By which I mean the Mafia party game, of course.
The Mafia Game (or its equally popular variant, Werewolves of Miller's Hollow) have long been a big part of the non-adult games here on Elliquiy, and they can be a great way to meet people. I'm planning a round of the game just for the newer members of E, as a way to help you mingle and make friends.
For those unfamiliar with the game, Mafia was developed at Moscow State University in 1986, by a psychology student who wanted to study the effects of having an informed minority working against an uninformed majority. In other words, the Mafia (or werewolves, or rebels trying to overthrow a king, etc.) know who their allies are, but they must work in secrecy, since they are greatly outnumbered by the innocents, who are unaware of who they can trust. Each night, the Mafia choose one other player to eliminate from play; each day, everyone votes to "lynch" or otherwise remove someone from the game. Special roles -- such as a guardian who can shield one player from the Mafia each night, or a seer who can spy out the roles of others -- shake up the game and keep everyone on their toes. (You can look through the Vault
or peek into Mafia Madness
for examples of how the games work.)
Lies and deception are the order of the day, but remember, it's nothing personal. :) This is a light roleplaying game, and I'll be keeping the groups small (about 10 people) so rounds can move along fairly quickly. Roles are assigned randomly, and themes will vary from game to game. Plotting happens both in the public game thread and via private message, and it’s hard to be sure who to believe! But the games are always entertaining, and never predictable.
To begin with, we'll use the ever-popular werewolf setting. If you were approved within the last three months or so, and you fancy trying to stop the onslaught of the were-beasts (or maybe being one!), just post your interest here, or send me a private message. The first game will start once I have 10-12 players, but if it’s popular enough, there will be more games later on if you miss this one. :)