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CF Phalla Signup List

ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
edited January 2009 in Critical Failures
This is Critical Failures' Master Phalla thread. It is for signups for running Phalla games, and discussion of game mechanics. Keep the thread strictly on-topic. Generally, there will be one main Phalla running (with up to two threads), as well as up to two smaller Phallas. Signups are required for the main game. No dead threads, and the game will be run in the same threads where the signups take place. This is going to be the system until we start having problems, at which point I will probably fix those problems in ways that no one will like, so play nice.

What is Phalla?

Phalla is the Penny-Arcade Forums' version of the party game Mafia.

The Basic Rules

The "village" consists of all players in the game. Included in the village is a small number of bad guys. Normally, the bad guys all know one another at the beginning of the game, but nobody else knows anything about anyone other than themselves.

Each day (normally 24-hour period) the village discusses and publically votes for one person to be executed that night. At the same time, the bad guys choose one person to kill each night and PM the name to the narrator.

The good side wins if all of the bad guys die. The bad side wins if the number of good guys is less than or equal to the number of bad guys (on the assumption that at that point, they control the vote plus get their kill, so it's inevitable).

Usually, there will be one or more "special" roles among the good guys (and occasionally among the bad guys). Exactly who holds each role is only known to that person, although how many of each role exist is most often known.

Each night, the narrator gives the details of who died, and normally whether they were a bad guy. Some games also include clues or outright statements if someone who died is a good special.

Standard Special Roles

Roles will have different names depending on the theme of the game. Listed below are the usual "generic" terms for each role. Normally, specials exercise their power by communicating with the narrator via PM.

Seer -- once per night can "investigate" a particular person and find out from the narrator if they are a bad guy. Variations of seers may be able to determine a good special as well, although they may be unable to distinguish them from a bad guy.

Vigilante -- once per night can kill a person of their choosing.

Guardian -- once per night can protect someone from any death other than execution by the village. Whether they can protect against multiple attacks on one person in the same night is up to the narrator.

Masons -- a group of good guys, usually of similar size to the group of bad guys, who start the game knowing each other, and that they are all good.

Common Variations

Many larger games contain multiple groups of bad guys working at cross-purposes.

At least one game has included a council elected every other night who are able to overturn the popular vote. Normally, this shifts the execution to the person who got the second-most votes.

The typical size for a group of bad guys is 3, although an individual game may have more, particularly if there is only one group of bad guys in a larger game.

Common "House" Rules

You may not communicate regarding the game with someone who is dead, unless there is some specific mechanic in place to do so. In that case, communication normally goes through the narrator.

You may not use any anonymous method of communication to discuss the game. Forum-based PMs, external IMs, and e-mails are allowed as long as the person you are talking to knows who you are.

You may not use screencaps to "prove" anything to anyone.

Normally, everyone gets a "flavor" role in the game. Bad guys and good specials usually get a normal "villager" role in addition to their special role. This keeps people from using their initial PM to verify someone else's role. The two most common ways to do this are to (a) use the exact same message to everyone, or (b) give everyone a unique villager role.

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  • thorgotthorgot Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Currently Running Games
    Saburbia - Bleach
    visiblehowl - Calvin and Hobbes
    devoutlyPATHETIC - Test Labs
    The_Reflection - 24: Day 9 BioTERROR

    Phalla Moderation Waitlist
    1. Obbi - Pokemon
    2. Romantic Undead - Phallaman X (To begin no sooner than mid-February).
    3. Quoth - Folie à Plusieurs
    4. Frosteey - 27 True
    5. Eggos - Serial Experiments Lain Inspired Cyberpunk RP
    6. telcus - World Domination
    7. Fluffy, Our Beloved Flopsy Bunny Friend - He Say You Brade Runner
    8. Maximus - Dresden Files
    9. FrostMist - Deadlands: Doomtown
    10. mrpaku/Unearthly Stew - Metrophallis
    11. Aegis - Super Mario Bros.
    12. Squashua - PhalLOST II : Starvation Island (if he is unbanned)
    13. Laos - Temptation Island
    14. Zerinan - Monty Python
    15. Burnage - King of Fighters
    16. MrBlarney - Parallel Worlds or Phire Emblem or Kill Dr. Lucky in Phalla Mansion or Ace Attorney: Turnabout Phalla
    17. delroland - Six String Samurai
    18. Varcayn - Too Lazy to Come Up With a Fake Theme Phalla
    19. cheez - Soul Phallabur
    20. Toxic Toys - Phalla of the Dead
    21. TheLawinator - STARSHIP TROOPERS!
    22. Grundlterror - Graduated from College Phalla
    23. Bliss 101 - Phallastar Phallactica
    24. DasUberEdward - Marvel Universe
    25. precisionk
    26. DarkPrimus
    27. FunkyWaltDogg - Foundation
    28. Raneados - Discworld - The Watch Phalla
    29. Balefuego - Veronica Mars
    30. neville - whedonverse again (yessss)
    31. Geebs - Ghostbusters
    32. Ardor, Frosteey, MrBlarney - Phalla Royale 3 (might be run as a Not-A-Phalla)
    33. minigunwielder - Of Dice and Men/Critical Failures Phalla
    34. Edcrab - sci-fi/psychic themed
    35. Smasher - Time Travel
    36. Thetheroo - Code Geass
    37. Red Bird
    38. Exarch - Bioshock
    39. Wildcat - Phallatastic Phour: True Story
    40. Ianator - Warphalla 40,000
    41. Rend
    42. robothero - Carmen Sandiego
    43. Celebrim - Phallascape: Torment
    44. Dac Vin - GURREN LAGANN : THE PHALLA
    45. Ryadic - Final Phallasy VII
    46. TehSloth - The Phalla is Right
    47. DevoutlyApathetic
    48. Goose! - Harry Phalla
    49. Oatway - Phall4s (Numb3rs)
    50. durax - Avatar: The Last Airbender
    51. crimsoncoyote
    52. warban
    53. visiblehowl - Multiple Personality
    54. JustPlainPavek - The Bourne Phallanity
    55. Shamus - Too Cool For A Theme
    56. Hylianbunny
    57. Infidel
    58. Gumpy
    59. Micro
    60. thorgot
    61. cj iwakura and Hylianbunny - Disgaea 2.5: Accursed Justice
    62. Monkeyfeet - A Shakespearean Phalla
    63. TehSpectre - Mortal Kombat
    64. Zellpher - Harvest Moon
    65. jdarksun

    Games On Hold
    1. Locus - The Day The Music Died (Busy with school)
    2. zanmatto - Phalla Superstar
    3. Mr. Embarkation - Suikoden 2 (until april)
    4. Stew_Stick - Ph-Zero

    Old Games
    Spoiler:

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  • thorgotthorgot Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Old Minis
    Spoiler:


    Old Games not in CF
    Spoiler:

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  • thorgotthorgot Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    What This Is
    • Use it to sign up to run a full game of Phalla (aka Mafia). Miniphallas are different, see the section below.
    • A place to find people to help you run your game, or to discuss mechanics, strategies, and ideas.
    • "Mechanics talk is fine. General chatting is not." viewpost.gif
    • This thread is for CF. If you're trying to host in D&D, use Richy's thread. For SE++ games, talk to Bogey.

    Rules
    • This list is hardly binding; you can change your theme or size at any time without letting anybody know.
    • You can delay your turn if you aren't ready when the time comes.
    • Very few games could take more than two weeks or less than one, so you can estimate how long until person n gets to go as n weeks to 2n weeks.
    • Moderator-approved rule: No practical joke games. If the game is unexpectedly unbalanced, that's one thing, but don't waste our time on purpose.
    • If your game involves more than one thread, PM Thanatos to let him know.
    • Each game should be one thread. Signups should be in the same thread. (Exception being a major game which requires two threads. One of those two threads should be used as the signup thread.)

    Minis
    • There is no agreed-upon definition or size of a mini, but they are generally much smaller than normal games.
    • There is no list to host a "Mini" Phalla. You must PM the person hosting the major game to ask his/her permission.
    • Some feel it is courteous to let others know they are going to host a mini, but it's not necessary.
    • There can be 3 minis running at any one time.

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  • thorgotthorgot Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    History

    Old Links: Old CF Master Phalla Thread, Old Moderation Waitlist Thread, Old Mechanics Discussion Thread

    12:55 PM 9/18/06 (meaning the first 'gameday' was 9/19/06)
    Tarranon wrote: »

    A chatlog between me and Tarranon, prior to the creation of the first phalla game in D&D. There's some stuff there unrelated to the game, but I'm too lazy to edit them out.

    ...
    ...
    Tarranon: Anyway yeah, I'm making a forum game. I'm just waiting for one more mod to get back to me. The game works thusly;
    A group of villagers, group of vampires, one seer. Villagers vote to stake everyone every night. Vampires eat someone every night. Seer dreams about someone every night to see

    if they're a vampire or not. Game ends when the number of villagers and vampires are equal, or when all the vamps are taken out.

    Wanna play?
    Elki: who's the seer?
    Tarranon: Everything is decidedly with a random number generator.
    *decided
    Elki: fuck the mods, i'm ok with it
    let's do this!
    Tarranon: cheers. We'll beging tonight
    Elki: what? not now? boooo!
    Tarranon: You can't just play with one person
    Elki: fuck you!
    Tarranon: THAT IS INSOLENCE! YOU ARE SPEAKING INSOLENCE TO ME
    ...
    ...
    Tarranon: So, what's a nice name for the town in which this will all take place?
    Elki: i tried thinking of one, but i'm blank
    just remember to put my name on top of the players' list
    top!
    Tarranon: I thought about being random and just calling it the village of france.
    Elki: Wangville
    ?
    Tarranon: too easy
    Elki: like your mom
    Tarranon: BAM
    Tarranon: homoeroticism is probably a given, but we need someway to make it grandiloquent.
    Tarranon: How about the village of Phalla.
    Elki: i like it
    Richy wrote:
    Here's my opening narration from the second game, FYI:
    Spoiler:

    See here and here for descriptions of old games.

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  • LaOsLaOs Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    So... I'll Sign Up again for Temptation Island Phalla? It was #40 on the old list.

  • InfidelInfidel Heretic Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    We still have the list, no need to re signup.

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  • DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Add me on the last for a Marvel Universe phalla.

    PM me if you're interested in being a co-host

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  • LaOsLaOs Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Infidel wrote: »
    We still have the list, no need to re signup.

    It wasn't there when I re-signed up, and I just wanted to cover all my bases.

  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue Coral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Considering this thread is for signups, can it still be used to discuss upcoming minis and the order of their GMs?

    It isn't necessary, but it's usually good for keeping track of who's been waiting to run one longer.

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  • EvilBadmanEvilBadman DO NOT TRUST THIS MAN Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    How does a mini work, anyways? I have an idea for a 16man "Survivor" style game.

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  • cj iwakuracj iwakura The Rhythm Rogue Coral Springs, FLRegistered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Generally, you ask the current GM if it's cool by them that you run a mini during their game, and if no one else is waiting, you go for it(though waiting a few days or so for the death toll to rack up is generally how it goes).

    Before, people would usually mention their idea here, so we could keep track of who has a mini in mind(though there's no signup list, it's more of a courtesy thing).

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  • AldoAldo Hippo Hooray the swamp, always the swampRegistered User regular
    edited May 2008
    I assume we can also use this thread to discuss mechanics and stuff? Or is that completely out of the window*?

    *by which I mean: use a different site for that.

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  • TehSpectreTehSpectre @PixelateJake on TwitterRegistered User regular
    edited May 2008
    I'm sure as it isn't used for general chatting, it is fine.

    Mechanics talk and such should be allowed.

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  • Last SonLast Son Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Someone may seriously want to run that by Than before we assume it.

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  • Unearthly StewUnearthly Stew Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    I do have a mechanic idea that I'd like to ask some feedback for, but I'm not sure if I ought to make a new thread for it or not. Looks like Than is off line right now. :(

  • LaOsLaOs Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    EvilBadman wrote: »
    How does a mini work, anyways? I have an idea for a 16man "Survivor" style game.

    You dirty thief!

    haha.

    I have things working for a Survivor Mini myself, but there's no reason we can't both do [the same theme]. Minis, as I'm sure someone else has already told you, are smaller (usually 20 people) and do not last as long (like around 5 days, I think, instead of 8 to 10 or so for main games).

  • ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Mechanics talk is fine. General chatting is not.

  • Unearthly StewUnearthly Stew Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Ok, so what would you guys think about a sort of choose-a-role system? For my phalla, I'm thinking of including a role that all players will vote for before roles are distributed. Anyone who is playing will be able to nominate a role of their choosing (actually 2, one for the good specials and one for evil), then a night before the game starts, vote on it. The role will of course be buffed or debuffed to (hopefully) keep things balanced, and then given to whoever it is RNG'd to.

  • thorgotthorgot Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    DA and I each independently thought about something similar. Everybody chose their role's name in mine ("Upick"), and his system was to have everybody write their own role PM.

    Your idea will work.

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  • DevoutlyApatheticDevoutlyApathetic I've Done Worse Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    It won't be their own role pm, but rather you choose a role that is present in the game and they'll be randomly assigned. It's part of my scheme to try and encourage IC posting for my game.

    Which I should probably really start thinking about since I'm like 4th on the list of people who aren't putting it off/banned/whatever.

    Also thorgot, is it alright if I take one of the mini-slots for your game? I basically need to put sign ups early enough I'm able to work out all the submitted roles into a functional game. Depending on the length of your game I'd like about a week to work it out. Since it's going to involve a thread being up here it's probably best to "use" on of the mini-slots for it.

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  • Unearthly StewUnearthly Stew Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Are you using it for abilities though? Like I want the good specials to have a guardian, vig, seer, and X.

  • RaakamRaakam Too many years... CanadalandRegistered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Man, I miss playing Phallas. I really need to make some time and get back in the saddle. Also, trying to finish putting some touches on a phalla idea I've had for a bit. Could use the help of a veteran that's run multiple games to test it out for me. Let me know if you're interested.

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  • DevoutlyApatheticDevoutlyApathetic I've Done Worse Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Are you using it for abilities though? Like I want the good specials to have a guardian, vig, seer, and X.

    I'll ask people to assign a special ability to the role they create. What, how many, and which powers make it through to the final stages are the editing/balancing work I think I need a week for.

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  • LocusLocus Trust Me RochesterRegistered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Whoever had the second mini slot for VH's phalla can go whenever. TheLawinator wanted to play in both games currently running so I have to wait for him to die before I start. So unless he dies tonight, signups for my mini will likely go up some time this weekend.

  • thorgotthorgot Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Also thorgot, is it alright if I take one of the mini-slots for your game? I basically need to put sign ups early enough I'm able to work out all the submitted roles into a functional game. Depending on the length of your game I'd like about a week to work it out. Since it's going to involve a thread being up here it's probably best to "use" on of the mini-slots for it.

    Yes.

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  • precisionkprecisionk Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    !sign up

    On the main phalla list, in a year or so, I should be ready to make another game.

    No game theme selected as of yet.

  • DogDog Registered User, Administrator, Vanilla Staff admin
    edited May 2008
    !sign up as well ;x

  • GreenGreen Stick around. I'm full of bad ideas.Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Hey guys, I'm putting together a Phalla based on The World Ends With You for SE++, and I was wondering if anyone would like to take a look at the mechanics and make sure everything's all balanced. If anyone's familiar with the material, I'm also looking for a few more Mission ideas.

    Also: If anyone would be willing to Photoshop the game logo into The Phalla Ends With You I'd be really grateful
    Spoiler:

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  • AldoAldo Hippo Hooray the swamp, always the swampRegistered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Damn, editing that would be pretty tough, might as well make a whole font based on that thing if you're going to edit that.

    Maybe there already is a font out there.

    Elendil wrote: »
    said Aldo hazily, before clop-clop-clopping out of the room
  • GreenGreen Stick around. I'm full of bad ideas.Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Actually a few daring artists (Frosteey, FreeAgent, and Oatway) have already taken a crack at it, and they've made it look a hell of a lot nicer than I'd expected. :D

    Thanks a lot guys. I really appreciate the effort, since this is about the limit of graphics work I did for my last Phalla:

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  • Cold Salmon and HatredCold Salmon and Hatred __BANNED USERS regular
    edited May 2008
    Alright, getting PhallAWESOME II ready

    Might run it starting at the end of next week

  • FreeAgentFreeAgent Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Green wrote: »
    Actually a few daring artists (Frosteey, FreeAgent, and Oatway) have already taken a crack at it, and they've made it look a hell of a lot nicer than I'd expected. :D

    Thanks a lot guys. I really appreciate the effort, since this is about the limit of graphics work I did for my last Phalla:

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    Hey! That was my role PM.
    Green wrote:
    Congratulations! You are David.

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    You used to be the seventh Animorph... until you dared to disagree with them. Until you tried to live your own life. Then your new "friends" turned on you. Left you to die on some godforsaken rock in the ocean, trapped as a rat for the rest of your life.

    But now you're back. And you won't stop until you've made every single one of them pay.

    Power: Vengeance
    Every night you may use this ability to kill one player, including those that have previously been arrested.

    Win Condition
    All Animorphs dead.

    That was good times. Don't discount the power of simplicity.

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  • DarkPrimusDarkPrimus Meowptimus Prime Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Okay, who wants to run a Phalla with me?

    I'm going to be doing another one like Court of King Phallis, only this time it's bigger badder and better. I'm talking a 40 person game with the same wonderful bidding mechanics, but with lots of other stuff added.

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  • lonelyahavalonelyahava One day, I will be able to say to myself "I am beautiful and I am perfect just the way I am"Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Thorgot,

    how does one get added to the list of old minis? was it so bad that it got deleted from memory?

    How long is the waiting list approx in time/length? I need to figure that out before saying i'll do it.

  • thorgotthorgot Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Thorgot,

    how does one get added to the list of old minis? was it so bad that it got deleted from memory?

    How long is the waiting list approx in time/length? I need to figure that out before saying i'll do it.

    I have no idea how it disappeared when I copied it from the old list. Fixed.

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  • lonelyahavalonelyahava One day, I will be able to say to myself "I am beautiful and I am perfect just the way I am"Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    You're a doll.

    If I sign up to run a phalla in the very distant future and then find that I can't, is that like, blacklistable offense?

  • FreeAgentFreeAgent Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    If it was, there would be a lot of blacklisted people.
    Spoiler:

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  • AldoAldo Hippo Hooray the swamp, always the swampRegistered User regular
    edited May 2008
    You're a doll.

    If I sign up to run a phalla in the very distant future and then find that I can't, is that like, blacklistable offense?
    Nah. Would be nice if you'd tell everyone in advance that you can't make it, but really, there's probably people behind you on the list who could jump in.

    Elendil wrote: »
    said Aldo hazily, before clop-clop-clopping out of the room
  • Bliss 101Bliss 101 Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Yeah because we all love jumping in before our Phalla is ready.

    All I'm saying is that if you can't run your game, let us know well in advance. And by well I mean several months. Nobody wants to rush their game and feel like it could have been so much better afterwards.

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  • thorgotthorgot Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Zot dropped down six spots (a month and a half of school left). Neville said he will able to go next.

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