For me, my willingness to play (inversely related to the prize pool required) would depend on a few factors:
- The setup matters a lot. Setups that are swimming in PRs are trash for obvious reasons, I don’t need to get into that. But general things like no alignment reveal or nightless also matter a lot. I wouldn’t want to play in a setup that uses either of those mechanics.
- How many games I’m required to play, over how much time, and the time investment for each game are huge factors. If you want me to play 16 video mafia games over a month, that’s a lot more daunting than if you’d have asked me to play 8.
- If it’s forum mafia, I’d be less willing to play games with short day lengths, since people tend to spam a lot more / require realtime interaction / make deadline lynch decisions, which I might not have the availability for.
- The rating system would play into it a great deal. The rating system here is good, but certain other sites use subjective rating systems, which are not so good.
- The player set is important as well, for competitive reasons. If I sign up for a tournament on a site where everyone else playing knows each other, I’m at a huge disadvantage. Conversely, if I know a majority of the player list, I’d be at an advantage and would be more willing to play.
- The number of players and prize distribution play a factor. As an extreme example, I’d probably not bother signing up for anything where the prize is split between the top 3 out of 50.
- If the ruleset punishes me for silly things like saying the F word or the L word, I’d be less willing to play. I do believe that sportsmanship should be encouraged, and that a player should be reprimanded if they rail on another player… I’m more talking about certain communities with hamfisted moderators.
tl;dr if we’re talking a large month-long event, I’d likely play here for a prize pool as small as $500.
For somewhere like Mafia Universe, using their championship format, it’d have to be around $20k.