Originally Posted by Soohthepizzaguy
I do have a knack for typing words. But, if you hold me to a high post count too early, you'll mislynch me this game.
I can try to brute force this game and be in the thread pretty much all day every day, and offer my opinion on everything under the sun, with posts as long as the eye can see and the mouse can scroll past. I can also do that as mafia. And it's easier for talkative players to hide in a concrete jungle of words.
Newpizza is giving credence to the idea that less is more (for me) in the early game.
That said, I'll self describe my meta.
For those of you who don't know this half, I'm a terrifying scumbag and that hurts my town game a lot. I'm a competent townie after the opening stages of the game but I'm mislynch bait if I can't self-clear.
Things I wouldn't do as scum is a very small list: Bussing my partner on day one unprompted is one of those things. Being bussed by my partner on day one unprompted is another. This is not to say I wouldn't expect that to be in the play book of someone named Shander, for example, just that I think it's really bad play even if it somehow works out. If I can vote a scumbag today and lynch one, that should actually be worth something in your minds. So I know this is obvious, but helping lynch or driving the lynch of a scumbag today is important to me. Doing it later on can be bussing for credit, this is too early for me to try it due to the cop.
If I am mafia I am playing the role of an antagonist but I also consider myself part of the game's entertainment. Some things I won't do as mafia include making the game un-fun by lurking to avoid suspicion, making the game thread unpleasant to read in any way besides there being too many words in it, I don't get personal, and I wouldn't invent a fake IRL event to give myself excuses. I am liable to be too tired to spend several hours on a game per IRL day these days as I am in school, so it's possible I don't post much one day. As mafia, I am equally likely to bus, ignore my partner, or defend my partner in the middle game. I deliberately try to spread those percentages out to close to 33% each so that you can't tell who my partner is that way.
My home forum is full of players who post once, twice, or a small number of times per day and miss chunks of the game. It's bad for town when we do this. However, I have a lot of experience playing with town teams that are essentially a ragtag band of misfits with wildly different playing styles and not a lot of posts. That, plus one of the champs games I hosted where the mafia simply posted a lot, and town mislynched low-talker after another, leads me to be very skeptical of lynch the person with fewer posts just for that reason. More posts and a good vote history or time for the cop to take a look at them all improve your chances of reading that slot correctly, and it's our job to put out the effort. A low posting villager is worth exactly as much as a high posting one. They also require the least amount of reasoning to lynch, and less reasoning means less reasons to disagree with lynching them.
More talkative players will be trying to make themselves look townie at this stage of the game in a manner that is low risk to them if they are scum. As such, I wouldn't read too much into tone, activity, post count, or word count, if you're typically impressed with such things.
I'd prefer to engage with people in real time. If you see me online, stick around and talk to me. I'll want to talk to every person, ideally, in real time for a little bit. I'll even go so far as to schedule time, due to time zone differences, or whatnot. Standing offer.
If you are the cop, you should not waste a scan on me.