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Welcome to /gameboard/, a place for mystery fans to create and solve each other's works.
Please read this page before making a game and or participating in one.

What was once a place just for Umineko fan mysteries is now place for any type of mystery "gameboard". Due to this we are still mostly a group interested in murder mysteries and or Japanese related media but any fan gameboard is welcome here (even original stories too).

Of course gameboards can be a bit different than writing a novel. For example the concept of Red and Blue text from Umineko is often still used here. If you are unfamiliar red text is the unconditional truth the author can use, and blue is used for the player to present a theory(you can click the red and blue tag buttons when posting to access these). Simply reading some of the already finished games is a good way to understand what I mean. I have provided examples below for this reason. Additionally a link to the gameboard directory can be found at the bottom of this post.

If you are not used to imageboards then you should try to do that first before posting here. Otherwise the only difference on /seacats/ in particular is that after 200 posts in a thread it stops being bumped. This is to encourage the creation of a new thread so people with poor internet and mobile devices can view each thread. Any questions should be asked in /teaparty/ in order to keep /gameboard/ tidy.


Gameboard Categories

There has been many different types of games played here, a fair few experimental. However I believe all of them can be divided into three categories. There are no set rules to making a gameboard so feel free to add your own twist on any game. Just remember it must be made solvable at the very least.


As the name suggests this is similar to classic mystery novels. The Game Master makes their own mystery, writes it out, then posts it without the solution in gameboard for players to post theories and solve.

Earl Grey of the Golden Witch
Leap of the Golden Witch

-Closed Room Blitz

This style of game replicates a scene in Umineko EP8. Each player creates a closed room and takes turns attempting to solve the opponent’s before the other does to their own. If you don’t post within 5 minutes your opponent's blue automatically goes through, assuming no previous red counters it. Since there have been so many I've only linked the tournament that we did.


-Role Playing

Some people like to be a character, others just like to post as themselves. Either way the game plays as you would expect, with a GM dictating what happens in the game and the players dictate what they do and say.
I recommend RP games only be 1 vs. 1 since while we have had multiplayer RP games due to time zones and availability they never go well.
After the players reach the end of the story they are asked to solve the whole mystery. Since these games are generally more time intensive they are treated more seriously, so take care with creating one.

Concealment of the Golden Witch
Reprise of the Golden Witch
Repercussion of the Golden Witch


Logic Errors
Logic Errors were a concept from Umineko. In our case usually it just means the mystery was created improperly or there is a conflicting red truth. To call a logic error is essentially just asking the GM about the contraction in question, and having them tell you whether or not it is an intended part of the game. If it is just a typo then the GM simply tells the player so, and edits it to what it should have been. Of course in the event the contradiction proves to be a major flaw, then the mystery is considered void. The GM and player(s) can decide whether or not to continue the game in that event.

Incidentally, in CRB logic errors are part of the game. If you make a mistake in red and don`t catch it then that becomes the truth and could potentially lose you the match.

Knox, Dine, and Writing Proper Mystery Puzzles
Van Dine's Rules
Knox's Decalogue

These are rules for writing detective fiction. You do not necessarily need to state you are using these in red, and many rules do have leeway. However, the only real rules that are expected to be followed are Knox's 8th, Dine's 15th, or some variation of the idea. ie the gameboard must be solvable. You don't need a physical clue for everything, but you need to have some order of logic so a player can solve it. That idea is what makes a fair game and should be applied to each mystery asked to be solved by the GM(who/how/why). Any other rules should be used at the gamemaster's discretion. I've seen a few people who find this site without any mystery experience, so here is a small example.

Ex. Maria was found dead in a room. The window and door was locked. The latch was also set. Finally the only key to the room was found inside.
Answer: Using an elastic band the latch was set from the outside. A string was attached to it and placed under the door beforehand so it could be retrieved. The door was then locked with a master key, thus leaving no evidence.

The solution is "The room was locked from the outside". A player can say that and the GM wouldn't be able to ask, "Well why is that? Explain your reasoning," since there is no depth to it. Perhaps if you make the puzzle about how someone could have got the tools to do this it could work, but as it is here this type of "puzzle" is just guessing game, not a mystery. Your goal is to make the reader think "Aha! So that is how I could have solved it!" even if they couldn't so take care with the puzzle logic before getting carried away with a complex trick.

Investigation in RP Games
In RP games while it is up to the players to investigate and interrogate it is up to the game master to present a proper mystery. If a player misses a clue under a bed then you need the clue to be revealed another way. The GM must strive to make sure that the player has enough clues to piece the mystery together by the end. Whether or not the player can do so of course is up to them.

Colored Text
The board can use colors other than red and blue. For example to use green simply put [ green ] text [ / green ] without the spaces. This works for gold and purple as well.


With that all said you should have a general understanding of how /gameboard/ works. In addition to the examples listed, here is the link to the /gameboard/ directory where you can find all the games on the site.

Gameboard Directory

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