Interview with a Player: Shannon T

Interview with a Player is a feature in which a participant from The Bookish Games answers questions relating to their experience. These posts help players get to know each other during the downtime between games. If you’re interested in being featured in a future post, you can find the interview questions here.

Today’s interviewee is Shannon T (@Tibbs10), one of the new players who actually managed to survive until the end and win the ADSOM edition. Way to go Shannon!

Playing The Bookish Games for the first time can be hard, but doing so with a role like the Miller can be even harder. You don’t want to do anything to cause suspicion because all it’ll take is one faulty investigation by a Cop and your neck will be on the chopping block. Poor Shannon had to navigate this tricky role for her very first go of The Bookish Games, but luckily managed to find the right balance. And not only did she avoid her Miller role causing her any problems – she actually survived until the end of the game and was part of the winning team!

I’d love to see her play another game to see if a different role would change her game play at all, or if she’d remain more on the quiet side. Either way, I love her enthusiasm and am so glad she decided to join us for some of the craziness that is The Bookish Games. We love Shannons here. 🖤

(Inge: Shannons are wonderful by definition. 💛 But now I kinda wanna see a Battle of the Shannons go down in one of our future editions…)

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 Shannon (T!) And you can find me on both Twitter and Instagram at @Tibbs10. When not playing The Bookish Games I like playing sports, watching sports, reading, and playing video games.

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 so far, in which I was a Miller and had no special abilities except to vote for someone during the day. I was lucky enough to survive until the end (and win!) during the ADSOM game. I hope to play in future games and play a bigger role; with more abilities and information to contribute.

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

Seeing the reveals of what happened behind the scenes with players and spectators.

(Inge: Always a great moment when you browse through all the behind-the-scenes information and go “Ohhh that’s why!”)

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

The fact that I had no special role or abilities…I hope to have a bigger role and contribute more the next time I play 🙂

QUICK FIRE ROUND!

Spectating or Playing: Playing
Vote out inactive players or let them disqualify: Disqualify
Vote every opportunity you get or only when a player acts suspiciously: Every opportunity
Take an active role or hide in the shadows: Active role
Straightforward games with few twists or crazy games with all the shock and surprises: All the shock and surprises

SUPERLATIVES

Biggest movemaker: Shannon M – the Tieren reveal was insane
Least trustworthy: Siran… Poor Rhy/Kell
Most analytical: Shannon M
Chatty Cathy: Edward

Interview with a Player: Siran

Interview with a Player is a feature in which a participant from The Bookish Games answers questions relating to their experience. These posts help players get to know each other during the downtime between games. If you’re interested in being featured in a future post, you can find the interview questions here.

Today’s interviewee is Siran (@ToukhanianSiran), a new player who helped us out greatly during the ADSOM edition by stepping in after Siena withdrew from the game. (Thank you Siran!)

Playing The Bookish Games for the first time can be quite an overwhelming experience, but even more so when stepping into a game that has already begun with a character that has been thrust into the spotlight. Siran had all eyes on her when she joined the game at the start of Day Two, and while some players may have been put off by all the attention, Siran actually seemed to enjoy it making such comments as:

“I like when people talk about me.”

and teasing a role reveal. While this unfortunately led to some Town players consistently voting her instead of looking for other targets, it wasn’t enough to stop their team from winning – and the spectators definitely enjoyed watching the game unfold with her unique style of play.

Now that Siran knows more about how the game works, I’m curious as to what she will do in future games, if she deicded to join us again. Will there still be self-imposed rules like the one she had this game where she didn’t want to vote unless she met the comment minimum? Will she be more cautious if she doesn’t have a role that doesn’t promise some sort of immunity? Only time will tell.

No matter what happens next, we appreciate Siran and her willingness to jump into this crazy game of ours during our time of need. Thanks Siran!

THE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

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

Hello All!!!
I’m Siran. ( “C RON” roll the R)
I like to blog, read, and play video game. My biggest hobbies are photography and drawing.
I am a wonderbat shipper

My Blog: http://searosetouk.blogspot.com/
Blog Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seas_nod_blog/
Twitter Handle: @ToukhanianSiran

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 am having fun playing The Bookish Games.

What do you love about playing The Bookish Games?

Reading new comments.

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

The cheese vote – everybody seemed to just have fun with it.

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

Deciding how to vote.
I try to use the “it’s always the quiet ones” or “expect the unexpected” and when that does not work? …..RANDOMNESS!

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

If possible, Batman or Justice League.

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

Have fun …… It’s just a game.

QUICK FIRE ROUND!

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

SUPERLATIVES

Biggest movemaker: Jenn
Least trustworthy player: probably me – trying to take the views of other players
Most analytical: Harker
Chatty Cathy: Harker
Funniest: nobody
Most intimidating: Amber

Anything else you’d like to add?: I wish I was better at deciding who seemed suspicious. Since the comments didn’t seem to fit any of the characters, I truly didn’t know what to look for.

Interview with a Player: Asti

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… ME! That’s right, it’s the Evil Mastermind’s turn to fill out the interview questions. This should be interesting.

Would it be weird for me to introduce myself just as I do for every other player’s interview? Probably, but I’m going to do it anyways.

I’m great because I’m the one responsible for all this madness. Way back in 2013 I was hit by a wave of inspiration to create a bookish-themed variation of Mafia, and after putting it out to the bookish community for feedback, quickly got working on creating the first edition: The Hunger Games.

The games have changed a lot in the six years since they launched, but one thing always has remained the same: my involvement. I take pride in being the evil mastermind behind these games and doing all that I can to make this both a fun and challenging experience. And I love that though I’ve only ever actually played one “reboot” edition of the game, my name usually gets brought up at least once a day. Players can’t help but ask “What would Asti do?” and assume the worst.

So yes, I’m the evil mastermind behind The Bookish Games and I’m great. What more do you really need to know?

THE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

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

Hello! My name is Asti (pronounced Ah-stee, not ass-tea). The Bookish Games is currently my only online project but I am thinking of continuing my Booktube channel… (Wanting to create digital bookish content regularly but then trying to decide just what I’m able to capable of has been quite the battle for me the past handful of years. I go back and forth on a lot of decisions, annoyingly.) Oh, and I occasionally use Twitter?

As of right now, when I’m not playing The Bookish Games I’m mostly reading and working full-time as a children’s bookseller. I do love to draw and it has been a regular part of my life for the last few years, but I haven’t really drawn a thing since 2019 began – heartbreaking, right? Hopefully I’ll get back into it soon now that I’ve somewhat settled into my work routine. If you want to see some of my work you can check it out on my Instagram. (All the little illustrations sprinkled throughout this site were created by me.)

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?)

Well, I am the evil mastermind behind The Bookish Games so I’ve been involved with every edition so far. From The Hunger Games to Bring Your Own Character, I’ve been the main person responsible for choosing themes, assigning characters, creating twists, and ensuring that everything runs smoothly. (Of course, since 2014 I haven’t done this game moderating thing alone so definitely need to give a shout out to my lovely past and present moderators: Kelley, Maraia, and Inge!

As far as playing The Bookish Games, I have only had the opportunity to participate as a player during our Ready Player One reboot: Ready Player Two. The original game ended so quickly and the set-up was so unique that we decided to shuffle the players with myself added to the mix and oh my gosh, it was so fun. I thought for sure I was going to be murdered within the first Day or Night since everyone automatically distrusted me, but instead I managed to stick around long enough to help secure the Town victory by killing off a mafia player Night One with my vigilante powers and using my Suicide Bomb powers to take out the last remaining mafia player during Day Three of The Bookish Games. It was so good.

An excerpt from my Ready Player Two experience

Kelley originally planned on running a Daughter of Smoke and Bone edition of the game, and I was going to sign up for a player of that edition, but unfortunately the timing just never worked out. But hey, who knows, maybe someday if Inge is confident I’ll step aside for an edition and rejoin as a player. I think it’d be a lot of fun! (Just prepare for a lot of rambling, as is evident with this interview that has never changed.)

What do you love about playing The Bookish Games?

I think for me the best part of The Bookish Games is just the unpredictable nature of the game. I really never have any idea what will happen when a game starts. Sure, I may know all the twists, roles, teams, etc., but even with all that information I never have a guarantee of how a game will go. Even when I think “Oh, team so-and-so has this in the bag”, there’s always a chance something will flip and everything will change. I mean, have you seen the Day deadlines the last couple of games? They have been absolutely chaotic! It’s a blast to watch!

Of course, I do also love knowing everything and watching players cluelessly try to piece it all together. That’s fun too. (Though sometimes I won’t lie, I just want to shake some players and be like “What are you doingggg? The answer is right in front of you!”)

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

Ooh now see Inge is good at remembering specific moments but me not so much. I have favourite moments every game, but I tend to forget them as soon as the next game starts because I’m so focused on setting everything up. Boo.

I am slowly starting to go through old games though and recap old content to share on Twitter so I’ll be sure to highlight favourite moments on that as I come across them. Follow The Bookish Games Twitter for my little recaps if you’re not already as tweets for The Hunger Games edition should be popping up soon! (I’ll probably also compile all the moments into individual posts for each edition of the game so if you rather just wait for that you can.)

Of course, Ready Player Two will always stand out for me as being one of the most memorable just because that’s the game I played. I will never forget how victorious I felt Night One when I took a gamble and used my vigilante powers to eliminate who I thought might be mafia – and was right! (Of course I also won’t forget how bad I felt Night Two when I used my vigilante powers to then eliminate Inge… who was innocent. Whoops!)

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

As a moderator, I think my biggest struggle during The Bookish Games is the frustration that comes with players who sign up and don’t participate. I can do everything possible to try the games interesting and fun, but in the end the success of these games primarily depends on players getting involved.

Unfortunately, no matter what I do, there seems to be no good way to overcome this struggle. We’ve put in warnings about time commitments and increased the commenting minimum, but the issue still pops up. I mostly just have to accept that it’ll likely happen with at least one player every game, and hope that they’ll gracefully bow out so I can get in a replacement.

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

Hmm… I can’t say most things because… well… I’m the game creator. If I want it to happen it’ll happen and telling you know will just be spoiling it all.

I will say though that I do plan on becoming more “present” in the Games again. I’d like to go back to providing full commentary on the game at the start of each Day and popping into the comments if/when I feel the need.

Ever since the relaunch I’ve been a bit contained, mainly sticking to voting updates and only providing generic game reminders at the start of each Day out of fear that anything extra might unfairly impact the game.

But you know what? I miss providing my snarky commentary. I miss rolling my eyes when you guys do silly things and evilly laughing when a twist is revealed. I would never do anything intentionally to ruin the game and I think you guys know that. So yeah, expect the Evil Mastermind to speak her mind once again. It should be fun.

Game Master notes from Chaos Walking edition: Day Three

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

Oh gosh, I think Beth’s list of advice is excellent. If you’re new and looking to play, definitely check out her interview post and see what she has to say.

I guess if I were to add anything, I’d say:

Just do it! Honestly, The Bookish Games is one of those things that you will never be prepared for. Like, no amount of research or spectating will ever give you the confidence that you can successfully play because every game is different and there is no one right way to do it. If the game looks interesting to you and you think you have the time to play, just do it! You can always ask for a replacement if you decide it’s not for you once it gets going.

QUICK FIRE ROUND!

Spectating or Playing: Though I pretty much always spectate, I’d say playing.
Team Town, Mafia, or Third-Party: Team Third-Party, especially the solo killers! They have a near impossible goal so I always find myself rooting for them.
Vote out inactive players or let them disqualify: I know some players strongly disagree but I am of the “let them disqualify” team. I feel like players can’t really learn anything from voting out an inactive player. I think it’s better to just pretend like they don’t exist and focus attention elsewhere.
Vote every opportunity you get or only when a player acts suspiciously: Vote all day everyday, duh.
Take an active role or hide in the shadows: As is obvious with my rambling, hiding in the shadows is not possible for me. I do think it can be an effective strategy for those who are capable though!
Straightforward games with few twists or crazy games with all the shock and surprises: Shock and surprises! It’s fun to see players try to figure things out.

SUPERLATIVES

Biggest movemaker: I’m going to stand by what I said at the start of her interview and give this title to Dana. She may not be the player who leads votes or speculation, but her last minute moves forces players to make hasty decisions. They’re ballsy and I like it.
Least trustworthy: You know, I feel like Sana gets this one a lot but there’s a good reason why: she’s just so good at commenting the right amount to be present but not noticed. You get the feeling that she’s hiding something from you, even if it’s nothing bad. I actually think she’s quite skilled.
Most analytical: I definitely think Joséphine deserves this title. She’s never afraid of sharing her speculation and switching her vote to multiple people through a Day, which I love.
Chatty Cathy: I actually did math for this one, lol. Limiting ourselves to Days where both players were alive, Shannon left 90 comments during the last two editions of The Bookish Games while Harker left 100. Congratulations Harker.

Vicious Day Three definitely was responsible for Harker’s Chatty win!

Funniest: Shannon definitely wins this title for me. I won’t lie, sometimes I feel like I’m laughing at her instead of with her when she’s freaking out about her decisions in the game, but she keeps signing up for this madness so hopefully she doesn’t mind it too much.
Most intimidating: You know what, I’m actually going to give this title to Anne. She is one of our top five players who have played the most games and has holds the record for being assigned to the winning team the most times (out of the seven games she’s played, the team that she has been assigned to has only lost once), and yet I feel like players don’t automatically distrust her nearly as much as they do other veterans. I think there’s something quite impressive about that.

Anything else you’d like to add?: I hope you’re ready. The next Bookish Games sign ups are coming soon…

Interview with a Player: Val

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 who is always quick to remind you of her innocence… at least when it comes to her Twitter handle: Val.

Obviously Val is one of my favourite players just for her sense of humour. When she submitted her character choices for the BYOC edition and I saw Anastasia Steele, Absorber, at the top of her list I could not contain myself. It was just so unexpected, but also so hilarious, that there was no way I was going to let her play as anyone else. (Of course, I did feel slightly bad afterwards as I think my reaction to her choice on Twitter may have made her a target for elimination before the game even began, but hey, that’s what happens when you manage to catch a gamemaster off guard.)

Apart from Val’s sense of humor though, I also just love how committed she is to The Bookish Games. Sure, she really had no idea what she was doing the first time she played when I threw her onto the Lunar Chronicles mafia team, but no one really knows what they’re doing in the beginning. Just the fact that her very first comment from Day One stated that she planned on setting calendar reminders for the game made her a winner in my books.

Of course, maybe at times Val gets a little too addicted to the games (I’m pretty sure she’s made comments like this at least once every game: “I literally cannot stop thinking about the Bookish games. It has taken over my life.“) but such commitment makes all the time and energy it takes to set up and moderate these games worth it. (At least she’s not playing while driving in her car like some players, right? Haha, love you Shannon!)

(Inge’s note: I also love Val’s sense of humour. Aside from Shannon, Val is probably the one who makes me laugh the most. Has she really only played 3 rounds? It feels like she’s been with us forever!)

Alright, that’s enough rambling about the one and only “innocent” Val, we’ll hand it over to her to discuss her game experience now:

THE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

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

Hello friends. I am your favorite person, Val, and you can find me on Twitter @InnocentSmileyx.

When I’m not playing The Bookish Games, I’m thinking about The Bookish Games. Just kidding. I’m currently a PhD student in cognitive psychology, and you can bet that by the next game, I will have a statistical model that accurately predicts who is Mafia and who isn’t.

[Asti’s note: I would actually love to see this statistical model in action. It’d be fun to see how accurate the Mafia predictions would be.]

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 three games, The Lunar Chronicles edition, The Chaos Walking edition (in which I lasted approximately 1 second), and then the Bring Your Own Character edition, which was FUN.

In my first game, I was Mafia, and clearly I had no idea what I was doing. Of course that was also more than four years ago (I was such a baby haha). And no I haven’t survived until the end yet because I keep getting killed at night.

What do you love about playing The Bookish Games?

I love convincing people that I’m right and everyone else is wrong.

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

When I was Anastasia Steele in the last game. And when everyone found out. That was fun.

[Inge’s note: I remember facepalming so hard at Val’s choice. But in the best way! Let’s never do a Fifty Shades edition, though.]

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

I think about the Games way, way too much. So much that it got in the way of my work haha. I attempted to solve this problem by blocking the Bookish Games site every weekday from 9am-5pm. It did not work.

[Asti’s note: Oh no, maybe we should start writing formal apologies for distracting players from work when each new edition starts. Sorry!]

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

I do want to see more joke roles or joke characters LOL.

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

You should always listen to me because I’m mostly, sometimes, always right. Usually.

QUICK FIRE ROUND!

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

SUPERLATIVES

Biggest movemaker: This could be anyone haha, I have no one.
Least trustworthy: Crini (sorry but NOT)
Most analytical: Josephine
Chatty Cathy: Harker
Funniest: Shannon (lol)
Most intimidating: ummmmm. Jenn maybe?

Anything else you’d like to add?: I would like to just remind everyone that my handle is InnocentSmiley.

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.