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||[Jun. 28th, 2020|11:57 pm]
The Geography Game
One of your moderators really likes obscurity and strange correlatives, and probably kicks puppies. One of your moderators wants you to understand the rules, and saves fluffy bunnies whenever given the chance. Unfortunately, the former drafted these rules. Fortunately, the latter stepped in and suggested some changes. These rules are the result.|
People take turns posting geography-related things in comments on the original post. Each utterance must begin with the last letter of the immediately preceding utterance and may not duplicate a previous utterance. To prevent sheer chaos from breaking out (something to which I am rather more averse than my soon-to-be-co-moderator), one must be a member of the community in order to comment. Joining is simple - it's not like there are criteria for acceptance - and you don't have to keep us on your friends-list.
For example (where each arrow leads to a new comment):
New York ----> Kenya ----> Antarctica ----> Antioch ----> Holland ----> Denmark ----> Karachi
If you duplicate something that has already been said in the thread, then you are out for that round.
For example, you would be out if you typed Kenya after Denmark, because Kenya has already made an appearance in the thread.
HOW THIS COMMUNITY WILL WORK:
Every Friday, at roughly 1 AM Nepal Time, a new prompt will be posted by one of the moderators. This prompt will signal the start of a new game. Previous games do not affect future games (for example, the week after the hypothetical game played above, one could use "Denmark" in the new prompt without ill effect). The game will remain open until roughly 12:59 AM Nepal time of the following Friday - each game lasts one week. Why Nepal Time, you ask? Because it's UTC +5:45, and I'm tickled by that. If you don't want to run the conversion yourself, this link will give you a table of cities and their times. Kathmandu is on there.
The game will take place in comments. If two people post at roughly the same time, whichever LiveJournal decides is earlier will be the valid one, and the place-name mentioned by the later player may still be used. Obviously, one should allow at least one other person to go before posting another comment. Occasionally the moderators will become disturbed by how far to the right the comments have gotten (or maybe that's just me). They will then post a (zag left) comment under the most recent entry and start a new comment thread on the entry. This will not affect the validity of entries; to continue the example above, if the moderators had chosen to zag left after "Denmark," someone responding with "Kenya" would still be out for the round.
Every four weeks (or roughly so), there will be a theme announced. An example theme is something like Full Members Of Mercosul or Lakes. All entries for the week should deal with geographical features that are found primarily in those countries. (Why do I hedge? Because rivers and mountain ranges are tricky like that).
Any place name, as long as it exists on Earth, is valid. This may include, but is not limited to:
cities, states/provinces, countries, river names, mountain ranges, prominent named mountains, major deserts, seas and large lakes, islands, counties, canyons. The rule of thumb with natural features is probably prominence (I'll get back to you with a scale at which it should show on a map, but it should show with name on a map that, say, is of a scale to depict the United States). Clear Lake and Lake Tahoe are probably good. Lake Beryassa is doubtful, and Lake Merced is pushing it. Although there was a creature that came from it, the Blue Lagoon will not be accepted. Features (Lake Beryassa, Mount Everest, Caspian Sea) will be treated as if the thing categorizing them did not exist to determine which letter begins and ends the word. Prominence is not so important for cities, though players should be reasonable - a good rule of thumb is that if you can find a couple of references to it online outside of Wikipedia, it should hold. Athens (Georgia) and Athens (Greece) do not count as two different places, so don't even try it.
ON NATIVIZATION AND ANACHRONISM:
The base language of the community is English. In general, the use of National Geographic's current standard is encouraged. Former entities like Yugoslavia are not valid for the purposes of the game. Transliterations of foreign languages differ; where one is dominant (as in the case of Pinyin for Mandarin Chinese), that one will be preferred. The entry Yangzi is borderline, but Chang Jiang is preferred. Different transliterations of the same pronunciation of a name do not count as separate entries.
Where there are multiple names in different languages for the same territory, there must be a relatively great degree of difference between languages in order to use both in the game (Anglesey/Môn, Myanmar/Burma, and Godthåb/Nuuk are better than München/Munich, Firenze/Florence). Where a foreign name is used, it must be spoken (or recently have been spoken) in the territory under discussion; Welsh Iwerddon for Ireland is not valid, though Denali for Mt. McKinley is.
THE FINAL RULE:
Have fun! No, seriously.