Ok. Here's my two cents. I have been dieing to write and post.
This was a fun game BUT one of the worst played games I have been in from both sides. To top it off it was extremely unbalanced in favor of mafia. By worse played I mean judgement and tactics. I am not being mean or rude just stating like it is.
First. This game should have been a walk over for mafia, more so then it already was. Mafia certainly gave Town several breaks wich made it closer then it should have.
Mafia was able to Vig with presents so we could have killed someone night two or three. Rishead had an inspiration and decided bullet proof armor would be better.
An honest mistake but a big one early game that could have made a difference.
Second with one hour and forty five minutes left for Betiko to be lynched with a 5 to 2 vote and mafia cruising to a win, as we would have most likely had an easy night kill, Chuck unvotes AND asks someone else to unvote "in case town is making a mistake". I wanted to scream at the computer screen.
We had a sure lynch. This is why I went after the 3rd parties. We could not have 3rd parties who could and would most likely side with Town. As a Town it would be easy to justify.
Third...and this was almost the game killer for mafia. When Chuck claimed role cop he in effect cleared both Betiko and Met. If people believed he was telling the truth mafia would be screwed, as by this point of the game most people knew who was who and it would be a matter of time till it was figured out. I had no choice but to throw Chuck under the bus and hopefully make it seem like Betiko was mafia. I did this by not aknowlaging or defending Betiko. The only thing Mafia had to work with is the animosity between Met and Betiko.
When I got caught it was because we took a calculated risk that failed. I felt I did a good enough job of making Betiko appear scummy without doing so. the payoff was that he was lynched.
TOWN you made Mafias job easy...
first the cop coming out day one was huge and may have cost you the game. Second you guys pretty much telegraphed everything you were going to do. We did not have to guess...we knew who was who. It was easy pickings. We knew who witt gifted, we knew who mitt was, we knew who to block and we knew who to steal from.
Now...BETIKO...you made the difference in our win. Take this as constructive criticism. You need to tone it down. Your animosity between Met and yourself played right into our hands. All we had to do was sit back and let the sparks fly while town. destroyed itself. Having an opinion does not make you right, which is your downfall. You also seem to believe that WIFOM theories constitute good play. All it does is sow confusion and uncertainty.
Betiko you said something to me the other day, which I took as a compliment. You said, "I have never been able to get an accurate read on you in the games we play." I am paraphrasing. Ask yourself why.
Finally I felt the game was unbalanced in favor of mafia. We had 4, a gift stealer, blocker, Godfather and goon, plus we could use gifts. We could Vig if we so choose. The day I was lynched I had sent in two gifts to Vig Mets.
This is one of those games I would like to play over to see how it would play out if we did not have the Santa and cop revealed so early.
It was certainly a fun game to play.