Hmm, here is what I think: Flipz rant was totally uncalled for, out of place and rude beyond measure, and while I am very happy it won't be my call, I think punishment in one way or the other is deserved.
I also think that the host should try to say as little as possible, because everything is going to be interpretable as a hint in one way or the other, being it intended or not.
BUT, I don't think Bob's interference, if you want to call it that, was a bad thing, he was reminding people of the rules, and the rules state that there are no clues in pictures.
But the problem is this, more often than not there are
clues in pictures in mafia games on this forum. Be it in the form of a clearly identifyable killer's method operandus, or in the form of a brown frog that means a conversion has taken place.
As long as there is no clear line, you are going to HAVE people look for clues in pictures, and people will adapt their playstyle with that.
Don't get me wrong, I'm far from denouncing Flipz's rant as allowable (can't think of the right word, help me out here). Especially in his case, where it was apparantly mostly megablocks (but we still don't know in what capacity, because we can't discuss the game
) and he was going to die anyway, let's face it. But, it does make you think about this stuff.
I realized this when I first started playing Mafia on this forum, it was different from what I had done before, visuals clues like that were unheard of where I played before, so. Of course, we (EB Game community) are used to it now, and that's fine. But I think there should be a clear line, honestly. What I am pleading for is this: Either make it so there ARE NO CLUES whatsoever in the pictures, and state that VERY clearly in the rules. Or: Keep it like it is, but remove the rule as it stands now.
I realize that as a host adding miniscule clues that you can point out at the end of the game can be very fun, but you are going to have arguments like this, although hopefully with a normal reaction and less nerd rage.
EDIT: fixed some spelling errors.
Edited by Scubacarrot, 04 July 2012 - 06:30 PM.