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    The Skinner Box

    An operant conditioning chamber (also known as the Skinner box) is a laboratory apparatus used in the experimental analysis of behaviour to study animal behaviour. The operant conditioning chamber was created by B. F. Skinner while he was a graduate student at Harvard University (Masters in 1930 and doctorate in 1931). It is used to study both operant conditioning and classical conditioning.

    An operant conditioning chamber permits experimenters to study behaviour conditioning (training) by teaching a subject animal to perform certain actions (like pressing a lever) in response to specific stimuli, like a light or sound signal. When the subject correctly performs the behaviour, the chamber mechanism delivers food or another reward. In some cases, the mechanism delivers a punishment for incorrect or missing responses. For instance, to test how operant conditioning works for certain invertebrates, psychologists use a device known as a "heat box". Essentially this takes up the same form as the Skinner box, however the box is composed of two sides: one side that can undergo temperature change and the other that does not. As soon as the invertebrate crosses over to the side that can undergo a temperature change, the area is heated up. Eventually the invertebrate will be conditioned to stay on one side of a heat box, or more specifically the side that does not undergo a temperature change. This goes to the extent that even when the temperature is turned to its lowest point, the fruit fly will still refrain from approaching that area of the heat box. These types of apparatuses allow experimenters to perform studies in conditioning and training through reward/punishment mechanisms.
    Gentlefolk, I suggest that we dispense with pleasantries, and have a game where we only talk using the in-game channels, or not at all if you prefer. No hinting, no prodding at who you are out of the game, not a whisper unless its in game. And I would prefer, that communications will be made in grand style too.

    I have no means to enforce this behaviour but after all, this behaviour will be the whole point.

    I am planning on setting the match up to be a highly generic affair so that the inner-game and machinations can flourish.

    The premise:(suggestions emboldened)
    Map Size: 12 / 14 / 16
    Map Type: Great Rivers / Acheron's Locks / Dante's Peak / The Lake of Fire / Infernal Divide / Random(decided by coin flip but not "Lake of fire")
    Place of Power: None / Rare / Uncommon / Common
    Game Length: 10 / 15 / 20 / 25
    Infernal Census : Yes / No
    Rectification Content : Yes / No
    More tea? Yes/2 Sugars please/Hold the milk

    Edit: for Those of you incapable or thinking up a name which isnt obvious here is a generator, obviously, you'll never mention what you are taking here.
    http://demon.name-generator.co/
    http://www.seventhsanctum.com/genera...Genname=adname

    Test participants:
    Dentharial
    Tikey
    Rinox
    Rinox's Imaginary friend
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    Since this spawned out of the conversation we just had, how could I possibly not sign up?

    It'll be interesting to see if the game feels different with meta considerations removed.
    Started writing a blog for video games, roleplaying, game mechanics, and AARs.

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    I'm in. I have the perfect character for this. Been saving it for a special occasion.

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    Love the concept! I can't say the same as Tikey but I'm in. I'll cook something up. ;-)

    No issues with the suggested parameters!
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    Ok thought up a nice avatar. Bring it on!

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    Don't even dare to use the avatar I'm thinking of using!

    It could get a little awkward

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    Is it wrong to hope that nearly everyone ends up with the same avatar pictute?

    Btw, pm me your email addresses and I'll get you to invited to the drop box.
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    Again?

    /tenchar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tikey View Post
    Don't even dare to use the avatar I'm thinking of using!

    It could get a little awkward
    I used a random number generator to pick it, so at least it won't have been a conscious way to mess with you. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tikey View Post
    Again?

    /tenchar
    well, I'll let you of this once.
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    I asked a friend (and a darn good SI player) if he wanted to join, and he's up. I'll send you his e-mail via PM Helio.

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    Unless we were going to go in a man short, I posit we hunt down 1 more test participant, someone reliable though.
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    I'll ask around.

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    Ok I found another willing and reliable (lost) soul :-) I'll send you his email Helio. let's get this show on the road!

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    Helio your inbox is full - make some space please :-)

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    Opened it up.
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    And sent!

    10char

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    Oh damn I missed it! Let me know if you need an alternate.

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    As always I'll resolve participation with a fire sale. dweeble, i'll email you too when i create the folder, first 5to join the folder are in. so keep an eye open.
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    Edit: Wrongly wrongiton
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