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The Werewolf Game / TWG CVIII Host Wine-Ups
« on: June 21, 2018, 09:16:01 PM »
Make your games for roughly 8 players.

Potential Hosts:
1. Mikey
2. BrainyLucario
3.
4.

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The Werewolf Game / TWG CVII Host Suit Ups
« on: May 31, 2018, 09:21:48 PM »
Games should be for 8 players, maybe 9.

1. Mikey
2. Toby
3. FireArrow
4.

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The Werewolf Game / TWG CVI Postgame
« on: May 29, 2018, 08:01:26 PM »
WOLVES WIN

BlackDragonSlayer-
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You are the 1-shot Mafia Janitor.  Once per game, you can “clean up a kill”, preventing any of that player’s information from being revealed on cardflip.  Your partner is PlayerName the Mafia Night Watchman.  Additionally, three times per game you may name a player and their role/what their role does.  If you do so correctly, they die immediately  and not at the end of the phase.
You were immediately under suspicion by FireArrow and Greg.  Of course, there was no way for you to know they were masons, but they had agreed upon you for a lynch the night prior!  Also, you only died because brainy was still voting for you (which is probably a good thing, because THC had declared intent to vote you- in a perfect world, it would have been a kitb).  He was playing around effects he didn't know were in the game, and it's possible you two could have chosen to kill davy, for example.
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BrainyLucario-
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You are the Mafia Night Watchman.  Once each night, you may target a player and learn the name of every player who visited them.  Your partner is PlayerName, the 1-shot Mafia Janitor.  Additionally, you have been given an EMP item that allows you to prevent all night actions for a phase, returning negative results for all investigative powers.
I was disappointed you didn't use the EMP, as I started the game specifically on a night phase to allow for the use of the EMP.  Knocking out all powers is quite the effect.  Anyway, you had a plan to win the game and stuck to it despite the fact that just making the obvious wolf play would likely have won you the game!  It wasn't bad to think the game had a one-shot vigi or a revive, but the game started on the night phase because of the EMP and not because of a revive/vigi effect.  Either way, you did a good job of making sure people wouldn't lynch you immediately after BDS and secured a victory.  You probably get MVP.
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FireArrow-
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You are Mason, the Wealthy Twin Child.  You’re twins with Madison, the Wealthy Twin Child and share a private chat with her.
Well played game.  I enjoy your scumhunting tactics and you were OH SO CLOSE!!  If only you had trusted in the flashlight and decided davy couldn't have made the kill...  That would leave process of elimination to brainy- which really doesn't make sense, because he helped kill BDS, but again you could have considered that the nightkill would not go through, leaving the wolves outed in lylo.
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Greg-
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You are Madison, the Wealthy Twin Child.  You’re twins with Mason, the Wealthy Twin Child and share a private chat with him.
If I recall correctly, you're the one who came up with the "T" strategy, which was fun to watch, especially when you messed up.  You ended up being the nightkill, which really hurt PoE, since if THC had been you, for example, Brainy likely would have been the one killed.
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Mastersuperfan-
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You are the Doctor.  Once each night, you can save target a player to save them from death.
You died preeetty early.  Good job on being widely town read though.  I honestly enjoy reading how your posts flow, since you've got lots of experience from playing ToS.  Maybe we can play another game together in the future instead of me hosting!  You're just a really smart player, kind of similar to BDS in my mind.  Also, your doctor targets weren't correct :P
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ThatHiddenCharacter-
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You are the Engineer.  Once each night, you may manufacture a Flashlight to give to a player of your choice.  A Flashlight shines on a player in the dark, illuminating their actions that night.
You manufactured flashlights like a madman.  Despite what people say, you played another solid game and you're proving that you're no longer a newbie.  If I have one suggestion, you tend to go on a tangent/talk about things unrelated to the game.  There's always plenty of stuff to talk about.  Look at what people are saying and find it instead of saying "I had steak for dinner" just to reach post count!  But good job on reaching post count, especially at the end there.
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Trasdegi-
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You are the Salesperson.  Your experience in sales and natural charisma means your vote counts for 2 instead of 1.  You must PM the host letting them know whether you want this ability on or off.  You may do this at any time.
I like how I change phase time so that the euros can be there for end of day and then 2/3 of them die immediately.  It still worked better for me than midnight, so it's all good.  You got mislynched over THC for no reason, since you were charismatic and could even have had someone else besides the two of you die.  I'm guessing you just didn't wake up early enough to check.  Sorry 'bout that!
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Davy-
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You are the Commuter.  You have become so ordinary that twice per game, during night phases, you may choose to blend into the background, becoming completely untargetable by night actions.
You somehow were convinced that BDS was a human, despite... him not being human.  Rather than acknowledging that BDS had to have been a wolf (and I expected you to recognize the Janitor power since  you're more familiar with roles than most people) you considered the unlikely possibility that there are no wolves and tried to lynch the host!  Occam's razor bro. (though I can see how you arrived at the conclusion :P )  I did like that you brought up the no-lynch option, since it swung parity back in humans' favor.  And it may have attracted the wolves to try and kill you, but using your commuter power, you could have upset parity back lol.  I don't think you should have been lynched at the end though (you kind of town-telled with your "mikey is the wolf" comment).
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Toby-
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You are the Messenger.  Why are you even here?  You were just supposed to send that invoice to Rhonda in HR.  Once each night, you can send a single Private Message to the host, who will forward it to the player of your choice.  The Private Message must fit criteria before it can be sent.
I said this privately, but I'm so glad you got the Messenger role.  Nobody else would have used it for nearly as powerful of stuff.  If you hadn't been dying that night, I wouldn't have allowed you to be able to reveal yourself via codewords, but everything else was fair game and quite a powerful use of a single PM mechanic.  I'll consider it in the future for an option in no OOTC games.  You played really well despite only playing for 24 hours.  Good job!
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The Werewolf Game / TWG Megathread (Interest Voting Open!)
« on: May 21, 2018, 07:25:10 PM »
TWG Megathread
(If you think something belongs here that you don't already see, PM me or davy!)


The goal of this megathread is to organize the entire TWG board into one manageable location.  If you're looking for a certain piece of information about the game or for a certain game of the past, it should be here!  Additionally, we run a poll during each TWG to gauge interest for the next game.  That way, hosts will know roughly what size their games should be.  Finally, a link to other NSMTWG resources are saved here for your convenience, even though they're already stickied.

NSMTWG Rules and Guidelines- Read this if you're new.
Suggestions and Feedback- If you've already read the rules and want to know something, post here.
Hosting and Balancing- If you want to host and/or get your game balanced, post it here and someone will help.
NSMTWG Discord- This is an invite to the server that NSM uses for their OOTC (Out Of Thread Communication) style games.  You can also just chill with the other members of the server or play popcorn mafia.
NSM Wiki Page- This is where you can find NSM's game history, hopefully in a way that's manageable and user-friendly.


Schtats


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TWG CVI: It's Been a Long Time Coming
A Mystery Game

Nine people are trapped in an elevator... wait, I feel like I've heard this before.  Anyway, the elevator is stuck between floors and for some reason two of those nine people want to kill EVERYONE!  Fortunately for the innocents in the elevator, each one of them has a super-secret power that they're hiding from the rest.  With proper use of these powers, you may be able to discover who sabotaged the elevator and bring them to justice!

Notes:
There is no limit to the type of powers a player can have.
There will be no outside communication.  After all, you're in an elevator.  If you've got something to say, everyone can hear it.
There will be no third party roles.
The setup is designed in a way to severely punish massclaiming.  Be careful about claiming any roles, as it may end badly for you.  This also extends to claiming powers.
A minimum post count of 5 posts per cycle will be enacted this game.  Failure to do so will result in a warning
Wolves have access to a pregame chat and nightchat but cannot communicate during the day.
Humans are allowed a single no lynch, that must be voted on by majority.
There are cardflips.

Players
1. Olimar12345
2. BlackDragonSlayer
3. ThatHiddenCharacter
4. Greg
5. BrainyLucario
6. Trasdegi
7. Toby
8. Mastersuperfan
9. davy

Substitutes
1. FireArrow
2.

Prologue
Everyone stepped inside the elevator.  Someone pushed the button for the 20th floor.
"Oof, looks like we're going a long way up."
"Haha, this might take a while."
The elevator slowly made its way, the floor counter above the door pinging with each increase.
Someone asked, "Is it supposed to be making that grinding sound?"
"What grinding sound?"  Replied another.

Suddenly, with a loud SNAP, the elevator became weightless.  The emergency brake kicked in and red lights flashed to life.
A voice appeared.  "Everyone, stay calm.  We'll get you out of there in a jiffy."
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Role PMs are being sent out.  It is now Twilight.  Twilight ends at 12:00 CST, and that could probably get confusing, so I might switch to MST for future updates.  DO NOT POST DURING THIS TIME.


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TWG CVI: It's Been a Long Time Coming
A Mystery Game

Nine people are trapped in an elevator... wait, I feel like I've heard this before.  Anyway, the elevator is stuck between floors and for some reason two of those nine people want to kill EVERYONE!  Fortunately for the innocents in the elevator, each one of them has a super-secret power that they're hiding from the rest.  With proper use of these powers, you may be able to discover who sabotaged the elevator and bring them to justice!

Notes:
There is no limit to the type of powers a player can have.
There will be no outside communication.  After all, you're in an elevator.  If you've got something to say, everyone can hear it.
There will be no third party roles.
The setup is designed in a way to severely punish massclaiming.  Be careful about claiming any roles, as it may end badly for you.  This also extends to claiming powers.
NEW: A minimum post count of 5 posts per cycle will be enacted this game.  Failure to do so will result in immediate replacement.

Players
1. Olimar12345
2. BlackDragonSlayer
3. ThatHiddenCharacter
4. Greg
5. BrainyLucario
6. Trasdegi
7. Toby
8. Mastersuperfan
9. davy

Substitutes
1. FireArrow
2.

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Music / How to fix an upright piano
« on: May 13, 2018, 08:04:10 PM »
So our middle C key has been broken for a while and only plays when the soft pedal is being used.  I'm pretty sure I can fix it if I can safely get to the key.  I know some of you are repairpeople so does anyone know how to separate the mechanisms from the entire piano and replace it?

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The Werewolf Game / TWG CVI Host Sign-Fedex
« on: May 11, 2018, 01:29:24 AM »
If you want to host the next TWG, post your game here.  Games should be balanced for roughly 8 players.
Signups close and voting begins next Sundayish, get your game ready before then.  We'll wait for you!

Potential hosts:
1. Mikey
2. Olimar12345

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Game over.  Wolves win!


TWG CV (Off the Grid I):  Roll of the Dice


THE GRID |Roll 1Roll 2Roll 3
Roll 4One-shot VigilanteBrutal WolfVanilla Human
Roll 5Human Odd-Night SeerVanilla HumanVanilla Wolf
Roll 6Wolf RoleblockerHuman GuardianVanilla Human

3 Wolves
8 Humans

Players:
1. Olimar12345-Guardian
2. BlackDragonSlayer-Vanilla Human
3. Trasdegi-Vanilla Wolf
4. ThatHiddenCharacter-Vanilla Human
5. BrainyLucario-Vanilla Human
6. Toby-Vanilla Human
7. blueflower999-Vanilla Human
8. Greg-Vanilla Human
9. raeko-Vanilla Human
10. FireArrow-Vanilla Wolf
11. E.Gadd Industries-Brutal Wolf

Synopsis
There were several active players tunneling on each other despite not bothering to read how the arguments were actually playing out.  If they had, they would've realized that many of them were blatantly town/town interactions.  Either way, the sheer amount of infighting allowed the wolves to stay quiet and nobody punished them for their inactivity.  Specifically FireArrow, who I'm awarding Wolf MVP, would certainly have been in the middle of it all as a human, but he passed off his human meta well enough.  This roll was pretty close to balanced, but I expected the guardian to be able to block one of the wolf shots and cancel out the brutaling, which clearly isn't what happened.  I was disappointed to see wolves falling back on lame excuses and staying quiet and inactive and never really being seriously called out for it.  I'm pushing for a minimum post count of 5 per day/night cycle to be enacted to force the issue and not allow wolves to stay quiet, since personally I think of it as cheating.  If you can't make 5 posts every 72 hours, unfortunately TWG is a little too demanding for your lifestyle and trying to play is just going to cause problems in the future.  Toby's angleshooting backfired tremendously, which I hope is a lesson learned.  By definition angleshooting isn't against the rules of twg but it's very against the spirit and as such I can't condone it on NSM.  Please keep things like online stalking and timestamping to a minimum as they wouldn't usually be game-relevant parts of mafia.  Overall this game showcased why you need to put pressure on inactives because you allow wolves to win with minimal effort.  If someone is never present but still voting, take a closer look.  Sheesh.  Other things of note were increased difficulty with discord, which will be addressed in the near future.
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Player Summaries
1. Olimar12345
I think your 1v1 with BDS ended up looking really bad on you for no apparent reason, which you would've been able to get out of easily by claiming, and you honestly just died due to pure dumb luck.
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[12:13 AM] Gerik "FireArrow": I'm thinking greg is blue
[12:13 AM] Gerik "FireArrow": Although it might be wiser to wolf based on what makes us most likely to survive
[12:15 AM] Gerik "FireArrow": I think we should either go for greg or olimar
[12:16 AM] Gerik "FireArrow": greg is my best guest for special, getting olimar frames bds
[12:16 AM] Gerik "FireArrow": ill let you guys decide
[2:14 AM] Gerik "FireArrow": @Mikey safety wolfing on olimar
[5:13 AM] E. Gadd Industries: That’s true, but what’re the chances it’ll deflect back onto me as well, because Olimar railed on me a bit
[5:14 AM] E. Gadd Industries: I do think it would frame BDS first, though. Thoughts @Trasdegi "Trasdegi" ?
Sucks to be you tbh, but your human read on Toby would've been vital.
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2. BlackDragonSlayer
You were human telling the whole time, but I couldn't TELL people that since I wasn't in the game.  Aside from that, where did you go?  Seemed really weird and if you had been here you probably would've been able to stay alive due to raeko's town read of you.  Your answers to some of Toby's questions really were a bit weird, but not in a scummy way, just in a weird way.
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3. Trasdegi
Toby caught you out really good with the log edit and if you had faked a log you almost certainly would have died.  However, I don't approve of you skipping out on an entire 48 hours' worth of discussion because of the threat of the log hanging above you.  I know most days you're busy from early morning all the way until bedtime, but 2 or 3 short posts during downtimes isn't too much to ask for.  I think if you had been at a relevant level of activity you would have been caught, which is really unfair for humans.  ThatHiddenCharacter was suspicious of both you and E. Gadd for separately arriving at the same (sheeped) conclusion, so there are definitely things you can work on here.  When you have access to wolfchat, make sure you're planning ahead with your partners on what each of you are going to be presenting and develop an overarching gameplan.
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4. ThatHiddenCharacter
The man with the reads himself!  Your gameplay this time around was much improved.  That being said, you were a little bit too self-aware and it came across as slightly scummy.  In the future, just try to play the game and don't worry so much about analyzing yourself- leave that to the people who actually need to analyze you.  You did a good job of picking up on Tras and E. Gadd, but your position in the game didn't allow you to push your suspicions much because there was so much focus on Toby, Olimar, and BDS.  Your analysis comes down to "you did good enough, and you're at the point where I'm comfortable promoting you from newbie to the next rank up, whatever it is."
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5. BrainyLucario
You got mislynched because you couldn't be around for end of phase.  I didn't really see a reason for your lynch, but it's technically a good thing you were because Olimar needed to stay alive as long as possible.  There's really not much to talk about here because of that.  Fine job, see you next game (hopefully).
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6. Toby
Dude.  Wat r u doin.  DUUUDE.  You were so close this game.  You had brilliant reaction tests on both tras and FA that you discounted almost immediately because you were tunneling on the randomest and dumbest things.  I don't need to give you feedback here because you're good enough to already know what you could've done better.  Just don't forget that someone being suspicious of you doesn't make them a wolf :P
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7. blueflower999
Your suspicion of tras was accurate, but you didn't act on it and instead cost humans the game by allowing a wolf rush on THC.  Granted, he probably would have been lynched anyway but you sealed the deal.  Not having access to discord was a bit of a handicap and this is something I'm looking into in the future, also because a lot of people were complaining about having to read or reread large amounts of filler for almost no content.  You did an ok job all things considered, but if you're going to not use the discord try to be a bit more active in the future (I know it's end of the school year and all don't worry).
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8. Greg
You played a really vanilla-ey game this time around, not really the gzgregory I remember teaching me how to play.  You were pretty off-base this game but you did a good job at calling FireArrow out for departure from meta.  FA adapted pretty quickly and you seemed to be a lot less suspicious of him in the end.  Overall a solid game, and the big vibe I'm getting is that you weren't really trying too hard at all, which is fine.
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9. raeko
You were inactive most of day 1, but day 2 you came at Toby with everything and it was really entertaining to watch from a spectator perspective.  It's nice to have someone who can play hardball with Toby, because usually he does a good job of getting all sorts of random information out of his unsuspecting targets.  Play again soon!
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10. FireArrow
Despite slipping (somewhat) concerning the presence of a brutal wolf, you played a really good wolf game and for that I'm awarding you Wolf MVP.  I specifically want to point out a few things about your play that were super good and make for a nice example of solid wolf play in the future.  Most importantly, you recognized that as a towny you'd be way more aggressive toward players and scum hunting in general.  You intitially tried this with Greg, but it didn't stick.  Next (and I really like this part) you consistently and aggressively bussed your partners.  It works so well for you because you can have that towny conviction that they're scum, and it happened to work especially well this game because of the ease at which you pushed the popular wagons as well as their unusual presence this game.  You also managed to hit a special on night 1, but I don't know if that really counts as being well played...  You did a good job at manipulating players away from your partners while still being quite aggressive towards them.  For those of you trying to get better at your wolf game, bookmark this.
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11. E.Gadd Industries
inactivity sucks you cheater and toby was totally right, I honestly don't know how you keep passing it off but you've now got a 100% wolf winrate in the past 5 games from playing the exact same way every time.  Maybe you're just that trustworthy?
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Update on Statistics
While I won't be publishing the statistics quite yet, concerning the past 5 games (101-105) I've got all the raw data for both players and games incorporated into a spreadsheet.  However, I'm going to add 2 more columns- Special Power and # of Nightkills.  Special power will default to 1, with a subjectively good special game awarding 2 points and a subjectively poor special game awarding 0 points.  The score will be averaged per game, so any players with a score greater than one tend to play well as specials and players with a score lower than one tend to play poorly as special.  # of Nightkills will simply refer to the number of times you've been the target of a wolfing (not a vigi or modkill) to determine how much of a threat you can be.  The number will not be averaged.

Additionally, I'm suggesting a stickied thread with a permanent poll to gauge activity.  This thread can also hold the stats as well as links to every signups/game/postgame on NSM for easier access, as well as quick summaries of those games.
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The Werewolf Game / TWG CV (Off the Grid I): Roll of the Dice
« on: April 30, 2018, 08:54:04 PM »
TWG CV (Off the Grid I):  Roll of the Dice


THE GRID |Roll 1Roll 2Roll 3
Roll 4One-shot VigilanteBrutal WolfVanilla Human
Roll 5Human Odd-Night SeerVanilla HumanVanilla Wolf
Roll 6Wolf RoleblockerHuman GuardianVanilla Human

3 Wolves
8 Humans

At the beginning of the game, a 6-sided die is rolled.  The number rolled will determine how the setup is filled; a roll of 2 would produce the following setup:

1 Brutal Wolf
2 Vanilla Wolves

1 Human Guardian
7 Vanilla Humans

Whereas a roll of 6 would produce the following setup:

1 Wolf Roleblocker
2 Vanilla Wolves

1 Human Guardian
7 Vanilla Humans


There will always be 3 wolf-aligned roles and 8 human-aligned roles.  They are merely replaced by the roles in the grid.

Players:
1. Olimar12345
2. BlackDragonSlayer
3. Trasdegi
4. ThatHiddenCharacter
5. BrainyLucario
6. Toby
7. blueflower999
8. Greg
9. raeko
10. FireArrow
11. E.Gadd Industries

It is now Night 0.  Night 0 ends when Role PMs have been sent out.  DO NOT POST DURING THIS TIME.  SERIOUSLY JUST DON'T DO IT.  NOT EVEN MEMES.

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The Werewolf Game / Mafia Championships: Season 5
« on: April 17, 2018, 09:39:01 PM »
INVITATION TO THE MAFIA CHAMPIONSHIP (SEASON 5)

Hello there! :)

It is with great pleasure that I hereby invite your community to take part in Season 5 of the Mafia Championship.

The Mafia Championship is an annual forum tournament series that pits representatives from various online Mafia (aka Werewolf) communities against one another as they compete to determine the Internet’s greatest forum Mafia player. Each participating community democratically elects one person to represent them and be their “Champion”.

The whole thing started back in 2013, and since then more than 225 different communities and 50+ different nationalities have been represented.

I hope it sounds like a fun and exciting event :)

1. DO YOU ACCEPT THE INVITE?

If your community wishes to participate, please confirm your participation to me as soon as you can to ensure yourselves a spot.

If you agree to participate, the deadline for selecting your representative is May 1. If this is too soon for you to decide on anyone, let me know and we can work something out.

The games will take place on Mafia Universe. If it’s okay, I can link directly to the general discussion thread regarding this topic on Mafia Universe.

Important notes
  • You may decide yourselves how you want to elect your representative, but we highly recommend some sort of democratic process (public nominations followed by a poll usually works out well).
  • In addition to electing a representative, you should also name an alternate who will be asked to step in if the first choice needs to back out.
  • Your representative should be prepared for having to read upwards of 500 posts per 24 hours during the early stages of the game. Additionally, there’s a requirement that each player must make at least 10 posts per Game Day. Only active players should apply/participate. I repeat: Your chosen player needs to be able to promise a good amount of activity on a daily basis.
2. SEASON 5 FORMAT

The tournament structure
  • 170 communities will participate, each sending one representative.
  • 10 Qualifying Games will be played, consisting of 17 players each. I.e. every representative plays in one Qualifying Game. The players themselves vote post-game to determine who is deserving of advancement. 1st place will advance directly to the Finale Game (i.e. 10 of the 17 finalists are found this way), while the 2nd places will advance directly to one of the two Wildcard Games.
  • A Jury consisting of finalists from Season 4 will discuss and vote to determine 25 players in total deserving of a second chance: 1 will advance directly to the finale, and the 24 other players will play in 2 Wildcard Games along with the 2nd places that advanced directly to these. From each game, three players will directly advance to the Finale Game based on a post-game player vote.
  • The Finale Game is played. Once it has completed, the players vote to determine who shall receive the title of Season 5 Champion and a winner’s certificate signed by Dmitry Davidoff, the creator of mafia.
The setup explained very briefly (more details on host site)
This (view picture below) is a semi-open grid setup meant for 17 players: 4 mafia versus 13 townies. First you randomly select a number to decide the mafia team's composition of Power Roles (1-2), then you randomly select a letter to decide the town's composition of Power Roles (A-E). Fill in the number of Vanilla Townies needed to make the town team have 13 members total, and you have your setup.



*Town Jack of All Trades: 1x Vigilante, 1x Roleblocker, 1x Tracker.

Relevant mechanics info
  • Day start.
  • Deadline Lynch w/ Option for Majority starting Day 2. I.e. when day timer runs out, person with most votes will be lynched. However, day can also be ended early (starting Day 2) if there is ever a majority of votes on one person.
  • If there is a tied lynch, one of the tied players will be randomly lynched.
  • No outside communication. I.e. you may not contact the other players outside of the thread (unless you are Mafia and wish to speak with your teammates).
  • Phase Lengths and Deadlines will be up to the players themselves (I’ll organize them into games with deadlines that suit their preferences).
  • Thread is locked during Night Phases.
3. SEASON 5 TIMELINE

There will be 10 Qualifying Games, and your representative plays in just one of these. They will have start dates during the months of May and June. So in other words, as long as your representative can play sometime during that period, they should be good and I’ll make sure they get scheduled into a game that suits their schedule well. I.e. if your rep is busy until June, that isn’t a problem.

Wildcard games will be played in July, and the Finale Game sometime in August/September (whenever we can work out something that suits everyone).

Kind regards,
Thingyman

If you want to get in contact with me ASAP, you can find me on Discord (Thingyman#6075).


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The Werewolf Game / TWG CII: Sign-then-drive event
« on: March 19, 2018, 02:47:19 AM »
I know postgame isn't even up yet but let's goooo people

we are now allowing a single sub slot for every 8 then 4 then 2 then 2 people


Players
1. mikey
2. dudeman
3. thathiddencharacter
4. e gadd industries
5. brainylucario
6. maelstrom
7. toby
8. blackdragonslayer
9. brawler4ever
10. firearrow
11. trasdegi

Subs
1. blueflower999
2. davy

Hosts
1. blackdragonslayer
2. mikey
3. brainylucario
4. dudeman
5. olimar12345

If you're hosting submit your game by 9 PM CST March 22nd.

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The Werewolf Game / NSM 100th Anniversary Twiggy Awards!
« on: March 05, 2018, 01:31:39 AM »
I'm done waiting for dudeman

Greetings, everyone.  Welcome to NSM's Twiggy Awards, an offshoot of the slightly more cutthroat Superlatives.  Similarly to the superlatives, these awards display excellence in several categories to both a winner and a runner up.  However, unlike the superlatives these awards are based on rudimentary statistics and therefore can be considered objective.

Without further ado, let's get underway with...

The Best Host!
The best host is...
Monika!
Wait, no.  I had the paper upside down, backwards, and folded into a mobius strip.

Congratulations davy for your excellent hosting abilities!  And congratulations to our runner up mikey for being not even half as good of a host.
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The Best Wolf!
The best wolf is...
BlackDragonSlayer!
I have a feeling this is just because you've played the most games of wolf in the games I analyzed, but you won nearly all of them, so that puts you ahead of the runner up, Olimar12345!  Congratulations to the both of you.
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The Best Human!
The best human is...
COMING UP RIGHT AFTER THESE MESSAGES!
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WELCOME BACK TO THE TWIGGY AWARDS!  YOUR AWARD WINNER FOR BEST HUMAN IS...

FireArrow, for some reason.  Probably has something to do with the way you manage to kill multiple wolves in the games you play, but I'm no expert.  Our runner up for this category is the one and only davy.  Give yourself a pat on the back.  You deserve it.  It looks like you end up dying early more often than FireArrow, so that's where the difference is made.
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The Best Survivor!
The best survivor is...
E. Gadd Industries!  As wolf and as town, you've survived to endgame more than any other player, only dying at all a handful of times.  Congratulations to your survival instincts.  Our survivor runner up is Olimar12345 for being almost as good at surviving.
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The Best Game!
The best game is...
TWG XC- Spliter Personalities!  Congratulations to davy for making such an exciting strategy driven game for such a small number of players!  Our runner up is TWG XCVI- The Great Minnesota Get-Together, because I'm biased.  Wait, it's because I calculated best game by length and general postgame sentiment.  (Sorry, Get in the Bag!  You were close!)
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Our final award of the night is...

The Most Active!
The most active player is...
Mikey himself!  You do a good job of saying such stupid stuff that everyone rushes in to start talking.  You're the most active player yourself and you generate the most activity.  Our runner up is BrainyLucario for acting similarly, especially in recent games.  If you think about it, this award is not nearly so positive as it ought to be...
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Congratulations to everyone who was nominated, and for those of you who weren't, keep trying, and next year's TWG awards will likely be expanded, since there are a lot of TWG statistics to break down over the summer!

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Wow.  First of all, what a game.  Second of all, congratulations to the Human team for their comeback victory.  I had fun writing the story at first, but I ended it for bigger and better things (the whole thing was just a way to show the approach of monika).  If you want to know how the story would end without the presence of monika, a human victory would have led to ghosts=busted whereas the wolf victory allows the survivors to leave the mansion.  With that out of the way, let's look at the role reveal:
TWG 100: Dinner and a Show

Wolf team- as a team, the wolves may choose one player to kill each night.  Wins at parity.
1. Master Wolf- Each night, can send a PM to the host with the name of target player.  If that player is still alive, the Master Wolf receives a PM with the color of that player.  The Master wolf is seered green.-Rachel Scarlett von Karma, alias Bubbles
2. Wolf Cohort- Has no special powers.  Is seered red.-Miguel Antonio Del Rey, Captain of the USS Cleaver and Scourge of the East Sea, alias ThatHiddenCharacter
3. Wolf Cohort- Has no special powers.  Is seered red.-Lt. Kenji Higashi, alias raeko
4. Needy Wolf- If the needy wolf is the last wolf alive, the wolf team loses their wolf kill.  Is seered red.-Tarin Zapin, alias mastersuperfan

Human team- wins when all threats to the team are dead.
5. Seer- Each night, may send a PM to the host with the name of target player.  If that player is alive, receives a PM with the color of that player.  Is seered blue.-Natalie Marina Brady, alias SuperMarina
6. Brutal Human- If the brutal human is wolfkilled, one wolf at random is killed as well.  Is not told they are the Brutal Human.  Is seered blue.-Addison Gardiner, alias BrainyLucario
7. One-shot Reviver- Once per game, during a night phase, may send the host a PM with the name of a player.  If that player is dead, they will be revived at the beginning of the following night phase.  Is seered blue.-Olivier "Olimar" Martinez, alias E. Gadd Industries
8. Miller- is seered red.  Is not told they're the Miller.-Michael Buble, alias Dudeman
9. Traitor- counts for human numbers, but wins with the wolves.  Is seered red.-Tyler Henry Cormaci, alias TheZeldaPianist275
10. Sayori- is told she's a normal human.  Is seered Monika.-Sayori Ishizuka, alias Olimar12345
11. Vanilla Human- is seered green.-Skyler Brasher, alias FireArrow
12. Vanilla Human- is seered green.-Travis de Gillett, alias MaestroUGC
13. Vanilla Human- is seered green.-Gerik Paull, alias Charu
14. Vanilla Human- is seered green.-Zachary Sharpe, alias BlackDragonSlayer
15. Vanilla Human- is seered green.-Daniel Sharpe, alias Trasdegi
16. Khajiit- Begins the game with every item, but cannot use them.  Once each night (except for Night 1), may distribute a single item to target player by sending a PM to the host with that player's name.-Khajiit, alias Davy

Third Party- counts for numbers of neither team.
17. M̦̣͓̀ ̟̖Ò̦̦͖͔͖̜ ̡̱̲͓̞͔͖Ǹ͎̳̳͍͖̟ ̜̥̭͕̤ͅI̱͉̥ ̭̪K͇͕̺̭͞ ̫̹̘͇͍A̩̪͢- wins when it's just Monika.  Can't be wolf-killed.  Each night, may send the host a PM with the name of target player.  If that player is alive, becomes marked. Marked players are privately told they have been marked.  When the number of living marked players becomes greater than or equal to the number of living unmarked players, Monika may send a PM to the host containing the word "boom" to have all living marked players die.  Is seered literally every color except for red, purple, green, and blue.If wolves would win while Monika is still alive, Monika and the wolves both win.-Monika Candelaria/Just Monika, alias Lkjhgfdsa_77

Game Log
Night 1- Nobody is marked.  Davy is seered by SuperMarina.  Davy is seered by Bubbles.  Lkjhgfdsa_77 is targeted with a wolfing, but doesn't die.
Day 1- Davy is lynched.  He was Khajiit.
Night 2- FireArrow is marked.  FireArrow is seered by SuperMarina.  TheZeldaPianist is seered by Bubbles.  Trasdegi is wolfed.  E Gadd uses his revive then cancels it.
Day 2- Dudeman is lynched.  He was the miller.
Night 3- BlackDragonSlayer is marked.  BrainyLucario is seered by SuperMarina.  FireArrow is seered by Bubbles.  Olimar12345 is wolfed, causing monika to become self-aware.
Day 3- BrainyLucario claims seer with a red check on BlackDragonSlayer, who dies as a result.  He was a Vanilla Human.  At this point a night kill on any vanilla human would cause the human team to win as they would have 6 people voting with them, VS the 5 of the remaining humans.
Night 4- Monika starts to take over.  E. Gadd Industries is marked.  Bubbles is seered by SuperMarina.  MaestroUGC is seered by Bubbles.  BrainyLucario is wolfed, activating his brutal human power and killing raeko in the process.  TZP privately claims traitor to brainy.  E Gadd first uses his revive on brainy, which would have been sick, then switches over to davy.
Day 4- TZP goes on a rampage, claiming an orange check on FireArrow, when a seering of monika would actually return unicode/zalgo like sayori did.  Meanwhile, Bubbles privately claims to TZP.  They both lose precious time playing coy with each other.  TZP takes the hit and at this point it looks like humans finally have a chance.
Night 5- Monika completely takes over and the game falls out of my control.  Charu is marked.  Lkjhgfdsa_77 is seered by SuperMarina.  Charu is seered by bubbles.  SuperMarina is wolfed.  Davy comes back to life.  Davy gives the revolver to E Gadd.
Day 5- Lkjhgfdsa_77 is about to be lynched, and E Gadd bravely instakills bubbles with the revolver.  Both Monika and the Master Wolf die, and I get back to being the host.
Night 6- ThatHiddenCharacter, a wolf, is wolfed.  Davy gives FireArrow the knife.
Day 6- Mastersuperfan is insta'd and the game ends.  Human victory.
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Player Profiles

<davy.chr>
You started talking about Khajiit a bit too soon, and due to time dilation, you were unable to defend yourself on day 1, which is really unfortunate.  I forgot to accomadate multiple time zones this game, which I'll change in the future.  However, you were revived and correctly identified the revolver to be the best item, without any information to go off of.  Good job!  You get the Best Guesser Award, because the only person to guess better than you was E Gadd and I don't hand out more than 1 award to a player.
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<thathidden.chr>
People immediately wolf read you because of your jumpy behavior and your tendency to just rehash what others were saying.  Just act a little more confident in the future and these problems will probably go away.  Stylishly killing yourself is an interesting strategy.  You get the Jumping Spider Award, which is made of cardboard.
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<brainylucario.chr>
Wow.  Okay, somehow you figured out you were the brutal without having any information to back it up, and made a gutsy play by posting something "private" in the public discord.  The wolves immediately jumped on this and almost killed you that night.  Fortunately for them and unfortunately for you, they didn't.  Now, claiming seer was the correct thing to do in my opinion.  However, you should have backed off the BDS train when you realized he couldn't be a wolf.  Simply saying you didn't truly have any red checks but you were pretty sure the game was in LYLO (lynch or lose) would have been better and probably led back to the THC lynch, which was waiting in the wings pretty much the entire game.  I can't give you an MVP award for your plays, because they were mostly awful, but it was a pivotal moment in the game, so I'm granting you the Earthshaker Award, for being the one willing to act as a catalyst for human victory, even if you didn't do much of the work yourself.
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<supermarina.chr>
You played a really good seer game, even without factoring your relative inexperience.  Wolves didn't consider the possibility you were the seer until very late (though still before you claimed publicly).  It turns out your public claim was the right thing to do, as wolves decided you were more powerful than davy and that allowed the revolver to get through.  I'm giving you Power Role MVP for your tight play and well-placed seerings.
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<olimar12345.chr>
You played moderately aggressively in the beginning-midgame, and as a result made yourself appear so towny that the wolves felt pressured to kill you.  Your reads were fairly accurate and you were willing to go to lengths to eliminate possible wolves.  Since angleshooting is a negative term, I'm going to give you the do wat i want Award!  You make me laugh sometimes.  Well played game, seriously.
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<thezeldapianist.chr>
You played a pretty standard traitor game, minus the fact that you obviously weren't human from the beginning since your role PM didn't mention the possibility of you being a brutal human :P .  That being said, your fake claim was absolutely genius and took all of the pressure off a THC lynch.  You get the Look at me Award, an award exclusive to these types of roles!
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<dudeman.chr>
Well, the fact that you were the miller made it seem like someone got a seering on you, but truthfully you got blamed for wolves buddying up to you.  Your reads weren't bad at all, either.  You get the Best Roleplayer Award, for playing an outstanding miller game without even realizing it.
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<blackdragonslayer.chr>
Despite the fact that it was entirely out of your power, you got mislynched and that's something that rarely happens to you.  You're one of the most intellectual players on NSM, and this is reflected in your award: I Voted For Only Wolves!
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<maestrougc.chr>
You nearly cost humans the game by voting on yourself.  Had they realized it and all been active, they could have insta'd you and regained tempo and control of the game.  Fortunately that didn't happen, and you absolutely redeemed yourself by coming back and feeding E Gadd's bubbles suspicion, indirectly aiding toward the final shot.  I grant you the Comeback Award, for players who display a dramatic reversal in gameplay.
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<trasdegi.chr>
After looking at your posts, you had pretty good intuition and your background nature ended up getting you wolfed, which was their tactic for the early game (killing background characters).  For the sake of completeness, you get the Vanilla Award, for being the standard role-player wolf fodder that you were this game.  You also had some sick Monika edits :P
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<raeko.chr>
You were initially suspected very early for saying something incredibly towny but not being specific enough.  The next day you came back with an amazing defense, and you were unfortunately picked as the random sacrifice to the brutal human's power.  It's hard to say whether or not you would have been lynched after that, so I'm tentatively giving you Wolf Right-Hand Man.
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<egaddindustries.chr>
You started off REALLY, REALLY weak.  Like, weaker than THC weak.  This was entirely due to real life responsibilities, which you managed to juggle well, and then managed to discuss enough information with brainy to make the most important decisions for the human team.  Your incredible late game human play coupled with your raw instinct on the revolver shot means you get the Human MVP award.  Congratulations!
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<mastersuperfan.chr>
You managed to stay in the background a fair bit, but like some players pointed out, the only time you were really confident was when you were saving a known wolf.  You sort of gave up at the end as well.  You get the Last Wolf Alive Award.
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<lkjhgfdsa_77.chr>
You were inactive at the beginning and ended up... missing your mark.  Ehehehehe!  That was very funny.  Anyway, wolves got lucky and hit you night 1, so you didn't really need to do anything.  I was originally going to give you some kind of lack of effort award, but instead I'm going to give you the Sherlock Award for your close examination of Monika's posts.  The things you missed- the letter to Tyler Cormaci had capital letters spelling out MONIKA and the character chosen for chapter 6 is actually unicode row 6660 column 6.  The more you know!
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<bubbles.chr>
I wanted to give you cutest wolf award for your constant referral to THC and MSF as your "lil wolf pups", but that's not a real award.  If you hadn't had a fever I'm almost certain you would have survived longer than any of the other wolves.  So I'm going to give you Wolf MVP.  Note that this was a close decision between you and raeko.
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<firearrow.chr>
You came out swinging as usual.  I've noticed that you have quite an aggressive playstyle, and many of the dead players felt it was appropriate to give you the human mvp award.  If e gadd hadn't been absolutely fantastic, the coveted trophy very well could have been yours.  Your early reads were fairly accurate, though you tended to veer later in the game.  I'm giving you the Wolf Hunter Award for your aggressive search and destroy tactics.
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<charu.chr>
You came in somewhere around midgame after a big fiasco involving rulebreakers.  You showed remarkable determination in the face of adversity and stuck to it even after realizing this wouldn't be your favorite game ever.  Some of your reads were pretty off, but that's okay.  You tried really hard to structure the humans into a cohesive wolfhunting unit, even if it didn't work very well.  I'm giving you the Temmy Award for your willingness to stay.
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Hmmm, what else...

Oh!  Yeah!  I've calculated SIX awards promoting TWG excellence as part of TWG 100, and these awards (with runners-up) are going to be revealed in conjunction with the NSM Superlatives.  For those of you who earned one of these six prestigious awards, consider yourselves among the best in your respective categories.

I haven't been around for them all, but it's been a great 100 TWGs and I can't wait to see what NSM has in store for us TWGers.  Thank you all for 100 awesome adrenalin-filled games, and here's to many more.

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The Werewolf Game / TWG 100th Anniversary: Dinner and a Show
« on: February 15, 2018, 07:22:09 PM »
It is now Day 5.  Day 5ends in 24 hours, at 9:00 PM CST on February 28, regardless of when the actual update arrives.
http://forum.ninsheetmusic.org/index.php?topic=9869.msg395204#msg395204

TWG 100: Dinner and a Show

Wolf team- as a team, the wolves may choose one player to kill each night.  Wins at parity.
1. Master Wolf- Each night, can send a PM to the host with the name of target player.  If that player is still alive, the Master Wolf receives a PM with the color of that player.  The Master wolf is seered green.
"I smell you... Your fear..."
2. Wolf Cohort- Has no special powers.  Is seered red.
"Fresh BLOOD!"
3. Wolf Cohort- Has no special powers.  Is seered red.
"Fresh BLOOD!"
4. Needy Wolf- If the needy wolf is the last wolf alive, the wolf team loses their wolf kill.  Is seered red.
"I smell... you?"

Human team- wins when all threats to the team are dead.
5. Seer- Each night, may send a PM to the host with the name of target player.  If that player is alive, receives a PM with the color of that player.  Is seered blue.
"No-one and no-wolf will get past me."
6. Brutal Human- If the brutal human is wolfkilled, one wolf at random is killed as well.  Is not told they are the Brutal Human.  Is seered blue.
"Whatever it takes."
7. One-shot Reviver- Once per game, during a night phase, may send the host a PM with the name of a player.  If that player is dead, they will be revived at the beginning of the following night phase.  Is seered blue.
"I'm here for you."
8. Miller- is seered red.  Is not told they're the Miller.
"I'm doing things my way.  Step aside."
9. Traitor- counts for human numbers, but wins with the wolves.  Is seered red.
"You'll all see soon enough..."
10. Sayori- is told she's a normal human.  Is seered Monika.
"There are rainclouds... and they won't go away."
11. Vanilla Human- is seered green.
"Something's wrong."
12. Vanilla Human- is seered green.
"Something's wrong."
13. Vanilla Human- is seered green.
"Something's wrong."
14. Vanilla Human- is seered green.
"Something's wrong."
15. Vanilla Human- is seered green.
"Something's wrong."
16. Khajiit- Begins the game with every item, but cannot use them.  Once each night (except for Night 1), may distribute a single item to target player by sending a PM to the host with that player's name.
"Khajiit has wares, if you have coin."

Third Party- counts for numbers of neither team.
17. M̦̣͓̀ ̟̖Ò̦̦͖͔͖̜ ̡̱̲͓̞͔͖Ǹ͎̳̳͍͖̟ ̜̥̭͕̤ͅI̱͉̥ ̭̪K͇͕̺̭͞ ̫̹̘͇͍A̩̪͢- wins when it's just Monika.  Can't be wolf-killed.  Each night, may send the host a PM with the name of target player.  If that player is alive, becomes marked. Marked players are privately told they have been marked.  When the number of living marked players becomes greater than or equal to the number of living unmarked players, Monika may send a PM to the host containing the word "boom" to have all living marked players die.  Is seered literally every color except for red, purple, green, and blue.If wolves would win while Monika is still alive, Monika and the wolves both win.
"...What's the point when none of it is even real?"

Items:
Candlestick
Revolver
Rope
Lead Pipe
Knife
Wrench

When a player dies, their role will be revealed.

Players:

1. davy
2. ThatHiddenCharacter
3. BrainyLucario
4. SuperMarina
5. TheZeldaPianist
6. Dudeman
7. BlackDragonSlayer
8. MaestroUGC
9. Trasdegi
10. raeko
11. E. Gadd Industries
12. MasterSuperFan
13. Lkjhgfdsa_77
14. Bubbles
15. FireArrow
16. Charu

Substitute: Maelstrom

It is now Twilight Phase.  Players are not allowed to post during Twilight Phase.  Twilight Phase ends when Role PMs have gone out and all players have confirmed their roles.  Twilight Phase will last roughly anywhere from 6 hours to 30 hours, depending on how well everything goes.

Prologue
It was a dark and stormy night.
"Seriously?  That's it.  I'm taking over."
"What?  What's wrong with that?"
"Dude.  It's a complete joke.  It's been a meme since the 1800's."
"But I like it!"
"It doesn't matter what you like, it matters what they like."
"They?"
"Never mind- just give me the quill."
I shoved myself aside and grabbed the quill from my hand.  "Ahh..."  I lowered the quill to the parchment and began to write:
It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.
"Woahwoahwoahwoah.  You just shoved him aside for that,  and now you're quoting Orwell?  Double standard much?"
"I don't need to justify myself to you."
"Yes you do- I am you."
"Hmph.  Fine.  How about this?"  I turned again to face the parchment.  Dipping the quill in the well, I once again filled the parchment with neat, even handwriting.
There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.
"NO!  NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!"
I turned back to me and sighed.  "What now?"  I questioned.
Just then, I stepped out of the shadows.
"Why not come up with something new?  You know, original?  I'm sure they don't want to read something they've heard a hundred times in school alone."
I suddenly perked up from where I had been pouting after I had been shoved aside by myself.  "Who's they?"
"NEVER MIND!" I shouted in unison.
I turned back to look at myself.
"Maybe you're right.  Let's put our heads together.  With the amount of work we've put into this, we may as well get the beginning as good as the rest of it."
I blinked.  Everyone was gone.  I looked around at the cramped wooden attic-space with just a lumpy, mildewy mattress and a writing-desk, kept illuminated by the baleful flicker of a wax candle.  I sighed to myself.  It wasn't pretty, but it was necessary.
I turned again to the parchment paper.  I took a deep breath.  I thought.  I prayed.  I wrestled with myself.  I had to get this perfect.  It was the only way I would finally get it all back.  Everything I had.  Everything I deserved.  Everything I lost.  Feeling the rage building up in me, my hands shaking, I brought the quill toward the parchment.  I finally knew what to write.
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Chapter 1
   Daniel scratched his head quizzically.  He, of all people, had received an invitation to this Dinner and a Show everyone had been talking about?  The stocky teen looked around.  Surely, this was a mistake.  But no, the telegram had his (and his brother's) name on it.  How curious!  He could feel excitement beginning to swell in him.  No more would he be Daniel Sharpe, that other twin, he would be Daniel Sharpe, French exchange student!  Daniel Sharpe, intelligent man!  This was his chance to distinguish himself.  He just had to hide the invitation from his brother.  He swept the thin blonde hair out of his eyes.  His mind began to race with all the possible ways to keep his brother out of this.  Muttering to himself, he trundled up the road toward his home on the hill.
***
   Tyler Henry Cormaci paid close attention to his note.  It... wasn't what he expected, but at least he had been invited. He wondered if anyone he knew would be at the village.
***
Rachel Scarlett von Karma sat in the dimly lit chamber musing.  The source of her attention was a handwritten letter on the desk before her, begging for her help.  It was from an old friend of hers, one she wished she had never heard from again.  Still...  Thinking about him, even now, was bittersweet.  Should she take the bait?  For clearly, this was bait.  Not necessarily for her, but she was clever.  Rachel knew when a trap was being set.  For she had set many herself.  Many traps indeed...
***
 Baron Miguel Antonio Del Rey, Captain of the USS Cleaver and Scourge of the East Sea, was a proud man, to be sure.  So it was to nobody's surprise when he received an invitation from a distinguished character inviting him to some silly little dinner.  Still, a free feast was a free feast, and there would surely be plenty of women there just dying to be at his side.
"Lieutenant!  What are our coordinates?"  He questioned.
He was talking to another man who had a similar aura of confidence about him.  That man was Lt. Kenji Higashi, First Lieutenant of the USS Cleaver, and an old friend of Miguel's.
"Be calm, my friend.  We will arive soon enough."
Miguel Del Ray let out a short laugh.  "My dear man, you know me too well!  One day you'll know me better than I know myself!  Why, you may even become the captain of this fair vessel."
"That would be nothing short of a miracle, sir."
***
When Skyler Brasher checked the mail that day, he wasn't expecting to receive his greatest wish.  Nor did he realize it was his greatest wish.  All he saw was a plain telegram inviting him to a Dinner and a Show.  He adjusted his glasses, looking closer.  Something about this note seemed... off.  He dismissed his concerns, stuffed the note in his pocket, and left for school.
***
Hunger.  Anger.  Fear.  He knew these all too well.  He hated those who did not know these feelings as he did.  So when he saw people getting invited to a free dinner, he knew what he needed to do.  A sane man would keep these impulses under control.  Tarin Zapin was not a sane man.
***
Natalie Marina Brady's house had been turned upside down.  "Where is it... where is it?"  She muttered frantically.  Her naturally curly brown hair bounced up and down as she rushed from room to room, tearing cushions off couches and scattering papers across tables.  There was no way the invitation could be right.  It had to be around here somewhere...
***
Olivier Martinez was living life and loving it.  The French actor was in the peak of his career, and everyone in Paris knew who he was.  Still, it caught him off guard when he received a curious invitation in the mail.  Coupled with a liner pass to travel to America.  Apparently there was some prestigious Dinner and a Show happening on the east coast that needed his presence to succeed.  It was raising awareness for a strange disease that quite frankly did not sound real.  He was planning on attending anyway, as the travel had already been paid for.  He might even find romance overseas...
***
My name is Travis de Gillett.  I have evidence that something terrible is about to happen in my town, but nobody will listen to me.  The only chance I have at exposing the truth is at the Dinner and a Show happening this weekend.  To get in, I needed an invitation, but those were in limited supply.  So I forged one.  Sure, I may not be on the guest list, but if I have the invitation they will let me in.  They must let me in.
***
Michael Buble was curious by nature.  Perhaps it was this very curiosity that granted him an invitation to the Dinner and a Show.  According to this telegram, he was an outstanding citizen.  He had never felt outstanding, but he supposed he could see why one would think so.  He knew basically everyone in town by name.  He knew everyone's daily routes.  The town seemed so predictable to him.  He had been watching it for so long that nothing surprised him.  Nothing until this, that is.
***
The sun was starting to set.  Michael Buble, Gerik Paull, and Zachary and Daniel Sharpe were up to no good.  Although, to say such a thing would be unfair to poor Daniel, who was a little hesitant with the plan.
"Guys, I'm not sure this is such a good idea.  I mean, it's just a lame soiree!  We don't need to steal invitations from random neighbors."
His twin brother Zachary turned to him.  "You were the one who said he wished he had an invitation in the first place."
"Yeah, but like..." Daniel hesitated.  He had to be careful about what he said.  He hadn't told his brother that both of them were invited, but... should he?  Surely that was a better alternative to whatever crazy scheme Gerik was coming up with now.
Michael interrupted.  "Guys, I hate to break up your little sibling rivalry, but it's now or never."
He pointed toward a young couple, leaving their home with merriment in their steps.  "They're out for the night, we're in for the night."
Gerik smiled.  "Bingo."  The young athlete vaulted over the fence from which the four of them were hiding themselves.   Michael followed him over.
Zachary started over the fence, then paused.  "Maybe you should just stay here."
"Fine.  Get yourself in trouble, and see if I care."
"Why are you always like this?"
"Why are you always like this?
"Ugh.  Alright, just go home."  Zachary finished sliding over the fence and dashed across the field to an open window that Gerik had muscled open moments ago.
Daniel watched closely, his hand unconsciously reaching to his pocket to affirm that the invitation was still there.
Wordlessly, he turned his back to the house and marched back toward his own.
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Chapter 2
"Mr. Gardiner, I trust you found your journey here pleasant?"
Addison Gardiner looked down at the man addressing him.  "I did, thank you.  May I set my coat somewhere?"
"Oh, certainly.  Follow me."
The short man with a combover led Mr. Gardiner across a great hall with marble flooring to a coatroom off to one corner.  "None of the other guests will be arriving for some time, so feel free to explore the manor as you wish."
"Thank you," Mr. Gardiner responded.  He let his gaze wander across the hall.  A wooden staircase with smooth banisters occupied the far end of the hall.  Beneath the stairs was a double set of doorways leading into, from what he could see, a library.  On the opposite side of the hall from the coatrack was a white door with a polished handle.  He gently pushed on the door and it swung inward.  An enormous oak dining table with 16 matching chairs, places set, occupied the entire room.  Beyond the table was a swinging door.  He assumed behind it would be the kitchen.
He backed out of the dining room and started up the stairs.  A hallway at the top of the stairs forced him to make a choice and he continued to the left past a row of plain doors.  At the end of the hall was another door.  He pulled the handle and peered inside.  A bedroom.  A vanity and a dresser occupied the wall opposite the door.  To one side lay a four-poster bed.  Very well, he would stay here.  Suddenly, he heard a scraping sound from the hallway.  Thinking quickly, he grabbed a candlestick from the vanity and headed back into the hallway.
"Ah!  Mikey, it's just you.  Goodness, but this place is a bit cheerless, innit?"
"Oh yes, I'm sorry.  I brought your luggage up, Mr. Gardiner.  I take it you'll be staying in this room then?"
"Well, I suppose so."
"Do be careful, I hear that one is haunted," he remarked, giving a roguish wink.
"Hm, yes, quite," Addison replied absentmindedly.  "Well, I've got studies to attend to.  So, if you don't mind..."  He left the dismissal hanging in the air.
Mikey nodded.  "Yes.  I've got things I must attend to myself.  This place will be quite lively soon!"  Humming, he started back through the hallway and down the stairs.
What an odd man, Addison thought to himself.  How did he know...  He couldn't possibly...
***
Zachary poured a cup of cold water on Daniel's face.
"Hey.  Get up.  This is important."
Daniel winced at the shock and groaned.  "What do you want?  I was sleeping, and it's gotta be like 3 AM."
"You know those invitations we stole from that home?"
"Don't remind me."
"Well, check it out."
Zachary led Daniel to the kitchen, where Michael and Gerik were waiting.
"Look at this," whispered Gerik, gesturing to the invitations.
Unamused, Daniel waltzed over to the table and read the invitations.  His eyes widened with shock.
"What the he-"
"Do you have any clue why they're like that?" Michael interrupted.
"I-I've never seen anything like this," Daniel stammered.  "You stole these invitations, and yet... They have your names on them?!"
***
Natalie was at the breaking point.  Her house was in a poor state, and her frantic search had only confirmed what the note had seemed to suggest.  Somehow, they had taken it, and she wasn't going to get it back unless she went to that stupid Dinner and a Show thing.
***
Skyler was feverishly flipping through pages of multiple books, trying to remember...  Why did that telegram seem so familiar?  Something about the writing style was out of place, as if it had been written by multiple people.  He felt like he had seen that before, somewhere.  The night went on as Skyler continued reading at an inhuman pace, digesting information faster than seemingly was possible.  He knew he wasn't going crazy, but he just didn't have the access to what he needed.  Maybe the Dinner would clear things up...
***
Tyler sighed.  Somehow he had let Sayori convince him into taking her with him to the Dinner.  It was a long enough trip without her constantly chattering.  He glanced sidelong at her.  Sure enough, on and on she went.  Did she know how to do anything but talk?  He silently chided himself for thinking like that.  Sayori was a nice gal, just a bit... enthusiastic.  There is worse company, he decided, as he listened to Sayori now ranting about the difference between brown-eyed susans and daisies.
***
As the shadows of night enveloped the town, a storm began to roll in, as if foreshadowing the unpredictable events awaiting those unfortunate few who had been invited to the Don Manor...
***
Rachel was the last one to arrive at the manor.  The rain was coming down heavily now, and her skirt was getting drenched.  She pounded on the knocker and the man with the combover invited her in.
"Thank you," she managed, shivering from the cold.  A large fireplace was warming up the hall, where over a dozen people were socializing, drinking, or admiring the paintings on the walls.  "This is quite the party," she commented.  She turned to look at the man with the combover.  He was nowhere in sight.  Strange, she thought to herself.  Well, I'm here now, so I might as well make the most of it.  She gracefully waltzed over to a group of people and introduced herself.
***
A crackling sound quickly ended any discussion.  A loud voice rang  out, grainy and clearly unprofessional.  "Greetings, everyone.  I apologize that I cannot be here in person, but as many of you know, I am quite the busy individual.  Fortunately, I should be able to make it to the Dinner and a Show tomorrow.  Now, you all know why you are here, but first I'd like to make a note of who all arrived.  You see, I had a few issues with the guest list, and it seems not everyone has made it yet...
"If you could calmly and orderly introduce yourself to my butler and to each other, we'll have all of this sorted out in no time!"

Silence.
The man with the combover stood next to the fireplace.  "Well, you heard the master.  Everyone please introduce yourself!  ...Ah, perhaps we should move into the dining room.  Champagne, anyone?"
As everyone got settled in the dining room, each sitting in one of the 16 chairs, they began to introduce themselves, beginning with a strange catlike creature standing upright.
"You may call Khajiit... Khajiit," he said smiling, showing off a row of sharp teeth.  "Khajiit is here on request of employer.  That is all."
"My name is Zachary Sharpe, and this is my little bro-"
"No!  Stop."  A young man identical to Zachary stood up.  "I'm Daniel Sharpe, and we're twins, he said, glaring at Zachary.  "I'm studying here to become an astronomer!"
Zachary sighed and the twins sat down.
A redheaded woman twirling her hair spoke up.  "My name is Rachel Scarlett von Karma.  Pleased to meet you all."  She said that in a tone that made it very clear she was not in fact pleased to meet them all.
"Is nobody gonna question the fact that there's a cat-man in this room?  Cause I think it's weird.  Anyway, my name is Monika Candelaria.  Nice to meet you!"  Monika curtsied.
"I am Olivier Martinez," a man with a thick Paris accent said.  "Please, if it suits you, simply call me Olimar.  You may know me from several French films."
Natalie gasped, then covered her mouth with her hands.  "Sorry!" she squeaked.  "I thought you looked familiar.  Sorry...  I'm Natalie Brady."  Embarrased, she sunk down low in her seat.
"I'm Michael Buble.  I'm a songwriter.  I haven't seen any real success yet, but I feel like I'm close.  Good to meet ya."
Two men simultaneously stood up.  "Allow me to introduce you to the one and only Baron Miguel Antonio Del Rey, Captain of the USS Cleaver and Scourge of the East Sea.  While he prefers you call him by his full title, you may call him Captain Del Rey or simply Captain."
"The great man who introduced me is my compatriot, First Lieutenant Kenji Higashi.  Please show him the respect he deserves."
"But I don't mind if you simply call me Kenji!"
A tall, attractive man spoke up.  "I am Travis de Gillett.  I'm one of the townspeople here, and I'm fairly well-known among them."
Someone laughed.  "Yeah, but not in a good way!"  Everyone turned to look at the man who had interrupted.  "Oh, sorry.  Well, I'm Tyler Henry.  I'm directly descended from the Cormaci royals who settled here a long time ago.  I make my living off the ocean shore."
"Wow, Tyler, I barely recognized you!" a young woman laughed.  "I'm Sayori Ishizuka.  Usually his hair is all sweaty from the sea salt and hard work, but he cleans up nice!  Look at that curly hair!"
"M...my name is Skyler Brasher.  I'm not really anyone special, but recently I've been studying paranormal activity as a hobby."
An older man perked up.  "My name is Addison Gardiner.  I'm here on the owner's request.  That's all you need to know about me.  Feel free to talk to me any time, especially you, young man."
"My name is Gerik Paull.  I do football, basketball, and baseball.  I've got scholarships waiting for me in any of those.  I just really like athletics and being athletic."  He shrugged and sat down.
"Well, everyone's introduced themselves.  Who are we missing?"
The butler pulled out a folded note.  Reading it, he nodded individually at each person sitting down.  "Ah, yes.  It appears we are missing one... Mike Scott."
Suddenly, there was a loud bang.  Several people jumped up to their feet, startled.
"My apologies everyone!  That's just the door.  No need to panic."
Everyone followed the butler back into the hall, where the banging continued frantically.
The butler opened the door.  It would be more accurate to say the butler tried, then the howling maelstrom outside did the rest of the work.  A frail old man fell in through the doorway, shivering.  "I-i-i-i m-m-made it..." he stammered.
"Poor man, let's get you to your feet.  You must be Mike Scott?"
"Mike... S-s-s-scott..."  The man pulled out a crumpled note from his pocket.  "Y-yes, Mike Scott.  That's m-m-me," he said, before his eyes closed and he slumped further into the butler's arms.
"Oh, dear me," the butler tutted.  "Let's get him a warm bed and some tea, shall we?  He'll be right as rain soon enough."
***
Rachel tiptoed down the stairs and knocked on the door.  It opened a crack, and a feline eye stared at her through it.  "Yes?"
"Listen.  I don't trust you one bit.  I want to know what exactly you're doing here."
"Well, why did you not say so earlier?  Come.  Khajiit will show you."  He opened the door all the way to reveal a bedroom not unlike Rachel's own.  However, this one had a strange table with glass boxes on it.
"I sell these, for your coin.  You see anything you like?" Khajiit purred.
Rachel's eyes wandered over the objects.  Some of them seemed quite valuable, such as a silver dagger.  Others were commonplace or otherwise seemed odd.  Shaking her head, she said, "Maybe later.  Good luck with... your exchanges."  She slowly walked back towards the door and walked upstairs.
Natalie lifted her head from the crack in the floorboards.  "Oh, I wonder what he has down there.  Maybe he has my...  No, that seems quite dubious.  I'd better forget about it.  It's late.  Besides, he doesn't seem malicious.  Not the type to steal from a damsel, anyway."  Natalie climbed into her bed, pulling the thick covers up to her chin.  She soon slipped off into sleep.
***
The sound of a tinny bell woke Skyler from his sleep.  He groggily rubbed his eyes, then flung himself out of bed.  Pulling on some trousers, he opened his door.  The butler!
"Your breakfast is ready, everyone.  Hop to, my master has an important announcement to make for your benefit!"  He announced.
Skyler met Addison at the foot of the staircase.
"Skyler, was it?  Pleasure to make your acquaintance."
"Oh, yeah..."
"Listen, you didn't hear any activity last night, did you?"
"Nah, I was unconscious pretty quick.  Why?"
"Oh, never mind...  Let's just enjoy breakfast.  I've got something to show you afterwards."
As Skyler sat at the table, he noticed an extra chair had been brought up to one end.  He recalled the events of the previous night, Mike coming in late.  Poor guy.
Soon everyone was seated and eating.  Out of the corner of his eye, Skyler saw Mike Scott shoveling huge amounts of food into his mouth at a time, barely pausing to breathe.  Interesting guy, he thought.  He turned back to his own plate.  Sausage, eggs, toast, and most importantly, bacon!  He chewed on the bacon, tearing it apart.  Delicious.
***
Rachel ate quietly, concerned.  Something here was wrong, she could tell.  She had expected something to happen last night, but everything seemed accounted for.  And there was something off about this... Mike Scott.  Rachel could see why everyone was here, except for him.  A question.  She smiled to herself.  Maybe he did fit in.  After all, what was all this entire charade except one question after another?
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