Suddenly remembered: now that we’ve finished the office game I mentioned above (24 players, Extra Anonymity, cryptic nicknames all round, played about once a year), I’ve got two more suggestions to help preserve everyone’s anonymity, during games like ours where everyone knows each other in real life.
We had 12 Neptune’s Pride newbies and 12 who’ve played it before - and out of those, a handful who’ve paid for a Premium membership. One of those players chose a Premium avatar, which for those of us who spotted it, narrowed down their identity to a small shortlist within the first minutes of the game.
Perhaps in password-protected games, there could be an alert when you choose a Premium avatar warning that it might be a clue as to your identity? Or an option to allow everyone access to the same avatars, i.e. either everyone has access to the Premium ones, or nobody does.
Also, we work for a tech company, which means that most times we play NP, at least one player who’s a developer will try giving the game a bit of a poke. This time round, I found out after we finished that a group of devs had worked out my identity on Day 1, by examining their browser web inspector to see that (I’m paraphrasing) my player ID had an admin tag, or something like that.
Admittedly, I’m sure playing with a bunch of people you know, some of whom have the know-how to get around Extra Anonymity for the game’s admin, is a real niche case! But thought I’d flag it, too.