This Lexicon is played as a set of 26 one-week turns.
Each turn a player will write an article. Each article should link to at least 3 other articles. Each turn, the player will be responsible for creating a number of "Phantom Entries", which are links to entries that do note exist yet, but will be written by another player in the future. A player will create 25 phantom entries, one for each letter of the alphabet. Each entry should be entered as a link in the creating player's column on the Main Page grid, in the row for the alphabetic letter it starts with. X may be used as a "wildcard" if desired.
The first turn will start on 6 August 2018.
Prior to the first turn is the Palette round, in which players get an opportunity to either explicitly add or ban a particular concept from the Lexicon.
On the first turn, each player will choose a letter from their column on the Main Page and write an article about the universe starting with that letter. In that article, they will cite three articles. Since no articles yet exist, each player will need to cite three phantom entries, and add those entries to their column on the main page.
On each of the turns from Turn 2 to Turn 23 inclusive, the player will select one phantom entry from another player's column and write it. They must cite two other articles they did not write themselves. One of these articles may be the article that originated this phantom entry, or it may not. The player must also create one additional phantom entry with a letter they have not used, and add that phantom entry to their column on the Main Page.
Once the player has submitted their entry and update the Main Table, they may "claim" an entry for the following turn. Claims are respected in first-come, first-serve order.
At the end of Turn 23, all spaces on the Main Table will be filled, and no more phantom entries can be created. On these turns, players must cite three existing entries they did not create.
Definitions, Procedures, and Limitations
Palleting is split into a set of rounds. Each round, each player may explicitly include or ban one concept from the world. To do so, they add the concept they are ruling on to the Pallet table on the Main Page. If they would like to include a topic, they enter YES [concept name]. If they wish to ban a concept, they enter NO [concept name]. If they wish to pass, they enter PASS. If any player passes in particular round, all other players may make an inclusion or ban in that round, but palleting ends with that round.
A player cites an entry by linking to it via a MediaWiki link, whether it is a written or phantom entry. Each article must cite 3 entries (a mix of phantom and written entries according to the turn it was written on.) An article may cite more written entries that required, but may never cite more or less phantom entries than required.
A claim is an indicator that a player is in the process of writing a particular entry, or intends to write it next turn. A claim is established by creating a stub page for a phantom entry with the author's name and the turn that they intend to write that entry for. Players are encouraged to put up a claim on any phantom entry they are currently writing as they begin to write it, so as to avoid two players writing the same phantom entry.
Articles should have word counts between 250 and 1,000 words, and may include images if appropriate at the author's discretion.
Matters of Fact
Opinions can be contested, but once a fact has been established by an author in a scholarly article, it cannot be rescinded or questioned. If an author introduces a fact that is directly logically contradictory with a previously established fact, the earlier-established fact has priority. If an author establishes two facts in a single article that contradict each other, the author must resolve that conflict before they can write another article.
If a player stops submitting articles to the Lexicon before the end of Turn 26, play will continue with the remaining players consuming entries as per usual. The player missing entries may rejoin the game by submitting a set of articles to bring them up to date with the current game state, and rejoin play as per usual on the following turn. Alternatively, the remaining players can accept a replacement player if all of the existing players agree to allow a particular candidate to join the game.
If due to player drops one or more entries have not been written at the end of Turn 26, the player may decide among them who will write the final entry. If a consensus cannot be achieved, the author will be selected randomly from a list of volunteers.