It was a wild, cold, seasonable night with a pale moon, lying on her back as though the wind had titled her, and a flying wrack of the most diaphanous and lawny texture.
The thoughtful Doctor was just leaving a patient’s home when she felt a chill run down her spine. Slowly, cautiously, fearing what she might see, she turned around. But to her relief it was not the one she feared. Quickly, she put on her façade. That of the Dowager Countess of Goatham. A stern old woman with no time for your nonsense.
“What do you want? I’m a busy woman.”
While the figures were somewhat obscured by the night, the moon made their faces appear clear as if they were standing in the full light of the sun. She thought she had nothing to fear. She thought wrong. One of them mumbled something vulgar. This was her first hint. She took a step back, under the pretense of being scandalized by their language. In truth, she was hoping to flee.
“Vulgarity is no substitute for wit.”
But her words fell on deaf ears, and she was unable to escape before they dragged her to the River Thames and tossed her in. It wasn’t until after her death that the truth came out. Her house was searched too late. The phials and the research found. A tragedy for all. Yes? Oh, but don’t despair. For the one who searched the house quickly gathered all of the materials and brought them home, vowing to carry on the Doctor’s good work.
Dowager Countess of Goatham (Goat) has died. He was Dr. Lanyon (Town “Doctor”).
The next morning, a newsboy rushes into the street, announcing today’s headline.
“London murder! Murder! Read all about the latest murders!”
Read about the worst two murders!
Much worse than the first two murders!
They’ve murdered the Dowager Countess!
I hear extremely messy!
And poor old Hershel is no more!
Wait. You pause as you read the headline. Hershel? But you had only known of one death….Fear fills you. Dr. Hyde is continuing his rampage. You read the rest of the story to learn what happened. But the details are so convoluted that it’s impossible to know what really happened. One woman claims to have seen Professor Layton walking alone when a figure appeared, seemingly from nowhere at all, and proceeded to beat the poor victim with a cane. Other witnesses claim they saw a wild beast charge the Professor. Still others swear that an ogre ripped the man to shreds. All that is known for certain is another murder has been committed. Will you be next?
Hershel Layton (sic) has died. He was an Upstanding Citizen (Town).
Fear everything. Choose wisely. Read the fine print.
9 Upstanding Citizens (Vanilla Town)
1 Controlling Mother (Town Jailkeeper)
1 Mr. Utterson (Town Cop)
1 Dr. Lanyon’s Apprentice (Town “Doctor”)
2 Clandestine Lovers (Town Shared QT)
3 Members of the Board of Governors (Vanilla Wolves)
1 Secretary of the Board of Governors (Stealth Wolf)
1 Mr. Hyde (Original SK)
? Converted Hyde(s) (Converted SKs)
The rules in Victorian England are perfectly simple and not at all complicated. During the Day, you will socialize, prove your innocence, and vote. You will have until Twilight to vote to kill one of the citizens that you suspect is responsible for this very strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The citizen who receives a majority vote (or who has the most votes by Twilight) will be publicly shamed and executed for their crimes. If a majority is reached before official Twilight, the Day will automatically end (even if your gloomy narrator is not here to call Twilight). In the case of a tie, the accused will have one more chance to plead for their lives. All citizens are expected to follow these rules, be polite, and to remain silent after Twilight and death. Please read the fine print.
During the Night, the Controlling Mother, Mr. Utterson, Dr. Lanyon, and Mr. Hyde (and possibly Converted Hyde(s)) will choose targets in their personal QTs. The Board of Governors will choose their target in their shared QT.
A message about Mr. Hyde and Converted Hydes: SK(s) cannot target the same person two nights in a row. SK(s) create a new SK when they try to kill a Roled Town player. SKs do not win together, share a QT, or know the identity—or even the existence—of other SK(s). If day killed, Converted SK(s) are described as Vanilla Town. The Doctor can cure Converted SKs and make a player immune to conversion for the night. If a Converted SK is cured by the Doctor, they become Vanilla Town. If the Doctor or Mr. Hyde die before day three, special things may happen. There are other secrets that you will discover. You might ask yourself, “are you even who you think you are?” Events may provide clues.
Jailing happens first, then curing, then investigating, and then the killing/converting. If a player is jailed they cannot use their power and/or be killed, investigated, or converted. The jailer can jail themselves. They cannot jail the same person two nights in a row.
Upstanding Citizens (Town) win when the Board of Governors (Wolves) and all Mr. and Converted Hydes (Serial Killers) are dead. The Board of Governors win when they outnumber the Upstanding Citizens and all Mr. and Converted Hydes are eliminated. Mr. Hyde wins when they outlive everyone else, including any Converted Hydes. A Converted Hyde wins whey they outlive everyone else, including other Hydes.
Simple and not at all complicated, right?
You are an UPSTANDING CITIZEN. But you wear a façade, as we all do. Yes, it’s quite true, you know all about wearing a mask. How else is a Victorian to live? You can’t share your true thoughts with the world! They might *gasp* judge you unworthy! And once that happens, you’re out. Sad, perhaps, but necessary.
At the end of the day
They don’t mean what they say
They don’t say what they mean
They don’t ever come clean
It’s all a façade!
To protect yourself from having all of your awful secrets revealed upon your death, you need to get rid of the Board of Governors and that dreadful Mr. Hyde! Before it’s too late, look behind the façade and uncover the truth.
If you find yourself in danger, please know that your only power is your vote. Although you might find some help along the way….if you are a good socialite and read the fine print.
Please note that you will need to make a handful of game-related comments per Day (three to six at least). Your narrator is very sensitive to Victorian customs and therefore as a very low tolerance for citizens who don’t socialize, so you will be labeled an outcast and no longer be welcome in polite company if you don’t participate. In other words, you will be replaced. Remember to read the fine print.
Roleplaying is encouraged but not required. Daily events will take place, with warning, and prizes will be awarded that may or may not aid you in your investigations.
A final word of caution: This game is a risk. An experiment. The narrator is not responsible for any disasters that may occur in this game due to “imbalances” in the universe. The narrator reserves the right to make any changes that will result in a more enjoyable game at any time. By signing up for this game you are acknowledging that you have read and understood this word of caution and forfeit your right to pursue legal action against the narrator. The narrator hopes that you enjoy this game, and that you embrace it for what it is. Remember to be a proper Victorian citizen.
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.
- Video (Wyman Crabshack)
- Ralph (Bartleby the Scrivener)
- May (Jim Hawkins)
- Louie (Woo Seong)
- Jude (Madame Helena Blavatsky)
- dw (WRESTLING JESUS!!)
- raven (Miss Amelia Fairfield)
- Nate (Dr Jackalope)
- hoho (Hinky)
Goat ( sic (Hershel Layton)Upstanding Citizen
- Mars Five (Famous Explorer)
- Tiff (Mina Harker)
- Wasp (Melody D’Arkness)
spooky (Samantha Parkington)Upstanding Citizen
- emmelemm (Vanessa Ives)
- Hayes (Lady Euphonia “Muffin” Pembling-Pembling Estridge Duddington Eustace Clarence Tollington Banger-Smythe, Duchess of Cogs-on-Goggles, Ussex, British West The Moon)
- Side Character (Vincent Bellingham)
- sagittariuskim (Carmilla)
- April (President Chester A. Arthur)
- Gramps (Banana Man)
- Cop (Bobby on the Edge-ish)
You have until Sunday, 7:00 PM Central to decide who to execute.