Phantom Tollbooth Mafia, a role madness mafia adventure for 12 people. Designed/Hosted by Osieorb18
Reviewed by Prophylaxis and Silvercrys3467
Original Book Written by Norman Juster and Illustrated by Jules Feiffer
"ONE GENUINE TURNPIKE TOLLBOOTH," it stated—and then it went on:
"EASILY ASSEMBLED AT HOME, AND FOR USE BY THOSE WHO HAVE NEVER TRAVELED IN LANDS BEYOND."
"Beyond what?" thought Milo as he continued to read.
"THIS PACKAGE CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:
"One (1) genuine turnpike tollbooth to be erected according to directions.
"Three (3) precautionary signs to be used in a precautionary fashion.
"Assorted coins for use in paying tolls.
"One (1) map, up to date and carefully drawn by master cartographers, depicting natural and man-made features.
"One (1) book of rules and traffic regulations, which may not be bent or broken."
And in smaller letters at the bottom it concluded:
"Results are not guaranteed, but if not perfectly satisfied, your wasted time will be refunded."
Following the instructions, which told him to cut here, lift there, and fold back all around, he soon had the toll booth unpacked and set up on its stand. He fitted the windows in place and attached the roof, which extended out on both sides, and fastened on the coin box. It was very much like the tollbooths he'd seen many times on family trips, except of course it was much smaller and purple.
"What a strange present," he thought to himself. "The least they could have done was to send a highway with it, for it's terribly impractical without one." But since, at the time, there was nothing else he wanted to play with, he set up the three signs,
SLOW DOWN APPROACHING TOLLBOOTH
PLEASE HAVE YOUR FARE READY
HAVE YOUR DESTINATION IN MIND
and slowly unfolded the map.
As the announcement stated, it was a beautiful map, in many colors, showing principal roads, rivers and seas, towns and cities, mountains and valleys, intersections and detours, and sites of outstanding interest both beautiful and historic.
The only trouble was that Milo had never heard of any of the places it indicated, and even the names sounded most peculiar.
"I don't think there really is such a country," he concluded after studying it carefully. "Well, it doesn't matter anyway." And he closed his eyes and poked a finger at the map.
"Dictionopolis," read Milo slowly when he saw what his finger had chosen. "Oh, well, I might as well go there as anywhere."
He walked across the room and dusted the car off carefully. Then, taking the map and rule book with him, he hopped in and, for lack of anything better to do, drove slowly up to the tollbooth. As he deposited his coin and rolled past he remarked wistfully, "I do hope this is an interesting game, otherwise the afternoon will be so terribly dull."
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1. Scum have daychat.
2. If only one scum remains, the factional nightkill can be submitted as an extra action.
3. This game includes 9 town and 3 scum.
4. Day phases will last X days, where X is the number of living players at the beginning of the Day phase. I may provide an extension if I deem it appropriate. Night phases will last 24 hours.
5. Keep in mind Rule #11 from the preceding general rules:
Scum players may submit actions for other scum players if the other scum player has not submitted an action. However, if the other player ever submits an action, their fellow scum cannot change what that player submitted.
Traveling the Lands Beyond (/in):
1. KamikazeArchon Terrible Trivium, SCUM Gladiator Lynched Day 4
2. vezokpiraka The Dodecahedron, TOWN Manipulator Survived to Endgame
3. TOMSLOGER DR. KAKOFONOUS A. DISCHORD AND THE AWFUL DYNNE, TOWN NIGHTTALKER SURVIVED TO ENDGAME
4. kpaca Grapefruit21 King Azaz the Unabridged, TOWN Motivator Lynched Day 4
5. ReverseRoot AlbertinoDias Tock, TOWN Bodyguard Lynched Day 4
6. ganderin_dan Humbug, TOWN Booster Lynched Day 3
7. RE1031 Alec Bings, TOWN Tracker Nightkilled Night 3
8. Killmatronix Demon of Insincerity, SCUM Hider Lynched Day 1
9. Cantripmancer Senses Taker, SCUM Torturer Lynched Day 2
10. Emcee_Mikey Gentleman Johnny Milo, TOWN Neighbourizer Nightkilled Night 1
11. The Worst Chroma the Great, TOWN Dreaming God Lynched Day 4
12. Manasi The Mathemagician, TOWN Delayer Nightkilled Night 3
Suddenly he found himself speeding along an unfamiliar country highway, and as he looked back over his shoulder, neither the tollbooth, nor his room, nor even the house was anywhere in sight. What had started as make-believe was now very real.
"What a strange thing to have happen," he thought (just as you must be thinking right now). "This game is much more serious tha I thought, for here I am riding on a road I've never seen, going to a place I've never heard of, and all because of a tollbooth which came from nowhere. I'm certainly glad that it's a nice day for a trip." he concluded hopefully, for, at the moment, this was the one thing he definitely knew.
The sun sparkled, the sky was clear, and all the colors he saw seemed to be richer and brighter than he could ever remember. The flowers shone as if they'd been cleaned and polished, and the tall trees that lined the road shimmered in silvery green.
"WELCOME TO EXPECTATIONS," said a carefully lettered sign on a small house at the side of the road.
"INFORMATION, PREDICTIONS, AND ADVICE CHEERFULLY OFFERED. PARK HERE AND BLOW HORN."
My, my, my, my, my, welcome, welcome, welcome, welcome, to the land of Expectations, to the land of Expectations, to the land of Expectations. We don't get many travelers these days; we certainly don't get many travelers these days.