The Mafia Game (SciForums)

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The Mafia Game is an interactive role-playing game, currently underway on the Free Thoughts subforum at SciForums[1]. It is a version of the classic game that has been adapted for internet message boards.

Rules

Gameplay is conducted by a moderator who facilitates actions of the players, and enforces rules.
Prior to the start of the game, the moderator secretly selects participants who will be Townspeople, and who will be Mafia. Those who've been appointed as townspeople are not informed of who the other townspeople or mafia members are. Those who are mafia are informed of the identities of other mafia members. The moderator informs the participants of this through the private messaging feature of the message board. Players are expected to keep it secret throughout the game.

The moderator also assigns archetypal roles for all participants. The roles are loosely based off Mafia cliches, such as those found in movies and other generalized mobster notoriety (ex: Casino Owner, Body Guard, Dock Worker, Mayor).
Each role may or may not have special abilities that can be used during gameplay. They can also be given unique secret information or abilities by the moderator.

Playing the game

Gameplay is divided into two phases, Daytime and Nighttime.

Daytime

During daytime, all players interact with each other within the thread itself. None of the players are allowed to communicate through private messaging, or talk about the game on other threads due to it providing an unfair advantage.
All players (both townspeople and mafia members) use this opportunity to influence public opinion through dialogue, and vote for which player is to be put in jail. Each player announces their vote by posting it in the following bold text format.

Vote: Username

Users may also change their votes prior to the end of the day, but are required to Unvote the previous person in a similar format

Unvote: Username1
Vote: Username2

At the end of the day, the moderator tallies the votes, and the player with the highest number is sent to jail. This removes them from the game and they are no longer allowed to participate - with the exception of those granted reprieve due to special abilities.

Nighttime

During nighttime, the thread is locked by the moderator to prevent players from talking to each other.
Townspeople are not authorized to communicate with each other in outside threads or through private messaging. However, mafia members are allowed to communicate with each other through private messaging.
Mafia members use this opportunity to vote for a player they want killed. At the end of the night, they communicate their vote to the moderator, and a player is removed from the game. The removal is announced at the beginning of the next "day".

First Game

Game Status (Work in progress....feel free to update)

Mafia game statistics as of October 20 2017 (Day 6)
User name: Role: Current Status: Confirmed as Mafia: Notes:
BetrayerOfHope Police Officer Prison Yes Formally The Village Idiot
phoenix2634 Gun Shop Proprieter Dead Yes N/A
unixgeek13 Village Idiot Alive No Formally the Police Officer
Challenger78 Entertainer Dead No N/A
11parcel Town Gossip Dead Yes N/A
Norsefire Lawyer Prison No N/A
USS Athens Casino Owner Alive No N/A
Domestcated om Taxi Driver Dead No Was a crazed serial killer who killed Mafia members
skaught Bodyguard Prison Yes N/A
visceral instinct Private Investigator Dead No N/A
nietzschefan Newspaper editor Dead No N/A
Asgaurd Mayor Prison Yes N/A
S.A.M. Travel Agent Prison No N/A
Enmos Bartender Dead No Formally the Docter
inzomnia Doctor Dead Yes Formally the Bartender
Bluemoose Hobo Dead No Came to town on short notice (Night 2)

Game Timeline


Gun Shop Proprietor

(phoenix2634, replacing Nonsense) It is dangerous to attack or try to arrest the Gun Shop Proprietor. When the Gun Shop Proprietor is arrested or killed, he can choose one other player to die. (This will be handled by by with the moderator if the need arises.)

Notes

  • N/A

History

  • Night 5 - Is stabbed
  • Night 5 - Kills the Taxi Driver
  • Day 6 - Dies

Status

  • Dead

Police Officer

(Betrayer0fHope) The Police Officer can optionally send a PM to the moderator once each day, naming somebody they wish to investigate. The moderator will tell the Policeman (by PM) for sure whether the investigated person is Mafia or not. (It is up to the Police Officer how he or she uses this information.)

Notes

  • Formally the Village Idiot

History

  • Day 3 - Mayor swaps the Village Idiot with the Police Officer
  • Day 3 - Is now the Police Officer
  • Day 6 - Arrested

Status

  • In prison

Mayor

(Asguard) The Mayor can choose twice during the entire game to reappoint a player in any of the other roles listed above. For example, the Mayor might choose to appoint a different person as the policeman, thus removing the original policeman's powers and given them to somebody else. Do this by posting in the thread on a separate line in bold "Reappointment: Asguard is the new Lawyer". The old Lawyer, in that case, then takes on whatever role Asguard had before. Note: the change in role means that the players exchange all powers associated with their roles, too. However, it does NOT change the players' status as mafia or innocents.

Notes

  • Was attacked by (unknown; mafia?)
  • Was healed by the Docter on Day 3

History

  • Day 2 - Reappoints the Bartender as the new Docter [Mafia] (Vice Versa)
  • Night 2 - Stabbed in the back 6 times
  • Day 3 - Lies dying in hospital
  • Day 3 - Is healed by the Docter
  • Day 3 - Reappoints the Village Idoit as the new Police Officer (Vice Versa) [2]
  • Day 3 - Arrested
  • Day 4 - Bailed out
  • Day 5 - Arrested

Status

  • Fine

Reappointment

  • Day 2 - Bartender/Docter
  • Day 3 - Village Idiot/Police Officer
  • 0 left

Entertainer

(Challenger78) The Entertainer has a very high profile. As such, it is difficult for the police to arrest him, and since he is surrounded by people all the time it is difficult for the Mafia to carry out a "hit". On days 2, 3 and 4, the Entertainer is immune (i.e. cannot be arrested or killed by the Mafia).

Notes

  • N/A

History

  • N/A

Status

  • Fine

Doctor

(inzomnia) The Doctor can choose to "save" two people over the entire course of the game. After a death is announced in the morning, the Doctor can optionally use one of his or her two "saves" to stop the person who would otherwise have been killed from being eliminated from the game. The Doctor can do this by posting in bold on a separate line in the thread "Emergency surgery on Asguard". Do this after the death announcement is made.

Notes

  • Formally the Bartender
  • Was in the Mafia

History

  • Day 2 - Mayor swaps the Bartender [Mafia] with the Docter
  • Day 2 - Is now the Docter
  • Day 3 - Heals the Mayor
  • Night 3 - Stabbed
  • Day 4 - Lies dying in hospital
  • Day 4 - Dies

Status

  • Dead

Emergency Surgery

  • Day 3 - Mayor
  • 0 left

Travel Agent

(S.A.M.) The Travel Agent can nominate one person each day to take a trip out of town, meaning that they cannot be killed by the Mafia that night. The travel agent can do this by posting on a separate line in bold in a post "Travel voucher: Asguard". You can change your mind, but if you do, make it clear you're changing (e.g. "Voucher revoked: Asguard. Travel Voucher: Challenger78").

Notes

  • N/A

History

  • Day 1 - Sends the Bodyguard off on a trip
  • Day 2 - Sends the Bartender off on a trip
  • Day 2 - Arrested

Status

  • In prison

Travel Voucher

  • Day 1 - Bodyguard
  • Day 2 - Bartender
  • Can be used once every night

Taxi Driver

(domesticated om) The Taxi driver, the Town Gossip and the Village Idiot all have some access to information (this will be given by PM to each of them by the moderator at certain times of the game). The information they have may not be totally reliable, however. (Reliability will be specified when information is given.) They can publicise the information they get or keep it to themselves.

Notes

  • Some say the driver is a little strange - some say suspicious even -...

History

  • N/A

Status

  • Fine

Village Idiot

(unixgeek13) The Taxi driver, the Town Gossip and the Village Idiot all have some access to information (this will be given by PM to each of them by the moderator at certain times of the game). The information they have may not be totally reliable, however. (Reliability will be specified when information is given.) They can publicise the information they get or keep it to themselves.

Notes

  • N/A

History

  • Night 1 - Is attacked by the Mafia
  • Day 2 - Lies dying in hospital
  • Day 2 - Is healed by the Docter
  • Day 3 - Mayor swaps the Police Officer with the Village Idiot
  • Day 3 - Is now the Village Idiot

Status

  • Fine

Town Gossip

(11parcal) The Taxi driver, the Town Gossip and the Village Idiot all have some access to information (this will be given by PM to each of them by the moderator at certain times of the game). The information they have may not be totally reliable, however. (Reliability will be specified when information is given.) They can publicise the information they get or keep it to themselves.

Notes

  • N/A

History

  • N/A

Status

  • Fine

Lawyer

(Norsefire) The Lawyer can prevent the arrest of two people over the entire course of the game. To do this, wait until after the arrest is announced by the moderator, then post in bold on a separate line "Legal representation for Asguard", or something similar (get out of jail free?).

Notes

  • Instantly bails out a very suspicious suspect from jail

History

  • Day 1 - Bails out the Docter

Status

  • Fine

Legal Representation

  • Day 1 - Docter
  • Day 4 - Mayor
  • 0 left

Casino Owner

(USS Athens, replacing steve100) The Casino Owner can choose to observe one player on CCTV for one day and night. Post in bold "CCTV: Asgaurd". The observed player's vote on that day and night (if Mafia) does not count.

Notes

  • N/A

History

  • Day/Night 2 - Observes domesticated om
  • Day/Night 3 - Observes nietzschefan

Status

  • Fine

CCTV

  • Day/Night 2 - domesticated om [3]
  • Day/Night 3 - nietzschefan [4]
  • Day/Night 4 - Asgaurd [5]
  • Day/Night 7 - skaught
  • Can be used once every day and night

Bartender

(Enmos) Once each day, the Barman can find out who either the Police Officer or the Private Investigator (but not both) has asked about that day. To do this, send a PM to the moderator nominating who you want to know about.

Notes

  • Formally the Docter
  • Saved the Mafia's biggest threat, the Police Officer from death

History

  • Day 1 - Arrested
  • Day 1 - Bailed out
  • Day 2 - Healed the Police Officer
  • Day 2 - Mayor swaps the Docter and the Bartender [Mafia]
  • Day 2 - Is now the Bartender
  • Night 3 - Shot
  • Day 3 - Lies dying in hospital
  • Day 3 - Dies

Status

  • Dead

Emergancy Surgery (When the Docter)

  • Day 2 - Police Officer

Bodyguard

(skaught) The Bodyguard is a somewhat mysterious figure. His job is ostensibly to protect the Casino owner, but he will be given some private information by the moderator, too. The Bodyguard has no special information prior to Day 3.

Notes

  • N/A

History

  • N/A

Status

  • Fine

Private Investigator

(visceral_instinct) The Private Investigator can optionally send a PM to the moderator (me) once each day, naming somebody they wish to investigate. I will tell the PI (by PM) for sure whether the investigated person is Mafia or not. (It is up to the PI.) The PI has no special power prior to Day 3.

Notes

  • N/A

History

  • Night 2 - Attacked by the Mafia
  • Day 3 - Lies dying the hospital
  • Day 3 - Dies

Status

  • Dead

Newspaper Editor

(nietzschefan) The Newspaper Editor can sway public opinion. Once only during the game, after the arrest vote is decided, the Editor can choose to unilaterally change the vote - i.e. the Editor alone gets to decide who is arrested that day.

Notes

  • N/A

History

  • Day 6 - Uses supreme editor vote on the Police Officer

Status

  • Fine

Propaganda

  • Day 6 - Betrayer0fHope
  • 0 left

Homeless Hobo

(BlueMoose) The Homeless Hobo (like the Taxi driver, the Town Gossip and the Village Idiot) has some access to information (this will be given by PM to him by the moderator at certain times of the game). The information that he has have may not be totally reliable, however. (Reliability will be specified when information is given.) He can publicise the information they get or keep it to themselves.

Notes

  • Came to town on Night 2

History

  • N/A

Status

  • Dead

Votes (Needs Updating!)

Day 1

unixgeek13 steve100 (Casino Owner) [1]
Nonsense S.A.M. (Travel Agent) [2]
Asguard
Betrayer0fHope Domesticated om (Taxi Driver) [1]
Challenger78 imzomnia (Bartender) [3]
Enmos imzomnia (Bartender) [3]
S.A.M.
11parcal Enmos (Docter) [4]
Norsefire
steve100 Challenger78 (Entertainer) [1]
domesticated om Enmos (Docter) [4]
inzomnia Enmos (Docter) [4]
skaught inzomnia (Bartender) [3]
visceral_instinct
nietzschefan S.A.M. (Travel Agent) [2]




















Day 2

unixgeek13
Nonsense S.A.M. (Travel Agent) [5]
Asguard S.A.M. (Travel Agent) [5]
Betrayer0fHope Asgaurd (Mayor) [4]
Challenger78 Asgaurd (Mayor) [4]
Enmos Asgaurd (Mayor) [4]
S.A.M.
11parcal S.A.M. (Travel Agent) [5]
Norsefire USS Athens (Casino Owner) [1]
USS Athens inzomnia (Docter) [2]
domesticated om CCTV
inzomnia Asgaurd (Mayor) [4]
skaught S.A.M. (Travel Agent) [5]
visceral_instinct
nietzschefan S.A.M. (Travel Agent) [5]




















Day 3

unixgeek13 Norsefire (Lawyer) [5]
Nonsense
Asguard Norsefire (Lawyer) [5]
Betrayer0fHope Asgaurd (Mayor) [6]
Challenger78 Asgaurd (Mayor) [6]
Enmos Asgaurd (Mayor) [6]
11parcal Asgaurd (Mayor) [6]
Norsefire
USS Athens Asgaurd (Mayor) [6]
domesticated om Norsefire (Lawyer) [5]
inzomnia Norsefire (Lawyer) [5]
skaught Norsefire (Lawyer) [5]
nietzschefan CCTV
BlueMoose Asgaurd (Mayor) [6]



















Day 4

unixgeek13 Norsefire (Lawyer) [9]
phoenix2634 Norsefire (Lawyer) [9]
Asguard 11parcal (Town Gossip) [1]
Betrayer0fHope Norsefire (Lawyer) [9]
Challenger78 Norsefire (Lawyer) [9]
11parcal Norsefire (Lawyer) [9]
Norsefire skaught (Bodyguard) [1]
USS Athens Norsefire (Lawyer) [9]
domesticated om Norsefire (Lawyer) [9]
skaught Norsefire (Lawyer) [9]
nietzschefan Norsefire (Lawyer) [9]
BlueMoose Asgaurd (Mayor) [1]
















Day 5

unixgeek13 Norsefire (Lawyer) [9]
phoenix2634 Norsefire (Lawyer) [9]
Asguard 11parcal (Town Gossip) [1]
Betrayer0fHope Norsefire (Lawyer) [9]
Challenger78 Norsefire (Lawyer) [9]
11parcal Norsefire (Lawyer) [9]
Norsefire skaught (Bodyguard) [1]
USS Athens Norsefire (Lawyer) [9]
domesticated om Norsefire (Lawyer) [9]
skaught Norsefire (Lawyer) [9]
nietzschefan Norsefire (Lawyer) [9]
BlueMoose Asgaurd (Mayor) [1]
















Day 6

unixgeek13 Betrayer0fHope (Police Officer) [2*]
Betrayer0fHope USS Athens (Casino Owner) [2]
USS Athens
skaught USS Athens (Casino Owner [2]
nietzschefan Betrayer0fHope (Police Officer) [2*]








Day 7

unixgeek13 skaught (Bodyguard) [2]
USS Athens skaught (Bodyguard) [2]
skaught CCTV