The Curvature of the Earth is Overwhelmed by Local Noise Nomic

Archive of Game Two


The second Game was officially declared open on July 14, 2000, with these Rules:

Rule 1  The Official Domain consists of ordered pairs of integers between zero and fifteen (inclusive); the Official Range consists of the integers zero and one; the Official Mapping consists of a mapping from the Official Domain to the Official Range. Initially, the Official Mapping maps each element of the Official Domain into zero. The Official Tableau is a 2-dimensional visual representation of the Official Mapping.

Rule 2  Any person (or other apparently sentient entity, including the scribe) in the universe may take part in this game by sending a Valid Move to the Scribe.

Rule 3  A Valid Move consists of an email message or something typed into one of those little input-boxes on the Scribe's website, clearly marked as a move, and containing either a Rule Change Suggestion, or a Mapping Modification Suggestion.

Rule 4  A Rule Change Suggestion consists of the string "I suggest the following change(s) to the Rules" (or reasonable equivalent), followed by a clear and explicit description of one or more changes to one or more existing Rules, the deletion of one or more existing Rules, or the creation of one or more new Rules.

Rule 5  A Mapping Modification Suggestion consists of the string "I suggest the following modification to the Mapping" (or reasonable equivalent), followed by a description clearly and unambiguously picking out a single member of the Official Domain, and specifying a new member of the Official Range to which that member of the Official Domain should be mapped.

Rule 6  Once a week, or whenever he or she feels like it, the Scribe shall select one of the Valid Moves that have been sent and not yet applied, and apply it. Applying a Valid Move containing a Rule Change Suggestion consists of changing the rules as specified in the Suggestion. Applying a Valid Move containing a Mapping Modification Suggestion consists of changing the Mapping as specified in the Suggestion.

Rule 7  Not very long after Applying a Valid Move, the Scribe shall make available on his or her website a copy of the Move, and the current state of the Rules and Official Tableau.

Rule 8  The Scribe is David M. Chess.

Rule 9  All entities participating in the current Nomic, regardless of the level of participation, shall be encouraged to brush and floss every morning and night. The minimum amount of encouragement to be given to the above mentioned entities is this rule itself.

Rule 10  Whenever a new Rule is created, it shall be assigned the smallest integer that is not currently assigned to any Rule, unless it is created as the