Of Steamworks and Phalla Obscura
A Newbie Phalla
What is Phalla?
Phallas are the Penny Arcade forum version of the party game Mafia
. This is a Miniphalla, which is a lot like a Phalla, only smaller and hopefully shorter in duration. For more information, please refer to the CF Phalla Signup List
, the (now defunct)CF Master Phalla Thread
, the PhallaWiki
, the PhalLounge
, or #mafia
I have stolen pieces
almost all of this opening post from Julius Caezure's newbie phalla
who in turn borrowed it from the newbie phalla
run by Orange Soda and Dac Vin, who in turn borrowed from the prior newbie phalla
run by Sheep Have Wool. And he also incorporated bits and pieces from the original newbie phalla
run by robothero
This miniphalla is for new players only! If you've played in 10 or fewer Phallas
, or you're brand new, this game is for you. Why? You'll be playing with other new players, and you'll also be able to get advice from mentor/veteran Phalla players to help improve your play. This game will also be an "Open Setup" with no hidden and/or unusual roles. Please state how many phallas you have participated in
I am aiming for a 20 person game, but if the game needs to be cut down in size due to lack of sign ups, it will be reduces in order of reverse seniority.
What if I'm not a newbie?
Having lacked it in my own newbie phalla, and seeing how well it helped some players in Julius Caezure's game, I am also going to try to use his mentoring system. In addition to in-thread posting, I am taking signups from veteran players to serve as a mentor to some lucky newbie. Vets willing to serve in this capacity, please sign up in DarkOrchid
, and indicate your local time zone. This will hopefully allow me to match you with players more likely to be online and active the same time as you.
Vets who cannot serve as mentors, whether for time zone constraints, work business, etc., can still participate! As in games past, I will veteran players to post comments in DeepSkyBlue
while the game is in progress. That said, you should read the rules below about non-player posts below before making a post.
Failure to follow the rules will result in you losing your chance at fabulous prizes
. And will likely earn you my eternal scorn and hopefully the ridicule of others (for whatever that's worth).
In addition, I would like to run
Yes! The mentor/veteran player that is voted Most Helpful
by the players will win a fabulous steam game prize
! In addition, the newbie voted MVP
by a select group of veteran players will also receive a game prize
of his/her very own!
Wow! Games! I'm a newbie to Phalla - how do I play?
- Sign up in this thread by posting !sign up. Additionally, please indicate the number of games you have played, as well as your local time zone. This last point will allow me to hopefully coordinate you with a mentor who will be online and active around the same time as you.
- After signups have ended, you'll receive a role PM. This PM contains information about the role you will play in the game. This PM should not be shared with another player.
- Sometimes hosts will simply provide a standard villager PM. I personally find it more fun and engaging to have a unique name, and since I am the one hosting this game, that is exactly what I will be doing. Everyone involved will receive a unique name with their role.
- Follow 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 publicly votes for one person to be executed that night. At the same time, the bad guys choose two people to kill each night and PM the names 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 kills, so it is an inevitable win).
- 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.
- Other Rules:
- You may not communicate regarding the game with someone who is dead.
- 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. Setting up a Proboard can be a good idea, but inform me of the URL if you do so.
- You may not use screencaps to "prove" anything to anyone.
- No direct quoting, sharing, or forwarding of any kind of any PM from the host, including your initial role PM.
- No playing madlibs with sentences in your role PM that may or may not be flavor to identify yourself.
- No adding people to existing PM conversations. Make a new one instead.
- You might also wish to look at the Standard Special Roles, as all of these will be appearing in this game (the exact number of each depends on the number of signups, and will ultimately be clarified once signups are closed, but before the game officially begins):
- 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. This is exactly how I will be handling things in this game.
- 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 (or "Vig") -- 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.
- Vote each day by posting your choice in !red. You can (optionally) retract a vote by posting in !Limegreen. This is not required, but it is a standard practice, so I'll leave it in. You must vote each day. Failure to do so twice will result in replacement, or death
Each day will end at 9:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time, Midnight EDT, 4:00 AM GMT. Any vote or action made on or after 8:59 PM WILL NOT count.
- Ask questions of the moderator by posting in orange or sending me a PM.
Wow! Games! I'm a veteran Phalla player - how do I play?
Veteran players who wish to participate by offering advice do not need to sign up
, only those veterans interested in serving as mentors need sign up in DarkOrchid
. You may post in the thread in DeepSkyBlue
while the game is in progress. I may put in a post limit if the thread becomes too spammy. Do your best to avoid making many short posts - longer, single posts keep the thread less cluttered.
Failure to follow these rules results in disqualification! When in doubt, send me a PM to ask if something is OK to post. There will be ZERO tolerance of rule violations.
- Do NOT directly comment on the current game situation. You may offer general advice and answer questions, and you may offer commentary on previous day actions as long as it doesn't influence the current day.
Bad: Orange Soda was evil, and Dac Vin argued for him - you should vote him out today.
Good: Once you find a baddie, checking the vote records for previous days can be really helpful.
- Do NOT play for the newbies. You are assisting them.
- Unless you are assigned a mentee, please do NOT contact a newbie outside of the thread. If you have generalized advice, please feel free to post it in the game thread in DeepSkyBlue.
I am also looking for a couple veterans to do some commentary parallel to the game, pointing out specific do/don'ts as they occur. In the spirit of fairness, this would preclude you from mentoring, though you would be free to offer general, non-specific
advice in the thread.