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Author Topic: Generic Arms Race - Design Phase, 0001  (Read 2667 times)

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Generic Arms Race - Design Phase, 0001
« on: February 11, 2024, 02:09:31 am »

Two Entities stood face to face, though whether either of them had faces to begin with was a question that no mortal could answer.

One of the two was arguing for the creation of a war between republics, with historically-accurate equipment and weapons mimicking the 'World War 1' era of the metatemplate 'Earth'. The other suggested a more audacious creation, where 'magical' 'warstriders' would be utilized by opposed kingdoms. The debate grew more and more heated.

"The merit of historical accuracy cannot be denied. More rigid physics allow for more complex engineering."

"The limitation to metatemplate 'Earth' physics will stifle the creativity of the engineers. Historical accuracy limits development paths."

The unthinkable happened. One of the Entities grew frustrated, and threw the first strike, an array of dimensional shear cutting through superstrings and destroying a thousand worlds. It was the equivalent of an insulting slap. The other Entity looked back, incredulous.

The Entities separated, and their battle truly began, in the typical mode of their species.



This is an Arms Race where you make the rules. Each player may join one team and only one team - either Red Faction or Blue Faction.

Please join whichever team has fewer active players, for balance's sake.

Once you've joined a team, only view that team's thread and this thread, since that's basically required for an arms race to work.

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This is the Red Thread.

This is the Blue Thread.

Honor system.

You'll both be creating your Entity's means of waging war, as well as manipulating the rules of the game itself.



Spoiler: Design Phase (click to show/hide)
Spoiler: Usage Levels (click to show/hide)
Spoiler: Shift Phase (click to show/hide)
Spoiler: Battle Phase (click to show/hide)
Spoiler: Progress (click to show/hide)



Spoiler: Game Start (click to show/hide)
Spoiler: Final Rules (click to show/hide)
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Re: Generic Arms Race - Shift Phase, 0000
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2024, 02:48:56 am »

So it's possible to shift the existence of two teams?
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Re: Generic Arms Race - Shift Phase, 0000
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2024, 02:50:46 am »

So it's possible to shift the existence of two teams?

Yes. If you want to that badly, and manage to get your team to go along with it, yes.

Under the scope condition I may limit that in some way, but it's not inherently undoable.
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Re: Generic Arms Race - Shift Phase, 0000
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2024, 06:41:07 am »

Joining Red!
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Re: Generic Arms Race - Shift Phase, 0000
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2024, 11:52:29 am »

If the backstory is a reference to what I think it is, I want to kiss you.
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Re: Generic Arms Race - Shift Phase, 0000
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2024, 12:26:15 pm »

It's actually two separate references in a trenchcoat.

Current roster:

Red Faction: Rockeater (technically), SamSpeeds, NUKE9.13, Man of Paper, Kashyyk, Crystalizedmire, Quarque
Blue Faction: Maximum Spin, TricMagic, Funk, Jerick, Thanatos Russ, Failbird105

Things are shaping up nicely.
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Re: Generic Arms Race - Shift Phase, 0000
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2024, 12:28:00 pm »

For Blue!
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Re: Generic Arms Race - Shift Phase, 0000
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2024, 03:38:18 pm »

I shall also join blue
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Re: Generic Arms Race - Shift Phase, 0000
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2024, 03:46:48 pm »

Hello Red Team
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Re: Generic Arms Race - Shift Phase, 0000
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2024, 05:48:25 pm »

I will join red because I peeked at in their thread.
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Re: Generic Arms Race - Shift Phase, 0000
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2024, 11:46:23 pm »

Alright, things appear to have slowed down so let me get things on schedule.

Soft end of the first Shift Phase is 8 PM, Wednesday, February 14th. I'd love to have both teams finalize their first Shifts by then.

Hard end of the first Shift Phase is 8 PM, Thursday, February 15th. Any team that doesn't have a winning vote by then, I'll just select a Shift from their proposals at random.

As an incentive to get things moving, each team that gets their first Shift selected before the soft deadline will get a +1 roll bonus to their first Design of the first Design Phase.

Both teams can earn this bonus.
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Re: Generic Arms Race - Shift Phase, 0000
« Reply #11 on: February 13, 2024, 04:14:12 pm »

Hmmm, guess I'll go Blue Team
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Re: Generic Arms Race - Shift Phase, 0000
« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2024, 09:19:50 pm »

Shift Phase 0000:



The Red Entity hears the voices of their fragments, and stretches their power over the battlefield. The expanse of blank, grey stone Shifts and enters a state of uncertain flux. What was a simple battlefield soon becomes relatively far more complex, as the terrain shifts at every Battle Phase's end.

Battle Phase rules updated.



The Blue Entity listens, considers, and acts. Their power seeps into the sediment of the design process, and adds a new uncertainty. What shall happen if the war-tools of the dominant faction suddenly fall into the hands of the current lesser competitor?

Design Phase rules updated.



It is now the Design Phase.

As a reminder, for the first three Design Phases, each team gets two Designs instead of one. The first (decide which is first however you please) Design each team makes will receive a +1 roll bonus, as well, as both teams decided a Shift before the soft deadline.



Spoiler: Design Phase (click to show/hide)
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Spoiler: Battle Phase (click to show/hide)
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Spoiler: Progress (click to show/hide)



Metacrystal and You: A Short Generic Materials Primer

You may have noticed that your starting Designs mention metacrystal. Metacrystal is a generic material. Essentially, its properties are arbitrary, but the further you push it, the greater the expense and complexity of your Designs will be. Your faction's Entities would rather minimize their direct involvement in this conflict, as per the Arms Race rules (who's heard of an engineer personally joining the fighting in an Arms Race, outside of finale-type turns?). As such, the Designs you create are transmitted to your Rooks, which then operate your Gates to create them.

The bad news is, this makes Designs using materials that aren't metacrystal a bit difficult.

The good news is, you can Shift the game. If you want more things to work with than metacrystal, all you have to do is Shift that.

The other good news is, you're entirely capable of Designing better means of production. The 'Rooks-control-Gates' means I described are just what you have access to right now. That can change.
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Re: Generic Arms Race - Design Phase, 0000
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2024, 03:50:28 am »

This is organized by Fallacy and it scares me.

But Kashyyk asked me to join Red so I'll be brave and have a look.
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Re: Generic Arms Race - Design Phase, 0000
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2024, 04:14:07 am »

I think I'll keep the system of soft and hard deadlines going, just to keep the game steadily moving.

Soft deadline for Design Phase 0000 is 8 PM Central time, Sunday February 18th.

Hard deadline for Design Phase 0000 is 8 PM Central time, Monday February 19th.

In this case, there's no explicit benefit for getting things in before the soft deadline as opposed to the hard one, other than my gratitude.

This is organized by Fallacy and it scares me.

But Kashyyk asked me to join Red so I'll be brave and have a look.

Welcome aboard! I'm glad my game design habits are growing infamous.
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