Looney Labs Rabbits Mailing list Archive

Re: [Rabbits] Are you a werewolf? Question

  • FromAndrew Plotkin <erkyrath@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • DateTue, 4 Jul 2006 11:37:05 -0400 (EDT)
On Tue, 4 Jul 2006, Billy Brahma wrote:

As Rep's for the company.. we are expected to play the game, moderate the game, and teach the game the way the company INTENDED it to be played, taught and moderated.

Werewolf is a special situation, because the company did not invent it. _Are You A Werewolf_ is a Looney Labs *product* which teaches and facilitates an older, public-domain game. Yes, it has a particular set of rules and conventions; yes, those rules were chosen by the Looneys to be optimal for a certain kind of play experience. And yes, LL is running a tournament.

But you do have to recognize that tthe _AYAW_ rules are one guy's opinion. Lots of Werewolf/Mafia players in the world have never heard of Andy Looney or _Are You A Werewolf_. And even at Origins, the Werewolf tournament is a strange sort of collaboration between players (who would be playing anyway) and the LL people (who have decided to track results and award medallions). Organization and winner-tracking benefits everybody, but it's more of a concensus situation than the other LL Origins tournaments.

I actually was very unhappy with the Volunteers working with me at Origins. VERY VERY VERY unhappy.

I'm not trying to silence your complaint. If there was friction between you and the players, or you and other rabbits, or you and the LL people, that's a problem which may be solvable. But I don't think it's viable to frame the problem as "there is a right way to play Werewolf and you people are playing it wrong."

I look at it this way.. if the moderator is having trouble staying awake during your villages decision making process.. theres something bad wrong.

Is this necessarily true? Were the players having fun? It's not about the moderator.

You note situations where the players were *not* having fun, or seemed not to be, and that's a reasonable complaint. But you're not going to convince the players *either* if you come at them with a "you're playing the game wrong" attitude.


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