Assassins FAQ

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  1. I've just learned about Assassins. Can I play?
  2. What sort of weapons are realistic?
  3. Can I kill my target during a break in his or her classes?
  4. What happens if I kill an innocent bystander?
  5. Can I kill during a Guild games session?
  6. Can I kill people while I am immune?

 

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I've just learned about Assassins? Can I join? It depends. Check the main page for the dates of Assassins. If the game hasn't yet started, then e-mail the Assassins moderator to learn how you can join. If the game has already begun, then you won't be able to join. There's no good reason for this. Mostly it's just a nuisance. It could also give a late-comer a slight advantage or disadvantage, depending on what rules are being used. In short, it's too difficult to add a new player to an existing game. But if we can get enough players (minimum of five) to start a second game, we are happy to accommodate you.
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What sort of weapons are realistic? Any weapon that could be mistaken for a real weapon or otherwise cause a security scare is considered realistic. So, no black plastic toy pistols, no metal cap-firing revolvers, no plastic hunting/Rambo knives, no boxes marked “BOMB”, and so on. Do not send an envelope of talcum powder (or any other white powder) to your target. Make sure your weapon is clearly not a real danger. Plastic guns should be either garish colours or of improbable design. A fluorescent yellow water pistol or a white, bulb-tipped ray gun are good candidates. Plastic dinner knives are okay, but a cardboard cut out (with a blunt tip) is better. Under no circumstance can any real weapon be used in this game. Doing so will qualify you for automatic removal from the game, and may even leave you open to criminal charges.
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Can I kill my target during a break in his or her classes? It depends. If the target is not in a room or lecture theatre at the time, then you can certainly try. If, however, the target stays in the room, then no, you cannot. This immunity is granted so that, should a player have (say) a two hour lecture with a break halfway through, that player can review lecture notes, consult textbooks, etc. without fear of being killed. Assassins is never to get in the way of a player's lectures or work (see How to kill people politely in the rules).
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What happens if I kill an innocent bystander? In terms of the hunt, nothing. You are not penalised for killing innocent bystanders, because such kills are ruled not to have happened. Suppose you had slipped a note reading “BOOM! You have just been exploded.” into your target's letterbox. Suppose further than someone other than your target opens the letterbox. That someone is not killed (unless that someone was another player). Provided the killing is accidental, you will be permitted to continue playing. If, however, you run about whacking everyone you see with a rolled newspaper while screaming “Hahahah! The Mad Clubber strikes again!” (for example), you would be expelled from the game. You would also be a prime candidate for psychiatric care.
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Can I kill during a Guild games session? No. And it's a bad idea to kill your opponent during any other gaming session, for the following reason: it's plain bad manners. The other gamers came to the session to play. Respect their wishes. Before or after a gaming session is a different matter. Your target is fair game then.
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Can I kill people while I am immune? Yes, but you shouldn't. Remember that immunities are for situations where you are not playing assassins. If they are jumping up and down saying “Kill me! Kill me!” (or are waiting for your immunity to end), by all means, put them out of their misery. On the other hand if they are just walking through the library while you are studying or approach you in a friendly manner, then it is unfair of you to kill them.
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