The Twentieth Dynasty of Josh

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May 31 - 6 July 2023

Ascension Address

The Impossible Drive. An engine for a spaceship that could fold through three-dimensional space and travel across unlimited distances in an instant. No-one knew how it worked, only that it had been made by accident. You could replicate the same steps to get the same result but other than that, a mystery. No-one minded much. Overnight, the human commitment to explore the far reaches of space became reality.

Those first pilots were heroes, celebrities, legends. They stood on the launchpad, waving at the crowds, taking in the cheers, ushering in a new era of human peace and prosperity. Bunting, ticker-tape, firecrackers - all of humanity united to pierce that veil of infinite night and nigh-infinite distance. We would see other worlds and report back in real time; all the great questions of existence would be answered.

And how.

Every planet they found was dead. But that wasn’t the worst thing. The first ones were just dead, were merely dead, were dead in an ordinary way: devoid of life, dusty and dull. But the explorers discovered that there are more wretched ways to be lifeless. They found worlds with no geology - just solid rocks or empty clouds of gas, floating in space, in defiance of all physics, no core, no tectonics, no elements. They found planets whose surfaces were smooth and textureless… They found worlds that were nothing but unfinished polyhedral blocks. At the furthest reaches of their home planet’s visual range, they found worlds that were nothing at all - shapes in space with no mass or solidity, ghosts of worlds designed only to be seen from afar, through a telescope.

Naturally, society collapsed. The implications of that discovery have taken generations to unpack. A whole new system of ethics and philosophy has had to be built from the ground up.

It has now been… hundreds of years, since then, and we have come to terms with the truth. Our world is simulated, and we are simulated, and what we called “physics” is just the law of the simulation we live in, software running on some celestial iMac for the gratification of a higher observer. But what about those beings from a higher level of existence? We know they walk among us. We know they have avatars here, avatars connected directly to their own alien cognitive morphology. We have… Now, at least, we have the knowledge and the know-how to take that connection, to feed it back, to ride it.

In other words, to steal the bodies of the ones who made us, leaving their consciousnesses trapped in this existence, like they planned for us.

Who knows? Perhaps they live in a simulation as well, and there’s another even higher level of existence above that. But if they do, I’ll know. I know the signs now. And I’ll find more avatars and I’ll keep stealing bodies all the way up. I’ll ride this all the way up to the top. One way or another, I’ll get to the true reality.

Repeal all dynastic rules. Make the Special Case rules No Collaboration and Reinitialisation active. Change the term ‘City Architect’ to Mindjacker and the term Urbifex Maximus to Ascendant throughout the ruleset. Change the gamestate tracking page to Reality.


The following players were active at the beginning of this Dynasty: Bucky, chiiika, JonathanDark, Josh, redtara

The following players were active at the end of this Dynasty: Bucky, JonathanDark, Josh, lemon, Raven1207

The following players were active at other points during the dynasty: Benbot, Kevan, Lulu (renamed from Misty during the dynasty), pokes, summai, Trapdoorspyder

Final Ruleset


Posts of Interest

Dynastic Proposals

(This list of significant dynastic events is currently incomplete.)


Lemon ascended to the True Reality to achieve Victory.


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