Someone will pop in here with a basic premise of the game. I'm not too good at summarizing.
Game is split into Day and Night phases - during the day you talk in the thread, and vote to lynch someone (majority vote wins). Once they are lynched, Night phase begins. Some people have night actions, like the Town Cop can investigate a player for guilty or innocent, and the Town Doc can protect a player in case they are targeted for a kill.
As town, you don't know who anyone is, and you are trying to lynch the mafia. You can't communicate privately, and must go with logic and metagame (which is learned over time).
As Mafia, you know who your partners are and can talk privately with them. You try to steer the town to lynch people you know are town (by virtue of them not being mafia), but don't want the town to figure you out and lynch you. Each night, you get to kill a Townie.
I suck at explaining this. Someone else jump in. -- Play DSLr Mafia: »Pub Games
7w5d : 2012-02-02 09:49:37 : To SOMECATLOVER: delete Â· keep
Let's go with a "basic" set up.
Two factions: town, mafia. Goal of game if mafia = kill all town if town = kill all mafia. Teams are usually 75/25 town/mafia.
two phases: day, night
day = discussion between all parties. town doesn't know who other town players are. mafia does. mafia can communicate privately (PMs, used to use off-site forums) goal is to analyze people's posting, argue a bunch and ultimately lynch (kill) a player. This takes a 50%+1 majority. at the lynch, night begins.
night = town does nothing unless they have a "power role" two simple examples: doc = guy who can specify a person to protect from night kills by mafia. cop = guy specifies a person to a mod and gets to know if they are town or mafia. mafia communicates and sends a name to the moderator to be killed.
day break = moderator reveals any public night action such as who got dead and reveals their role.
This is really a brief version. I'm sure you have questions. ask away
7w5d : 2012-02-02 10:49:35 : To SOMECATLOVER: delete Â· keep
We've varied some roles a bit, but here's a great flash swf file with the common roles.
7w5d : 2012-02-02 12:14:44 : To SOMECATLOVER: delete Â· keep