GIVE permission system

Rich Skrenta (
Thu, 6 Oct 1994 16:50:39 -0400 (EDT)

Olympia has no permission system on GIVE. In the alpha test, I noted
this in the signup documentation, and asked players to refrain from
absurd strategies such as giving enemies 100 stone to prevent their

I neglected to make such an announcement for g1; my mistake.
Now, some players who have just noticed the lack of GIVE checking
insist that it's well within the scope of the rules to use GIVE
as a military option, despite the fact that I asked them not to.

(So much for my thinking that it is so clearly a gap in the permission
system and an abuse to use GIVE in this way that no reasonable gamer
would do so)

Anyway. What shall I do?

o Make an announcement that this use of GIVE is "against
the rules", and shouldn't be done?

o Tie GIVE to ADMIT status?

o Make a parallel admit-like thing for GIVE (say, "RECEIVE")

o Replace the whole mess with a DECLARE level or bit-set.

Rich Skrenta <>

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