Welcome to the Bookish Games, a variation of the game Mafia (aka Werewolf) that was previously hosted at A Bookish Heart and is now hosted at Oh, the Books! 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!
THE GAME IS NOW OVER!
- [DAY] Lauren @ Lose Time Reading as Kyosuke Higuchi, Unaligned Serial Killer (Fake Kira)
- [NIGHT] No Night Kill!
After seven long Days, Team Kira finally secured their win by leading the dominant vote for Lauren, Kyosuke Higuchi, Unaligned Serial Killer. With Lauren out of their way, Team Kira had nothing left standing in their way. Even if they were role blocked from completing their Night Kill, they could have outright confessed that they were the baddies during the Day and still managed to vote out the remaining The World Team players during the remaining Days with their majority numbers. So congratulations to the surviving Team Kira members (Charli, Jenn, and Leanne)… It’s about time a mafia team finally won this game!
Just like last time, we’ve decided to choose an MVP of this game and award them with an I SURVIVED THE BOOKISH GAMES t-shirt.
It’s pretty clear that Jenn played an INCREDIBLE game this time around, using every ounce of her cunning and persuasive skills to continually sway people to her line of thinking and keep the suspicion away for herself and her Mafia teammates. When we chose her to play Light, we had no idea just how true to the character her actions would turn out to be. Congratulations, Jenn! You’re the MVP of this game, hands down.
But what about everyone else who survived — especially those players who ultimately ended the game and won it for Team Kira? Both Leanne and Charli helped contribute to Team Kira’s success in some pivotal way – whether by aiding in the discussions and continually bringing up logical arguments (Leanne), or playing innocent-but-not-too-innocent and keeping people friendly with her (Charli). Don’t worry, you guys get prizes too! We’ll be sending each of you some official Bookish Games swag, so be on the lookout for an email from Kelley very soon.
THE GAME SETUP
This game was inspired by Death Note. I went through about five or six different iterations of possible roles and twists and setups for this game, some much more complex than others, but we ended up deciding that a more simple approach this time would be best. There were no major twists set up in this game as there were with the Divergent edition (characters possibly getting recruited by the Mafia at Night), but we did include quite a few more powerful roles this time around.
- Two Jacks-of-all-Trades: Since L is basically all powerful and Near is his protege, it made sense to give both of these roles a mix of special abilities. Both of them were 1x bulletproof and 1x lynchproof, but the rest of their abilities were divied up differently.
- 50% Investigative Immune: With so many powerful roles this time around, we decided to give Light and Misa — the main members of Team Kira — a halfway protection from investigation. This meant that if they were investigated, we flipped a coin to see if it went through.
- A Specialized Bodyguard: We decided to make Rem a Bodyguard, but only for Misa. This meant that if Misa was targeted during the Night, Rem would automatically die in her place. We thought this fit well with the actual story, and also went well with the balance of the game. (I have to admit, I was kind of disappointed that I never got to see this play out!)
I can’t tell you how pleased I am with the way this all played out.
It went SO WELL with the actual storyline of the anime!
I hope you’ll indulge me in recounting some of the awesome (and sometimes hilarious) highlights from the games.
- NIGHTS 1 & 2: Lauren came in strong with her Serial Killer targets, eliminating some of the most influential players right from the get go. Meanwhile, Team Kira was busy planning why they shouldn’t target Cayce or Emily quite yet, Lauren was like “Nope, you’re dead!” and it shocked Team Kira every time!
- NIGHT 3: Team Kira decided to use Jenn’s Strongman ability to take out Ren. This was crucial to their success, because Ren was Near — a Jack-of-all-trades with 1x Bulletproof. By eliminating such a powerful role so early in the game, they really paved the road for their team to come out victorious. (This same Night, Lauren had also targeted Jenn for death, but thanks to Charley’s protection, Jenn was kept alive!)
- DAY 4: This started the ultimate showdown between Lillian (L) and Jenn (Light). Lillian really began to suspect Jenn, but was then swayed by the arguments Jenn put forth, and ended up changing her mind. I loved the parallel with how L’s suspicions of Light throughout the anime went up and down just like this. From then on, Jenn had pretty much convinced everyone she was on the good team, despite some evidence to the contrary (I still don’t get how nobody concluded that she’d used her Strongman ability to kill Ren!).
- DAY 5 ONWARD: At this point, Jenn was continually able to convince others to make the vote she wanted them to, even if she ended up cancelling hers later, which led to the elimination of several additional players on the good team. Charli also cleverly kept the attention off of herself by being generally nice and innocent-looking, much like her character Misa in the anime!
- NIGHT 5: Why did nobody die this night? Was it due to the roleblocks, like so many people suspected? Lesley Marie successfully roleblocked Charli, stymieing both her role cop investigation AND the mafia kill! And Lauren decided to target Jenn, using up Jenn’s bulletproof vest.
- NIGHT 6: Again, no deaths? Lauren was a hot target this time. Team Kira decided to target her, using up her bulletproof vest. Then Lesley Marie swooped in with another awesome roleblock, stopping Lauren from killing her!
Okay, okay, I’ll stop reminiscing now. Guys, this was an INCREDIBLE game. So many of you played your hearts out and really made it amazing! Thanks so much to everyone who participated and took a chance on this theme for the Bookish Games. Some of you didn’t know anything about Death Note, and others didn’t know anything about the game, but you all gave it a shot and it turned out great!
A Minor Mistake
I (Asti) did make one minor mistake during this edition of the Bookish Games, which took place during Day Seven. During this Day, Charli had returned from her hiatus to address the accusations that were being thrown her way. Someone said they had role blocked her and were wondering if that connected to the fact that no one died that Night (and it did. Charli was sent to complete Team Kira’s kill that Night, but it was not successful because Charli was role blocked). Charli’s rebuttal was that no, she was a Role Cop, and if she was role blocked then how come she got investigation results that Night for the person she investigated?
Now, when I saw this, I sort of freaked out. I had just woke up so I guess my brain wasn’t quite thinking things through. And it went “OH MY, DID I SEND CHARLI RESULTS WHEN I SHOULDN’T HAVE?!” Because she WAS role blocked, so yeah, shouldn’t she have not gotten results?! So I quickly deleted the one line from her comment that mentioned this fact and DMed her saying that she WAS role blocked and that I removed that bit from her comment because it was a mistake on my end and if she put it there I would have to explain to everyone I made the mistake and it might cause more problems that good.
Of course, after I sent Charli these frantic DMs, I looked at it all a little closer and realized… no. I did the right thing. You see, when someone is role blocked, I still always send them results. I just don’t send them accurate results. It’s sort of the same as someone being investigative-immune. That person’s investigation is blocked, but they still get results because otherwise they’d know the person they investigated has immunity or that something is interfering with their investigation. So when Charli was role blocked that Night, I did send her results but not accurate ones. I told her the player she investigated had no special powers, which was a lie, but the right results since Charli was role blocked.
Do you see how this all got confused in my head?
Needless to say, I realized this shortly after DMing Charli and then went back to delete my DMs and pretend my freakout never happened, but Charli was too quick for me and had already read and replied to my messages. So I just had to leave it as it is, because at that point I had already dug myself into a hole and couldn’t get out of it.
So this is my formal apology to Charli for freaking out on Twitter and relaying the wrong information, when I should have shut my mouth and let things continue on as they were. Sorry! I don’t mess up often in these games, but this was one of those times. >.<
BEHIND THE SCENES
As always, here is the information for the secret pages and access to the master sheet where Kelley and I kept track of each Day/Night actions. If you have questions about anything, don’t hesitate to ask!
- GoogleDocs – Master Sheet – Spreadsheet that contains information about each Day’s votes, each Night’s actions, and all eliminations. Just click on the tabs at the bottom of the sheet to see what went down.
- Page KR – Team Kira Page (password: eatapples) – Team Kira were allowed to discuss each Night which players they want to kill, as well as share any information they had from their other powers.
- Page GY – Graveyard Page (password: crapidied) – Dead Players (or spectators who were interested) could gain access to this page to discuss the game outside of the main posts.*
*Team Kira is lucky that certain players ended up in the Graveyard before they could do too much harm. Some of them were spot-on when it came to guessing who the baddies were, and as the evidence continued to roll in they could only sit and watch as the remaining Townies struggled to figure it out. Poor dead people.
UNTIL NEXT TIME…
Bookish Games: Death Note Edition was a lot of fun. Kelley’s set up worked really well in that there were plenty of things going on behind the scenes that could affect the gameplay, without some overly crazy twist to really screw with everyone’s minds. There were really chances for both teams to secure the win, but in the end it was Team Kira who pulled it off with their smooth-talking ways. Great job baddies! It’s about time you guys secured a win.
But of course, it’s not over yet. Another edition of Bookish Games is in the works, and this time our novel choice is inspired by the upcoming Sci-Fi Month event which we’re co-hosting! The next version of the Bookish Games will be inspired by Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One.
And I can assure you, this game is going to be a little different from the rest as Asti planned it with a twist. (But don’t worry, we’ll be sharing this twist in advance this game, as otherwise players might really bash their head against the wall in confusion!) Sign-ups will be open on October 11th, with the games starting on the 25th, so mark your calendars if you’re interested in joining!