HOW TO PLAY MAFIA
You must have many people to play this game - I'd say at least ten. Much
more is better.
There's a narrator/host - which was Laura. She passed out cards and everyone
drew a card. In the deck are two Jacks, one Queen, one King, then just numbers.
The Jacks are Mafia, the Queen is the nurse, the King is the Mayor, and
the numbers are all the townspeople. Once you look at your card and know
"what you are" you give the cards back to Laura.
Laura then says "Eveyone go to sleep, the town is not safe" and
we all close our eyes.
Then she says "Mafia, wake up" and two people will be looking
at Laura (she has to look around the room to see who's looking at her -
it's very quiet). Then she says "Mafia? Who do you want to kill?"
and the two Mafia will point and mouth words like "Let's kill Grandma"
and the other mafia is going "Grandma?!?" Once they point out
who to kill, Laura announces "Mafia, go back to sleep. Nurse, wake
up" then the one nurse opens their eyes and Laura says "Nurse?
Who would you like to save tonight?" and the nurse points at someone
(usually themselves on the first turn) and Laura says "Nurse go back
to sleep. Mayor, wake up" and one person (who drew the King) opens
their eyes and Laura says "Who do you think is Mafia?" and the
Mayor gets to point at one person and Laura will shake her head yes or no,
then she says "Mayor, go back to sleep. Town, wake up." and everyone
opens their eyes.
Laura narrates the game
Ben suspects Uncle Keith
Who's Mafia? (In this game it happend to be Brit & Grandma)
Steve & Jamey
At this point,
we all open our eyes and Laura will tell us "A terrible tragedy
happened last night - there was a bonfire party on the beach and Bradley
left to talk to some girls, but he never returned, and Bradley, you're
dead." (Laura made the stories all take place in Ft. Myers and
had people doing what they usually do - i.e. when her Mom, Aunt Julie,
was killed, it took place at a Starbucks - so you see the narrator
should be a good storyteller). Then the narrator says "Town?
Who would kill Bradley?" and we all squint our eyes and stare
at each other, and then someone will yell "Burt!" (because
Burt is Bradley's Dad) and someone else will say "I second Burt!"
and Laura will say "Burt? What do you say in defense?" and
he'll ramble on about how he loves his son, or he has an alibi from
last night, or whatever, then we all (including mafia) take a vote
if we think it was Burt, and if majority votes, Burt is also dead.
The town sleeps
Burt & Bradley conspire
But that's what's fun - if you're dead, you can't speak again for
the game (or vote), but you DO get to stay awake and watch what's
going on "while the town sleeps".
Then the Mayor
may or may not speak up and say "I'm the Mayor, and I checked
Wes, and he's not Mafia" and then the townspeople know
that he shouldn't be voted out by us. But the Mayor situation can
be tricky. Someone (probably Mafia) can lie and say "No,
I'm the Mayor, and I checked Nancy (the other Mafia) and
she's clean. Then everyone has to figure out who's lying. (Laura,
of course, will know who's the real Mayor, but that's it - even the
Mafia keep their eyes closed until it's their turn to kill someone.)
This causes stress for the nurse, who should be keeping the
Mayor alive every time they are asked "Who do you want to save?"
because if the Mayor dies, then the Mayor can't guess who's Mafia
each turn, which is information that helps the townspeople narrow
And? Mafia will try to kill the Mayor. If the nurse fails to save
them, they may not want to volunteer that they are the Mayor. Are
you keeping up?
Alecia & Wes
Jamey voted to have me killed right after this picture.
And I was Mafia. He had me all figured out.
Wes and Julie must already be dead
Burt and Alene stay out a game to watch
Dad & Kay
object of the game is to have the Mafia voted out before all the
townspeople die (which can happen. In one game there were only three
people left including me, and I knew I wasn't Mafia, but one Mafia
says "Stacy's Mafia!" and the other Mafia says "I
second her!" and they both raise their hands to vote me out
and I'm going "Arrrgggggggg!" and I'm dead and the Mafia
won.) It sounds like it should be easy to guess Mafia but each game
we played took a while. If one Mafia dies (gets voted out) the other
still gets to kill someone every night. If they off the Mayor and
the nurse didn't save them, then you no longer have that pertinent
information needed to "weed people out".
It's fun to read all
the different ways Mafia is played.
Basically it's a lot of pointing and shouting and "Grandma?
You're voting to have me offed?!?"