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Monathin
Sep 1, 2011


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“In this City, you can make your own fortune.” What a load of bullshit.

The city we’re in now has always been a cultural melting pot, sure, but everyone knows how those sucker lines go - people with a bindle and barely enough money to spend the night in a cheap motel, looking to make their name. More meat to pick apart for the people up above, the real winners.

It happened probably about a dozen years ago, maybe closer to two - way it goes, a major housing crisis was underway. Too many people, not enough buildings, especially in places like this, where there wasn’t much room left to grow outwards - metropolis spanning the coastline as-is. But the lobbyists had a crooked idea: give the people what they want. More houses, and more access to the city. Seemed logical enough, right? Everyone’s trying to make their fortune here, no one wants to be so far out that transit’s impossible (railways are still being choked out by the drat auto companies, those son-of-a-bitches), and people will jump at the chance. But since they couldn’t branch out, they had to branch “up”.

And that’s where the real hell starts: A second city, built over the first, and who do you think had first dibs on the buildings then? Not you or me, not the struggling Joe Schmoe looking for a break. No, it was those assholes who already had all the money and didn’t wanna share - the big buck corporations who were getting bolder every year, those assholes who didn’t have to work just to keep food in their mouth. So we got to sit and watch them build their own paradise, away from all of us. Soon people were giving the two cities a name. The upper crust, the ivory towers - that’s the Spires.

And us, down here in the filth and grime, getting our hands dirty? This is the Verge.

___________________________________________________________________________

It should have been a routine job. Except for the profile, the scope, and the drip-feed of information you got from your contacts.

New Horizon Technologies. One of the big players in making the city what it was - their main manufacturing facility is one of the few buildings to connect to the Spire and the Verge both, it’s been called the backbone of the city, and for good reason. The word that you’ve been hearing, the biggest score of anyone’s life is waiting there. Tonight. A secret New Horizon is keeping from the world, a breakthrough the likes of which might never have been seen before. Word is it might be the secret to Artificial Intelligence. Others still think maybe their fingers in the deep-space pies are about to crack the code of interstellar colonization. Smart money is on Nanotechnology - or so you hear. There’s a lot of money riding on the bets of what New Horizon plans to unveil.

Of course, that means there’s a lot of money riding on someone to take it from them, before they can. And your group is one of the best at ‘freelancing’ - a rather cute word for ‘deniable ops’ that has emerged as the 21st century’s revitalized gig economy reared its ugly, capitalist head. Success attracts success, which means even here at the bottom of the barrel you’ve put together a prized crew - larger than most by half, but every one you’d say you trusted with your back when the heat got on you.

Until tonight.

You could feel it on the way the stale air under the Spire clung to your skin. On the way the crowded streets were just a little too quiet. In how the neon lights from the shops downtown seemed to be buzzing just a bit too aggressively. Something was wrong. But you didn’t trust your instincts until it was too late. Until you were in the building. You shouldn’ve known then what this was.

A set-up. The mother of all set-ups, baiting the biggest crew of freelancers in the Verge with the biggest score. But something still didn’t add up - the sources had their intel legit, everything looked on the up and up until the moment you hit the building. That’s when it hit you. This was a bait from the corps. At least not from New Horizon themselves - they wanted New Horizon and the crew out, all in one fell swoop. Which could only mean they’ve had someone on the inside for a long drat time.

You’ve been sold out.
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VERGE, EPISODE 1: NEW HORIZONS, SAME OLD $#*! is a closed, role-heavy, flavor-heavy setup for 18 players.

What is Mafia?
Mafia is a social party game that goes by many names, though Werewolf is probably the most commonly heard alternative. In Mafia, an uninformed majority - the Town - try to find the faction of informed killers - the Mafia, or Scum. It’s a game that relies on your ability to read people, gauge reactions, and convince others that your interpretations of people’s actions is the correct one. Games are divided into 2 phases. The “day” phase, which involve the thread voting for a culprit they believe to be a member of the Mafia, and a “night” phase, in which the Mafia members kill a member of the Town, while other game-specific role actions occur.

This game is ‘role-heavy’, meaning there are many roles among both Town and Scum that have special abilities and actions that can be used during the night phase. While this is a role-heavy game, be advised that posting is more important that trying to solve the game via Night Actions, and there may be actions in place designed to confuse you for this reason. Use actions to help your casing, but still case based on a person’s posts and reactions.

Basic Information:
  • All executions will be performed by majority vote, as will any executions stemming from lurker mechanics.
  • Days will be 48-72 hours, depending on when the thread opens and my ability to be awake for deadlines/action resolutions. I am adjusting to a new schedule based on an early morning job and have other responsibilities, so be aware I may not be immediately available, though I will try to always be awake for deadlines.
  • Nights will be around 24 hours or shorter, depending on when parties get their night actions in. I will not resolve night actions without all relevant actions being submitted.
  • Replacements will not be allowed after Day 1. Please do not sign up if you aren’t going to put effort into this game and see it through to the end.
  • I will be using a variant of Pod’s Anti-Lurker Rules V3.3 for this game:
    • If a player does not make 10 substantial posts in a game day, they will be permanently ON NOTICE for the rest of the game. (Substantial posts will be at the discretion of me, as well as any observers)
    • If a player who is already ON NOTICE does not make 10 substantial posts on any subsequent game day, they will be subject to a FREE LIGHTS-OUT EXECUTION the next day. Said execution will not end the day, and the player’s flip will not be posted until the end of game day.
    • These rules will not come into effect if a majority day-ending vote happens more than 24 hours from the game day’s deadline, or the game day lasts less than 24 hours, or I otherwise deem it to be unfair to enforce said posting rules.
  • This game does not have any alignment-changing mechanics, or ‘bastard roles’ such as fool/jester.
  • This game will be making heavy use of Discord, so please make sure you have that if you want to play. The game will not start until all parties have joined the Discord, and the link to join will be posted closer to the start date, once signups are filled but before the game begins.

In addition to that information, Standard Mafia Rules Apply:
  • Don’t be actively antagonistic to other people in the game without reason. Mafia is a game, first and foremost, and while people will generally case you and prod you for reactions. If you are reacting badly (or deliberately provoking someone in a way that stretches the limits of good faith): stop, take a deep breath, go outside, have a smoke break, do what you gotta, but come back later.
  • Don’t edit your posts if you can help it. Small formatting “ninja edits” will be fine within reason, but any further than that should be clarified as a “Mafia Edit”, quoting your own post to correct statements.
  • Twilight posting - posting after the vote that ends the day (typically known as the “hammer” or :redhammer:) is allowed, but don’t post once I start making end of day posts. I will declare a limited twilight phase after execution as I write end of day posts, after which the flip will occur.
  • Don’t post after you’re dead, within reason. A simple “go town!” or some such after being killed is fine.
  • You are welcome to pursue flavor arguments if you wish. It may help you, it may not. All flavor is original, so there’s nothing that will help you crack the game open immediately in doing so.
  • If your role does not allow it, do not communicate out of thread with other players about the game under any circumstances.
  • Do not directly quote any out of thread communication, either from me, your Role PM, or any out of thread communication you may have access to. Paraphrasing in your own words is fine. Screenshots or trying to not-so-subtly edit the format of your Role PM is not.
  • Don’t fake Day Actions.
  • If you are affected by a Day Action, don’t post under any circumstances until the result of said action is posted. Everyone else is good to keep going.
  • Do not do anything else that isn’t listed here that compromises the spirit of the game of Mafia. This includes Truth or Dare, Toxx Clauses, Post Encryptions, and other dumb bullshit.

Result Language:
  • A result that successfully that successfully targets a player will yield the result “You successfully [x] your target.”
  • A result that does not successfully target will yield the result “Your action fails.”
  • If a player name is ever mentioned as part of an action’s target result, this should be considered a mod error and brought to my attention immediately.
  • A “successful” target is defined as an ability resolving properly on a target. This does not have to be your intended target.
  • Any exceptions will be noted in your Role PM.

Monathin’s Special Rules:
  • I like to get to know people in my mafia games, and you should too! To this end I would like to respect people’s preference of pronouns, so alongside of a signup, I would like you to decide whether you want your flavor to use Masculine, Feminine, or Non-Binary terminology when referring to both pronouns and name selection. You can also claim to have no preference! That’s fine. Non-Binary pronouns will be ‘they/them’, while flavor names will attempt to be as indeterminate/androgynous as possible.
  • Days will be replaced with Acts in flavor, and Nights with Intermissions. This will not affect any standard Mafia mechanics, and should be treated as a standard Day/Night Phase.

I am hoping to start this game sometime within the first week of November, likely no earlier than November 2nd. This should allow this game to dodge the majority of games both currently running and in need of signups.

This game has been given a sanity-check by Pod, who I owe a lot of thanks to helping me figure out how to put all the bits and bobs of my setup together!

Have fun!

Players
  1. Anomalous Amalgam A Sometimes Food
  2. CapitalistPig
  3. Dick Bastardly
  4. EccoRaven
  5. GenericGirlName
  6. GeneX GulagDolls
  7. got some chores tonight
  8. Hal Incandenza
  9. hambeet
  10. imgay
  11. jimmydalad
  12. Jonathan Fisk
  13. King Burgundy
  14. Kitiara
  15. Max
  16. Murmur Twin
  17. SolusLunes
  18. Toalpaz

Observers
  1. Podima
  2. Tommunist
  3. Humalong
  4. Asiina

Replacements
  1. IcePhoenix
  2. Sal

Monathin fucked around with this message at 15:12 on Nov 5, 2018

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Monathin
Sep 1, 2011




Intermission 0:
:suicide: Monathin, aka Casey "Snitch" Hunt, CREW(Town)-Aligned Informant (Doublevoter), was shot to death! :suicide:
Act 1:
:rip: Dick Bastardly, aka Carter "Wraith" Forgrave, SELLOUT(Scum)-Aligned Assassin (Ninja), was executed! :rip:
Intermission 1:
:rip: Jonathan Fisk, aka Walker "Bones" Lee, CREW(Town)-Aligned Muscle (Compulsory Visitor), was shot to death! :rip:
Act 2:
:rip: GenericGirlName, aka "Chief" Kiera Winslett, CREW(Town)-Aligned Face (Mason Recruiter), was executed. :rip:
Intermission 2:
:rip: Toalpaz, aka Willow "Chance" Hall, CREW(Town)-Aligned Specialist (Backup) Muscle (Compulsory Visitor) was shot to death! :rip:
:rip: A Sometimes Food, aka "Tiny" Tina Mailine, CREW(Town)-Aligned Hacker (JOAT), was eviscerated! :rip:
Act 3:
:rip: GulagDolls, aka Diana "Cipher" Leigh, SELLOUT(Scum)-Aligned Detective (Rolecop), was executed. :rip:
Intermission 3:
:rip: Murmur Twin, aka Allison "Crash" Dewitt, CREW(Town)-Aligned Muscle (Compulsory Visitor), was shot to death! :rip:
:rip: Hal Incandenza, aka Aiden "Sly" Foxwell, CREW(Town)-Aligned Switchboard (Bus Driver), was eviscerated! :rip:

Monathin fucked around with this message at 02:04 on Nov 14, 2018

TammyHEH
Dec 11, 2013

Everything is a construct.


In (provided this doesn't happen ASAP)

Dancer
May 23, 2011


I'm in, and it always tickles my fancy the best when people use a wild whirlwind of different pronouns to refer to me :v: .

(but I understand that demanding that is kind of a Dick Move, so feel free to use neutral)

Dick Bastardly
Aug 22, 2012

Muttley is SKYNET!!!


make me a male, make me a cyborg

Anomalous Amalgam
Feb 13, 2015

by Nyc_Tattoo


Doctor Rope

Replacement list seeking upgrade if I die in a game.

Toalpaz
Mar 20, 2012

Peace through overwhelming determination


*hacker voice* I'm in

Hal Insandenza
Feb 12, 2004




I'm in and I really have no preference

Jen X
Sep 29, 2014

To bring light to the darkness, whether that darkness be ignorance, injustice, apathy, or stagnation.


I'll watch w/pod

Toalpaz
Mar 20, 2012

Peace through overwhelming determination


Toalpaz posted:

*hacker voice* I'm in

NB pronouns please

hambeet
Sep 13, 2002



Dancer posted:

I'm in, and it always tickles my fancy the best when people use a wild whirlwind of different pronouns to refer to me :v: .

(but I understand that demanding that is kind of a Dick Move, so feel free to use neutral)

I have a problem, do I? :colbert:

hambeet
Sep 13, 2002



also in

Dancer
May 23, 2011


hambeet posted:

I have a problem, do I? :colbert:

I'm a dumb-dumb, and I like shiny things. When something with this theme comes up, I cannot help but push da buttons.

SolusLunes
Oct 10, 2011

I now have several regrets.

:barf:



It's cyberpunk. I'm totally in.

TammyHEH
Dec 11, 2013

Everything is a construct.


Take me out, dont think i'll have time in next two months

Monathin
Sep 1, 2011


Tommunist posted:

Take me out, dont think i'll have time in next two months

Understood! Good luck with work, Tomm.

Dancer
May 23, 2011


I need to de-reg. Can't commit to this right now.

GenericGirlName
Apr 10, 2012

Why did you post that?


There's .. so much text in this OP... I'll sign up i guess

Anomalous Amalgam
Feb 13, 2015

by Nyc_Tattoo


Doctor Rope

Games ended, make me a player plz :D

*jacks in*

SalTheBard
Jan 26, 2005


I forgot to post my food for USPOL Thanksgiving but that's okay too!




Fallen Rib

Replacement player please.

jimmydalad
Sep 26, 2013

My face when others are unable to appreciate the :kazooieass:

AGDQ 2018 Awful Block Survivor



Sign me up. Not like I’m in enough games already.

CapitalistPig
Nov 3, 2005

You turn the corner and see a greenskinned fuckmidget.
Roll for initiative.

okay i do this

Monathin
Sep 1, 2011


that's 9! Halfway to full!

Dick Bastardly
Aug 22, 2012

Muttley is SKYNET!!!


Monathin posted:

that's 9! Halfway to full!

:peanut:

SolusLunes
Oct 10, 2011

I now have several regrets.

:barf:



perhaps this game is the game I get to be scum

TammyHEH
Dec 11, 2013

Everything is a construct.


Observer me tbh

Anomalous Amalgam
Feb 13, 2015

by Nyc_Tattoo


Doctor Rope

Also I have no flavor preference, masculine, feminine, non-binary... I am a mysterious sewer creature. Call me what you will.

imgay
May 12, 2014

by Jeffrey of YOSPOS


I identify as Anomalous Amalgam, please refer to me as that for the rest of this game.

Monathin
Sep 1, 2011


imgay posted:

I identify as Anomalous Amalgam, please refer to me as that for the rest of this game.

only if you make a Revolver Amalgam account

Anomalous Amalgam
Feb 13, 2015

by Nyc_Tattoo


Doctor Rope

imgay posted:

I identify as Anomalous Amalgam, please refer to me as that for the rest of this game.

:monocle:

EccoRaven
Aug 15, 2004

there is only one hell:
the one we live in now


I have decided to play this mafia game.

Max
Nov 30, 2002



Hello

Asiina
Apr 26, 2011

No going back


Grimey Drawer

Hello friends, I will play this game.

Let us go on a journey together!

Asiina
Apr 26, 2011

No going back


Grimey Drawer

Also I have no preference and will roleplay to the best of my ability with whatever you give me!

Max
Nov 30, 2002



Also please use Feminine pronouns for my character TIA.

SolusLunes
Oct 10, 2011

I now have several regrets.

:barf:



also I dgaf about pronouns for my character either

GenericGirlName
Apr 10, 2012

Why did you post that?


I also have no preference for flavor pronouns :wink:

Dick Bastardly
Aug 22, 2012

Muttley is SKYNET!!!


i want to be a cyborg who has no genitals but is reeeeeeeeally curious about what all the fuss is about

King Burgundy
Sep 17, 2003

I am the Burgundy King,
I can do anything!



K, looks like this game will start way before my other one. So I'm in.

Don't care about flavor pronouns, whatever is fine.

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got some chores tonight
Feb 18, 2012

honk honk whats for lunch...


i, chores, join the mafia game

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