Know Your Role

By | October 8, 2018

Right, yesterday I found myself playing Town of Salem, a game that’s actually about four years old now in various capacities but is in fact about to come to mobile next week and is currently on sale on Steam (although there’s a completely free to play browser version as well) so shut up it is still relevant.

It’s online Mafia/Werewolf basically – an informed minority vs an uninformed majority, the Town must try and get rid of the Mafia by lynching them during the day or killing them at night, each night the mafia (who know who each other are) kill townfolk and win if they have a majority. Add into the mix neutral characters who have their own set of win conditions (the Jester who wants to be lynched, the Serial Killer who wants to be the last person standing and so on) and there’s plenty of confusing fun to be had.

There’s no voice chat, all discussion is done through IRC-style chatbox.

I’d suggest it’s not the friendliest of games to just dive into and start playing – even the initial set of roles feels like rather a lot to take in (there’s no real training given other than tool tips, some sort of nursery slopes starting with vanilla Mafia and increasing the amount of roles would be useful, I think) but I suggest you do have a go because I want to hold a Bother’s Bar Lynching Party on a Saturday in November, possibly with Discord reaction (but all legit strat in the chat).

Here’s someone’s early experience to be getting on with:

And if you’re thinking they should have done this on telly… they have! There was a five episode pilot series called Traitor with Tony Livesey on BBC2 almost fifteen years ago but we can’t find any video of that. It was also used as a task on Dutch Mole a few years ago.

The Magic Money Tree

By | October 5, 2018

Saw this at Applause Store:

Money Tree is an exciting, fun, new primetime gameshow that features a MASSIVE big name star, one you’ve never seen host a UK gameshow… trust us you won’t be disappointed!

The show sees two families go head-to-head over a series of fun trivia rounds.  But unlike every other show, the question value will be decided by contestants themselves.

So it they are feeling super confident they could add some big, big money to the tree. Who will win and can they shake a fortune off the Money Tree?

Please place your bets on how massive this big name star will be. Anyway I can’t make it, but it’s filming at BBC Elstree (also a tree) on Thursday 18th. Do let us know what you thought if you go.

Playtesters Wanted

By | October 3, 2018

We’re playtesting a few new game show formats on Saturday, 2-6pm at Limehouse Town Hall (although it probably won’t be that long). Travel expenses paid. Please contact for further details.

I might be there. If that’s not reason enough to put yourself forward I don’t know what is.

Room Round-up

By | October 3, 2018

I appear to have all the lethargy of a cold but with only minor nose-running and sore throat. I’m not sure how good that is.

But something that is quite good (or interesting at least) is The Great Escape, South Korea’s new escape room reality show with some of the people behind the brilliant The Genius and the so-so Society Game.

Here six Korean celebs must work as a team to escape from not only a room but an entire warehouse by solving puzzles and finding secrets. It’s like one big puzzle box, and I get the feeling it’s going to be rather Metroidvania-y. In theory this is a great premise, especially if you, like me, are big fans of the building-as-character concept. However the start is rather slow and revelations probably need to come a bit thicker and faster. Like a lot of Korean reality-variety, the comic interplay between the cast comes across as more important than the situation, for better or worse. I’m intrigued to see how it develops. Keep an eye on the Korean Variety Reddit for details of translations, here’s the back to back ep 1 and 2.

In other news Little Lion have announced they’re doing a new Crystal Maze Live Experience in Shaftsbury Avenue in London. Liam Tate off of Twitter and The Crystal Maze Fan Group Blog have sleuthed that it will be in what was the Golden Nugget Casino building, and is 21,000 square foot.

Meanwhile, courtesy of Dr @jeawallace,

So, talking about the Cyberdrome Crystal Maze has reminded me that the hardware was basically pc based. I still dabble within mame circles and I know people are interested in preserving that kind of project as well as straight arcades. I guess what I’m saying is if any of the Bar patrons kept any of that stuff and can hook me up I’d love to get wheels in motion on trying to make a virtual version.


Play Your Carr Right

By | October 1, 2018

Well I didn’t see this coming, but then on the other hand I don’t see why not. Alan Carr doing another Fremantle reboot that’s a “special”. You can click for bigger but in truth that’s a pretty lousy font being used.

TL;DR they’re recording an episode of Play Your Cards Right on October 29th, it’s a non-transmittable pilot, couples can register interest by e-mailing with names, ages, contact number and a recent picture. Good luck!

We went to see the last PYCR pilot they did in 2011 with Vernon Kay and you can read about that here.


By | September 30, 2018

So whilst exploring Saturday morning telly for Game Night last night I came across an episode of Ghost Train’s Skull (or at least the second half of it), surely the only kids game where not only is violence encouraged but mandated.

Digging the music. It’s the Game of Faces!