The Consensus of the Court: A Game of Tradition

All the Queen’s and King’s Courts run on a consensus-based system. This does not necessarily mean everyone must agree.

The Form of Royal Consensus

Any player may have three reactions to a proposed decision. They may agree fully, signalling this with a thumb’s-up. They may not agree fully, but feel willing to go along with the will of the group, signalling this with a thumb’s-sideways. Finally, they may disagree, block the proposal, and request to speak, signalling this with a thumb’s-down. A thumb’s-down signal requires the player to speak; they cannot block a proposal and remain silent.

If it looks like a majority, or even a substantial minority of the group has a thumb’s sideways, going forward with the proposal will probably not deliver good results. Asking for more information from the thumb’s-sideways players will usually clear up confusions and make workable consensus happen.

The Lifetime Quota of Thumb’s-Down

Each player in a Queen’s Court gets only one thumb’s-down allotted to them, for the duration of the Court. Players can also decide to minimize the quota even more, including multiple sessions of the Queen’s Court, or over a certain timeframe. In any case, players should treat the thumb’s-down as a last resort, rather relying on opening up conversations and discussions with thumb’s-sideways as a guideline.

Written by Willem