Interview with a Player: Beth

Hello everyone! It is time for another round of Interview with a Player.

During the downtime between each edition of The Bookish Games, we will be posting interviews from players that answer questions about their play history, favourite moments, advice for newbies, etc. Not only is this a fun way to learn about why players enjoy The Bookish Games so much, it can also be a useful tool in gathering intelligence about other player’s thinking. (In other words, be careful what you choose to reveal players. It may be used against you in future games!)

If you’re interested in being featured in a future post, you can find the interview questions here.

Our next interviewee is one of my favourite because she’s guaranteed to give it her all (even when she’s not entirely sure what she’s doing): Beth!

Beth is actually one of our newer players to The Bookish Games, having only played two editions so far, but she doesn’t let her newbie status slow her down. She takes notes, ask questions, shares her thoughts – all things that I love to see – and each time she signs up for a game I’m relieved because I know I can count on her to do her best and have fun.

Of course, what makes Beth’s participation even more fun in these games is the fact that because she is vocal she often receives a lot of suspicion from other players – and yet she somehow always manages to avoid receiving the most votes. Seriously, go CTRL + F Beth’s name during the two editions she’s participated in so far and see how many times her name is brought up during discussion. Players regularly have something to say about Beth’s gameplay and yet they rarely seem to vote for her. That’s a good skill to have in this game! Whatever she’s doing, it seems to be working and lucky for you she’s being generous with her advice – check out her answers to the questions below!

(Inge’s note: I love Beth! Even though she’s one of the newer players, it feels like she’s like a veteran already. If I had to pick a player who learns the most from each round they play, it’s Beth.)

THE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Introduce yourself. (Where can we find you online? What do you like to do when not playing The Bookish Games?)

Hi, I’m Beth! I’m an avid reader, chocolate addict, and collector of hobbies (including historic reenactment, gaming, crafting, baking, archery, and cat herding).

https://twitter.com/ArtemisHi
https://www.instagram.com/goddessbeth/
https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/4550670-beth

Tell us about your experience with The Bookish Games so far. (How many games have you played? What have your roles/teams been like? Have you survived until the end yet?)

I’ve played in two games so far:

  • Chaos Walking, where I was Town Doctor and killed on Night 3.
  • Vicious, where I played Serena, Team Mafia, and was nearly lynched a couple of times but ultimately survived.

I’ve also hung out in the spectator chat for BYOC, which was a lot of fun (and virtually no stress, aside from yelling at my computer when players didn’t see what seemed obvious to me).

What do you love about playing The Bookish Games?

It’s very intense, and a really interesting psychological dynamic of cooperative and competitive. For someone who gets obsessive over things but also has limited energy to commit to things, as I do, it’s an ideal outlet. I’m analytical by nature, so sifting through people’s comments and behavior patterns is fun (even when it takes hours to do, at times).

I’ve also learned about my own communication style from them (mostly, that I can come across as overly defensive without realizing it) which has helped me in my professional life…maybe I should put my surviving Vicious on my resume? 😉

What has been your favorite moment in The Bookish Games so far?

Winning the Vicious game, for sure. Winning is always fun, but playing TBG from the Mafia side adds a really cool group element. And, of course, playing in general introduces me to some great book bloggers/vloggers that I wouldn’t otherwise get to follow and know.

(Asti’s note: Wait, doesn’t this response sound familiar? Wow, Team Eli definitely hasn’t let their Vicious win go to their heads. ;))

(Inge’s note: I’ll allow it. They played incredibly well.)

What do you struggle with while playing The Bookish Games? How do you overcome those struggles?

You can play the game on a more shallow level, looking for broad strokes before commenting or voting, but I tend to dive deep and that means distilling a lot of data every day.

Also, I want everyone to participate a lot and help root out the baddies, so I throw a lot of comments into the game with the hope of inspiring everyone to speculate more…and that can backfire in big ways.

To overcome that, I schedule time each day to comb through the comments, and I keep copious notes on my laptop (with the commenter’s name, date and time of the comment, for reference). Then, if I see something fishy, I include those details in my post so others can check the source. I’m also learning to step away when I become too invested- give it a day before commenting, regardless of how fired up I am, in case my theory is actually meaningless noise.

Is there anything specific you would like to see in future editions of The Bookish Games? (Themes, roles, twists, etc.)

I love the chaos, so something like a power that switches two people’s powers (not allegiance or role) partway through the game would be fun. BYOC was fun to watch, but I’d also love to see future games for The 100 (SHANNON), American Gods, The Naturals series, The Darkest Minds, Saga….I have a lot of ideas.

(Asti’s note: Beth is on our list of future co-modders so definitely look forward to possibly seeing one of her ideas in the future! I love that she has so many.)

What advice would you give to new players who are interested in playing The Bookish Games?

Do it! Also:

  • Don’t take any comments aimed at you too personally- think of your role as a part in a play, not a representation of yourself.
  • Be active, airing theories and questions- nobody wins by waiting to see where the chips fall or only bemoaning how hard it is to vote when you aren’t 100% certain of someone.
  • Set aside time (even if it’s 15 minutes) every day to read and comment, so things aren’t overwhelming at the end.
  • Take personal notes about your theories, so you can compile evidence for maximum impact.
  • Don’t get overly defensive (ahem, like I have).
  • Be aware that everyone communicates differently, some players even speak English as a second language, so be patient with possible language issues.
  • Don’t use a random number generator for your first vote– it just makes people suspicious of you. 😉

  • Take many deep breaths when it gets to the final 15 minutes of each Day phase.
  • If you’re Mafia, think and play like a townie…even if it means throwing shade on a teammate.

(Asti’s notes: YES TO ALL OF THESE THINGS! LISTEN TO BETH! LEARN FROM HER EXPERIENCE!)

QUICK FIRE ROUND!

Spectating or Playing: Playing
Team Town, Mafia, or Third-Party: Mafia
Vote out inactive players or let them disqualify: Vote them out
Vote every opportunity you get or only when a player acts suspiciously: When a player acts suspiciously, and share your reasons for voting that way
Take an active role or hide in the shadows: Take an active role
Straightforward games with few twists or crazy games with all the shock and surprises: Both (gotta keep us on our toes)

SUPERLATIVES

Biggest movemaker: Jade
Least trustworthy: Sana and Crini tie (they’re amazing players who are very, very good at playing bad)
Most Analytical: Josephine
Chatty Cathy: Anne and Shannon tie…maybe?
Funniest: Shannon
Most Intimidating: Josephine. She brought MATH, y’all.

(Inge’s note: Can Sana and Crini please fill out the form so we can get their side of the story? I’m feeling really bad about them constantly being labled the least trustworthy ones, y’all. Isn’t it obvious? The least trustworthy player is Asti herself. ;))

Anything else you’d like to add?: Come for the chaos, stay for the really intelligent people with a great sense of drama and excellent taste in books.

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Interview with a Player: Dana

Hello everyone! It is time for another round of Interview with a Player.

During the downtime between each edition of The Bookish Games, we will be posting interviews from players that answer questions about their play history, favourite moments, advice for newbies, etc. Not only is this a fun way to learn about why players enjoy The Bookish Games so much, it can also be a useful tool in gathering intelligence about other player’s thinking. (In other words, be careful what you choose to reveal players. It may be used against you in future games!)

If you’re interested in being featured in a future post, you can find the interview questions here.

Our next interviewee is one of our lovely new players who signed up for The Bookish Games after our relaunch: Dana (@danabartelt)! 

Now I’m not going to lie, while I love Dana because she’s a dependable new player who gives it her all even when things are a bit overwhelming (which, let’s be honest, for The Bookish Games that’s all the time), my favourite thing about her gameplay is the fact that she is great at causing chaos at the end of a game Day.

Don’t believe me? Let’s take a second to look back at the two games she’s played so far:

  • At the end of Day Four of the Vicious edition, the votes were Shannon (4) and Shari (3). Waiting until just twelve minutes before deadline, Dana switched her standalone vote from Greg (who was Mafia!) to Shari, thus creating a tie. Obviously a tie results in no elimination and eliminations are a great way to gather information in the game, so her tie created a lot of chaos in game and ultimately resulted in Jade switching her vote to Shannon at the last minute.
  • Harker looked like they were going home at the end of Day Two of the BYOC edition with just three votes, but with only TWO MINUTES to spare Dana switched her vote to Jenn thus creating a tie. This last minute decision resulted in no time for explanations so Rashika only had enough time to quickly jump in and vote for Jenn before deadline to ensure an elimination took place.

Now, while these moves may drive some players absolutely crazy, I personally love them. Not only are they a lot of fun to watch as a moderator, but I think they highlight something that is really admirable about Dana: she isn’t afraid to make herself a target even if it means switching a vote at the last minute. In the end a player’s vote is their biggest power so I’m proud of Dana for not being afraid to use it. You go girl.

(Inge’s note: I was really excited when Dana signed up for the Bookish Games because she was my #OTSPSecretSister pen pal at the time, and it’d give us something extra to talk about. We know the game can be stressful, so we always have to wait and see how newbies react. It warms the iciest cockles of my heart to know that Dana has become a returning player.)

THE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Introduce yourself. (Where can we find you online? What do you like to do when not playing The Bookish Games?)

My name is Dana and I come from the Cheese State. Online, I’m most active on Twitter (@danabartelt). Sometimes I instagram uninteresting things at @whatalovelydana.

Tell us about your experience with The Bookish Games so far. (How many games have you played? What have your roles/teams been like? Have you survived until the end yet?)

I’ve played both the Vicious and Bring Your Own Character editions and have lost both. I was Team Victor (town) for the Vicious cycle and while I didn’t directly get killed, I was eliminated when it came to the point that it would be impossible for the Town to win. For BYOC, I chose to be Gandalf, Governor but never got to use my power as I was recruited to the cult during the first night.

What do you love about playing The Bookish Games?

I love the intrigue. I love trying to figure out who’s good and who’s bad. I also intensely dislike the same things (in a good way) because I’m terrible at it and it frustrates me beyond belief.

What has been your favorite moment in The Bookish Games so far?

Probably when the BYOC game was over and there wasn’t a Mafia. It was an interesting twist.

What do you struggle with while playing The Bookish Games? How do you overcome those struggles?

Being more vocal/active. I struggle with anxiety and sometimes that includes online activity. Often for me anxiety equals having a blank mind. NOTHING of substance goes through it which is completely ridiculous. Me reading all of the comments makes me feel like a bobble head. I just sit there nodding, saying “that makes sense” to everything and come up with nothing substantial to add.
As for overcoming it, I’m still working on it.

Is there anything specific you would like to see in future editions of The Bookish Games? (Themes, roles, twists, etc.)

I think a game based on The Immortal Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott would be fun. There are many amazing character options in it!

(Asti’s note: I’ve never actually read any of those books! I’ll have to check them out sometime.)

What advice would you give to new players who are interested in playing The Bookish Games?

Be yourself and just go with it.

QUICK FIRE ROUND!

Spectating or Playing: Playing
Team Town, Mafia, or Third-Party: Mafia
Vote out inactive players or let them disqualify: DQ
Vote every opportunity you get or only when a player acts suspiciously: Both
Take an active role or hide in the shadows: Hide
Straightforward games with few twists or crazy games with all the shock and surprises: Crazy

SUPERLATIVES

Least trustworthy: Sana
Chatty Cathy: Shannon

Interview with a Player: Greg from Book Haven

Hello everyone! It is time for our second edition of Interview with a Player.

During the downtime between each edition of The Bookish Games, we will be posting interviews from players that answer questions about their play history, favourite moments, advice for newbies, etc. Not only is this a fun way to learn about why players enjoy The Bookish Games so much, it can also be a useful tool in gathering intelligence about other player’s thinking. (In other words, be careful what you choose to reveal players. It may be used against you in future games!)

If you’re interested in being featured in a future post, you can find the interview questions here.

Our next interviewee is one of our newer players who wasted no time smashing his way into The Bookish Games Wall of Fame: Greg from Book Haven

Now, we never know what we’re going to get when a new player signs up to join The Bookish Games. There are always 800 things that can go wrong: maybe they won’t participate, maybe they’ll be too overwhelmed, maybe they’ll take suspicions against them too personally, etc etc. The unknown of new players can be quite challenging for us moderators because while we want to give newbies exciting roles to play with we’re also often worried about the possibility of good roles going to waste.

Luckily we didn’t have to worry about any of that with Greg! We gave him a Mafia role for his first round of The Bookish Games (even though some participants argued that we would never do such a thing!) and not only did he get involved and stay active until the very end – he even received MVP status after his team won, earning him a spot on our Wall of Fame page! Go Greg!

And of course, not only do we love Greg for the fact that he played so well during his first play through of The Bookish Games, we also love Greg for the fact that he continues to stay involved in the community even when his time is limited. He inspired me with a couple of ideas during The Bookish Games: Bring Your Own Character edition while chatting in the Spectator chat (look out for possible spectator involvement in gameplay in the future!) and I appreciate him taking some time out of his day to answer our interview questions below.

If you’re thinking about joining The Bookish Games community but haven’t already, take notes for when you do. We’re always looking for more great players like Greg.

THE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Introduce yourself. (Where can we find you online? What do you like to do when not playing The Bookish Games?)

My name is Greg and I blog at Book Haven https://gregsbookhaven.blogspot.com/

I’m a book blogger and sometime freelance writer who loves to discuss and share bookish stuff, plus movies and music and whatever else. I like to spotlight bookstores as well. Blogging is a creative endeavour for me as well as a fun way to unwind and just chat with online friends.

Tell us about your experience with The Bookish Games so far. (How many games have you played? What have your roles/teams been like? Have you survived until the end yet?)

I’ve played one game (the Vicious edition) and had a blast! I was a part of Team Mafia (thanks Asti!!) and loved it- what a way to start the game, being on the bad guys team! Bad guys are always the most fun, right? And we WON. Couldn’t ask for better than that. 🙂

(Inge’s note: Can confirm. Asti & Kelley gave me a pretty powerful Mafia role during my first game, Ready Player One. It was so much fun and very motivating as a newbie to just throw myself into the game!)

What do you love about playing The Bookish Games?

I love how unpredictable it is and how twisty. Everyone is trying to get one over on someone else and no one really knows, at least initially, who is who (other than Mafia members). Any comment or observation can be twisted against someone and the game really rewards someone who just lets go and has fun, but also those who are canny and persuasive!

What has been your favorite moment in The Bookish Games so far?

This might sound selfish but when Team Mafia was declared winners of the Vicious edition. I was like- we won?? Ha ha. But also the most recent BYOC edition– being in the Spectator Chat and observing the shenanigans going on and being able to discuss it was great!

(Inge’s note: Even when I don’t have much time, I always love scrolling through the Spectators Chat. You guys are hilarious.)

What do you struggle with while playing The Bookish Games? How do you overcome those struggles?

Time. Several times in Vicious I felt like my schedule prevented me from getting in at crucial times, especially at the end of Days when everything gets crazy. It really can be time- consuming to REALLY play.

Is there anything specific you would like to see in future editions of The Bookish Games? (Themes, roles, twists, etc.)

I love how BYOC was totally up in the air and participants didn’t even know IF there were third party players/ teams- it was even more ambiguous than normal?

What advice would you give to new players who are interested in playing The Bookish Games?

Set aside lots of time to read and re- read comments, and hone your lying skills (did I just say that?). And especially have FUN!

QUICK FIRE ROUND!

Spectating or Playing: Playing
Team Town, Mafia, or Third-Party: Mafia
Vote out inactive players or let them disqualify: Vote ’em out!!
Vote every opportunity you get or only when a player acts suspiciously: I’m kind of in the middle?
Take an active role or hide in the shadows: I tend to hang back a bit- at least in Vicious?
Straightforward games with few twists or crazy games with all the shock and surprises: Crazy!

SUPERLATIVES!

Biggest movemaker: Shannon? And I think Dana’s made a late move or two that had impacts.

Least trustworthy player: Oh this is a dangerous one to answer! I think we’re all untrustworthy though, given that we’re all LYING! But if I have to pick someone, I’ll say… Sana! Haha only because I suspected her in BYOC (from the Spectator perch) and thought she was getting off easy. 🙂 But she played a good game. and she’s not really untrustworthy. *waves* Hi Sana!!!

Most analytical: Anne maybe? Josephine and Sana are canny players as well I think.

Chatty Cathy: I’ll say Harker? They generate lots of good discussion and theories. 🙂

Funniest: Shannon!!

Most intimidating: I am not even sure! Maybe the veterans who’ve played in ALL the games.

Anything else you’d like to add? Thanks to Asti and Inge and everyone else who puts these together! Oh and how about an Orphan Black edition?

(Asti note: Ooh, an Orphan Black edition could be fun! And wow, evil much there Greg? I’m starting to get the impression that even if we’d assign you to the Town team you’d try to help the Mafia win…)

(Inge’s note: Born for the Traitor role? 😉 Thanks for joining our wacky game, Greg! You’ve been a wonderful asset and we love your evil shenanigans.)

Interview with a Player: Shannon from It Starts at Midnight

Hello everyone! It is time for our new feature: Interview with a Player.

During the downtime between each edition of The Bookish Games, we will be posting interviews from players that answer questions about their play history, favourite moments, advice for newbies, etc. Not only is this a fun way to learn about why players enjoy The Bookish Games so much, it can also be a useful tool in gathering intelligence about other player’s thinking. (In other words, be careful what you choose to reveal players. It may be used against you in future games!)

If you’re interested in being featured in a future post, you can find the interview questions here.

Our first interviewee is one of our favourites to watch while moderating The Bookish Games: Shannon from It Starts at Midnight

ShannonTalk about commitment. When Shannon chooses to play The Bookish Games, she goes all in. Instead of having to worry about whether or not she’ll meet the comment minimum in a game, we have to worry about whether or not she’ll be so determined to keep up with the game that she’ll play it while driving her car! (We’re not even joking, lol.)

On top of her active participation, Shannon is great because she is a player who truly feels while playing the game. And while at times this may be a little too much (I never want a player to cry because of the game!), she makes the emotional rollercoaster part of the fun. I truly admire the fact that no matter how nervous she is about a move or how uncertain she is of a vote, she stands by her actions knowing that she’s making what she feels is the best decision for her team.  (It doesn’t always work out that way, but it’s the thought that counts, right?)

And lastly, can I just highlight the fact that Shannon is hilarious? Alive or dead, Shannon is a joy to have in The Bookish Games because she makes us laugh. If you check out our Favourite Moments section for the BYOC game, you’ll see that she is just full of fun ideas. Prepare yourself for when she finally gets to co-mod a future game because it will definitely happen and it will definitely be crazy.

(Inge’s note: 100% agree on all accounts. Shannon is an absolute gem, and no matter what role she plays, I’m always rooting for her. ♥)

Okay, okay, enough gushing. Let’s let Shannon do the talking now:

THE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Introduce yourself. (Where can we find you online? What do you like to do when not playing The Bookish Games?)

I’m Shannon! You can find me @ShannonMiz, at itstartsatmidnight.com, and likely obsessing somewhere about The 100.

Tell us about your experience with The Bookish Games so far. (How many games have you played? What have your roles/teams been like? Have you survived until the end yet?)

Ooooh Asti, how much time do you have? Ha! I have played three games: Chaos Walking, Vicious, and BYOC. I was Town all 3 times, mostly because I assume Asti doesn’t want me to ruin the Game by blurting out I’m a baddie because I can’t handle the guilt 15 minutes into Day 1.

Let’s start with the one I WON, shall we? Look, none of us are going to pretend it was through any sort of skill, I won by being TERRIBLE. In fact, all the baddies just kept me around because they knew I’d agree with them. And I did… until I didn’t, at just the right moment. This I consider the epitome of “beginner’s luck”.

In Vicious, I was not only Team Victor but ACTUAL VICTOR. I’m still a little salty about that one, man, I TOLD YOU PEOPLE not to kill me! And I could have used my roles so much better I think, I had plans, guys. Le sigh. Moving along.

In BYOC I was Thelonious Jaha from The 100. I was killed Night 1 (thanks Crini.) I didn’t even get to play in Camp Jaha which was sad. I had SO many GIFS. But it was very fun to watch from the Spectator Chat!

What do you love about playing The Bookish Games?

Oh, it’s just such an amusing mindf*ck! It’s hanging out and chatting with a bunch of people that you genuinely like, but some of them are trying to kill you. Now tell me, what could be more entertaining than that?

What has been your favorite moment in The Bookish Games so far?

Uh, when I won obviously. If you think my postcard doesn’t hang on my bedroom wall, you’d be mistaken.

(Asti’s note: Aw, I forgot Kelley used to send out postcards to our winners! I might have to look into doing something like this for the future.)

(Inge’s note: I still have a postcard from The Lunar Chronicles too! Plus a T-shirt for being the MVP. Makes me feel special. I never got those statues built in my name, though. Shame.)

What do you struggle with while playing The Bookish Games? How do you overcome those struggles?

My emotions, which I think everyone has pretty much caught onto hah. I use them too much, obviously. But I also take it wayyyy too seriously because I am not so much a fan of losing. I overcome them by… Idk, I guess getting killed on Night 1?  If I figure out how I overcome it, I’ll let you know.

Is there anything specific you would like to see in future editions of The Bookish Games? (Themes, roles, twists, etc.)

The 100! Gosh I will just keep saying it until it happens. I will not tell you twists or roles because those are up here in my head. Waiting.

What advice would you give to new players who are interested in playing The Bookish Games?

DO. IT. But also only if you’re really going to play, you know? It’s a commitment, and if you’re not sure, maybe be a Spectator, see if it’s for you? But if you are genuinely interested, it’s the BEST. Just uh, don’t do any of the things I have done in any Game and you should be juuuust fine.

QUICK FIRE ROUND!

Spectating or Playing: Playing! I am a masochist, I suppose!
Team Town, Mafia, or Third-Party: TOWN because… it’s me!
Vote out inactive players or let them disqualify: VOTE. THEM. OUT. Never again, Inactives. NEVER AGAIN.
Vote every opportunity you get or only when a player acts suspiciously: Somewhere in the middle I think.
Take an active role or hide in the shadows: Active role, but maybe not *too* active? Keeps getting me killed…
Straightforward games with few twists or crazy games with all the shock and surprises: Crazy! Shock! Surprise!

Anything else you’d like to add? We LOVE YOU for putting so much time and heart into these games. MUAH.

(Asti note: Aw thanks Shannon, we love you too! Thanks for taking the time to fill out our little interview questions to be featured on our blog.)

(Inge’s note: Love you Shannon ♥♥♥♥)

Bring Your Own Character: Game Over

Welcome to The Bookish Games, a variation of the game most commonly known as Mafia or Werewolf. If you want to know more about The Bookish Games, including How to Play, please check out the links in the menu.

THE GAME IS NOW OVER!

Eliminated:

  • [DAY] Rashika (@RTheBookOwl as Bella Swan from Twilight, Team Town, Bulletproof (unable to be killed by ordinary means during the Night)
  • [NIGHT] Sana (@artsymusings) as Joseph Kavinsky from The Dream Thieves, Team Arsonist, Arsonist (able to ignite one player per Night causing their death, players must first be primed during a Night before they can be ignited)
  • Kerys (@kerys_howarddd) as Katniss from The Hunger Games, Team Town, Deflector (able to deflect Night actions targeted at one player onto a different player)
  • Charli (@charli_c_) as Tori Spring from Solitaire, Team Town, Vigilante (able to kill one person per Night)

Survived:

  • Megan (@Megan_Roze) as Feyre from ACOMAF, Team Cult, Cult Leader (able to recruit one person per Night into the Cult)
  • Crini (@@xcrini) as Gretchen Lowell, Team Serial Killer, Serial Killer (able to kill one person per Night), Team Cult, Cultist
  • T Alex Harker @ The Hermit Librarian (replacement for T) as Andrew from Foxhole Court, Team Town, Babysitter (able to protect one person per Night, if targeted for a Night kill while protecting another player both die), Team Cult, Cultist

CULT WINS!!

Wait, what?! How is the game over if there’s still two players left in the game?

As the Cult has majority numbers and the last third-party team was eliminated with Sana’s death, the Cult’s victory is guaranteed. The Cult can flat out admit to being a team going into Day Four and there is nothing our two remaining Town-aligned players can do as the Cult has majority numbers. And it doesn’t matter which Town-aligned player survives going into Night Four, neither one could do anything to flip the script. If Charli survived, she could kill one of the Cultists but would still get voted out the following Day and if Kerys survived, she could deflect any possible recruitment back onto the Cult but would still get voted out the next Day.

Day Three was painful enough to watch. We don’t have to watch this slow death in action when we already know what the outcome will be. (Sorry Town! But good job Cult!)

My MVP for this game is Megan, for successfully leading the Cult to victory. By mostly playing in the shadows and carefully choosing her targets, she was able to keep her Cult alive. I also think it was quite skilled that her first two Night recruitments were directed at the two third-party players in the game. Sure, both didn’t work and it was probably mostly luck, but I think it was a sign from early on that Megan was destined to be victorious.

I also want to give a shoutout to Charli for being the only reason any anti-Town players were eliminated this edition of the game. While she didn’t use her vigilante power Night One, she successfully used it each of the following Nights resulting in the elimination of Dana (Cultist) and Sana (Arsonist).

THE SETUP

There isn’t a whole lot to reveal in regards to this set-up because we really didn’t plan anything in advance. The character choices submitted by players dictated what teams existed within the game.

Assigning players their roles/powers.

All players received their first choice for character/roles, apart from Sana. I wanted the game to be set-up with each player having a different character name/role. While duplicates were submitted within the three choices, rarely so within the first choice spot.

Sana was the last to submit her sign-up choices and she was of course the one to provide a duplicate. Her first role choice was for an Absorber but as we already had that (thanks to Val) I contacted her to find out if she would be okay with her Arsonist role instead. She agreed.

I actually thought the Arsonist role would be the perfect addition to the Cult and Serial Killer because it ensured the game wouldn’t end too quickly while at the same time limiting the amount of dead players that could appear during the Night. Without Sana’s Arsonist role, there was a possibility this game could’ve ended within the first two Days. Crini could’ve killed Megan Night One and then get voted out Day Two or Megan could’ve recruited Crini Night One and then get voted out Day Two… adding that extra third-party option ensured that the game could last even if one of my baddies got eliminated early.

Where the Mafia?

But wait, what about the Mafia? Haha, sorry guys, no mafia this game. Inge and I decided that a Cult, SK, and Arsonist would be enough of a challenge for you. Consider this our one set-up twist.

(If we were to have gone the mafia route though, we would have likely had to assign players roles outside of their first choice as a majority of players went for protective roles which wouldn’t be necessary for a Mafia teammate as they’re generally the ones doing the killing. It just made more sense for us in the end to leave it as it is and just let this be a game ruled by third-party teams.)

Night Actions made the game unpredictable.

I will say, I loved how the many, many roles made this game completely unpredictable. Even going into Night Three, I really had no clue if the game was actually going to end. If Charli would’ve killed Megan and Kerys deflected T Alex Harker’s recruitment onto Crini, then we would’ve entered Day Four with three Town players, one Cultist who couldn’t recruit additional players, and one Arsonist. It would’ve been anyone’s game.

There are two Night actions that I wanted to highlight that could’ve made a difference in how the game played out, just to show how unpredictable these many roles made the game:

  • Night One Megan targeted Sana, the Arsonist, to be recruited into the Cult. If this would’ve happened Sana would’ve losted her Arsonist abilites and Harker would not have been eliminated. Kerys chose to deflect actions targeted at Sana onto Dana that Night though, thus saving Sana from recruitment and forcing Dana to join the Cult instead.
  • Night Two Harker used their 1x Vigilante power as a Jack-of-all-Trades to eliminate Crini. Obviously if this would have been effective Crini would not have been recruited into the Cult and the Cult would’ve entered Day Three as a one-man team. Unfortunately, Sana submitted her Night Action form to kill Harker before Harker submitted their Night Action form to kill Crini, so Harker was unable to complete their kill.

BEHIND THE SCENES

As always, here is the information for the secret pages and access to the master sheet where we kept track of each Day/Night actions. If you have questions about anything, don’t hesitate to ask!

  • The Cult Night Chats – You can find what the Cult was saying at Night by visiting the Cult site. I’ll be importing the posts into this blog for easier access later. (These posts have now been imported into the site and can be found linked on the Bring Your Own Character edition page.)
  • GoogleDoc Spreadsheet This is the Master Spreadsheet that Inge and I used to keep track of everything in the game from number of comments players made to voting history to Night Action form submissions. Click the tabs on the bottom of the page to see what went down each Day/Night. (You can also see what players submitted for their other character choices.)
  • Spectator Chat (password: dead) – Here you can find out what the spectators and ghosts were up to while the Town slowly crawled to their death.

GAME MASTER’S NOTES

Our Favourite Moments

Pre-Game

Of course, before the game even started I was excited to see what characters and roles players would submit. Val wins the award for most creative player choice during sign ups. Her first choice to play as Anastasia Steele from 50 Shades of Grey, Absorber, was both hilarious and cringe-worthy. Great job Val.

(Also, apologies, I probably shouldn’t have commented on it on Twitter as I know it led some players to want to eliminate you just to find out what role you were hiding behind. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a factor for Crini murdering you Night Two.)

Day/Night One:

Shannon: T, come play with us, we are fun and most of us don’t even bite!
Harker: unless someone picked a vampire character. lol

Little did you know at the time, there actually was a vampire in the game. Well, sort of. Rashika was Bella from Twilight. Depending on what book we’re working with, she was a vampire.

Anne: Right now I’m watching my new Roomba blindly run into things around the room and I feel like it’s the most fitting analogy for this day. 🤦

This is exactly what everyone looks like when you’re watching the game unfold as a moderator.

Day/Night Two:

Rashika: I am gonna need five cups of chamomille tea after this day ends

You guys and your last minute voting changes! Day One and Day Two were exhausting! I don’t drink tea, but even I felt the need to reach for something to calm myself after trying to keep up with the madness around voting deadlines.

Day/Night Three:

We have no fun quotes from the Day chat because everyone was BOOOORRRRING Day Three, but Shannon provided us with some entertainment in the Spectator chat:

Val: Well there was never gonna be a 50 Shades Bookish games so I took my chance. Not that I’ve even read the book though 😂

Inge: @Val: *shudders at the idea of a Fifty Shades Bookish Games*

Shannon: @Inge, in the 50 Shades game, everyone from the actual book is Team Dumpster Fire (mafia) while the Town is just poor readers who are horrified and want to kill all the characters for you know, being themselves.

I’m just saying this now, if we ever pull Shannon in to help co-mod a game, be prepared. That girl is FULL of ideas.

Shannon: We need the role of a Sniper (which I just made up right now). A Sniper will, from Spectatorland, take out some random player just for funsies. No rhyme or reason, totally unbiased roll of the dice, just to freak everyone out and force someone to say something. Asti can just post that Whoever has been eliminated. Watch them squirm. They are literally talking about the weather at this point, we need something to shake them up.

Like I said, FULL of ideas. And I like them.

UNTIL NEXT TIME…

We’re going to take a short break as I need time to adjust to working life again (I finally got a job, yay!) but don’t get too comfortable because we are already planning the next game and will definitely be back.

If you have any feedback or suggestions for the next game, please do share in the comments! And if you have any additional questions about how this game was set-up, don’t hesitate to ask.

Be sure to join our mailing list if you want to be notified when sign-ups for the next edition go live and we look forward to seeing you next time!

Asti & Inge