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I had an idea for a mafia game (I like designing roles, writing stories and such) so I've decided to put it up for constructive criticism (especially for balancing) and maybe hosting it (uh, maybe co-hosting) :huh: . So here goes.

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Wyrmhaven was the frontier city of Helms Guard, the alliance of the three nations in the Central Kingdom. It controlled the trade routes to and from Frostguard Valley, a valley with rich veins of mithril and soul crystals.

The trade rakes in a lot of earnings for the treasury of the city and Wyrmhaven was easily the riches frontier city. It was even said that the baron of the city commanded the second largest army in Central Kingdom and was the third most powerful man in the kingdom. Because of its strategic location, every faction in Central Kingdom have had their eyes on the city, bidding their time to take over the city and eventually the whole of Central Kingdom.

Their attempts have always been thwarted by the first baron of Wyrmhaven. He was a smart and commanding ruler who maintained peace and control in the city. When the first baron passed away, there was a power struggle between his two sons and the evil elder son prevailed using underhanded methods. However, he made many enemies during that struggle.

"Peace" returned to Wyrmhaven shortly after the new baron was crowned - but that peace is a one that will soon crumble.

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The assassin paused. He was being tailed. He quickly slid through the crowd and darted into a small alleyway. Back to the wall, he readied his dagger. A moment later a figure turned into the alleyway, finding the tip of the dagger at its throat. It smirked as it lowered its hood. The assassin was staring at his own face!

"Who... What are you?" he asked.

"Come with me if you want answers," it replied and with reflexes as fast as the assassin's, it snatched the dagger and pocketed it. Knowing that he was at a disadvantage the assassin yielded and followed the figure.

They entered a small shop selling various medical potions. The figure guided the assassin to the back, where two others were seated at a long table. He readied another dagger and almost hurled it at the figure when it morphed back into the faceless being it was - the Doppleganger.

The Mastermind smirked. 'Welcome comrade. We were expecting you.' The assassin heard the words in his mind.

"Mind reader!" the assassin spat. He hated dealing with the likes of those - they knew his every move. But his years of experience taught him how to deal with them. Calming himself, he cleared his mind.

'Very good. I know now that we have picked the right choice. Now, we have a proposal that will make us the most powerful men in all of the kingdom.'

"Are you in?" asked the Witch Doctor. The assassin smiled and took his seat on the right of the Mastermind.

***

The body of the painter was found by the river.

The healer checked for a pulse. "It looked like someone drained his life force away."

"Just earlier, the baron was murdered with a dagger in his back. What is happening to this city?" asked the Jailor, shaking his head as the Undertaker dragged the body onto his cart.

"There... there is no soul!" stammered the Priest who was performing the purification rites, "Something evil is lurking in the city!"

"Whatever it is, we will stop it," said the Knight to the Defender. The Defender wrote a note and passed it to the Messenger. "To the Minstrel." The messenger nodded and ran for the inn.

The messenger spotted the minstrel getting a mug of mead from the innkeeper. The minstrel placed a gold coin on the counter and made for the table by the door.

"A message for you," the messenger said as the note was passed to the minstrel. He nodded his head and opened it as the messenger left.

***

The crystal ball cracked as she saw the Undertaker load the body onto the cart. The Seer was worried. It was the third crystal ball this week. Evil lurked in the air. Stepping down from her room, she made for the city square, hoping to find out more.

***

The Shade smiled. The first day on the surface and it had feasted. It was already growing stronger. If it was not for the interfering priest, he would've feasted on another poor soul. It had decided - the priest must die. So must that First Circle Spawn scum, the Doppelganger, who might reveal his identity. Snickering, the Shade conjured the soul of the poor painter and started tormenting it to gain its knowledge and skills.

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Factions and Roles:

4 Dark Brotherhood Cultists (Mafias)

1 Second Circle Spawn (Independent)

10 Wyrmhaven Citizens (Innocents)

Dark Brotherhood

Wins by becoming the majority.

Assassin

Kills 1 character per night. Role will be revealed if attempt is foiled twice. If assassin dies, another player will be randomly picked to assume his action.

Witch Doctor

Forces one player to repeat their previous night's action. If it is a killing role, and last target was killed, will randomly target another victim. Cannot target same player twice in a row.

Mastermind

Allows BTSC between all dark brotherhood members. Also can read one player's mind to reveal role every other night. Upon death, BTSC is lost to Dark Brotherhood members.

Doppelganger

Steal's a player's role for the day/night. The target's action is also nullified.

Wyrmhaven Citizens

Wins by eliminating the Dark Brotherhood.

Healer

Can heal a player, including self. Can only heal self once.

Seer

Can observe a player's actions for the night. 50% chance of getting hints to identity if no action is taken.

Messenger

Night action: PM a player to receive 1 message (PM) directed to any other player. If intercepted (e.g. - killed, role stolen, blocked), message will be sent to interceptor on the same night instead.

Day action: Will deliver the message.

Messages will be delivered through the GM.

Defender

Can protect a player, except self, has 50% chance of dying in the process.

Jailor

Can catch a player and throw him/her into the dungeon for a day and night cycle. Cannot capture the same player two nights in a row. Player may not post (on thread or BTSC) when captured.

Undertaker

Can learn the role of ONE dead player every morning.

Priest

Can purify the soul of a fallen, preventing the shade from consuming it. Can prevent the lynching of a player every other day. Cannot save the same player twice. PM must be sent the night before.

Minstrel

Stops a player's action for a night. If the same player is targeted again, chance is reduced to, and remains thereafter at, 50%.

Knight

50% chance of killing a player a night. If target player is not killed, his/her action has a 50% chance of being nullified.

Innkeeper

Gains 1 gold piece every night no action is taken. Can use one gold piece to (1) boost a player's abilities (must know role) to 100% (or 0% if it is negative effect); (2) learn the role of a player. Can use two gold pieces to (1) hire any player (must know role) and make them perform any action (e.g. Can hire assassin to kill mastermind).

Second Circle Spawn

Wins by killing the Priest & Doppelganger. If the they die by any other means, must be last man standing.

Shade

Night: Automatically consumes the soul of those fallen at night, gaining their abilities. Each ability can only be used once before the soul dissipates.

Day: Has a choice of consuming the soul of the lynched player, but has a 25% chance of being discovered. PM must be sent before half of the votes are in.

Also has 1 RID killing every night. Loses a random soul for every failed attempt. If no souls are available, role will be revealed.

Starts with the painter's soul: Able to change 1 person's vote.

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In-game Events:

Chance Encounter - If two players target a same player, they have a 1/6 chance of learning each others roles.

Jailbreak - Every two captures, there is a 50% chance of the player escaping from the jail in the morning. (Won't have night actions, but will be able to post on the thread).

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This is the final revision of the game (hopefully) including the specifics of every role and the mechanics of the actions. Everything in blue are modified roles/actions.

General Mechanics

24hr Day/Night cycles.

If two players target each other at the same time, the following will happen

  1. If blocking role, their actions are wasted so it's as good as blocking each other. But a coin is flipped to decide who gets blocked in the post.
  2. If blocking/stealing vs killing, a coin is flipped to decide whether someone is killed or blocked.
  3. If stealing vs blocking, coin is flipped.
  4. Killing vs killing, both players will die.

Factions and Roles:

4 Dark Brotherhood Cultists (Mafias)

1 Second Circle Spawn (Independent)

10 Wyrmhaven Citizens (Innocents)

Dark Brotherhood

Wins by becoming the majority.

Assassin

Kills 1 character per night. Role will be revealed if attempt is foiled twice. If assassin dies, another player will be randomly picked to assume his action.

Witch Doctor

Forces one player to repeat their previous night's action. If it is a killing role, and last target was killed, will randomly target another victim. Cannot target same player twice in a row.

If targeted, the usual restrictions of the actions are void. I.e. the jailer can jail the same person the second night. If the Shade is targeted, a random soul's ability and random target will be chosen.

Mastermind

Allows BTSC between all dark brotherhood members. Upon death, BTSC is lost to Dark Brotherhood members. Every other night, also has the ability to use mind blast on a player to change their action's target to a random player.

Because of his BTSC ability, the BTSC PMs should also be forwarded to the GM.

Will not directly learn the role of the player when using mind blast. A typical post will be as follows;

<Player> walked purposefully out of the inn. With his target in mind, he headed off into the night. Suddenly, he felt an intrusion in his mind and everything went blank for a moment. As he recovered, he tried to sort his jumbled mind and headed off in a different direction.

Doppelganger

Steal's a player's role for the day/night. The target's action is also nullified.

Wyrmhaven Citizens

Wins by eliminating the Dark Brotherhood.

Healer

Can heal a player, including self. Can only heal self once, unless targeted by the Witch Doctor.

Seer

Can observe a player's actions for the night. 50% chance of getting hints to identity if no action is taken.

Who she observed will be posted on the night post (only she will know the identity though).

Messenger

Night action: PM a player to receive 1 message (PM) directed to any other player. If intercepted (e.g. - killed, role stolen, blocked), message will be sent to interceptor on the same night instead.

Day action: Will deliver the message.

Messages will be delivered through the GM. Messages work as follows;

  1. The messenger will PM me who the first target is (let's say Player 1).
  2. I will send a PM "The messenger will deliver a message for you. Reply PM template: To: <recipient>. Message: <Limit 3 sentences>. From: <sender>.
  3. The message will be sent to the recipient by me. The messenger will also get a copy. PMs will be sent separately.
  4. Messenger's identity will remain unknown.

Intercepts are time dependent - on the order I receive action PMs. If messenger has not sent me PM for target, and is intercepted, the messenger will not be able to send messages. If messenger has sent me PM, but the other has yet to reply, the message is intercepted. If message has been delivered, the blocking action is wasted.

Defender

Can protect a player, except self, has 50% chance of dying in the process.

Jailor

Can catch a player and throw him/her into the dungeon for a day and night cycle. Cannot capture the same player two nights in a row. Player may not post (on thread or BTSC) when captured, unless jailbreak occurs (see below).

Undertaker

Can learn the role of ONE dead player every morning. Will not be blocked by night actions.

Will be PMed a list of dead players every night, and choose one.

Priest

Can purify the soul of a fallen, preventing the shade from consuming it. Can prevent the lynching of a player every other day. Cannot save the same player twice. PM must be sent before half of the votes are in.

To purify a soul, PM the name of the player - if s/he dies, the soul is purified, if not no purification and Shade feasts.

Minstrel

Stops a player's action for a night. If the same player is targeted again, chance is reduced to, and remains thereafter at, 50%.

Knight

50% chance of killing a player a night. If target player is not killed, his/her action has a 50% chance of being nullified.

When targeting a player, a coin is first flipped - if target survives, another coin is flipped to determine if action is blocked, if not, action resumes. In actual percentages, 50% kill, 25% block, 25% free.

Innkeeper

Gains 1 gold piece every night no action is taken. Can use one gold piece to (1) boost a player's abilities (must know role) to 100% (or 0% if it is negative effect); (2) learn the role of a player.

Day/Night ability: Can use two gold pieces to (1) hire any player (must know role) and make them perform any action (e.g. Can hire assassin to kill mastermind). If you hire in the Day, that night you can still get the gold, BUT, the hiring process is stated on the Day post. It will be mentioned that you hired <player> (no action will be revealed).

If roles are wrong, 1 gold piece is deducted from pot. The hired player's action restrictions are void (like the Witch Doctor's repeat).

Second Circle Spawn

Wins by killing two of the following; the Priest, Seer or Doppelganger. If the they die by any other means, must be last man standing.

Shade

Night: Automatically consumes the soul of those fallen at night, gaining their abilities. Each ability can only be used once before the soul dissipates.

Day: Has a choice of consuming the soul of the lynched player, but has a 25% chance of being discovered. PM must be sent before the last vote is in.

Also has 1 RID killing every night. Loses a random soul for every failed attempt. If no souls are available, role will be revealed.

Starts with the painter's soul: Able to change 1 person's vote.

***

In-game Events:

Chance Encounter - If two players target a same player, they have a 1/6 chance of learning each others roles.

Jailbreak - Every two captures, there is a 50% chance of the player escaping from the jail in the morning. (Won't have night actions, but will be able to post on the thread).

***

Sign up list:

1. Riranor

2. Reaymanator

3. CGH0606

4. GMaster479

5. Randro

6. RPGBully

7. Limey

8.IDNE

9. JarZe (unless it starts too soon)

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Questions & comments are welcomed.

Edited by scsw

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Doppelganger

Steal's a player's role for the day/night. The target's action is also nullified.

I would think you would want to add something that would not let the Doppelganger target the same person twice in a row. That way if the Dark Brotherhood did find the priest the Mastermind would not become un-killable.

Side-note: Did you mean to say a player's role, instead of a normal role to steal? If so, the Doppelganger might have an unfair advantage by finding out the player's role by the attack they used.

I hope this makes sense, and I'm sorry if it doesn't :wacko:

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sorry guys looks like i have to drop too :(

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3. CGH0606

4. GMaster479

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6. RPGBully

7. Limey

8.IDNE

9. JarZe (unless it starts too soon)

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I would think you would want to add something that would not let the Doppelganger target the same person twice in a row. That way if the Dark Brotherhood did find the priest the Mastermind would not become un-killable.

Side-note: Did you mean to say a player's role, instead of a normal role to steal? If so, the Doppelganger might have an unfair advantage by finding out the player's role by the attack they used.

I hope this makes sense, and I'm sorry if it doesn't :wacko:

either way he will figure it out becasue if he searched me and i could save it would become obvious what my role is. the only time i think it wont be obvious is if he can attack

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I would think you would want to add something that would not let the Doppelganger target the same person twice in a row. That way if the Dark Brotherhood did find the priest the Mastermind would not become un-killable.

Side-note: Did you mean to say a player's role, instead of a normal role to steal? If so, the Doppelganger might have an unfair advantage by finding out the player's role by the attack they used.

I hope this makes sense, and I'm sorry if it doesn't :wacko:

That is a good suggestion. Will put it down.

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3. CGH0606

4. GMaster479

5. andromeda

6. RPGBully

7. Limey

8. IDNE

9. JarZe (unless it starts too soon)

10.

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let's see what is the outcome of this game! :D

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1. Riranor

2. Reaymanator

3. CGH0606

4. GMaster479

5. andromeda

6. RPGBully

7. Limey

8. IDNE

9. JarZe (unless it starts too soon)

10. woon

11.

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13.

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So, what happened here... Nobody likes to play mafia anymore??? :huh:

Maybe we can inform GC, he is definitely join unless he is busy. :)

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1. Riranor

2. Reaymanator

3. CGH0606

4. GMaster479

5. andromeda

6. RPGBully

7. Limey

8. IDNE

9. JarZe (unless it starts too soon)

10. woon

11. Marioman9

12.

13.

14.

15.

Yay! my first mafia! :D

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1. Riranor

2. Reaymanator

3. CGH0606

4. GMaster479

5. andromeda

6. RPGBully

7. Limey

8. IDNE

9. JarZe (unless it starts too soon)

10. woon

11. Marioman9

12.

13.

14.

15.

Yay! my first mafia! :D

Awesome! ^_^ only 4 left :D

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1. Riranor

2. Reaymanator

3. CGH0606

4. GMaster479

5. andromeda

6. RPGBully

7. Limey

8. IDNE

9. JarZe (unless it starts too soon)

10. woon

11. Marioman9

12.abhisk

13.

14.

15.

This looks interesting...My first mafia too!

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Thanks for the PM guys. Thought the game had already started; time for some mafia over-dose. :P

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1. Riranor

2. Reaymanator

3. CGH0606

4. GMaster479

5. andromeda

6. RPGBully

7. Limey

8. IDNE

9. JarZe (unless it starts too soon)

10. woon

11. Marioman9

12.abhisk

13. GC

14.

15.

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Sign up list:

1. Riranor

2. Reaymanator

3. CGH0606

4. GMaster479

5. andromeda

6. RPGBully

7. Limey

8. IDNE

9. JarZe (unless it starts too soon)

10. woon

11. Marioman9

12.abhisk

13. GC

14. Kat

15.

Whoa, I thought this would have been full by now, and since I'm not terribly busy at the momment...

<(^-^)>

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1. Riranor

2. Reaymanator

3. CGH0606

4. GMaster479

5. andromeda

6. RPGBully

7. Limey

8. IDNE

9. JarZe (unless it starts too soon)

10. woon

11. Marioman9

12.abhisk

13. GC

14. Kat

15.

Whoa, I thought this would have been full by now, and since I'm not terribly busy at the momment...

<(^-^)>

Yay B)) only 1 more

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1. Riranor

2. Reaymanator

3. CGH0606

4. GMaster479

5. andromeda

6. RPGBully

7. Limey

8. IDNE

9. JarZe (unless it starts too soon)

10. woon

11. Marioman9

12.abhisk

13. GC

14. Kat

15.

Whoa, I thought this would have been full by now, and since I'm not terribly busy at the momment...

<(^-^)>

Hooray! :D

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Sign up list:

1. Riranor

2. Reaymanator

3. CGH0606

4. GMaster479

5. andromeda

6. RPGBully

7. Limey

8. IDNE

9. JarZe (unless it starts too soon)

10. woon

11. Marioman9

12.abhisk

13. GC

14. Kat

15. twin_bro

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1. Riranor

2. Reaymanator

3. CGH0606

4. GMaster479

5. andromeda

6. RPGBully

7. Limey

8. IDNE

9. JarZe (unless it starts too soon)

10. woon

11. Marioman9

12.abhisk

13. GC

14. Kat

15. twin_bro

WOOT! We can start now :D

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Great. The game will start tomorrow. Some of us might be out for Mother's Day celebration and such, so expect the post sometime tomorrow (that would be ~10.00am Pacific Time).

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Ok. I'll be at school then, and then I'll have to do homework, so i can only check on at 5:00 pacific time(At least my first mafia is in my own time zone :D)

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