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Of Steamworks and [Phalla] Obscura: Day 3: Full Life Consequences

SpoitSpoit *twitch twitch*Registered User regular
edited July 2011 in Critical Failures
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 on Slashnet.

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

Ground Rules

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
...Fabulous prizes?

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. The rules:
  • 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.

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.

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.

Spoit on


  • SpoitSpoit *twitch twitch* Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    1. Turkson - MST 10 games
    2. Taya -Newfoundland 5 games
    3. Wandering hero - CST 8 games
    4. Cythraul - Atlantic 9 games
    5. MrTlicious - EST 1 game
    6. Langly - EST 8 games
    7. Facetious - EST 4 games
    8. Peccavi - EST 6 games
    9. Baidol - PDT 8 games
    10. Slym - EST 11 games
    11. INANTP - PST 8 games
    12. Captain Marcus - EST 4 games
    13. Stever777 - CST 12 games
    14. 38thdoe - EST 12 games
    15. KingMole - PST 8 games
    16. 101 - GMT 7 games
    17. Alkey42- CST 0 games
    18. The Scruple -EST 0 games
    19. SeGaTai - CST 10 games
    20. Tmoiy - PST 2 games

    Mentor List
    1. B:L PST
    2. The Anonymous AEST
    3. Egos CST
    4. Farangu CST
    5. Romanqwerty AEST
    6. Phyphor
    7. Kime CST
    8. Nerissa EST
    9. Rawkking goodguy EST
    10. Teucrian CST
    11. Void Slayer PST
    12. REG Rysk PST
    13. Captain Planet EST
    14. Rend PST
    15. Zandracon PST
    16. Infidel CST

    Villager PM

    Please request clarifications in bold orange, either in the thread or via PM or proboard as appropriate. If I feel the clarification is exceptionally important I reserve the right to do whatever is necessary to preserve the requester's anonymity and post the request and answer in-thread.

    Order of actions: Vote-->guard-->vig/mafia-->seer

    You can trust those you are masoned with

    There are 20 people in this game. 4 Mafia with 2 kills a day. 1 Vig, 1 seer, 1 guard, and 2 masons
    SeGaTai wrote:
    TheScruple wrote:
    Sorry if this was answered already, but what happens in the event of a tie?

    Edit: Also, what happens if the leading vote-getter is mafia killed?

    ie Does the vote trickle?
    In a tie, all parties die. Well, at least the tied people and the one who tied it.

    The vote is first in the order of actions

    EDIT: actually, this is a newbie game, let's go with all the tied people die, but the person who tied it up doesn't, unless he's one of the people are tied for first

    The Dead:
    Day 1:
    Stever777- Left 4 Dead (Mason)- Made "The Sacrifice"
    Wandering Hero- F.E.A.R. 2- Failed to move that gear up
    Cythraul- Red Orchestra- Not balanced for lean

    Day 2:
    Peccavi-Metro 2033- Feared the future
    SeGaTai- Audiosurf- Couldn't keep the beat
    Baidol- Just Cause 2
    And Yet, he fell
    101- Modern Warfare 2 Call of Duty never changes

    Day 3:
    INANTP - Aliens vs Predator- Not quite as invisible as he thought
    taya- Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War 2- Dominated
    tmoiy - Half Life 2 (guard)-
    Valve time'd

    Day 4
    Alkey42 - King Arthur, The Roleplaying wargame - Votekicked and revenge killed
    The Scruple - Team Fortress 2 (Vig) - Was a credit to team
    Captain Marcus - Kane and Lynch: Dead Men - The server was too busy at the moment
    38thdoe - Lost Planet: Colonies Edition -
    Boom. Headshot

    Day 5
    MrTlicious - Fallout 3 VAC banned
    Turkson -Dark Messiah of Might and Magic - Ragequit

    The Victorious:

    Facetious - Portal (seer)
    Kingmole - Left 4 Dead 2 (mason)
    Langly - Darksiders
    SLyM - The Last Remnant
    Turkson - Dark Messiah of might and magic

    Day 0: I serve the Newell
    Day 1: Yeeeaaah!
    Day 2: Off the Rail(work)s
    Day 3: Full life consequences
    Day 4: Phalla: The Masquerade: Bloodbath: colons
    Day 5: GAME OVER

    Dead boards:

    Networks boards:

    Mafia Boards:

    Spoit on
  • SpoitSpoit *twitch twitch* Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Sage advice from Julius Caezure's game


    Compiled advice

    The Anonymous

    PM log with INANTP


    Long conversation with Alkey


    log with facetious (seer)


    Log with tmoiy (guard)


    Advice given to Cythraul before being day 1'd


    Rawkking goodguy

    Compiled logs of advice to thescruple, PMs and proboards

    Long post on non-village roles

    Void Slayer

    Log with Slym

    REG Rysk

    PM log with Baidol

    Captain Planet

    I know langly mentioned getting targeting advice, so if you want to post a log of the advice for posterity's sake, let me know


    Compiled advice


    Advice from the mafia proboard

    If any mentors would like to point out any of the other advice that I didn't catch, or even add some post-game nuggets of wisdom, PM me the logs or just post in the thread. I know that there was at least one mentor who did a reasonable degree of advising that I don't have a log for.

    Spoit on
  • stever777stever777 AFK most Saturdays Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    !sign up
    ~10 & CST

    Sorry. Didn't realize it was for total newbs. ;-)

    stever777 on
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  • B:LB:L Registered User regular
    !My mentee will be the best that no one ever was, also PST

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  • The AnonymousThe Anonymous Uh, uh, uhhhhhh... Uh, uh.Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Totally not signing up in order to win fabulous prizes or anything. :P

    Also, AEST.

    The Anonymous on
  • EgosEgos God Hand Registered User regular
    !Sure I'll be a mentor, why not? *Looks down at his watch* The Current time is 12:40 AM. CST

  • FaranguFarangu I am a beardy man With a beardy planRegistered User regular
    Go Team Venture.


    Also I don't think the sobriety section up there should apply to Alegis

    He's hilarious


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  • TurksonTurkson Near the mountains of ColoradoRegistered User regular
    I feel like I'm higher in skill level than a newbie, but not quite up to mentor level. We need a sophomore level here.

    "Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything. In a gun fight... You need to take your time in a hurry."
  • SpoitSpoit *twitch twitch* Registered User regular
    You've been in less than 10? That's fine.

  • SpoitSpoit *twitch twitch* Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    stever777 wrote:
    !sign up
    ~10 & CST

    Sorry. Didn't realize it was for total newbs. ;-)
    How many games have you been in? If you feel like you still need guidance, sign up with how many games you've played in, just be aware that the more you've played means that you're more likely to be cut if I need to adjust the size to the number of signups. I'm aiming for 20 here, but that depends on the number of signups. The 10 game thing is more of a guideline really, I'm just trying to avoid "big name players" coming into what is a ostensibly a newbie game and dominating the discourse

    Spoit on
  • TurksonTurkson Near the mountains of ColoradoRegistered User regular
    !Sign up

    Maybe I can learn some advanced supercomputer logic and be able to see what's going on in the game further out than 2 hours before my death.

    "Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything. In a gun fight... You need to take your time in a hurry."
  • romanqwertyromanqwerty Registered User regular
    My mentee will be better than BLs, thats a guarentee.

  • SpoitSpoit *twitch twitch* Registered User regular
    what timezone roman?

  • TayaTaya Happy ___ Day Registered User regular
    !sign up

    I have been in five phallas and my timezone is Newfoundland Standard Time 8-)

  • romanqwertyromanqwerty Registered User regular
    Umm, AEST, but I browse the forums at work so im flexible for any non-euro players.

  • Wandering HeroWandering Hero Registered User regular
    !sign up

    I guess like... 8 phallas now? Central US.

    Not today.
  • CythraulCythraul Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    [Edit] Actually considering we'll have more mentors and i'm technically still a newbie, I'll gladly sign up as one :D

    I'm on atlantic time.

    Cythraul on
    MrTLicious wrote:
    I'm done.

    (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
  • MrTLiciousMrTLicious Registered User regular
    !sign up

    I am concurrently in my first (mini-)phalla, though am relatively seasoned in Mafia. EST

  • AlegisAlegis Impeckable Registered User regular
    edited July 2011
    i'd love to sign up as mentor and teach my mentees in the fabulous ways of dying and posting under influence, but alas - off abroad!

    Alegis on
  • LanglyLangly Registered User regular
    I think I have been in eight games, I am still pretty new.

    !Sign Up

    I am EST, but I am also up super early and stay up pretty late, so really any time would be good. I also post during work during the day so that covers lots of time.

  • CythraulCythraul Registered User regular
    Taya you're in newfoundland? I'm down in Nova Scotia :P

    MrTLicious wrote:
    I'm done.

    (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
  • PhyphorPhyphor Building Planet Busters Tasting FruitRegistered User regular
    edited July 2011
    I will mentor the entire mafia. And it will be awesome (EST)

    Phyphor on
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  • MrTLiciousMrTLicious Registered User regular
    As a side note, I just have to say that I'm excited for the (presumed) theme of this phalla. I loved that game.

  • kimekime Queen of Blades Registered User regular
    I want a victim! (CST)

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  • CythraulCythraul Registered User regular
    a kime mentor?

    oooohhhhh noooooeeeesss!!!

    MrTLicious wrote:
    I'm done.

    (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
  • NerissaNerissa Registered User regular
    Does kime always being evil apply when he's a mentor too?

    I honestly don't know how many games I've played, it might very well be less than 10, but I've run a few and don't feel like a newbie -- just out of practice due to an extended break.

    I'm willing to mentor if you'll have me (EST)

    Personally, I like D&D because I find OCD much more interesting than ADD.
  • SpoitSpoit *twitch twitch* Registered User regular
    Phyphor wrote:
    I will mentor the entire mafia. And it will be awesome
    Which time zone?

  • facetiousfacetious a wit so dry it shits sandRegistered User regular
    This is pretty funny timing, Spoit.

    I was pretty close the other night to just announcing in the Loxley game that after that game I was going to retire from Phalla due to my utter uselessness. I've calmed down but I think at this point, I need a fresh start.

    I'm debating playing this game - I might want a bit of a break - but this is a handy opportunity. :P

    "I am not young enough to know everything." - Oscar Wilde
    Real strong, facetious.

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  • TayaTaya Happy ___ Day Registered User regular
    Facetious please join this phalla.

    We can be in cahoots.

  • facetiousfacetious a wit so dry it shits sandRegistered User regular
    edited July 2011
    Oh sod it.

    Four games, EST

    facetious on
    "I am not young enough to know everything." - Oscar Wilde
    Real strong, facetious.

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  • facetiousfacetious a wit so dry it shits sandRegistered User regular
    edited July 2011
    I'm announcing RIGHT NOW that I'm going to make a concerted effort to change my posting style. So please don't find it suspicious that I'm not flailing around as much as usual. :P

    (This is assuming I don't immediately slip up and start doing it again on, like, day two. I have in fact gone into the last couple games thinking, "All right, let's slow it down." :x)

    .. although to be fair, that was also partly feeling trapped by my reputation and that if I did anything differently, people who were used to me would find it suspicious. Meh.

    facetious on
    "I am not young enough to know everything." - Oscar Wilde
    Real strong, facetious.

    Steam: Chagrin LoL: Bonhomie
  • Wandering HeroWandering Hero Registered User regular
    Changing your posting style? That's a mafia tactic *peer*

    Not today.
  • facetiousfacetious a wit so dry it shits sandRegistered User regular

    "I am not young enough to know everything." - Oscar Wilde
    Real strong, facetious.

    Steam: Chagrin LoL: Bonhomie
  • PeccaviPeccavi Registered User regular
    But if everyone's new, how am I going to use my "Don't be suspicious of me, I'm new" routine if I turn up mafia?

    6 games, EST

  • facetiousfacetious a wit so dry it shits sandRegistered User regular
    I'm pretty sure my mentor is just going to spend the entire game telling me to stop talking.

    "I am not young enough to know everything." - Oscar Wilde
    Real strong, facetious.

    Steam: Chagrin LoL: Bonhomie
  • BaidolBaidol I will hold him off Escape while you canRegistered User regular
    !sign up PDT

    I think I've done...seven or eight phallas.

  • MrTLiciousMrTLicious Registered User regular
    This looks like it's turning into basically the game I'm already in (Complex Biology) but with half of the people as mentors. I guess the Phalla community is pretty small (not that that's a bad thing). Or maybe it just goes in waves.

  • facetiousfacetious a wit so dry it shits sandRegistered User regular
    MrTLicious wrote:
    Or maybe it just goes in waves.

    *looks at your avatar* Teehee.

    "I am not young enough to know everything." - Oscar Wilde
    Real strong, facetious.

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  • SLyMSLyM Registered User regular
    Let me think here, 2 in SE++, pirate, Phych, Edge of reality, Loxxly, Jason's SCIENCE one going on right now, Lucas vs. Spielberg, phallaknetic, INANTP's steampunk one, Ender's game phalla.

    Fucking 11.

    Can I not count the two that I got day 1'd in?


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  • SpoitSpoit *twitch twitch* Registered User regular
    Sure, but with 11 you're on the top of the list to be cut if it needs to be adjusted down for size. 10 was more of a ballpark number anyway

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