Bookish Games: Ready Player One Edition GAME OVER

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Bookish Games - Ready Player One

Welcome to the Bookish Games, a variation of the game Mafia (aka Werewolf) that was previously hosted at A Bookish Heart and is now hosted at Oh, the Books! For each game, a popular YA book is chosen to be the theme and players are assigned different character roles and powers. Their end goal is to ensure that their team is the last one standing, even if they don’t know who their other teammates are!



The Artifacts

Mouse over the title of each item to see its abilities.

  • Sword of Ba’Heer (Orli, Amy, Inge)
  • The Catalyst (Lauren, Amy, Inge)
  • Hayata’s Beta Capsule (Daito, Shoto)
  • 1981 Quarter (Jenn)
  • Orb of Osuvox (Inge)
  • Fyndoro’s Tablet of Finding (Emily, Claire)
  • Chucks (Yuko, Inge)


  • [DAY] Emily @ Reverie Rhapsody as Sorrento (IOI-655321), Goon, Team Sixers
  • [NIGHT] Crini @ All About Books as Shoto, Mason, Team Gunters
  • [NIGHT] Yuko @ Living for Books as Art3mis, Townie, Team Gunters
  • [NIGHT] Inge @ Bookshelf Reflections as IOI-632187, Goon, Team Sixers

What the heck happened in the last “48 hours” of the game? How the heck did the good guys turn this around? We don’t know about you guys, but we were SHOCKED to find the game ending so soon after four days of bad guy dominance! Bravo, good guys, bravo! Especially to the lucky six that avoided death until the end: Claire, Chantelle, Cayce, Jenn, Sarah, and Faith. You guys will be receiving a “I Survived the Bookish Games” postcard in the mail as soon as Kelley get your deets (so please send her your address!).

But wait, don’t you want to know what all went down? What all the twists were and who had what artifacts and how the heck three people ended dead as a result of Night Five? Don’t worry! We got your covered…

Here’s how it went down…

(Can you tell that Kelley just stole the mic from Asti right now?)

On Day 3,  Orli got voted off, meaning her Sword of Ba’Heer randomly went to one of the people who voted her off: Amy.


During Day 4 , Yuko dropped a bombshell right before the deadline (when she knew she might be eliminated), announcing that she had cop powers (due to having  Chucks) and had found out during one of her investigations that Lauren was not Team Gunter. A voting tie resulted, and no elimination occurred that Day. But at Night, Amy decided to use the  Sword of Ba’Heer to kill off Lauren, at which point she inherited The Catalyst. And it’s a good thing she used it while she had the chance, because that very same night, the Sixers sent Inge to kill off Amy, which resulted in Inge inheriting both the Sword of Ba’Heer AND The Catalyst


Day 5 was a bit crazy. It seemed like Chantelle was going to get eliminated, but during the last hour everyone started switching their votes to Emily. As a result, Emily was eliminated and exposed as a Sixer. What readers didn’t know, though, was that Emily had  Fyndoro’s Tablet of Finding. With her removal from the game, the artifact got randomly assigned to a player who had helped vote her out, Claire. (Unfortunately, Claire didn’t really get a chance to use her newfound powers since the game ended that Night. Sorry Claire!)


THEN during Night 5, both Cayce (Doctor) and Crini (who had  Hayata’s Beta Capsule) used their powers to protect Yuko, because clearly she would be a target for the remaining Sixers. Which is why Inge used her newly-acquired Sword of Ba’Heer to make her kill unstoppable. So, sure, her kill went through, but once Crini had activated that Beta Capsule, there was no going back. The Night turned into a three-way battle, resulting in a three death, heroic blaze of glory. And since nobody was around to loot the corpses, there still sits a heap of artifacts in one shiny, shiny loot pile . Did you get all that?!

The MVPs

We basically ended up with three players whose actions brought about the end of the game and a win for the Gunters:

  • Inge, who started out with one artifact and ended the game with a collection of FOUR, before they all exploded into a huge loot pile.
  • Yuko, who used her Cop powers to expose Lauren and thus made herself a target, leading Inge ultimately to her death.
  • Crini, who held onto that Beta Capsule until it was time to protect Yuko, resulting in the final Sixer’s death.

So how do we decide which one wins the t-shirt? We thought it would be fun to put it to a vote. Tell us who YOU think is the MVP!

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