Magestry’s Best of Boneharvest 126

Here are our picks for the Best of our November 4th-6th event:

Finley was TREMENDOUSLY helpful to us.

This month’s Best PCJ.D. Bates, has really created a persona with Finley Porter that shines at game. Finley is such a different character than Bastion and J.D.’s ability to role-play very well is very evident with the switch. J.D. also works to welcome new players to the game and shows a lot of dedication to his character’s garb and personality. It is a joy to watch Finley and we are happy to have J.D. at game! Congrats!

 

“Finley, because he as so energetic and is a sympathetic man.”

“Finley – great role-playing as always but being able to quickly digest the situation and deal with it effectively due to being a quick thinker and very knowledgeable with his and other abilities.”

“Finley did a great job role-playing and keeping the tavern running.”

 

Without this month’s Best NPC this game, some of the coolest moments of the game would not have been able to happen. Taryn Thomas was ESSENTIAL in setting up the totem on the island, acquiring row boats, and helping to make sure that people got across to the island and back safely. She is always incredibly helpful before, during, and after game with all sorts of things that need to get done behind the scenes and has recently joined the plot-writing staff to help in writing the game! We are so glad that she decided to come to game! Thanks for everything, Taryn!

Another huge help with all the coolest and biggest moments at this game was Cara Backman, who gets the Honorable Mention for this month’s award. We loved having Cara back at game and she was another HUGE help with all the physical arrangements that needed to happen for the game and really helped to keep us sane as we tried to do a million things at once. Thanks for all your help, Cara! Come back soon!

 

Magestry’s Best of Reapingdusk, 126

Here are our picks for the “Best of” the October 7th-9th Event

Sandow, since he got to be an incarnation and didn’t let it go to his head.

 

This month’s Best PC is a wonderful guy with a heart of gold and a strong, if sometimes subtle, presence at game. Jesse Lemieux as Sandow has really shown us the depth of his role-playing ability recently and has always worked to be a welcoming and helpful person at game. Additionally, he is always a safe fighter and we are glad to be able to recognize him here! Thanks so much, Jesse!

“Sandow takes it this game for me! He kept very true to himself even put in the crazy position of an incarnation! Anyone who can do that and not break their values with the new power is impressive to say the least.”

“Sandow was adorable in his discomfort with the incarnation of community thing.”

“Sandow. I just think he did a great job not only as the impromptu Incarnation of Community, but he was wonderfully in character throughout the entire event.”

“This one will have to go to Sandow this time, his role-playing while the incarnation of community was fantastic, as well as his reactions from the baking contest!”

Mira and Majento and Simon did a great job hosting and organizing the different events for the harvest festival they put on this game.

 

We would also like to add a huge “Thank You” to Amanda Mooney and Anthony LaRosa as well as the rest of the Aces crew for putting on an amazing Harvest Festival. They wrote and coordinated each of those events and pulled them off with great aplomb and then helped out a ton with making a beautiful and delicious dinner! It was a lot of fun and we are very grateful for all the hard work! Thanks, guys!

 

“The whole Aces crew held a really amazing event for Aces Tradegate.”

“Amanda and Toner as Mira and Majento. They did an amazing job as PCs with an almost decidedly NPC role, hosting multiple events for PCs as well as helping prepare dinner for everyone and hosting it as well, all the while staying in character.”

Nick. He spent a great deal cooking and still made time to go out and be interesting characters

 

 

This month’s Best NPC is not a newcomer to this particular award! Nick Donoghue is a rockstar on staff, always helping and always ready to do what needs to get done. You all know how well he role-plays, and let’s not forget his amazing culinary skills that he lends so graciously to us! We are super lucky to have him on staff. Thank you so much, Nick!

“Nick when he was playing Sir Xanthos. The emotion he put in his role-playing was breath taking, I felt the pain he had.”

“Nick – Dude doesn’t stop, he’s always doing something and it’s almost never the same kind of thing. When he NPCs a monster he adjusts his fighting style to match the flavor of that monster. And his food… is magestic!”

“I loved the Wilhelm moments this game.”

“Xanthos, I never thought that he could get that pissed.”

“Nick as Sir Xanthos for being an important mentor for Linarien, and a believable performance and table flip after finding out some important documents were given to the wrong people. Also Wilhelm, he’s always great to see in town, always helpful.”

Magestry’s Best of Harvestwane 126

Here are our picks for the September 16th-18th event:

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This month’s Best PC is a veteran player with a love for playing characters in full makeup. Whether he’s a golden ray of light or a shadowy ball of emotions, Peter Dey as Silver is an great role-player. It is exceptionally rare to catch him out-of-character during game, and his stoicism broken by random and unexpected bits of humor makes him a likeable, if somewhat intimidating character. Pete has always worked to bring in new people to the game and always tries to make sure to help set up before game and clean up afterwards. His enthusiasm and kindness are noticed and appreciated by all. Thanks, Pete!

 

“I found myself unable to stop watching Silver as a newcomer. While [he is] on the quiet side of things, I don’t believe I ever saw him drop character.”

“Silver, while he was quieter than usual it showed that his character had some deep troubles going on.”

“Silver does a great job of staying in character, has an amazing costume and overall is a pleasure to role-play with.”

“Silver always plays a good Silver and I was more in awe of him this game than usual.”

 

Talya Goodman. She’s always fun to fight and to RP with she plays a great nipper and her enthusiasm is infectious.

 

 

This month’s Best NPC is always a breath of fresh air whenever she comes to game and is ready and willing to do whatever needs to be done. Talya Goodman is a wonder behind the scenes. She is equally as able to play a serious character as she is able to make your tummy hurt from laughing so much and she is a fun and safe fighter who will crunch at the drop of a hat. We are always thrilled to have her at game and are thankful for all the help she gives when she is there. Thanks, Tal!

 

 

“Talya. Hands down. She brings humor into situations which really should be terrifying.”

“Talya Goodman. She’s always fun to fight and to RP with. She plays a great nipper and her enthusiasm is infectious.”

 

Honorable Mention for Best NPC goes to Amanda Mooney in her role as Rebekkah Skye on Friday night! We were absolutely thrilled with her performance, and so were you!  Check out what you had to say about our Miss Mooney:

“Rebby Skye-(the woman who tried to become the Shadow Queen). She seems like a powerful long term villain, who has goal, personality, and a commanding presence about her. She makes a good Evil Queen figure, even if she is not yet a queen (just don’t tell her that to her face).”

“Rebekkah Skye, she just had this aura of power, but combined with that calm, sweet tone and overall scariness I have to say she was the best npc character.”

“Rebekkah Skye. She put off this aura of menace and tension that was phenomenal.”

“Rebbie Skye was very well done, the coronation was very tense and her discussions with the townsfolk and npcs was very captivating.”

“Amanda was soo believable as Rebby Sky, which is great because Amanda is such a kind soul. Amazing role playing.”

“Rebby sky. even though my character hates her, Amanda does a wonderful job playing her.”

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Here are our picks for the August 26th-28th event:

Jack Garren for consistently good roleplay as a PC and NPC.

Jack Garren for consistently good roleplay as a PC and NPC.

 

This month’s Best PC has been an integral part of the game and a stand-up member of our community since the beginning. Myk Meyer as Jack Garren has not only been a wonderful role-player and a model PC, but he has also been a warm and welcoming presence for new players and has worked to help maintain the friendly player base we are so proud of these days. On top of that, he always makes sure to come and help out NPCing whenever he can. Thanks, Myk, for all you do for the game and congrats!

I had a great time RPing with Jack Garren. He was quick to talk to many of the new players, and he’s eccentric but enjoyable to be around. I even had a chance to witness some of his deeper character traits.

Jack is another who is always on his A-game. Roleplaying his own particular brand of crazy, and always engaging newer players, the Elmerton just wouldn’t be the same without him.

A lot of the new pc’s were very fun to interact with and meet, but Jack really takes the prize this time. He really went out of his way to “recruit” many of the newer players.

I really like Jack. He is so good at RP that I actually thought he was upset OOG and had to ask him about it. He also goes out of his way to make new players feel comfortable and takes time to answer their questions about the land and important people of Elmerton.

Jack is always hilarious but seeing a dark-side of him was sobering. Great roleplaying

Jack– he was fantastic in his role-playing, and really engaged the new characters right from the start. I pretty much feel obligated to help him rise to royalty.

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This month’s Best NPC is a very new addition to the game who really saved our butts and your dinners this game! While Wilhelm was feeling under the weather, Steve Koval really stepped up to help out and make all those burgers and dogs for you hungry folks! On top of that, he was ready to help out wherever he could including playing crunchy roles or whatever else needed to be done. We are impressed with his abilities and extremely glad to have him at game! Thanks so much for all your help, Steve!

Magestry’s Best of Petalsong 126

Here are our (slightly belated) pick for the Best of the May 27th-29th Event:

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Dogwood because he’s just so interesting and fun to interact with.

 

This month’s Best PC has become an Elmerton favorite. With his punny sense of humor and overall sense of wonder, innocence, and curiosity, Dogwood, played by Alex Fabian has brought new life to a town jaded by turmoil and huge problems. Dogwood is such a wonderful character and he is played by an equally wonderful person. Alex has been a very helpful member of the Magestry community, helping before, during, and after games, often times staying until the very end. We are very glad that Dogwood was given a chance to shine since it meant that we also got to have Alex back at game. Sadly, most of the pictures we have of Dogwood are of his furry backside, so here’s a Dogwood’s Derriere compilation. Thanks for everything, Alex.

 

Dogwood is consistently awesome. His immersion, role-playing, and non-traditional style just always gets me. Like, he is OK hiding from most fights, because he doesn’t have to fight. He is just awesome.

Dogwood did a great job this weekend with being briganded nearly twice and was generally fun to hang out with.

Dogwood. Watching him be scared of the hit squads coming after him was entertaining, and watching the town rally to protect him was endearing. He is also hilarious in general, and a joy to be around.

 

This month’s Best NPC is a little out of the ordinary for this post. However, after an 11 year “Best of” dry mikey-best-ofspell (read: being a Game Master), and since the PELs have declared him such, we would like to commend Mike Faulk for his altogether impressive ability to be able to entertain his players and help to keep the game running smoothly. Though we don’t usually include GMs in this post, I thought it was high time to recognize Mike for his dedication and seriously hard work that he does for this game. Mike has helped develop and balance the rules, writes thoughtful and entertaining plots, and over the years has helped to create and maintain our community. You can even still read the Livejournal that we used (and that Mike built) before Facebook became hip. Mike is a huge part of our community and he continues to do wonderful things before, during, and after each event. Thank you, Mike! <3

 

Mike Faulk, as always, has impressed me with the quality and thought that gets put into every plot he writes. Every character he plays is engaging and completely fleshed out. Like an onion, Mike’s characters have layers. They will also make you cry.

Zombie for one because I never though I would see a zombie apply for a job at ACES (Zombie would make a great bouncer though).

Zombie! Always hilarious and highly entertaining!

Magestry’s Best of Newgreen/Petalsong 126

Here are our picks for the “Best of ” the April 29th-May 1st event:

 Sebastion really stood out this game. His roleplaying is always fantastic, but it was nice to see it showcased!

Sebastion really stood out this game. His role-playing is always fantastic, but it was nice to see it showcased!

 

This event’s Best PC is none other than the Two-Years-Running-Town-Scoundrel/pirate faemin, Sebastian Dark played by Marque Sterling! Marque has been with Magestry for a while now, and we have had the pleasure of watching him grow as a role-player and as a valued member of our community. Marque has consistently showed dedication, loyalty, and helpfulness to the game, whether it’s flying from Washington D.C. to play (!!), NPCing for us for a while, or staying to help clean up whenever he can. This game we really got to see Marque’s role-playing skills highlighted, and we were duly impressed. Thanks so much, Marque, and congrats!

Here are some things you had to say about Marque’s performance this game:

“Sebastian – Awesome job role-playing a variety of emotions this event!”

“Sebastian did a great job with his angsty plot.”

“Sebastian for roleplay, not just for the major drama with Donovan, but also consistently throughout this event.”

“Sebastian, He really showed his role playing props in dealing with his friend and the conflict between his friend and the town.”

“I feel this event Sebastian deserves special recognition for his role playing when it came to Donovan and Amelia. He did a very good job of showing how hurt he was at what was transpiring.”

“Speaking of Marque, his roleplaying this event was fanTASTIC. He was legitimately distraught after the events of Friday night, and I overheard his and Silver’s conversation. It was very charged, and Marque showed some damn chops. He kept this up the entire game, especially when Donovan showed up again Saturday. I pretty much hung around just to watch him work. Very worthwhile.”

“Sebastian was my favorite PC. His role-playing shone brightly the moment he realized he could blink through the circle of protection and attempt to kill the Morticent, realizing that it was actually Donovan, and every moment afterward all throughout the weekend.”

Dave Kopchick. The man was everywhere this weekend. Fountain of energy which I think helped keep the awesome train going this weekend!

Dave Kopchick. The man was everywhere this weekend. Fountain of energy which I think helped keep the awesome train going this weekend!

 

This event’s Best NPC is, again, not a stranger to this particular accolade, but he is another NPC who truly deserves this award. Dave Kopchick was a whirlwind this event (and in the weeks previous to the event) helping to write plots, getting up early to put out speaks and spots and/or do early morning lessons, leading crunch squads, and generally helping to make sure that things ran smoothly throughout the weekend. Dave has become an integral part of the staff and we are sure happy that he decided to do so. Thank you so much for all your help, Dave!

“Kopchick with his variety of roleplaying and adding bits of non-essential, but environment enhancing little plots. He is always so wonderful!”

“Hanging out with Dave all morning as Baxter was a great time. I know Dave put a lot of hours into that component lesson.”

“The goblin that learned literacy with Dogwood. It was very comical and memorable.”

“My absolute favorite NPC this event hands down goes to Dave Kopchick. Hands down, without a doubt. He tackles each role with everything hes got, whether its a silly NPC like Gigglefritz, or a more tortured soul like the Emancipator, or even just as a crunchie. He has this enthusiasm about the game that is so blatantly clear and very nice to see. We are very lucky to have him back.”

“Baxter was certainly a fun npc to be around the excursion Sunday morning for components and his cheese lesson were both entertaining and informative.”

“Does Dave sleep? I think probably not. He is an unstoppable force of nature and I think has been a great addition to the game since he’s been back.”

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Here are our picks for the “Best of ” the April 1st-3rd event:

This is what Francis might look like. Pictures of this rare mongrellian are hard to come by!

This is what Francis might look like. Pictures of this rare mongrelian are hard to come by!

 

 

This month’s Best PC is a veteran player who brought a new character into game this event. Though we usually associate Steve Pulaski with his first character, Cael, we saw a whole new side of him with his portrayal of Francis! We have always known Steve to be a good role-player, but we were really impressed with the big changes that were made from Cael to Francis! Everything about the character was different and fun to react to. Steve was also a wonderful help before and after game, staying until the end to help clean up! We are very grateful for all his work. Thanks, Steve! Great job!

 

“The fella who was a badger mongrelian rocked his role-playing, even progressing/growing his character before our very eyes.”

“Francis was alternately terrifying and hilarious, not that it would be nice to laugh at him.”

“Francis – It was so cool to see Stephen play this role and he did so well keeping in character and continuously questioning words and phrases and talking about hunting and such.”

“Francis (Steve Pulaski) when phenomenal, A clear departure for Cael, he was great to see in character, had great costume and props, including a plush skunk stuffed with jerky. He did a great job role-playing learning words from a small vocabulary.”

“Francis was my favorite PC. He was so different than any other character in town, his personality and attitude were refreshing, and he was great to interact with.”

“I really liked Francis the Honey Badger. Steve brought some amazing role-play abilities that we don’t always see with Cael and it was interesting seeing all of the people in town react to him.”

“Felix the honey badger was an awesome PC to interact with, very entertaining.”

Nick D - Lots of fun to fight, dude has a huge heart. Great cook too!

Nick D – Lots of fun to fight, dude has a huge heart. Great cook too!

 

 

This month’s Best NPC is not new to the title, but he has certainly been a person who has raised the bar for Best NPC to high heights.  Nick Donoghue has proven himself to be consistently one of our best NPCs whether it is through his wonderful role-playing, extreme helpfulness, cheerful and positive attitude, incredible cooking skills, or his eagerness to help grow our game. We are so lucky to have Nick on staff here and we know that you feel the same way! Thank you, Nick, for everything you do!

 

“Nick- role-played amazingly also did a great job being a grave golem.”

“Nick is a superstar. Always.”

“I really enjoyed fighting Nick.”

Magestry’s Best of 2015

Here are the winners of Magestry’s Best of 2015! Congratulations, all!

Best Role-Player (PC)– This is the PC who you think did the best overall job of role-playing in 2014.

Alex Fabian (Dogwood)

Best Boffer Fighter (PC)- This is the PC you think was the safest, cleanest, most rules-conscious, and overall best boffer fighter in 2014.

Pete Dey (Silver)

Most Fun Person to Fight (PC)- This is the PC that you think was the most fun to fight, be it in single combat or in a group.

Pete Dey (Silver)

Best Costume(s)/Props (PC)- There are some great costumes out there. Whose do you think was the best this year?

Amanda Mooney (Mira)

Rookie of the Year (PC)- This is a player that started anytime in 2014 that you feel made the most positive impact at Magestry, whether in-game or out-of game. In order to be eligible for this prize, you need to have played at least 2 Magestry games during 2014. Our Rookies this year include the following players:

Sage Barton (Achille)

The Unsung Hero- This is the player character who, though he or she is often not in the spotlight, made a big difference to the game and the world around him/herself this year.

Kenny Rocci (Azareth)

The Thinker of the Year– This is the character most likely to think before he or she acts.

Andy Doucette (Rybin vanHolt)

The Doer of the Year- This is the character most likely to act before he or she thinks.

Sam Champagne (Arvilli)

Most Inspiring- This is the player character that you think is the most influential or inspiring to your character this year.

Steph Lindquist (Linarien)

Town Scoundrel- [skoun-druh’l] an unprincipled, dishonorable person; a villain- Which of our sweet, innocent townsfolk (PC) do you think best fits this description?

Marque Sterling (Sebastian Dark)

Good Samaritan- This character is constantly doing good for others and taking care of his or her town and its members for little to no reward.

Tonya Mathiason (Aralia)

Rookie of the Year (NPC)- This is the NPC that started anytime in 2014 that you feel made the most positive impact at Magestry, whether in-game or out-of game. In order to be eligible for this prize, you need to have started in 2014 and NPC’d at least 2 Magestry games during 2014. Our NPC Rookies this year include:

Sam Wagner

Best Role-Player (NPC)- This is the staff member that you think did the best overall job of role-playing in 2014.

Nick Donoghue

Favorite Plot- What was your favorite plot/storyline of 2014?

The Burrow

Favorite Villain- This villain may be well developed, she may be charismatic and charming, he may be mean as a snake and ugly to boot, but no matter what, he exhibits all the qualities that you have come to expect from the perfect villain. Who is it?

Carzon Sadzar

Favorite NPC- This is your favorite Non-Player Character (not staff member) that you have seen in game in 2014.

Wilhelm

Most Feared NPC-   This character sends shivers down your spine when you think of him or her and makes you run for the hills (or under tables) when he or she comes out… Who is it?

Carzon Sadzar

Most Fun Staff Member to Fight- Which of our staff members was the most fun to fight this year?

Kyle Church

Anthony LaRosa Service Award: A special award voted on by the staff that awards the PC who really helped the game before, during, and after the events. This award goes to the PC who truly exemplifies what Magestry values in all of our players- Initiative, Helpfulness, Friendliness, Love of the Game, and Consistency in Attendance and Good Role-playing.

Sage Barton

Magestry NPC MVP Award: A special award voted on by the GMs that awards the NPC that truly exemplifies the traits Magestry looks for in its staff members. This NPC looks to help write plots, plays crunchies, wears masks and/or makeup whenever necessary, helps to set up and take down mods, and tries to be as helpful and inspiring to others as possible, all with a smile and a great attitude. Whoever you are, we want to clone you!!

Dave Kopchick

Magestry’s Best of Boneharvest 2015

Here are our picks for the “Best of ” the November 6th- 8th event:

Whitney Best PC

Lilly was definitely this game’s best PC for leading the town.

This month’s Best PC has been with us and has been playing the same character for 11 years! Whitney Sternberg as Lilly has been a notable and wonderful PC during that time. We had the pleasure of watching as Whitney really came into her own at Magestry, and we have been continually impressed by her dedication to her character, her role-playing experiences, and the game itself. This game, too, left us impressed and grateful to have been able to have been a part of the storyline that Whitney helped us weave. Though we are looking forward to her new character and to the new stories and characters she will undoubtedly bring to the game, we would also like to bid a fond farewell to one of the few remaining folks from Elmerton’s early days. Whit, thanks for all you’ve done for the game! We’re looking forward to future interactions!

“My favorite PC was Lilly. I have never spent any time with her before and I got to know her a lot better this game. I got to go on a secretive plot with her and she gave me some pointers and tips and things to work on which I found very helpful and informative.”

“Lilly was also very helpful this game, answering a lot of in-game questions I had and inviting me to a secret organization I am still not sure if I want any part of.”

“Lilly. Besides this being her last game, almost every plot point I was involved in, she was as well, which showed me how deep her roots were.”

 

Jeff is always tops when it comes to PC-PC interactions.

Jeff is always tops when it comes to PC-PC interactions.

This month’s Best NPC was technically not an NPC, since he paid to PC the event, but given the amount of time and energy he gave to us over the course of the weekend, he might as well have been! Jeff Mitchell was an incredible help to us this event. He played several important roles incredibly well, helped us write plot, and even gave us some crunchy time in between plots. Jeff has consistently been a HUGE help to Magestry, an incredible role-player in all his roles, and a truly snappy dresser, putting thought, time, and energy into each of the characters he plays. He does all this selflessly and with the intention of making the game even better. Thank you for all your hard work and energy, Jeff! We truly appreciate it!

 “I am picking Jeff this game. I feel like I just expect his amazing character portrayal, but he really brings it to the front sometimes. I like him because he is always responsible, safe, and involved.”

“Oliver – he has a mastery of diplomacy and political interaction that I admire.”

“Jeff Mitchell – per normal he was exceptional, and great at helping out via NPCing.”

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Here are our picks for the Best of the October 16th-18th event:

Rybin is one of my favorites, he has been super helpful and is an absolute joy to role-play with.

Rybin is one of my favorites, he has been super helpful and is an absolute joy to role-play with.

 

 

This month’s Best PC has been an asset to the game since he started NPCing with us a few years ago. However, this event Andy Doucette was truly amazing as Super Rybin vanHolt! We have been impressed with his role-playing ability for a while, but we have truly come to appreciate the hard work and dedication he puts into his character from non-stop note-taking to collecting taxes to stepping up to take charge with Fortune’s Vanguard and the new players. We are especially appreciative of his work on keeping the storylines of our various plots cohesive and helping to keep all the players informed. Andy, we are so glad to have you at game. Thanks!

Rybin did a fabulous job this game, he did really great role-playing his winter party skill point prize, and keeping everyone informed about what’s going on. He’s become an integral part of the town.

Rybin was really awesome acting crazy.

#1 was Rybin. He was such a solid presence, and personally gave me the opportunity to participate in a quest when it may have been tactically better to bring in a more powerful party. He not only involved me, but made sure I got out alive, and allowed me a critical role in a tight spot. That was awesome.

Rybin for great roleplaying of being overjuiced.

Dave

 

It’s not something we have ever done, but we feel as though it is warranted this event: Taking Best NPC for an unprecedented two games in a row is none other than Dave Kopchick! Dave has really worked hard since joining the staff to not only keep us on our toes, but to learn as much as he can about the rules, the previous plots, and all the lore that has been going on at game, as well as writing his own stuff. He busted his butt to get things done before game, showing up hours and hours early, then worked hard all event crunching, making sure plots got out, and keeping up morale, and then stayed late after game to help get things completely cleaned up. He has been a wonderful addition to the team and we are extremely grateful to him for his help. Thanks, Dave!

 Dave K – Great to see him in game, he’s a veteran with a lot of skill and always has a smile

I hate to sound like a broken record, but Dave again. [He] continues to stand out from the crowd and does a great job as both serious face characters and as slapstick crunchies (and the occasional slapstick face character and serious crunchy).

Dave continues to amuse me every time he comes down. I think my favorite appearance was when he came down as Dave Kopchick and proceeded to be killed by town. So sad.