Quonauts Initial Ruleset

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Meta rules

This section details how the rules are to be applied to the game.


This document is not guaranteed to always be up-to-date as the game rules are modified, however it is the duty of all players to keep this document accurate as game rules are modified. Where this document disagrees with the game rules, players must follow the game rules as they legally are, rather than their description in this document.


In the case of a contradiction between clauses, the following criteria are to be considered in turn until a clear determination can be made as to which clause takes precedence:

  1. If one clause has a more limited scope than another, then the clause with the more limited scope takes precedence.
  2. If one clause is negative while the other is positive, then the negative clause takes precedence.
  3. The clause which appears last in the rules takes precedence.

Disallowed by default

Unless explicitly stated in the rules, all game actions are forbidden.

Rule violations

A rule violation is a game action that is not permitted by the rules.

Resolving a rule violation is the process of reversing the immediate effects of that rule violation (not including any indirect effects permitted in reaction to the rule violation) to the extent that it is possible.


An error is a rule violation made by a player either mistakenly or through ignorance. If a player causes a rule violation and is able to resolve the error, they may do so.

If a player resolves an error within 24 hours of making that error, and the resolution of the error leaves the game state in such fashion that it is as if the error had never occurred, no punitive action can be taken against the player.

Rule violation polls

If any player (hereby "the accusing player") believes that another player (hereby "the accused player") has violated the rules, then the accusing player may conduct a poll (called a "rule violation poll") to determine whether the accused player has violated the rules.

In conducting a rule violation poll, the accusing player must describe which sections or clauses of the rules were violated and what illegal game action was taken by the accused player. Players should vote in favor of this poll only if they agree that the accused player violated the rules as described.

Any vote in such a poll cast by the accused player is not counted.

A rule violation poll must be available for voting for at least 24 hours before any action may be taken as a result.

A rule violation poll may not be started more than 7 days after the potential rule violation.

For any potential rule violation, only one rule violation poll may be conducted.

If a rule violation poll passes, then the accused player is now convicted of violating the rules as described in the poll and the rule violation must be resolved, if it has not already.

Punitive action

If a player (hereby "the convicted player") is convicted of violating the rules, another player may conduct a poll (called a "punitive action poll") to determine whether punitive action should be taken.

Players should vote in favour of this poll only if they believe the convicted player violated the rules knowingly and with malicious intent.

Any vote in such a poll cast by the convicted player is not counted.

A punitive action poll must be available for voting for at least 24 hours before any action may be taken as a result.

If a punitive action poll passes, then the convicted player gains one strike.


Unless otherwise specified, all times and dates are specified with respect to UTC.


Certain game functions may be performed automatically by automated "bots"; the behavior of such bots is not governed by the rules, and any function that bots may perform should be feasible, even if inconvenient, to do manually.

Style conventions

This section and its subsections describe grammatical and stylistic conventions used throughout this ruleset.

Any player may edit the rules to conform to these style conventions. Edits made this way must otherwise be minimal; i.e. they may not change wording or meaning.


Headers and tags


Within a given list, all elements should have the same style, chosen from the following:


From GitHub's "Mastering Markdown" document, the following may be used:

Additionally, square brackets [] containing a tag will be converted into links to another rule section; e.g. [%rule-tag]. Discord mentions (@username, @role, and #channel) may be used, however they are not readable in GitHub-flavored markdown.


The definitions for terms listed here take precedence over their normal English meanings, however any terms defined in a specific section of the rules override these in the section in which they are defined and any subsections of that section. A section may also define terms for use in the whole document.


The game rules govern only messages and reactions in the "Quonauts 6" category of the Discord server.

Each subsection of this rule section corresponds to a game channel; as these subsections are created, removed, or reordered, game channels must be created/renamed/reordered accordingly.


Players may freely converse in the #general channel.


The #rules channel contains this rules document.


The #proposals channel is governed by [%proposals].


A poll is a means of gathering the opinions of players on an issue. Players may conduct a poll by providing any necessary detail and posting a question in the #polls game channel.

Players may vote in favor of a poll by reacting to the poll with :thumbsup:. Players may vote against a poll by reacting to the poll with :thumbsdown:.

The player that posted a poll may edit it freely, as long as such edits do not change the meaning/intent of any existing reactions to the poll.


The #transactions channel may be used to modify quantities, but only as the game rules allow quantities to be changed.


The game rules govern roles that have effect within the game.

Rule offender

Any player which has 1 or more strikes gains the "Rule offender" role. Rule offenders may not perform any game actions; i.e. they may not participate in the game. After 24 hours, a players strike count will decrease by 1 if above 0. If a players strike count is 0, the role will be removed.


All players that have taken some game action in the preceding 72 hours are active players. All other players are inactive players.


Proposals can be made by posting them to the #proposals game channel.

The first proposal is numbered #1 and each subsequent proposal's number is increased by 1. Deleted proposals retain their number.

A proposal is either open or closed. When it is first submitted a proposal is open. A closed proposal is either passed or failed. When a player closes a proposal, they must either pass it or fail it.

Proposal content

A proposal can describe any number of actions that make changes to the game rules or otherwise alter the game state.

If a proposal describes a modification to the rules, it must unambiguously specify the rule section(s) to be modified and how they will be modified.

If a proposal describes the creation of a new rule section, it must specify its title, its location in relation to an existing one, and its content.

Conflict resolution

If multiple proposals describe the modification or addition of sections, paragraphs, or sentences to the same part of the rules, conflicts should be resolved based on the age of the proposal, such that the newer proposal's effect overrides the older one's. For example, if proposal #10 adds a new section "A" to the bottom of the rules, and proposal #11 adds a new section "B" to the bottom of the rules, and both proposals pass, then regardless of which proposal passed first, section "B" will appear below section "A" in the rules.

Dependency resolution

A proposal may state that it depends on other proposals. If a proposal's dependencies fail, then the proposal dependent on them also fails.

A proposals may amend an existing proposal. If a proposal A amends an existing proposal B, then the amendment has no effect if B fails. If A and B both pass, then the result of proposal B is undone or modified according to proposal A. The content of proposal B, however, does not change.

A proposal may also state incompatible proposals, in which case the later proposal will fail if any proposal it is incompatible proposal on is passed.

Voting on proposals

Each player may cast one vote on each open proposal.

Players may vote for or against a proposal. Players may also explicitly abstain from voting.

A player may change their vote on an open proposal at any time.

Closing proposals

Any player may close an open proposal if one or more of the following conditions is met:

Passing and failing proposals

When a proposal is closed, it passes if it has more votes in favour than against; otherwise, it fails.

The player that authored a proposal may fail or delete it at any time.

When a player passes a proposal, that player must carry out the effects of that proposal and its passing to the best of their ability.

Editing proposals

A player may edit a proposal they have submitted if that proposal is open for voting and has no votes cast by players other than its author.


A quantity is a named property with a numerical value for each player.

By default any unique quantity added to the game:

The following quantities exist:

Win conditions

The game cannot be won.

The end

The game does not end.