The Board of Governors rejoiced when Mr. Hyde was found dead in the library. Finally! But. Was it not too late? Their secrets had been revealed. The upstanding citizens of London knew that they were responsible for, let’s not call them murders, sacrifices made in the pursuit of justice. Could they really stop now? Did they want to stop? Were they ready to give up that power? The power to decide who lives and who dies? All these years, forced to wear the façade of upstanding citizens, their inner devils had been caged. And now, now these same devils came out roaring! Yes, the spirit of hell awoke in them and raged. With a transport of glee, they chose their next victim.
President Chester A. Arthur was studying the books he borrowed from the London Library to get to the bottom of this sinister plot. Oh yes, he was quite sure now that the lizard people were out there and that they had personally plotted against him all these years. If what he witnessed in the library with that abomination Hyde was real, then anything was possible. It explained everything! His candle burned low, leaving only the smallest amount of light to illuminate the pages. Furiously, he scribbled notes and drew diagrams of his foes. Sadly for old Chester, he was so consumed by these imagined foes that he never suspected that the danger was closer to home. In this very room. Knowing of the old man’s theories, his killers thought it would be a lark to costume themselves tonight. This was how it came to be that Chester A. Arthur’s last words were, “Lizard people! I knew it!”
President Chester A. Arthur (April) has died. He was an UPSTANDING CITIZEN (Town).
I was born in the year 18— to a large fortune, endowed besides with excellent parts, inclined by nature to industry, fond of the respect of the wise and good among my fellowmen, and thus, as might have been supposed, with every guarantee of an honourable and distinguished future. And indeed the worst of my faults was a certain impatient gaiety of disposition, such as has made the happiness of many, but such as I found it hard to reconcile with my imperious desire to carry my head high, and wear a more than commonly grave countenance before the public. Hence it came about that I concealed my pleasures; and that when I reached years of reflection, and began to look round me and take stock of my progress and position in the world, I stood already committed to a profound duplicity of life.
The rest of the letter detailed the horrific battle between the duality of one man, as each struggled to maintain control. But this was not what the curious reader focused on. No, they were drawn in by the formula, the method, and the dark and twisted result. And, most of all, the freedom! Following Dr. Jekyll’s formula, they reproduced the draught exactly. Without considering the consequences, they consumed 10 centiliters of formula HJ7. Salty, bitter taste. Stings the tongue. Warm in the gullet. Heat spreading strongly through the veins. A slight feeling of euphoria. Light-headedness. And then, the change.
It’s the feeling of being alive!
Filled with evil but truly alive!
It’s the truth that cannot be denied!
It’s the feeling of being
Take a deep breath. Don’t forget to read the fine print.
5 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)
2 Members of the Board of Governors (Vanilla Wolves)
1 Secretary of the Board of Governors (Stealth Wolf)
1 “Mr. Hyde” (Copycat 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 dies, all hope is not lost. The Stealth Wolf will appear innocent. There are other secrets that you will discover. You might ask yourself, “are you even who you think you are?” Questions can be asked, answers may not be given. Clues have been given.
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 has 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)Member of the Board of Governors
- Ralph (Bartleby the Scrivener)
- May (Jim Hawkins)
Louie (Woo Seong)Mr. Hyde
- 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)Upstanding Citizen April (President Chester A. Arthur)Upstanding Citizen Gramps (Banana Man)Upstanding Citizen
- Cop (Bobby on the Edge-ish)
You have until Thursday, 9:00 AM Central to decide who to execute.