Congratulations to safariguy5
, co-winners of the 2012 DoomYoshi Award for Mafioso of the Year (Category 1).
Mafia is one of the greatest games ever devised, and the forum version requires an extra effort from the moderators, and from the players, to ensure it runs smoothly. The Category One award is to recognize a combination of these attributes that make the games run smoothly. It is meant to ask two questions: which moderators do the best job? as well as: which players do you most prefer to have in your game? Next year these categories will be split, as this may have been confusing.
The first question is one of moderation. Here on CC, we rarely play mafia "standard". Before the game starts, the mod needs to decide on a theme that will bring people in. They have to strike a slight balance between doing the theme justice and leaving enough surprises for the players to explore. Then there is the question of balance. After winning or losing, the players can't feel as if it was too easy or difficult for their faction to achieve victory. While it is easy to balance games with simple roles, since we play with non-standard, complex and dynamic roles, a large part of moderation is simply in game-play.
Design certainly isn't the only aspect of moderating though. The game needs to run smoothly. Mistakes will be made, the mod needs to be quick on his feet and adjust the game to match the conditions. There is a great amount of effort involved too, especially as it relates to simple upkeep.
The second question is one that maybe doesn't have a clear answer. Do you want a player who posts a lot? Or one that is reserved with posts, but makes sure that he always has something to say. Do you want someone who will show the new players the ropes softly, or teach them full-throttle, so they are prepared quicker? Do you want someone who contributes to Discussions?
Both safariguy5 and / are excellent choices for this award.
My first game I ever played was modded by saf. The first game i ever modded was balance-checked by him. The game which I remember most fondly was a saf game. In the past year, Matrix Mafia was one of the most exciting games I ever played. Safariguy also contributes by his regular "Scum Insider" newsletter article, which points newer members of CC to our Subforum.
/ seems to be on a mission to prove that his games are more exciting than safariguy's. HP Lovecraft was a classic game, and a remarkable new approach to setup. Rather than making it so victory conditions are primarily mutually exclusive, with a few exceptions; in this game all conditions could be met, with a few exceptions. Whether that approach starts a new trend, or serves as an individual game that stands alone as a landmark will be the main question of 2013.
Pancakemix has filled a great niche in irreverent setups. Also, as our first mafia mod nobody can deny that he is contributing to the subforum. Edocsil's Golden Pantheon series, borrowed from Nark, has served as an introduction to mafia for many new players, and is an eye-opener in powerful forces and Non-Vanilla games.
I have one hope for these mafia awards. I hope that they instill interest in 2013, rather than just causing reminiscing about 2012. As we lose players to college, boredom or other RL factors, we need to replace players with newer members to keep the community vital. I notice that both winners are already wearing their badges. Let that badge serve as a reminder that you should serve as a beacon to new players.
As a final note on the DoomYoshi Awards
, please remember that they are non-official. They are an embodiment of the community thanking you for your contributions to the community.