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  1. Wake
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    So you want to get better at catching Scum, eh?

    Well, it's not that easy. The later in the game it gets, the easier it becomes.

    It's rare to lynch Scum during Day 1, and it's uncommon during Day 2 barring PRs.

    There are a lot of different ways to go about catching Scum. Much of it is a matter of opinion.

    This link is helpful: Mastin s Guide To Scumhunting bull mafiascum.net

    You should always question, analyze, and weigh the motives of others.

    I find interactions to be one of the best ways for me to hunt Scum.

    There's also a list of things I'd like to list as Scummy/Not Scummy. If you want, you can share things you think might be Scummy, and I can try to weigh those instances, too.

    As Town I work to never take players' posts out of context. That's one thing I personally feel is Scummy. Also, you have to be careful to not indulge in hyperbole. Whenever a player evades, ignores, reacts defensively, or emotionally, or negatively, et al, that's like blood being poured in the water. Always strive to question the motives. Even if it means getting very quiet, focused, and deliberate with your questions.
     
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    And it's ok to be wrong when hunting Scum, too. No one's a Scumhunting God. Even the best of the best are wrong more than 40% of the time during each game. Your effectiveness in catching people in their lies will improved as you continuously temper your wit and your discernment.

    Oh, you're wrong about a read and they flipped Town? Don't sweat. Don't kick yourself. Best thing you can do is take notes and try seeing what you can do to improve yourself. Lately I'm finding that playing Mafia's been affecting how I deal with situations and social situations in the real world, in that I'm way better at discerning things, now. You can also play Mafia in real life with your loved ones, and it's a very fun experience, too, because now you're face-to-face. THAT is tough. Tough not to SMILE! :p

    And when you play Mafia, it's always better to use logic while keeping a cool head. Scum'll do anything they can to get their fingers around your thumbscrew and turn it to their advantage. Of course, there are also Scum that love hiding behind a veneer of logic. I suppose there are ways to use the emotional and logical sides of gameplay to your advantage, if you've got a good handle on timeliness.
     
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    You will wear yourself out if you try to dominate the game. You need to pace yourself as you play the game. You have a life, and your life must come first.

    Balance in Mafia is extremely important. Much like lurking/rarely posting isn't good, neither is rapid-fire posting or spamming. Find a happy medium that works for you.

    I'll read through the thread once. Make tiny little notes with a post # next to it on paper. There's usually a lot of stuff you're safe skimming over. Only inquire players of the things that stick out to you the most. Trying to hyper-analyze every little wrinkle and squiggle and anomaly will short-circuit your brain-gear, my friends. Overthinking things is another thing to watch out for.

    You can easily post 2-3 decent, meaty posts each day an be alright. Wordiness is another pitfall, too. :)
     
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    On a similar note, I found this link to be enlightening.
     
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    I find that framing Avatar works 40% of the time too.
     
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