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Re: [Icehouse] [Zendo] Another Spock Rule question

  • From"Elliott C. Evans" <eeyore@xxxxxxxx>
  • DateMon, 01 Aug 2011 09:19:29 -0400
Ryan H. wrote:
Bottom Line: Does a rule that involves spelling or language
violate the Spock Rule?

My opinion is that it does not violate the Spock rule.

My reasoning is that the master is simply assigning letter values
to each pyramid, and enforcing a simple (if extraordinarily large)
set of constraints on koans based on those values.

Many competitors in the international Scrabble competitions do not
speak English, and have no idea what many of the words they play
actually mean, they have just memorized lists of legal letter

That said, the larger problem seems to be that you have a master
who believes the object of the game is to come up with rules that
the players will have a difficult time figuring out. The object of
the game is not to embarrass the players with their inability to
figure out the rule, but to embarrass the players with how long it
took them to figure out such a simple rule.

Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans