A quick recap: I am on a quest to create web-based social deduction games that meet the following requirements: any number of players can play and have fun, everyone is always actively participating, and the game balances “social” and “deduction” without being too complicated. Last year, this quest led me to create Crops and Robbers — a speedy, chaotic, web app version of Mafia. This year, I decided to try a different approach.

One of my favorite social deduction games of all time is Spyfall— a simple game where every player except one is assigned a job at a single…


My hometown, Erie PA, is known for a few things: averaging 8 feet of snow a year, hosting large motorcycle rallies, and playing an oversized role in choosing the next president of the United States every four years. I was highly motivated to get involved in the campaigns of Erie democrats, and decided to try phone banking. Phone banking can be tedious, repetitive, and emotionally draining, but it is also easily one of the most important and most flexible ways to get involved in a campaign. …


In a previous post, I wrote about four important goals of the perfect social deduction game: any number of players can play and have fun, everyone is always actively participating, and the game balances “social” and “deduction” without being too complicated.

When I’m not busy ruining my friendships with lies and deceit, I enjoy making websites. Social deduction websites are not a new invention — one of my favorite Social Deduction games is Spyfall, which I play with friends through the site netgames.io. …


Bill Gates and Paul Allen learned to program at Lakeside Preparatory Academy, one of the first high schools in the entire country to buy a computer. Mark Zuckerberg learned Atari BASIC programming from his father, who later hired software developer David Newman to tutor teenage Mark privately. Although the software industry prides itself in hiring objectively and remaining somewhat impartial to applicants’ backgrounds or college degree, a career in software development is only possible through privileged access to technology and mentorship.

Over the past decade, access to technology has improved for many students. Even the most underfunded public schools have…


Associated Press, 2020

“I said she’s only three, I’m not even here for the protest. We got gassed out of our vehicle. And he dead looked at my daughter and [threw] the canister in front of her, and it exploded in front of her face.” This is a quote from Mechell Hensler, the mother of a three-year-old child who was tear gassed by police during the George Floyd protests.

This account is just one of more than four hundred reports of police brutality stemming from the protests across the United States. As protests continue across the nation, the subreddit r/2020PoliceBrutality has sprung into…


Why I love Social Deduction Games

I am a huge fan of social deduction games: Avalon, Secret Hitler, SpyFall, Werewolf, you name it. I like to think of myself and my friends as honest people, but as soon as we start up a social deduction game, no can be trusted. The rush of anticipation, followed by gasps of astonishment and groans of betrayal make a social deduction game a fun and memorable experience.

In the past, gathering a group of friends to play any game was a tedious process: you’ve gotta find times everyone is free, get over to someone’s house or apartment, and set up…

Tristrum Tuttle

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