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).
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)
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?
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.