PAPERBLADE'S RULES FOR METAGAMING
1. If Proto is being illogical and irrational, he's probably scum
2. If Life is saying weird things, he's probably scum (OBVIOUS SCUMTELL: "Do you want to win?")
3. Anouleth is never scum, you can trust him but he may be third party
4. Paperblade is always scum except when he isn't, don't trust him
5. If there is recruitment, assume good players/town leaders have been recruited.
ALSO, SPECIAL BONUS CONTENT
PAPERBLADE'S GUIDE TO OC
Be talkative. If you get on IRC you can talk to a lot of people, and with wonders like Skype/MSN/AIM/the SF PM system you can get a hold of basically everyone.
Oct. 23, 2012 Update: Nearly every regular player comes on IRC nowadays and there's usually at least a dozen people, so it's quick and convenient.
If you're town, talking to people has the following advantages:
People who know things about you that you didn't tell them have some explaining to do. Either you have a leak or they have some sort of information role. This is very useful for scumhunting.
Talking to people about other people lets you find contradictions in what other people said. If they told the left hand one thing and the right hand the other, something fishy is going on.
It gives you alibis and evidence in the form of logs. Thus, if a night result appears that contradicts that previous information, you can try to figure out what's up.
It lets you form circles of trust.
If you're mafia, talking to people has the following advantages:
You can establish an alibi early in the game. This is especially useful if your role can pass for town (such as a mafia tracker or inspect) because you will have results to back it up.
You can manipulate people. People will be more likely to trust you if you're friendly and willing to share information with them.
It helps you to find other anti-town people, such as a second mafia or third parties such as wolves, who tend to make good allies, at least temporarily. After that, they make good bargaining chips ("Don't lynch me, X is mafia").
It gives you logs with people that you can twist to look scummy, especially if they're lying to you for whatever reason.
ALSO, SOMETHING TO NOTE IF YOU ARE GOING TO TALK TO PEOPLE PRIMARILY THROUGH THE PM SYSTEM
The PM system has the option to edit PMs. However, unlike on the forums, there is no notice at the bottom of a post saying that a PM was edited. This can be relevant.
Edited by Paperblade, 23 October 2012 - 02:11 AM.