I think this is what we can conclude from this : bad play is contagious. Scum played pretty badly from the start and town was actually decent. But somehow town got infected by the badplaytitus around the start of day 3
Town has 5 days before it's LYLO. So yes, I'm sure this will take a very long time. Unless Palmer, Launch and Darryl decide to use their brains, I guess.
I fear the rest of the game will just be town moving through the list of potential scum until they hit ttk. It would make the rest of the game a pretty boring March to an unavoidable conclusion, unless ttk can work a miracle.
No offense to the players of this game, but this has been a legendary horrible game from both sides. There is often one side that plays badly, but to see both sides being this horrible? That's a rare treat!
Role PMs: I'm indifferent to this one. Scum knows who is on their team for a fact (unless there's a hidden partner or something), so there's no need to obfuscate information. The reason the role exists in the main thread is because players shouldn't be able to infer a person's alignment from a role PM, and in most cases, it's pretty easy to do so. In a game that has zero flavor this is most likely not an issue as long as the vanilla role PM is provided in the OP. Also townies can always PM the Mod for clarifications on their own role.
Missing scum abilities: This one is iffy. Usually the way I try to run it is if something happened that's out of the other scum's control (player just never shows up D1/N1, for instance). If all the players are active and one of them forgets to put in a command, then ok, tough luck. We try to find replacements for the first scenario before it happens though, but it doesn't always work out.
I'm not against being able to post role PMs in secret chats, that is up to the gamerunner to decide.
The whole point of mafia is reading comprehension. If scum can't work out their roles on their own or at least be smart enough to directly ask for help via PM, that is part of the game.
Penguin mis-read his role and there was no opportunity for him to get help. Time mis-read his role, he probably should have got clarification earlier if he had doubt. But they were on their own.
I'm not saying mods shouldn't be able to help understand a role but they should not do it unprompted. It is back seat driving.
Actually, every player, including town, can request a private thread here were they can post thoughts and communicate with the mod. Not many make use of that, but it is an option.
scum has a power that can block someone from voting on someone else. They hit kawl with it last night. However, TheExodus also mentioned that Kawl can no longer vote on dragonz, but Kawl didn't mention that part yet. So the only way to know that before Kawl telling you is.....you being scum.
So, from my point of view, while this sucked for Sorian, he actually isn't in that bad of a situation. He no longer has his cop buddy, he has one shot left that he doesn't need to use on a scum to win, and he is basically a survivor now. So not only is he not a really big danger for scum, since survivors tend to be scum aligned at the end of the game Sorian could actually be a valuable ally to scum. Scum would be dumb to NK him. If town doesn't realize that, we could see a repeat of NX where a survivor neutral Sorian pretented to be town aligned only to switch to helping scum at the last minute giving scum (which included me! jay!) the win. If Sorian plays this right and scum aren't dumb enough to shoot him, I can see him cruising to his survivor win.
The earlier seasons were more forum mafia. There were... deductions and scumhunting. I donno what happened in the recent seasons but I blame other people entirely for it. Entirely.
Meta is a problem. Thank you for reminding us how difficult it is for new joiners to parse through established information. We're probably looking into putting together some 'mentor' positions in the future so new joiners can PM them to ask about peripheral queries.
And night phase is ALREADY shortened from 3 days to 2. This was a new change this season. I am glad to hear that shorter phases are definitely the way to go for our community.
You brought new perspective and I think you're a good player, and GAFia always needs new blood and dedicated players, so I hope to witness your REVENGEANCE in future games
I have the feeling we have been talking about this since season 3 but it never actually happens