Welcome to the Bookish Games, a variation of the game Mafia (aka Werewolf) that is hosted here at A Bookish Heart quarterly. For each game, a popular YA book is chosen to be the theme and players are assigned different character roles and powers. Their end goal is to ensure that their team is the last one standing, even if they don’t know who their other teammates are!
Game Master’s Notes
Oh that tricky, tricky Asti. During the last Day I made it sound like the game was still happening by ending it with my final Day vote reveal and asking those with Night powers to send in the form. But really, the game was over. I just didn’t have this post prepped and ready to go so thought I would make you all suffer until then 😉
The game is over: Team Dumbledore’s Army Wins!
Congrats go to our remaining living Team Dumbledore’s Army players who somehow managed to survive all the way until the end. While some of their identities were questioned again and again, with votes popping up for them every once in a while, they somehow managed to avoid majority.
The surviving Team DA members are:
- Emma @ A World of Books as Neville Longbottom, Bulletproof (cannot be eliminated at Night)
- Holly @ A DayDreamers Thoughts as Harry Potter, Unlynchable (cannot be eliminated during the Day), Roleblocker (able to block one person each Night from ability)
- Sana @ Artsy Musings of a Bibliophile as Justin Finch-Fletchley, 2x Vigilante (able to kill during the Night twice throughout the game in order to help Team DA)
- Terri @ Starlight Book Reviews as Marietta Edgecomb, Townie (no special powers) – Side note: When I first created this role I had planned on making Marietta a traitor, but then when I expanded all the teams to fit more players I changed it to a powerless role because I didn’t want the baddies to be too powerful
- Annie @ The Runaway Reader as Padma Patil, Townie (no special powers)
Congrats to these five players for not only making it to the end of the game, but even just putting up with it for ten long weeks! It has been quite the journey with so many players this time around, and while I know it was difficult for some to keep up I think everyone did a pretty good job.
Now, I mentioned in the sign-up emails that there would be two giveaways at the end of the game. The first prize is a book worth up to $15 from The Book Depository, and it goes to one of the surviving players mentioned above. Anyone (whether alive or dead, players or not) can vote for who they think deserves the prize in the poll below. [Voting is now closed]
While Team DA has officially won the game, I don’t think we can forget those moments where it seemed like all hope was lost. The evil forces in this game played quite beautifully, and if they could have somehow continued avoiding killing each other I think they may have won the game in the end. Lucky for Team DA, they didn’t.
The second prize (worth the same amount as the first) goes to whoever I think played the best game. I know who is who throughout the entire game and I can easily see who is pulling their weight. When it comes down to it, there are three players who stood out to me for having a well-rounded game:
- Cayce @ Fighting Dreamer as Lord Voldemort (Bulletproof, Investigative Immune, Godfather) from Team DE – Cayce proved with the last Bookish Games that she’s a force to be reckoned with, and I honestly think that that is the only thing she really had working against her this time around. The other evil forces targeted her early on in the game knowing her previous game experience, and once they realized she wasn’t dying they knew something wasn’t right about her. Even though Cayce was eliminated in the end, she still earned herself an extra day – when she could have just chosen a random Team DA member name to claim to avoid trouble, she actually went out of her way to choose some crazy identity and role – and people actually fell for it (for a while)! If it weren’t for the fact that the role she chose was truly assigned to someone else in the game (along with a kill she claimed to make), she might have lasted until the very end.
- Charlotte @ Gypsy Reviews as Iblis (1x Strongman) from Team DM – Charlotte was on top of the game from the very beginning. She constantly contributed to discussions (in a way that I felt was very Team DA) and was able to accurately identify all the members of Team DE fairly early on (though she had no confirmation of the fact). I was actually quite surprised when the votes were flipped onto Charlotte and her elimination occurred… then again, she played like a Team DA member and Team DA was pretty good at voting their own kind out. 😉
- Miranda @ Tempest Books as Lee Jordan (Townie) from Team DA – I think the fact that the comments dropped so drastically after her elimination just proved how strong of an asset Miranda was to Team DA. She was very thoughtful in her gameplay, always contributing helpful comments during the Day even if it meant she was a target at Night. I was actually quite surprised by how well she played, and was hoping to see her make it until the very end. Maybe next time!
If I didn’t mention your name here, it’s not because I didn’t think you played well. I could probably spend hours talking over each person’s gameplay (and really this post is already super-long). I just wanted to take the time to mention my Top 3 players this time around who at certain points during the game made me think “Ah yes, you deserve to win!”. In the end though, I can only choose one person to win this second prize and that person is Cayce aka Lord Voldy. Her boldness and skill took me completely by surprise in this game, and I can’t help but admire her gameplay. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way.
Behind the Scenes
As always, I like to share all the hidden page information once the games are over. You can access each page on the Bookish Games: Harry Potter page and the passwords are listed below.
- Page 0-0 – Password “HarryPotterRecap” – This is a recap of everything that went down during the game including who was eliminated and when, what special powers were used, and if any warnings/eliminations took place.
- Page 1-0 – Password “welovedeath” – Team Death Eater’s chat page where they discussed who they would like to eliminate each Night along with who they would be sending to complete the kill
- Page 2-0 – Password “wegotogether” – The Masons chat page (Amy and Rita) where they were allowed to talk gameplay with each other Day or Night and knew of each other’s identities/alliances
- Page 3-0 – Password “goodbyecruelworld” – Dead Player page! Any players who were eliminated from the game were given the password if they wanted to continue the discussion.
- Page 4-0 – Password “kissmebaby” – Team Dementor’s chat page where they discussed who they would like to eliminate each Night along with who they would be sending to complete the kill
I think you guys might also be happy to know that after my hiatus I will be creating a post with a more in-depth look at the Behind the Scenes of the Bookish Games where I discuss how I set the games up, what I do during the games and other interesting details like that.
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Bookish Games: DIVERGENT EDITION
As with last game, I would like to end this final “GAME OVER” post by announcing the next Bookish Games installment. The next Bookish Games will be themed Divergent, based Veronica Roth’s Divergent. I do want to warn in advance that this game will be slightly spoilery in the set up – but only for Divergent. It’s not enough where I think it should cause a problem, but do want to put that out there for anyone who is paranoid in that respect.
If you want to join the next Bookish Games: Divergent Edition, then please comment below so I can put you on a mailing list! There is no guarantee that if you comment now you’ll be able to play the game. Instead, I record your name and when sign ups open for the next one I send you an email letting you know they’re open so you can get a head start joining the game before anyone else.
Also, I do want to mention that the next game will be smaller. While I enjoyed having so many wonderful people participating this time around, I do think it was quite overwhelming (for everyone) in the beginning with so many comments. As of right now, the plan is for there to be 18 players in the Divergent edition of Bookish Games, which should be starting in mid-April.
That’s it! Thanks again everyone for playing Bookish Games: Harry Potter Edition. I had a great time moderating the game and look forward to the next one.