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Post by SeeMeInTheShadows on Thu May 17, 2012 4:17 pm

It's been a while since we've last played M&P. So we're going to try to get it set up again! This is an ancient XL tradition, for those of you who don't know.

For those of you who have no clue about what M&P is, well we lost our original rules and I found some typed up by Kelly a while ago so here those are. They're a little specific to her game, but the basics are the same.

Instructions/How to for M&P:
Anyway, here’s a neat little summary of what exactly goes on when playing Murder and Psychic (most commonly called M&P for short)!

Who — the host, a murderer, a psychic, regular members

What — The murderer kills one person off by round (can be either regular members or the psychic). The psychic tries to hint in the thread who the murderer is by pointing to clues that are hidden in the scenes that the host(s) writes. The trick is that the psychic needs to act like a regular member and arouse no suspicion so that the murderer doesn’t kill him off. Once the psychic is gone, he’s gone for good for this game. The regular members also try to figure out the clues though they have no indication of whether they’re guessing right or not — the psychic doesn’t necessarily need to guess right, he just needs to make logical connections.

How — There are as many rounds as can be done. The game will either end because the murderer has been voted off (and therefore cannot kill anyone anymore) or because the murderer has made it to the end of the game without getting voted off. Voting will be done by PMs. You PM the host(s) with your vote of whom you think is guilty of being the murderer and the votes are all tallied up. If there is a tie, no one gets voted off. It doesn’t happen too often though, so usually there’s one person voted off every round. One thing to remember is that voting is crucial! The murderer will still kill people whether or not someone gets voted off that round, and if you don’t vote…if the murderer decides to vote and his vote is the only vote, then his vote does indeed make it that an innocent person is voted off. Really guys. We need to get this ebil murdurur here. Let’s not be counterproductive.

When — As I said, there are rounds. Before the first kill, the host usually writes a short and sweet (or lovely and long) introduction scene showcasing all of the people that will be playing M&P this game (we’re currently in M&P 3.5). It’s just a fun thing that sets the scene for the whole game. Past games have dealt with going to an amusement park (and getting murdered!) and going to a very much tangible Xana’s Lair Forums as a group (and getting murdered!). The setting is basically anything the host feels like writing. After the introduction scene and after getting a few comments on it (it’s always nice to garner interest), the host posts the first murder scene. Everyone who’s playing (but the host and the person who just got killed off) discusses the murder and what he or she think the actual clues are — the host/murderer is allowed to put false clues in to trick everyone. There’s a deadline that the host will set for sending the votes in for whom you think the murderer is, and to send your votes in, you PM the host (or hosts if there’s more than one host). The votes are tallied and either another murder scene is written if someone gets killed off, a capture is written if the murderer gets voted off, or a safe scene is written if there’s a tie/no one gets voted off.
Kelly's Impossibly long Q&A: Click at your own caution:


☆ Can I still comment and discuss about the murders in this thread if I've been voted off/killed?
No, because those evil people who voted you off or that evil person who killed you off have taken this privilege away from you. I'd suggest you start screaming at them/attempting to kill them. RIGHT. NOW. (no, really)

☆ Can I discuss M&P with people over chatbox/YIM/other chatting services?
Well, yes, you technically can. I can't stop you. Enzo can't stop you. Even Kayla or Shadows, our admins can't stop you. But it'd be nice if you didn't because M&P isn't half as much fun if everyone knows who is who. The suspense and mystery is really part of M&P's charm!

☆ How are the murderer and psychic chosen?
Honestly, getting volunteers is the way to go. It's best to have a willing victim volunteer rather than the host having to PM someone to be the murderer/psychic. And what do you have to do? All you have to do is ask! ;] You can just PM the host (if there's two hosts, please PM both). It is first come, first serve, though. So PM quickly if you really want the position.

☆ If I PM the host about being the murderer/psychic, is there an approximate time frame of when they should be getting back to me?
I'm just going to say that we'll have a cookie-cutter reply ready. And when I say that, I mean, no matter which position you ask for, you're going to get the same answer: "You will find out if you have the position of the murderer/psychic (whichever one you asked for) at least a couple of days before the intro scene is written." I'm not trying to be mean about this, but because M&P does tend to get pretty intense and everyone is accusing each other, it would be pretty telling if someone asked to be the murderer and Enzo/I said that the spot had already been taken. This is because that person would then be able to hypothesise that the murderer/psychic had joined M&P (and therefore asked to be the murderer/psychic) before them.

☆ In the case that there is more than one host (a group hosting), can I just PM one host when PMing my vote?
Preferably not, if only because votes are way different than becoming the murderer or psychic. For one thing, if everyone's voting, there'll be ten-ish votes, give or take a couple. That just makes it more difficult for the hosts. The group hosting thing is a bit iffy now since I think Enzo and I are the first ones to try it (and even so, it was just this little tentative idea floating around chatbox; I've been pretty lazy about this and have no idea whether or not Enzo will actually be able to group host with me). In the future, there might be one host designated for receiving the votes, but I don't know. It all depends on how well this M&P goes.

☆ How long does a usual game of M&P take?
It depends on the time the host is able to spend on M&P. Obviously, the host has to give adequate time for everyone to get their votes in, since people have lives (there are these three tricky things called school, friends, and family). So for a voting period of a week (including the writing of the scenes and the intro scene) and with ten people playing, at the minimum it'd take one month and three weeks. And that's an extremely low estimate, mind you.

☆ Can the host get voted off?
Yeah, they can. They still have to write the scenes though, so it's not like you can actually get rid of them — I know. How terrible.

☆ Can the host also be the murderer/psychic?
Yeah, but I'd say it's pretty rare. But the option is there.

☆ How do I become the host?
M&P doesn't usually start with the host making a thread, honestly. It usually starts with a thread being made by one of the mods/admins and people sign up and sometime, somewhere along the way, someone volunteers to be the host. One thing to remember is that hosting requires a bit of your time. No, you don't have to have perfectly edited Stephen-King-worthy writing, but still...you do have to write something each time someone gets voted off or is killed by the murderer. The host also asks the murderer who they want to kill off, what clues the murderer wants to use, etc.

☆ Do I have to be active to join?
It'd be nice if you could post every once in a while. You know, offer your insight on the kills and it'd be super nice if you could vote each round. But people have things to do, places to go that most likely do not involving going to XL (which I should say is impossible, thank you very much). And this should go without saying, but the murderer and psychic most definitely need to be active. But obviously, if you have a family crisis and are overloaded with schoolwork, well no duh you should focus on that stuff first.

So, who's playing, who's hosting? If you want to host, you've got to be active and get on it-coming from a girl who's hosted twice and both have been procrastinated in (one didn't even get finished), you don't want to be the host that's bad. So make sure you have the time. If worse comes to worse, we can do a transfer of hosts.

If you want to be a murderer or a psychic, wait until the host is chosen and then PM them.

I, for one, would like to play, but not host.

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Re: M&P: Evolution

Post by cya6 on Thu May 17, 2012 6:14 pm

Wow, this sounds awesome! Can I join?

I'm sorta first time, so I'd really rather not be a host.

do we have to wait for the host to be chosen before joining?
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Re: M&P: Evolution

Post by Stella Luce 333 on Fri May 18, 2012 7:55 am

I'm in!!!
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Re: M&P: Evolution

Post by aelitaxwilliam on Fri May 18, 2012 5:59 pm

Totally in! It'd be cool to try my hand at posting again, but considering I have finals coming up, I'll pass for now. We all saw how that last attempt with Enzo went when I wasn't even busy.

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Re: M&P: Evolution

Post by cya6 on Sat May 19, 2012 1:32 pm

Wow, I was reading past M&Ps (is that allowed?)

Apparently the last two weren't even finished...

Hope we have better luck this time!
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Re: M&P: Evolution

Post by SeeMeInTheShadows on Sat May 19, 2012 4:37 pm

It's totally allowed. If only the amazing when I wrote back at XL1 was here....or the one Enzo wrote where I died and all the butterflies mourned my death (I think that's was on XL1).

And yeah, I hope we do this time as well!

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Re: M&P: Evolution

Post by VGCats_Rocks on Sun Jun 03, 2012 4:25 am

I'm in! I hope we actually finish this one, though.
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Re: M&P: Evolution

Post by Kittyclaw on Wed Jun 13, 2012 9:39 pm

I might be one of the ones who failed to finish one >.>

But if you'll have me, I'd love to join up [maybe not as host, with that last track record...]
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Re: M&P: Evolution

Post by AeonFrodo on Thu Jun 14, 2012 1:54 am

I'm in this Razz

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Re: M&P: Evolution

Post by Eilorae on Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:54 pm

I'm in but not hosting.
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Re: M&P: Evolution

Post by cya6 on Thu Jun 14, 2012 7:02 pm

sounds like we have about 8 people, and no one wants to host!
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Re: M&P: Evolution

Post by SeeMeInTheShadows on Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:30 am

Cya
Eil
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Kitty
Kelly
Stella
Aeon

Yep, eight people. Ten would be an ideal number, but if this is what we have, this is what we have. I'll give everybody another three to five days to sign up and if we have no volunteers for hosting I'll do it- though my track record isn't the best either.

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Re: M&P: Evolution

Post by Stella Luce 333 on Fri Jun 15, 2012 7:36 am

I'd love to host, but since I'm workng on XaJuWrMo at the momnt...I probbly woldn't be able to strt untl the end of the month...
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Re: M&P: Evolution

Post by RenaYumi on Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:06 am

I'll play. I can't commit to host though, I haven't hosted in literally 2 years.
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Re: M&P: Evolution

Post by aelitaxwilliam on Fri Jun 15, 2012 12:27 pm

Ooh, if that was when Enzo was hosting, I might've been the one who killed you, Shadows. He's hosted more than I've played murderer though, heh.

VGCats_Rocks wrote:I'm in! I hope we actually finish this one, though.

Laughing right now, because according to the archives, Enzo, Shadows, and I hosted the last three, and the last finished (full-version) M&P was by Snowy almost two years ago.

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Re: M&P: Evolution

Post by Guest on Fri Jun 15, 2012 12:42 pm

Kittyclaw wrote:I might be one of the ones who failed to finish one >.>

But if you'll have me, I'd love to join up [maybe not as host, with that last track record...]
If that's your only concern, forget about it. If you do host, we will make sure you finish the game. Oh we will.

*Starts reading first page of 101 ways to make sure the host finishes the game*

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Re: M&P: Evolution

Post by SMARTAgentKC on Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:49 pm

SMARTAgentKC wishes to play

Accept?

Yes
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Re: M&P: Evolution

Post by Eilorae on Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:54 pm

Yes :3
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Re: M&P: Evolution

Post by shadow74488 on Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:56 pm

Can i pway pwease
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Re: M&P: Evolution

Post by Kittyclaw on Fri Jun 15, 2012 4:15 pm

LegendOfTheSky wrote:
If that's your only concern, forget about it. If you do host, we will make sure you finish the game. Oh we will.

*Starts reading first page of 101 ways to make sure the host finishes the game*

Oh yeah? Hmmmmm. Good gracious, you might convince me. If I can get a killer who wants to help me out, I could do it
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Re: M&P: Evolution

Post by cya6 on Fri Jun 15, 2012 4:24 pm

Don't you need to be host before people apply to be psychi/murderer?
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Re: M&P: Evolution

Post by Kittyclaw on Fri Jun 15, 2012 4:44 pm

Never as we played it before, but that could have changed [I have missed a bit, after all]
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Re: M&P: Evolution

Post by cya6 on Fri Jun 15, 2012 5:45 pm

It says (under the FAQ) that you PM the host to volunteer
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Re: M&P: Evolution

Post by Kittyclaw on Fri Jun 15, 2012 6:54 pm

OH nevermind I read your post wrong. I wasn't asking for people to volunteer here, I meant I'm asking that people who would want to volunteer as murderer would be willing to help out (I'm assuming at least one person out there is already thinking they'd like to be murderer ;3)

So, unless someone else wants to do it, consider this my official volunteer to host~
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