Let’s take stock before proceeding further (24 Sep 2021)

In view of recent developments, I think it would be wise to review the proceedings so far. I also intend to have similar reviews in future for this game, if my readers are happy with that.

One possible problem is when the number of game-related posts increases it will become important to index these posts for ease of reference. It is easy enough for the blog author to locate said posts (WordPress automatically takes care of the indexing), but I just realised (AFAIK) readers don’t get the same luxury. Obviously I don’t wanna force my readers to get a WordPress account just to find out if this really is an issue or not. Ergo, I have decided to summarise the game proceedings into a single post.

Admittedly I am making things up as I go along, but that tends to happen when you mash up 4SSS sans Z-key with Among Us with absolutely no clue if this concept is going to work or not 😊

IMPORTANT: If you think there is anything missing from the following review, please let me know ASAP before I proceed.

Another question: is the pace of this blog too fast, too slow or just right? Obviously I have to take into account that readers are trying to work out who is sus on top of finding the correct moves!

Game score (moves without comments indicate trivial decisions):

Deal 3c-5s-2h-5d-9s-6c-6s-As-2s-Kh

Move hi → 7d

Move bg → 7c

Move fb → Kc

Move db → 9c

Bart says: db is White’s idea seconded by Purple and Orange. Previously, Blue/Purple/Yellow made easy decisions.

SA says: make the next two moves automatically if the turned-over cards are useless

Move ia → 9s

Move gh → Jd

Deal 2s-6d-4c-3d-2c-Td-Js-7s-8h-9c

Move fg,ij,ig,jg → Tc

Bart says: Orange’s “fg,ij,ig” was not quite precise. White’s “turnover column 4 or 5” is bad. Brown’s “ij,if” is much better than White, close to Orange’s option and a good move. Red is terrible (*) Purple correctly objects to Blue’s “bg,bg,bi”, Dark Green suggested illegal move of turning over column 1, Black’s “ij,bh,bh,bj” is fairly bad. Pink doesn’t see Dark Green’s illegality.

If criterion was “in favour of clearly inferior plan” then Black/White/Blue/Red/Dark/Green/Pink are sus.

(*) Spider GM meant to say Red didn’t suggest any move sequence such as “hi,hi” but was only mentioning the future possibility of building a complete Spade suit.

SANITY CHECK: The current game state should be as follows:

(five) 3c-2s-As-2s

(four) 7c-6c-5d-6d

(five) 2h-4c

(four) 9c-3d

(four) 9s-2c

(three) Kc

(three) Jd-Js-Td-9s-8h

(three) 7d-6s-5s-7s

(two) Tc

(four) Kh-9c

Cards in stock = 40, Cool Mates = 9, Stooges = 3

4 thoughts on “Let’s take stock before proceeding further (24 Sep 2021)

  1. I like the theory of collecting all the relevant information in one place, but all I see here is a post with 2 of the many moves described. So then there will be another one. How do we link those?

    “Among Us” is a real game with considerable complexity: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/160616/among-us-english-rulebook. The English rules are link there, and maybe this huge link will work too: https://s3.amazonaws.com/geekdo-files.com/bgg208439?response-content-disposition=inline%3B%20filename%3D%22AmongUs_Rulebook_EN.pdf%22&response-content-type=application%2Fpdf&X-Amz-Content-Sha256=UNSIGNED-PAYLOAD&X-Amz-Algorithm=AWS4-HMAC-SHA256&X-Amz-Credential=AKIAJYFNCT7FKCE4O6TA%2F20210923%2Fus-east-1%2Fs3%2Faws4_request&X-Amz-Date=20210923T152938Z&X-Amz-SignedHeaders=host&X-Amz-Expires=120&X-Amz-Signature=63d1943f21691464d5118c31770c248670dfdf7f8fded26b7e1d7eb6f5beda06

    I used to happily learn games of this complexity up until a few years ago, but surely it’s got to be a small subset of this game that is going to be brought to bear on 4SSS.


    1. I only describe 2 moves because all other moves were trivial decisions. It’s impossible for a blob to mess up without immediately getting ejected from the Skeld. I have edited the original post to explicitly state this.

      The next “taking stock” post will contain a copy-and-paste of these moves plus future moves also.



    2. Oops … I had just realised the boardgamegeek and App Store versions have completely different rulesets. All references to Among Us in 4SSS are to do with the latter (i.e. the App Store version) and I apologise for any confusion. I don’t remember any aliens in the app version. Hopefully this should clear things up



  2. Would you consider something like moving this to a Google Doc? I am still missing whatever indexing feature you had in mind here…

    As to the substance, I might think White was SUS, but how could I tell if his bad suggestion was intentional or just that he’s not very skilled but means well? When you threw that in as a possibility I tried to think how you could convict anyone. There’s some additional info needed.


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