thread: 2009-04-09 : cloud-to-cloud

On 2009-04-09, Ben Lehman wrote:

Okay, I'll accept that Polaris is too much of a mess to use your model for. If you think what I just drew is complicated, to diagram a sequence of four "But only if..." statements with a die roll at the end. Headache!

It may be worth considering that there's several different things going on here. I was dividing in my head between formal and informal, vs. heavy and light procedure.

The key phrase mechanics in Polaris are highly formal, but they're also procedurally as light as most non-formal mechanics. Likewise, "Bob plays Bobnar," a sort of rule present in every game is formal but procedurally light.

By "procedurally light" I mean "has no / little calculations or records attached."

Consider that the clouds, in your diagrams, aren't the shared imagined space, although they contain it. They are containing all procedurally light rules.



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