Elbereth

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  1. Fixed well before you posted. I don't have very many thoughts on the game, I think, so I'll just get them out now (they're a bit unorganized, but whatever): I have no idea how balanced this game was. As several people have mentioned, the fact that it came down to three people is a good sign. To an extent, so is the fact that so many of the ties were important to the point of changing the gamestate - if they'd gone the other way any one of those times, the game could've been very different! I think the JP may have had a mild advantage (Illwei surviving two ties made it harder for them and they still won), and the Korathi a mild disadvantage - I failed to account for how well the Jeskeri would manipulate the main lynch and make it very hard for the Korathi to actually find and kill the people they wanted to, plus it was already difficult to tell between suspicious JP and suspicious Cultist activity. To be honest, I'm not sure how I'd have changed the numbers this game - ideally, I'd have just added a couple more players and had them be Korathi. I would also consider perhaps making the ties ala Joe's, i.e. all players in the tie die. I did consider giving the Jeskeri doc the ability to lynch anyone rather than just those in the doc. I wouldn't do so with this kind of distribution, as that'd just disadvantage the Korathi more and help out the JP. I also considered making win conditions mutually exclusive; I'm reasonably satisfied that not doing that was a fine choice. I'd love to hear from people in the Jeskeri doc what their thoughts on the voting style were - would it have been better to be explicit in-doc-at-the-time votes? No reveal of who voted on whom at all? I think it's interesting that the Cultist numbers were so predictable that the JP could be fairly confident when they'd found the last one in the doc. If I were to run this again, I might consider just making it a completely open setup ala MU, in which the exact distribution between alignments is publicly known. Or maybe not, I don't know. One last thing I'm curious about is PMs. PMs being closed would have made this a vastly different game, I think, and still an interesting one (though a bit sad for the Korathi) - I think if that particular change were made, I'd take out the Korathi Cultist. (Idea that I haven't fully thought through at all: what if the Jeskeri knew each others' identities but had no doc to discuss and had to rely as much on the main thread as the Korathi? What if they had no doc but could PM - but only one-on-one? I don't know!) Overall, I think this was a success, and it definitely deserves a rerun. I'd consider running it as a QF again, but I'd also like to see what would happen if I put it in a MR and added in a few simple roles to make things more interesting. So be on the look out for that, and thanks for such a fascinating game!
  2. Mancia stood before the door, alone, in the dim light of pre-dawn twilight. "I am faithful," she said solemnly. "The unfaithful are dead." Silence. She frowned. "Didn't you hear me? All the unfaithful are dead, I'm the only one alive, let me in!" The door stared back at her, still and silent. "Come on!" She banged on the door with the hilt of her knife, still wet with fresh blood. "Let me in!" She tried everything: prying the door open, cutting around the edges, trying to feel at and destroy the hinges... nothing worked. The door remained stubbornly closed. The sun rose to see a girl in tattered clothing, a knife by her side caked in dried blood, sitting against the great door to the temple. She looked exhausted, with dark bags under her eyes speaking of many sleepless nights. Scattered around the temple were bodies in various states of death and decay, their rotten stench filling the air for miles around. Vultures circled above the scene, spiraling slowly down towards the corpses. (Some eyed the girl, too, for she looked weak enough to be easy prey.) She ought to leave, Mancia knew. The door would not open, and there was nothing left here but death. But somehow, she couldn't quite muster up the strength to stagger back into the forest - let alone to go home, merciful Domi, what would she say? How could she go back to a normal life after this? And so she sat at the door, stuck in the lure of the temple. For what no one had noticed was how easy it had been to find this temple, for all the rumors of it being so ancient no one was sure it existed. No one noticed how even when the bloodshed started, not a single person ran, no one even thought to flee into the forest and the relative safety there. The temple would not open in the presence of the unfaithful, they knew that much. But nor would the unfaithful be allowed to leave and divulge the secret of this place. Its makers had made sure of it. So they killed each other, and died, and only Mancia was left. For now. Illwei died to the Korathi Inquisition and was a Cultist. Mist was Cultist-killed and was a Jeskeri Practitioner. The Korathi and the Jeskeri Practitioners have won! Well done, everyone! Post mortem will be up soon enough, but I'd love to hear your thoughts, too! From y'all's perspectives, how balanced did the game feel? Was it fun to play? Would you make any changes to it? Player List 1. Ashbringer - Korathi 2. Haelbarde - Jeskeri Cultist 3. Kasimir - Korathi 4. Devotary - Korathi 5. TJ Shade - Korathi 6. Silber - Jeskeri Cultist 7. Bard - Jeskeri Practitioner 8. Gears - Korathi 9. Straw - Korathi 10. Matrim - Korathi 11. Xino - Jeskeri Practitioner 12. Mist - Jeskeri Practitioner 13. Striker - Jeskeri Practitioner 14. Pyro - Korathi 15. Lotus - Jeskeri Practitioner 16. Drake - Jeskeri Practitioner 17. Vapor - Korathi 18. Mint - Korathi 19. Sart - Korathi 20. Illwei - Korathi Cultist 21. Elkanah - Jeskeri Cultist Ghosts, Ancient and New Jeskeri Secret Meeting Cultists Master Spreadsheet
  3. There were 21, when the expedition began. Now there were three. One way or the other, this would be the last night. The sun set, and each waited in the darkness for the right moment to strike. Striker died to the Korathi Inquisition and was a Jeskeri Practitioner. Lord Silberfarben died to the Jeskeri Inquisition and was a Cultist. Sart was Cultist-killed and was Korathi. Vote Count Illwei (2): Striker, Mist Striker (2): Sart, Illwei The last cycle of QF46 has begun! Go do your plotting, you three. Player list: everyone is dead except Pyro, Illwei, and Mist.
  4. Yes. Win conditions are not mutually exclusive if completed at the end of the same cycle, and do not require a living member of the faction.
  5. [this space is where there would be a writeup space but I am tired so have some ??poetry???] because I could not stop for death he kindly stopped for me and took a person of each faith beyond reality so few left yet so many so blood soaked and alone but soon yet more will die and nothing move but bone Devotary died to the Korathi inquisition. She was Korathi. Bard was Cultist-killed. He was a Jeskeri Practitioner. Elkanah died to the Jeskeri Inquisition. He was a Jeskeri Cultist. I don’t think anyone died of inactivity but @ me if I missed anyone. Vote Count Devotary (3): Bard, Elk, Illwei Silber (2): Mist, Striker Elk (2): Devotary, Sart Cycle 5 has begun and will end in 23 hours. Happy hunting! Player List 1. Ashbringer - Korathi 2. Haelbarde - Jeskeri Cultist 3. Kasimir - Korathi 4. Devotary - Korathi 5. TJ Shade - Korathi 6. @Lord_Silberfarben - Ashen Silberfarben 7. Bard - Jeskeri Practitioner 8. Gears - Korathi 9. Straw - Korathi 10. Matrim - Korathi 11. Xino - Jeskeri Practitioner 12. @Mist - Tamai 13. @StrikerEZ 14. @The Young Pyromancer - Mancia Young 15. Lotus - Jeskeri Practitioner 16. Drake - Jeskeri Practitioner 17. Vapor - Korathi 18. Mint - Korathi 19. @Sart - Sevat 20. @Illwei - Avanae 21. Elkanah - Jeskeri Cultist
  6. I’m back from playing the harp for two hours and I have blisters ow Kasimir was Cultist-killed and was Korathi. Matrim fell to the Korathi Inquisition and was Korathi. Haelbarde fell to the Jeskeri Inquisition and was a Cultist. Vote Count Mist (3) - Matrim, Young Bard, Striker Matrim (3) - Sart, Elkanah, Illwei Elkanah (2) - Kasimir, Devotary Illwei (1) - Mist player list etc will be edited in when my grandparents aren’t insisting I come to lunch Right Now Oh and also re: posting notes and charts and stuff, that’s not technically an Official Rule (yet) but I as a mod would generally discourage doing so (I can explain why later if anyone wants)
  7. Announcement: due to completely forgetting that this game would still be happening on Saturday, I have a Thing during rollover. Fortunately, it ends when the new cycle would normally be posted, so it's not awful, but you can expect Cycle 5 to be delayed by at least half an hour. Thanks for your patience!
  8. bodies bodies so many bodies im pretty sure that's merryn up there impaled on a tree branch but i'd have to get closer to be sure and that would be BAD they shoved grace in the campfire last night I couldnt watch what is it about this place are any of us faithful? after this? i don't know Vapor died to the Korathi Inquisition, and was Korathi. TJ Shade died to the Cultist kill, and was Korathi. Drake Marshall died to the Jeskeri inquisition, and was a Jeskeri Practitioner. Vote Count Vapor (4): Hael, Kas, Matrim, TJ Striker (2): Devotary, Mist Kas (2): Sart, Vapor Hael (1): Drake Cycle 4 has begun and will end in 23 hours. In response to @Kasimir's question about activity, I can neither confirm nor deny who might die at the end of this cycle because I haven't counted activity for Cycle 3 yet because everyone still alive was active Cycle 2 and thus no one would be dying of inactivity this cycle. But if they did not post during Cycle 3, you're correct that they would be dying at the end of this cycle if they continue to not post. Player List 1. Ashbringer - Korathi 2. @Haelbarde 3. @Kasimir - Kiean 4. @Devotary of Spontaneity - Serenken 5. TJ Shade - Korathi 6. @Lord_Silberfarben - Ashen Silberfarben 7. @Young Bard - Reolene 8. Gears - Korathi 9. Straw - Korathi 10. @Matrim's Dice - Dasehe 11. Xino - Jeskeri Practitioner 12. @Mist - Tamai 13. @StrikerEZ 14. @The Young Pyromancer - Mancia Young 15. Lotus - Jeskeri Practitioner 16. Drake - Jeskeri Practitioner 17. Vapor - Korathi 18. Mint - Korathi 19. @Sart - Sevat 20. @Illwei - Avanae 21. @Elkanah - Kaleno
  9. Because I was in a hurry and my vote counter is precise enough that accidentally putting a space after your name will make it confused. I'll add it now.
  10. writeup to come, I woke up 20 minutes ago whoops Gears was Cultist-killed. They were Korathi. Xino died to the Jeskeri Inquisition. They were a Jeskeri Practitioner. Ash died to the Korathi Inquisition. They were Korathi. Vote Count Illwei (4): Ash, Drake, Gears, Matrim Ash (4): Elk, Illwei, Pyro, Sart Sart (3): TJ, Vapor, Hael Matrim (2): Bard, Kas Player list, blah blah blah, I’ll edit it in shortly. Go kill each other. EDIT: Player List 1. Ashbringer - Korathi 2. @Haelbarde 3. @Kasimir - Kiean 4. @Devotary of Spontaneity - Serenken 5. @TJ Shade - Aanalan 6. @Lord_Silberfarben - Ashen Silberfarben 7. @Young Bard - Reolene 8. Gears - Korathi 9. Straw - Korathi 10. @Matrim's Dice - Dasehe 11. Xino - Jeskeri Practitioner 12. @Mist - Tamai 13. @StrikerEZ 14. @The Young Pyromancer - Mancia Young 15. Lotus - Jeskeri Practitioner 16. @DrakeMarshall - Merryn 17. @Vapor - Grace 18. Mint - Korathi 19. @Sart - Sevat 20. @Illwei - Avanae 21. @Elkanah - Kaleno
  11. QF46 (Cycle 2): The Unfaithful Shall Die It was only a short trek to the door inside the temple from the outside. They'd cleared out all the traps, so they could come back out whenever they liked, though a number of the group stayed near the door examining it. Some were trying to study it, some wanted to know if it could be broken, and some just didn't want to miss if it opened. So there was some traffic between the door and the outside. But not a lot - not enough. So it was at least an hour after he'd died that they found Shao, a curved knife sticking out of his chest, lying at the entrance to the temple with his arms laid on his stomach. His face looked almost peaceful, but not quite - as if someone had tried to move his shape into that expression after he died and hadn't quite gotten it right. That was the first death. Straw was Cultist-killed! He was Korathi. Mint died to the Korathi & co Inquisition! She was Korathi. Lotus died to the Jeskeri Inquisition! They were a Jeskeri Practitioner. Vote Count Mint (5): Ash, Devotary, Gears, Matrim, Vapor Ash (3): Elk, Mint, TJ Pyro (3): Hael, Lotus, Striker Elk (1): Drake Matrim (1): Straw Straw (1): Sart Kas (1): Kas Cycle 2 has begun. It will end in 23 hours at 12pm Pacific Time. Please remember 1) bold your votes, and 2) that the inactivity filter is only satisfied by posting in the thread; activity in docs or PMs does not count. Player List 1. @Ashbringer - AraRaashe 2. @Haelbarde 3. @Kasimir - Kiean 4. @Devotary of Spontaneity - Serenken 5. @TJ Shade - Aanalan 6. @Lord_Silberfarben - Ashen Silberfarben 7. @Young Bard - Reolene 8. @Gears - Kiati 9. Straw - Korathi 10. @Matrim's Dice - Dasehe 11. @xinoehp512 12. @Mist - Tamai 13. @StrikerEZ 14. @The Young Pyromancer - Mancia Young 15. Lotus - Jeskeri Practitioner 16. @DrakeMarshall - Merryn 17. @Vapor - Grace 18. Mint - Korathi 19. @Sart - Sevat 20. @Illwei - Avanae 21. @Elkanah - Kaleno
  12. The cycle is, obviously , closed! Please refrain from talking in any docs or PMs until C2 goes up in ~1 hour.