Rules of Nomic
I. Immutable Rules
- All players must always abide by all the rules then in effect,
in the form in which they are then in effect.
The rules in the Inital Set are in effect whenever a game begins.
The Initial Set consists of Rules 101-116 (immutable) and 201-213 (mutable).
- Initially, rules in the 100's are immutable and rules in the
200's are mutable. Rules subsequently enacted or transmuted (i.e.,
changed from immutable to mutable or vice versa) may be immutable or
immutable regardless of their numbers, and rules in the Initial Set
may be transmuted regardless of their numbers.
- A rule change is any one of the following:
(Note: This definition implies that, at least
initially, all new rules are mutable. Immutable rules, as long
as they are immutable, may not be ammended or repealed; mutable rules,
as long as they are mutable, may be amended or repealed.
No rule is absolutely immune to change.)
- the enactment, repeal, or amendment of a mutable rule;
- the enactment, repeal, or amendment of an amendment, or
- the transmutation of an immutable rule into a mutable rule,
or vice versa.
- All rule changes proposed in the proper way shall be voted on.
They will be adopted if and only if they receive the required number
- Every player is an eligible voter.
Every eligible voter must participate on every vote on
- Any proposed rule change must be written down before it is voted on.
If adopted, it must guide play in the form in which it was voted on.
- No rule change may take effect earlier that the
moment of the completion of the vote that adopted it, even if its
wording explicitly states otherwise. No rule change may have
- Each proposed rule change shall be given a rank-order
number (ordinal number) for reference. The numbers shall begin with 301,
and each rule change proposed in the proper way shall receive the next
successive integer, whether or not the proposal is adopted.
If a rule is repealed and then re-enacted, it receives the
ordinal number of the proposal to re-enact it. If a rule is amended
or transmuted, it receives the ordinal number of the proposal to amend
or transmute it. If an amendment is amended or repealed,
the entire rule of which it is a part receives the ordinal number
of the proposal to amend or repeal the amendment.
- Rule changes that transmute immutable rules into mutable rules
may be adopted if and only if the vote is unanimous among the
- Mutable rules that are inconsistent in any way with some
immutable rule (except by proposing to transmute it) are wholly
void and without effect. they do not implicity transmute
immutable rules into mutable rules and at the same time amend them.
Rule changes that transmute immutable rules into mutable rules will
be effective if and only if they explicitly state their transmuting effect.
- If a rule change as proposed is unclear, ambiguous, paradoxical,
or destructive of play, or if it arguably consists of two or more rule
changes compounded or is an amendment that makes no difference,
or if it is otherwise of questionable value, then the other players
may suggest amendments or argue against the proposal before the vote.
A reasonable amount of time must be allowed for this debate.
The proponent decides the final form in which the proposal
is to be voted on and decides the time to end debate and vote.
The only cure for a bad proposal is prevention: a negative vote.
- The state of affairs that constitutes winning may not
be changed from achieveing n points to any other state of affairs.
However, the magnitiude of n and the
means of earning points
(see rules 202, 204, and 206)
may be changed, and rules that establish a winner when play cannot
continue may be enacted and (while they are mutable) be amended
- A player always has the option to forfeit the game rather
that continue to play or incur a game penalty. No penalty worse
than losing, in the judgement of the player to incur it, may be imposed.
- There must always be at least one mutable rule. The adoption
of rule changes must never become completely impermissible.
- Rule changes that affect rules needed to allow or apply
rule changes are as permissible as other rule changes. Even rule changes
that amend or repeal their own authority are permissible. No rule
change or type of move is impermissible solely on account of the
self-reference or self-application of a rule.
- Whatever is not explicity prohibited or regulated by a rule
is permitted and unregulated, with the sole exception of changing
the rules, which is permitted only when a rule or set of rules
explicitly or implicitly permits it.
II. Mutable Rules
- Players shall alternate in clockwise order, taking one turn apiece.
Turns may not be skipped or passed, and parts of turns may not be omitted. All players begin with zero points.
- One turn consists of two parts, in this order:
- proposing one rule change and having it voted on, and
- throwing one die once and adding the number of points on
its face to one's score.
- A rule change is adopted if and only if
the vote is unanimous
among the eligible voters.
- If and when rules changes can be adopted without unanimity,
the players who vote against winning proposals shall receive 10 points
- An adopted rule change takes full effect at the moment of the
completion of the vote that adopted it.
- When a proposed rule change is defeated, the player who
proposed it loses 10 points.
- Each player always has exactly one vote.
- The winner is the first player to achieve 100 (positive) points.
- At no time may there be more than 25 mutable rules.
- Players may not conspire or consult on the making of future
rule changes unless they are teammates.
- If two or more mutable rules conflict with one another,
or if two or more immutable rules conflict with one another,
then the rule with the lowest ordinal number takes
If at least one of the rules in conflict explicitly says of
itself that is defers to another rule (or type of rule)
or takes precedence over another rule (or type of rule),
then such provisions shall supersede the numerical method for
- If players disagree about the legality of a move or the
interpretation of applicaiton of a rule, then the player preceding
the one moving is to be the Judge and to decide the question.
Disagreement, for the purposes of this rule, may be created by
the insistence of any player. Such a process is called invoking
When judgement has been invoked, the next player may not
begin his or her turn without the consent of a majority of the other
The Judge's judgement may be overrules only by a unanimous
vote of the other players, taken before the next turn is begun.
If a Judge's judgment is overrules, the player preceding the Judge
in the playing order becomes the new Judge for the question, and so on,
except that no player is to be Judge during his or her own turn or
during the turn of a teammate.
Unless a Judge is overruled, one Judge settles all questions
arising from the game until the next turn is begun, including
questions as to his or her own legitimacy and jurisdiction as Judge.
New Judges are not bound by the decision of old Judges.
New Judges may, however, settle only those questions on which the
players currently disagree and that affect the completion of the
turn in which judgment was invoked. All decisions by Judges shall
be in accordance with all the rules then in effect; but when the rules
are silent, inconsistent, or unclear on the point at issue, the
Judge's only guides shall be common morality, common logic, and the
spirit of the game.
- If the rules are changed so that further
play is impossible, or if the legality of a move is impossible to determine
with finality, or if by the Judge's best reasoning, not overruled,
a move appears equally legal and illegal, then the first player who
is unable to complete a turn is the winner.
This rule takes precedence over every other rule determining