CtJ Year End-ish Tourney – Final Four!


At long, long last, we’re down to the final four.

Spookymilk defeated Ashton in Mount Rainier
Beau defeated Colin Prime in Cribbage
ZG defeated Inkarnit in Mount Rainier
mbnovak defeated Pope in Emperor Wu’s Exploding Cake.

Spookymilk will now take on Beau, and ZG and mbnovak will go at it to see who will face off in the championship title match.



Suddenly, wolves!

I’d like to start on the 16th, but I don’t know how realistic that is.

I need a few things from you.

* Are you signing up? (if I don’t hear from you, and you don’t post here, I will assume “no”)
* Which week would work best for you?
* Would you prefer vanilla or themed werewolf?

October Megagame: The Decisioning.

Caesar has fallen, and now it’s time to move on with our lives.

Case in point. We should play a game in October.

I’ve got a couple of ideas. I’d like some feedback.

* Werewolf
I’m sort of leaning toward this. I’m not entirely certain how I’ll get it to work for the year end results, but I’ve kicked around some ideas that make it feasible. And, even if not, it’s been too long since we had a nice, clean game of werewolf.

It could be vanilla-ish, or I could come up with some crazy convoluted theme. Up to you.

* Pogs
Yickit and I kicked around the idea of a Pogs megagame, and I kind of love the idea. I’d need to figure out a way that made it last a little longer and also a way that didn’t punish people who aren’t able to sit on email for hours a day wheeling and dealing.

* Sheeple
A fan favorite, and reasonably easy to run. I’m sort of leaning toward this being the November game, but if enough people insist, we could always bump it up.

* Marco Polo Sasquatch
I’ve been toying with the idea of a game of Marco Polo Sasquatch where the sasquatch moves of its own volition in semi-predictable ways. The ways I’ve come up with be kind of a pain for me to tally, but that’s not your problem, is it?

* What’s In Your Head?
I like this game. We should play it sometime.

Fall, Caesar: Voting Time

It’s time to bring this game home. #butfirst, one crucial step: the pleas. It’s time to lend your ears, friends, Roman’s, and/or countrymen.

Kelly’s Plea:


This game is hard, and to be honest, after last year I wondered if it was possible for me to reach the end. I love it, but I wasn’t sure it loved me back.

I’m not a fan of the fact that we’re still rolling with the early alliances. They can be made to work, but are what Kurt Vonnegut referred to as a “granfalloon” – a group based on circumstance rather than merit. It’s why nobody cares about class reunions, and why alliances based on who’s online aren’t the safest route. Of course I had to join, but I saw myself in early jeopardy when we ended up with Ash and todahshy, who are both something of a boogeyman to me; I feel a little off-stride when dealing with the Novaks of the world, but am truly terrified of the unpredictable. Little did I know that this would work out, as todahshy played a surprisingly clean game, and Ash didn’t have the momentum at the right time to change the course of things.

My plan from the beginning was to get to four with Novak, so I could vote alongside him and therefore ensure one of us were in the finals, forcing someone else to make the decision to assassinate (or alternatively, being the one to cut Novak myself). I had the option of not breaking the tie and allowing todah to break it and cut Novak, leaving myself free to get to the final two with Annette as I did anyway, but it’s exactly as Novak laid out: I wanted a strong piece of evidence that I laid it all out on the line in the late game, and putting myself on the block against someone as nimble of tongue and singular in his resolve as Novak seemed like the big moment to use.

All of what I said about wanting to “reward” Annette’s loyalty was true; this game makes me break out in a cold sweat and it’s true I’ve had a hard time all year deciding whether I would play, given how things ended last year. I didn’t actually think all the plans would actually work – particularly as I grew increasingly wary of the fact that viola was being tough to kill, as per usual – but here we are.

Early on I considered going to the group and asking if eschapp and daneekasghost could sub in for my personal boogeymen, but I couldn’t do it. We’ve seen mixed results at best from those who have shown the first signs of defection, although inkarnit did it really well one year. Plus, I think it would have been a thinly-veiled way of me saying “let’s make this easier for me personally, though it may not be so for you,” which is a very Geoff Beckstrom type of play.

I greatly enjoyed the entanglements of the season and hope I did enough to pull this off, because it eats at me that I’ve never been able to win this game. Honor the Emperor that you will, fair CdL senators, and we’ll all start thinking about the next game.

Annette’s Plea:
​​Dear Dead Romans​.

Here we are again. Surely, I’ve picked up enough frequent flyer miles to trade in for a win?

I’m not going to try and detract from Spooky’s game to elevate my own. It’s not surprising that he played a great game. He was loyal to the
alliance, as was I. I stayed safe when it seemed prudent, but I didn’t hesitate to stick my neck out for the good of the alliance.
I used my card’s dubious influence to the best of its ability, I think.

Mine is not a flashy game. As with Werewolf, I’m not big into posting lengthy analysis or lists (Rivet!), but I do pay close attention
and act when necessary. I keep my word. And hey, I managed to get myself to the end with the luxury of choosing who gets to sit next to me!

However you vote, I thank you for an excellent game that was loads of fun.​

The Spread : The End

So, a bunch of weird stuff happened on the final day, and we ended up with a tie between Bernice and Kelly. Annette finished third. Congrats Kelly and Bernice!

Before the game started, I decided that the top FOUR players would proceed to the year end extravaganza (whatever that might be) At present, I’m envisioning something of a “sweet sixteen” seeded tournament that culminates in a one on one fight for the year end championship. That means Bernice, Kelly, Annette, and Melissa have punched their tickets.

On to the next order of business – which game are we playing in September? I’m open to suggestions, and would certainly not be against a team game – anything can work, as long as we can get some people to play.

Ongoing! The Spread

Eric missed tonight’s move. If that had been the first time, he would’ve survived, but I had mentioned that a second nonsub was a game ender, so here we are.

Next round is due at 10pm. Note the later time. I won’t be back by 9pm, so why require a submission then?

violabeenice +3
nettiebarron -4
Pope +16
Spookymilk -26
MelissaDiamondPhillips +52
Beau -81
eschapp +∞


I see a little silhouetto of a man (“another one bites the dust” is so passe). Freealonzo joins DreadPirate on the sidelines.

Everyone else, have your move to me by 9pm tomorrow.

Spookymilk -4
nettiebarron -6
violabeenice -7
Pope +9
eschapp +26
Beau -41
Ashton +41
MelissaDiamondPhillips +42
FreeAlonzo +64
DreadPirate +52

Ladies an Gentlemen, we have a casualty. After everything, we had a tie. Annette was good enough to break that tie. Sorry, Will.

Everyone who isn’t Will, have a move to me by 9pm tomorrow.

nettiebarron +1
violabeenice -2
Spookymilk -14
Pope +14
eschapp +21
Beau -41
FreeAlonzo +44
MelissaDiamondPhillips +47
Ashton +52
DreadPirate +52

Here are the standings after day three. No shenanigans this time. Tomorrow, shit starts getting lethal.

violabeenice -5
Spookymilk -7
nettiebarron +11
Pope +17
eschapp +26
Beau -31
DreadPirate +32
Ashton +39
FreeAlonzo +39
MelissaDiamondPhillips +39

Here are the standings after day two (Eric was given a 20 point penalty for nonsubbing). Tonight is the last night of immunity. Moves are due at 9:00pm.

violabeenice -3
Spookymilk -7
Beau -11
nettiebarron +11
Pope +15
Ashton +22
DreadPirate +22
eschapp +24
FreeAlonzo +27
MelissaDiamondPhillips +27

Here are the standings as they sit after day one. There are two more days of immunity.

Beau -2
Spookymilk -7
violabeenice -11
eschapp +12
DreadPirate +12
FreeAlonzo +12
Pope +13
nettiebarron +22
Ashton +24
MelissaDiamondPhillips +25

Answer Goes Here

I’m baaaaack!

I see this place has been deserted. Maybe nobody will even know I posted. Kelly probably gets notified, so I guess he will. Maybe he’ll keep it to himself and get all the points!

If all y’all recall, Greekhouse ran a game of this years ago. This will be quite similar, but you’re vying for those Top Contender points over there on the right that need to be dusted off. If we’re not doing this anymore, maybe I’ll start my own WordPress site and run games on occasion.

The game requires thinking and creativity to get through the levels. Each level consists of a secret word that you will have to figure out using the hints given in that level. The hints can be text, pictures, stuff in the page title, source code, etc. There may also be red herrings and other misdirection.

There are 15 levels and each level will be worth a point. Whoever earns the most points will be the winner. “What if I get stuck?” you say.  You will be able to ask for hints at the cost of 1/2 point each.  The game & rules are explained in more detail once you follow the link below.

Keep answers, level details, and hints received to yourself, but you’re welcome to post your progress below and brag “I’m on level #5”, or even lie about that to put the pressure on.

There is no definite timeline on this, but maybe a month would be good. I can keep it going as long as I see people are still trying.

Kelly can determine the points awarded if people decide to play it.

No need to wait for anything, just follow the link below to get started. But please post that you’re playing so it is known how many are contending and we can determine how many points the winner(s) should get.  Good luck!


Sheeple is Done!

Here’s the link, so you can see who won!

Spoiler: Pope won. Once I saw the initial placements I had him in my top 3. Once he became a part of the dominant alliance, I had him as my winner.

I think I needed more powerups, but the placement just happened to be in lots of places where no one was, and there were a couple that got danced all around (that LMM would’ve changed things considerably for Higgs or Annette.)

So! Chat it up below. This was fun to watch, and fun to run.

Also, what should we do next? And when?

New Champion

The King is dead; long live the King. Spooky and Yickit battled it out today in search of the Sacred Pillow, which is a great game, by the way.  It was close, but Spooky managed to get there first and is the new Champeeen.

Here’s my mod sheet if anyone would like to see what went down and admire the pretty colors. Sacred Pillow Mod Sheet

Next match will be Spooky v. Nibs and I get to run that one, too, as soon as they decide between pistols and swords.