[[@unrepentantAuthor quick question: have you read any of the previous TR Mafia games?]]
Okay, so, first-off, if'n yer votin' fer Nobody, I'm pretty sure y'gotta say so outright. Like I just did.
[[Let's pretend this part happened earlier]]Lexx gave Dave a sideways glance. “Hm? Starr. She was in the first game with you.” His face split into a grin. “She got so mad at you. Someone really oughta tell her to take these things less personally... It’s pure luck that you two were opponents, after all.”
Dave sighed. "Were you not fucking listening? This is a game. People get assigned roles by the board game gods by the throw of a die. I don't care if somebody here's literally a mafia boss where they come from, it doesn't mean anything."Lusamine sneered at the Mewtwo. "You don't know me. There's exactly one Mewtwo I know of in my world, and they currently serve the Kantonian Mafia. If you want to claim to be that Mewtwo, then my suggestion for who a more likely Mafia member would be the one with a history of Mafia work."
On the one hand, yeah, definitely sympathizing with coming from a world with nonsapient Pokémon, but on the other hand, holy shit, that escalated quickly. "I'm sorry, what kinds of experiments have you been doing?""And most pokemon, where I come from, aren't sapient and don't speak. If Aether expected the same level of medical consent from nonsapient patients as we would expect from humans, then entire species would've died out because they're not capable of giving it. Would you rather I just let them all die?"
"Are we seriously going to KILL someone without any reason?" the abomination screeched.
If that's what's happening, then I'm voting for you.
it's not completely unreasonable for the arsonist to be innocent. It happens. It just means they're a delayed vigilante type. Douse whoever seems suspicious, then decide later if it's worth lighting the fuse or not.
"We should use the fact that the Mafia didn't get a kill off tonight to our advantage. Try and root them and the Arsonist out before they have the chance to strike us."
Mewtwo turned quiet, taking several moments to consider this human. They reached out their Psychic arms--their mental reading capability was dampened in this gray plain, but let the human feel the pressure.
In the best-case scenario, this human was incompetent. She directly named Mewtwo as a possibility for a being with an ability greatly useful to the townsfolk. Fair hypothesis, maybe. And the point of loudly airing this thought, to a group which would include the Mafia who would be eager to remove such a foe? And this human, at the same time as wondering if Mewtwo was a powerful asset to town, also suggested suspicion for the same reasoning. Fascinating.
Alas, Mewtwo was beginning to realize finding an arsonist would possibly be no easier than finding a Mafia. In that case, the human Miyako and her ill-advised musings were currently being the most baffling/irritating to Mewtwo.
"I don't agree with randomly voting fer folks afore they've even said anythin'. But the principle of information-gatherin' and outpacin' the Mafia is valid. What's more, Mewtwo behaved exactly like this the last time I played with 'em, an' the Mafia killed 'em straight off. They're hardly a barrel of laughs, but they ain't suspicious. Nefari, I'm less sure about. That argument was fuckin' specious an' no mistake, so she's either a deceiver, or a goddamn fool.
"That's true, but a stupid game to play, don't ya think? If they're reckless enough, they'll cause far more harm than good. I think this Arsonist is playing for themself."
"There's been a lot of talk about the people who've been voting being suspicious for it, but that's pretty bullshit. Drawing a bunch of attention with big drama right off the bat isn't how the mafia usually operate. If you ask me, they're probably lying pretty low. But also, no, obviously they didn't just fucking not target anyone for the hell of it. Either they weren't allowed to this night because blah blah game magic, or something stopped them or protected the target, and usually there are a billion things that can do that, so it's really not that fucking surprising nobody died."
"Putting pressure on people, sure, but why so randomly?" Miyako asked, overhearing. "There's been two very sudden developments almost right out of the gate. Does that not strike you as odd, in a game all about secrecy and deception? I... kind of suspect that Mewtwo might have a reason for his sudden vote, but is hesitant to share what that is, for obvious reasons. But on the other hand, it could just be to stir up chaos. He changed his vote just as suddenly as he cast his first one. To me, that just screams chaos, and chaos is the last thing innocents want."
I would be a little sus of Mewtwo but maybe that's too obvious. Maybe Alexander. The first words on his post were "interesting" but that's not much to go on."
He turned back to the fun Human and poked him with a claw. "Why do you care so much about this? You're not making much sense, and even if you were, it still wouldn't really matter to this game. You don't even only care about the two old Mafias who... who feel similar to a couple of the people here this time. You just want to know how that Mafia was thinking, all of them, when it shouldn't matter any more. Why is that?"
He took a deep breath, folding his arms. "Also, while somebody absolutely could sit and spend a lot of effort faking a log of everything that's been said, of course that doesn't help the mafia more than us. If Jesse's notes are wrong, anybody can just fucking call him on it. I can't vouch for Jesse blocking my action last night because it doesn't really apply, but given he went out on a confident limb with this whole shit-eating grin trying to get me to confirm it, probably wasn't lying about that. But that said that doesn't mean he's not fucking mafia. They've often got those types of powers too. Maybe he's just putting all that effort in to make us trust him, or because he's just the sort of fuckhead who'd do that regardless."
He took a swig of his beer. The Archopy was accusing Lexx of... being too interested in how the mafia would think? Interesting. "I mean, I'd say the timing of when they voted matters too. If they're trying to not draw attention to themselves, they'll probably just get behind whatever train the general consensus is on, but to do that the general consensus needs to happen first."
And while Miyako certainly didn't want to be on anyone's shit-list, she couldn't help but notice that he'd changed his vote. Again.
Lexx shrugged. "Just figured that if we go the no-lynch route like usual, we oughta try to get some info out of it. If everyone votes the same, we've got to work that much harder to find a pattern behind it."He turned back to the fun Human and poked him with a claw. "Why do you care so much about this? You're not making much sense, and even if you were, it still wouldn't really matter to this game. You don't even only care about the two old Mafias who... who feel similar to a couple of the people here this time. You just want to know how that Mafia was thinking, all of them, when it shouldn't matter any more. Why is that?"
Lexx jerked a thumb toward the Delphox. "Just gonna go ahead and second this one. Mewtwo's acting pretty much exactly the same way he did in that game. Everything about the Nickit's claim tracks too.""I don't agree with randomly voting fer folks afore they've even said anythin'. But the principle of information-gatherin' and outpacin' the Mafia is valid. What's more, Mewtwo behaved exactly like this the last time I played with 'em, an' the Mafia killed 'em straight off. They're hardly a barrel of laughs, but they ain't suspicious.
[[Longer post coming, but --
lol, you should have seen me go in Starlight's game ;)
For anyone else who wants to check, I was throwing my votes around in the Fall 2020 game as well--this is just how I like to play.
[[I feel like maybe knowing who they took a shot at could help, but figuring out who that is would be is much easier said than done. I have a feeling Mafia did try to kill someone. Which means we need to think like mafia perhaps? Could someone be trying too hard to act normal? Idk. Hmmm... ]]
[[ I suppose I should also add to this, anyone else could have guessed this and also tried to protect the "important" players, not just the other "important" players. ]]so I could see the mafia blindly targeting any of them on this n-0, and likewise, any of them protecting each other to try to prevent exactly that from happening. ]]
Dave narrowed his eyes at him. “It sounds like what you’re getting at is that you were obstructing me”—of course he was, the dickhead—“but it’s not really the sort of thing that can just not work.”
[[@unrepentantAuthor quick question: have you read any of the previous TR Mafia games?]]
delphox is not a human
My list then, based on who I remember from the previous two years: dragonfree, chibi pika, unrepententAuthor, elyvorg.
[[I was only in the garbage Xmas game which was more dadaist minigames than actual Mafia, with a power I never used once, and two Mafias. I don't think I count as experienced, friend. The other guys have all got some Mafia experience and knowledge, though, sure. To various degrees.]]