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I don't know if you guys ever played the Board Game series 'Deception,' but I thought it would translate well into a forum game. It is basically an investigative game where players work together to solve a crime. Among the investigators (players) is a murderer.
The roles are the following:
Forensic Scientist (ME, the host)
Investigators (The good guys) Murderer (The bad guy)
Accomplice (The bad guy side-kick)
The ratio of good guys to bad guys will be 4:1, with any leftovers going to the good guys side. I will PM you your role.
Each player is given 4 'Means of Murders' and 4 'Key Evidences,' all of which are public knowledge at all time (presented in the thread for all to see.) Before the game begins, the bad guys team PMs me 1 Mean of Murder and 1 Key Evidence of their choice, both of which must belong to the murderer.
OBJECTIVE: The Investigators must identify the Mean of Murder and the Key Evidence. IDENTIFYING THE MURDERER WILL NOT WIN YOU THE GAME!
CLUES: To help the Investigators, I will be providing 6 different clues, two of which will always be 'Cause of Death' and 'Location of the Crime.' The nature of the 4 other clues will be random. Investigators must use the clues to figure out the Mean of Murder and the Key Evidence, while the bad guys will of course try to derail the investigation.
SOLVING THE CRIME: At any point in the game, a player may attempt to solve the crime by PM'ing me what they think is the 'Mean of Murder' and the 'Key Evidence.' I will reveal their attempt in the thread. If they're correct, then Investigators win, if they're wrong, all I will say is 'Incorrect.' No more, no less. Put in your PM title 'I WANT TO SOLVE THE CRIME'. Anything else and I won't consider it official.
Each player can only have ONE attempt at solving the crime. Once you've had your attempt, you may not solve the crime for the rest of the game, but you can still participate in the game.
Each round is separated into 3 phases:
1) A discussion round. With access to all the 'Means of Murder' and 'Key Evidences' and my 6 clues, the players have 24 hours to discuss among themselves in an attempt to solve the crime. Please do not post in the thread after the 24 hours is up.
2) By the end of the 24 hours, EVERY PLAYER must PM me a presentation of 1-2 lines long of their thoughts on the crime. I will reveal them all at the same time.
3) I will replace one of the clues with a different clue. The nature of the new clue is also random. This will provide new information for the investigators to work with. Then we go back to phase 1.
A game lasts 3 rounds. By the end of the 3rd round, anyone who hasn't attempted to solve the crime, must do so. I will give an extra 12 hours for them to PM me their attempts, in case they were busy during the final discussion period, so they can catch up.
This forum game can handle up to 20 players, although I highly doubt we'll get anywhere near that number
The minimum amount of players would be 8. Anything lower and the murderer is way too easy to spot. The more the merrier for sure. Preferably, I'd like 16 Investigators, 1 Murderer, and 3 Accomplices.