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Aftermath:

While The Light Lasts

So there’s my tale. Of course, I did promise you the truth about the massacre at the Oswin Manor. I promised you a tale that would last at least a candlemark, and the candle is almost doused.

Won’t you drink with me, milady, while the light lasts?

To Lord Talbot Oswin. I wasn’t lying when I said I’ve had worse employers than your son, my Lady. Worse employers? You know them, my Lady. Your esteemed sister, may Ironeyes take her. They say she’s cast from the mould of Lady Jocasta Heron of Tremredare, who bathed in the blood of her skaa. 

They would be right.

Imagine you’re Johanna Heron, milady. Imagine you’re a ruthless, scheming gixie with a piece of ice for a heart. Imagine that the Heron estates are divided because that fool of a Lord in Elendel decided that the collateral lines weren’t pure enough for his liking, and he gave away the bulk of his estates to an old cantankerous man with no Heron lineage at all.

How dare I?

Milady, you know Johanna Heron. You grew up with her. Did you really think she would not scheme and plot to take back what she saw as hers?

 

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My part in this tangled tale goes back a long way. I was to find a post at your son’s house, and to work there, quietly, for months. I was very good at my job. I have been very good at my job, for years now. You see, nobody expects someone like me to be very clever. As long as I stammer and ask questions and look blank and distressed, people aren’t very suspicious at all.

Of course, I really don’t know all that much about flowers. Convenient, that. But Lord Talbot Oswin had no opening at his Bilming manor, and I needed access to the Bilming manor.

So I slipped in one night and killed the gardener. It was a little less quiet than was ideal, but I broke his neck. The flowers have grown very well since. And he does keep very detailed notes, enough for me to be able to figure out how to muddle along.

To his credit, Lord Oswin saw through me that night. 

I hadn’t planned on killing him at all. But he saw, and he realised what I was. Or I suppose I should say, who I was. Maybe it was the lighting, that night. Or maybe it was the portrait of your esteemed father, Kyrios Heron, on the wall of his study. Later, I removed the portrait and set fire to it in the back of the garden, and threw the blood-stained work gloves away. No one noticed.

He hadn’t seen it before that. Very few people do. Fortunately, I do take very strongly after my father, and that’s enough for most people to write me off as another koloss-blooded lout. 

That night, I’d planned on lifting the key to the Growlery from his pocket. I’d tried to gain access to the Growlery before, but that lock defeated my attempts to pick it open. There was no help for it. I’d have to steal the key from Lord Talbot Oswin.

The party seemed like a good time. By then, I had learned that Lord Oswin was especially wont to be inebriated at parties. And if I was discovered in the Growlery, I could claim that I had found the door open and lay the blame on the guests.

The irony is, I don’t think Lord Oswin really knew what he had in there. I don’t think you realised either, milady. Because if you did, I don’t think you’d ever let him keep it among his historical curiosities.

It’s the old genealogy, milady. The proper one, before the late Lord Heron decided that the collateral lines were not suited to inherit. Before he threw away his estates and gave the lion’s share to his chosen successor. 

It’s an old story. But that Lord Heron wasn’t even supposed to inherit the estate at all. The Herons inherit by birth order, though there was that business pre-Catacendre with a sibling ruling himself out of the succession by joining the Steel Ministry.

Lady Johanna Heron knew that, of course. She had lawyers and historians tracing the documents, and she realised that something was strange about the sudden transfer of the Lordship to the deceased Aralis Heron.

That’s where I came in.

 

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As I said, I hadn’t intended to kill Lord Oswin.

I’ve done my share of wetwork, but anyone can kill. It’s harder to look into things, to find out what needs doing and to do it. That’s what I’ve been doing for Lady Johanna Heron for a number of years now. 

But he was going to cry out, and I covered his mouth with my hand and then the wineglass shattered, and…

And I suppose I panicked. I slit his throat, there and then. I do regret it. Perhaps I could have tied him up or knocked him out. But done is done. No point crying over spilled wine.

I had to kill Phelan and Darrow as well as the Lady El. By then, I knew that Johanna Heron had actually hired people to kill Lord Talbot Oswin. The irony tickled me, I suppose. Lady Johanna has never quite trusted me. If I got the job done, well and good. And if I didn’t, well. She wouldn’t really shed a tear if I got killed, either.

Tough love, I suppose.

As she always says, she brought me into this world, and she can just make another.

I’m not a rightwise son of House Heron, after all. And that makes me utterly expendable.

 

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So, the killers. I went around the house, lying low and gathering information. I figured that things would get dicey if the constables came. Couldn’t have that. I liked Phelan. Didn’t want to have to kill him, but needs must.

As suspicious as the killers were, they were mostly wary of their fellow guests. So it was I discovered a note with the Heron seal amongst their belongings and then my suspicions were confirmed.

I mostly stayed out of their way, and beneath their notice. I did help Lord Holcomb slam the door shut on the sadly-deceased Lord Aralis Heron. I heard him scream and felt the heat from the explosive trap on my skin, as the wood heated up. It didn’t matter to me. I healed fast. And I wasn’t much of a Heron, but it felt just a bit like justice.

I broke Lord Aidan Ostlin’s neck. You shouldn’t really trust the one telling you the story, milady. He was enough of a threat that I didn’t think Lady Johanna wanted him alive either. I’m not sure her hired killers quite realised his degree of kinship to the Herons.

In any case, they seemed to have taken it in their stride. 

We had differing assignments, differing objectives. I kept the Growlery key close to my skin and waited. I did not have enough time to ascertain that the genealogy was complete, as after I had opened the door, the Growlery was often teeming with guests. It was difficult, but I had to move quickly when the guests’ attention were elsewhere. Such as when there was a killing. Or when they occupied separate rooms.

On that last night, when the killers made their move, I had finally collected the entire genealogy and folded it into a weatherproof folio. I then stole away.

My task was done. I wasn’t interested in seeing what else they were up to.

 

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I can guess, of course. I know how Lady Johanna Heron thinks, all too well.

The killers had come for Lord Talbot Oswin and Lord Aralis Heron. The other murders were...an unfortunate series of events. For one, Lady Priscilla Estvaril had insisted on cordoning off the Manor and keeping the guests present for the constables to investigate the murders. This instinct to preserve the scene was commendable but soon became a liability as the entire manor became a series of overlapping crime scenes.

For another, the killers had been getting nervous, and suspecting that others were onto them. They needed to stay alive to enjoy the fruit of their labours, after all. This made them jumpy. And with the other guests investigating and asking questions, trying to discern the killers in their midst...

Well. Lady Johanna Heron hadn’t given instructions that the other guests had to live.

So they planned to kill their way out, one guest at a time. If there were no witnesses, they had no fear of the incompetent Bilming constabulary coming down on their heads like the wrath of Ironeyes Himself. Because even Lady Johanna Heron couldn’t shield them from that; nor was she likely to. As far as Lady Johanna’s concerned, they got themselves into that mess, they can get themselves out of it.

Finally, the servants sent to fetch the constables and the guests who had left were turning up dead. This made them feel all the more trapped—strictly incidental on my part. I needed the uninterrupted time to search the Growlery.

I can tell you who they were: Lord Locke Tekiel, a banker from Elendel, who had done some business with your son before. Ah, you know him? Very good. Lord Zachary Holcomb, a notorious socialite and gossip. There’s a lot of depths to that one, I wouldn’t underestimate him. Lady Amber Ghetti—I’ve passed off as an artist before, myself, and it’s surprising just how much incriminating evidence and murder weapons you can stuff into an artist’s bag and get away with it! And then there was the odd one out: the man who called himself Thaill. I really meant what I said: there’s something off about the man’s expressions and his choice of words. It’s like he’s not from here at all...but what would that even really mean?

Of course, milady, there’s no point in calling for their heads.

That last day, your son’s former lover, Lord Variel Ulring, he fought with Thaill. He actually won, too, and I think he really believed he’d brought Lord Talbot’s killer to justice. Unfortunately for him, he was wrong—and he didn’t look behind him. Lady Ghetti finished him off. 

They made their move that night. I don’t know how long it took them to prepare. 

It was clever too, I’ll give them that. Lord Holcomb presented the hapless Borzen Oeszno as the killer. By then, the guests were terrified, and it’s surprisingly easy to coax terrified people into doing terrible things in the name of their safety.

So they killed Borzen Oeszno. The most Borzen had done was to wander the manor at night—I often encountered him—waving a cushion about as if it were a dueling cane.

But I digress. While the guests rallied against Borzen Oeszno, Lord Holcomb did for the naturalist, Lady Sophia. That wasn’t a pleasant sight, and I’ve seen a number of gruesome murders in my line of work. I’ll spare you the details, milady. At the same time, Lord Variel Ulring had peeled off from the group, and just as Thaill had finished seeing to the former lawman, he caught Thaill—literally bloody-handed.

They fought, of course. Lord Variel Ulring gave a good accounting of himself, as I said. Poor Lord must’ve thought he was seeing to justice for Lord Talbot.

Then there were two left. Three, if you count Lady Priscilla.

I heard the shouts and the screams. I left. I had a genealogy to return to Lady Johanna Heron, after all. And I wasn’t going to stick around to see what happened next.

 

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And there you have it. The tale of the massacre at Oswin manor. And the candle has almost burned its way down to a stub. Soon.

The constabulary came, of course, and they asked plenty of questions. But most of the servants were dead or had fled. And time and time again, no one asked about the gardener, even as the flowers bloomed.

I will be a little sad to leave them without my care.

I think that was the main reason the killers weren’t wary of me, of course. I do pride myself on being inconspicuous. Part of the scenery, you might say.

Of course, we know why I’m telling you this, milady, and for what it’s worth, I’m sorry. Your sister is ruthless, and you know that, and I know that. I promise it won’t hurt at all. It was in the wine.

It will be gentle. It will be like the first fall of night. It will be like sleep.

For you, then, death will come as the end.

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So, I had to rewrite this aftermath about three times, because there nearly was another cycle. It's a long story. Drake and compatriots were a little nearly too overconfident. Striker Kalebane, the Terror of GMs, had struck again. This time, valiantly, as the hero of Cycle Five, by being the only Villager to kill an Eliminator and to deny them a clean sweep :P 

As I deleted my pre-written endgame write-up and wrote a Cycle Six writeup instead, another PM came in, this time, from Striker's victim, Lahilt, who decided to send in a kill order. This bounced the cycle back to endgame for the Eliminators, so very well done there :P And yes, I was screaming internally and re-writing the endgame write-up again, but there you have it. This is the story of how I exceeded my NaNo 25k word goals in a fortnight :P 

So the announcement you have been waiting for: The Killers have won!

The actual death toll:

  • Borzen Oeszno was a Guest! Further investigation discovered he was in possession of a comfortable stuffed cushion, a dense pre-Catacendre book on skaa rights authored by House Penrod (single-use), and a delicious pastry!
  • Sophia was a Guest! Further investigation discovered she was in possession of poisonous berries (single-use), a written IOU (single-use), a delicious rhubarb pie, and a concentric ring of stones.
  • Lumen was a Guest! Further investigation discovered she was in possession of a discarded pair of bloodied work gloves, two bright blue ribbons, a delicious blueberry pie, and a single bullet (single-use.)
  • Variel Ulring was a Hero! (j/k he's a Guest but you get the point.) Further investigation discovered he was in possession of a honeyed-apple pastry.
  • Thaill was a Killer! Further investigation discovered he was in possession of a battered wooden chopping board (single-use), and a battered cast-iron figurine of a knight wielding an oversized sword with the words REGICIDE etched into the base.

Whew. What a cycle. GM comments to follow, but for now:

  • This is the full rule-set I was using, which also contains one of the write-ups that was the casualty of this cycle.
  • This is the master spreadsheet tracking player actions.
  • This is the dead/spec doc.
  • This is the updated doc tracking Room PMs and the Killer PM. Please be warned the PMs are screenshots, so beware if you are on data.

Thanks for playing, guys, and I hope you all had fun! :) Special thanks to @Elandera for checking the full ruleset, and @little wilson for more or less being acting-IM and dealing with my panicked yelling every other cycle, such as when RNGesus decided it was gonna be Oprah with kill items. ("You get a kill! And you get a kill! AND YOU GET A KILL!")

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This was very, very fun. Wonderful writeups, great narrative. One day, I hope to be as good of a writer as Kas. Elims, you did amazing. I only mildly suspected Drake and Lahlit. So close to a wipeout. According to the almighty GM, I was the only one not to get a useable item. 'Tis a shame. 

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5 minutes ago, Gears said:

This was very, very fun. Wonderful writeups, great narrative. One day, I hope to be as good of a writer as Kas. Elims, you did amazing. I only mildly suspected Drake and Lahlit. So close to a wipeout. According to the almighty GM, I was the only one not to get a useable item. 'Tis a shame. 

Thanks! You did good this game, to be honest. Was fun to see you interact with the RP. Also, I rechecked my mastersheet:

Yep, as I mentioned, at the time of your death at the start of Cycle Five, Burnt was the only other person to not have gotten anything at all through Search. :P I don't really count the Villagers who died earlier because not all of them sent in Search actions consistently, and everyone else who died with you in end-Cycle Four/start-Cycle Five had found at least one usable item. Which is pretty surprisingly given at least one of them died from inactivity, and so had sent in fewer Search orders than you did o.O

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Loqlaw Mora vowed never to accept immediate requests or attend fancy parties as he fled Breezing Manor with a red herring in his hand, which he had been using as a protection item xD 

I knew something was wrong with Lahilt claiming he had a protect item too. But I didn't mention my suspicion, because I hoped to ascertain his teammates by coaxing him to reveal them as his protect target. That's why I specifically asked whom he was going to target last cycle. 

Knew something wrong when Burnt praised Lahilt for being "brave"  for reveal his protection item, while seemingly ignoring my claim (me offend :P

Mist was smart enough to figure out something wrong with Drake's scan claim. I totally ignored the possibility of kill items and just assumed the only reason Drake would do what he did was if there were 5 elims, and I didn't think so. 

Huh, Orlok actually killed Windrunner? Disappointed in you Orlok. :P

And I've gone through spec doc, and I seem to have doomed the village without protecting Mist. Welp, sorry guys! 

Buuut, me thief. I'm supposed to be selfish, and I guess it's some consolation that I escaped out alive :P

Thanks Kas! The game was very intriguing and fun to play. I loved your write-ups, and all in all, it was very entertaining to be a part of it. 

Congrats to the elims! 

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Man, I'm kind of proud of myself for being the only kill on an elim. :P And I knew there was something off about Drake's claim. I almost voted on him after seeing xino's response and stuff. And the lack of any trolling from xino as the cycle went on almost made me submit my kill on Drake instead of Lahilt, but I decided that there was still a chance that Drake wasn't lying, so I didn't. Glad to know that I had caught half the elim team in one cycle though. :P I'm still not sure what exactly tipped me off on Lahilt, but it just felt right to me to kill him.

Anyway, thank you so much @Kasimir for running this game! I'm sorry that I didn't RP as much as I had wanted to, but the game was still really fun despite what life decided to throw at me during it. I can't wait to play another game with you, whether you're running it or we're playing together!

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1 minute ago, StrikerEZ said:

Anyway, thank you so much @Kasimir for running this game! I'm sorry that I didn't RP as much as I had wanted to, but the game was still really fun despite what life decided to throw at me during it. I can't wait to play another game with you, whether you're running it or we're playing together!

Thank you for not breaking my game this time :P I appreciate your mercy :P 

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8 minutes ago, Kasimir said:

Thank you for not breaking my game this time :P I appreciate your mercy :P 

I still feel really stupid that I didn't search every cycle. While I'm glad that I found the things I did find, I wish I could've had that one extra item from when I forgot to search for things. 

Also, I forgot to mention, there was a brief period of time where I had considered killing MysitcLotus as well. I'm really glad I kind of ruled out that kill option in favor of either Lahilt or Drake. :P

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Wow that was a heck of an ending. Figured it might be one of the writeup characters who was in plain sight, but for some reason I didn't think it could be the narrator :P Serves me right. The writeups in this game were unreal, and to juggle all the aspects of an SE game whilst consistently producing at least one awesome writeup for each cycle is certainly a feat. Thanks for running this game! :)

I was a bit concerned that an eleventh hour kill from the village might throw a wrench in our plans. I figured I'd be the one to get killed, though, if anything. If one of our kills had also been blocked, it might have turned the tide of the game. @StrikerEZ you very nearly succeeded in making that happen. Very well done. I didn't see it coming at all, either; I thought MysticLotus was the only villager with a kill left. Apparently the dice were particularly bloodthirsty, and both sides ended up with an unexpected number of kills held in reserve.

@Mist you also gave me quite a scare a couple of times there. Your reasoning about me giving reads was pretty valid and is a tell I will pay more attention to in the future, although I obviously loudly decried the reasoning as spurious before now :P I had a minor freak-out for a second when you questioned the timeline of my scan claim, which I hadn't actually screwed up, but for a hot second I thought I had, and I almost said something that would have outed me in response.

I hope the living and the dead will forgive my occasional tendency towards irresponsible driving when permitted to have influence over a bandwagon.

My eliminator compatriots, you all did a killer job :P

A cracked glass dagger joins my collection of knives from SE. Good game, all.

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@Kasimir Thank you again for running this game! It was very fun reading all the RP throughout the whole game. My one regret is that I sent a nicely worded RP PM to Orlok, for which I was promptly murdered.

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2 hours ago, DrakeMarshall said:

I was a bit concerned that an eleventh hour kill from the village might throw a wrench in our plans. I figured I'd be the one to get killed, though, if anything. If one of our kills had also been blocked, it might have turned the tide of the game. @StrikerEZ you very nearly succeeded in making that happen. Very well done. I didn't see it coming at all, either; I thought MysticLotus was the only villager with a kill left. Apparently the dice were particularly bloodthirsty, and both sides ended up with an unexpected number of kills held in reserve.

I'm really proud that I was able to figure out two of the elims in that cycle, despite how little I'd been paying attention to the thread and my overall inactivity (compared to what I would normally like to do). Obviously, if the game hadn't ended last cycle, I would've gone for your lynch next cycle. At that point however, I'm not sure if I would've been able to catch Burnt or Orlok. I would've been able to go to the cellar though, and maybe block a kill at some point. And maybe I would've gotten another kill item as well. It would've been fun to start getting active in this game, which I was trying to at the end there. Either way, it was still so much fun to play this game!

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@StrikerEZ good job with offing me it was a good way to end:P

@Kasimir awesome writeups! I have to go back and read the ones that I hurriedly skimmed. I enjoyed reading what you thought about my playing in the spec doc. I sent in my kill action this morning during my break at work otherwise I might have missed it.:)

Killers It was great to play with you all. @DrakeMarshall for all your heavy playing and strategizing. @Orlok Tsubodai and @Burnt Spaghetti did a good job of staying under the radar. 

 

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Wow! The only person I remotely suspected of being a elim was Lahilt

Great job!

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2 hours ago, Lahilt said:

@StrikerEZ good job with offing me it was a good way to end:P

@Kasimir awesome writeups! I have to go back and read the ones that I hurriedly skimmed. I enjoyed reading what you thought about my playing in the spec doc. I sent in my kill action this morning during my break at work otherwise I might have missed it.:)

Killers It was great to play with you all. @DrakeMarshall for all your heavy playing and strategizing. @Orlok Tsubodai and @Burnt Spaghetti did a good job of staying under the radar. 

 

Well, good job managing that, especially during your work break, you salvaged the cycle back from where Striker had gone :P It was a single-handed game-winning move.

5 hours ago, Araris Valerian said:

@Kasimir Thank you again for running this game! It was very fun reading all the RP throughout the whole game. My one regret is that I sent a nicely worded RP PM to Orlok, for which I was promptly murdered.

TBH, I don't recall Orlok actually ever mentioning your PM, and he was not involved in the decision to murder you... which probably just makes it worse, I assume :P 

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1 hour ago, Kasimir said:

TBH, I don't recall Orlok actually ever mentioning your PM, and he was not involved in the decision to murder you... which probably just makes it worse, I assume :P 

I guess that makes me guilty of not following PM safety. Maybe if Orlok had mentioned my PM, I wouldn’t have died, since I have never been a scary player when given a PM role. I probably have some sort of record for least PMs among long-time players.

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7 hours ago, Araris Valerian said:

I guess that makes me guilty of not following PM safety. Maybe if Orlok had mentioned my PM, I wouldn’t have died, since I have never been a scary player when given a PM role. I probably have some sort of record for least PMs among long-time players.

Forgive me, Araris. My involvement with the game was pretty minimal due to some serious issues in my personal life.

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7 minutes ago, Orlok Tsubodai said:

Forgive me, Araris. My involvement with the game was pretty minimal due to some serious issues in my personal life.

You are fine, and I hope that things are on the upswing for you. I would much rather you kill me and have more time to get IRL matters better in hand.

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Towards the beginning of the game, I mentioned the rope and world hopper, and I was right about Lahlit B)

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Man, reading through the spec doc I should have gone with one of my thoughts and killed Drake on that final round.

I thought drake’s post was weird, but I didn’t act on it.

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Yeah, if I'm being honest I've never been anything other than utterly bad at not triggering people's inner alarm bells when I'm evil. That's kinda why I go with the higher profile options, things where I can hopefully get people to act in a certain way despite their better intuition. It almost didn't work, and Kasimir was quite right to say we were very nearly too overconfident, but hey I do what I can and hope for the best :P

Woulda been interesting to see what would have come next if the game was still happening, though. I'd be dead soon one way or the other, of course, having staked a little too much on the game ending sooner, but I daresay both sides would still have quite a few tricks left up their sleeves.

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So, a few quick thoughts as per the promised post-mortem:

  • I feel like the item distribution table could have been further optimised, given how RNGesus demanded blood across the course of this game. It would've been better to not need to nullify the results of an entire roll (C2: Lahilt obtained the kill role, and basically everyone except Vapor, Windrunner, and someone else ended up with kill items) - even if that was a pretty obvious break in the game. But I don't feel strongly about this since if you're rolling with RNGesus, then you have to accept clown results if RNGesus feels like trolling you and the players. And nullifying C2 was the fairly obvious call to make. Secret drop rates could have been increased, I think.
  • My stronger feeling is that the kill item balance issue really came down to - as Drake put it - how utterly bloodthirsty RNGesus was. Players were searching in rooms other than the Kitchen - RNGesus just didn't favour them strongly enough to pick up better protection. People did hobo in the Kitchen for a bit, and that was protection central :P And the Growlery-goers could have hogged role-block items, which could be as swingy. Ultimately, this had the potential to become a RNGesus role madness game, which it kind of ended up being anyway.
  • Nullifying the results of an obviously unbalanced call is okay, but I would not want to be intervening all the time. I think the line is to draw is to do it across the board, by taking an entire re-roll, rather than re-rolling for a single player.
  • I think 4 Eliminators turned out fine for these numbers. I could go as low as 3, in light of the issue with the inactivity filter, and given the number of roles and items floating around. But I think that cuts things a bit close. People were worried about the hammer potential, and I think they could have risked a hammer and won a tad earlier, but Elan and I were counting on the communication issue to hobble a hammer. That being said, not having a doc is definitely a pain for the Eliminators :P 
  • I do think two aspects of the Eliminators needs to be adjusted. First, I've realised that using the inactivity filter as the criterion for a kill doesn't really make sense, since the logical implementation of the rules just means that the kill passes from a filter-killed Eliminator to the next. I would probably lower the definition of an inactive Eliminator to one cycle of inactivity. And in a smaller group (maybe not even then!) I think the Eliminators should meet one requirement - whether it be getting a RNGesus item from a Room, or the death of one particular role - before being allowed to hammer. (Or, I suppose I could go for a random distribution but keep an eye out for a spread of timezones...)
  • Switching off Room-locked targeting is the only decision that makes sense, barring something like Alvron's Burrow Baron game where people can hobo in the corridors, or a secret passage mechanic. It would be nice to make Room-locked targeting work, but ultimately, this was not the game for it.
  • The meta for this game was a bit refreshing - especially with regard to the reasoning processes that went on during the final cycle. Part of it might be because I haven't been in the community for a while. Part of it, IMO, might be because of the active player demographic at the end. It's an interesting scanner gambit to watch in play, though I admit the GM part of me was going, "Hah! You think I would give y'all a scan ability?" :P 
  • Refusing to let items be transferred seems to me to be the correct decision, since I would actually be giving people with Secrets cosmetic role-flavoured abilities. Which, whoops, only Orlok and Araris had. Oh well. This does leave me with difficulty deciding what information to give on the lynch. I am reluctantly fine with revealing all items, demarcating the single-use ones, and, I suppose, asterisking secret items - or marking them out in some way. I was actually willing to clarify about Araris's role if anyone had asked. No one did. A heads-up that roles could be acquired might be helpful for players, past C2.
  • Striker Kalebane, the Terror of GMs, and the Shield of the Lynch did not break this game. I will be forever grateful :P 
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Kasimir, are you going to do another game like this any time soon?

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9 hours ago, Kasimir said:

Striker Kalebane, the Terror of GMs, and the Shield of the Lynch did not break this game. I will be forever grateful :P 

Maybe I just broke it without you even realizing it? :ph34r:

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I'll admit I really only kind of skimmed the writeups for this, but it's interesting seeing how the narrator's accent fell away toward the end. It was so strong at first and here it's nearly gone. I suppose that's the point, since the jig is up and his audience is dying soon.

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12 hours ago, A Windrunner said:

Kasimir, are you going to do another game like this any time soon?

Depends. If you mean RP-centric, then - I tend to encourage RP as a GM, but there are other games which will also be RP heavy. A look at the SE games GM spreadsheet will indicate which ones might be upcoming (from the looks of it, the WoT and KKC game are likely to be heavier in RP - @Elbereth would likely know more.) Burnt and I are at some point scheduled to run an "any action allowed" RP-heavy Very Weird game based off Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express which we are still trying to sort out and have been since last year :ph34r: But we won't be ready to run that anytime before the end of the year, and we're not the highest on the queue list :P 

If you mean items-based with RNGesus and rooms - then much less likely. I have some ideas kicking around in my head, but at this point, I am most likely to next run a Midsommar-flavoured more-or-less vanilla game, though that will be after I've had the chance to recover from this one :P 

11 hours ago, StrikerEZ said:

Maybe I just broke it without you even realizing it? :ph34r:

...Suddenly the near-C2 Red Wedding becomes clear... :o

4 hours ago, Arraenae said:

I'll admit I really only kind of skimmed the writeups for this, but it's interesting seeing how the narrator's accent fell away toward the end. It was so strong at first and here it's nearly gone. I suppose that's the point, since the jig is up and his audience is dying soon.

I'd love to say it was intended but probably a good chunk of it was due to increasing time pressure. I did intend to have the accent fall away more subtly, but I admit I was taking less care towards the end. That being said, I did intentionally seed hints and inconsistencies since early on for the careful reader so the reveal wouldn't come completely out of left field. Unreliable narrator is always a tricky trope to pull off well.

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Will the next game be a Quick Fix?

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