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2.2 Game Strategies
Mafia members like to add their vote on top of others (typically they try to avoid voting first or last so as to not draw attention). This is called bandwagoning. Some people believe the third and fourth votes on a bandwagon are the most suspect.
Mafia members are wishy-washy in their voting, but then again some people are wishy-washy regardless of their role.
Mafia members sometimes make mistakes. Keep a close eye out for statements like we killed the serial killer (if the SK was hit by the mafia) A pro-town player would say they killed the serial killer
Beware of people who seem to have too much inside information. I am suspicious when someone says they are sure so and so is pro-town. To be sure they either have to be the cop or mafia.
Comments on night actions often come from mafia. Either they congratulate the doctor on a job well done or they complain about how losing the cop is so bad for the town.
Mafia will draw false logical conclusions, use a WIFOM argument, or ask for extensive explanations, feign not understanding what is going on, or play a gambit (this is my favorite thing to do when I am mafia).
Although mafia sometimes do vote against one another, watching who is voting together often will net you a mafia member or two.
Dont role claim unless necessary there may not be a doc!
Dont be overly aggressive before you role claim. You dont want to draw any more attention to yourself than a townie does. But in the same light, don't be a wall flower. Lack of participation may be a tip off to the mafia that you have a power role and are trying to avoid attention.
Don't ever, ever, ever, ever mention the cop in passing. "Well the cop should probably..." is a dead giveaway that the person is a cop. This is my most reliable method for finding the cop when I am mafia. Its amazing how often a cop will say something like this. thanks, AmertitecTech
In general, you should avoid lying about your role.
Now on to some specific play:
Day 1 dont be afraid to vote against someone. You have no information, neither does anyone else, dont look for concrete reasons: there are none. Being too timid with your vote is something the mafia is looking for.
Night 1 I would investigate someone who has participated less. Mafia may be trying to fly under the radar, also, someone who is talking more is more likely to be caught by discerning townsfolk. Go after the quiet ones.
Day 2 You either got a pro-town result or found your first mafia member.
If you got a mafia member, go back to day one and see if he/she slipped up anywhere (it will be easier to tell now that you know for sure that he/she is bad). Vote against him/her using the information you found from day one that made you suspicious of him/her. Do not reveal you are the cop if you can get the town to lynch without the extra weight of a cop role claim.
If you found a pro-town member, dont worry. 2 people are dead now, leaving only 5. You know 2 are good (you and whoever you investigated), leaving you a 2 in 3 chance of voting against a bad guy. Again dont be shy in your vote.
Day 3 if you made it to day 3 the town must have lynched a bad guy. Time to role claim! Share everything you know up to this point. Who is good/who is bad. This coupled with the voting history should be enough to figure out the remaining mafia member.
If you are one vote away from being lynched you may want to reveal your role.
If you are pro-town do not lie about your role (for instance if you are a townie about to be lynched, dont claim cop the real cop may counter claim. This gives the mafia more information to base their night kill on).
If you are the cop, you may want to role claim once you discover a member of the mafia. If it is early in the game you may wait a day or two to get a few more results first, but dont wait to long (the mafia might kill you before you can speak). When the cop claims, he should share all the information he has. At the end of the game knowing who is good can be just as important as knowing who is bad.
If you are the doc, you should avoid role claiming at all costs.
Mafia want to try to follow the same rules as townsfolk, so that they do not stick out in any way. However, mafia might claim a power role to see if someone will counter claim. Sometimes sacrificing one member of the mafia to discover who the cop is is worth it!
For example if there are 4 remaining players and 1 is mafia a no lynch followed by a mafia kill would leave 3 live players and 1 mafia. These are better odds to find the remaining mafia member with.
If the town had voted off the wrong person the first night instead of voting no lynch and the mafia made a successful kill; there would only be 2 people left alive resulting in a mafia win.