169:13 - INVALID +0.25

From: Glenn Overby II (guardcaptain_at_earthlink.net)
Date: Mon Oct 01 2001 - 23:12:27 PDT


Factitious writes:

><<<
>    As players rolling an unlucky total now have no risk of hitting
>blockades, Iím thankful for the gust of wind, which, as we know, always
>occurs exactly four turns before any roll of double zeros.  Iíve often
>wanted to take the game apart to see how it manages that, but I have
>learned nothing through my efforts save that the Constraint Cards have
>more clockwork than one would expect.
>    Anyway, I need to roll now.  One of the dice quickly lands with a 3
>facing up.  The other seems to take itís time bouncing, but eventually
>settles for another 3.  I am now on space 19, an unremarkable location.
>    Fortunately, since I rolled doubles, I can roll again as part of
>this turn. Unsurprisingly, I get double threes again, moving to 25.
>Well, I guess Iíll roll a third time.  Of course, this makes me nervous,
>as the penalty for rolling doubles three times in a row is severe indeed
>- one must move back 4 spaces!
>    My third roll again turns out to be double threes, so after a brief
>stop on 31 I must go far back, to 27.  Oh, wait!  Thatís not as bad as I
>had thought!  27 is the Castle Space, giving everyone +3 to strength as
>long as I remain here. Strength, of course, cannot be greater than 5,
>and, in the case of values which would exceed 5, is calculated by
>subtracting 5 until it is within the allowed range.  I'll choose not to
>exercise my option of rolling again, as I'm happy with my current location.
>    The current positions are: Factitious: 27. Gallivanting Tripper:
>22a.  The Wizard: Start. Dave: 2. Jesse: 6. Rich: 11. Anton: 15. Judge:
>26 bc.
><<<
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>Rule Date: 2001-10-02 01:43:59 GMT

The Judgement:

Validity:  The rule is not consistent with prior rules; the gust of wind cannot always
occur exactly four turns before a roll of 0-0, since we've already had a 0-0 roll with
no gust of wind heralding its arrival.  Nice try, though.  INVALID.

Style:  Long-winded (-0.5), tries to play with piece attributes (+0.25), imaginative
attempt to explain the mysterious gust of wind (+0.5), not much else here.  A soft
+0.25.

Reflections:  How do we handle lots of double-3s, and from whence came the
wind?  The mysteries remain for others, as the first week reaches its waning hours.

Glenn E. Overby II "da judge"
Clinton Twp, MI
http://home.earthlink.net/~guardcaptain/

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Rule Date: 2001-10-02 06:14:01 GMT


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