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Afterwards the cake is an alternative fact from Where Nothing Gathers Relationship Status: He makes me feel like I have a heart
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Jun 15th 2019 at 2:47:35 PM

So, a long while back, I played this game with a group of people and it was like, super fun. I was kinda sad that the person running it ended up dropping out so we didn't get to see it through, but I've really been wanting to play this again, so I figured I'd try to run one myself, and hope people are interested.

So that all said, here's the rules!

    The Story 
The basic premise is that you play as a group of nobles seeking after a grand palace. The palace is said to be so glorious and immense that even a king would fall to his knees and weep at its splendor. The fifteen of you are entering the palace on this day as the current owner is nearing death, and is hosting a game to determine the new owner of the palace - a game from which only the winner comes back alive. You are to use all of your wits and abilities at your disposal if you are to survive in this game - be careful who you trust, for only one may reign victorious.

In character roleplay is not required but is encouraged.

    Core Ruleset 

Signups

  • Before the game begins, the moderator forms a rolelist of the available roles. In the original game, this was typically 12 to 15 roles in a given game.
  • The number of players is equal to the number of roles.
  • Once signups open, players may “/join” the game and provide an animal mask to be referred to as. So, for example, one might post "/join as The Bear," and they will be referred to as The Bear in-game.
  • After all available slots have been filled, the roles will be randomly distributed among players via PM, with no repeated roles.
  • Players may still join a backup queue once the game begins. A player who is inactive may be replaced out by the moderator.

Basics

  • The last player standing is the victor.
  • A player’s role is not revealed when they die (of course, if their role was guessed you will know it).
  • Players may PM other players during the game. Alliances and the like are allowed and encouraged, though as always, be careful who you trust.
  • Traditionally, dead players are not allowed to post, but I will allow them to comment from the peanut gallery, though they are forbidden from revealing any vital information such as their role or anything they may have discovered. Obviously I can't moderate anyone's D Ms regarding this but I hope you'll follow the honor system with regards to this rule.
  • Actions, gifts, and guesses are sent to the moderator.

Phases

  • The game itself has four phases. Phases have set times but may be shortened if everyone is ready or lengthened if several people are not ready.
  • Discussion is permitted and encouraged throughout all phases.

Challenge Phase

  • The Challenge Phase lasts 48 hours, or until all players have challenged or nochallenged and all pending challenges are resolved.
  • The game begins on this phase.
  • Players may “/challenge” other players to dances or duels.
  • Once issued, the challenged player must choose whether to “/accept” the challenge or use a “/deny” (all players begin the game with a deny).
  • If the challenged player does not respond by the end of the Challenge Phase, the challenge is automatically accepted.
  • Each player may only challenge once per Challenge Phase (even if the challenge is denied), but can be challenged multiple times.
  • If a player does not wish to challenge, they may instead “/nochallenge”. This allows the phase to end earlier. Players must still choose whether to accept or deny challenges.
  • The results of the challenges will be posted at the end of the Action Phase (see Action Phase).
  • The victors of duels and dances are determined by which player’s roles are higher on the respective list (see below), plus any interfering abilities.

Duel Ranks:

  • Barbarian
  • Soldier
  • Man at arms
  • Blacksmith
  • Sorcerer
  • Peasant
  • Blackmailer
  • Poisoner
  • Professor
  • Student
  • Thief
  • Augur
  • Court Jester
  • Musician
  • Royal

Dance Ranks:

  • Royal
  • Thief
  • Musician
  • Blackmailer
  • Peasant
  • Sorcerer
  • Poisoner
  • Court Jester
  • Professor
  • Soldier
  • Man at arms
  • Student
  • Blacksmith
  • Barbarian
  • Augur

Action Phase

  • The Action Phase lasts 24 hours, or until all actions have been received.
  • Roles with abilities that are used during the Action Phase can PM the moderator to use them. Currently, this is the Blacksmith and Musician.
  • At the moderator’s discretion, players may begin selecting gifts (see Voting Phase).
  • The results for duels and dances will be posted at the end of the Action Phase.

Voting Phase

  • The Voting Phase lasts 24 hours, or until a 90% majority has been reached or until all players have voted.
  • The Voting Phase will still occur during the first round, but no players will be voted and no execution will occur.
  • Any player who lost a duel or dance during the past Challenge Phase is a valid vote target.
  • The player with the most votes at the end of the phase will be executed.
  • If there is a tie, there is a revote. If the votes are still tied, no player is executed.
  • The Man-at-arms, Royal, and Poisoner act during this phase. The Royal may also PM an extra vote.
  • Players may also select gifts during this phase (see below).
  • For each challenge participated in (no matter if won or lost) the player earns one gift.
  • Gifts are revealed at the end of the Voting Phase.

Gifts

  • Extra Deny- grants an extra deny to deny a challenge (see Challenge Phase) (each player starts with one deny)
  • Extra Switch- grants an extra plate switch to swap plates (see Dinner Phase) (each player starts with one switch)
  • Free Guess- during the upcoming Dinner Phase, you may make a guess as to a player’s role. If you are correct, they will be executed. You may only choose one of this gift per round.
  • Guess Immunity- you are not a valid guess target during the next Dinner Phase.
  • Premium Food- your plate cannot be switched and you cannot be poisoned that round.
  • Gift Reserve - This gift can be redeemed at any point later in the game for a gift of your choosing. You can only hold up to 3 of this gift at a time.

Dinner Phase

  • The Dinner Phase ends after 24 hours, or after all players have switched or noswitched.
  • Each player is given a plate of food.
  • You may “/switch” the food of any two players, consuming a plate switch (each player begins with one plate switch).
  • At the end of the phase, each player eats the food in front of them.
  • Players who eat poison food will die (excluding the Soldier).
  • The Barbarian and Blackmailer act during this phase. The Thief may secretly switch plates during this phase.
  • In addition, if you received a free guess as a gift, you must use it during the Dinner Phase. If you are correct, that player will be executed at the end of the Dinner Phase.
  • All attempted guesses are revealed at the end of the Dinner Phase.
  • If you do not have a free guess, you may still make a guess as to another player’s role as normal. However, if you are incorrect, you will be executed.

    Roles 

Augur

You are an Augur! Death can never come too soon, for you there is new life in death. Those that die around you are merely wandering spirits, waiting for your guidance underneath your spiritual light. You offer repentance to all who dwindle on this plain of existence.

During the Action Phase, you may ask any dead players up to three questions divided (question length = 100 characters). The dead player may respond to each question(20 characters). This is done by P Ming the Mod with the question. Three per game, during the Action Phase, you may ask the moderator of the current game and ask 1 question about someone who is already dead. Questions against anyone who is currently alive will be ignored. The Moderator will not lie about what they tell you; the information is correct.

Barbarian

You are a Barbarian! Across the land, your name is whispered in fearful corners and shouted from the peaks of mountains. Mighty conquerors seek mighty trophies, and the Palace is certainly a worthy trophy.

Three times per game, during the Dinner Phase, you may intimidate one player, preventing them from acting (challenging/being challenged) in duels. PM the Moderator to use this power. If you intimidate a player, the intimidated player will be announced at the beginning of the Challenge Phase.

Blackmailer

You are a Blackmailer! Your hobby is certainly dirty- in that you dig up dirt. Research and preparation are the keys to success. Before you entered the Palace, you were already familiar with every tidbit and secret embedded in the past of the other players- secrets that will make them cringe in fear and do your bidding.

During the Dinner Phase, you may blackmail one player. PM the Moderator to use this power. Blackmailed players must challenge during the Challenge Phase, or will die. Only the blackmailed player will know that they are blackmailed.

Blacksmith

You are a Blacksmith! Steel flows like water under your steady gaze and steady flame. The pounding of your hammer crafts works of art and workers of war. One of your weapons in a hand guarantees victory.

At the beginning of the Action Phase, you will be notified of the intended winner(s) of the accepted duel(s). Three times per game, during the Action Phase, you may change the winner of a duel. PM the Moderator to use this power. You may use this ability once on yourself.

Court Jester

You are a Court Jester! Entertaining is your bread and butter, you live and breath laughter and lightheartedness. Capable of soothing even the loudest of mobs into a quiet peace and calmness. You will do anything to prevent death, including changing your act when it occurs.

When a player dies by non-execution your position on the duel/dance list is randomized. Once per game you may choose to entertain your fellow guests and force a skip of the current voting phase and preventing that the MAA Shot, Poisoner's Poison and the Current execution from taking place.

   Man-at-arms   

You are a Man-at-arms! All these poor people attempting to fool their way to riches, you have, and always has, been an excellent murderer. By detecting weakness in the group, you can spread fear with one simple line - Who done it?

Once per voting phase, you may shoot one person. They will not survive the shot unless they are the Soldier. If you shoot the Soldier, the Soldier will kill you instead. You can only shoot losers of duels/dances. Additionally, you also gain an additional shooting every time you defeat a player in a duel or dance. The shooting is silent, meaning it does not reveal your role. You cannot store more than 1 shot at a time. You start off with one shot.

Musician

You are a Musician! Perfect pitch, perfect playing... perfect music. Hands dance across strings and keys as the notes rise and fall. No matter the tune, no matter the tempo, every song ascends to perfection in your grasp. Yet with a single twist, that song becomes an instrument of death.

At the beginning of the Action Phase, you will be notified of the intended winner(s) of the accepted dance(s). Three times per game, during the Action Phase, you may change the winner of a dance. PM the Moderator to use this power. You may use this ability once on yourself.

Peasant

You are a Peasant! Every day, you go out onto your simple plot of land and farm. But those who look past your grubby face will find a mind as sharp as a tack. The world is an open book to you, as darting eyes pick out nuances in every scenario.

You will be notified whenever the Blacksmith or the Musician interferes in a challenge. You will be notified of any secret plate switches. You will be notified of the original target for the poisoner. (Not post-switch)

   Poisoner   

You are a Poisoner! There is no better color than the pale blue of asphyxiation. Or perhaps a simple white pallor. Hmm, but the rich re- No matter. Your art is that of death, slipped unnoticed into a vein, on the rim of a cup, among familiar foods...

You may poison a player's food during the Voting Phase. If they eat it, they will die during the dinner phase. PM the Moderator to use this power.

Professor

You are a Professor! A higher education you had, and a higher education you now teach. You are an expert in the field of social analysis. Whether it be his posture, or or his grin, or another tell that no one but you can pick up upon, all you need to determine the past, present, and true intentions of a man is to observe him carefully.

Whenever you guess a player's role, you may also submit a secondary guess to the moderator for the same player. If the secondary guess is correct, it will be displayed as your submitted guess, otherwise, your primary guess, whether correct or incorrect, will be displayed. Whenever you win a challenge, you may submit a third guess the following Dinner Phase.

Royal

You are a Royal! The blood running through your veins is undeniably royal. An aura of command encircles and influences those who behold you. Combined with a forceful and assertive personality, you can direct others without their knowledge.

Your vote counts as two during the Voting Phase. PM the moderators to cast your second vote secretly. Once per game, during the Voting Phase, you may force a vote. PM the Moderator to use this power.

   Sorcerer   

You are a Sorcerer! Why must the magical elite linger among the unpowered civilians? No matter. Your victory is near certain, as you are obvious the the most cunning and clever person here. The other contestants must be grateful that your powers are too flashy .

Once per game, you may choose a player to magically kill. PM the Moderator to use this power. When you use your power, you will be revealed as the Sorcerer. There are no restrictions on when you may use this power, only that you cannot use it if you are one of the losers in a voting phase.

Soldier

You are a Soldier! You went off to war a simple peasant boy, unsure of the world. You returned not a man, but a soldier. With guns, war is hell. With magic, war is worse. Your mind was nearly shattered, and your body forever changed.

You are immune to poison. You will kill the MAA when he shoots you.

Student

You are a Student! During your college years, you could never confine yourself to a single field of study. Thankfully, a natural knack for learning led to the collection of a wide variety of skills. In the Palace, this ability will serve you well, as dueling and dancing are simply other skills. However, victory does not tell you where you need to improve as well as defeat does…

Each time you lose in a duel or dance, you move up two slots on the corresponding list. Each time you win in a duel or dance, you move up one slot in that list. Dead players count as being on the lists.

   Thief   

You are a Thief! The perfect crime remains unknown. It is a mark of your prowess as a thief that no one had heard your name or seen your exploits. You have stolen from the richest kings, scammed the brightest scholars... Switching plates is like taking candy from a baby.

You may switch player's plates up to 5 times per dinner phase without their knowledge. PM the Moderator to use this power. If the poisoner dies, you will become the new poisoner.

And that's about it! The game will start when we have fifteen people, which I'll be adding to the OP as they come up. I really hope yall enjoy this game as much as I did!

Edited by Afterwards on Apr 14th 2020 at 12:57:59 PM

A full course meal on the Holy Night! The last supper, Ultima Cena!
Zanreo LET'S GET TO THE TOOOOOOOOP
LET'S GET TO THE TOOOOOOOOP
Jun 15th 2019 at 3:08:59 PM

So more or less like Mafia? Sounds fun!

assuming I understood this right, /join as The Axolotl

Edited by Zanreo on Jun 15th 2019 at 12:09:57 PM

best version of this song
Afterwards the cake is an alternative fact from Where Nothing Gathers Relationship Status: He makes me feel like I have a heart
the cake is an alternative fact
Jun 15th 2019 at 3:19:38 PM

Eh, the voting phase is the only true similarity, but yeah iirc it was inspired by such

don't feel like editing the OP so player list goes here

Player List

SLOTS ARE FULL. If any new players wish to sign up, they will be added to the waitlist.

Edited by Afterwards on Apr 16th 2020 at 7:48:08 AM

A full course meal on the Holy Night! The last supper, Ultima Cena!
TalesofUnder The King of Unmoving Plaid from All over the Caribbean Relationship Status: THIS CONCEPT OF 'WUV' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
The King of Unmoving Plaid
Jun 15th 2019 at 3:34:08 PM

/join as The Black Cat

The best deals on used coffins in the business.
unfortunatezorua dRY from despacito spaghett ugandan chungus Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
dRY
Jun 15th 2019 at 6:14:13 PM

Lmao nice it's Mafia all over again.

/join Hyena

no
Afterwards the cake is an alternative fact from Where Nothing Gathers Relationship Status: He makes me feel like I have a heart
the cake is an alternative fact
Jun 16th 2019 at 12:23:15 PM

Still got 12 slots yall!! I really wanna make this work

A full course meal on the Holy Night! The last supper, Ultima Cena!
JackCossack Peugeot 202, production years: 1938-1949 from Pole Position (Get it? Because I'm from Poland?)
Peugeot 202, production years: 1938-1949
Jun 16th 2019 at 12:23:42 PM

OK, let's dive in.

EDIT:

/join The Jaguar

Edited by JackCossack on Jun 16th 2019 at 9:24:42 PM

"The great thing about being trapped behind enemy lines is that our own headquarters can't get at us."
Afterwards the cake is an alternative fact from Where Nothing Gathers Relationship Status: He makes me feel like I have a heart
the cake is an alternative fact
Jun 16th 2019 at 12:24:31 PM

What animal mask will you be wearing?

A full course meal on the Holy Night! The last supper, Ultima Cena!
JackCossack Peugeot 202, production years: 1938-1949 from Pole Position (Get it? Because I'm from Poland?)
Peugeot 202, production years: 1938-1949
Jun 16th 2019 at 12:25:30 PM

Welp, I hoped I'd edit it in quick enough. Apparently not.

"The great thing about being trapped behind enemy lines is that our own headquarters can't get at us."
Afterwards the cake is an alternative fact from Where Nothing Gathers Relationship Status: He makes me feel like I have a heart
the cake is an alternative fact
Jun 16th 2019 at 12:27:23 PM

Oh oops lmao.

11 slots open!

A full course meal on the Holy Night! The last supper, Ultima Cena!
AutisticAlivia Back to my Author Avatar now from Everywhere on TV Tropes Relationship Status: Desperate
Back to my Author Avatar now
Jun 16th 2019 at 2:14:07 PM

I'm in!

Insert Backyardigans song here, also, go watch Annoying Orange
Afterwards the cake is an alternative fact from Where Nothing Gathers Relationship Status: He makes me feel like I have a heart
the cake is an alternative fact
Jun 16th 2019 at 2:14:50 PM

Cool! Whats your animal mask?

A full course meal on the Holy Night! The last supper, Ultima Cena!
dutchguy1986 from Somewhere in the universe. Relationship Status: Seeking boyfriend-free girl
Jun 18th 2019 at 12:49:01 PM

/join as the wolf, also are normal non secret plate switches mentioned here or in dm's and are the ranks from best to worst or from worst to best when it comes to dueling and dancing?

Afterwards the cake is an alternative fact from Where Nothing Gathers Relationship Status: He makes me feel like I have a heart
the cake is an alternative fact
Jun 18th 2019 at 12:59:31 PM

Normal plateswitches are done here, duel/dance rankings are from best to worst.

~Autistic Alivia you still need to choose an animal mask

A full course meal on the Holy Night! The last supper, Ultima Cena!
AutisticAlivia Back to my Author Avatar now from Everywhere on TV Tropes Relationship Status: Desperate
Back to my Author Avatar now
Jun 18th 2019 at 1:00:33 PM

The Rabbit?

Insert Backyardigans song here, also, go watch Annoying Orange
Afterwards the cake is an alternative fact from Where Nothing Gathers Relationship Status: He makes me feel like I have a heart
the cake is an alternative fact
Jun 18th 2019 at 1:02:00 PM

Alright! Nine slots left!!

A full course meal on the Holy Night! The last supper, Ultima Cena!
Afterwards the cake is an alternative fact from Where Nothing Gathers Relationship Status: He makes me feel like I have a heart
the cake is an alternative fact
Jun 30th 2019 at 12:24:06 AM

Bunp. Still looking for players, I really am looking forward to running this.

A full course meal on the Holy Night! The last supper, Ultima Cena!
dutchguy1986 from Somewhere in the universe. Relationship Status: Seeking boyfriend-free girl
Jul 8th 2019 at 12:49:59 AM

[up] I can see why, while no doubt a lot more complicated than maffia this looks fun and our maffia games end rather soon anyway

unfortunatezorua dRY from despacito spaghett ugandan chungus Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
dRY
Jul 8th 2019 at 1:24:02 AM

Tbh, I don't think we even have that amount of active people on this forum.

no
Afterwards the cake is an alternative fact from Where Nothing Gathers Relationship Status: He makes me feel like I have a heart
the cake is an alternative fact
Jul 9th 2019 at 4:06:30 AM

that's unfortunate

A full course meal on the Holy Night! The last supper, Ultima Cena!
Zanreo LET'S GET TO THE TOOOOOOOOP
LET'S GET TO THE TOOOOOOOOP
Jul 9th 2019 at 4:40:41 AM

Or more like "amount of active people who would be interested in a game like this", if they haven't replied yet. I would love to try it though, sounds interesting, plus I prefer games like this with a larger amount of players anyway

Edited by Zanreo on Jul 9th 2019 at 1:41:34 PM

best version of this song
Afterwards the cake is an alternative fact from Where Nothing Gathers Relationship Status: He makes me feel like I have a heart
the cake is an alternative fact
Sep 15th 2019 at 2:28:19 PM

bumping this, hopefully we get a little more activity. if not, it probably wasnt meant to be

A full course meal on the Holy Night! The last supper, Ultima Cena!
TabbyGirl4 Beta Kokichi except not from The Nowhere Islands Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
Beta Kokichi except not
Sep 15th 2019 at 2:34:00 PM

/join The Widow Spider

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TacoBadger Well, it’s a badger, that’s for sure from either behind you or Albuquerque Relationship Status: The Skitty to my Wailord
Well, it’s a badger, that’s for sure
Sep 15th 2019 at 3:51:38 PM

/join as the Ant

Huzzah
Playing_with_boy When your enemy calls themself "Bagel Brain".
When your enemy calls themself "Bagel Brain".
Sep 15th 2019 at 7:38:14 PM

/join as horse?!?!

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