A player's guide to Mafia
In an effort to help all users who wish to participate in mafia games, the War Room staff has decided to create these guides that introduce the basics of the game to newcomers and gives both neophytes and experienced players pointers on how to fine tune their strategies.
First, let’s get the obvious question out of the way: what is a mafia game? A mafia game is, in its simplest form, a contest of strategy, cooperation and social skills between a majority armed with numbers and a minority armed with knowledge about players' alignment. The key to each game is for players to strategize, coordinate and use logic to defeat the opposing team.
In the playing guide, we’ll try to help you do just that. To do so, we'll first review the basic components common to most mafia games. We will also briefly touch upon some of the most common variants to the classic mafia game format. Then, we’ll look over some basic strategies used by players and how to find and best implement a strategy that suits your playing style, faction and role. Also, in this guide you'll find a section giving you some technical information relevant to mafia games in a forums setting. Finally, we’ll hand out a few tips to make your mafia experience more interesting. At the end of this guide, you’ll also find a glossary of some of the most technical terms you might come across in the various game threads in the War Room.
You will also find further in this thread a hosting guide, to give you hindsight in how to appropriately run a game. It can be accessed below.
Table of Contents
1. Mafia Game Basics
2. Strategy and Style
3. How To Use Forum Tools In Mafia Games
4. A Few Tips
6. Common Roles: A to Z
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Phoenicks and The Puppetmaster for editing this guide, as well as hurristat, Iteru and the War Room staff for their helpful suggestions. Should you have any comments or suggestions regarding this guide, feel free to contact a War Room staff member via private message or mention it in the Situation Room.
EDIT: As per the edited version of this guide in August 1st, 2017, we would also like to thank the guides volunteers who helped with updating it. These would be CheffOfGames, DarthWolf, Doctor Floptopus, Elieson, Pikochu and Soulmaster.
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