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April Ludgate-Karate-DwyerPerson was signed in when posted
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Werewolf Lore

DW's Ploy
Meaning: Claiming as scum in order to [illegible].
First Seen In: "Lord of the Wolves" (Werewolf Game #96).
Deployed By: DW
Background: ...Unclear
forget_it_jakePerson was signed in when posted
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Werewolf Lore (con.)

The Spinster Defense

Meaning: A claim that a player was not around to defend themselves because they were away from the site on a date, and it would be "sad" to make up such a claim.
First Seen In: "Close the Loop" (Werewolf Game #55).
Deployed By: Spiny Creature
Background: One of Spiny and LindsayFunke was definitely a Wolf, to be lynched the next day. Spiny claimed to have been on a date when players questioned her failure to defend herself / make a case against Lindsay. Lindsay was ultimately lynched, and Spiny was revealed to be the Wolf. She maintains that she was, in fact, on a date.

Spooky's List

Meaning: A plan that involves an over-the top action, such as mass vote-based suicide, in order to reveal or kill any scum-aligned player. This will kill many town-aligned players in the process.
First Seen In: WW73: The Medium Place
Deployed By: spookyfriend
Background: The Medium Place had a voting mechanic wherein any player who was tied for most votes would die. This meant that, with a large tie, many, many players could die. Some of these many players could be Wolves. Spooky devised a plan to exploit this: Every player would vote for themselves, besides two confirmed Townies. This would ensure that at least two Townies would survive, even when 10 other people had died. When this plan was struck down, spooky came up with a second, worse plan: Every player with an even number in the player list would vote for themselves, and every player with an odd number would vote for the player underneath them. This would leave several confirmed Townies alive, murder many innocent Townies, and maybe, possibly, catch a few scum in the process. Spooky ensured that the plan would kill her as well, as she was an even-numbered player. Opponents of the plan admired her moxie, and her battle cry of “Let me die!” It was later confirmed that this plan would kill zero scum.

Jude's "Mistake"

Meaning: A plan that involves a Wolf "accidentally" posting in the wrong shared QT, outing themselves as a Wolf.
First Seen In: WW77: Assassin's Creed
First Used By: Sister Jude the Obscure
Background: The Assassin's Creed game had all players divided into three shared QTs, each QT a mixture of Town and Wolf. The Wolves also had their own shared QT, as usual. Inspired by Wolf Candide authentically posting something to his shared Town QT meant for his shared Wolf QT (and then quickly deleting it, with none the wiser), Wolf Jude "accidentally" outed herself in her shared Town QT. Because the game involved lineages via which descendant players would die if their ancestor was assassinated during the day, Jude and her fellow Wolves used this "mistake" to push for Jude to be assassinated during the day, thereby eliminating her two Town descendants as well. Town never caught on that it was a ruse, despite the screams of the Graveyard. Wolves went on to win the game.
Edited 12-02-2018 12:04 PM
Colonel_MustardPerson was signed in when posted
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Werewolf Lore

The Risotto Defense

Meaning: A claim that a player wasn't more forthcoming with information because they were away from the site.
First Seen In: "And Then There Were None" (Werewolf Game #7).
Deployed By: Creeper
Background: In a final three situation, two players - one Town (Lutair), and one Wolf (Creeper) - each roleclaimed, and tried to sway subsaharan's game-ending lynch vote. Creeper successfully misled subsaharan by claiming to be away from the game while he made risotto, pointing to a post in the Open Thread as evidence.

Banner's Gambit

Meaning: Intentionally targeting yourself in an attempt to wriggle out of danger.
First Seen In: "Dungeons & Dons" (Werewolf Game #35).
Deployed By: BannerThief
Background: One of the rule quirks in this game was that multiple Night kills targeting the same person would cancel each other out. BannerThief came out as the Serial Killer, assuming that meant one of the scum factions would then target him for a Night kill. He then targeted himself for a Serial Kill. The other scum factions didn't go for it, and poor Banner wound up accidentally committing suicide.

The Grilled Cheese Maneuver

Meaning: Using secretly-obtained information to try and bait scum into unwittingly revealing themselves.
First Seen In: Live Together, Die Alone (Werewolf Game #46)
Deployed By: lindsayfunke
Background: Lindsay had the power to eavesdrop on the Wolf QT, and she heard one of them mention having just eaten a grilled cheese sandwich. She then started an innocent-sounding thread in the main game, conversationally asking everyone what they'd been eating that day in an attempt to lure them into a gooey dairy trap.
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Mod QT for Workshopping Games

Edited 10-07-2017 07:27 AM
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Mod Sign-Ups (Google Doc)

Edited 10-07-2017 07:27 AM
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Useful Links

Lutair's UPDATED Declassified Disqus Survival Guide (3rd edition): https://the-avocado.org/2018/01/31/lutairs...-guide-3rd-edition/

Werewolf Den: https://the-avocado.org/2017/10/30/the-werewolf-den/

Werewolf Den 2.0: https://the-avocado.org/2018/01/23/the-werewolf-den-part-2/

(The Werewolf Dens are on the new site and contains lists of past games [with links to Day 1 of each], a link to the moderator sign-up sheet, and more.)
Edited 01-31-2018 04:33 PM
forget_it_jakePerson was signed in when posted
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Standard Rules
Each game will have its own rules and guidelines, but here are some rules that (so far) always apply to Werewolf games played on the Avocado. Feel free to suggest/make additions!

1. Do not edit or delete posts on the daily OT, for any reason.

2. Do not quote directly or post screenshots from your QT on the daily OT.

3. Do not discuss specific gameplay with other living players outside of the daily OT or shared QTs.

4. Only votes posted directly in response to the designated vote thread are counted.

5. Be accommodating of different playing styles and different levels of role play (rp). Attack arguments, not people.
Edited 02-18-2019 11:17 PM
forget_it_jakePerson was signed in when posted
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Useful Terminology
There are many more terms and roles than these, but I tried to stick to ones we commonly use. Feel free to suggest additions or make an additional list of your own.

Cop: The Cop (or Detective or Investigator) role allows a player to investigate one other player at night, typically to determine that player's faction/alignment.

Day: The game is divided into "day" and "night" periods, separated by "Twilight." Each game day there is an open thread (OT) where players converse and vote to string up one player. Once Twilight is called to end the day, no more commenting is allowed on the OT.

Day Power: Typically, all actions besides the daily lynch occur at night, but in some setups, players may have "day powers" (or "day actions"), actions that can affect events during the game day.

Doctor: The Doctor (or Healer or [sigh] Herbalist) is a specialized role that allows a player to protect a player from death. Exactly how this role works can vary.

Graveyard: The Graveyard is a QT for dead players to continue discussing the game and judging the living. When a player dies, (s)he receives a link to the Graveyard. Dead players are typically discouraged from posting (meaningfully at least) on the OT.

Jailkeeper: This is a specialized role whereby a player can "jailkeep" another player at night, protecting that player from others' night actions but also blocking that player's night action (if any).

Lynch: This rather unfortunate terminology refers to the collective decision amongst all living players to eliminate one player each day, as determined by votes on the open thread. Usually, lynch voting is open until Twilight (unless a "pile-on" occurs), and the player with the most votes is lynched. Ties are handled differently in different setups. Note: We are trying to phase out "lynch," though we haven't quite settled on a single new term. Day-kill, execute, and string up are some of the new go-to terms for this.

LYLO: This refers to Town needing to lynch scum on a particular day or lose the game. Some mods will warn players when they are in a potential "LYnch or LOse" situation. Note: We've replaced LYLO with KOBK or KOBKI, for "Kill Or Be Killed."

Mason: This is a specialized role whereby multiple players share a QT. Masons are typically (but not always) Town, meaning they can verify at least one other person as Town. Sometimes a pair of Masons are Lovers, meaning when one dies, they both died. There are many variations of this role, however.

Mod Kill: This refers to when a player is killed by the moderator. This usually occurs when a player violates (or repeatedly violates) the rules or when a player is not sufficiently active in the game.

Night: This refers to the time between Twilight and the start of the next Day. Activity on the OT is not allowed during the Night phase; all activity takes place in QTs.

Night Action: This refers to actions that take place at "night." Night actions include night kills and most actions by players with special roles. Night actions are conducted in players'/groups' private QTs rather than on the public (open) thread.

One-Shot Power/Role: This refers to a power/ability/role that can only be used once in a game.

Open Thread (OT): The Open Thread (OT) is the public game thread on the Avocado where all players discuss the game each day and vote to kill one player. Each new game day typically has a new OT.

Poisoner: This is a specialized role allowing a player to cause a delayed kill (typically targeting a player one night, for that player to die the next night).

QT: QT stands for quick topic and refers to the off-Avocado chats. Each player has an individual QT with the moderator. Shared QTs typically include the Wolf Chat and Graveyard; other, customized shared QTs may be used in different setups.

Random Number Generator (RNG): The RNG is used to randomly select or target a player. Mods typically use RNG to assign roles, break ties, or otherwise randomly select a player for something or make a decision. Players may also use RNG to make a decision.

Recruiter: This is a specialized role that allows a player to recruit another player into his/her faction. Recruiter is typically a scum role.

Role Claim: This refers to when a player claims to have a special role/power on the OT. Role claims may be true or false. Typically, players cannot post quotes or screenshots from their QT to "prove" their role claim, and the moderator will not confirm or deny the veracity of a player's role claim. Role claims may provoke a counter-claim, leaving players to determine who to believe.

Roleblocker: This is a specialized role that allows a player to block one other player's (typically) night action.

Roleplay (rp): This refers to the characters players inhabit for each game, usually loosely related to the game's theme. A player's level and duration of rp is usually up to them.

Scum: This is a collective term for non-Town players (typically including Wolves and the SK). An action or player described as "scummy" is one that is perceived to be against Town.

Serial Killer (SK): The Serial Killer (SK) is a player who is unaffiliated with Town or Wolves and whose win condition is (usually) to be the last player standing. The SK does not know who the Wolves are, and no one knows who the SK is. Variations may include multiple SKs, working together or separately.

Town: A collective term for the uninformed majority of players in a game. Town typically (though not always) have the same win condition. Town players typically do not have the collective ability to kill at night, nor do they have a collective shared QT. Typically, Town (as a whole) can only communicate on the open daily game thread and are not aware of who the other Townspeople are.

Tree Stump: Don't ask.

Twilight: Twilight is called to end each game day period. Twilight typically occurs at a set, previously announced time, and mods will usually post one- and/or two-hour warnings to remind players to get their votes in. No voting (or commenting, though we're pretty lax about that rule, as long as comments aren't strategic or revelatory) is allowed after Twilight. If a single player receives a majority of votes (referred to as a pile-on), Twilight will be called, and the day will end early.

Vanilla: A player with no role/ability beyond his/her faction. So "Vanilla Town" (most commonly used) refers to a Townsperson who does not have a Town role; typically, a Vanilla Townsperson's only power is their daily vote. "Vanilla Wolf" (less commonly used) refers to a Wolf with no special role beyond being a Wolf.

Vigilante: This is a specialized role that gives a Town player the ability to kill at night. Usually this role comes in the form of a "One-Shot Vig," meaning the Vigilante can only kill once. Sometimes a Vigilante may be given more shots, but the number of shots is usually limited in some way.

WIFOM: This stands for "Wine In Front Of Me" (from The Princess Bride) and typically refers to a fear of overthinking the situation, or second/triple/infinity-guessing another faction's or player's actions.

Win Condition: This refers to what a player or faction has to do to win the game.

Wolf: A Wolf (or Mafioso, though around here we tend to use Werewolf rather than Mafia terminology, much to Tyrone's dismay) is a player who is opposed to Town. Wolves know who each other are and share a private QT. They also typically get to kill one player each night. Wolves typically share a win condition, which is typically to kill everyone who's not a Wolf (or reach the point where such an ending is inevitable). A traditional game will have only one Wolf faction, but there are variations that include multiple, competing Wolf factions.
Edited 06-05-2019 09:36 PM
forget_it_jakePerson was signed in when posted
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I thought it might be useful to have a shared QT with Avocado Werewolf info for new players -- terminology, policies, basic rules, guidelines, etc. That way we can just link to this QT in sign-up and/or Day 1 threads rather than having to clutter up the header or leave new players in a sea of confusion. Just a thought! I'll post anything that comes to mind, but please feel free to add stuff to this at will (or suggest additions).
Edited 02-18-2019 11:12 PM

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