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Oracle

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Oracle
Alias: none
Alignment: any
Role type:
  • Investigative
Choice:
  • Night

An Oracle is a player who can ask the moderator about general information regarding the setup.

Oracle can be of any alignment, but is usually pro-Town. It is not generally seen outside role madness.

Standard version

An Oracle may ask a question about the setup to the moderator each night and have the moderator answer truthfully.

Variations

Of course, this role has obvious potential to be overpowered if not restricted. Some common restrictions include:

  • The information given can only be that which the moderator would have known before assigning alignments to players (so "who are the scum" would become unanswerable).
  • The moderator's response can only be two words long at most.
  • The Oracle may only ask yes/no questions.

Use & Balance

Oracle can range from a reasonably useful informative role for breaking falseclaims and giving the Oracle a reading on the game state to being a game-breaker. It should be balanced according to the most damaging results it could possibly receive. (Note that no matter how good a fakeclaim is, an Oracle is likely to be able to disprove it, and a carefully-worded question can often check multiple claims at once; it is thus very rare for a Town-aligned Oracle to fail to catch at least one scum.)


Sample Role PMs

The standardized Role PM for "Oracle" describes the action as follows:

  • As an active action: you may ask a question about the setup to the moderator. Assuming no interference with your action, the moderator will then respond truthfully. (You will get "no result" if this action is blocked.) (edit)

Example (simplest form)

Welcome to game! You are a Town Oracle.

You have the following active ability:

  • Each Night, you may ask a question about the setup to the moderator. Assuming no interference with your action, the moderator will then respond truthfully. (You will get "no result" if this action is blocked.)

You win if all threats to the town are eliminated and at least one town-aligned player is alive.

Confirm by replying to this PM with a summary of your role.

Example (with modifiers)

Welcome to game! You are a Town 1-shot Oracle.

You have the following active ability:

  • Once in the game at Night, you may ask a question about the setup to the moderator. Assuming no interference with your action, the moderator will then respond truthfully. (You will get "no result" if this action is blocked.)

You win if all threats to the town are eliminated and at least one town-aligned player is alive.

Confirm by replying to this PM with a summary of your role.