The Fourth Dynasty of ais523

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September 6th, 2010 - September 30th, 2010

Ascension Address

Scene: a Cessna 150 flying from Funafuti International Airport to Gotham City. Fourteen passengers are somehow crowded into the back of the plane, which has been customised with many bizarre additions over the years to provide extra space. A small television is sitting in the middle of the floor; a series of adverts end, showing the start of a news program.

“...and the breaking news tonight is the hijacking of a light airplane en route to Gotham City. The plane was a special one-off trip to rescue holidaymakers stranded in Funafuti by complications caused by the reversal of a wish. It currently isn’t clear precisely who the hijacker is, but it appears that they managed to take the pilot’s place before the flight started, leaving the passengers with no clue what happened, although I see some of them are starting to notice already. In other news, the mysterious box at the back of the plane contains a huge bunch of snakes, and giving a news report whilst trying to fly a plane is surprisingly difficult.”

The plane lurches badly, and screams are heard from the back, but then levels again as the news report cuts out. The screams don’t seem to abate though. Then the report briefly cuts back in.

“One of you just had to look in the box, didn’t you?”


Eventually, after an eventful five hours after which the hapless passengers finally determined that the snakes in question were not venomous, or in fact dangerous in any way, the plane lands in an unfamiliar disused airfield.

“Welcome everyone! The reason you are here: is so I can prove that I’m smarter than you, more knowledgeable than you, cleverer than you, and you’re all idiots. It shouldn’t be hard; some of those snakes are smarter than you by the sound of it. This will be about… puzzles, quizzes, challenges, that sort of competition. And you’d better set some for me, and each other, too. Or how else could I prove myself better?”


The following players were active at the beginning of this Dynasty:

ais523, Bucky*, coppro*, Clucky*, Darknight*, Darth Cliche*, flurie, Galdyn, glopso, Josh*, Kevan*, parsley, Princerepulsive, Qwazukee*, Wakukee*

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

ais523, Bucky*, Darknight, Darth Cliche*, EvilToaster, flurie, Kevan*, lilomar*, Thane Q

Final Ruleset

Ruleset 81

Posts of Interest

  • Competition Introduced the main mechanic of the dynasty.
  • It's The Winning That Counts Allowed Competitions to be won, in addition to just shuffling IQ around.
  • Fixed proposal count The first Competition. It wasn't really participated in much.
  • Authorization requested Bucky requests to create a Competition, without giving any details but a couple of restrictions and some hints (saying it's based on a minigame from a previous dynasty)...
    • Bribery Contest ...and it turns out to be a Competition to see who gives the biggest bribe to Bucky. A nice example of a minor scam.
  • Competition Competition A Competition to award people for creating Competitions.
  • Chorus of Disapproval Allowed a quorum of Befuddled to get rid of Competitions they didn't like. (Bucky, not surprisingly, was rather critical of this proposal.)
  • To the Podium Made Competitions end once they'd awarded a Medal.
  • Three Gods Josh proposes a Truth Teller/Liar-style Competition (which was never created, for some reason).
  • Turtle Hurling Kevan also proposes a Competition, this one based on a Flash game (eventually created here).
  • Patience test Josh proposes to give an award to the first player who comments on a Competition, based on how late that comment was; and Darknight instantly commented on it to stop anyone winning anything.
  • Runners Up Allowed Competitions to give lesser Medals to people who didn't win.
  • Ok, if I can't trust you to keep answers secret, I'll set the questions The Riddler starts a puzzle competition, because nobody else can be trusted not to give away the answers. Only one puzzle is asked, and nobody gets the correct answer.
  • Golden Ratio The victory condition that the dynasty was won via; five Gold Medals, ten Silver Medals, or a combination, are enough to win.
  • Tricking people out of Medals An attempt to make IQ relevant for victory; it may well have been very important in the dynasty, except that the dynasty ended before it could be enacted.
  • Seal of Approval A proposal that approved Kevan to create Competitions, despite not being enacted.
  • Five Gold Medals Kevan's DoV.


Kevan exploited a bug in the rule for competition creation, which allowed proposals to approve Competitions even if they hadn't been enacted (and in particular, even a pending Competition could do that). This allowed him to create a sequence of massively biased Competitions that he could win trivially, achieving victory.



This dynasty really didn't work well, and I don't know why. I think part of the problem is that BlogNomic has a huge aversion to unenforceable rules (apparently it's impossible to rely on the honour of people to keep information secret if the rules say they should), severely restricting the sort of Competitions that could be made, and that no subgame caught people's interest quickly enough; and only me, Josh and Kevan were really active in competition creation. Incidentally, I had three puzzles ready for that puzzle competition, and gave the easiest first; I might use them in some other context eventually (as nobody got the correct answer to the first). (Also, BlogNomic is very good at breaking cryptograms; I started them intentionally easy, and should have started them much harder.) CallForJudgement

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