Mkay, game time.
Picking up from Plytho's similar declaration: I've been in 3-and-a-little games so far (Smalltown 2, Monstrous Masquerade 2, Diablo, and the beginning of Shakespeare 3 from which I disappeared with no warning. Sorry again to anyone who was in that game.)
- In my first post I picked on Moody for the Huery
misspelling in a vote, but now that I reread, Whale did the same thing. Democratically, speaking, I think 2:1 votes means "get used to your new name"
- Whale asking for advice: sign of learning, but could also be a sign of looking for someone to follow. Slight indication that he may not
have a chat, so that's like half a townie point. Forgets rules (edited post, which I would never have noticed hadn't someone else brought it up).
- Whale's reference to fear of "killing the apple": may just be role-playing creativity, but ... hm. Does Whale know another player's character name, and if so: how does he know, and why and what for does he drop it in the thread? Maybe a mechanic with two players looking for each other? Or some level of selective recruitability, like the nerd masons back in the last MMM? Peaceful Whale: it feels to me like there's something going on here, but not necessarily scumminess.
- Furthermore, if someone's character literally is the apple: flavourwise that doesn't sound like a good thing to me. In my kitchen experience an apple does not belong in the fridge - could be our indie in the hypothetical 6:2:1 setup.
- Sabrar: does a lot of the talking, which I think is normal in his case. Lots of reasoning by reference to earlier games; maybe a bit of overjustification going on? Guesses that there is no Jester, the specific rule is there as a kind of Mod quadruple-bluff. Difficult to read: is he being helpful getting content out there, or using his post volume to drive the discussion into specific directions? Sabrar: neutral (or: no) read
- Flicky: setup ideas. Warns against paying attention to the early burst of votes. Not sold on Heuristic's mildly unusual style indicating a different role than in earlier games. More content soon. Flicky: opinion reserved pending more of his opinions
- Plytho: accused of active lurking, but feels more like getting their bearings to me. Debates Bessie on the "tie rule -> setup speculation" issue. Sensible advice to Whale in terms of "don't just pick someone and follow". Plytho: I like the way he thinks, I think. Doesn't mean he's town though; maybe he's just good at this game.
- Moody: Spends early time on the joke-vote-all-the-way-to-L-2. Declares himself to be glad that lynching Jester causes a blanket roleblock, which looks very bad if taken out of context
(I agree with him though: if there is a Jester, then on principle letting them win should have a disadvantage to town). Full and plausible reads list. Moody: leaning townish
- Heuristically Alone: sees no need to react to game start votes, even when they appear in unusual numbers. I don't like this post
at all - both content and form are suspicious. An unformatted block of syntactically semi-coherent text containing the phrase "haha"? This feels defensive to me: like nervous scum posting something, anything
, quickly. In this light, this earlier post
doesn't look too great either. (Oh, wait, pre-post-edit: he just did the "haha" again, in a lower-pressure context. Is that good [apparently he just goes "haha" occasionally] or bad [he's nervous throughout now]?) Heuristically Alone: maybe it's just his style; but for now the scummiest-looking of them all.
- Laserguy: points out Heury's non-response to having three votes early on. Posits a weird Plytho-Bessie interaction, but I'm not really seeing it. Responds to people, engages on details, recently asks specific questions. Laserguy: Solidly town in my book, at least for now
- Bessie: Active player, with a somewhat stream-of-consciousness-ish writing style (but I'm the last person who can complain about that). There's the whole tie-resolution / number of mafiosi discussion. Calls out Plytho for posting what boils down to "Hmmm." Suspects Heury of having a chat partner based on writing style; so we have that much in common. Gets dragged into some discussion of past games. Also stumbled on Whale's "apple" comment. Bessie: seems OK, but also seems like the kind of player who could easily pull the wool over my eyes.
Summary: I'm not liking Heury. I think if there is an indie, I'd look at Whale. I'm liking Laserguy, Moody, and with some reservations Bessie and Plytho.