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1 The Masquerade - Mafia Wins [;_;] on Sat Jul 18, 2015 1:34 am

The Masquerade





Welcome, welcome, one and all! You have been cordially invited to attend none other than the most mysterious of magical nights, the boldest of bewitching bashes, and the fanciest festivities upon which your eyes did dare to feast! It is the Masquerade, the dance and ball, a night full of whimsical delights and irresistible capers. There will be food and drink! Music and applause! Entertainment sent forth from the farthest reaches of this ripe land! This raucous revelry and more all for your enjoyment and dearest amusement.

All attending guests need not let worries burden their poor minds. At the Masquerade dance and ball, it is esteemed tradition to brandish and don the guise—of a mask! Let none be any wiser as to your midnight temptations. Enjoy! Bask in the freedom that comes with anonymity, and know that you are among lords and ladies of like mind and mischievous intent. There shall be no judging here, only swift and endless indulgence.

So come! Come join us at the Masquerade! Let no mystery go . . . unseen!






The Game and a hint of its mechanics
The Masquerade is a game with the core component of anonymity through the flavorful use of masks. At the start of the game, each player will be provided access to a dummy account provided specifically for this game by the administrators. These accounts will be so named after the mask which the player shall don for the Masquerade's proceedings, with names such as “Fox Mask”, “Butterfly Mask”, and even the mysterious and coveted “Midnight Mask”. All player posting to the thread must be done through these dummy accounts.

Have you ever wondered how well you know your fellow posters and their posting habits? Or how both your and their playstyles would change if submitted without names and identifiers attached? Maybe some players are disguising and concealing their usual mannerisms and tendencies... maybe some players are even masquerading as other players by typing just like them!

The Masquerade will test your ability to analyze not just player roles and actions, but the players behind the masks, because like a true masquerade ball, masks can and will change hands and faces. Certain roles will interact with masks other than their own—or maybe even have the ability to swap between masks. Many of these roles are of my own creation, based off of existing roles within the mafia structure. In lieu of the Masquerade dance and ball theme, flavor has been trickled over each of these roles. You will find them all... familiar, if but just slightly different than what you might expect, with some new and exciting surprises that I am most anxious to reveal.

But ah! We mustn't get ahead of ourselves. It would not do well to roll out the main course before the appetizers have even been served—and, speaking of which, I do not know how many will be in attendance! How discourteous! Allow me to rectify.

Sign-ups and formal invitations
Sign-ups for this thread will be handled differently. It will not be done through this thread. You may elect to bump it, if you so desire, if you are not worried about others knowing you are participating. However, formal sign-ups will be done through PM. I need only your signature, if you would R.S.V.P.!


Lux of Aria would like to formally invite you to her first ever Masquerade dance and ball. Attendees are expected to wear a mask and their finest dress. At the ball, you may expect . . .

- Music
- Dancing
- Live entertainment
- A seven course meal
- Complimentary refreshments and appetizers
- And last but not least, the good graces and well wishes of your delightful host!

If you would find this agreeable to your palette, R.S.V.P. by private message before the due date.


X __________________________________
pledges to attend Lux of Aria's Masquerade dance and ball.




Statement of Intent and other odds and ends
I will update this thread with pretty pictures, formatting, and a proper set of rules before the game starts. I would like to run with at least 10 or more players, since we seem to be hitting around that number for threads of late. The more the merrier, of course! Since that will allow me to run some of the more exciting roles I've conjured up.

If anyone has questions or wants clarification on certain things before or after signing up, feel free to post or PM—whichever you prefer. I'll be fleshing out this post a bit more over the following few days. Tentatively, I planned for rollovers at 10:00 PM PST, but I can go down to 9:00 PM PST if that's more preferable. I would like for the thread to begin around Monday evening, but I am willing to wait if it means we'll get 10 or more people.

Lastly, something I'll draft up in the proper rules, but this is a closed role game. Additionally, there will be a 30 minute break between when a phase ends and the next one begins. This is because each account will have its passwords swapped come rollover and I will provide all appropriate players with the passwords to their necessary masks when the next phase begins. We're doing a bit of an honor code wherein I request that you do not change your passwords, thus causing our administrators to work extra to retrieve the account. Accounts can be logged in from multiple locations, so you needn't worry. Also, no PM alliances unless stated, and all communication from me to the players will be done through your main accounts.

Rules and tentative declarations
For now, these are the working rules. I will finalize them as sign-ups come in:
* Activity requirement of at least a post every 48 hours. I would prefer 24 hours, but I understand things can come up.
* Unlimited vote changes.
* In the event of multiple people voting under one mask, the most recent vote obviously counts.
* You may claim roles, but not post a screenshot of your role.
* You may claim access to multiple masks. Even if you do not have access to them.
* You may vote for “No Lynch”, but not “No Vote”. Voting is required. If you do not vote, you will face a penalty.
* Dead players may not stay dead. Do not talk to them about the game!
* Ratios may not be accurate at rollover!
* Do not message other players through your mask accounts, nor change the avatar or anything else. You may elect to change your account to display as "Hidden" if you so desire.
* Masks will have their passwords changed every 24 hours. I will redistribute access to each account as necessary.
* All actions must be sent in through your main account, not your mask account.
Updated:
* You may "unmask" over the course of the game. This means that if you are currently still alive, you may post on your main account. Votes for or against the main account will not be tallied. Votes against the mask you are associated with will count towards you still. The moderator will not confirm if an unmasked player is who they say they are.

I... think that should cover most of it for now!

I hope you all enjoy this!


Notes - Mechanics
Players, Masks, and Abilities Interactions:
A few of the patrons at this event have sent in inquiries regarding the way players, masks, and abilities are resolved. In hindsight, I did not make it specific within the opening post, so here we go!

For this game, I find a good way to understand everything is to view it in a physical context. Each player in this game is effectively a patron at a ball. Their abilities are unique to themselves, and not to the masks. The masks are merely the face presented to the other players in the game. If a player swaps masks, they are still that same person, just with a different disguise.

So, following that logic, let us say that you have an ability that lets you target a player during the night. To target a player, you select one of the masks in the game, and in this case let's say you target Mask A, which is worn by Player X. However, should any mask scrambling occur during the night before your action takes place, and let's say now Player X wears Mask B and Player Y wears Mask A, then your ability will resolve on the target you selected: Mask A, which is worn by Player Y. As a result, Player Y is affected by your ability.

Additionally, let us say that this ability has a lingering effect that continues to affect Player Y. If during the game Player Y would then switch to another Mask, like Mask C, and Player Z ends up with Mask A now, then Player Z would not suffer from the lingering effects; Player Y would still have the effect, even though they changed masks.

The exception to all of this is if there is an ability or role that specifically states that a mask is acted upon. Basically, view the players and masks as separate entities, but you target the masks to act on the player wearing that mask. In a game of changing masks, it can and will get confusing, thus adding to the mystery of the masquerade.

If you have any questions about this, I will reply here. Additionally, if you have any questions about your role, I am always available to help. <3



Formal Masquerade Guest Registry
X Gemmed Mask
X Butterfly Mask
X Fox Mask
X Starry Mask
X Purple Mask
X Bunny Mask
X Dog Mask
X Cat Mask
X Feathered Mask
X Skull Mask
X Red Mask
X Blue Mask



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2 Re: The Masquerade - Mafia Wins [;_;] on Sat Jul 18, 2015 1:41 am

The Aria residence would like to announce that it is delighted to have received its first formal attendee acceptance of the masquerade dance and ball party invitations.

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3 Re: The Masquerade - Mafia Wins [;_;] on Sat Jul 18, 2015 12:51 pm

The Aria residence is delighted to announce that it has received four more formal attendee acceptances to the masquerade dance and ball!

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4 Re: The Masquerade - Mafia Wins [;_;] on Sat Jul 18, 2015 8:41 pm

The Aria residence is excited to announce that it has received another two formal attendee acceptance to the masquerade dance and ball.

Presently, there are a planned total of seven attendees! I wish you could all see some of the responses I've received. They are wonderful.

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5 Re: The Masquerade - Mafia Wins [;_;] on Sat Jul 18, 2015 11:00 pm

The Aria residence is pleased to announce that it has received another formal attendee acceptance to the masquerade dance and ball. We are now at eight attendees on the registry and hope to see at least a handful more!



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6 Re: The Masquerade - Mafia Wins [;_;] on Sun Jul 19, 2015 2:29 pm

The Aria residence is nearing its goal. Presently, there are nine attendees pledged to attend the masquerade dance and ball. I believe there are at least a couple more that plan to join, and so I may extend sign-ups a little bit to account for them, even if the goal is reached in time. I shall keep you all apprised of the situation.

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7 Re: The Masquerade - Mafia Wins [;_;] on Sun Jul 19, 2015 8:28 pm

Hello, again! As a head's up, I'm preemptively pushing the thread's start back until tomorrow evening at 10:00 PM PST from today's hopeful start time. We're not at the ten player mark yet, but even if someone were to sign-up in the next hour, I believe there may be another one or two coming in. Plus I need to set up a bunch of mask accounts and take care of a few other things. I may do that over the course of tomorrow without waiting for the last few sign-ups.

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8 Re: The Masquerade - Mafia Wins [;_;] on Mon Jul 20, 2015 12:23 am

As of this moment, the Aria residence has a total of twelve attendees on the guest registry. There may still be a latecomer or two--we shall see!--but otherwise, barring any sudden problems on my end with final preparations, the game should be slotted to start at 10:00 PM PST on Monday evening.

Fingers crossed that final preparations go well.

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9 Re: The Masquerade - Mafia Wins [;_;] on Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:17 pm

The carriages have begun to arrive. The esteemed guests and visitors will soon be within the luxurious manor estate, ready for a night of indulgence and excitement.

The game rules have been updated. I will notify you if they change again with updates.

The masks are currently without avatars because I ran out of time. I will get to those throughout the phase.

Lastly... this is my first ever time hosting, and while I hope nothing will go terribly wrong or that I overlooked something, I pledge no matter what that I will try my best! I hope the game is foremost fun and enjoyable, and I will communicate with the players to the best of my abilities!

The game is starting soon.

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10 Re: The Masquerade - Mafia Wins [;_;] on Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:49 pm

The estate is alive with merriment. The tables are filled, the music is loud, and jovial chatter echoes through these grand, marbled halls. How fortunate a night! How great a moon that beams in the heavens high above! It's time for a masquerade ball!

It is Night Zero. All roles and masks have been sent. The game has begun.

The ratio is 3 Mafia:9 Town. The phase ends at 10:00 PM PST on Tuesday the 21st of July.



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11 Re: The Masquerade - Mafia Wins [;_;] on Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:52 pm

Viel Glück an alle.

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12 Re: The Masquerade - Mafia Wins [;_;] on Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:57 pm

What a splendid ball. Compliments to the host.

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13 Re: The Masquerade - Mafia Wins [;_;] on Mon Jul 20, 2015 10:59 pm

What those people said. ;v;

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14 Re: The Masquerade - Mafia Wins [;_;] on Mon Jul 20, 2015 11:02 pm

As a reminder, all actions must be submitted through your main account. I have updated the rules to state as much.

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15 Re: The Masquerade - Mafia Wins [;_;] on Mon Jul 20, 2015 11:08 pm

Oh, what a lovely night! The food, the music, the fashion~! I look so forward to having a sple~ndid time with you all!

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