============================== CFJ 1538 ==============================
A successful play of the Corporate Bankruptcy card causes any shares
cards not in the Deck to be discarded.
Called by G.: 07 Apr 2005 19:54:03 GMT
Assigned to Riail: 09 Apr 2005 23:57:59 GMT
Judged TRUE by Riail: 17 Apr 2005 23:41:28 GMT
1. The Corporate Bankruptcy card causes Shares cards to be
"returned" to the deck [R1932].
2. "Returning" cards to the deck is not defined, but any
common definition would involve transferring/moving cards
from their holders to the Deck (the card is not destroyed
and re-created in the deck, as such destruction and creating
is strictly regulated by R2068 (last paragraph).
3. Transferring is not explicitly defined except to say
that gamblers may do it [R2069.III.a] so the common
definition of "transfer" in terms of changing possession,
transferring, or moving of a thing from one entity to
another should be used.
4. R2069.III.a. states "Discarding a Card is synonymous
with transfering said Card to The Deck."
5. Therefore, discarding a card should also be synonymous
with common sense synonyms of "transfer to the deck", and,
in context, "return to the deck" as used in Corporate Bankruptcy
is a reasonable synonym for "transfer to the deck."
Rule 2068/1 (Power=1)
The Deckmastor is an office which acts as the recordkeepor for
Cards. The Deckmastor's Weekly Report shall contain a record of
all Cards in existence and what entity possesses each Card.
The Deckmastor shall have a budget containing the Maximum Hand
Size and the Minimum Hand Size, each of which is a positive
integer between 2 and 10, with the Minimum being less than the
Maximum. In the absence of a budget, the Maximum Hand Size shall
be 5 and the Minimum Hand Size shall be 2.
The Deck is a Gambler. The Deckmastor shall be the sole Executor
of The Deck, but may take no action on behalf of The Deck except
as explicitly permitted by the Rules. The Deck may not transfer
Cards to any other entity except as explicitly required by the
Only the Deckmastor may create or destroy Cards, and e may do if
and only if the Rules require it by announcing the Card being
created or destroyed and the entity who either possesses it now
or possessed it at the time of destruction as appropriate.
Rule 2069/2 (Power=1)
Cards may be possessed by Gamblers. All Players are Gamblers.
If at any time a Card is not possessed by a Gambler, it
immediately and automatically returns to the possession of The
The Gambler that possesses a Card is that Card's Holder and
Holds that Card. All Cards possessed by a particular Gambler are
collectively referred to as that Gambler's Hand. A Gambler's
Hand Size is the number of Cards in eir Hand plus one for each
Pending Draw for that Gambler.
The Rules may define a Class of Card by specifying a Caption, a
Quota, zero or more Elements, and zero or more Exploits. All
Cards of the same Class shall be identical and fungible. Each
individual instance of a Card shall be considered to be a Copy
of that Class of Card.
(a) The Caption shall be the name of a particular Class of
Cards. No two Classes of Cards shall have the same Caption.
(b) The Quota shall be a non-negative integer. If at any time
fewer Copies of a Class of Cards exist than its Quota, then
the Deckmastor shall create a Copy of that Card in the
possession of The Deck. If at any time more Copies of a
Class of Cards exist than its Quota, then the Deckmastor
shall destroy a Copy of that Card in the possession of The
Deck, unless no such Copies exist, in which case the
Deckmastor shall destroy a random Copy.
(c) The Rules may define Elements for Cards. Each Element shall
have a name and a description. Any Card possessing the
Element of that name shall behave according to the
description associated with that Element. An Element not
defined in the Rules has no effect.
(d) An Exploit is an action that the Holder of that Card (and
only the Holder of that Card) may take if and only if e
meets the requirements and/or pays the costs outlined in
that Exploit. Any reference to "you," "your" or a similar
pronoun in the text of an Exploit refers to the Holder of
that Card. Taking an action described in an Exploit is known
as Playing the Card. Unless a Rule says otherwise, a Card is
automatically transferred to The Deck immediately after
No action involving Cards may be simultaneous with any other
action. No such action may be performed more than once
simultaneously. If any attempt is made to perform more than one
such action in such a way that the order of said actions is
unclear, all such actions fail.
(a) Unless restricted from doing so by the rules, any Gambler
possessing a Card may transfer that Card to any other
Gambler by announcing which Card is to be transferred and
the Gambler it shall be transferred to. All such transfers
take place at the time they are announced.
Discarding a Card is synonymous with transfering said Card
to The Deck.
(b) Drawing a Card and Drawing from The Deck are synonymous.
When a Gambler Draws a Card, the Deckmastor shall be
required to randomly select one Card from among those
currently in The Deck's Hand and transfer it to that Gambler
as soon as possible. Until this transfer takes place, that
Gambler is said to have one Pending Draw for each such
transfer the Deckmastor is required to make, but has not yet
A Gambler may Draw from The Deck for a Fee equal to the
number of times that Gambler has previously Drawn from the
Deck during the current month so long as the Gambler's Hand
Size is smaller than the Maximum Hand Size plus the number
of Offices e holds. For the purposes of this Rule, the
Speakership is considered an office.
If the Deckmastor errs, in good faith, in selecting a
particular card to deal, and that error does not greatly
change the probability of selecting that card, that deal
shall be allowed to stand.
Excerpt from Rule 1932/8 (Power=2)
Shareholders and the Corporation
* Caption: Corporate Bankruptcy
Elements: Limited [Shareholders] 
Exploit: For a fee of 3 kudos, all Stock Cards are returned
to the Deck.
Judge Riail's Arguments:
As Goethe stated in his caller's arguments, the common definitions for
'return' and 'transfer' apply despite the fact that neither are
explicitly defined in the Rules.