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Role Watcher

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Role Watcher
Alias: none
Alignment:
Role type:
  • Investigative
Choice:
  • Night

A Role Watcher is an investigative role that can target a player and learn what roles targeted that player. Role Watchers see roles, not actions, so if a Loyal Cop targets the person the Role Watcher targeted the Role Watcher will see that a Loyal Cop targeted the Role Watcher's target; If a Doctor Fruit Vendor protected someone, this role would say that a doctor fruit vendor targeted them, but would not be able to tell whether they were protected or vended to. If multiple of the same role target the Role Watcher's target, they will see each duplicated role. If a Vanilla player targets the Role Watcher's target (possible with the factional kill), the Role Watcher will see that they were targeted by a Vanilla.

Normal version

A Role Watcher that learns what roles a player was targeted by during the night is considered Normal on mafiascum.net. If a Role Watcher is somehow blocked from their action (by Roleblocker, Jailkeeper, Rolestopper, Ascetic, or Commuter), they should receive a "No Result" pm, rather than a "did not see anything" pm. A Role Watcher would not see a Ninja committing a kill, however, and would receive a "did not see anything" pm in that case.

A Role Watcher's action can fail due to, e.g., a Roleblocker targeting them or an attempt to watch an Ascetic target; in these cases, the Role Watcher will be aware that their action has failed, and will receive a no result PM. This result should be clearly distinct from the result obtained when successfully role watching a player, but with no other actions on that player to role watch; a "no result" result leaves it unclear who if anyone targeted the Role Watcher's target, whereas a "no actions" result guarantees that nobody else (other than a possible Ninja) targeted the Role Watcher's target.

Variations

Some moderators will tell Role Watchers whose targets were not visited by anyone "No Result", which is indistinguishable from the result they would have gotten if the Role Watcher were Roleblocked. However, this is not Normal.

The Role Watcher has very few variants; however, there are many related Roles:

  • The Tracker learns who a player targeted, but not what action that player performed.
  • The Follower learns what action a player performed, but not who that player targeted.
  • The Watcher learns who targeted a player, but not what actions were performed on them.
  • The Voyeur learns what actions were performed on a player, but not who targeted them.
  • The Motion Detector learns if any actions were performed by or on a player, but not what they were, or who else was involved.



Sample Role PMs

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

  • As a targeted action: you will learn which other roles targeted that player that Night. (edit)

Example (simplest form)

Welcome to game! You are a Town Role Watcher.

You have the following active ability:

  • Each Night, you may target a player. Assuming no interference with your action, you will learn which other roles targeted that player that Night.

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 Loud Role Watcher.

You have the following active ability:

  • Once in the game at night, you may target a player. Assuming no interference with your action, you will learn which other roles targeted that player that Night. Your target will learn that you targeted them (but not what action you targeted them with).

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.