Special thanks to Munkus Beaver who helped me balance this Phalla. Also, special thanks to Baidol who both provided this choose your own RNG idea and the Rule post I have ruthlessly stolen.
This is my first time running, so may the Force be with me.
"What are you saying, Senator Organa? Are you implying that the threat the Republic faces a threat greater than what Supreme Chancellor Vallorum is letting on?"
Senator Bail Organa shifted forward in his seat, staring directly into Galactic Politics Today host Grey Mattewsun's eyes to emphasize his next point.
"That, sir, is exactly what I am implying. Even now, the droid army being built on backwater worlds like Geonosis is putting the security of the Republic at risk. I would venture to say we have not really seen a threat of this magnitude since the Great Hyperspace Wars."
The Bothan host squirmed in his seat, a nervous laugh forcing itself from his mouth. "Senator, you can't be serious? A few backwater planets can't possibly threaten the stability of our Great Re....."
"Good evening, citizenry of the Republic. You do not know me, but I am your doom. The seeds for this Republic's demise have been planted and nurtured, a task that took me nearly thirty years. I am pleased to announce that those seeds are prepared to bear the fruit of my labor."
The cloaked man pauses and looks off screen briefly before resuming his speech, as if awaiting confirmation. When he turns back to the holocam his face is stoic.
"Tonight my allies have kidnapped Yaddle
, a member of the Jedi High Council and have taken her to an undisclosed location inside the lower levels of Coruscant." The hooded man’s calm demeanor is betrayed when he snarls out his next proclamation, "We pulled this feat off under the noses of your self-righteous self-declared defenders of the Galaxy, the Jedi. We have done this to prove that no one, not even the Jedi, can survive this coming storm."
A slight smirk is caught on the hooded man's face, before he continues.
"But, that is not all. My associates in the CIS have also kidnapped the Supreme Chancellor of the Republic, Finis Vallorum
, even though he was guarded by your vaunted Jedi Guardians. We have done this to show the entire Republic that the Jedi have failed to protect their most important politician. We have done this to show the Galaxy that the Republic is weak and corrupt. We have done this to show that the Republic will fall."
The hooded man pauses to let the gravity of the situation dawn on all those who are watching.
"But, I am a man of honor. Even now, I can sense that the Jedi are planning their rescue missions for their lost companion and their precious Galactic figurehead. So, I will give you a choice, citizenry of the tired Galactic Republic. Who do you wish released, your precious Jedi Master or your beloved Supreme Chancellor?"
The hooded man's smile betrays his stained teeth.
"You have twenty four hours to announce your decision in the Galactic Senate. But, do not try to rescue them, Jedi. If I receive one word of such an attempt, they will both die."
Mace Windu had been watching this performance through the Jedi Council's holoviewer. How could he and his fellow Jedi missed such dark forces working in the background of the conflict out in the Outer Rim? Have the Jedi grown so weak over time that they missed all signs of the emergence of a Sith Lord? With a ragged sigh, he turned to face his fellow Jedi Masters.
"I fear that the disappearance of young Master Skywalker and this message are not unrelated. I fear that we have been deceived into complacency. We must prepare the Galaxy for war. Not with just the CIS, but also with this new Sith Master."
From across the council, Yoda added with sadness, "Begun, the Clone Wars have."
What is a Phalla?
Phalla is Penny Arcade's version of the popular party game, Mafia. Bandwagon has a great synopsis of the game in the thread bookmarked at the top of Critical Failures. But, you already knew that. The theme of this game is Star Wars during the Clone War era. If you don't know anything about Star Wars, what are you living under a rock? Besides your crushing lack of pop culture, you won't be at a disadvantage in this game. I promise. With that said, I reserve the right to deviate from canon, as the above narration shows.
This version of Phalla has a slight twist to it. In some ways, you can consider this a faction game, but I prefer the term: Dual Mafia. There is a traditional village full of the uninformed majority (the Republic forces) whose goal is to eliminate all threats to the village. However, the TWO mafias (the informed minorities) in this game can only win when they outnumber the combined forces of the village AND the second mafia.
The first mafia is the Confederacy of Independant Systems (CIS).
The second mafia are the Sith.
OK Assuran, dual Mafias, that's cool I guess. What about other wacky mechanics?
There aren't as many as Obi's game, but I'd like to think there are some cool mechanics in place. There are no conversions in this game. Seers and Masons can be trusted. Other than that, clarification denied. Sorry.
!Sign up in boldlimegreen
. Reserves may also sign up by posting !Reserve
. As a loyal Republic citizen, you must also decide who the mysterious assailant will release was by voting in!boldcyan
before the opening narration. The cyan vote has a very slight mechanic on the game besides providing me which RNG list to assign player roles. Clarifications may be asked in !bolddarkorange
and will be collected in the second post. As many of you know, I work third shift EST, so I have funky hours. If I haven't answered your question during the day, it's not because I have ignored it, it is because I am asleep. I will be getting up early during this game to ensure everyone has their questions answered in plenty of time to decide on a course of action for that night. The game has a cap of 50 players and will begin Sunday May 20th, 2012 at 10:00 PM EST, with the possibility that we may delay the game a day or two to try and reach the magic number of 50 if signups are slow.
Standard phalla rules apply. This includes, but is not limited to, no copying/pasting, taking screenshots, taking pictures of and e-mailing or anything else of role PM’s. Anonymous communication with other players is forbidden. Anyone you communicate with must know exactly who you are. Speaking in code is also forbidden. One death post that contains no in-game information is allowed. Communication of any kind with dead players is forbidden. I must have access to any proboards created. You are encouraged, but not required, to add me to any PM conversations you have with other players, so I have a feel for how the game is playing out and the clarity of any explanations I give.
As a reminder, trust and truth are valuable commodities in phalla. The conversation system that replaced the old-style PM’s has changed the dynamics of private conversation somewhat. As such, if you wish to bring a new person into a conversation you are already participating in, you MUST begin a new conversation and cannot simply add them to the old one.
All players must post twice a day, including a vote post for a player to be lynched, designated in !boldred
. Retraction posts can be made in !boldlimegreen
, but are not required. The last !boldred
vote post for a given user will be the one that is counted.
Do. Not. Edit. Vote. Posts. Period. For. Any. Reason. Fullstop. Dot.
Time-traveling posts have potential to cause some confusion. It is strongly recommended that you quote the post you are replying to. Posts that are somehow eaten by the servers will be considered to have not existed at all. You are responsible for ensuring your posts go through.
You will receive one (1) warning for inactivity before being removed and replaced. So long as replacements are available, players will be replaced, until the point of no return.
Voting for this phalla will close at 10:00pm EST. Only posts with a timestamp of before 10:00pm EST will be accepted. Special actions must be PM’ed to myself or listed on proboards by the same time. Orders put into an edited post after 10:00 pm EST on a proboard will not be accepted.
Once sign-ups are complete, the game will commence IN THIS THREAD.
Most important of all, remember this is a game and play nice with the other kids.
Unless your job is to stab them in the back.
Order of Operations:
Vote > Other Actions > Guards > Vigs
Generic Jedi Role PM
Generic Senator Role PM
You are _______. A dark time has fallen upon the Republic you have sworn to defend. Trust in the Force, and see that the Republic survives.
Victory Condition: You win by eliminating all threats to the Republic.
You are________. Forces conspire against the Republic you are sworn to defend. Use your influence in the Senate to try and oust those traitors who hide amongst you. If you play your cards right, maybe you can be Supreme Chancellor. Who knows what power awaits then?
Victory Condition: You win by eliminating all threats to the Republic.
And please, enjoy the game.