Agora Nomic

Welcome to Agora

Agora is a nomic - a game of rule change, debate, ever-changing gameplay, and scams - played by email. The rules of the game are part of the game, and ALL of them are subject to potential change. This makes it difficult to describe Agora, but it also means that gameplay stays fresh based on what players are interested in at the time.

Playing to Win?

When a player wins, it’s recorded in the ever-growing Scroll of Agora and the game continues. Winning is usually tied to a “sub-game”, an activity played within Agora. In the past this has included variants of Diplomacy, Go, and Mao - as well as many games of our own design.

Crafty and mischievous players may enjoy the time-honored tradition of scamming. Since rules change frequently, loopholes often appear. Clever scammers use these loopholes to secure wins for themselves. There is, however, an art to this: it’s considered impolite to do so in a way that prevents others from having fun. The most elegant scams secure a win and then quickly clean up the mess.

Why Agora?

A Historic Game

At 27 years old, Agora is the longest running nomic. It has also seen around 200 players come and go, with an average of 15-20 at any given time. Some players have been playing for more than a decade. Agora has been around for a long time, and plans to stay.

Despite this age, there is no fundamental difference between new and experienced players. Long participation and notable achievement is rewarded with official recognition, not special privilege. Players can participate as soon as they join, experienced players will help you learn, and all voices are appreciated in all conversations.

A Community

History aside, Agora is a game, and we try to have fun together. It’s also a warm and supportive community. If this sounds like your idea of a good time, please come join us!

Thinking of playing?

As of December 2020, there are 17 active players. We’re always looking for more! For a more detailed intro to play, see the help pages.

Subscribe to the Lists

There are 3 main lists and 2 backup lists; please subscribe to all of them. Do not use the daily digest.

Start Playing!

Once you subscribe, send a message to agora-business indicating your intent to register and your prefered alias. That’s it! You’re a player now. When you have time, read through the rules. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

Connect with Other Players

Outside official gameplay, players connect in the following places. These servers are connected to each other, so you can choose without missing out: