog. What counts as spamming is subjective, but would typically include posting more than ten blog entries in a day, more than ten blog comments in a row, or posting a blog entry of more than 1000 words.
  • A Prince should not deliberately exploit bugs or unexpected behaviours in the software running the game (ExpressionEngine, MediaWiki or the GNDT).
  • A Prince should not edit their own blog comments once posted, nor those of any other Prince.
  • A Prince should not edit the "Entry Date" field of a blog post.
  • A Prince should not make a DoV primarily to delay the game by putting it into Hiatus.
  • A Prince should not do any action meant to make the game unplayable (for example, changing multiple keywords to the same word in an ascension address).
  • A Prince should not roll dice in the GNDT that are clearly associated with a particular action in the Ruleset, but with the intention to not use these rolled values to the best of their ability to resolve that action.

Dynastic Rules

The Katamari

The Contents and Irrollability of the Katamari is tracked on the wikipage “The Katamari”. The Katamari has Contents, Discards, Size, irrollability, and a Location. The Katamari’s Contents is a list of strings, which starts with just “Katamari Ball”. A Katamari’s Size is equal to the amount of entries in the Katamari’s Contents list. The Katamari’s location is a URL. The irrollability of the Katamari starts at 1, and is an integer between 1 and 14. The Katamari’s Discards is a list of strings.

For the purpose of the Katamari’s use across Blognomic’s URLs, such address’s content shall be considered to be such as they were at the instant this Dynasty started (so posterior edits do not apply), except for pages linked in the rule “Cool Pages”.

The Location of the Katamari is tracked by the most recent Push Post. If no Push Posts appear on the BlogNomic blog’s front page, then the Katamari’s Location is instead considered to be


Each Prince has an amount of Stamina, tracked on the GNDT, which defaults to 0, and is an integer between 0 and 20. As a weekly action, a Prince can gain up to 20 Stamina.

By paying Stamina equal to the Katamari’s irrollability and posting a blog entry summarising this action’s effects, a Prince can Push the Katamari, applying an effect which the Katamari can be Pushed to do. (A valid blog entry of this type is known as a Push Post.) The Katamari can be Pushed to have it acquire to its list of Contents a noun which exists at the Katamari’s current Location.

Once the Katamari is at least a certain Size, it acquires certain Abilities, listed below along a number, which is the Size requirement:

  • 10 - The Katamari can be Pushed to another URL (which is still on the wiki) which is linked at its current Location, or back to the URL where it was before the current URL.
  • 20 - Word Glue - By spending 10 Stamina, a Prince can add the title of a Blognomic proposal (which is linked at the Katamari’s current location) as another entry to the list of Content of the Katamari - if that proposal has a word which the Katamari Content list currently has as a entry which is a just a noun with no other word. For example, if the Katamari has an entry which is just “fire”, you could add the title of a proposal if that proposal has the word “fire” in it.
  • 30 - If the Katamari has one of the nouns Engine, Car, Tank, Truck or Train in its contents, a Prince may freely remove one of the nouns Fuel, Gas, Gasoline or Oil from the Katamari’s Contents or their inventory to push the Katamari instead of spending Stamina to push it.
  • 50 - When pushed, the Katamari gets a random noun generated from this site added to it.
  • 100 - When pushed to aquire a noun, the Katamari gains 2 extra nouns from this site. Alternatively, a prince may add two nouns that appear at the Katamari’s location with no nouns in between them in the text. This rule overrides the ability gained at size 50.
  • 200 - When pushed to aquire a noun, the Katamari gains 3 extra nouns from this site. Alternatively, a prince may add three nouns that appear at the Katamari’s location with no nouns in between them in the text. This rule overrides the ability gained at size 100, and the ability gained at size 50.
  • 500 - The King may judge the Katamari, critiquing it, giving all manner of praise or condemnation, and declaring it either starworthy or worthless.


Each Prince has an Inventory, tracked on the GNDT, which contains between zero and three items (for example, "Banana, Grape, Tomato") and defaults to zero. Each item is one noun, adjective or sentence.

If a Prince has one of these items (nouns) in their inventory, they gain the corresponding ability listed:

  • Backpack (or Bag or Sack or Tote or Suitcase): The Prince can carry up to 3 extra items. The Prince cannot have more than X - 4 stamina where X is the maximum stamina a Prince can have.
  • Coffee (or Caffeine or Coke or Potion or Drug): The Prince may Ingest (remove) one of these items from their inventory to gain 3 Stamina, unless they have already Ingested an item since the Katamari was last Pushed.
  • Hammer (or Club or Wrench): The Prince may pay 5 Stamina to Work the Katamari, smoothing out its roundness, setting its irrollability to 1.


Nouns that are the names of Princes may be added to the Katamari. Nouns that are the names of Princes may only appear a single time total in the Katamari’s Contents, Discards, and Inventories of Princes. A Prince whose name is in the Katamari is considered “Squished”. A Prince may spend 4 Stamina to remove this “Squished” status and remove their name from the Katamari; this increases the irrollability of the Katamari by 1.
A Prince whose name is in another Prince’s inventory is considered “Crammed”. A Prince may not add a noun that is their own name to their inventory.
A Prince who is either Squished or Crammed is considered “Contained”.
If the name of a prince does not appear in the Katamari’s Contents or in the Inventory of a Prince, it shall appear in the Discards


Exchanges manipulate the noun content of the Katamari and/or the inventory. Actions that count as exchanges include:

  • Steal: If a Prince’s Inventory is not full, they may pay X (where X is less than 10) stamina to remove from the Katamari, the item at position (Katamari Size - X), and add it to their inventory. When they do this, they must also re-number all items.
  • Return: By spending one stamina, a prince can remove a noun from their inventory and add it to the end of the Katamari’s contents. This increases the irrollability score of the Katamari by one.
  • Remove: A prince may pay 1 Stamina to move a noun that is not the name of a Prince from the Katamari’s Contents to the Katamari’s Discards. This increases the irrollability of the Katamari by 1.
  • Pick up: By spending 1 Stamina, a Prince can Take a Word, adding to their inventory a noun or adjective which exists at the Katamari’s current Location.
  • Drop: A Prince can move any item from their inventory to the Katamari’s Discards.
  • Pickpocket: A crammed prince with space in their inventory may spend one stamina to move a noun from the inventory he is in to his own inventory.

Cool Pages


For each day after October 1st where the Katamari was not pushed by a Prince other than the King, the Timer is reduced by one. The Timer starts at 5 and is tracked on the Katamari wikipage. If the Timer reaches 0, any Prince may roll a DICEX where X is the is the number of non-King Princes. Only the first correct roll counts for this rule. The Prince that is selected from the sidebar, alphabetically first being 1 etc. and skipping the King, has achieved victory.


If the current location has a noun that indicates that it is big and sloped, such as a mountain, hill, etc, any Prince may move the Katamari to any wikipage with less characters than the title of the current location.

Noun Types

There are four noun types that are of special interest to the king. They are:

  • Food
  • Animals
  • Weapons
  • Vehicles

A list of nouns belonging to each class shall be kept on the same page as the Katamari. A prince may declare a noun to be Classified as a noun type by appending it to the end of that classes’ list.

A prince who believes a noun should not be classified as a noun type may dispute this in a blog post with the tag [noun type dispute], and shall clearly state which nouns and noun types they are disputing. If a second prince in a comment states “I also dispute [NOUN] in [NOUN-TYPE]”, where [NOUN] is a noun and [NOUN-TYPE] is a corresponding noun-type being disputed, the noun may not be classified as that noun-type, and shall be removed from the noun type list.

If a noun’s classification has not been disputed four days after it is declared, it may not be disputed.

Classification Rules

A noun may be classified as more than one noun. A tank should be classified as both a weapon and a vehicle, for example.

Names applying to individuals are not classified as Animals. Types of humans are not considered animals. Robots, undead, and creatures of pure magic are not classified as animals. Birds, Fish, and Invertebrates are classified as animals. Imaginary creatures may be classified as animals.

Weapons have as a primary purpose death or destruction. Merely being able to be used as a weapon does not make a noun a weapon. Events such as a duel may be considered weapons.

Vehicles have as a primary purpose transporting humans or large quantities of human goods. Animals used extensively in transporting goods may be classified as vehicles.

Food is from a human-centric point of view. Being edible is not sufficient to classify a noun as food. A noun should either be eaten extensively or have little purpose outside of being eaten to be classified as food. Items that are eaten for exotic effects, such as medicines and potions, are food. Water should be classified as food.

A noun referring to a class of items, some of which may be classified as a noun-type and many of which may not, is not that noun type. for example, “plants” are not Food. A noun referring to a class of items, most of which are of a noun-type, but some of which are not, may be classified as that noun type. For example, “creature” may be classified as an animal.

Special Case

Special Case Rules can be active or inactive and default to active. The status of a Special Case rule is notated in the title of that rule ending in ”[X]” where X is the word Active or Inactive, denoting that Rule’s status. When a new dynasty is started, the Ascension Address may state any existing Special Case Rules that are set to inactive; any Special Case Rules not set in the Ascension Address become Active.

Special Case Rules that are inactive do not have an effect on the gamestate aside from existing as text in the ruleset.

Combos [Active]

Anytime that a Prince wants to do 5 or more actions within an hour they may choose in lieu of doing all of those actions separately, which potentially causes confusion as to what is happening, to make a “Combo” blog post that cannot be edited after posting. The gamestate may be changed to reflect the results of the Combo once all of the actions are completed.

A Combo post is a numbered list of the actions taken, the first action is #1 each subsequent number of actions is increased by one. Each action and the portion of the gamestate changed from that action are kept on their own line. An Atomic action has lettering of its steps, refer to the example and note the curly braces vs the parenthesis.

Example Combo

  • 1 [action one] ([gamestate before action] -> [gamestate after action])
  • 2 [action two] ([gamestate before action] -> [gamestate after action])
  • 3 [atomic action] {[gamestate before atomic action]}
  • 3a [first atomic substep] ([gamestate before substep] -> [gamestate after substep])
  • 3b [second atomic substep] ([gamestate before substep] -> [gamestate after substep]) {[gamestate after atomic action]}
  • 4 [action four] ([gamestate before action] -> [gamestate after action])
  • etcetera . . .

If any actions require a die roll or other random event that is visible to the public, Princes must make those rolls before posting the combo with a note stating which step the roll is for and what action they are taking and the title of their Combo. Princes may not make multiple rolls in the GNDT for the same step. Princes cannot have two or more rolls in the GNDT with Combo titles that are different unless all but one of the Combo titles have been posted and include that roll.

Each action of a Combo happens in their own second, substeps of an Atomic Action happen all at the same second as the parent step. The first action happens at the time the Combo is posted.

If there is a mistake in the summary of the gamestate in a combo and that mistake doesn’t make it impossible for the stated actions to have happened, the author of that combo may correct those mistakes by making a comment along the format “[# of step]: [corrected gamestate summary]”.

Tags [Active]

Votable matters have zero or more tags. Tags are added by adding it to the title of a votable matter with the format “[X]” where [X] is the tag, for example “[Core] Wording Fix”. Votable Matters require the [Core] tag in order to make changes to the Core Rules, and the [Appendix] tag in order to make changes to the Appendix Rules. Votable Matters other than DoVs require the [Victory] tag in order to grant victory to a Prince.

Atomic Actions [Active]

When a Prince performs an Atomic Action, they must complete all its steps; they must complete them in order; and they may not take any other action defined in the Ruleset until all such steps are complete. In addition, the Prince performing an Atomic Action performs its steps as quickly as they are able.

If one or more steps of an Atomic Action were done incorrectly, the Prince must redo the Atomic Action. In redoing an Atomic Action, the Prince uses any legal steps that were already completed in the illegal Atomic Action and only redoes the illegal ones.

For instance if an Atomic Action consists of rolling a die in the GNDT and then doing steps based upon it’s result the Prince would have to reroll the die if they rolled the wrong one if the first place and any steps that depended upon the result of that die; however if all they did was take an illegal action later on, the die is still used in the redone action.

If the Atomic Action was illegal due to a die that was wrong in the GNDT (for example, rolling a 1 on a DICE6 gives that Prince a point and the rest do nothing and the Prince rolls a DICE5 in the first one) and in redoing the Atomic Action they get the same effect as before (i.e. rolling an incorrect die and getting result X but then rolling the correct die and still getting result X) then the steps that depended upon that result are valid and don’t need to be redone. Steps that depend upon multiple dice which were done incorrectly must have each incorrect die have the same effect to be considered valid.

For the purposes of determining the ordering or legality of game actions the time of an Atomic Action shall be the time that it is completed. For Atomic Actions that are redone, the time of completion is the last redone step.

Dormancy [Inactive]

If there are fewer than five Princes, then BlogNomic is Dormant. While BlogNomic is Dormant, actions defined by dynastic rules may not be taken, and proposals may not be submitted.

Seasonal Downtime [Active]

Blognomic goes into hiatus every year on December 24th, and remains in hiatus until December 27th. During this time no game actions may be taken except those described in the rules entitled “Votable Matters,” “Gamestate Tracking” and “Call for Judgement”.



A keyword defined by a rule supersedes the normal English usage of the word. A keyword defined in this glossary supersedes that defined by a rule. (eg. A rule specifying "bananas are blue" cannot be overruled by posting a dictionary definition or a photo of a banana, and a rule specifying "every day is Sunday" will be overruled by the glossary entry below.)

"is able to"
A blog comment published to the BlogNomic weblog at
Core Proposal
A Proposal which mandates changes that, even if conditionally, are limited to the creation, deletion, and/or amendment of core rules and/or the glossary, and/or renaming, banning, and/or the granting or removing of admin status from one or more Princes.
Daily Action
If a game action is a Daily Action, each Prince able to perform it may take that action once each day, but not more than once every ten hours.
Daily Communal Action
A Daily Communal Action is a Daily Action that can only be performed by one Prince per day.
References to a “day” as an entity rather than as a duration (e.g. “Sunday”, “The day after performing this action”, or “August 2nd”), unless otherwise stated, refer to a day beginning at and including 00:00:00 UTC, ending when the next day begins. It can never be 2 different days at the same instant.
References to "YDICEX" refer to Y X-sided dice, rolled within the GNDT. To roll dice, post DICEX in the comments field of the GNDT, replacing X with the number of sides on the die you wish to roll.
Dynastic Proposal
A Proposal which mandates changes that, even if conditionally, are limited to the creation, deletion, and/or amendment of dynastic rules and/or gamestate defined by dynastic rules.
Effective Vote Comment (EVC)
A Prince’s Effective Vote Comment with respect to a given Votable Matter means that Prince’s Comment to that Votable Matter, if any, that contains that Prince’s Vote on that Votable Matter.
Flavour Text
When posting a blog entry, a Prince may use the “Commentary or flavour text” field of the blog publishing form to add their own comments or description of their post. For the purposes of all other rules, such text is not considered to be part of the post.
Any information which the Ruleset regulates the alteration of. All GNDT columns that the Dynastic Rules explicitly mention are assumed to be Gamestate, as are all Wiki Pages that the Dynastic Rules explicitly mention except for dynastic histories and discussion pages.
"is permitted to"
May not
"is not permitted to"
A blog post published to the BlogNomic weblog at
Private Message
A message sent via Blognomic’s Private Messages system at
Quorum of a subset of Princes is half the number of Princes in that subset, rounded down, plus one. If the word Quorum is used without qualifying which subset of Princes it is referring to, it is referring to a Quorum of all Princes.
If used in a context of a Votable Matter, the word “Resolve” means to perform the act, as an Admin, of enacting or failing a Votable Matter. The world “Resolution” means then the act of doing so. If used in any other context, the meaning of both “Resolve” and “Resolution” is the standard English meaning of these words
Each individually numbered section of the ruleset is a rule, including sections that are sub-rules of other rules.
"is required to"
"is recommended that"
Sibling Rule
Two rules are “siblings” of each other if they are both direct subrules of the same rule.
The BlogNomic Slack is located at Princes may request an invite to the Slack while logged in by clicking the button in the sidebar.
Slack Channel
A Slack Channel is any channel on the BlogNomic Slack. To reference a Slack Channel, use a hash (#) followed by the name of that channel. (For example, #random.)
Story Post
A Story Post is an entry in the “Story Post” category.
The "subject" of a blog entry is the part of the Title of an entry which is after the first colon. If the Title does not contain a colon, then the whole Title is the subject. Any entry whose subject is "" (i.e. an empty string) is not valid.
A subrule is a type of rule that is nested within another rule. A proposal that specifically affects a rule affects all of its subrules; a proposal that specifically affects a subrule does not affect its parent rule or any other subrule of that rule, unless they are also explicitly cited as being affected by that proposal.
Table of Contents
The directory of section headings that is generated by the MediaWiki software for most pages in the wiki.
Table of Contents.
The word “Vote”, used as a noun, means a Vote that is cast in accordance with Rule “Votable Matters”. The word “Vote”, used as a verb, means the act of casting such a Vote.
Voting Icons
For use in voting, a check box shall represent a Vote FOR, an X shall represent a Vote AGAINST, an IMP shall represent a Vote of DEFERENTIAL, and an Imperial Seal shall represent the Imperial Veto.
References to a week as an entity rather than as a duration (e.g. “At the beginning of each week”, or “already happened this week”), unless otherwise stated, refer to a period of time between the beginning of a Monday and the end of the following Sunday.
Weekly Action
If a game action is a Weekly Action, each Prince able to perform it may take that action once each week, but not more than once every twenty-four hours.
Weekly Communal Action
A Weekly Communal action is a Weekly Action that can only be performed by one Prince per week.
The BlogNomic Wiki at

Gamestate Tracking

Votable Matters and other official posts, as well as specific gamestate information, shall be tracked by the BlogNomic blog at Any Prince may post to the blog at any time, but may only make official posts to the blog when the Ruleset allows it. Posts following the format specified by a rule are considered official posts. Any single official post cannot be of two different types of official post unless a rule explicitly states otherwise.

An official post may only be removed as allowed by the Ruleset. An official post may be altered by its author if it is less than six hours old and either no Prince has commented on it or (if it is a Votable Matter) if all comments on it contain no voting icons; otherwise this can only be done as allowed by the Ruleset. However, despite this, official posts can never be changed from one category to another, or changed to be a different sort of official post, if they have been posted for more than fifteen minutes. The Admin processing an official post is allowed to append to the post to reflect its new status. Anything appended to a post in this way must be placed in the Admin field of the post, and the post's Status must be changed to reflect its status.

A non-official post may not, through editing of the blog or otherwise, be changed into an official post, with the following two exceptions: Firstly, whilst a non-official post has been posted for less than fifteen minutes and has no comments, the author may change the categories as they wish. Secondly, if a post by a Prince who has been a Prince for fewer than seven days contains the word “Proposal” in its title, but is not a Proposal, and if it has been posted for less than an hour, then any admin may change it to be in the Proposal category.

Specific parts of the Gamestate data shall be tracked by the Generic Nomic Data Tracker at Any Prince may update any Prince's data via the GNDT, whenever the Ruleset permits it.

All updates to the GNDT are logged. For gamestate which is tracked in a specific place (such as the GNDT or a wiki page), any alteration of that gamestate as a result of a Prince’s action is (and can only be) applied by editing that data in that place. One GNDT or wiki update may contain one or more alterations, or one alteration may be split over multiple updates, as long as it is clear what is happening and the alterations are otherwise legal. The GNDT merely represents the Gamestate, and is not the same thing. In the event that the Gamestate and the GNDT are different, any Prince may correct the GNDT to comply with the Gamestate.

If a Prince feels that the GNDT was altered such that it no longer matches the gamestate (such as by performing an action which was against the Rules (as they were at the time of the alteration), or by any other means), they may simply undo the effects of that alteration. Instead of repeatedly reverting and re-reverting a disputed GNDT update, Princes are encouraged to raise a Call for Judgement instead. Princes shall be assigned a password for the GNDT when they join the Nomic.

Random Generators

The GNDT can be used to generate random results.

  • The DICEN command can be used to generate a random number between 1 and N.
  • The FRUIT command will return a random result from the following options: Lemon, Orange, Kiwi, Grape, Cherry, Tangelo.
  • The COLOUR (or COLOR) command will return a random result from the following: White, Red, Green, Silver, Yellow, Turquoise, Magenta, Orange, Purple, Black.

Any changes to the potential outcomes of the GNDT’s random result commands must be made by proposal; and any proposal that seeks to nominate a change to this rule must first identify a Prince with server-level access to the BlogNomic site who is able to perform the changes, and must also update this rule to reflect the new potential outcomes.

If a number or other game variable is selected 'at random' or 'randomly' from a range of possible values, its value shall always be taken from a uniform probability distribution over the entire range of possible values, unless otherwise specified. This value must be determined by an appropriate DICE roll in the GNDT, unless otherwise specified. If a selection is explicitly specified as being “secretly” random, the Prince making this determination may do so using a private method of their choosing, instead of the GNDT.


Numbers and Variables

  • If a set of valid values is not specified in their definition, game variables defined to hold numeric values can hold only non-negative integers. Any action that would set those values below zero is an illegal action unless explicitly otherwise stated in the ruleset.
  • Any situation which would require a roll of DiceX when X is zero or lower always yields a value of 0 unless stated otherwise.
  • All numbers, unless stated otherwise by a rule, are in base ten.
  • Unless otherwise specified, to “spend” or “lose” an amount X of a numeric value “V” means to subtract X from V; to “gain” X of a numeric value “V” means to add X to V; and to “transfer” X of a numeric value “V” from A to B means to subtract X from A’s V and add X to B’s V. Unless otherwise specified, only positive amounts can be spent, lost, gained, or transferred, and a rule that allows Princes to transfer a numeric value only allows them to transfer that value from themselves to another Prince (of their choice unless otherwise stated).
  • A Prince who has a choice in whether to take an action defined by a dynastic rule may not take that action if both of the following conditions are true: a) the action's effects are limited to changing values tracked in the GNDT and/or similar gamestate-tracking entities (such as a wiki page), and b) the action would change one or more of those values to an illegal value.
  • If a rule implies that the result of any calculation should be an integer (for instance, by attempting to store that result in, or add it to, a gamestate variable that can only hold integers), the result of the calculation is instead the result rounded towards 0.
  • If a game variable has no defined starting value, then that starting value is the nearest legal value to zero that it may take (for numerical variables, defaulting to positive if tied), blank (for a text string or list that may be blank), the alphabetically earliest legal text string it may take (for a text string which may not be blank, with the digits 0 through 9 considered to precede “A”), or the list which is alphabetically earliest from the set of lists with the fewest elements (for lists which may not be blank, and considering each list to be a single unpunctuated text string, with the digits 0 through 9 considered to precede “A”).
  • Invalid values for game variables can never be used, even if the values stored in the GNDT remain valid. (for example, if X appears in a formula referring to a value that is a non-negative integer, X must be used as a non-negative integer)
  • DICEN cannot be rolled in the GNDT if N is 22 or more digits long.

Rules and Proposals

  • If a new rule is created by a proposal and its location is not noted in that proposal, that new rule is to be placed in the Dynastic Rules.
  • If a wiki page becomes gamestate as a result of a proposal enacting, that page shall - unless otherwise specified - be reverted to whatever state it was in at the time of that proposal's submission (and if the page did not exist at that time, it shall be blanked).
  • Where a Proposal would amend the effects of Proposal Enactment, this does not apply to its own enactment unless explicitly stated (eg. a proposal proposing that enacted proposals earn their author a banana when enacted would not earn a banana for its own author, when enacted).
  • Rules which trigger upon the Resolution of a Votable Matter are the responsibility of the Admin who Resolves it.
  • Unless otherwise specified, a new Dynastic rule shall be placed at the end of the Dynastic Rules.
  • If the admin enacting a proposal reaches a step which cannot be applied immediately (eg. “two days after this proposal enacts, Prince A gains 1 point”), that step is ignored for the purposes of enactment. Once a proposal has been enacted, it can have no further direct effect on the gamestate.


  • For the purpose of all rules, time in Blognomic is in UTC.
  • All references to time must be either specific or defined within the ruleset to be considered achievable in the gamestate. Abstract concepts of time (e.g. "dinnertime", "twilight") cannot be achieved until they fulfil one of these criteria.
  • Where the month, day and/or year of a calendar date are ambiguous (eg. "04/10/09"), it shall be assumed that the date is in a day/month/year format.


  • Superficial differences between the spelling of geographic versions of English, e.g, British English, American English and Australian English shall be construed as irrelevant for the purposes of play.


  • Within the ruleset, a word only refers to the name of a Prince if it is explicitly stated that it refers to a Prince's name.
  • If a rule would ever have no name, it is instead named “Unnamed Rule”.
  • The names of rules are not themselves rule text and have no effect other than being rule names.
  • Subrules can be referred to by a name which incorporates name of the rule they are a subrule of. Example: a subrule of the rule “Gin” is a “Gin Rule”, however the rule “Gin” is not a “Gin Rule” because it’s not a subrule of the rule “Gin”.
  • When referring to a proposal, the name used in reference to a specific proposal may be simplified by not including braces and any text between the opening and closing braces. i.e. a proposal named “Changes [Core]” could instead be referred to by the name “Changes”.


  • If two parts of the Ruleset contradict each other, precedence shall be construed in the following order:
  1. The Appendix has precedence over any Rule;
  2. A Dynastic Rule has precedence over a Core Rule, unless that Core Rule explicitly says it can’t be overruled by a Dynastic Rule;
  3. If both contradicting parts are Core Rules, or if both of them are Dynastic Rules, the part with more limited scope applies. (e.g. if the rules “Princes may Kick each other” and “Princes may not kick each other on Tuesdays” exist, and it is Tuesday, Princes may not Kick each other.)
  4. If two parts with the same scope contradict each other, the negative rule applies. (e.g. with “Princes may Punch a Spaceman on Friday” and “Princes may not Punch Spacemen on Friday”, then Princes may not Punch Spacemen on Friday.)
  5. Special Case Rules have equal precedence as Dynastic Rules, unless that Special Case Rule explicitly says it can’t be overruled by a Dynastic Rule.