|This Friday-the-thirteenth comic, which deals, appropriately enough, with the beginning of the Murder Game, is dedicated to Andrew Bresnahan, who is a very nice man and certainly not as maddeningly obtuse as he is portrayed here.|
|Friday, February 13, 2009|
|Panel 1: In
the Davies College common room, just before dinner--which we know
because the Junior Fellows are wearing their robes--Marie approaches a
young man and hands him a slip of paper.|
Marie: Andrew...here's your victim's name.
Panel 2: Andrew reads the slip.
Andrew: Wait a minute...I don't know this person. I need to trade.
Marie: You can't.
Panel 3: Jackie is nearby.
Andrew: Sure, I can. Yo, Jackie: wanna swap?
Marie: No, you actually can't. You'll mess up the carefully constructed circle of murder. Just listen--
Panel 4: Barbara and Rahim watch all this going down.
Barbara: How long before she starts screaming hysterically and waving a machete?
Rahim [looks at his watch]: What time is it now?
Alt-Text: This happened for real one year; two of the participants switched victims without telling anyone. Since the participants are arranged in a single loop (A kills B kills C kills D kills A), the swap caused two mini-loops to come into existence, and the victims eventually had to be reassigned.
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