Hosting Guide

So you want to host a Forum Game?

1. Game Types

The most important step of the process when hosting a FM is to have everything in place so that the reviewers have an easier time looking at your game.

First, you must choose a category of game type: CoD, SCoD, Vanilla, Standard, Special, Miscellaneous, or Mash.

If applicable, you may also have a subcategory: Anonymous, Competitive, or Turbo.

Categories

CoD - Chair of Deception

All games in this category are standard CoD, with no changes whatsoever. If you want to host one, you may request to do so in the Queue and Submit Thread.
You can only main-host an CoD if you have experience co-hosting CoDs.
Phase lengths are 48/24, and all classcards can be found here.
Only one CoD or SCoD will run at any time.

SCoD - Special Chair of Deception

Any non-standard game of CoD will fall under this category. This includes any change from the basic formula, even extending to phase length.
If there are any changes from standard CoD, you must list them in the OP for the game. If anything is not included in the OP it will be assumed that it will be running by CoD mechanics. Closed setup games will not have to reveal changes.
Only one CoD or SCoD will run at any time.

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Vanilla FM (VFM)

Open or semi-open FM games that are free of hidden mechanics.
Vanilla games contain only vanilla roles, standard night cycles, and have no bastard mechanics (with a few exceptions such as Godfathers, if their existence is made known).

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Standard FM

Standard FM games follow the same rules as Vanilla FM, but they are closed setups.

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Special FM (SFM)

Anything that is built for player enjoyment over competition, has a lot of widely varying power roles, or generally doesn’t fit into the other categories. SFMs may contain hidden roles or mechanics.

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Mash

Mashes are any FM game with 30+ players

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Miscellaneous (Misc)

Anything not included in prior categories is considered a Misc, including non-mafia forum games. Miscellaneous games are not required to pass review, but still must be submitted in the Queue and Submit Thread. Reviewers reserve the right to not allow your game to run.
Only two Miscellaneous games will run at any time, unless permission is given by the Queue Manager.

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Subcategories

Anonymous

Anonymous games are any FM game in which all players must use anonymous alternate accounts.

Competitive (Comp)

Any FM that is intended to be taken seriously, in which players are held to a higher standard than other matches. Competitive games may be invitation-only, or hosts may use a heavy amount of Wisdom of the Mod (WOTM).

Turbo

Turbos are games with short phase lengths, and usually last up to 3 hours. Turbos do not have to go through the review process or be submitted in the Queue Thread.

2. Submitting for review

Before any non-Miscellaneous/Turbo game can be run, it must pass review.
Do not submit your game for review unless it is ready to be played.
This includes having a fully-completed OP, as well as all rolecards available to the reviewer.

In order to get your game reviewed, you must create a reply in the Queue and Submit Thread with the following information:

Game name:
Main host (and co-hosts if applicable):
Game size:
Game speed:
Game type:

What is game size?
Game size is the amount of players allowed. Some games have a strict amount of people allowed to play, whereas others only have a minimum.

What is game speed?
Game speed is the length of the day/night phases. For example, a 48/24 game has 48-hour day phases, and 24-hour nights.

3. The review process

After submitting your game to the Queue and Submit Thread, you will be assigned a reviewer. Reviewers are volunteers, and work on their own time, thus they may not get to your game for a few days or weeks, depending on the length of the queue.

4. When It’s Your Turn

When your game is up in the queue, you will be informed that signups may open. You should post your OP into #forum-games:signups, and give it appropriate tags for the game type, as well as your alt policy.

Alt Policies

No Alts

This is for games in which all players must play on their main account rather than an alternate. With host approval, an alternate account whose owner is made public can be used, provided notice of the account’s owner is provided to all players.

Host-Approved Alts

This is for games where alternate accounts must be approved by the host, who must be aware of the owner of the account. Other players do not need to be informed of the owner of an alternate account.

Alt-Friendly

This is for games where alternate accounts do not need to have their owner’s identity disclosed to other players or to the host.

Anonymous

As mentioned above, this is for games in which every player must play on an anonymous alternate account. The host can determine whether or not the accounts must be specific accounts they have created for the game, or if players can join on an account they have created.

5. Host Accounts

1. What is a host account?
@Host_Account_1 , @Host_Account_2 , @The_Judge , and @Mask are our four host accounts. These accounts have a bright border around their posts so that they can be easily distinguished from players. Along with this, host accounts have the power to lock and unlock threads, as well as set topic timers to do this automatically.

2. How do I get one?
During the signup phase of your game, we will give you access to one of four host accounts - the password will change after you’re done using it. Any actions done on the account are logged, and rulebreaks on a host account will lead to moderation on the user’s main account. Abusing the host account permissions (such as talking in non-gamethreads or editing other users’ posts for no reason) will lead to the host losing access to these accounts permanently.

3. Do I have to use it?
No - this account is for the host’s convenience and is completely optional. Some hosts may use their main accounts and switch to the host account when they want to lock/unlock the gamethread, make an announcement stand out, remove users from private messages, or perform some other action that isn’t possible on a lower Trust Level.

If you do use a host account, please remove it from any rolecards after the game concludes.

4. Can I customize it?
As long as their changes follow the forum rules, hosts are free to change the profile picture, pronouns, discord, or whatever else they feel the need to change to make their game better. We will revert all changes after the game concludes (but it’s appreciated if the host reverts the changes themself).

6. FAQ

1. What is bastard?
A bastard game is one that tends to be designed for the enjoyment of the host. Bastard games will lie to the players, and are usually unpredictable. The exact definition can be found here.

2. What are open, semi-open, and closed setups?
Open - The rolelist is public in the OP and there is no variation. The exact definition can be found here.

Semi-Open - All potential roles are public in the OP, but there is variation to the setup, such as randomization of roles or rolelists. CoD falls under this category, as all possible classes are public, but not all classes will roll, and some may roll multiple times. The exact definition can be found here.

Closed - Very little information about the setup is public. Potential roles or alignments may not be shown. The exact definition can be found here.

3. What are majority and plurality execution systems?
Majority - Executions are decided when a player reaches a majority of votes.

Plurality - Whichever player has the most votes at the end of the day will be executed.

Some games will have a combination of majority & plurality. The result of a plurality tie will be made public in the OP.

4. Who are the reviewers and who is the Queue Manager?

A list of reviewers can be found here.

The current Queue Manager is @DatBird


IMPORTANT

Due to a potential exploit in Discourse, we heavily encourage all hosts to host neighborhoods and mafia chats on Discord, and to send members of the Mafia (or other informed groups) individual role PMs, rather than a group role PM.

We also suggest that you do not include information in the title of a role PM that would indicate alignment.

Standard role PM titles are “[Name of game] - [Name of player]”
Ex. Meowntainado - Chloe

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Due to a potential exploit in Discourse, we heavily encourage all hosts to host neighborhoods and mafia chats on Discord, and to send members of the Mafia (or other informed groups) individual role PMs, rather than a group role PM.

We also suggest that you do not include information in the title of a role PM that would indicate alignment.

Standard role PM titles are “[Name of game] - [Name of player]”
Ex. Meowntainado - Chloe

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