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Subject: First Play - Cynics vs Alarmists (and two people who didn't really care) rss

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David H
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The four players:

Gord - The alarmist
David - The cynic
Paul - The naive cooperator
Melissa - The eye candy


The alarmist had played this game before, and after an extended rules explanation, all the players understood the game. To the surprise of the cynic, the game actually appeared to be meaty, and not just a bag of proselytizing nonsense.

Generally speaking you can propose stuff, which gives a small bonus, flip the cardboard chits which costs of purple token and gives more stuff, or build actual nice factories, which costs a buttload of stuff and just gives some points.

The cynic figured the game out really quickly: He was just going to propose things, let the other suckers build the plants. The alarmist, concerned about impending global doom (and trying to increase his "score", whatever that is), was building plants. The two neutral bystanders were doing a lot of everything.

By the second turn in the game, it became clear to the cynic that his brilliant strategy was fundamentally flawed. Behind or about to fall behind on every knowledge track, almost no plants built, a pair scientists stranded on summits that were never going to be called to order.

But, while the alarmist was trying to build clean energy, the bystanders were just accumulating stuff. The world edged towards environmental catastrophe as players picked up cash, scientists, and knowledge. With one round to go until the end of the decade, it became apparent that Canada would become a tropical resort unless at least two plants were built. The final turn went as follows:

Melissa: Flipped a proposal --> got stuff
Gord: Built a plant
Paul: Flipped a proposal --> got stuff
David:...

Well, it was down to the cynic. If he built a plant, the world would survive and the game would continue. Take any other action, and the game would come to an end. The cynic was hopelessly behind...

...what would you do?
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Knave wrote:
Well, it was down to the cynic. If he built a plant, the world would survive and the game would continue. Take any other action, and the game would come to an end. The cynic was hopelessly behind...

...what would you do?


Easy choice. Continue with a small chance of victory trumps guaranteed loss every time.

No great comebacks have ever come from conceding.
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Tell us more about Melissa. I bet she has her own hopes, dreams, and aspirations. Does she believe that climate change is triggered by man, or the inexorable passage of time and cyclical nature of long-term weather? Does she look good in a two-piece bathing suit, and is she looking forward to wearing it in Vancouver, in November, thanks to climate change?
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Ha ha ha...why am I not surprised.., you lost the game for everyone didn't you, you dirty dirty man. Funny to hear about, glad I wasn't playing in that one though!
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The cynic was hopelessly behind...

During a second, he believed. And in no time, he built the dawn power plant and saved the world.

What a great felling; what a joy!
An accidental hero.
Everybody likes to be loved, once and a while.

Group hug please.
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UnknownParkerBrother wrote:
Knave wrote:
Well, it was down to the cynic. If he built a plant, the world would survive and the game would continue. Take any other action, and the game would come to an end. The cynic was hopelessly behind...

...what would you do?


Easy choice. Continue with a small chance of victory trumps guaranteed loss every time.

No great comebacks have ever come from conceding.


Is an outcome where everyone loses equivalent to an outcome in which one (or more) players win and you lose?

If everyone wins, is that different than everyone losing?

What if everyone ties?

 
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Knave wrote:
Is an outcome where everyone loses equivalent to an outcome in which one (or more) players win and you lose?

Yes. You still lose regardless.

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If everyone wins, is that different than everyone losing?

Of course. In one scenario you win, in the the other you lose.

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What if everyone ties?

Then you're one of the winners.
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