Mafia in the Compost Cafe

Thirty years ago it was a composting toilet, now it is a smokers lounge called the compost cafe.  The name lingers, even if the smell is long gone, perhaps to remind us of our roots.  More likely because it is just funny.

The community fairly seriously restricts the places where cigarettes can be smoked.  With the except of a handful of rooms which have doors to the outside world, there are only really 3 places on this 450 acre campus where you can smoke and compost cafe is one of them.

But it turns out that smokers are fun and the compost cafe for the last several days has been crowded with our current charming visitor group, which i believe has no smokers in it at all.  And they have been playing Mafia.

The towns people are “innocent”

This game is also called Warewolves and involves a small number of organized killers and a larger less informed number of “innocents”.  The innocents can kill any player they agree on after public discussion.  The mafioso kill silently at night after quick negotiations.

While the game is fun, i found myself focusing on the funological analysis of public space in this resource sharing and collectivized environment.

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a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

3 responses to “Mafia in the Compost Cafe”

  1. cardin says :

    how do you funalogicly analyze something? is there a basic set of questions to a apply to every situation? what are the three things that every situation needs in order to be fun? Is there good fun and bad fun?

  2. paxus says :

    Dearest Carin:

    What a great question. There are a bunch of posts about Funological analysis. Here is one on something as small as moving a couch http://paxus.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/the-pink-and-purple-party/
    Here is one on doubles versus single in frisbee golf
    http://paxus.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/doubles-singles-funological-arithmatic/
    Here is my popular critique of Burning Man
    http://paxus.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/the-dark-side-of-burning-man/
    Here is one on validation day and the importance of kissing games
    http://paxus.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/i-just-wrote-50-love-letters/

    And of course here is the ic.wiki entry on funology and funological grading.
    http://wiki.ic.org/wiki/Contagious_Tales/Funology

    Paxus at Twin Oaks
    31 Nuclear Free Japan 2012

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