“Playing Bookish Games was one of the best decisions I ever made. I had no idea what I was getting into when I signed up, but the only way to really learn is to jump right in. Mafia will make you completely obsessed and paranoid, but in the best possible way. Not only is it always a ton of fun, whether you’re in the game or observing from the dead player chatroom, but it’s also a great way to meet equally obsessive, paranoid, and awesome people. Besides, who doesn’t want an excuse to “kill” their friends? :P”
“Going into the Bookish Games I didn’t really know what I was doing as I’ve never played the game which it’s based on, Mafia. Don’t worry though as you’ll pick it up as you go and you can always ask other players and the moderators to make things clearer. This game is addictive and so intense. If you like solving mysteries and analysing people’s behaviour then this is a game for you.”
“I just died in my first Bookish Games, but I find it to be an immersive, fun experience because it’s all about psychology and communication. Trying to figure out who might be telling the truth, who might be lying, and which manipulations are earnest or malevolent, without the cue of facial expressions or tonal inflection, is actually really difficult. But then when your suspicion turns out to be correct, there’s an amazing sense of accomplishment, like you’ve figured out a really difficult logic puzzle. Plus, it’s nice to revisit book series I’ve read and loved, and feel like my familiarity with them is an asset. :)”
“Why Shannon loves the Bookish Games: 1. I am a masochist. The games are intense, guys. And when Val @ The Innocent Smiley was freaking out about them last round, I knew I had to play, so I don’t know what that says about me? 2. It’s a GAME about BOOKS. Need I say more? 3. You get to think that your bookish friends are criminals and murderers and no one thinks that it’s weird at all! 4. It sharpens the mind! If you are elderly like me, keeping track of facts can be hard. Bookish Games makes you get your shit together. 5. Quite frankly, it is addicting, and I love it! It might consume your waking thoughts, you might have dreams about it (true story, I had a dream that Val, Sebastian and Jeann were actively teaming up to kill me in REAL LIFE), but that’s just because it is so fun! What will I even do with my life when it ends!?”
“For me, the most fun part of the Bookish Games is not the game itself but that I made new friends while playing. It’s amazing how you work against each other and get into super intense discussion with some of these people during the game, but at the end of the day, you get to know new people who are just as passionate about books as you and you’ll laugh about all of it. The fun you have during the games definitely carries over to twitter etc long after a game is over.
The games themselves are a hell lot of fun too though. You definitely have to invest a lot of time (comments can pile up fast and all of a sudden you have to spend 2h reading comments you missed while you were asleep/at work/…) and it gets quite intense sometimes BUT it’s 100% worth it if you actively participate.
The only thing more fun than getting to be one of the characters from my favorite books, trying to kill off the evil guys is BEING one of the bad guys, pretending to be good, helping them killing off one of their own and hiding my evil laughter when I’m successful.
The Bookish Games are all about analyzing other people’s comments/behavior and making up crazy theories, so if you are into these kind of things you should definitely join too! What could be more fun than a game set in the world of one of your favorite books!?”
“When I signed up to the Bookish Games last year for the Lunar Chronicles edition, little did I know how addicted I was going to become over a game where everyone has secret identities. I’ve played Werewolf before, which is a version of Mafia which the game is based on, but with the bookish twist and turns that are thrown in, it’s absolutely genius and a tonne of fun!
Saying that Bookish Games will take over your life is an understatement. You’ll be questioning everyone’s motives, finding out who you trust, and over analysing every word they write to see if they’re on the mafia team or a townie team. And those who are on the mafia team are essentially spies, who have to blend in as much as possible! It’s lots of fun in a blog setting, playing with other bloggers who you know and making new friends (or enemies, as I feared LOL).
It does require a bit of time to be invested into the game though, which I was surprised with at the time. New players might find it a bit overwhelming as everyone seemingly knows what they’re doing, but it doesn’t take long to get the hang of it and dive in with your thoughts.
I’m absolutely hooked onto the Bookish Games now and would encourage others to join the madness!”
“I love the Bookish Games for so many reasons. First of all it’s just a lot of fun to play a game with fellow book nerds who love books just as much as I do. What makes it even better is that each edition is based on actual books so that you get the chance to play as one of your favorite bookish characters like Harry Potter, Katniss or Tris (though personally I would rather kill myself if I had to play as one of the protagonists from the Divergent series :P). But it’s also fun if you don’t know the books yet because this way you get to discover new books and maybe even find your next favorite series.
That was the fun part, let’s now talk about the dark side of the Bookish Games – because let’s be honest, they will turn you into a paranoid, obsessed and nervous wreck and will completely take over your life for a few weeks 😛 But don’t let this scare you away because nothing beats the feeling of having managed to find one of the bad guys after putting hours of work into analyzing their comments and trying to find possible patterns or the tiniest slip that gives away their evil intentions. Or imagine you’re even one of the bad guys yourself and barely managed to save your neck in a tough interrogation just to blame some of the completely innocent guys and watch them get eliminated instead of you – you’ll feel like an evil genius (and who doesn’t secretly love that feeling? :P)! And if you’re REALLY lucky you even get to be a serial killer and your only mission is to kill as many players as possible – JUST FOR FUN!
So if you love challenging (mind) games, always felt like you were born to be a famous detective or a devious supervillain or if you just want to meet some amazing people who share your passion for books, then you’ll definitely have to join the Bookish Games! ;)”
“The Bookish Games is one of my new favorite things! I’d heard of games similar to Mafia, upon which the Games is based, but never actually played any myself. Learning the rules, putting them into action, and then failing spectacularly my first time out was so much fun. 😂 The speculation, the mystery, the batting back and forth of theories…I loved it, even if I was pulling my hair out by the end.”
“For me, the Bookish Games have been as much a part of my life as blogging has been. I remember signing up for the first ever games which was Harry Potter edition back in 2013 and I can honestly say that it’s been quite an amazing and a pretty unique experience.
There are all these players from around the world getting together and just either trying to make up crazy theories or being fooled by those crazy theories and voting off their team members while the Mafia has a good laugh. Things end up taking an intense turn with all the comments piling up, timezones being difficult so it can get hard to be on top of your game, but sometimes just as everything clicks into place, BAM! you’re dead and then the fun in the dead players chat begins.
I went from playing a Townie with powers to having no powers to being just plain Mafia and I have loved every moment of it because every role comes with a unique set of what-the-hell-is-going-on-now?! The amount of work that goes into the games and how the books itself play an important role in the games just floor me every time when the games are over and Asti and Kelley explain exactly what went down.
I’m so glad that these games exist because I get to meet new people who end up becoming great friends whether it happens after arguing which suspicious player to vote off during the Day or deciding who to kill off at Night and boost Asti’s already inflated evil ego (heee).”
“As I write, I am currently dead. My character has been unceremoniously been killed at Night by some Mafioso and I can’t really complain too much about it. Why? Because it is was amazing to even be able to play in such a crazy, complex, mind-fudgery event as Bookish Games. I’m really into rhetoric and analysis and cloak-and-dagger activities, so these games are like a drug for me. There’s an unbelievable high associated with rightly accusing someone, or on the flip side, blending into a crowd and convincing others you are innocent. I have to thank Asti, Kelley and now Maraia for putting together such an awesome game for us to play. I can’t tell you how many views on Oh The Books are attributed to me refreshing the page over and over in anticipation for that next comment [somehow I can never remember to or get notifications working haha]. And don’t worry if you think the game might be too hard, or too challenging. Everyone’s play style contributes to the games, and the more people supporting these games the better. Because what makes these games wonderful are the people who play them!”
“The Bookish Games are genius! I love what Asti created when she mashed Werewolf with books. In doing so, she breathed even more life into our favourite stories.
Yes, things get very intense especially because many of us can be very competitive but that’s what makes it all the more exciting. There’s a lot of logic and persuasion involved, and it can be very satisfying to successfully sway votes in favour of your team.
Above all though, I’m grateful for the friends I’ve made as a result of these games!”
“What was a random sign-up for the Bookish Games turned out to be an intense, yet memorable experience. Though I had no idea the game would be so addictive. Becoming obsessed with potential theories, reading too much into the messages, and refreshing the site CONSTANTLY, all of these things became part of my normal routine back when I played. And I loved it.
If you don’t believe how intense the Bookish Games can get, then that just means you need to try it out for yourself. Once you play, you WILL have the time of your life.”
“I enjoy the bookish games so much because they allow me to meet new people. Also, as a stay at home mom, they give me a reason to flex my poor neglected brain muscles..lol And try to help my team win, whether I’m mafia or a townie. Plus it’s just plain fun :)”
Some quotes pulled from Inge’s post: Why You Should Join The Bookish Games! Read it if you need further convincing to play the Games with us.