Gnomic is from the Greek gnomikos, from gnome, intelligence.
In English a gnome is (besides “an imaginary dwarfish being supposed to inhabit the inner parts of the earth, and to be the guardian of mines, quarries, etc.”) an expressed example of intelligence: a maxim. (A succinct formulation of a fundamental principle, general truth, or rule of conduct.)
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A “gnome” is an aphorism-that is, an observation or sentiment reduced to the form of a saying. Gnomes are sometimes couched in metaphorical or figurative language, and they are always concise. We borrowed the word “gnome” in the 16th century from the Greeks, who based their “gnome” on the verb “gignoskein,” meaning “to know.” (That other “gnome”-the dwarf of fairy tales-comes from New Latin and is unrelated to today’s
word.) We began using “gnomic,” the adjective form of “gnome,” in the early 19th century. It describes a style of writing (or sometimes speech) characterized by pithy phrases, which are often terse to the point of mysteriousness.
What is Gnomic
Gnomic is a self-modifying game. It is a combination of Peter Suber’s Nomic and that unmentionable card game that I am going to mention anyway, Mao.
There is only one major difference between Gnomic and Nomic. In Nomic the players take turns playing rounds; however in Gnomic all the players play [insert name of that unmentionable game here] and the winner gets to play a round of Gnomic.
I still don’t know what Gnomic is
Gnomic is a game where the rules of the game change. This allows the game to evolve into whatever the players want. The game initially begins with a set of rules which, for the most part, define how the rules can be changed. Then players play rounds of [that game] and the winner gets to play a round of Gnomic. Basically a round of Gnomic consists of proposing a rule, and having people vote on it. Every time a new rule is introduced, the game changes a bit. There is no limit to what the game can change into.
Between rounds of Gnomic, the players play [that game]. It is a card game. It is somewhat like crazy eights, but it is self-modifying as well. It is difficult to explain the rules of the game. The best way to understand it is to play a few rounds of it. It is quite easy to learn.
Why would I want to play Gnomic
Gnomic is lots of fun. It takes imagination to come up with rules to make the game interesting, and it takes wits to find loopholes in the rules that will have unexpected results. You may want to exploit other people’s rules for your own benefit, or make rules that subtly give you an advantage.
Gnomic is also a social event. It is a chance to meet new friends, and have some fun.
Why can’t you mention the word Mao
It is usually against the rules to mention the name of the game.