I absolutely love mafia games, as many of us on this subforum do, but I'll be the first to admit, there is a small problem with them; it's no fun to die, especially early on. I've been trying to come up with solutions for this, and what I've come up with is a haunted settings, where dead players are able to linger as ghosts.
Ghosts would have slightly restricted posting privledges (something like 1 post per day or during a specific seance phase. They could only PM other ghosts or special roles that PM them, etc.). It may help deceased players have more to do on both sides, as well as alleviate some of the pain of death and that self preservation instinct.
I'm curious if anyone would be interested in participating in such a game over the classic werewolf formula.
For those wondering, I'm still planning on running the lone wolf game we polled for first.