Mario Kart Mafia Postgame Bowser’s Castle Toadstool Tavern Boo’s Graveyard Spreadsheet After participating in the Twilight Princess Mafia, I decided to give hosting my own mafia a go. I had the idea of a Mario Kart NOC beforehand, but now was the time to put it into practice. I searched IRC for a co-host, and theangryscientist was willing. Originally the game was going to have a plethora of different items and each course was gonna affect the game in some way, but tas and I cut down on that as it was getting a little too complicated. The bananas were originally an item needed for DK’s win condition, but that was scrapped as it would put the village at an unnecessary disadvantage. Other ideas which were scrapped were Mario having a fireball which would destroy any item the target had, a Bowser’s Shell which would work as a one-shot silence, and the Bob-omb having a much more complicated method of killing. (All I can say is that I’m glad that those ideas were got rid of) The “no hinting at your role name/character” rule was put in place for a good reason. Without it, the mafia would have a tough time claiming, as Mario, Luigi and co would be confirmed as true claims. On the subject of likes and dead-likes, they pose a new problem for NOC. I’m fine with allowing likes if the player who likes is still alive, as that offers a new way of “buddying” in NOC (if slightly minor), but I’m not too keen on dead-liking due to the way it can sway a person’s opinion. Yes the roles were randomised, aside from Metal Sonic who requested mafia, Celever who requested Yoshi or mafia, and Spiffy who was put in the mafia to balance Metal Sonic. About the “no deadlines day 1 and day 2” rule, I was advised to include it and I still stand by my decision to do so. The game was too small otherwise to get a long enough gameplay out of it. My mistake was not giving a deadline sooner, leading to activity pruning and Crux dishing out his own rule. :( Balance-wise, I personally don’t think tas and I did a good job. The village had many protection roles, a late-game role in a mayor, and an information role (two twins), but no inspector. The mafia had the classic Inspector/Hooker combo, which was used to good effect, as well as a Watcher AND a double kill. With a small amount of players and a setup which seemingly puts the mafia at an advantage (9 village vs 3 mafia), I think that a one-time double kill was all too much. Of course, the poor balance could’ve been prevented by correct use of self-guards, and everybody NOT claiming on D1! Day 1 was cringeworthy. Hate to say it, but the village did an awful job and put the mafia at a huge advantage. For some reason (probably lack of experience), players mass-claimed (and one was even a fake-claim). This narrowed down who “the inspector” was for the mafia, and also gave the mafia a good choice of kill(s) for the night. The mafia did well in influencing the thought “well if snaq is village, zyphirex must be mafia”. Tsk tsk. Night 1 was almost comical. Both players who had self-guards died. Celever chose not to self-guard because he thought he was getting protected by Aura Guardian, and Aura Guardian chose not to self-guard because he thought he was getting protected by Celever, the “Bodyguard”. Both did not account for a Hooker. Celever decided to Safeguard Aura Guardian so that he could get protection, but sadly that meant that Aura Guardian would also be safeguarded from the proper Bodyguard. In the end, both paid the price for false claiming. Mafia struck gold by inspecting Woodchuck, thus crippling the Bodyguard for the rest of the game via hooking. Of course, the options were narrowed down greatly due to the mass-claiming, so that’s another fault which the village can account for. --theangryscientist will talk about D2 and N2-- Metal Sonic did a godknowswhat play D3. It was a huge, needless gamble which didn’t pay off and resulted in the mafia losing when they REALLY should’ve won. All he had to do was to say a “confirmed” mafia or even pose three village as mafia and the mafia would’ve won hands down. When that play went through I laughed so hard my ribs hurt. Ah well. At night, Woodchuck was killed as he was “confirmed village” and Walrein was inspected. Good, if obvious play by the mafia. Jalmont was then swiftly killed the next day, before heading into the final day… --theangryscientist will talk about the final day-- Thought on the Players Woodchuck Woodchuck played extremely well. He stayed townie during the course of each day, rarely making a misplay. I was surprised when he Bodyguarded Houndoomsday D1 instead of Aura Guardian (as Aura Guardian was likely to be killed, due to Celever NOT actually being the Bodyguard and therefore Celever was mafia in Woodchuck’s eyes (I presume)), but Houndoomsday wasn’t a bad choice as he played very well and very town-like too. Woodchuck luckily didn’t counter-claim when Celever claimed Bodyguard, which would’ve screwed the town over even more. FireMage/cxinlee/Zyphirex I think it was fairly obvious that FireMage was very new to mafia. His understanding of the game limited the amount of posts he made and the content of his posts, leading to him coming under fire from many players who disliked the way he was playing. cxinlee subbed in, but was more or less the same, although he was getting scrutinised by Celever for a very silly reason (panicked on IRC). Sadly, his attempt to defend himself only led him to becoming more scummy. Zyphirex subbed in, and played a little better, but by that time I feel like a lot of people gave him little chance due to his previous subs. He had a lot of pc++ however, which resulted in Crux enforcing a rule upon the game. His fake claim of an item was extremely silly of him, and once he realised and decided to back-track, it was too late and he was put on the chopping board with no chance to redeem himself D2. barty the beetle/Acklow/Walrein barty the beetle can be forgiven for acting a little scummy due to the fact that he is relatively new. His posts weren’t exceptional, but I don’t really agree with the reasoning for his inevitable lynch… ah, but he wasn’t lynched in the end. After subbing out, Acklow saved him and the poor mafia felt hard done by (Spiffy in particular PMed me about how good a lynch barty the beetle wold’ve been, due to the fact that none of the three mafioso had joined in on the lynch). Acklow played decently before being subbed out. Walrein didn’t put in his best performance, but he did well in convincing Paperblade that Metal Sonic was scum, so credit for where credit’s due. Solar Vapor/Paperblade Solar Vapor kinda vanished after posting some clean, although lacklustre posts, resulting in me going on a witch hunt to find a replacement. 9 days of no hope was swiftly followed by the saving grace of Paperblade. It was obvious that Paper Blade wasn’t all too interested in the game, but he made some good plays, the most important one being lynching Metal Sonic rather than Walrein. I don’t believe he used the chat with Blackhawk11 as well as he could have, however. Celever Eek. Celever didn’t have a very good game to be brutally honest. He was taken advantage of by Spiffy which led to an OMGUS, and falseclaimed Bodyguard (after not checking his role. Sure, the role doesn’t state that he doesn’t protect people from kills, but the fact that he is a Safeguard Villager, as stated in the bottom, should be evidence enough. His false claim screwed the village over a little, and both Aura Guardian and Celever died due to it, when selfguarding would’ve been better. Houndoomsday Houndoomsday played extremely well for his first NOC. It was evident that he was village throughout the game; 20 pages in and not being voted for ONCE speaks for itself. I think it is safe to say that Houndoomsday was one of, if not the most obvious townie. His one misplay, however, meant that the village had lost their trump card. He claimed Banana Mayor for no particular reason other than cleaning himself, but I don’t think anybody needed to be convinced too much that Houndoomsday was clean. He picked Metal Sonic and Walrein to swipe at night, and they both had Golden Bananas, so kudos to him for getting the items he needed. Marquis/Snaquaza Haha man, Marquis was brilliant. I was a little pissed off at the village for not being able to see the blatant humour Marquis was showing during the RVS, which was yet another bad play they made during Day 1. He posted extremely well, and made it known to the village that he was clean. Sadly, he couldn’t stay all too long and so when Snaquaza subbed in, he was immediately targeted and pounced upon. I think that many people who lynched Snaquaza were oblivious to the fact that he had subbed in for Marquis. Nevertheless, Snaquaza deserved the lynch imo, as his plays were a little bland and he didn’t do enough to convince other people not to lynch him. Aura Guardian I was a little disappointed with AG’s play during Day 1. As he was one of the only experienced players on the village, I was hoping he would step up and try to prove himself as that, yet he was overshadowed a lot by up-and-coming stars such as Blackhawk11 and Houndoomsday. He didn’t post a lot, which bugged me, and his posts weren’t all too detailed. Nevertheless, he didn’t claim during the claiming spree of the village, and actually advised against it iirc. His gambit didn’t pay off, although that was partly due to the fact that Celever falseclaimed and AG decided to save him. What AG didn’t account for was a hook, and after hilarious events, AG died. I can see why he didn’t use the protection given to him, although it would probably be better to be safe rather than sorry. AG upon death did guess 2 of the three mafia though, so be proud of that! Blackhawk11 Blackhawk had a good game. His play wasn’t outstanding, but it was decent enough to make sure that he was considered a villager for the majority of the time. He was very observant and made some solid posts, but the thing which intrigued me most was his thoughts that he posted in the twin chat, which were very clever. A shame then that it didn’t always translate to what he said in the thread! He wasn’t all too active, but the posts he made made up for that. Jalmont I can’t really comment all too much on Jalmont’s play because he didn’t post a lot. I had to prod him several times which resulted in a period of the game where he just posted to not be subbed out. He stayed under the radar, but that’s about it. I was a little frustrated that he wasn’t being pressured as much as he should have, and so for most of the game he was ignored and so wasn’t a viable lynch target. His play wasn’t exceptional by any means, but it did the job. Spiffy Spiffy was terrible bleurgh Spiffy impressed me with the way he played. He was quick out of the racing blocks and was one of the first few players to be “confirmed” villagers. Without Metal Sonic’s play, I doubt Spiffy would’ve ever gotten lynched. He did well in bussing Jalmont, and Metal Sonic to an extent, and so a connection could never be drawn between the trio. His posts, however, seemed largely superficial in my eyes, as it reminded me of AG’s and my play during Twilight Princess Mafia. He also buddied Metal Sonic a little too hard, although I didn’t pick up on that (it was mentioned on IRC a couple of times). He lead the mafia well, and was always the one who sent in the actions. I don’t think Spiffy was ever dreadfully inactive either. Metal Sonic Hmm. I think you know what I have to say about you, Metal Sonic. His needless gamble didn’t pay off and so he has to carry the burden of throwing the game away for the mafia, when the win was in sight. He requested to be mafia, so I made him mafia. I want to make one thing clear: I DID tell Metal Sonic “Don’t act like a retard or you’ll get godkilled”. This isn’t because Metal Sonic’s usual play is anti-town, but anti-game. His lack of substance in any of his posts makes him a useless player to include in the game, which was why he wasn’t chosen for the big Pokemon Mafia. I didn’t want a spot to go to waste on him, so I gave him the empty threat of godkilling him if he acted his usual self. Instead, we got a Metal Sonic which played well up until his inspector claim, although a little forgettable. He was generally seen as neutral-leaning-scum by many players, but I would expect no less from Metal Sonic <3 Conclusion Hope you enjoyed the game! It was extremely fun organising and hosting it, and I hope it was the same at your end. What went on in this match was hilarious imo, with so many calamities swinging the probability of each faction winning. I believe I should’ve included an Inspector and taken out the Bob-omb to balance the game out, although I may be exaggerating it slightly due to the fact that the village played so terribly Day 1. Without that play, I think the game would’ve been a little more balanced. Sorry for the wait *Eagle4 glares at the angryscientist tas will be posting his thoughts on the game as well as the review of each player, D2, N2 and the final day in this thread.