I've been reading this thread and here is what comes to mind. There should be no ranking system or restrictions. When you are a new player, the thing that will benefit others AND YOURSELF is to play a beginner game first and then a standard so that you can learn the basics and not make a fool of yourself in a standard game. Sure, there may be a few renegades who may think they are ready and will jump head-first into a standard game, but that will just label you as an inept mafia player. With the hosting issue, I believe that once you play around 4-5 games you get an understanding of the effort put into a mafia game to make it balanced and fair. This is what I believe should happen in circus from now on.
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