As the game has progressed we've developed few rules for the applicants to follow.
Veteran players only. The GM needs to posses a fair understanding on how the game runs. Therefore we require that the applicant has played the game at least twice
No encore performance. As the current GM, it is up to me to pass the title to someone new. Once you're done running a game, you will also be expected to give someone else a chance. Don't start a new game. Instead you will run an election like this one where we pick a new GM. Also, you can't be a candidate yourself. This will ensure that we get new blood into the game and that the rules are regularly picked at from a different perspective. GMs from previous games are free to run again and are encouraged to do so. Who knows? If they were good enough, people will flock to play their game again.
Explain your goal. What do you plan to do as the new GM? Are you going to run a standard Mafia game? If so, will you change the rules/roles and/or introduce new ones? Are you perhaps gonna play a game with a different theme? Reverse Mafia perhaps or maybe zombie apocalypse? If so explain the new structure of the game. Changing the formula is OK. It happens in every game. Just be careful not to introduce a change so radical that could scare people away from voting you. You can discuss rule changes and different themes here to see if people would like it.
Pick a schedule and stick with it It is important that the GM is punctual in maintaining the game. Do you plan to post narrations every 24 hours at a specific time? Make sure that you'll be here to on time to do so. If something comes up that would force you to be early or late, post a warning to let people know with an explanation. It's encouraged that you run the game using GMT timezone schedule since the players hail from all over the world, spanning different time zones and a GMT conversion table is the easiest one for everyone to access. If you plan on using a different time zone schedule like an American one, Make sure you advertise it well and post an appropriate conversion table for everyone to access.
An example of a GMT conversion table:
“Here's how it works. Figure out where in the world you live and locate that place on the map. Follow the line you're living in down to the bottom of the map and locate a number down there. Use that number to change the time that the GM gives (as long as he's using GMT, that is). For example, if the GM says that something will happen at 6 pm and your living in a -5 zone, it means that it will happen at 1 pm, your time. If you live in a +5 zone, it means that it will happen at 11pm.”
Also for those living in America, here's a handy time table to show you at what time you can expect the narrations.
Show us your stuff The GM is expected to write narrations to explain what's going on throughout the game. A good writer can make the game come alive and encourage players to come back to read what's going on. Show us your stuff and create a scenario where YOU(the applicant) kill ME (the election holder). In this narration it is important that you do not directly tell us that it was you who committed the crime but instead leave a clue that's based on your name, avatar, signature, profile, comic(if you have any), something that can link you to the crime. Try making a link to you that can be figured out with some research, while at the same time is not blatantly obvious. You can throw in red herrings but please refer from directly connecting the herrings to innocents. Make them instead vague things that could point at many people. Finally, be creative, funny, dramatic, brutal, serious, descriptive, vague, long winded or short and to the point. Pick the style you feel comfortable with and like to use. Impress us with what you can do. At the end of the narration post an explanation that shows people how the clues link to you so that we can understand your logic.
I'll be posting the applicants sample narrations here for people to quickly read through. Once we have enough applications I will announce when it's time to vote for your favorite GM. Applicants do not need to vote since it's given that they'll be voting for themselves. Although if they wish to vote for someone else, they can do so.
Fear had gripped the village. The tavern owner had been found dead in the middle of the main road through the village. Now that he was gone, there was no one to give the town ale and liquor. A man running in the ghostly gloom of night knew all of this, but he had dallied at a fair maiden's door to enumerate her many virtues.
“I am a damned fool!” he said quietly.
“Yes you are.”
A figure in a cloak wrapped around his frame slinked out of the shadows. His eyes held a devilish gleam.
“You are a fool. Need I repeat myself again?”
“If I'm a fool, then what are you doing out here after dusk?”
“I'm glad you asked,” he cloaked man said as he pulled a weapon from it's scabbard.
“AHHHHHH!!! I'M GONNA BE KILLED BE AN AXE WIELDING MANIAC!!!”
“This is a sword, not a bloody axe you idiot!”
And with that, the cloaked man fell upon his victim with the fury of a daemon.
The next morn, the townsfolk awoke to a grisly sight. The man's body had been opened like a clam shell. His limbs and torso were arranged in the shape of an arrow. His entrails snaked around a spear shaft with his head upon it. Into the back of his skull was carved the word “stoopid.”
“Who could have done such a thing?!?”
No one had an answer.
Product Placement the serf has met his end.
The cloak. My avatar has one on at the moment.
GarBonzo Bean's narration
PP woke up; he was standing in the street, wearing pajamas and fuzzy bunny slippers. â€œOh man, I must have been sleepwalking again.â€ He trudged home, unaware that he was being followed. His attacker appeared; PP stopped dead, let out a yawn, and said, â€œThatâ€™s not possible, I must be dreaming.â€ His attacker laughed, and then brandished the weapon. It was a grenade. Flames danced across the killerâ€™s eyes as they pointed out, â€œWell if this is a dream, then I guess you canâ€™t die, can you?â€ The attacker pulled out the ring and threw the grenade into a puddle at PPâ€™s feet. As the killer ran, PP turned and tripped; bunny slippers did not make good running material.
PP the undercover cop is dead.
The clues- â€œPossibleâ€, my signature says possible
â€œdancedâ€ Iâ€™m a dancing banana
â€œpuddleâ€ the word wet is in my profile
These clues would all lead to me being the killer, but most of the time there will be multiple clues that could lead to several people. So the trick is to pick the mostly likely suspect and lynch him or her.