bluerosedreams: (Hugs)
Anakha ([personal profile] bluerosedreams) wrote in [community profile] notasstrange 2017-04-24 07:14 pm (UTC)

I'm... Going to perhaps be incredibly blunt here. I understand where you screwed up, but honestly? I blame the idlers. A number of them have been gone since Monday. A whole week. They didn't show up all week, didn't come for the investigation, didn't come for the trial. In that light, I can't exactly blame you for calling it before all votes came in. Given the number of people who've been missing since Monday or Tuesday, and with Behemo, Santa and Akane all making votes for other people, there was no way to swing the vote without using a separate system. In that sense, everyone who looked could see the Bad End coming. It probably felt better to put us out of our misery than anything else.

I... Slightly disagree with Lenga, because sometimes shit happens and you can't make it to vote. That is what Majority Rules catches. That if someone can't make it because, say, they ended up in bed super sick and barely able to sit up, or got emergency called into work that one night, their character won't die because of it.

But really, bad ending is always a possibility. If anything, this served as a very harsh reminder and not as a punishment to me. We're all in this together, and I think many people have taken for granted that Bad End is a possibility. I think they're so used to murdergames Golden Ending, it doesn't feel possible to get anything else. And as well, I feel like, at the point we were at, them somehow winning despite everything would have really just... Felt like a participation trophy or consolation prize. "Well, you got him to confess, but a lot of people up and vanished so I'm just going to give it to you" is how it would have come across for me. There was no satisfying ending with a third of the game idle. And I, personally, don't blame you for shutting down the vote early when it was clear we were going to Bad End because at that point, I feel people would have just been waiting for that to drop or we would have begun mass pinging people in a fervent attempt to prevent it.

It sucks. It really does. But I think this was also a very harsh and necessary lesson: don't take your Good or even Golden ending for granted and actually work for it. You can't just coast on by and make it.

The only advice I'd give you, though, is maybe give people more to do during the week. A clothing area, an armory, and a dining room and kitchen don't provide much for characters to do. Even just a library would be fine.

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