You are picked up in Denver to be driven to your destination. You are all, to varying degrees, impressed by the mountains. Sheer rock faces rose all around you, so high you could barely see their tops even by craning your neck out the window. You had passed several signs that said FALLING ROCK ZONE. No rocks fall. At least not yet. Half an hour before arriving you passed another sign that said ENTERING SIDEWINDER PASS. That sign is as far as the snowplows go in wintertime. After that the road got steep.
As you drive you watch as the Overlook Hotel comes into view. Winding upwards you catch occasional glimpses of the hotel, its massive bank of westward-looking windows reflecting back the sun. Most of you are carefree. Excited for this rare opportunity. A few of you are mildly concerned. One of you is terrified. They recall a dark premonition. A vision of death. This is the place Tony warned them against. It was here. It was here. Whatever Redrum was, it was here.
The manager is waiting for you just inside the wide, old-fashioned front doors. He shakes hands with all of you and takes you on a tour of the hotel while your bags are brought to the suites you have chosen. You are taken down long hallways, shown the lobby, the Colorado Lounge, and the Overlook Dining Room. Meals will be served on a set schedule. Special requests might be honored, depending on availability of ingredients. As you walk through the hotel you pass several photographs hanging on the wall. Some of you stop to inspect them. You see names like Delbert Grady and Jack Torrance listed as previous Winter Caretakers. You keep walking. You see more photographs and names of long forgotten Winter Caretakers. One in particular catches the attention of one of the guests and they ask the manager for details. You remember reading about this death in the newspaper. It was gruesome. Crushed beneath a snowmobile. Body not found for weeks:
The manager, flashing his best PR smile, diverts everyone’s attention to The Gold Ballroom. The tour concludes, the manager retreats to his office. Dinner is served and everyone enjoys a pleasant first night at the Overlook Hotel.
In the morning one of you finds the manager hanging from the ceiling in his office.
InnDEEEED has died. He was THE MANAGER.
He appeared to be trying to write something on the wall, using his own blood as ink. The writing was ragged and hard to decipher, but one of you instantly recognized the word:
Panic sets in. But the nightmare continues when another body is found in the lobby. The poor woman appeared to be fleeing the hotel when she slipped and hit her head. One of you notice strange marks on her arm and a look of terror on her face.
Mayelbridwen has died. She was THE HOUSEKEEPER.
A scream is heard. One of the guests says what everyone is thinking, “Now who’s going to clean our rooms?”
12 Hotel Guests (Vanilla Town)
1 Mother (Town Jailkeeper)
1 Gifted Child (Town Cop)
1 Head Chef (One Shot Town Martyr)
2 “Twins” (Town Shared QT)
3 Vengeance-Seeking Ghosts (Vanilla Wolves)
1 Ghostly Bartender (One Shot Recruiter Wolf)
0 Winter Caretaker (Vanilla Town Turned SK—Currently Vacant Position)
The rules at the Overlook Hotel are fairly simple. During the Day, you will socialize and vote. You will have until Twilight to vote to kill one of the guests that you suspect is actually a ghostly visitor seeking vengeance against the living. The guest who receives a majority vote (or who has the most votes by Twilight) will be thrown into the Hedge Maze where they will either freeze to death or be consumed by the void. If a majority is reached before official Twilight, the Day will automatically end (even if your charming narrator is not here to call Twilight). In the case of a tie, the Hotel’s victim will be decided by luck (RNG).
The Head Chef has one opportunity in the game to die in place of another player. This can be done during the Day (before Twilight) or during the Night. If they activate their power during the Day, the person with the most votes will not die. Instead, the Head Chef will die. The person who was spared can also not be killed that night. The Head Chef also as the option of using their power at Night. They can choose a specific player to protect. If that player is targeted for death (and The Mother doesn’t interfere), the Head Chef will die in their place. The Head Chef keeps their power until they die.
If one “Twin” is killed, the other will also die.
During the Night, the Mother, the Gifted Child, and the Winter Caretaker (appointed after certain conditions are met) will choose targets in their personal QTs. The Vengeance-Seeking Ghosts will choose their target in their shared QT.
Jailing happens first, then investigation, and then the killing/recruiting. If a player is jailed they cannot be killed, investigated, or recruited. If the Gifted Child is jailed they cannot receive messages from Tony. If the Winter Caretaker is jailed they cannot kill. If the Head Chef is jailed they cannot use their power. If the Ghostly Bartender is jailed they cannot recruit. The Mother cannot jail themselves or the same player two nights in a row.
Hotel Guests (Town) win when all Vengeance-Seeking Ghosts (Wolves) and the Winter Caretaker (Serial Killer) are dead. The Vengeance-Seeking Ghosts win when they outnumber the Hotel Guests and the Winter Caretaker is eliminated. The Winter Caretaker wins when they outlive everyone else.
You are a HOTEL GUEST. Welcome to the Overlook Hotel. We hope you enjoy your stay. There have been reports of some strange activity, and we admit that there have been…accidents in the past. But your safety is our priority, and despite the fact that we’ve left you in the hotel with only a Head Chef and a Winter Caretaker to tend to your needs should not alarm you in the slightest.
If there happens to be trouble, please know that your only power is your vote. There is no way to contact the outside world.
Please note that you will need to make a handful of game-related comments per Day (three to six at least). Your narrator has been told that the hotel gets very angry when people don’t participate, so you will be *clears throat* dealt with, if you don’t participate.
NO EDITING OR DELETING for any reason, including typos.
Directly quoting or screenshotting QT is not allowed.
Remember to have fun! This is a game of murder, but it is still just a game.
- sic humor (Caspar Caspardly, Yelp Reviewer)
- hohopossum (Greasy)
- subsaharan (Continental Breakfast Enthusiast) [Replaced Josephus]
- Goat (Black Phillip)
- MrsLangdonAlger (Abra Stone)
- Sister Jude the Obscure (BJ Guy in the Bear Mask)
- Louie Blue (V. Farty)
- forget_it_jake (Geoff)
- Lamb Dance (Reposted Dril Tweets)
- Lovely Bones (Petey)
- Admirax (Annie Wilkes)
- The Good King Snugglewumps (Olivia Crain)
- Sheltie (Werner Herzog)
- Smapti (Hedge Maze)
- The Wasp (Bonnie Parker)
- Lindsay (Lydia Deetz)
- Lord Stoneheart (Maggie Simpson)
- Ralph (Dalton Wilcox, “Poet Laureate of the West”)
- spookyfriend (Tiffany Tiffany)
- Mr. Glitch (Stanley Chinstrap)
- dw (GlaDOS)
You have until Saturday, 12:00 PM (Noon) Central to decide who to throw into the Hedge Maze.