The Basic Concept
Each round, there is a new cork board a certain number of inches high. Each player has a thumbtack, which they place into the board a certain number of inches from the bottom. You gain points based on where you placed your tack in relation to the placement of every other tack. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins. Some rounds may also feature a twist or modification to the basic rules to keep things interesting (check the previous threads to see examples).
Each round, I will post a description detailing the basic height of the board and any twists or modifications taking place that round. Each player will then submit the height at which they wish to place their thumbtack in the form of an @username5243 spoiler or PM (at your choice), like this:
Or a PM with the same content, but not in spoiler tags.
Once everyone's submission is in, I will calculate scores and post the results, followed shortly thereafter by the next round.
Your basic score is determined by the difference between the height at which you place your tack and the height of the tack directly below you.
So, if Player A places a tack at 12 inches, and Player B places a tack at 8 inches with no one below him, Player A scores (12-8) = 4 points, and Player B scores 8 points.
If two players try to place their tacks at the same height, they stab each other and both score 0 points that round.
Significantly, this also means that there are fewer tacks on the board and anyone directly above them that they would have blocked now gets more points.
On Schemes and Skullduggery
Please, please, make plots and plans and alliances! It will make the game more interesting for everyone involved if there's something going on other than just individuals making their own bets on what number is optimal. To this end, feel free to address spoiler-messages or PMs to any other player, saying whatever you would like in order to help you come out ahead. This will be especially helpful if someone scores very high and begins to dominate the game - it may require a coordinated effort to topple them. If you send PMs to other players, however, please CC them to me so I can keep track.
I've been using the spoiler system for games that require secrecy like this for a while now, because it keeps the thread alive so people don't forget about it and because it is far more convenient for me to just check the thread than to sort through ten or more PMs each round. However, this means that it is possible to read what other people are saying, which is why I am stating right here:
It is very explicitly against the rules to read a spoiler that is not addressed to you.
Do not open other people's @username5243 spoilers. Do not open spoilers posted by one player and addressed to another that is not you. We're operating on the honor system here for the sake of everyone's convenience. If you cheat, you're ruining the game for everyone, including yourself. You can also use PMs if you prefer not to worry about people reading your messages. However, if you do this, CC me in the PM so I can read it.
Do not use the quote button to quote texts from posts with spoilers in them, or you run the risk of seeing the plain text of the spoiler in the 'post a reply' page. If you really need to quote something in this thread, use copy/paste instead.
If you wish to change your submission, make a new post and state in your spoiler that you're making a change. You can edit your old post if you want, but I will not check it.
Only integers are allowed for thumbtack placement, unless there is a twist or other feature that says otherwise. I will tell you if this is the case.
The end of the game is a bit fluid right now. It will ultimately depend on how many people sign up and the group's individual preferences, but right now as a baseline I'm thinking we'll end after 6 rounds.
Role-playing in line with (or out of line with, even!) the flavor I establish is encouraged but by no means necessary. How much flavor I write will depend on what I'm feeling like at the moment and on how fast I want to get the results or the new round up, but however much you write is up to you! See the previous thread for examples.
Sorry if that was a bit wall-of-text-y. Here's the signup sheet; I'm looking for anywhere between six and ten players: