Ruleset 186

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Core Rules

Ruleset and Gamestate

This is the Ruleset for BlogNomic; all Players shall obey it.

It comprises four Sections: 1) the “core rules” of BlogNomic, covering the essential elements of gameplay; 2) the rules of the current Dynasty; 3) rules which apply in special cases; and 4) the appendix, which complements and clarifies the Ruleset.

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

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


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

A Player may only change their name as a result of a Proposal approving the change.

Some Players are Admins, responsible for updating the site and the Ruleset, and are signified as such in the sidebar. Players 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.

Idle Players

If a Player is Idle, this is tracked by their name being removed or concealed in the list of currently active Players in the Sidebar. For the purposes of all Gamestate and the Ruleset, excluding Rules “Ruleset and Gamestate”, “Players”, “Dynasties”, “Fair Play”, "Mentors" and any of those Rules’ subrules, Idle Players are not counted as Players.

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

When a Player 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 Player Idled in a different Dynasty), the Player is given the default value for new Players, if such a value exists.

An Admin may render a Player Idle if that Player has asked to become Idle in an entry or comment from the past four days, or if that Player 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 Player if that Player is Idle and 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 Player 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.

Idle Admins can enact and fail Votable Matters.


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

An Interregnum is the period between dynasties, after a DoV has been enacted and before an Ascension Address has been posted. During an Interregnum the game is in hiatus; additionally, no DoVs may be made, and no Player may achieve Victory. However, dynastic actions that are specifically permitted to be carried out during an Interregnum may be carried out.

Votable Matters

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


Each Player 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 Player’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-Player never has a Vote, even if they were a Player previously and had cast a valid Vote.

If a Player other than the Dealer casts a vote of DEFERENTIAL, then the Vote of DEFERENTIAL is an indication of confidence in the Dealer. When the Dealer 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 Dealer’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 Players who are not voting AGAINST it is less than Quorum.
  • It has been open for voting for at least 48 hours and it 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 should mark their name, and are highly encouraged to 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.


Votable Matters have zero or more tags. Tags are represented in the title of a Votable Matter with the format “[X]” (e.g. “[Core] Wording Fix”, where “[Core]” is the tag). Votable Matters require the “[Core]” tag in order to make changes to the Core Rules, the “[Special Case]” tag in order to make changes to the Special Case 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 Player.

If a Votable Matter would make a modification to the rules and it does not have the tag to make that modification, that Votable Matter will still be able to make that specific modification if any of the following on the following list are true:

  • The modification is preceded or followed immediately by an unambiguous statement of which section of the ruleset it takes place.
  • The modification specifically states a rule using its number or the name of the stated rule only occurs once in the ruleset.


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

Special Proposal Voting

When a Player 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 Dealer may use VETO as a voting icon to cast a Vote on a Proposal; when the Dealer casts a vote of VETO on a Proposal, this renders the Proposal Vetoed, even if the Dealer 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 Players actively disagree as to the interpretation of the Ruleset, or if a Player feels that an aspect of the game needs urgent attention, then any Player 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 true:

  • 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 any gamestate-tracking entities, as specified in the CfJ.

This Rule may not be overruled by Dynastic Rules.

Victory and Ascension

If a Player (other than the Dealer) believes that they have achieved victory in the current Dynasty, they may make a Declaration of Victory (abbreviated “DoV”) detailing this, by posting an entry in the “Declaration of Victory” category.

Every Player may cast Votes on that DoV to indicate agreement or disagreement with the proposition that the poster has achieved victory in the current Dynasty. If there is at least one pending DoV, BlogNomic is on Hiatus.

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

  • It is Popular, it has been open for at least 12 hours, and either the Dealer 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.

If a DoV is Failed and it had at least one AGAINST vote, the Player who posted it cannot make another DoV until after 120 hours (5 days) have passed since the time their DoV was Failed.

When a DoV is Enacted, all other pending DoVs are Failed, the Player who posted the DoV becomes Dealer, and the game enters an Interregnum. When a DoV is enacted then all game actions that led up to it are considered to be upheld.

If the game is in an Interregnum then the new Dealer must either Pass the Mantle, by making a post naming another Player - in which case the Dealer ceases to be the Dealer and the Player so named becomes the Dealer - or start a new dynasty by completing the following Atomic Action:

  • Make an Ascension Address by posting an entry in the “Ascension Address” category. This should specify the Dealer’s chosen theme for the new Dynasty, and it may optionally specify that dynasty-specific terms for “Player” and “Dealer” will be used in the Ruleset, and/or list a number of dynastic rules to keep (if none are specifed then the entire Dynastic Ruleset is repealed).
  • Update the Ruleset to reflect any changed terms, and any dynastic rules which were not listed to be kept are repealed.

Once this Atomic Action has been completed the Interregnum ends and the new dynasty begins.

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 Player’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. Players should vote against any DoV that relies on having broken a fair play rule.

  • A single person should not control more than one non-Idle Player within BlogNomic, and should announce publicly if they control both a non-Idle Player and any Idle Players.
  • A Player 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 Player should not deliberately exploit bugs or unexpected behaviours in the software running the game (ExpressionEngine, MediaWiki or other scripts).
  • A Player should not edit their own blog comments once posted, nor those of any other Player.
  • A Player should not edit the “Entry Date” field of a blog post.
  • A Player should not make a DoV primarily to delay the game by putting it into Hiatus.
  • A Player 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 Player should not roll dice 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. A Player must use their own name in the Dice Roller, when rolling dice.
  • A Player should not deliberately and unreasonably prolong the performance of a game action once they have started it.
  • A Player should not use a core, special case or appendix rules scam to directly or indirectly achieve victory.

Dynastic Rules


No Players have achieved victory during the Twenty-Eighth Dynasty of Kevan, unless they have done so under a condition outlined in this rule.

The Crown Match

When the second Player to reach 30 or more Magistrelli does so, the game enters Finale. The dealer will immediately set every Player’s Readiness to “No”, players may not change their Readiness for the remainder of the dynasty, and no new games may be started unless covered by this rule.

The first and second Players who reached 30 or more Magistrelli are the Contenders, and all other players are Spectators and may not become Contenders. Spectators may at any time spend six of their own pegs to give a Contender a single peg as long as the Spectator is not a participant in an Active Game.

At any point at least 24 hours after the Contenders are decided, if there are no Active Games, the Dealer may start a special set of three Games called the Crown Match. The Contenders are the Participants of these Games. Two crown matches games may not start on the same day. Additionally, if a contender has spent pegs to influence the next crown match game (the most recent time any contender did so is known as the Incidence), the Dealer may not start a crown match game unless either 12 or more hours have passed since the Incidence, OR, at some point after the Incidence, the contender who was not the one to most recently spend pegs to influence a crown match game publicly or privately to the Dealer conveyed their willingness to start the game. For the second and third Games in the Crown Match, instead of the Dealer performing the default atomic action to start the Game, they perform an atomic action that is identical to it, except the step which is used to determine the Starting Player instead reads “Determine that the Starting Player is the Participant who was not the Starting Player of the previous Crown Match Game”. Additionally, for each Contender, if that Contender has sent the Dealer a private message titled “Mask Change” since the start of the previous Crown Match (or at any point, if no Crown Match has happened yet), and the contents of said message clearly mention a single mask which the Contender wants to switch to, then immediately prior to starting a Crown Match the Dealer should first set the Mask of that Contender to the Mask mentioned in the message. (If multiple valid messages from a single contender exist, they should use the most recently sent message)

Contenders can at any time spend pegs to influence the next Crown Match Game that begins, modifying its setup in one of the following ways:

  • For 5 pegs, remove a specific card from the deck, so that it cannot appear as the Grand Canal or in either Participant’s hand.
  • For 10 pegs, ensure that a specific non-Permanent Trick be selected while determining Tricks.
  • For 15 pegs, ensure that a specific Participant in the Game be dealt one additional card in their hand.

Modifiers that have been paid for but not yet affected a Crown Match are tracked on the gamestate wiki page. If any Contender spends pegs on a modifier that conflicts with previously paid modifiers (e.g. by requiring that more tricks appear in the Game than the rules allow, or making it impossible for all Participants to be dealt a full hand), all paid-for modifiers that haven’t yet affected a Crown Match Game are immediately negated, having no further effects. Pegs spent on negated modifiers are not refunded.

Neither Contender may make a Sfida in a Crown Match. The initial juice of the first game of the crown match is increased by two. The initial juice of the second game of crown match is increased by three. The initial juice of the third game of the crown match is increased by five.

When a Player becomes Campione of at least two Games in the Crown Match (or if all three games of the Crown Match have been played), no Player who made Bets on the most recent Game of the Crown Match may increase their Pegs as a result of Bets made on that Game. In addition, when a Player becomes Campione of at least two Games in the Crown Match, the Dealer may and should perform an Atomic Action with the following steps:

  1. Perform any yet-unperformed Communal Actions described under the rule “Gambling” which relate to increasing or reducing Pegs from the result of Bets on the Game; for the purposes of this step, the Dealer is considered a Player.
  2. Increase the Pegs of each Player who made a Bet on the most recent Game of the Crown Match, if that Bet named the Campione of that Game, by the Juice identified in that Player’s Bet.
  3. Double the Pegs of the Player who has become Campione of at least two Games in the Crown Match (if such a Player exists).
  4. Create a Story Post naming the Player with the most Pegs as the Capofamiglia. If two or more Players are tied for the most Pegs, instead make a copy of the Deck, shuffle it, and Deal to a public story post three cards for each tied Player (labeled by their associated Player). Compare the hefts of each set of cards on this story post. If multiple Players’ associated cards are tied, Deal one additional card to a comment on this story post for each Player (labeled by their associated Player) and re-compare. Repeat until one tied Player’s associated cards on this story post have the highest combined heft: increase that Player’s pegs by 1 and repeat this step of the Atomic Action.

Once that Atomic Action is complete, the Player named by the Dealer as the Capofamiglia achieves victory and is the victor of the Twenty-Eighth Dynasty of Kevan.

The Deck

The Deck consists of a number of Cards, each having a Rank and a Suit. The Cards (listed in descending rank order for each Suit) are:-

  • Suit of Batons: King, Queen, Knight, Knave, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, Ace
  • Suit of Coins: King, Queen, Knight, Knave, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, Ace
  • Suit of Cups: King, Queen, Knight, Knave, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, Ace
  • Suit of Swords: King, Queen, Knight, Knave, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, Ace
  • Suit of Arcana: Angel, World, Sun, Moon, Star, Lightning, Devil, Death, Impostor, Magician

Each card has a heft. All cards with numbered Ranks have a heft equal to their Rank; an Ace has a heft of one, a Knave has a heft of 11, a Knight has a heft of 12, a Queen has a heft of 13 and a King has a heft of 14. All other cards have a heft of zero. Each Game of Giolitti has its own copy of the Deck (which may be referred to as that game’s Deck), which is shuffled at the start of the game. To “Deal” a card somewhere as part of a Game means to remove a secretly random Card from that game’s Deck, and to put it in that place.

Tournament Rules of Giolitti

Starting a Game

At any point, the Dealer may select two Players, known as the Game’s Participants, by choosing the two Available players with the highest Wait (breaking ties secretly randomly if necessary), and start a Game between them by performing the following atomic action (a reference to a Participant means only a Player who is a Participant of the game in question):

  • Set both Participants Wait to 0, and increase the Wait of all other Available Players by 1
  • Secretly randomly determine one of the Participants as the Starting Player for the game
  • Deal seven Cards into each Participant’s Hand (starting with the Starting Player).
  • Privately inform both Participants of their Hand
  • Identify the most recent legal revision of the ruleset in its wiki page’s history; this revision is the Environment for that game.
  • Deal one Card to the table as that game’s Grand Canal. The Bersaglio of the game is equal to the Heft of the Grand Canal, plus 21.
  • Determine which Tricks are active for the game by following the instructions in the Tricks rule.
  • Make a post to the blog announcing the start of the game, which must in its subject declare the Participants the game is between, and must in its contents declare the starting player, the game’s Grand Canal and Bersaglio, each participants current Mask (or the fact that they are wearing no mask), and include a link to the Environment and declare which tricks are active for the game. This post is known as the game’s Table.

That Game is then considered to be Active, and remains Active until it Ends. It is played under the rules listed in the Tournament Rules of Giolitti rules held in that Game’s Environment; where there is a conflict between the version of the Tournament Rules of Giolitti found in the Ruleset and that found in a Game’s Environment then the text in the Environment takes precedence.

Each Game has a Stakes, which is an integer that defaults to 1 when a Game begins.


Beginning with the Starting Player, Players of the Game take turns to make a Play, being a comment to the Game’s Table that names exactly one Card and an amount of Score claimed for the Play (defaulting to zero if not specified). If the claimed Score for a Play does not exceed the Score which could be claimed for it in that situation, this is added to the claimed scores from the Player’s previous Plays in that Game to establish a rolling score for that Player in that Game.

If they were not the last player in the game to do so, either player in a Game may offer a Sfida by posting a comment that says they are offering a Sfida (or contains only the word ‘Sfida’ and punctuation). Before either player may make their next Play or offer another Sfida, the opponent of the player offering Sfida must respond with a comment specifying whether they accept or reject the Sfida. If they accept, the stakes of the Game are increased by 1, up to a maximum of 3.

A game is Closed if any of the following are true:

  • Each Participant in the Game has made seven plays in that Game.
  • One of the Participants in the Game has Resigned by doing one of the following
    • Making a comment to that Game’s Table that says “I resign” (and nothing else).
    • Rejecting a Sfida.
    • Going 48 consecutive hours without responding to a Sfida made by their Opponent (if one has been pending for the full 48 hours), or not taking their turn when it is their turn (if their turn and there have been no other rules preventing them from making a play for the full 48 hours)

If a Game is Closed because a Player has Resigned, then the other Participant is the Campione of that Game. Otherwise, the Campione of a Closed Game is the Participant in that Game with the highest score. Once a Game has been Closed, no more Plays can be made in it, nor Sfidas offered on its Table.

A Player may not make a Play that names the same card more than once during a given Game.

Ending a Game

If any Active games can be Ended, the Dealer should End them before resolving any Proposals or Calls for Judgement. If multiple Active games can be Ended, whichever of them was Started earliest should be Ended first.

The Dealer may make a comment on a Closed game that identifies any Players of that Game who named a card in a Play despite not having that card in their Hand for the Game. This comment is known as the Fine and ends the game. If the Fine identified no players, the Game is Clean. If the Fine identified players, any player so identified becomes not a Campione of the Game, and any Participant in that Game not so identified becomes Campione of the Game. Either way, no further Plays can be made on the game. After the Fine, but not at any earlier time, the Dealer may disclose the contents of the Hands for that game to the other Players.

When a Game ends, its Campione gains a number of pegs equal to the game’s stakes, and any non-Campione Players of that Game lose a number of pegs equal to the game’s stakes (or have their pegs set to zero, if they have fewer pegs than the stakes). For the purposes of the Magistrelli system, gaining X pegs is treated as gaining one peg X times.


The most recent three Cards a Player has Played in their current game, or all the Cards they’ve Played during their current Game if that’s less than three, are referred to as that Player’s Pocket. A Player who is not currently a participant in a Game has an empty Pocket.

If either player has taken fewer than three Plays in the current game, when a Player is claiming a Trick that requires them to compare the contents of their Pocket to that of the other Player, the defending Player should be considered to have the Grand Canal for that game in their Pocket.

A Player’s score for a Play is based on the following patterns of cards (or “Tricks”) in their Pocket. For each Trick which has been claimed in the game in their Pocket they may score the indicated points.

  • L’Aria: The Pockets of all Players in the current Game have at least two cards, and the sum of the Hefts of the cards in the Player’s Pocket is higher than the sum of the Hefts in their opponent’s pocket. Points: 1
  • Il Corpo Celeste: The Player’s Pocket contains at least one of Sun, Moon, or Star, and the Heft of their most recently-Played card is higher than the Heft of their opponent’s most recently-Played card. Points: 1
  • L’Ossa: The Player’s Pocket has at least three cards, and the least recently-Played of them has the same Suit or Rank as the Game’s Grand Canal. Points: 1
  • Il Propore: The Player’s Pocket consists of three cards with the same Suits. Points: 2
  • Il Toro: The Player’s Pocket consists of three cards whose Heft adds up to the Game’s Bersaglio. Points: 4
  • Tripletta: The Player’s Pocket has at least three cards, and each card in there has the same Rank. Points: 4
  • L’Universo: The Player’s Pocket contains at least two of Sun, Moon or Star. Points: 2
  • Il Verme: The Player’s Pocket has at least three cards, and every card in their pocket has Heft smaller than each card in their opponent’s pocket. Points: 4

Il Toro, L’Aria and Il Verme are Permanent Tricks; L’Universo and Il Corpo Celeste are Celestial Tricks; all other Tricks are Parte Tricks.

When starting a game and selecting which Tricks are active, the Dealer selects all Permanent tricks, one secretly randomly selected Celestial trick, and two secretly randomly selected Parte tricks.


Each Player has a property called “Readiness” which is either “Yes” or “No”, and defaults to No. A Player may change their Readiness at any time.

Each Player has a property called “Wait”, which is a non-negative Integer which defaults to 0.

A Player is considered to be Available if their Readiness is Yes, and the Dealer has not already started a game containing that player on the current day.

The Magistrelli System

High-level Giolitti still uses the Magistrelli ranking system to determine the relative skills of players.

Each Player has a Magistrelli score, which is an integer that defaults to 10.

Every time a Player gains a peg for being the Campione of a Game they gain 1 Magistrelli, unless their opponent has a higher Magistrelli than them, in which case they gain half of the difference between their own Magistrelli and that of their opponent, rounded up.


Cards whose suit is Arcana can have effects on the game, based on where they appear.

When an Arcana is played into a Player’s Pocket, it may have an effect on either themselves (the ‘holder’) or the other Participant in the same game (the ‘opponent’). The following is a list of the effects different Arcana have when they appear in a Player’s Pocket (if an Arcana is in a Player’s Pocket because it is the grand canal, it has no effect from this list):

  • Angel: the Heft of all Cards in the holder’s Pocket is doubled
  • Devil: the Heft of all Cards in the opponent’s Pocket are reduced by 5 (to a minimum of zero each)
  • Magician: Has a Heft of 15 whenever the holder scores Points for a Trick, but a heft of 0 whenever the opponent scores points for a Trick
  • Lightning: Has all Suits
  • World: The holder scores one extra Point whenever they claim a Trick
  • Impostor: The opponent scores one fewer Points whenever they claim a Trick
  • Death: If the opponent’s Pocket contains no Ace cards, then neither the holder or the opponent may score any points from Tricks

When an Arcana is in the Grand Canal it affects all Participants in that game. The following is a list of the effects different Arcana have when they appear in the Grand Canal:

  • Angel: A Participant may consider the Bersaglio to be one higher or lower for the purposes of claiming Il Toro.
  • World: All Arcana have a Heft of 15.
  • Sun: All Pockets comprise of the most recent four Cards a Player has Played in their current game.
  • Moon: All Pockets comprise of the most recent two Cards a Player has Played in their current game. Any Trick that requires that a Pocket contain three cards may be claimed as if it required only two cards instead.
  • Star: All Arcana have all Suits.
  • Lightning: Masks have no effect in this Game after it has started, and the Pedrolino Mask effect does not apply for this Game.
  • Magician: The Dealer must post the contents of each of this Game’s Participant’s Hands in the Table for this game.


Each Player may wear a Mask, which is publicly tracked, and which defaults to not wearing any mask. A Player may wear, change, or remove their Mask at any time. While a Player starts a game wearing a given Mask, it affects the way the rules of that Game apply to that Player. The list of Masks and their corresponding rules alterations is as follows:

Pantalone receives a Hand of eight Cards instead of seven.
In a given Game, Arlecchino may play one Card from their Hand a second time, if the card does not have a suit of Arcana.
Tognoli scores one additional point every time they score a Parte trick.
Di Paolo
Any cards Di Paolo has with a Suit of Arcana have a Heft of 4, instead of their stated value.
Bonanno receives a Hand of six Cards instead of seven. After dealing that hand, the Dealer then selects a secretly random Arcana card still present in the game’s Deck (or a random card if there are none there) and moves it to that hand.
You begin the Game with a Score of 3.
If any Participant in a Game is wearing the Centofani Mask then the Dealer must Deal an Arcana card as this Game’s Grand Canal.
Once per game, at any time during that Game, name a Trick that is not active in that Game and then (if you meet that Trick’s criteria) score for that Trick.
Once per game, at any time during that Game provided that no Sfida has been declared or accepted, you may make a comment on the game’s table which consists of the phrase “Morante Reveal:” followed by the name of another Mask. You are considered to be wearing that Mask and get to apply its effects for the remainder of that Game (though note that start of game effects, such as Pantalone or Pedrolino do not apply, and for the purposes of Moda at the end of the game you are still considered to be wearing only Morante)
The Juice in your game is increased by two. At the end any game you were a Participant in, you earn X pegs where X is half the number of Players who made a Bet in that game (rounded up)


Each Mask has a Moda, which is a positive integer which defaults to 1 and is tracked on the proper game state tracking page for the dynasty.

If there is no other mask which has a higher Moda than it, a Mask is considered to be Raffinato.

If there is no other mask which has a lower Moda than it, and it is not Raffinato, a Mask is considered to be Greggio.

Whenever a game Ends, any Participant of the game wearing a mask at the start of that game which is not Raffinato gains 1 peg. Additionally, any Participant of the game wearing a mask at the start of that that game which is Greggio gains another peg. Then, if the game was clean and had a Campione, and the Campione was wearing a Mask at the start of the game, the Mask the Campione was wearing at the start of the game gains one Moda.

Separation of Tables

Each Table is considered to be entirely separate. No action can be taken on any Table that relies on gamestate associated with another Table. A Player’s hand and Pocket for a Table is limited to that Table; if a Player is present in more than one Game then they have separate hands and Pockets for each Table. Tricks in a game may only be claimed in reference to cards present at that game’s Table. Arcana, once played, only affect the Game of the Table upon which they were played.


Each Player has a number of pegs, which is publicly tracked and which defaults to the median number of Pegs among all active Players.

Each Game has a value called Juice. At any given time, a Game’s Juice is 4 minus the current stakes of the table, minus an additional one if there is currently a pending Sfida

Once per Game if that Game is not Closed, as a communal action, a Player who is not a participant of that Game may make a comment to that Game’s Table declaring themselves to be that Game’s Bookmaker.

Once per Game if that Game is not Closed, any Player who is not a participant of that Game or its Bookmaker may make a Bet on it. Making a Bet is an action that is carried out by making a comment to that Game’s Table, which names a single Player who is a participant in the game, and which identifies the Juice at the time at which the Bet was made.

Within 48 hours of a Game having ended with Bets made on it, the following actions may be taken with regards to that Game and its Bets:

  • Any Player who made a Bet which named the Player that was the Campione of that Game may, once after the game in question has ended, increase their Pegs by the Juice identified in their Bet.
  • Once per finished Game, as a communal action, any Player may reduce the Pegs of all Players who made a Bet which named the Player who was not the Campione of that Game by the Juice identified in their respective Bets.
  • Once per finished Game, as a communal action, any Player may increase or reduce (as appropriate) the Pegs of the Bookmaker for that game by x, where x is the number of Bets placed that named the Player who was not the Campione in that game minus the number of Bets that named the Player that was the Campione in that game.



A Contender can at any time grant any Spectator who has given them at least one peg a Favour. Favours are resources unique to the individual who granted them (referred to as the Favour’s ‘lender’), but a given Player cannot hold more than five Favours at a time regardless of their lenders. Favours have a ripeness, which defaults to unripe. When an Ascension Address is posted, all ripe Favours disappear and then all unripe Favours become ripe.

A Player may at any time choose to release any or all of the Favours they hold, losing them and gaining nothing in return. If a Dealer Passes the Mantle, any existing Favour for which they are the lender is turned into a Favour for which the new Dealer is the lender.

The list of Favours each player has is tracked in the wikipage Favours.


A Player who has a ripe Favour may at any time claim it to gain a benefit based on the status of that Favour’s lender:

  • If the lender is the Dealer, the claiming Player immediately gains a single point of any resource of their choosing that is described only in the Dynastic Rules (except for a Favour). Any details the gained resource has apart from quantity are chosen by the Dealer, who should be generous if possible.
  • If the lender is an active Player who is not the Dealer, the lender must immediately give to the claiming Player (even if it could not normally be transferred) a single point of any resource of the claiming Player’s choosing, so long as it is described only in the Dynastic Rules and the lender has at least one point of that resource to give.
  • If the lender is idle, the claiming Player immediately gains an unripe favour with the lender as its lender.

Then, the claimed Favour is lost.


The rule titled “Favours” and its subrules cannot be repealed between Dynasties, and are automatically kept when an Ascension Address is made regardless of whether the Ascension Address lists them specifically. If the wiki page used to track the gamestate is changed, the Dealer must copy any section relating to the tracking of Favours from the old wiki page to the new wiki page.

Special Case

Special Case Rules can be Active or Inactive. If the title of a Special Case Rule includes "[X]", where X is either Active or Inactive, then its status is X. Otherwise, its status is its Default Status.

Special Case Rules have a Default Status, which can be Active or Inactive. If the title of a Special Case Rule includes "[Rare]", its Default Status is Inactive, otherwise, its Default Status is Active.

When a new Dynasty is started, the Ascension Address may list any number of existing Special Case Rules to be set to a status other than their respective Default Status. All other Special Case Rules are set to their respective Default Status.

The text of a Special Case Rule that is Inactive is flavour text.

Seasonal Downtime [Active]

On the 24th, 25th and 26th of December, BlogNomic is on Hiatus. In addition, game actions defined by the rules titled “Players” and “Victory and Ascension” (with the exception of Voting in DoVs) may not be taken.

Dormancy [Active]

If there are fewer than five Players, BlogNomic is on Hiatus.

Imperial Deferentials [Active]

If the Dealer has voted DEFERENTIAL on a Proposal, that vote is instead considered to be valid and either FOR (if more Players have voted FOR the Proposal than have voted AGAINST it) or AGAINST (in all other cases). However, in either case, votes of DEFERENTIAL made by other Players on the same Proposal are not considered be valid.

Dynastic Distance [Active]

For the purposes of dynastic rules which do not deal with voting, the Dealer is not a Player.

The Traitor [Active]

The Traitor for a particular Dynasty may be a Player (including an idle one), or may be nobody, and it defaults to being nobody. The Traitor’s identity in the current Dynasty is tracked privately by the Dealer, and the Dealer should not share this information with Players other than the Traitor.

If there is no Traitor for the current Dynasty, and BlogNomic is not on Hiatus, the Dealer may secretly randomly select a Player (other than the Dealer) and privately inform them that they are the Traitor for the current Dynasty.

A Traitor is under no obligation to honour any informal promises they have made with other Players, nor to tell the truth to them, and is encouraged to betray other Players in order to achieve victory.

Dynastic Tracking [Active]

The gamestate tracking page for this dynasty is the The Card Table page of the wiki. Unless otherwise stated, all publicly tracked gamestate information is tracked on it. A Dealer may change the wiki page referred to in this rule to a different page as part of their Ascension Address.

No Collaboration [Inactive] [Rare]

If “Dynastic Distance” is also active, the Dealer is not considered a Player for the purposes of this rule.

Players may not privately communicate with each other about dynastic gameplay and strategy, including actions during the dynasty the Players have taken or plan to take, or private declarations of alliance or support. Private communications are considered to be anything that another average player could reasonably be privy to, and include any discussion on platforms other than the wiki, blog, or slack; discussions on those platforms that are obscured (such as an old blog thread, or a slack channel other than #currentdynasty or #general); or any form of private communication. Players may not use third party proxies to facilitate communication. Idle Players (or people who are not yet Players) also face the same restrictions if they intend to become an active Player during the course of the dynasty. Votable matters which change non-dynastic rules are not privy to this rule, and players may privately discuss their merits so long as the discussion is not about the dynasty specifics.

If “The Traitor” is also active, the Dealer informing a Player that they are the Traitor is still allowed.

A mentor and mentee may still privately converse with each other, but should keep their conversations away from discussion specific gameplay strategy.

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



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. (e.g. 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”
“is required to”
“is recommended that”


Daily Action
If a game action is a Daily Action, each Player 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 Player 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 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 Player 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 Player per week.


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 Players.
References to “DICEX” or “YDICEX” refer to X-sided dice and Y amount of X-sided dice, rolled using the Dice Roller.
Dynastic Action
An action that is defined in the Dynastic rules.
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 Player’s Effective Vote Comment with respect to a given Votable Matter is that Player’s Comment to that Votable Matter, if any, that contains that Player’s Vote on that Votable Matter.
When posting a blog entry, a Player 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.
Flavour Text
If a part of the ruleset is defined as being “flavour text”, it is gamestate and remains part of the ruleset document, but is not considered to have any meaning beyond being a string of characters. Players are not required to obey flavour text and may not perform any action defined by it, and any statements that flavour text makes about gamestate are ignored.
Any information which the Ruleset regulates the alteration of. All wiki pages that the Dynastic Rules explicitly mention (except for dynastic histories and discussion pages) and any images or Templates contained within those Wiki Pages are assumed to be Gamestate.
If BlogNomic is on Hiatus, Dynastic Actions may not be taken (except where the rule defining the action explicitly requires it to be taken during Hiatus), and Proposals may not be submitted or Resolved. If multiple rules require BlogNomic to be on Hiatus at any given time, BlogNomic will continue to be on Hiatus until no rules require it.
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 Players is half the number of Players in that subset, rounded down, plus one. If the word Quorum is used without qualifying which subset of Players it is referring to, it is referring to a Quorum of all Players.
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 subrules of other rules.
The BlogNomic Slack is located at Players 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 (e.g. #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.
To Uphold an illegal action is to retroactively declare the attempt to take it to have been successful, and to declare that all attempted game actions taken after it were attempted as if the Upheld action had been successful.
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, a DEF shall represent a Vote of DEFERENTIAL, and a crossed-out circle shall represent a vote to VETO.
The BlogNomic Wiki at

Gamestate Tracking

Official Posts

Votable Matters and other official posts, as well as specific gamestate information, shall be tracked by the BlogNomic blog at Any Player 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 two hours old and either no Player 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. An official blog post that has the status of Enacted or Failed cannot change categories. An official blog post’s status may never be altered except in accordance with the rules that define that official post.

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 New Player is not in any category but follows the wording of a Proposal, in that it has written changes the gamestate and or Ruleset, and if it has been posted for less than six hours, then any Admin may change it to be in the Proposal category. A New Player is defined as a Player who has been a Player for fewer than seven days or a Player that has unidled in the past seven days after being idle for at least 3 months.

Any post that is or is made illegal as a result of an infraction against any of the prohibitions set out in this rule continues to be an Official Post but may no longer have any effect on the ruleset or the gamestate. If it is a Votable Matter then it is Unpopular, regardless of any other performance against criteria set out in the core rules. When it is resolved it may be marked as Illegal by the resolving admin. A post that is illegal in this manner cannot subsequently be made legal by any means.

Representations of the Gamestate

For gamestate which is tracked in a specific place (such as a wiki page), any alteration of that gamestate as a result of a Player’s action is (and can only be) applied by editing that data in that place. One 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 wiki merely represents the Gamestate tracked there, and is not the same thing. In the event that the Gamestate and its representations are different, any Player may correct the representations to comply with the Gamestate.

If a Player feels that a representation of the gamestate (such as a wiki page) does not match the gamestate, they may either:

  • Undo the effects of any alteration that led to it, if that alteration did not follow the rules at the time it was made.
  • Alter the representation to match what they believe to be the correct application of an incorrectly-applied alteration. This may include completing incomplete actions on behalf of the original Player, if doing so would not require the correcting Player to make any decisions on behalf of the original Player.

Instead of repeatedly reverting and re-reverting a disputed alteration, however, Players are encouraged to raise a Call for Judgement.

The historical fact of the occurrence of a defined game action is itself considered to be gamestate, tracked in the history of whatever resource is used to track the gamestate modified by that action, where possible, or in the wiki page Gamestate Modifications if this is not possible.

Orphan Variables

An Orphan Variable is a dynastic gamestate variable which has neither a location in which it’s tracked, nor a reasonable manner in which it can be determined from other gamestate variables, specified in the Ruleset.

A Player may not take any dynastic actions that are contingent on the specific value of an Orphan Variable.

Random Generators

The Dice Roller at 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.
  • The CARD command will return a card with a random suit (either Hearts, Diamonds, Spades or Clubs) and a random value (either Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King). A card with a value that is either Jack, Queen or King is a face card.
  • A list of comma-separated values in curly brackets (eg {x,y}) will return one of the values at random.

Any changes to the potential outcomes of the Dice Roller’s random result commands must be made by Proposal.

If a Proposal proposes a change to this rule that would require server-level access to the BlogNomic site to fully enact its effects, that Proposal must name a Player with such access. Only a Player with such access may Enact that Proposal. If that Proposal does not name a Player with such access, that Proposal is Illegal.

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 roll in the Dice Roller, unless otherwise specified. If a selection is explicitly specified as being “secretly” random, the Player making this determination may do so using a private method of their choosing, instead of the Dice Roller.

Atomic Actions

An Atomic Action combines otherwise separate game actions into a single action.

  • All steps of an Atomic Action are considered one action, including the steps of an Atomic Action that is itself a step of a parent Atomic Action.
  • When a Player performs an Atomic Action, they must complete all its steps; they must complete them in order; and they may not take any other dynastic action, or achieve victory, until all the steps are complete.
  • An Atomic Action may direct the Player performing it to skip some of its steps, which the Player must do and in which case the skipped steps are considered completed for this rule.
  • If a Player arrives at a step in an Atomic Action and they cannot perform that step, they undo all the steps they have performed of that Action and are considered never to have performed that Action.
  • If one or more steps of an Atomic Action were done incorrectly, the Player must redo the Atomic Action; for that purpose, the Player uses any legal steps that have already been completed in the illegal Atomic Action and only redoes the illegal ones. (For example, if an Atomic Action consists of rolling a dice and then doing steps based upon its result, the Player would have to reroll the dice only if they rolled the wrong one in the first place, and would then have to repeat any steps that depended upon the result of that dice; however, if they rolled the dice correctly but took an illegal step later on, the result of the original dice roll would still be used in the redone step.)
  • 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.


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, a Player can spend only their own values, and a rule that allows Players to transfer a numeric value only allows them to transfer that value from themselves to another Player (of their choice unless otherwise stated).
  • A Player 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 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 a default value but no defined starting value, then its default value should also be considered a starting value. If a game variable has neither a default value nor a starting value, then both may be considered to be 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”).
  • If the rules that define a game variable are amended, and some previously valid values become invalid as a consequence, any existing variables whose current values would become invalid are instead set to their starting value.
  • Invalid values for game variables can never be used, even if the values stored in a gamestate-tracking entity 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 Dice Roller if N is greater than one million.

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 (e.g. 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 (e.g. “two days after this Proposal enacts, Player 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.
  • If a dynastic rule has no text and no subrules, any Player may delete it from the ruleset.
  • A rule may be accompanied by one or more illustrations, and an illustration may have a caption. In all situations, unless otherwise explicitly stated, an illustration and a caption to an illustration must be treated as flavour text.


  • 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 (e.g. “04/10/09”), it shall be assumed that the date is in a day/month/year format.
  • A Player may not take more than one dynastic game action at the same time (excluding any actions which have been ongoing for more than three hours).


  • 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.
  • Players 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”.


  • Within the Ruleset, a word only refers to the name of a Player if it is explicitly stated that it refers to a Player’s name.
  • If a rule would ever have no name, it is instead given the name of the proposal that created it, or (if this is not possible) the name “Unnamed Rule”.
  • The names of rules and wiki pages (other than the Ruleset) are flavour text.
  • 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”.
  • When referring to a Rule, the name used in reference to a specific Rule may be simplified by not including braces and any text between a pair of opening and closing braces, as long as such a reference would be unambiguous.
  • Where a proposal refers to a second proposal by name, it is assumed to refer to the most recently posted proposal of that name which pre-dates the first proposal.


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


A Player may have another Player as a Mentor. Players who are willing to act as a Mentor are listed on the Mentorships wiki page, and are said to be “Tenured”. A Player may add or remove their own name from this list at any time.

If an unmentored Player requests a Mentor, or a new Player has joined the game and has no Mentor, the Dealer should select a Tenured Player and ask them to take that Player on as a Mentee; if they accept, then such a Mentorship is established. The Dealer should take care to consider game balance when selecting a potential mentor.

A relationship between a mentor and a mentee is a Mentorship. The members and starting dates of all active Mentorships are tracked on the Mentorships wiki page, and whenever a new Mentorship is established, the Dealer should announce it in a blog post. A Player may dissolve a Mentorship they are part of at any time, by announcing this in a blog post.

If there is no Dealer, any Player who has been active in at least three previous dynasties may act as Dealer for the purposes of this rule.

Things that a mentor must do

A mentor must do the following:

  • Make pro-active contact with their mentee when appointed, and explain the dynamics of the Mentorship system;
  • Be available to answer any questions that their mentee may have about the game, including explaining the rules, common standards and etiquette of play, proofreading posts and clarifying game events;
  • Introduce their mentee to the various platforms of the game, including the wiki, Slack, and end-of-dynasty notifications through the Facebook group or Twitter;
  • If possible, give their mentee a nudge if it appears that they are at risk of becoming Idle;
  • If they themselves go idle, communicate with their mentee to either continue to support them as an idle Player or arrange a handover to another mentor if requested.

Things that a mentor should do

The following sets out suggested best practice for Mentorship relationships:

  • The Mentorship lasts for four weeks or until the next Ascension Address, whichever occurs latest. It can continue informally for longer but after this threshold the mentor is no longer bound by any of the conditions set out in the parent rule to this rule, or any of its subrules.
  • The mentor can and should advise the mentee on how to proceed in the mentee’s own best interests. This can include making connections with other Players.
  • The mentor should consider copying the mentee in on private, game-related communications, where it does not unfairly prejudice their own interests. The mentee should keep this information private without explicit consent from the mentor.
  • The mentor and mentee may work together to achieve victory. If a mentor achieves victory with support of their mentee then they should, if the mentee wishes it, pass the baton to the mentee.

Things that a mentor should not do

The following sets out a list of things that a mentor should not do in their relationship with their mentee. All of these are considered to be Fair Play rules, as per the rule Fair Play.

  • The mentor should not sock-puppet, bully, coerce or otherwise manipulate the mentee into performing any game actions.
  • The mentor should not seek to dissuade the mentee from pursuing other alliances.
  • A former mentor should not seek to use the fact of a prior Mentorship to influence the former mentee on an ongoing basis.