Vampire: the Masquerade, the Phalla for Columbus
Prince Pietr Rausch rose in the evening of August 10, 2012 not expecting it would be his last night on earth. Prince Rausch ruled Columbus for over a century, slowly building the city from a Midwest Cowtown to an important white collar regional hub. Prince Rausch was exceedingly proud of his city and with the loss of Detroit, Montreal, and Cleveland to the Sabbat in recent years, he knew Columbus was an important bulwark for the Camarilla. Sure, the Sabbat sent incursions into Columbus every few months, but they were always found and swiftly dealt with.
Prince Rausch let his blood work slowly through his body, throwing off his sleepy malaise. Nodding to his ghoul bodyguards, they brought him his finely pressed Armani suit and a glass of his favored drink, the blood of Germanic maidens. Sipping his first drink of the evening, Prince Rausch was overcome with pleasure. To a Ventrue, anything other than his chosen blood type tasted of ashes, but that chosen variety, that special something, that tasted like the nectar of gods.
Drink still in hand, Prince Rausch moved from his bedroom out into his main hall and down into his study, as was his custom. He planned on hearing the nightly report from his seneschal, then the state of his city’s defense from the sheriff.
One of his bodyguards opened the door to his study for him and stated, “Boss, just wanted you to know everything is in place.”
Prince Rausch gave a slight nod of approval. “Very good, Mr. Masters, very good.”
Prince Rausch entered his study and headed over to his desk. Sliding into the premium leather seat, he turned on his desktop computer and flipped the switch to the fire bomb placed inside the computer that very morning by a “computer tech” sent to fix a virus the Prince had been having issues with.
The resulting explosion led every TV stations nightly news as it burned down one of the most expensive mansions in Upper Arlington. The news reported the loss ten lives including that of wealthy billionaire Emily Rausch, but the Cainites of Columbus knew the true total was 13, including the three most important Camarilla leaders in the city.
The Sabbat had announced their arrival through flame. The Battle for Columbus had begun.
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 Vampire: The Masquerade set in the City of Columbus in the August 2012. If you don't know anything about V:TM, I’m sorry for your loss. Knowledge of the setting will be helpful, but you won't be at a disadvantage in this game if you don’t know anything about the setting. I promise. I reserve the right to adjust Canon as I see fit.
This version of Phalla is both a faction game and a battle game. There is a traditional village full of the uninformed majority (the Camarilla) whose goal is to eliminate all threats to the village, however the village itself is divided. Be careful where you place your trust, you are all the living damned.
!Sign up in boldlimegreen
. Reserves may also sign up by posting !Reserve
. 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 60 players and will begin once this cap is reached, with the possibility that we may delay until after Thanksgiving in the United States if sign ups are moving slow due to the holiday. I hate to work it that way, but I'm just not sure on how quickly sign ups are going to move.
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.
The Most important Rules for this phalla follow:
Each player starts with 7 hit points (game reason, in the RPG each pc has 7 health levels). If you are reduced to 0 health, you are killed.
Each player starts with a 10 blood points (again, borrowing from the RPG). If you reach 0 blood points, you enter torpor, a dreamless state. You may not take any action, post, vote, or respond to any pms while in torpor. Another vampire may take an action on any future night to feed you 2 blood points, if they so choose, which will wake you the following night.
Most players will have three points of discipline powers, broken up between their choices of three disciplines taken directly from the RPG. Each level of a discipline has a more powerful effect, however higher levels of disciplines cost blood points to power.
There is an extended day 0, which will be begin after role PMs are sent out to allow for customization and the Prince Vote. Therefore, beginning day 1, each player loses 1 blood point to force their corpses awake at the beginning of every day. This blood loss occurs before any other action.
Each player may spend 1 blood point to heal one health level of damage, to a maximum of three blood points per night. Aggravated damage costs 2 points of blood per wound level to heal.
Each night a player may take one of four actions:
1. Hunt for blood: gain 2 blood points.
2. Attack another player, doing 1 points of hit point damage.
3. Use one of your disciplines.
4. Feed a vampire in torpor 2 points of blood from your blood pool.
As a reminder, trust and truth are valuable commodities in phalla. 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 once 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. You will also have the chance to vote for a new Prince on Night 0. You will vote for the Prince in !bolddodgerblue
. Being the Prince has it’s perks.
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 9:00pm EST. Only posts with a timestamp of before 9:00pm 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 9:00 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> Blood loss > some passive actions > healing > roleblocks > hunting for blood > busdrivers > defensive actions > feeding those in torpor > seers > attacks