Baron von Skippy on 18 Sep 2002 02:49:04 -0000

 [Spoon-business] Proposal: From up here, you can see miles!

[[I see a whole big mega-story in all this... working together is good if I can profit from it. Oh, and I'm not sure who's a public forum, so I sent this to both.]]
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__A New World to Explore... and Conquer__

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"I know, sir, so we recalled the speeder, checked the instrumentation on another speeder, and sent it out on recon to confirm. It reached (30,10), looped around, and re-entered the Grid from (17,21). Follow-up flights have established that the Grid is at least twice as large in both dimensions as was previously believed. Here are the preliminary reports."]]
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Replace the text of 301.A.1 with "There exists an environment known as the Grid. The Grid is composed of units, or Squares. The Grid is 40 units wide by 40 units tall. The units are numbered from 1 to 40 horizontally (the x axis) and 1 to 40 vertically (the y axis). Each unit on the Grid can be expressed as an (x,y) coordinate location, with (1,1) in the lower left-hand corner, and (40,40) in the upper right. The area of the grid defined by a square with corners at (1,1), (20,1), (1,20), and (20,20) is the Football Grid. The remaining area is the Empire Grid. Sections C, E.1-E.4, and F of this rule only apply to the Football Grid. All other sections apply to the entire Grid. Squares on the Empire Grid are also called "lands." A collection of lands owned by a player is called an Empire. Players are encouraged to name their Empires."
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[["Empire Grid?"
"That's page 4, sir. I think you'll like it."]]
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Add a subsection to Rule 301:
A.3.3. Ownership
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Players may purchase lands from vSOI at a cost of 50 points apiece. Players may only purchase squares that border the Football Grid, the border of the Empire Grid, or another square they control, unless there are no squares that meet these qualifications, in which case they may purchase any land. Members of vSOI may purchase lands for 35 points. No land may be purchased such that any player that owns lands would then have no available lands bordering their lands.
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[["You were right. I do like it. I have a few questions, though. One: Why should people buy lands, and two, who'll keep track of it all?"
```     "Pages 5 and 7, sir."]]

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Add a subsection to Rule 301:
E.5. Improvements
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Players may purchase improvements for lands they own from the Gnome account. Improvements may only be destroyed by sale, which takes 2/3, rounded up, of the improvement's cost from the Gnome Account and gives it to the owner, or by the land the improvement is on becoming of type Fire. Lands may not have more than one improvement on them at any time.
```E.5.1. Mines
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Mines may be purchased for 20 points by non-vSOI members, or 15 points by vSOI members. Mines give the owner of the land they are on 15 Resource Units per nweek. There is no limit on the number of Mines a player may own.
```E.5.2. Factories
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Factories may be purchased for 30 points by non-vSOI members, or 22 points by vSOI members. Factories give the owner of the land they are on 50 BNS per nweek. No player may own more than 12 Factories at any time. If a player would own more than 12 Factories, a random Factory that player controls is sold.
```E.5.3. Cities
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Cities may be purchased for 50 points by non-vSOI members, or 40 points by vSOI members. Cities give the owner of the land they are on one point for each nweek since their purchase, up to a maximum of eight, plus one point for each set of one Mine and one Factory immediately bordering that city, up to a maximum of two. No player may own more than 8 cities, and no player may own more cities than they do any other improvement.
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In 625.C.1, add the word "Football" before all occurences of the word "Grid."
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Add the following section, appropriately numbered, to Rule 625.C:
The Ministry of The Empire
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There exists a Ministry of the Empire. The Minister of the Empire may be referred to as the Surveyor. The Surveyor is responible for keeping track of all changes to the Empire Grid and posting those changes on a web page whose URL has been announced on a public forum. At the end of each nweek, the Surveyor shall be paid one point and 10 BNS for each player who alters the status of the Empire Grid.
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Make Baron von Skippy the first Minister of the Empire.
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"I used to get them all the time just after you hired me, sir."
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"Right. Now, we need a hook, and I have an idea for one. It'll cost us, but it may be worth it to encourage expansionism."]]
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Create a new rule:
__Imperial Seeds__
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There exist carryable objects called Imperial Seeds. A player may destroy an Imperial Seed they hold by announcing their intent to do so in a public forum. If a player destroys eir Imperial Seed in this manner, they recieve 5 lands, 1 Mine, 1 Factory, and 1 City. If there are no more Imperial Seeds in play, repeal this rule.
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Give each player an Imperial Seed.
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Remove all points from the Gnome Account.
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[["Niches. It's all about niches. If you can't find one to fill, create one. Campion, you and your boys have done a marvelous job. I think it's about time your department got a raise, don't you?"
```     "Thank you, sir."
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"Don't mention it, it's probably overdue anyway. Now, then, do you know what the one thing every empire has had in common is?" The commander grinned. It wasn't a friendly grin. It was a predatory grin, like a reverse Cheshire Cat, where you know the next thing you'll see is the whole cat, probably coming at your head at high speed. "Conquest?" "Indeed." The Baron hit a button on the phone on his desk. "Ms. Samson, kindly cancel all of my appointments for this afternoon." Outside, the first big drops of what looked to be rather a large storm began to fall.
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