The Fifteenth Dynasty of Josh

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9 June - 31 July 2021

Ascension Address: Zahndorfvania

Child, draw near me before I exhale my final breath, for I have wisdom that I must pass on to you lest this world should slip into ruin.

When our ancestors settled here, millenia ago, this land was a jungle, and it housed unimaginable horrors. They were wise and they were mighty and they chained those horrors deep below the ground. We forgot about the monsters and we forgot about our wisdom but the monsters did not forget about us. They are merely waiting.

The cathedral at the centre of the metropolis of Zahndorf hides the entrance to their grotto. I believe that the monks who service the sepulchre have known about the evil beneath their feet and have been in communion with it. I believe that through this portal the corruption of the city has begun.

Child - my Richardo, last child of the great von Nestor family - you are young but soon you will be an adult. It falls to you to enter the crypt and slay the great demon who lives in its centre. Here, take from my faltering hands the whip that bears our family crest and the shield with the device of brilliant sunlight. Look upon it when you are in the dark places closest to evil and you will know that you are not lost.

Throughout the ruleset, change the term “Broker” to “Vampire Lord” and the term “Collector” to “Richardo von Nestor”. Change the Dynastic Tracking page to Dracula’s Layer and set the rule The Traitor to inactive.


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

Clucky, Jason, Josh, Kevan, lemonfanta, pokes, Raven1207

And at the end:

ais523, Brendan, Chiiika, Cluckym, Josh, Jumble, Kevan, lemonfanta, Raven1207

Final Ruleset


Zahndorf Crypt

Posts of Interest

Imperial Style notice

Dynastic Rules

  • Down Into The Dark: Established that the game would play out on a Crypt map, and that periodically as an atomic action the hero would move through the map, triggering room effects as he went
  • Bare Bones: Vampire Lords have Puissance and could carry out Power Actions, at a Puissance cost
  • Architecture And Immorality: Vampire Lords could Explore (later "Light") rooms to uncover them on the map, placing effects in them for the hero to trigger
  • A Warning About Danger: Vampire Lords could inscribe sigils into rooms as a way of generating more Puissance
  • Dangerous And Repulsive: Denizens could be summoned into the Crypt to menace the hero as he quested; he would later be able to fight them
  • The Danger Is In A Particular Location: The four corner rooms were made special, although what kind of special didn't become clear until later
  • Draculaid Up: Running out of Puissance meant that a Vampire was dust; this was implicitly bad, although it was unclear how bad until later
  • Its Dangerous To Go Alone: Richardo could equip items
  • A Vampire Lords Home Is Its Castle: Vampire Lords could have Sepulchres, though which they could gather Influence, a secondary resource used to buy victory points
  • Of Antioch: Items were removed from the initial loadout and placed on the map as Treasures that Richardo could randomly find during a run. Vampire Lords could derandomise chests, at a cost
  • Red Mist: Having too much Puissance was also bad: it made a Vampire Bloodthirsty, and thus unable to perform most dynastic actions until they got their numbers back under control
  • ... Too Quiet: The question of how runs would be triggered was vexed. Initially they happened once every 48 hours, but for a lot of the dynasty, they were instead governed by this proposal, which stipulated that a run could start no sooner than 12 hours after the most recent Vampire Lord action. This made some turns quite long, and led to some players tactically stalling
  • Doug Funnie: Brendan made several attempts to define Vampire statuses, of which this was the successful iteration. It established that dusted Vampires could be revived by their coevals - for a cost
  • The Favour Of An Immortal: Favours were used slightly differently in this dynasty, making them much more freely exchangeable. The low exchange rates for powerful effects established in the initial proposal were never amended, and so were heavily used by a cabal in the endgame to greatly enhance their position
  • Twisty Little Passages: Routes could be blocked, obliging Richardo to make different choices as he travelled
  • inheritance2: Vampire Lords could convert their Influence into Blood Mana tokens. Although this initially failed, it was subsequently enacted by a fix proposal
  • Deus Vault: Brendan snuck a proposal through that would allow him to place another Vampire Lord's Sepulchre on their behalf
  • splurge: Blood Frenzy was the main way that a Bloodthirsty Vampire could bring their Puissance down, by randomly and chaotically reshaping the Crypt
  • Spooky Action At A Distance: Idle players could have a limited effect on the gamestate
  • Crystal Clearinghouse: Any Puissance or Influence that accrued to an Enthralled Vampire instead accrued to their Enthraller
  • You Snooze You Lose: Richardo collapsed any Sepulchre he found; this was the only way to destroy a lit room, with the exception of one scam
  • Money Pleeeeeease: Vampire Lords got a small amount of Puissance for free each run
  • There Goes My Hero: Richardo was prevented from doubling back on himself
  • The Duracell Bunny: After spending quite some time with a small amount of Energy to work with, Richardo was given a scale of Energy based on how many rooms had been lit. The numbers here were tinkered with a bit but the principle remained intact. Also allowed for the start location of each run to be changed
  • Gathering Dust: The Emperor could make free proposals if their only effect was to tidy up the ruleset
  • Tepesh: The four corner chambers found a defined use: they could be used to summon Dracula
  • Temporary Tattoos: Vampire Lords could add temporary features to rooms
  • Ab Testing: Some actions were defined as Mysterious Actions, which did not reset the turn clock
  • The Old Ones: Active but nonparticipatory Vampire Lords were allowed to be triggered into a Blood Frenzy if their Puissance got too high
  • Be Very Afraid: Rooms where Richardo suffered an injury became Daunting, strongly dissuading him from revisiting them. This was an explicit counter to "deathtrap" rooms which were taking Richardo out early in runs, much to the benefit of Vampire Lords chiiika and Jumble
  • The Children Of The Night: Denizens would randomly Roam after every run
  • The Rule Of Threes: As a bit of thematic flavour, Richardo was allowed to Enter the Crypt alongside his friends - the Witch Koda and the mysterious traveller Drol Eripmav. Koda quickly gained a reputation as the competent one
  • The Crypt Never Sleeps: Daunting rooms were allowed to decay; initially this meant that they were cleared after a while, but that was later amended to make them purified
  • My Songs Know What Richardo Did In The Dark: Clucky found, used and then fixed a fun scam in which rooms that were already Lit were allowed to be Lit again, essentially overwriting them. This was subject to two long Because Weve Been Lighting Rooms All Wrong and heated CfJs, and marked the point at which the mood of the dynasty shifted for the worse
  • Its Dangerous To Go Alone: Treasure could carry over from one run to the next, if not used
  • United Colours: The colours of the map were codified in one place
  • Enough Stalling: The round clock was switched back to being a fixed time. A controversial change, this marked the beginning of the end of the dynasty, as it led to a cabal gaining an advantage that some of the other players found unfair and impossible to counter
  • A late run noticed that Influence could arguably accrue to a Vampire Lord if they had Enthralled another Vampire, even if the Enthrallee did not have a Sepulchre; concurrently, a player claimed that a bug meant that a major mechanic didn't exist: and unilaterally reverted a substantial amount of gamestate. This caused another major round of heated discussion, during which the reversion was ruled illegal and the run was upheld, albeit with the bounced Influence reverted
  • At this point, with Lemonfanta, Jumble and Clucky in a very strong collaborative position, several proposals were put forward to draw things to a close by selecting a random Blood Mana Crystal as the "winning" one, weighting the victory according to what felt like its victory points. Those proposals were:
    • The Everlasting Night Soon Ends: The Everlasting Night Soon Ends]: from Chiiika, to end the game either on a particular date or after two runs (voted down for being too complex and with EVC clauses)
    • The Crystal Dome: from Kevan, to end the game after the next run (voted through)
    • One Last Ride: from Clucky, to have two more runs and square all scores after the second (voted down)

Non-dynastic changes

Story Posts


After the Crystal Dome enacted, a CfJ brought the clock forward to spare us waiting another day for the outcome. Of all the crystals, one of Jumble's was randomly selected, making them the winner.


A post-dynastic discussion 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 - Madrid I - Pokes II - Madrid II - Metadynasty VIII - Axemabaro I - Diabecko I - Kevan XXI - Diabecko & Card I - Kevan XXII - Derrick I - Card I - Madrid III - Card II - Kevan XXIII - Pokes III - Kevan XXIV - Trigon I - Derrick II - Kevan XXV - Derrick III - Farsight I - TyGuy6 I - Pokes IV - Madrid IV - TyGuy6 II - Kevan XXVI - The Duke of Waltham I - Josh XI - Clucky VI - Naught I - Metadynasty IX - Kevan XXVII - Josh XII - Clucky VII - Josh XIII - Bucky VII - Josh XIV - Kevan XXVIII - Lemonfanta I - Clucky VIII - Josh XV - Misty I - ais523 VII - Josh XVI - Kevan XXIX - Trapdoorspyder I - Metadynasty X - Brendan VIII - Brendan IX - Zack I - Misty II - Josh XVII - MadisonSilver I - Josh XVIII - Kevan XXX - Lendunistus I - Josh XIX - SingularByte I - Trapdoorspyder II - Bucky XIII - JonathanDark I - Trapdoorspyder III - Habanero I - JonathanDark II - Misty III - Metadynasty XI - Josh XX - Lemon II - Kevan XXXI - Josh XXI - Clucky IX - Vovix I - JonathanDark III - Zack II - JonathanDark IV - Josh XXII - Kevan XXXII - JonathanDark V