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The Eleventh Dynasty of Josh

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12 March - 8 April 2020

Ascension Address

The Final Argument of Kings:

Imagine, if you will, a palace.

Sweep through the graceful envelope to the grand chateau, designed and supervised by master architect Louis Le Vau. The interior is baroque; note the stucco, the gilding, the trompe-l’oeil. See how the flow of the rooms is broken up by courtyards, dappled with sun through the leaves of the climbing ivy.

Once this was a mere hunting lodge. Now it is the seat of untrammelled and uncontested power in the Realm. It is not a building. It is propaganda.

The king’s chamber is in the precise centre of the building. The palace as a whole is designed to give the illusion of perfect symmetry, to give the impression that the Realm is secure and the King is solidly situated at its centre. As you enter through Arms Square the arms of the building reach around you in a constricting embrace. It is vaster, much more expansive than you.

The gardens, designed by the legendary André Le Nôtre, are an unfurling wonderland, one miracle after another - fountains, statues, canals, geometric orchards and concealed grottos. Its purpose was to inspire but also to disorient, to bewilder, to stultify. A man could spend a lifetime in the gardens of Versailles and never leave.

The entertainments are ceaseless - torchlit feasts on boats on the waterways, quiet interludes between lovers in secluded glades, and feasts that never cease.

Louis XIV, the Sun King, has mandated that all of the nobles of France spend their every waking hour and their every last coin at Versailles. This is because Versailles is his prison. While the nobles are at Versailles then they are not at their homes, in their castles, where their armies and their cannons are. When they are at Versailles, he can find them, and he can find their wives, and he can read their letters, and he can make sure that their wives find their mistresses.

Ultima Ratio Regum.

Players

The following players were active at the start of the Dynasty:

Brendan*, Cuddlebeam*, Darknight*, The Duke of Waltham, Farsight, Josh*, Jumble, Kevan*, naught, pokes*, Tantusar*

The following players were active at the end of the Dynasty:

Brendan*, Clucky, Darknight*, Farsight, JimothyFromTLTT, Josh*, Jumble, Kevan*, naught, pencilgame, Tantusar*, TyGuy6

Final Ruleset

Gamestate

Posts of Interest

Auctions and Bids

Item 1. An antique Ottoman chess set
Brendan 1,000,000,000,000
card
Clucky 3
Cuddlebeam "a googolplex raised to a googolplex"
Darknight 1000, 1 Power
Farsight
JimothyFromTLTT
Jumble 10
Kevan 102
naught 10
Ninja 2
pencilgame
pokes 14
Tantusar
The Duke of Waltham 200
TyGuy6
Item 1. A copy of Sun Tzu’s Art of War translated into Latin 2. Management of the toll road between Orleans and Tours 3. Instruction in horse riding from the King’s own stablemaster
Brendan 10,000,000,000,002 10,000,000,000,002 10,000,000,000,002
card
Clucky 10 5 5
Cuddlebeam
Darknight 10,000, 2 Power 5,000, 1 Power 2,500, 1 Power
Farsight
JimothyFromTLTT
Jumble 1,500 1,500 1,500
Kevan 43 7 31
naught 100, 1 Power 100 100
Ninja 5 10 5
pencilgame
pokes
Tantusar 5, 1 Power 5 5
The Duke of Waltham 1000 1000 1000
TyGuy6 10 5 5


Item 1. An Athenian natural realist scene depicting Apollo at Crete 2. Feast of Ortolan 3. A life-sized nude erotic sculpture of St John the Baptist 4. Inclusion on the War Council 5. A suite seven feet closer to the bedchambers of the King
Brendan
card
Clucky 2 5 2 5 10
Cuddlebeam
Darknight
Farsight
JimothyFromTLTT
Jumble 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000
Kevan 0 189 0 121 89
naught 3^7.26Tn 3^7.26Tn 7 3^7.26Tn 3^7.26Tn
Ninja 10 10 5 10 20
pencilgame
pokes
Tantusar 10,001 10,001 0 10,001 10,001
The Duke of Waltham
TyGuy6 55 1111 55 222 1111
Item 1. A yodeling masterclass with an unwashed Swiss mystic
Brendan
card
Clucky 1
Cuddlebeam
Darknight
Farsight
JimothyFromTLTT
Jumble 10,000
Kevan 1
naught
Ninja
pencilgame
pokes
Tantusar 6
The Duke of Waltham
TyGuy6
Item 1. State of the art Savoyard three-quarter plate 2. A turkey where the meat has been impregnated with a jet black dye
Brendan
card
Clucky 10 10
Cuddlebeam
Darknight 50,000 50,000
Farsight
JimothyFromTLTT 20 0
Jumble 100,000 100,000
Kevan 0 203
naught 0 0
Ninja
pencilgame
pokes
Tantusar 10,004 10,004
The Duke of Waltham
TyGuy6
Item 1. Barely cooked steak from the Spanish King’s herd 2. Candied dates with reflective spun sugar decorations 3. Wine from Merlot grapes strained through muslin to remove all pigmentation 4. Harry the Black-Hearted Basard gives instruction in fighting dirty to win alehouse brawls
Brendan
card
Clucky 0 250,000 0 0
Cuddlebeam
Darknight
Farsight
JimothyFromTLTT 50 2 0 50
Jumble 125,000 0 250,000 250,000
Kevan 78 0 0 0
naught
Ninja
pencilgame 6,000 0 100,000 100,000
pokes
Tantusar
The Duke of Waltham
TyGuy6
Item 1. An antique, hand-illustrated copy of the Kama Sutra 2. The heart of a stag from the King’s own forest
Brendan
card
Clucky
Cuddlebeam
Darknight 0 100,000
Farsight
JimothyFromTLTT 50 3 Power
Jumble 250,000 0
Kevan
naught
Ninja
pencilgame 100,000 0
pokes
Tantusar
The Duke of Waltham
TyGuy6
Item 1. A tiny, bejewelled, impeccably well-crafted codpiece 2. The King’s Military Drummers to follow you for an entire day playing motivating a battle tattoo 3. The Preaching of John the Baptist by Adam van Noort 4. A notable playwright crafts a comedy about your romance 5. The ironwood throne of a King of Scythia
Brendan
card
Clucky
Cuddlebeam
Darknight 0 0 250,000 250,000 250,000
Farsight
JimothyFromTLTT 0 0 1,000 1 Power 1,000
Jumble 0 0 444,000 444,000 444,000
Kevan 0 0 2,709 0 2,730
naught
Ninja
pencilgame 0 0 1,000,000,000 1,000,000,000 1,000,000,000
pokes
Tantusar
The Duke of Waltham
TyGuy6
Item 1. A treatise on advanced duelling techniques 2. A division of English pike infantry
Brendan
card
Clucky 516,948,364 0
Cuddlebeam
Darknight 125,000 0
Farsight
JimothyFromTLTT
Jumble 444,000 0
Kevan 21,200 0
naught
Ninja
pencilgame 0 0
pokes
Tantusar
The Duke of Waltham
TyGuy6
Item 1. Contract for the supply of logistics support
Brendan
card
Clucky 516,948,364
Cuddlebeam
Darknight 200,000
Farsight
JimothyFromTLTT
Jumble
Kevan 125,000
naught
Ninja
pencilgame 0
pokes
Tantusar
The Duke of Waltham
TyGuy6
Item 1. The strategic notes drawn up by Roland of the Paladins before the Battle of Roncevaux Pass 2. A quail that has been fully encased in marzipan 3. A collection of pocket-sized Italian cameos
Brendan
card
Clucky 516,948,364 10,000 10,000
Cuddlebeam
Darknight 200,000 0 0
Farsight
JimothyFromTLTT
Jumble
Kevan
naught
Ninja
pencilgame
pokes
Tantusar
The Duke of Waltham
TyGuy6
Item 1. Barely cooked steak from the Spanish King’s herd 2. Harry the Black-Hearted Bastard gives instruction in fighting dirty to win alehouse brawls 3. A tiny, bejewelled, impeccably well-crafted codpiece 4. The King’s Military Drummers to follow you for an entire day playing motivating a battle tattoo
Brendan
card
Clucky 516,948,364 0 0 0
Cuddlebeam
Darknight
Farsight
JimothyFromTLTT
Jumble
Kevan
naught
Ninja
pencilgame
pokes
Tantusar
The Duke of Waltham
TyGuy6
  • Auction 10. Item 3 was subject to an Imperial Guard effect that made all cash bids worth zero, so was resolved solely on the basis of Power. The Nobleman called naught made a bid but it was treated as zero as they were Dissolute.
Item 1. A single red rose with a sincere note 2. A stool from the cell of Joan of Arc 3. Pottery from the height of Seleucid Syria
Brendan 0 0 2 Power
card
Clucky 10,000 100,000 0
Cuddlebeam
Darknight
Farsight
JimothyFromTLTT
Jumble 1 0 3 Power
Kevan 0 10,000 0
naught 0 0 0
Ninja
pencilgame
pokes
Tantusar
The Duke of Waltham
TyGuy6
Item 1. A leather corset and skirt combo, fitted for a young male, with an exposed groin region 2. A fire-damaged footrest dating from the Roman Republic 3. A prototype for a smooth-bore pistol 4. A kitten of a new rare breed 5. A porcelain egg with gold trim, in the Renaissance style
Brendan
card
Clucky 10,000,000 100,000,000 100,000,000 100,000,000 10,000,000
Cuddlebeam
Darknight 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000 10,000
Farsight
JimothyFromTLTT
Jumble 1 0 4 Power 0 1
Kevan 980,000,000 1,100,000,000 875,000,000 0 0
naught
Ninja
pencilgame
pokes
Tantusar
The Duke of Waltham
TyGuy6
  • Auction 12 was not resolved due to the end of the dynasty.

Ascension

Clucky sought an audience with Louis XIV after gaining a victory score twice higher than everyone else, and was confirmed not to be in too much Debt. They declared Victory.

Commentary

A commentary thread can be found here.

Dynastic Histories

Round One - Myke I - Lyndse I - Myke II - Kevan I - Anthony I - Est I - Kevan II - Damanor I - Kevan III - Cayvie I - Josh I - Keitalia I - SatyrEyes I - Metadynasty I - Cayvie II - Brendan I - Kevan IV - Knightking I - Chronos Phaenon I - TrumanCapote I - Knightking II - Quazie I - Simon I - AngryGrasshopper I - Rodney I - Aaron I - Josh II - Metadynasty II - Chronos Phaenon II - Excalabur I - Excalabur II - 75th Trombone I - Elias IX I - Metadynasty III - Angry Grasshopper II - Hix I - Thelonious I - Elias IX II - Rodney II - Clucky I - Doremi I - Chronos Phaenon III - Amnistar I - Clucky II - Amnistar II - Bucky I - Clucky III - Josh III - Kevan V - Hix II - Spikebrennan I - Jack I - Purplebeard I - Rodlen I - Yoda I - Amnistar III - Darknight I - Bucky II - Yoda II - Metadynasty IV - Arthexis I - Amnistar IV - Devenger I - Ais523 I - Ienpw III I - Qwazukee I - Klisz I - Metadynasty V - Bucky III - Wakukee I - Kevan VI - Ais523 II - Josh IV - Purplebeard II - Ais523 III - Ienpw III II - Klisz II - Lilomar I - Coppro I - Ais523 IV - Kevan VII - Brendan II - Alecto I - Josh V - Clucky IV - Purplebeard III - Kevan VIII - Ais523 V - Purplebeard IV - Yoda III - Bucky IV - Kevan IX - Bateleur I - Metadynasty VI - Coppro II - Ais523 VI - Cpt Koen I - Southpointingchariot I - Josh VI - Scshunt III - Quirck I - Clucky V - Bucky V - Kevan X - Josh VII - Kevan XI - Scshunt IV - RaichuKFM I - Larrytheturtle I - Skju I - Metadynasty VII - Purplebeard V - Spitemaster I - Josh VIII - RaichuKFM II - The Alien I - Benzene I - RaichuKFM III - Purplebeard VI - Kevan XII - Ayesdeeef I - Bucky VI - Kevan XIII - Josh IX - Mideg I - Kevan XIV - Brendan III - Kevan XV - Tantusar I - Josh X - Kevan XVI - Thrawn I - Brendan IV - Kevan XVII - Moonroof I - RaichuKFM IV - Larrytheturtle II - Brendan V - Kevan XVIII - Brendan VI - RaichuKFM V - Kevan XIX - Brendan VII - Kevan XX - Viv I - Pokes I - Sphinx I - Cuddlebeam I - Pokes II - Cuddlebeam II - Metadynasty VIII - Axemabaro I - Diabecko I - Kevan XXI - Diabecko & Card I - Kevan XXII - Derrick I - Card I - Cuddlebeam III - Card II - Kevan XXIII - Pokes III - Kevan XXIV - Trigon I - Derrick II - Kevan XXV - Derrick III - Farsight I - TyGuy6 I - Pokes IV - Cuddlebeam IV - TyGuy6 II - Kevan XXVI - The Duke of Waltham I - Josh XI - Clucky VI - Naught I - Metadynasty IX - 75th Trombone II - Kevan XXVII - Josh XII