2020 Match 3 of The Resistance: Avalon

2020 Avalon 3

Welcome to 2020 Match 3 of The Resistance: Avalon on Qt3! Borrowing Lantz’s adaptation of rowe33’s adaptation of fire’s excellent write-up from our past games:

Four Evil-doers have infiltrated the ranks of the loyal Good folk of King Arthur. And now, they must survive five harrowing quests to prove their loyalty to the Round Table. Will Arthur’s servants succeed in at least three of the five quests? Or will Evil thwart any attempts at success?

In this game, there will be 6 Loyal Servants of King Arthur and 4 Minions of Mordred. The number of players per quest is as follows:

Quest 1: 3 players
Quest 2: 4 players
Quest 3: 4 players
Quest 4: 5 players (2 failure votes needed)
Quest 5: 5 players

========== The Rules ==========

There are five turns, or Quests. The game winner is determined by the majority: the winning faction succeeds in their goals in three or more quests. That is, Good wins if three or more quests succeed and Merlin survives; Evil wins if three or more quests fail.

There is a strict no PMs policy (except to the moderator for voting). Feel free to send your paranoid thoughts to me though so you can safely vent or get things off your chest.

Setup: Player order is randomized and players are randomly assigned roles (see below for more info on each role.) Players receive their role assignments. Each role will receive a PM with the following information:

Good characters (6 total):
Merlin - Knows Evil (except for Mordred), must remain hidden
Percival - Knows Merlin (also Morgana, and can’t tell which is which)
Loyal Servant of Arthur (quantity: 4) - You get squat, just the knowledge that you’re a Good person (which is enough reward)

Evil characters (4 total):
Morgana - Appears as Merlin to Percival; knows Assassin and Mordred
Assassin - Minion of Mordred; knows Morgana and Mordred
Mordred - Unknown to Merlin; knows Morgana and Assassin
Oberon - Appears to Merlin; unseen to other evil, has no knowledge

========== Round order ==========

Leader Selection: The first Party Leader (for Quest 1) is selected at random. In normal play, subsequent Party Leaders proceed down the list, and the list wraps around. Plot cards: A player can assume team leadership at this time using the Strong Leader plot card. Strong Leader cards can be played immediately after No Confidence.

Quest Start: Plot Cards: At the beginning of each quest (i.e., the first Party Leader for each quest), the party leader is dealt three Plot Cards in-thread. The number of plot cards depends on the number of players, as follows:

5-6 players: 1 plot card
7-8 players: 2 plot cards
9-10 players: 3 plot cards

Thus, for 10 players, there will be 3 plot cards per round. The party leader distributes the Plot Cards to any of the other players (not him/herself).

Quest Start, Party Selection: At the start of the Quest, the party leader chooses a number of players to accompany him or her on a quest. This is done publicly in-thread. The party size for each quest is determined by the number of players, according to the rules.

Party Vote: Players vote (via PM to the moderator) on whether the quest should be allowed to proceed. Voting will be called at 24 hours past the quest announcement and absent votes, abstentions, and passes will be counted as Yes votes. You may vote publicly in-thread. I will post the results of the votes including the names of all voters. Majority wins; ties favor failure. Please bold your vote if you vote in-thread.

Party Vote Results: The results of the party selection and each player’s vote will be displayed publicly in-thread. If the majority of the votes are negative: proceed to Quest Start, Party Selection again. This counts as a party leadership change. Five party leadership changes in one quest results in an Evil victory for the game. Plot cards: No Confidence Plot Cards happen after the vote in-thread. These count as a party leadership change.

Call to Arms: The moderator will announce that the quest is a go, and that quest’s party members must PM their votes (see below). Plot cards: In The Spotlight happens now: play the card in-thread. Your answer will also be delivered in-thread.

Quest Vote: Players selected for the quest vote on whether the quest succeeds or fails (closed ballot). Quest party members must PM me their votes once called. In the first three turns and the final turn, one failure-vote fails the quest for the Good faction (and wins it for Evil.) In the fourth turn, two failure-votes are required for Evil to fail the quest.

Good players must vote SUCCESS. Evil players may choose to vote SUCCESS or FAILURE. This vote is a closed ballot. Vote order will be randomized and revealed without player names. Any missing votes will be treated as SUCCESS votes.

Quest Results: The result of the quest is revealed, including each randomized and anonymized vote and whether the quest succeeded or failed. Plot cards: Keeping a Close Eye on You cards can be played at this time: play the card in-thread and your answer will come from me by PM.

========== Plot cards ==========

Plot cards (quantity in parentheses)

(2) Keeping a Close Eye on You: You may look at one played Mission card
One-time use – The player to whom the Leader passes this card may use this card to examine a played Quest card. Using this card does not require a player to announce its use before the Quest cards are played, nor does it affect the Quest card played. Multiple Quest cards may be checked in a single round, but no more than one player may check a single player’s Quest card on a round

(1) Establish Confidence: The Leader must show their Affiliation (Good/Evil) card to a player of their choice
Use immediately – The Leader must pass their Affiliation (Good/Evil) card to any other player for examination

(2) Strong Leader: You can become the Leader. Play before Plot or Team Cards have been distributed
One time use – The player to whom the Leader passes this card may use this card to become the Leader. Use of this card must be declared before the Leader takes any actions (draw Plot Cards or distributing Team cards). When a “Strong Leader” is played, another “Strong Leader” may not be played until a Vote has been taken

(2) Overheard Conversation: You must look at the Affiliation (Good/Evil) card of a player on your immediate right or left
Extended description: Use immediately – The player to whom the Leader passes this card must look at the Affiliation (Good/Evil) card of one adjacent player. MB: The “adjacent” player is up or down the list; select the adjacent player publicly and the moderator will PM the result

(3) No Confidence: You may null an approved Vote and force leadership change
One time use – The player to whom the Leader passes this card may use this card to reject an approved Mission team (successful Vote). Using this card counts as a failed Vote

(1) In the Spotlight: You can choose another player to submit their Quest card face up
One-time use – The player to whom the Leader passes this card may use this card to force a player to play their Quest card face up. The player playing this card must declare its use and the target player prior to any player on the Quest team selecting their Quest card

(1) Open Up: You must reveal your Affiliation (Good/Evil) card to one player of your choice
Use immediately – The player to whom the Leader passes this card must pass their Affiliation (Good/Evil) card to any other player (including the Leader) for examination. NB: The result (Good or Evil) will come from the moderator by PM

(1) Take Responsibility: You must take a Plot card from another player
One-time use – The player to whom the Leader passes this card must take one Plot card from any other player.

(2) Chicago Proxy: You may cast another player’s team vote
One-time use – The player to whom the Leader passes this card may chose another player and take their team vote giving the card player two team votes.

========= TL;DR Notes: ===========

This is a 10 player game, 6 Good, 4 Evil Including Oberon
The 2 Opinion Maker cards have been replaced with 2 Chicago Proxy cards which allow a player to steal a team vote (not a mission vote!)

Player order:

@Perky_Goth
@RothdaTheTruculent
@Lantz
@scottagibson
@soondifferent
@rowe33
@CraigM
@Snebmi
@CaseyRobinson
@Jorn_Weines

Quest 1 Leader is Perky! Hello Perky.

Please distribute:

No Confidence
Keeping A Close Eye On You
Overheard Conversation

Then please name Team 1A.

The game is afoot!

All right, checking in. I see I’m in Seat 8 which makes me sad because I don’t get much to do for a while probably, but rest assured I will still talk a lot! I think I made up about a sixth of the posts last game. On to the game:

That’s a good first turn draw without being insane like that consistent pattern of Evil being screwed over by drawing ECs every first turn. NC and the Eye are both powerful and of course any loyalty card first turn is probably a good sign.

Geez, and I was used to doing nothing! Gimme a minute.

Us “Oths” have to stick together. Give some cards to PerkyRothda!

Feels like it’s the first time I’m playing since I didn’t do much, feel free to berate me for screwing up.
It feels like I should pass the OC downwards to Rothda for the famed chain, no? (Despite there being no conversation to overhear yet :P)

Moving along, then, pass OC to Rothda. @Knightsaber

I believe I have to use this card immediately, and that I am supposed to use it on the person next down on the list? (e.g. Lantz). Then I will do so after a few minute delay.

Let me know if I’m missing any context, this is my first game.

You have to use it immediately and can’t hang on to it. Generally checking Perky is considered a better play right now because he’s leader and passing out cards, while Lantz isn’t in that position yet.

I know Scott said last game to not give people card advice but first off, new players/almost new players is a different scenario and Scott was Evil last game so I don’t feel bad about ignoring his advice :P

You can use it on either Perky or Lantz.

You have to listen to someone adjacent to you. That means you can pick one of them and @knightsaber will tell you their allegiance by PM.

Ok in that case I will use the OC card on Perky. He’s a bit too Perky. :D

This is the classic choice.

Is that your final answer? :)

Yes! Wait… yes!

PM sent. @Perky_Goth still has:

No Confidence
Keeping A Close Eye On You

To hand out.

Lantz pointed this out last game and I’m not sure if he actually believes it (since, of course, he was Evil last game) but the logic seems to hold up especially with Oberon in play that Keeping a Close Eye on You is better used by someone not on the team.

I retract my criticism of Perky. After innocently opening his phone and checking all his texts, I can tell you that he has a pure and noble heart.

I’m allowed to say that, right?

Yes. You can say what you saw truthfully, lie about it, or refuse to report it at all. But, it is good to see we have the start of a chain so far.