Everyone ought to know the rules already, but just to be sure, let me start with a quick refresher:
BASIC GAME RULES:
[list][*]The game alternates between day and night, starting with nighttime.[/*:m]
[*]At nighttime, most targeted special roles get to perform their action. That means Wolves, the Seer, the Angel, the Finder, the Cupid, and the Doppelganger get to pick their targets.[/*:m]
[*]During the day, any living character may discuss IC (In Character) who should be lynched at the end of the day. This includes voting on who you think should be lynched.[/*:m]
[*]If nobody votes, nobody gets lynched. In the event of a tie, either the Mayor's vote becomes a tiebreaker, or (if there is no Mayor) the victim is chosen at random from among the tied votes.[/*:m]
[*]Once the number of wolves is equal to the number of non-wolf characters, the Wolves have won.[/*:m]
[*]If the number of wolves is zero, every non-wolf character (except the Village Idiot) has won.[/*:m][/list:u]
[list][*]If the Village Idiot is lynched, he wins the game. If he ends the game alive, he loses (unless it's a Linked Victory).[/*:m]
[*]If the Crazy War Veteran is lynched, they can choose another player to kill as they die. This behaves similarly to a Wolf kill, but obviously can't be protected against by the Angel since it doesn't happen at night.[/*:m]
[*]The first time a player with a special role dies, the Aer transforms into whatever role that player was.[/*:m]
[*]If there is more than one Wolf and they have differing targets, a victim is picked at random. Priority is given to any Wolves targeting other Wolves (e.g. if two Wolves try to kill each other and a third goes after a villager, the villager is guaranteed to be safe and one of the Wolves will die).[/*:m]
[*]To clarify the previous rule, only one person can be killed by the Wolves each night, even if that person is a Wolf (more than one person can die in a single night if the victim is Linked (or someone commits suicide at night)).[/*:m]
[*]The Seer can scan one target per night. This tells the seer what role they have, but any Links (resulting from the Cupid) remain unknown, as does who they targeted that night, if anyone.[/*:m]
[*]The Angel can protect one target other than themself per night. If that target is chosen as the Wolves' victim, they are saved instead.[/*:m]
[*]The Finder can scan one target per night, similar to the seer. Unlike the seer, however, they learn nothing about the target's role, and instead learn whether or not they targeted someone with their special ability that night, and who it was.[/*:m]
[*]The Cupid can link two targets once, during the nighttime. After the link occurs, the Cupid becomes an ordinary Villager. These targets become Linked, which results in each being notified of this fact. If one Linked player dies, any player Linked to them dies as well. If the Linked players are spread across more than one team (e.g. one is a Villager and the other is a Wolf) then they become their own team, and can only win if all players Linked together survive until the end of the game. If one half of a Linked pair is linked to a third player (which can happen if the Doppelganger copies the Cupid and links one of the two people the original Cupid linked to a third), all three are Linked together.[/*:m]
[*]The Doppelganger can copy a target once, during the nighttime. This transforms the Doppelganger into whatever role their target was. If they become a Wolf, an announcement is sent out to notify players that the number of Wolf players has increased. Also, the Doppelganger instantly discovers the identity of the other Wolves, and all the other Wolves discover the identity of the new Wolf (the former Doppelganger).[/*:m]
[*]Any player can be elected to be the Mayor. The Mayor's vote serves to break ties during lynching, but also makes one a target (either for the Wolves or for suspicious villagers).[/*:m][/list:u]
[list][*]Text almost entirely in italics is "OOC" (Out Of Character). This does not mean that slight changes in italicization changes OOC/IC status, for any literalists still out there.[/*:m]
[*]Non-"wolf" characters cannot discuss the game during nighttime. Dead characters cannot discuss the game at all until it's over.[/*:m]
[*]Voting requires a public statement with the subject (and type, if there is more than one type of vote active) clearly indicated, either via coloration or emphasis. Any PM'd votes or non-emphasized votes will not be counted.[/*:m]
[*]Nighttime targeting requires you to send a PM to me indicating your target. No emphasis should be needed since you shouldn't bring up any extraneous information.[/*:m]
[*]The most recent valid vote/target will be counted, so you can change your mind.[/*:m]
[*]If you wish, you may commit suicide. This should be done publicly, with the word suicide clearly indicated. This removes you from the game (making you "dead", so no discussing the game anymore until it's over), and I will make public whether or not you were a wolf.[/*:m][/list:u]
With all that junk out of the way, let's get on to the game!
"Is everyone ready?" The room is dark, but the hooded figure can see the others nodding. "In that case, I'm going to throw the switch."
The moment is tense; for the first time, the members of the Forum Block are going to explore the physics behind the strange virtual world they live in. The "datablock accelerator" took MageKing17 several weeks to complete, but now they're finally going to see what happens when two virtual representations of data collide at high speed. Various sensing equipment stands ready to record the results, and the crowd is eager to see what happens.
"Level 5 Telekinesis!" The figure throws back his hood and points to a big, ominous lever, which hurls itself downward with a resounding CLANK!
Steam hisses out of the massive clockwork of which the device is constructed. A grinding noise sounds as two experimental "datapults" prepare to hurl their contents at each other at incredible speed. "Here we go!"
There is a sound of inhalation as the crowd begins to hold its collective breath. The datapults release their datablocks at each other, and time seems to stand still as the two lights on the observation panel close rapidly. Three seconds... two seconds... one second...
Silence. At first, confusion. Then, panic as it becomes apparent that they can't hear anything. Then everyone passes out, and they cease to worry about sudden deafness.
* * *
"What the hell just happened?"
"I'm not sure." MageKing17 picks himself up off the ground. "I think the datablocks hit each other, but I'm not sure. Nor do I know why everyone passed out."
"Should it even be possible for us to pass out?"
"Well, where are we?"
It is immediately apparent that this is not the laboratory in which the experiments were being conducted. Everyone who was present before is now in a hallway, with seemingly-endless rows of doors on either side. A quick check shows that all the nearby doors are locked, and panic returns.
"What the hell are we going to do?"
"We don't even know where we are!"
"Calm down!" MageKing17 begins casting a scrying spell. "I'm sure we can't be too far from the lab. Level 99 Locator!"
Nothing happens. MageKing17 blinks. "That's odd. That should have done something. Level 5 Spark?"
Still nothing. "Hmm. It seems I can't cast any spells."
One of the spectators lets out a moan. "Oh shit, what are we going to do now?"
"Calm down!" MageKing17's expression is hard. "Wherever we are, panic won't help us. Let's just... walk that way and see if any of these doors open."
After ten minutes, it becomes clear that not only is every single door locked, but the corridor loops in on itself to form a circle, despite having the illusion of being straight (no doubt some clever data manipulation trickery). A count shows 32 doors on the "inside" of the circle, and 128 on the "outside". Obviously this building was created by some kind of computer geek with a binary fetish.
"I resent that!" comes a voice from the walls.
"Resent what?" someone shouts back.
"I do not have a 'binary fetish'!"
The crowd whispers amongst itself.
"Who said 'binary fetish'?"
"I think MageKing said it."
"What? No I didn't!"
"I heard you say it!"
"Well, I'm quite sure I would remember that."
"Anarion did it."
"What?! Why would I do that?"
"Iunno. Felt like it, maybe?"
"I think E_net4 said it."
"Wait, E_net4's here?"
"Yeah, he's right over... huh. Where'd he go?"
The crowd spins around, looking for the missing member, but he's nowhere to be found.
"I have E_net4," booms the voice, "and will be returning him to you... shortly. Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!"
"Well," muttered MageKing17, "at least our 'binary fetishist' has the evil laugh down."
"That's it!" the voice screeched, and a bolt of lightning shot down from the ceiling to vaporize MageKing17. "Not so cocky without your magical powers, are we?"
It took a mere two seconds for panic to return full-force.
"Oh shit! Oh shit! He can vaporize people!"
"How the fuck does that even make sense!?"
"What the hell is going on here?"
Suddenly, one of the inner doors swung open and E_net4 stumbled out before passing out again.
"Next!" the voice shouted, and Anarion disappeared.
A few minutes later, Anarion was ejected from the interior as well, and this process repeated itself until everyone (at least, everyone still alive) was again passed out on the floor. When they came to, all the doors were again locked, and the corridor was still a closed circuit.
"Well, what do we do now?"
"I say we break one of these doors down."
"What good would that do us?"
"Iunno. Make us feel better?"
"Yeah, great plan. Let's antagonize the crazy man with the vaporization ray. Sounds brilliant."
"I'm not crazy!" came the angry response from the walls.
"Well, what do you want with us, then?"
"I want to perform a little experiment."
Confused expressions all around. "What kind of experiment?"
"The kind where you all die and I get to watch. Sound fun?"
"Tough. Some of you have been exposed to unusual radiation as a result of your little... experiment. The most immediate effect was the removal of any powers you may have had; you've seen the results in that pile of ash I still haven't cleaned up. The second is to cause something of a 'zombification' effect in some of you.'"
"We'll all be able to shoot Happy Love Time Destruction Beam?"
"What? No! What the hell is Happy Love Time Destruction Beam?"
"No, nevermind! I don't care! Those of you who are infected will have an insatiable hunger for the flesh of your fellows. Since obviously 'zombie' doesn't mean what it used to, I'll call these infected 'wolves'. To make things interesting, I've injected the rest of you with a special virus. This virus will have generally unpredictable effects, based on your exposure to the radiation... here, I've prepared a list for you."
A table extrudes itself from the wall:
[list][*]Infected, codename "Wolf" - Insatiable hunger for the flesh of others. Guess who's dinner?[/*:m]
[*]Telepath, codename "Seer" - Can detect the effects of the virus and/or radiation on an individual. Had to give you guys some handicap, after all.[/*:m]
[*]Telekinetic, codename "Angel" - Can surround someone else with an energy shield. You're still all going to die.[/*:m]
[*]Psychic, codename "Finder" - Can determine the focus of someone's mental energies.[/*:m]
[*]Linker, codename "Cupid" - Can link the life energies of two individuals, but it consumes the virus in the process. I'm not really sure what the point of this one was, but hey, may as well throw the whole batch in at once.[/*:m]
[*]Doppelganger, codename... "Doppelganger" - Okay, so I couldn't think of a better name for this one, but it's pretty self-explanatory; you'll be able to duplicate the virus and radiation level of another person, giving you exactly the same powers as them.[/*:m]
[*]Absorber, codename "Aer" - When one of you dies, this person will absorb their virus and radiation levels. It was sort of an offshoot of the Doppelganger project.[/*:m]
[*]Maniac, codename "Village Idiot" - This one will have an urge for suicide, but in a very specific way; being strangled to death by the rest of you. When this happens, a special toxin will be released that will kill the rest of you and restore it to life; should you refrain from doing so until after the infected "wolves" have been eliminated, this person will die from the toxin buildup.[/*:m]
[*]Jedi, codename "Crazy War Veteran" - I've given one of you a lightsaber. I, uh, imported it from... uh... a special place that you don't need to know about. It will only work once, and only when your life is in danger, and will self-destruct after use. So, uh, good luck with that one.[/*:m][/list:u]
The crowd takes a moment to examine the list, then says in unison: "You're a fucking idiot."
"Shut up! I'm a genius! And just for that, I'm going to knock you all out again!"
A collective groan is cut short by knockout gas... but not everyone is as asleep as the others.
It is now nighttime. Targeted roles, send your targets to me before daybreak, which is at 12:00 AM GMT on September... 19th. I think I want the complete day/night cycle to take around a week, but I guess we'll experiment a little first.
EDIT: For reference (thank you for the reminder, Grim), here is the list of players:[list][*]Amarth[/*:m]
EDIT2: Added a rule to clarify that nighttime targeting is done via PM.
EDIT3: Added a rule to clarify that you can change your vote/target (thank you, Amarth).