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The Murder and the Psychic

Post by SeeMeInTheShadows on Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:56 am

Time for the next round. Heads will roll. (Or you know, something equally as death-y).

Here are some instructions, ask if you have any questions. If not, our previous game, M&P: Evolution was a fantastic example of a good game, hosted by our lovely Kittyclaw with the help of Cya and Rena as our murderer and our Psychic.

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.

Cya has already expressed interest in hosting, but just in case something comes up, feel free to say if you'd also like to be a host. I think we're all excited to get back to this game, so let's go! I'm in, for one. Also, guess who thought this over and referenced Edgar Allan Poe? Yeah, this girl! (I actually didn't start that way, it just kind of happened).

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Snickie
Kitty
Soul
Kelly
Legend
Shade
Cats
Cya
Enzo
Eil
Stella


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Re: The Murder and the Psychic

Post by Snickie on Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:24 am

I'm playing this round.

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Re: The Murder and the Psychic

Post by Kittyclaw on Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:25 am

I'm in too :]
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Re: The Murder and the Psychic

Post by Soul Jelly on Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:06 am

Count me in!
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Re: The Murder and the Psychic

Post by Guest on Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:09 am

LOTS is in it to win.

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Re: The Murder and the Psychic

Post by aelitaxwilliam on Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:33 am

Let's do this.

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Re: The Murder and the Psychic

Post by Atlas on Sat Jul 14, 2012 1:40 pm

So... are you actually doing it?

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Re: The Murder and the Psychic

Post by aelitaxwilliam on Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:43 pm

This could be the time where I admit to being really obsessed with Hannah Montana and consequently part of how I became such good friends with my best friend.

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Re: The Murder and the Psychic

Post by shadow74488 on Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:39 pm

Can I be in pwease?
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Re: The Murder and the Psychic

Post by VGCats_Rocks on Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:09 am

I'm getting in on this.
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Re: The Murder and the Psychic

Post by cya6 on Mon Jul 16, 2012 5:41 am

Guess I'll host.

Shocked

Well, hopefully this won't extend into August. I'll try to be on top of it better, because I basically don't have much to do until July 29th.
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Re: The Murder and the Psychic

Post by SeeMeInTheShadows on Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:02 am

It probably will last until August, at least, there's a strong possibility of (but it may not, you never know), so if you want to maybe host next round, that'd be fine too.

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Re: The Murder and the Psychic

Post by cya6 on Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:07 am

Well...

Sad

fine. I guess I can host next time. But there had better be a next time.

I will be MIA after July 29th, so while that does work for playing, I guess I can't host. Dang. And I was looking forward to it.

Eh well.

Someone else can host then. Sad
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Re: The Murder and the Psychic

Post by Atlas on Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:36 pm

So..... start?

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Re: The Murder and the Psychic

Post by Snickie on Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:42 pm

We need a host first.

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Re: The Murder and the Psychic

Post by Guest on Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:48 pm

One or two more players can't hurt too.

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Re: The Murder and the Psychic

Post by Coto524 on Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:56 pm

I join please. I want join. I be good player. Also I promise I never host again, I crap host.

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Re: The Murder and the Psychic

Post by Eilorae on Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:03 am

Adddddddd mmmmmmeeeeeeew! But this time don't blame the ice sector for the deaths.
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Re: The Murder and the Psychic

Post by Atlas on Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:52 am

If you need, I'll hop onboard.

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Re: The Murder and the Psychic

Post by Stella Luce 333 on Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:18 am

I’m in!!!
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Re: The Murder and the Psychic

Post by Koneko on lyoko on Tue Jul 17, 2012 12:58 pm

Is it late to join, because this sounds like fun Razz

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Re: The Murder and the Psychic

Post by cya6 on Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:03 pm

Not too late to join (I don't think.)

(and shouldn't the topic have been the Murderer and Psychic? Not the Murder and Psychic.)

Whatevs. when are we gonna get this started? (when will someone volunteer to host?)
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Re: The Murder and the Psychic

Post by Kittyclaw on Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:35 pm

I thought you were hosting, cya?
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Re: The Murder and the Psychic

Post by Koneko on lyoko on Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:03 pm

Didn't she say she couldn't because the game would go on for too long and she'd be away?
Is being the host just writing the scene and getting the votes?

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Re: The Murder and the Psychic

Post by cya6 on Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:44 pm

( Sad yeah, I can't host because I will be forced to abandon any and all electronics for the first two weeks of August.)

Basically, Koneko. Also Murderer and Psychic applicants will PM you to apply (is that right?)
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