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Third Anniversary Fanfic Mafia

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Negrek

komorebi
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Third Anniversary Fanfic Mafia

They say the gods play games with mortal hearts, but they usually don't mean it this literally! Who exactly is it gathering souls from such different worlds to compete against each other in a bizarre trial? Why the cruel choice of game, full of stress and paranoia? And what is this strange world the players find themselves in, utterly void and yet full of potential? It's unfortunate that this year's crop of players almost certainly won't find answers to those questions, or any of the others they might have. They'll be too busy trying not to die.

Welcome to Thousand Roads' third round of fanfic mafia! If you've played in one of our past games, I recommend that you skip down to the bottom of this thread for information on what's different in this game versus the past two as well as for information on sign-ups and scheduling--most of the information presented earlier is the same as last year. If you're new to my fanfic mafia games, then you may find the introductory information helpful.

Fanfic Mafia Basics

Fanfic mafia's premise is simple: you choose a fanfic character (your own or someone else's) and are randomly assigned to one of two teams. You'll either become part of the mafia, working to take control of the game by eliminating your opponents, or you'll become one of the innocent, working to discover and jail the members of the mafia before they can bring the group under their sway.

If you haven't played mafia before, it works like this:

1. Players are assigned to either mafia or innocent factions. The mafia know the members of their own team, and they may freely communicate with each other outside of the game thread. The innocents do not know the alignments of any of the other players, and they can interact only by posting in the game thread at designated times.

2. The game proceeds in a series of "day" phases and "night" phases.

During the day, all players are "awake" and able to post in the game thread. Players discuss who they think the mafia are based on other users' posts or what they believe may have happened at night. Ultimately this leads to players voting on which person should be sent to jail. If the jailed player turns out to have been a member of the mafia, the innocents are one step closer to winning--but if they guess wrong, they'll only help the mafia in their quest to eliminate the innocents.

At night, the mafia choose one player to make disappear. They're free to talk with each other, plan, and strategize. The innocent players cannot communicate during the night phase, but some of them may have a special ability that they can use during the night instead.

3. The game continues until either the mafia make up the majority of remaining players (meaning that they can control all day-votes) or the innocents successfully jail all of the mafia.

If you'd like more details, check out this beginner's guide to Mafia, which discusses how the game is played and some of the common terminology and player roles that are often used. You can also take a look at last year's game to get a sense of how things will work! More information about the game structure and roles involved will be provided once sign-ups have closed, as the exact nature of the game will depend on the number of people participating, but you should expect some flavor of "role madness" game, where nearly every player has some special ability, and a mix of standard roles (e.g. doctor, bulletproof) and custom ones created for this specific game. Please feel free to ask any questions you might have either here in the thread or by private message!

There are some additional things you'll want to keep in mind for this game:

- This is an RP-optional mafia using fanfic characters! If you would enjoy pretending to be your character, reasoning and reacting to the situation in the same way that they would, then please feel free to post in character as much as you'd like! You are also welcome to include as much out-of-character straight strategizing and discussion in your posts as you'd like. If you'd prefer to play without RPing at all, that's totally fine! Your character choice will be used to flavor your role but have no other impact on the game. In order to prevent confusion, please surround any out-of-character text in your posts with [[double square brackets]] to distinguish your words from your character's.

- Please remember that all roles and alignments will be assigned at random to players. This means that you shouldn't assume that anyone is a member of the mafia simply because their character is a villain in the story they came from! On the flip side, even very heroic characters may end up playing the bad guys here. Although the format of this mafia is very similar to the games I've held here in the past, nothing from the past setup is guaranteed to reappear this year. The specific roles present will be different, all roles and alignments are assigned independent of what happened in the previous game (e.g. a player having been innocent last time has no bearing on whether they will be innocent in this game), and some game mechanics may differ from previous incarnations. In general, be wary about making assumptions about the game based on what happened in previous years.

- In this game, each phase will last for 48 hours and begin at midnight UTC. However, if the player to be voted off at the end of the day phase was someone who had zero votes an hour before the end of the phase, the day phase will automatically be extended by twelve hours. This is intended to prevent feel-bad scenarios where someone doesn't even realize they're under suspicion and completely miss the chance to defend themselves or come back to the thread twenty minutes before the end of the phase and suddenly find themselves needing to somehow turn things around on an extremely tight schedule.

What's New This Year?

- This game has a player cap of fifteen. If there is substantial interest past fifteen people, two games will be run simultaneously rather than one.

- The day extension granted as a result of a last-minute vote seesaw has been increased from six hours to twelve.

Sign-Ups and Scheduling

As usual, simply post in this thread with the character you'd like to use if you're interested in playing. This can be one of your own fanfic characters or a character from someone else's story. If you'd like to use another person's character please get their permission first. Your character can be related to any franchise, Pokémon or otherwise! Also, feel free to use the same character you did last year if you like, even if they ended up getting disappeared/jailed in the previous game. Please include some basic information about your character: name, species, appearance, basic personality traits, and anything else you'd like your fellow players to know. Please also include a link to the story they appear in if it's been published!

This game has a player cap of fifteen. I will note in the thread if and when this cap has been reached. Feel free to post in the thread to indicate your interest even if the cap has been reached--response after the cap has been reached is what I'll use to determine if I should open a second game.

Sign-ups are open until midnight UTC April 23rd, the official start of anniversary events. Click here for a countdown to the deadline. Once signups close, Day 0 will begin with 48 hours of pure RP before anyone knows their powers or alignments. In fact, this is the time I'll be using to set those all up! Roles will be distributed at midnight UTC on April 25th, and from there play will proceed with the "Night 0" phase.
 

Sinderella

Angy Tumbleweed
Staff
Location
In Guzma's Closet
Pronouns
She/Her
Partners
  1. sylveon-shiny
  2. gothitelle
  3. froslass
  4. chandelure
  5. mimikyu
Name: Dorien Bonhomme
Species: Human
Gender: Male
Personality: Child of one of the wealthiest families in Kalos, Dorien likes to make sure people know he's rich. Whether it's what he wears or blatantly discussing it, you'll be sure to know. He takes pride in his appearance, so you best not do anything to jostle him, or it won't end well for you. He currently dabbles in some pretty nefarious affairs aside from being a shiny hunter, but he's a little less loose lipped about that. He'd rather just talk about how much he absolutely wants to strangle adores his girlfriend. All in all, an absolute scumbag <3
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windskull

Bidoof Fan
Staff
Partners
  1. sneasel-nip
  2. bidoof
  3. absol
  4. kirlia
  5. windskull-bidoof
  6. little-guy-windskull
  7. purugly
  8. mawile
  9. manectric
You know I'm in.

Name: Muse
Species: Absol
Gender: Female
Personality: Shy and reserved, Muse takes her job as a body guard very seriously. There's only one problem: she can't say no to Shimmer. This has, on more than one occasion, led to the two of them getting into trouble, but she does her best to take it in stride. As quiet and dedicated as she is, sometimes it seems like she might be hiding her true feelings...
 

AbraPunk

Cosmic Guardian
Location
The Circle
Pronouns
he/him
Partners
  1. luxio
Name: Antares
Species: Garchomp
Gender: Male
Personality: The most overconfident and arrogant bastard there is. He is single-mindedly obsessed with being a "hero", and takes great pride in just about everything he does. (Don't try to deflate his massive ego, it won't work.)
Appearance: regular Garchomp, but has a Z-shaped scar on his chest
 

Inkedust

Harbinger of Sunrise
Location
Pokémon Square
Pronouns
she/her
Partners
  1. ninetales-inkedust
  2. solgaleo-inkedust
  3. xerneas
  4. zoroark-inkedust
  5. zoroark
"Hello Doctor? Yes, Inke appears to be back on her bullshit again."

Name: Altair
Gender: Male
Species: Luxray
Appearance: A Luxray with a somewhat bushier mane, blue eyes, and a white patch of fur on his chest.
Personality: Rough, unrefined, but always looking for a good time, even if it comes at the expense of others... or himself. This isn't his first rodeo and due to circumstances that have lead to a... minor change of appearance, he is more determined than ever to win seeing that he'll be out of Yveltal's feathers quicker. The sooner he gets back to the sea, the better but in the meantime... He'd better get used to walking on all fours.
 

Virgil134

PMD Writer
Partners
  1. sylveon
  2. weavile
  3. kommo-o
  4. noivern
  5. mothim
Name: Kichiro
Age: 21
Gender: Male
Species: Ledian
Personality: He's a pirate from a PMD setting where the habitable region of the world has shrunk down to an inland sea and with a bunch of islands, following a past catastrophe. He's a bit of a grump with a short temper, tends to make snarky and passive aggressive comments, and is no stranger to complaining about his own pirate crew. Despite his complaints and him not being above trolling his own captain, he cares more about his crewmates than he'd ever like it to admit.

His real name is actually Keiichiro, but everyone tends to just call him Kichiro because of how long his actual name is.
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IFBench

Rescue Team Member
Location
Pokemon Paradise
Partners
  1. chikorita-saltriv
  2. bench-gen
  3. charmander
  4. snivy
  5. treecko
  6. tropius
  7. arctozolt
  8. wartortle
  9. zorua
Name: Burhalla
Species: Charmander
Gender: Male
Personality: A young Pokemon with a penchant for leadership, a desire to help others, and a complete hatred of lies, Burhalla is an individual who puts up a composed front to the point where he believes that front really is him. In reality, though, he's crumbling behind the scenes.
 

Sike Saner

fundead
Location
*aurorus noise*
Pronouns
she/her
Partners
  1. glalie
Name: Ekunasic Karo
Species: nosepass
Gender: male
Personality: Generally laid-back, sometimes fails to take things as seriously as he could. This is partly due to the fact that he's something of a joker but also because he can be prone to denial. Very loyal toward those he likes, with an impish little mean streak toward those he doesn't.

Karo comes from a trainerverse in which nearly all of humanity has been eradicated. Unlike last time, this is post-Worldslayers Karo; he has
reunited with his trainer, a gym leader (only to be separated from him again and dragged here, again, whoopsy doopsy!)
and learned what caused the near-destruction of the human species. Also, he's been to space.
 

Starlight Aurate

Ad Jesum per Mariam | pfp by kintsugi
Location
Route 123
Partners
  1. mightyena
  2. psyduck
Name: Archie
Species: human (regrettably)
Appearance: Gen III Archie from RSE
Basic personality traits: Dude acts like a pirate: he loves fighting (physically and verbally) and would rather be nowhere else than out at sea. He enjoys being around people and especially loves to teach others. Pretty much always believes he's correct. Firmly believes that the ends ALWAYS justify the means and has no problem using others to get his way.
Story link: Drowning
 

Panoramic_Vacuum

Hoenn around
Partners
  1. aggron
  2. lairon
Name: Steven Stone
Species: human
Gender: male
Appearance: fancy suit, shiny rings, messy hair. His ORAS look is his everyday attire, even in caves.
Personality: on the quiet side, Steven is patient and kind, preferring to think before he acts. He's averse to physical confrontation despite being a very competent and powerful pokemon trainer. Diplomacy is king, and he'd much rather talk things out to resolve a situation. That's not to say he's averse to making hard decisions and tough calls. He's been in a leadership position for long enough to know being an idealist isn't realistic, and the truth isn't always pretty. Still, he dislikes those who act selfishly and knows he's in the kind of position that should be used to help people, not take advantage of them. TLDR: strong moral compass, but knows sometimes you have to choose the lesser of two evils.
 

DawningWinds

Ace Trainer
Partners
  1. hawlucha
In please! I'll be using Nefari again.

Nefari
Nickit
Female
Like, 7.

She's basically your average nickit- maybe little more of a red color than most. She also wears a dark blue scarf.

Nefari doesn't really care about anyone else, and gives the impression that she considers herself greater than them. She's very paranoid, not wanting to risk anyone she hasn't been around enough... maybe not to trust, but to be sure they're not planning to hurt her, within a few feet of her. Being a nickit, she compulsively steals things regardless of whether she has particular need or want of them, and stashes them away. Aside from that, she doesn't really mind who's around or what they're doing, so long as it doesn't interfere with her.
 

HelloYellow17

Gym Leader
Pronouns
She/Her
Partners
  1. suicune
  2. umbreon
  3. mew
  4. lycanroc-wes
  5. leafeon-rui
Signing up as a hydra account with @unrepentantAuthor !

Name: Lurosa (Jackie) and Neo (Yellow)
Species: Espeon
Gender: Female (Lurosa), male (Neo)
Personality:

Lurosa
: Lurosa is an espeon gal from Dodra, a PMD world. She's a young adult, used to making a life for herself in the socially and technologically progressive Sol City as a researcher in the local university. During one of her team's experiments in teleportation, she found herself somewhere very strange indeed...

Lurosa is curious to a fault, and something of an eccentric, who happily plays the role of ethereal, inscrutable psychic academe.

Neo: Neo is a simple mon: he’s here to make friends, have fun, be the absolute best at catching the bad guys, and if bacon is involved, that’s a massive bonus. He’s outgoing, friendly, fun-loving, and obviously the most amazing creature you will ever meet. He is fiercely loyal to those he loves, and cares deeply for his trainer and brother.

But…they aren’t here with him. That’s okay, he handled himself just fine last time. But this round is…different. He looks a little different, and—someone else is sharing his body?!

He sure hopes this isn’t permanent.
 

Namohysip

Dragon Enthusiast
Staff
Partners
  1. flygon
  2. charizard
  3. milotic
  4. zoroark-soda
  5. sceptile
  6. marowak
  7. jirachi
  8. meganium
Name: Qitlan (keet-lahn)
Species: Inteleon
Gender: Male
Personality: Cold, cunning, and quiet. If you remember Alexander from the last game, Qitlan is his right hand, and he is quite fond of Alexander's methods. But will he fare as well as the Hydreigon had...? While he is not usually above some horrible interrogation methods, he suspects most of his toolkit will not be useful here. Pure brain will be his play this time around.
Appearance: Nothing special.
 

Chibi Pika

Stay positive
Staff
Location
somewhere in spacetime
Pronouns
they/them
Partners
  1. pikachu-chibi
  2. lugia
  3. palkia
  4. lucario-shiny
  5. incineroar-starr
Name: Jet
Species: Floatzel
Gender: Female
Personality: Brash and loudmouthed, she doesn't try to be rude but also has no concept of manners. Will snoop into everything and ask a million questions and also not really listen to the answers. Loves attention and wants to be a hero in order to get legions of adoring fans. That's how things work.
 

Flyg0n

Flygon connoisseur
Pronouns
She/her
Partners
  1. flygon
  2. swampert
  3. ho-oh
  4. crobat
  5. orbeetle
  6. joltik
  7. salandit
  8. tyrantrum
  9. porygon
Name: Rascal
Species: Tyrunt
Gender: Female
Personality: Rambunctious, stubborn, proud and aggressive, Rascal is the handful of handfuls. She loves to play and fight, which are basically the same thing to her, and biting things. She has a soft side too though and can be friendly and loyal if she deems you worthy. Which she'll probably do by biting you.
 

Dragonfree

Moderator
Staff
Location
Iceland
Pronouns
she/her/hers
Partners
  1. butterfree
  2. mightyena
  3. charizard
  4. scyther-mia
  5. vulpix
  6. slugma
  7. chinchou
Name: May Victoria Wallace
Species: human
Gender: female
Personality: Just wanted to be the Champion.
 

Negrek

komorebi
Staff
That's fifteen! If you want to play but didn't make it in under the cap, please post here so I can start working out a potential second game.
 

Negrek

komorebi
Staff
All right, we have our fifteen players and one game to get going! The game thread will be up shortly to commence Day 0, but in the meantime, some final notes about setup and roles:

- This game will not use the heal clash mechanic
- Two custom roles will be used in this game
- All other roles will come from this list:

Absorber, Backup, Bodyguard, Bus Driver, Cop, Doctor, Gladiator, Hider, Jack of All Trades, Mailman, Motion Detector, Oracle, Parrot, Role Blocker, Role Cop, Seraph Knight, Serial Killer, Strengthener, Strongman, Tracker, Vaporizer, Vengeful, Vigilante, Watcher

Note that although all roles on the above list will be standard in their basic mechanics, they may have additional modifiers applied (e.g. a role that can usually be used every night may be modified to be usable only on certain nights or once in the entire game). Be sure to read your role PM carefully and ask me if you have any questions about how your role works!
 
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