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Saturday, October 16, 2004

Declaration of Victory

I am appalled that you would pass such an unbalanced rule knowingly, and not even win the game with it!


Naturally, the only proper way to respond to that is to proceed to win.

Knightphaenon begins at 3 size, 1328 population.

Knightphaenon alternates consuming and digesting ShadowSliver 13 times, reducing him to 0 population and death, and Knightphaenon to 335 pop. Knightphaenon splits (with the size from digestion) to 2680 pop.

Knightphaenon alternates consuming and digesting Simon 11 times, reducing him to 0 population and death, and Knightphaenon to 841 pop. Knightphaenon splits (with the size from digestion) to 6728 pop.

Knightphaenon alternates consuming and digesting Aaron 6 times, reducing him to 0 population and death, and Knightphaenon to 3575 pop. Knightphaenon splits (with the size from digestion) to 14300 pop.

Knightphaenon alternates consuming and digesting Josh 5 times, reducing him to 0 population and death, and Knightphaenon to 8444 pop. Knightphaenon splits (with the size from digestion) to 33776 pop.

Knightphaenon alternates consuming and digesting TrumanCapote 6 times, reducing him to 0 population and death, and Knightphaenon to 17949 pop. Knightphaenon splits (with the size from digestion) to 71796 pop.

Knightphaenon alternates consuming and digesting Chronos 11 times, reducing him to 0 population and death, and Knightphaenon to 20277 pop. Knightphaenon splits (with the size from digestion) to 162216 pop.

Knightphaenon alternates consuming and digesting Kevan 10 times, reducing him to 0 population and death, and Knightphaenon to 56561 pop. Knightphaenon splits (with the size from digestion) to 452488 pop.

Knightphaenon alternates consuming and digesting WildCard 15 times, reducing him to 0 population and death, and Knightphaenon to 93163 pop.

As Orson has flagella, I have to get my hands dirty. I acquire flagella and consuming with my two mutation points and consume him to death.

I am now the only non-dead original strain in the Game. Under Rule 11, I hereby declare victory.

Proposal: Mutating Metabolism [Trivial]

Add to the Mutation rule:

A Strain may spend 2 ATP to raise it Mutation pool by 1.

Remember that it costs size to raise ATP by 1 and it can only be done daily

Vetoed - Failed by Orson

Call for Judgement: Incredibly Super Digestion

I was correcting what I thought was a GNDT error by Knightking, who made his Hybrid Knightphaenon Super-Digest after each Super-Consumption, but I just re-read the rule and I see that the wording is vague:
After Consuming, a Strain with this Ability can, once that same day, Digest to make its Size grow by 5.

That could be interpreted to mean a Strain may Digest once per Consumption, as long as it was on the same day. My intention when creating Digestion was to make it a once per day maximum, like Synthesis.

So I make a call for judgement to fix the wording for clarity in both the Digestion and Super-Digestion Abilities of Ability Genes, add:
This Ability cannot be used more than once per day.

In addition, if there are any instances of multiple same-day Digestions they shall be reversed.

N/A Dynasty has ended - Orson

Proposal: Positive ATP [Trivial]

In the ATP rule, change

Every strain has an ATP level, which is tracked in the GNDT.

to

Every strain has an ATP level, which is tracked in the GNDT. No action may be taken which results in a negative ATP level.

If this Proposal passes, Chronos shall gain no Size reward for authoring or enacting it.

Vetoed - Failed by Orson

Proposal: Care & Feeding of Microbes [Trivial]

Add a rule, Feeding:
A Strain may, at any time, Feed another Strain by transferring points of Size. The Strain doing the Feeding must pay a cost of 2 Size for every 1 Size the Strain being Fed gains.

[How about something this simple, instead of introducing ATP?]

Vetoed - Failed by Orson

Friday, October 15, 2004

Proposal: Growth Ability, Symbiosis [Trivial]

Add to Growth Group of Ability Genes:
* Symbiont (Growth): A Strain with this Ability can, once a day, Share to make its Size grow by the number of Strains with this Ability, minus the number of Strains with the Super-Symbiont Ability.
* Super-Symbiont (Growth): A Strain with this Ability can, once a day, Share to make its Size grow by the number of Strains with this Ability, plus 1, minus the number of Strains with the Symbiont Ability.

In Enome, add to the Enome[1] Base index:
*y-Symbiont
*Y-Super-Symbiont


Vetoed - Failed by Orson

Proposal: Growth Ability, Efficient [Trivial]

Add to Growth Group of Ability Genes:
*Efficient (Growth): When Splitting, after doubling Population, a Strain with this Ability may add 3 to its Size.
*Super-Efficient (Growth): When Splitting, after doubling Population, a Strain with this Ability may add 5 to its Size.

In Enome, add to the Enome[1] Base index:
*e-Efficient
*E-Super-Efficient


Vetoed - Failed by Orson

Proposal: Defensive Ability, Flagella [Trivial]

Add to Defensive Group of Ability Genes:
*Flagella (Defensive): A Strain with this Ability cannot be the target of Offensive Abilities which affect only one target Strain, unless the Acting Strain also has the Flagella or Super-Flagella Defensive Ability.
*Super-Flagella (Defensive): A Strain with this Ability cannot be the target of Offensive Abilities which affect only one target Strain, unless the Acting Strain also has the Super-Flagella Defensive Ability.

In Enome, add to the Enome[3] Base index:
*f-Flagella
*F-Super-Flagella


6-0 - Reached Quorum - Enacted by Chronos

Too much biomass

I can't seem to get into the theme of this Dynasty, and at this point, I'm only holding up Quorum. I'll be idle until the start of the next one.

Quorum remains at 6.

Proposal: Quick-link [Trivial]

Add a non conditional "Make a new post" link to the blog sidebar, as exemplified at http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=999.

6-0 - Reached Quorum - Enacted by Chronos

Proposal: ATP

Add an ATP rule:
Every strain has an ATP level, which is tracked in the GNDT.

A new strain starts out with 0 ATP.

Once a day, a strain may Metabolize. Metabolizing costs in Size twice the Strain's current ATP level. That Strain then gains 1 ATP.

Once a day, a strain may Feed another. Strains can only Feed strains with a lower ATP level than them, and only once per day. When a Strain feeds another, the feeding Strain loses 2 ATP and gets +1 Size and +10 Population. The Strain being Fed gets +1 ATP.

If this Proposal passes, 70% (round up) of the authoring reward shall be credited to ShadowSliver.

This is, of course, not the way ATP metabolism occurs in real cells, but it's quite in theme. I tweaked some of the values proposed originally by ShadowSliver, to make it more balanced.

6-1 - Reached Quorum - Enacted by Chronos

Hybrid Request: Chronos, Knightking

Name: Knightphaenon
Enome: SCS-XXX
Population donated: 80 by each parent

Here we go again

6-0 - Reached Quorum - Enacted by Chronos

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Proposal: Intelligence

Adds an Intelligence rule:
Every strain has an intelligence, which is tracked in the GNDT.

A new strain starts out with 1 intelligence.

Once a day, a strain may Learn. Learning costs thrice the strain's current intelligence. That strain then gains 1 intelligence.

Once a day, a strain may Teach. Strains can only Teach strains with a lower intelligence than them, and only once per day. When a strain teaches, the teaching strain gets +1 size and +10 population. The taught strain gets +1 intelligence.


More could also be done with intelligence later.

Self-Failed - Failed by Chronos

Proposal: Mutation Adjustment [Trivial]

Change the rule Mutation to read:
Each Strain has a pool of Mutation points which are tracked in the GNDT. At any time a Strain may deduct points from their Mutation pool to change their Enome Bases, as long as that wouldn't cause the pool to drop below zero, at these prices:
* 1 to change to a different lowercase character.
* 2 to change to a different uppercase character.
* 1 to switch the case of a character, from lowercase to uppercase, or vice-versa.

Once a Week, a Strain may add two points to its Mutation pool.
If this Proposal passes, I waive my Size reward for it. I also waive my Size reward for the Administration of it, if I Enact it.

7-0 - Reached Quorum - Enacted by Chronos

Proposal: Fast [Trivial]

Add to Defensive Group of Ability Genes:
*Fast (Offensive): A Strain with this Ability cannot be Consumed by Strains which do not also have the Fast or Super-Fast Ability.
*Super-Fast (Offensive): A Strain with this Ability cannot be Consumed by Strains which do not also have the Super-Fast Ability.

In Enome, add to the Enome[3] Base index:
*f-Fast
*F-Super-Fast

Self-Failed - Failed by Chronos

Proposal: Acid [Trivial]

Add to Offensive Group of Ability Genes:
*Acidic (Offensive): Once a day, a Strain with this Ability can emit Acid to Corrode up to 3 other Strains, at a cost of 2 Size per Strain. The affected Strains lose 5% of their Population.
*Super-Acidic (Offensive): Once a day, a Strain with this Ability can emit Acid to Corrode up to 5 other Strains, at a cost of 1 Size per Strain. The affected Strains lose 5% of their Population.

In Enome, add to the Enome[2] Base index:
*a-Acidic
*A-Super-Acidic

7-0 - Reached Quorum - Enacted by Chronos

Proposal: Digestion [Trivial]

Add to Growth Group of Ability Genes:
* Digestion (Growth): After Consuming, a Strain with this Ability can, once that same day, Digest to make its Size grow by 2.
* Super-Digestion (Growth): After Consuming, a Strain with this Ability can, once that same day, Digest to make its Size grow by 5.

In Enome, add to the Enome[1] Base index:
*d-Digestion
*D-Super-Digestion


6-0 - Reached Quorum - Enacted by Chronos

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Proposal: Re-enact Hybrids [Trivial]

Add a Hybridization rule:

Generation is tracked in the GNDT. New Strains begin the game with Generation 1.

Ancestry is an alphabetically ordered comma-separated list of Strain Names tracked in the GNDT. A Name can only appear once in a given Strain's Ancestry; duplicates are removed. New Strains have only their own Name listed in their Ancestry.

A Strain that has only its own name listed in its Ancestry is an Original Strain. All other Strains are Hybrid Strains.

Hybrid Strains don't count as a Strain for any Rule with a number between 1 and 10. If a Hybrid is reduced to 0 Biomass it becomes Extinct, all its GNDT values are cleared, and is no longer considered a Strain. Admins may claim 1 Size for removing an Extinct entry from the GNDT.

Any Original Strain listed in a Strain's Ancestry is called its Ancestor and may act on its behalf.

Progeny is tracked in the GNDT. It is always equal to the number of Hybrids an Original Strain is an Ancestor of. Hybrids do not have a Progeny value.

Add a Hybrid Request rule:

Any Original Strain may propose the addition of a new Hybrid Strain by posting an entry which begins with the paragraph "Hybrid Request: [Strain 1, Strain 2 ... Strain n]" in bold text, where [Strain 1, Strain 2 ... Strain n] lists all involved Strains, hereby named Parent Strains. A Request must name at least 2 Parent Strains. The Requesting Strain must be an Ancestor of at least one of the named Parents. The Hybrid Request must also specify the following information:
* A name for the new Hybrid Strain
* An Enome string for the Hybrid Strain. Each Base of the Hybrid's Enome must match the Base of one of its Parents in the same Enome position. The Parents' Bases need not be equally represented in the Hybrid's Enome, but must have at least one Base represented. Bases valued to "X" doesn't represent a Parent's Enome for this purpose. The exact combination is up to the Strain making the Request.
* How much Population every Parent will donate to the Hybrid. Each Parent must donate the same amount.

Hybrid Requests are processed in same fashion as Proposals, with these differences:

* No Strain may be named Parent in more than one Pending Hybrid Request. No Hybrid Request may be posted which makes a Strain be named Parent in more than one Pending Hybrid Request.
* If a Parent is an Original Strain and does not Vote FOR, the Request Fails.
* If any Ancestor of a Parent Votes AGAINST, the Request Fails.
* There is an automatic number of AGAINST Votes equal to the highest Progeny value among the would-be Hybrid's Ancestors.
* After 24 hours since posting, if the number of Votes FOR is greater than Votes AGAINST a Hybrid Request, an Admin may Enact the Request, if not, an Admin may Fail it.
* Only the oldest Pending Hybrid Request may be tallied for Enactment or Failure. Pending Hybrid Requests donít block Pending Proposals Enactment or Failure and vice-versa.

The Admin who Enacts the Hybrid Request may claim 2 Size, provided he/she is not the author of the Request. When a Hybrid Request Fails, the requesting Strain loses 3 Size and half the Population one Parent would have donated to the Hybrid if the Request had been Enacted.

When the Hybridization is Enacted, a new Hybrid Strain is created with the name and Enome specified in the Hybrid Request. The Hybrid's Generation is set to the largest Generation of its Parents, +1. The Hybrid's Ancestry is the the sum of the Ancestry of each Parent. The Hybrid's Size is the averaged Size of its Parents, rounded down, and its Population is the sum of the Population donated by its Parents. Each Parent's Population is reduced by the donated value; if doing so would bring a Parent's Population to zero, the Request fails instead.

In the Population rule, change

If a Strain is the only non-Dead strain in the Game, that Strain may claim Victory.

to

If an Original Strain is the only non-Dead strain in the Game, that Strain may claim Victory.

Set all currently existing Strains' Generation to 1 and Ancestry to their own name.

We didn't have the time to effectively try this one...

5-4 - Timed Out - Enacted by Orson

Monday, October 11, 2004

Punctuated Equilibrium

A new species of bacteria has evolved in our petri dish. Put your psuedopods together for ShadowSliver (and kill me for that psuedo-pun).

Proposal: Chomp, Yum! [Trivial]

Add to Growth Group of Ability Genes:
* Digestion (Growth): Any Strain with Consuming Ability may acquire this Ability by paying a cost of 2 Size and 5% of its Population. After Consuming, a Strain with this Ability can, once that same day, Digest to make its Size grow by 2.
* Super-Digestion (Growth): Any Strain with Digestion Ability and Super-Consuming Ability may acquire this Ability by paying a cost of 5 Size and 12.5% of its Population. After Consuming, a Strain with this Ability can, once that same day, Digest to make its Size grow by 5.

In Enome, add to the Enome[1] Base index:
*d-Digesting
*D-Super-Digesting


3-2 - Self Fail - Failed by Orson

Proposal: Limited Mutation

[I want to restrict changing Enome values, to force Strains to live with their choices and not jump to the latest and greatest Abilities too easily.]

Add a rule, Mutation:

Each Strain has a pool of Mutation points which are tracked in the GNDT. At any time a Strain may deduct 2 from their Mutation pool to change one Base of their Enome to an upper case character, or 1 from their pool to change it to a lower case character or to revert it to innocuous, as long as that wouldn't cause the pool to drop below zero.

At the beginning of every week, a Strain may add one to its Mutation pool.

In the rule Ability Genes, remove the lines about costs to acquire for all Abilities.

If this Proposal is Enacted, all Strains get 4 Mutation points minus the number of non-innocuous lowercase and twice the number of uppercase non-innocuous Enome Bases they have.
[That's retroactive payment for the Abilities acquired before this rule goes into effect.]


3-2 - Timed Out - Enacted by Orson, Oct 13