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Here are the rules for different basic games of mafia.
EXTREMELY Basic mafia
The townies have no power besides the power of deduction. The Townie wants to rid the town of the mafia scum. Every day the townie can vote for one person by posting Vote:Person x (note that this must be bolded) if you later decide to switch your vote, you do so by typing UNVOTE vote:person y (note again that this must be bolded). Townies do not know who anyone else are.
The mafia's team usually is about one third the size of the townies. The mafia know who each other are, and try to blend in with the townies. Their goal is to rid the town of all the townies. They can vote and unvote just like normal townies. The only difference is that at night time the mafia can communicate (via pm's to eachother) and between all of the mafia, they can decide to kill someone at night.
Now you may be wondering what this voting does. When a player has MORE than half the votes, they are lynched. Right after the lynching happens, it becomes night time.
The town wins when the last mafia member is wiped out. The mafia win when they control HALF of the votes.
Basic extra roles
These people are trying to make the town win
The cop at night can investigate one person. They are told what alignment they are.
The exception to this is if you have a special cop role. When you are not in a vanilla game, when assigned a role of cop, keep in mind that you could be any of the following
This is a normal cop
Always gets the WRONG result
Always gets an innocent result
Always get Guilty verdict
If given a random result
The doctor can choose one person a night to protect from a night kill. This protects the person from Mafia kill OR any other kill. Doctor may NOT protect themselves.
The vigilante can target one person a night to kill. They are trying to hit the mafia
The RB chooses one person per night, that person's night activity is blocked
The masons are a secret organization (pro town) that can communicate at night. Also some masons can recruit. Which means once a night they can invite somone into the masons, making their team grow. BEWARE THEY MIGHT ACCIDENTALLY INVITE A MAFIA. They win when they control half of the votes, and have no mafia infiltration.
The opposite of a Godfather. A townie who, when investigated (by a sane investigation, of course) will show up as scum. Unlucky.
These people are not pro town or pro mafia, they are out to help themselves
The Jester is TRYING to get lynched. They win when they are lynched (NOT night killed)
The SK kills once a night, and is trying to be the last person left alive
This is a group of independents who can communicate by PMs at night. This is like the scum version of the masons. They can sometimes recruit. So every night they gain a new member. Once they control half the votes they win.
These people want the mafia to win
This is the leader of the mafia, they appear pro town to cops
The king side consists of 1 king and a few guards. While the assassin's side consists of only the assassin.
The King's side wins when the assassin kills someon that is not him. The assassin wins when he kills the king.
The King knows he is the king and that is it. The gurads know who the king is (but not other guards), and the assassin knows nothing but that they are the assassin.
The assassin gets 1 suicide kill, which he uses by posting Kill:person x. When this happens the game stops, if person x is the king the assassin wins, if person x is NOT the king, the kings side wins.
This suicide kill is usually used right after the assassin is lynched (he gets to use it before night happens).
Because their are no night actions, it happens instantly.
NO FALSE KILLING! if someone types kill:person x when they are not sin, they will be mod killed instantly.
LYLO = Lynch or lose. This means that unless the town lynch a mafia, they will lose during the night.
WIFOM = Wine in front of me. This is kinda like a bluff. This comes from the princess bride
So pretty much WIFOM is a double bluff. Here is an example.Vizzini wrote:But it's so simple. All I have to do is divine from what I know of you: are you the sort of man who would put the poison into his own goblet or his enemy's? Now, a clever man would put the poison into his own goblet, because he would know that only a great fool would reach for what he was given. I am not a great fool, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you. But you must have known I was not a great fool, you would have counted on it, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me.
Some dude wrote:Hey, let's lynch Mr. X!
Suspicious chick wrote:Um, Mr. X is a confirmed townie. You sound like Mafia now.
The first dude wrote:Oh, I didn't see that. But seriously, I wouldn't be so obvious about it if I were scum, would I?
The persistently suspicious chick wrote:Perhaps you're scum trying to convince me you're not scum by saying something so blatantly scummy that no one who is actually scum would be dumb enough to say it.
Now confused (noob) dude wrote:Wait, what?
The smugly suspicious chick wrote:WIFOM.
Vote: That Dude
EBWOP = Edit by way of post. Because you can not edit posts, you can just type this and double post to clarify your previous post.
OMGUS = OH MY GOD YOU SUCK! This is usually said when the following happens. Person x votes for person y. Person Y then yells OMGUS and votes for person x.
Hammer= This is the last person who votes for a lynch, who thereby reaches a majority. Or it can be an adjective describing that person or that vote. Also, the action of posting the hammer vote.
Nickrole= This is a game where a your role is based on your name.
Babam= A good person, hilarious person to play with. Tried to do a crazy game the first time he modded... and failed. He joke about him all the time (or used to, he kinda retired). We actually have made a few roles called "The babam". Usually negative, you do not want to be called babam.
Q&A with crucialityfactor!!
crucialityfactor wrote:Q:How long do days and nights last?
A:Lengths of days/night depend on how active the players are. It's usually at least 2-3 days for each, but could be as short as 12 hours. Could be as long as a week for a day at the extreme.
Q:How do I sign up for a game?
A:There's the Mafia Discussion thread where signups start, usually they are finalized in the game thread itself.
Q:How long do games last?
A:I guess a few months for longest? There are mini-games as well that are supposed to have 24 hour days and nights, those last about a week or two.
Q: At the end of a game, do we get to find out what happened?
A:Usually the mod will post the role list in the thread at the end and people will discuss their roles.
This depends on who the mod is, and if they are lazy. Usually the mod will post their cheat sheet. And tell you humorous parts of the game. Sometimes it is up to the players to decide what they want answers to.
That is all for now. If you have any questions, feel free to PM most of the regualars. Or jump onto the IRC channel #xkcdmafia (on irc.foonetic.net).
http://www.sitesled.com/members/mikeburnfire/mafiascum04.swf This is an excellent quick guide done in flash with pretty pictures
http://www.mafiascum.net/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page This is an entire wiki that is devoted to this game. Very in depth and a good place to look if you have any problems
How to create a game:
1) A mod has an idea for a game, and posts his idea in the Discussion thread.
2) If enough people like the idea (up to the mod if they think they have enough people backing it... use common sense here please) AND there is a gap in the queue, they post in the pre-signups thread with a brief description, game size, and title for the game.
3) Once a game of the same size finishes, the mod sends it to the signups thread.
4) When the signups for a game are done, and a game of the same size has ended, the mod starts the game with a new thread!