My boring read on the Village's game, strategy, fallout, and my journey:
- The pre-existing Book Club was important, and led by a really strong, kinda erratic, beautiful Stakeout in public.
- They got hooked up immediately with the Medium since Feech! got murked, which was huge for them, and huge for Village Win. I've already speculated about how different the game would have been if no Book Club members had died in the first couple of nights.
- iambic, after getting Catullus' protection on Night 1, was also (only around Night 7) trusted by Book Club - like the Medium, he had a good, ironclad reason to be "in" that a ghost could verify. This made him and Jugdish the only people who really could ever be theoretically brought into the Book Club in the early days.
- I think there's a reason Jugdish never trusted iambic, even though iambic was mad about that. Book Club was smart to prioritise the Medium above all. (Even more so when it became apparent what Alice's big play was).
- Attempted Cabal was bad, and misguided, alongside the email thing. The fact that the Narc could go totally undercover (and scan as Villager/Businessman) was seemingly missed by all involved until very late, and LoD played really, really well. Dude is an All-Star, what can I say?
- For my game, and the way I played, I was frustrated to be considered Cabal By Association since I argued strongly against them in the thread, and in private, all in good faith. When I first began my journey with Palmer, I said it was crazy that he could possibly be in a position to trust a group of people when the True Detective wasn't verifiable in any way. I was also motivated by the thought that I might be the True Detective at this point, though I didn't say so obviously - I just wanted to caution him against being rolled.
- I think it's easy from the position of where the Book Club was, and the way things broke for them getting the Medium so early, to look at that decision and see only Palmer doing things out of bad intent. I never saw it that way. Particularly knowing now that he was basically rolled three ways (False Emails, False Medium, and A Narc Within His Cabal), my worst fears definitely came to bear with that group assembling so fast (and without the pre-existing vouching + luck of the Book Club).
- There was an idea floated in Ghost Chat that Good Village people were afraid to speak up because of Palmer & I being so public, but I don't buy it. In this game, regular ass villagers (not specials) really needed to be mixing it up in public to figure stuff out, not sliding into your DMs like. If you look at who the WOLFCORP long survivors were, it was a guy who only posted in the thread to vote & do songs, and then two RP stars (goodpups + narc blossom) who didn't talk a ton of game strategy until the end. Talking and hashing out matters of strategy pretty much became the domain of good people. Just a bunch of good people who didn't trust one another.
- It wasn't anything Palmer did, or any Cabal actions, that got either Surly (True Shaman) or Bingo (True Detective) killed. Surly, I believe, has since admitted that he made a momentary slip in conversation and used the word "scan" and ended up dead for it. Bingo was essentially sold out by Pierrot.
- Once it became clear Alice was making a big play, I argued the same thing, I think, in both public and private to the group of people who now deeply distrusted Palmer: I really did not think that Wolfcorp would have used such a quick burn, high fuel strategy and willingly sacrifice two members for it. Because it was always going to end with Alice dying, once the messages were fully discredited. And it didn't need a fixer, or another wolf, to spread disinformation: it just needed a mark, which is what Palmer was for them. I guess it did end up costing two wolves, anyway, because of the Werd protect.
- The endgame, after the dust settled there, would have been really interesting (even more so than it was!) with a living Stakeout. The other Book Club members, Amp & Capital, never had a huge public presence. I was really surprised when Amp went down, actually. The wolves were going to kill iambic on the 3rd try. I really wanted to prove to him that I was good, and that once the real Bingo scan results finally got back from Bingo's slow ass, we could just put the entire Alice thing behind us and move on.
- Palmer, to his enormous credit, probably took the huge lumps coming at us from iambic + stakeout better than me. I got pretty frustrated by it, and no it's not the same as WW#3 as would tell me: that was the one where he killed a seer and quit, right? But yeah I was the "worst villager of all time," even though, again, I'd invite anyone to go over my vote history and until The Unblinking Eye - discounting Sutro as the brilliant Sad Boy, which everyone went for - I was right with my votes. Beyond that, my public discussion strategy was all I could really do - I wasn't a good special, I had no powers, and I was consistently open to the idea that I was wrong.
- Arguing in public in this game is exhausting. But when you are very publicly associated with a Cabal you never joined (and publicly criticised), but also very publicly distanced from a group of known good people who want nothing to do with you, I'd actually argue that the worst possible thing you could do - having advocated public discussion from start to finish - was burrow down and bury my head in the sand.
- This was not disinformation, nor was it pointless. Until the moment iambic died, the decisions facing the Book Club (the unquestioned holders of the Village's power, particularly once Alice was dismantled) amounted to taking information from the Medium and using it to make 100% sure bets for lynching.
- But here is the list of those living after iambic died and stakeout had killed himself:
The Unblinking Eye
- The remaining Rajadans, with a Book Club comprised then of two members who were not going to step into the vacuum left by stakeout, and a Medium still (wisely) kept far from the public eye, just had to do a lot of old-fashioned figuring shit out. We also had two villagers who were AWOL, further depleting our numbers.
- We had no Shaman, no Detective, no Cash, no Hope, and no Jobs.
- If you were watching this and you were dead, you thought this looked easy. You thought this looked easy because you were certain that three villagers were evil. I obviously knew I wasn't evil, although I thought to ask Sleigh at one point if it was possible to just turn evil or if you had to be born that way.
- It was in times like this that I was genuinely really happy that someone like Jugdish reached out to me. His trust meant more than anything, and was also really essential because unlike people who had convinced themselves that I was nothing but Evil, he could see that I was willing to believe that Alice and the Wolves had played Palmer (and by extension, Rajada) - I was always completely open about the fact that if better information became available, I'd go with that. He took my play in the thread as Good Faith, which it was, and motivated by an attempt to sort out which competing narrative was true. He helped me see, rather than severing the cord. So thanks, Jugdish.
- In that list was:
8 x Villagers (discounting Andrei/Kid8, but including me since "False Detective" was just Villager at this point)
2 x Book Club
1 x Medium
1 x Radical
1 x Grudge Holder (who at that point had been reassigned her target but was considered to have "checked out" after fulfilling her WC)
1 x Attorney of Last Resort
1 x The Narc
1 x Sellout
1 x Framer
1 x Businessman
- It was really tough going, obviously. It's interesting that at the same time, WOLFCORP believed their game was over - having lost werd & Alice. As we saw from the fact that the end game came down to a Capital vote, it definitely wasn't. They played great, it was a really interesting game.