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01/02/2018 01:59 AM by tarnamtion;

The Prisoner's Thermostat Wars

Alex and Bobby are prisoners in adjacent cells, but cannot see or easily hear each other. Each cell has a thermostat that controls the temperature in the other's cell. The thermostats are capable of causing a wide range of temperatures, even to the point of causing the other player to suffer heat stroke or hypothermia. The prisoners can only communicate by banging on the wall and yelling any strings of words comprised of "F*" or "You".


  1. Can Alex or Bobby ensure their mutual comfort?
  2. Can Alex punish or even kill Bobby while ensuring own comfort?
  3. What variables matter the most and how would they affect the outcomes?


  1. Prisoners initially assume their thermostat should affect their own cell
  2. Prisoners do initially understand that their thermostat affects the other's cell and vice-versa
  3. Prisoners do not know each other.
  4. Prisoners know about and care for each other.
  5. Prisoners know about and hate each other.
  6. Prisoners know about and are indifferent to each other.
  7. Alex prefers somewhat cooler temperatures, while Bobby prefers warmer temperatures.
  8. Starting temperatures are much too warm for Alex, and much too cool for Bobby.
  9. Etc.

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