Wealth is measured in units called Rupyulars. Wealth is distributed by the monitor every three hours to participating systems as raw resources (each having a unit value in Rupyulars) or Rupyulars themselves. There are six kinds of resources and three kinds of products that may be manufactured from the resources. The resources are: oil, steel, plastic, copper, glass, and rubber. The products are: weapons, computers, and vehicles. A system's wealth can be increased (or perhaps decreased) by
The monitor is maintained by the instructor and an aid and has numerous important functions as follows:
Player systems do not always have to be running. However, they must be running for at least one hour in each three hour period to receive their share of resources in that period. When they are running, they will operate from a port on a .uc.edu address. Every time a system starts it must register with the monitor. A system may start, stop, and change ports many times during the day. This might be advantageous when hiding from an aggressive "power." Changes in this information is communicated by means of commands issued to the monitor. A system may be started on a different machine and a different port each time it goes on-line. However, there should only be one system per Player on-line at a time. This is enforced by the registration process: the monitor only allows transactions with the most recently registered port and address for a given user.
Although it is possible to use the Monitor without encryption, we strongly encourage that all transactions be encrypted using encryption facilities provided. If not, they could be intercepted by a "sniffer" and the contents used to fool the monitor into moving wealth around from one system to another or to determine resources, products, weapons, etc.
The following are the rules for waging, winning, and losing a war.
Systems may trade resources with each other as much as they would like. Systems may also with the Monitor. The Monitor does not necessarily have any resources at all, but it frequently has certain resources available. Trades with the Monitor are done with what the Monitor considers "fair market value", plus a percentage commission. This means that the Player is required to try different values of trades out until it finds one that the Monitor accepts.
Cracking can be done in two ways. One way is the use the Player's computer resources and the various crack commands in the protocol.
The other way in which Players may "crack" another Player's system is by impersonating the Monitor. Learning how to do this is left as an exercise to the reader.
Every possible resource you hold has a value in rupyulars. That includes computers, vehicles, and weapons, as well as all the raw materials. In other words, it includes everything mentioned in PLAYER_STATUS output.
One rupyular is always worth one rupyular.
All the other resources have a value relative to rupyulars. The value is determined by the total of that item that are in the "world".
For example, if everyone has 1000 oil units each and only 10 rupyulars each, one unit of oil is worth much less than one rupyular. If no one has any computers, they are worth many, many rupyulars.
Note that the equations for calculating the relative value of something in rupyulars are complex. However, you can be sure that a *major* factor is the total sum of all those resources in the system (aka world). (Also, note that the Monitor holds some resources in an "open market", which also counts towards the total count in the system.)
Systems may communicate with each other through the Monitor to exchange resource, products, and Rupyulars. Such communication proceeds according to the published protocol.
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