The 'Shroom:Issue 103/Mafia 201
Today I will talk to you about a topic that was discussed in Issue LVII by Marioguy (you can read it here) that discussed the basics of Mafia play. For those that have played a game or two, or have graduate from the 101 status of Mafia gameplay, then look no further! I, Baby Mario Bloops, will continue this discussion about ‘’’Mafia’’’.
No, not the ‘’Mafia’’ that is a crime syndicate. We don’t affiliate with them anymore. We’re actually talking about the party game that the forum loves to play, or at least somewhat enjoys since we have a board dedicated to it.
This is a continuation of the Mafia 101 article that is to benefit players – veteran and newcomers – with helpful tips, strategies, and more intermediate discussions that will help create better gameplay and stronger players in the long run.
So let’s dive right in, shall we?
There are several roles on our forum, with roughly 114 regular roles – 144 including the gimmick-based roles – and counting! (Don’t worry; we have a list of them for use at ease). With the many possibilities and scenarios that you get when roles are put into a game, there are tons of possible combinations that defines what the dynamic of the game will consist of. All of this can be very intimidating at first, but fret not! We’ll talk about ways to approach dealing with several roles, especially more of the trickier roles.
One common note that has been stated through all of this is the fact that many of these roles depend on the hosts’ preferences. That’s the point! Many times confusion comes from not knowing or asking what the host does for each of their roles. You should know what basic function of most roles are (and you have a nice list to refer to at any time), but when you get a role that can be complex or have different variants to it, you should ask a few questions to your host, if they haven’t outlined it themselves in your role card. Mafia games is all about collecting information and using it to your advantage, so why miss out on the easiest information to get in the game? They won’t tell you everything, but they’ll definitely clear things up as best as they can.
One of the unique – and exciting – things when playing Mafia games is that there is no set rule on how to play it. Now, you should be spamming and talking about the latest selfie you took, but you have full control over who you vote, who you believe, and how you use your powers. Let’s discuss the some strategies on how to better function in the game.
Random voting is a very common strategy, mostly used during the first day or two of voting, as a means to get a conversation started. That it’s though; no further than that. Random votes should be used as a temporary move to break the ice, not permanent!
Let’s look at any example. If it is day 1, and there are five random votes on five different people, and the day ends, what does that accomplish? Do you know anything about said five people that were voted? Do you know what they might say, or what powers they might have? What purpose does voting them even do if it’ll lead to the same result as not voting them?
It’s crucial that, even on the first day, you try to get as much information out of people as you can. You shouldn’t bug the heck out of them, but get them to talk or post as to why they shouldn’t be voted. They most likely will not spill everything about who they are or what powers they have, but they can still try to persuade you and everyone else why they should not be voted.
Ways to counteract improper random voting: The best way is to vote someone that is already being random voted (with a valid argument). Doing so will add pressure to the player being voted, and will more than likely communicate and try to argue why the vote should be changed. Be careful with this, since people tend to sheep and go with the majority very easily. At least it’ll spark some conversation and some tells may appear that may get a valid lynch in the works.
Mafia is all about the communication, and what you say. People can and most likely will be analyzing every post you make, and whether they can use it to either defend your innocence, or to accuse you as scum. The point is to be wise with what you are posting, and how that may be useful to other people.
So if you are posting just to say that you’re here and you acknowledge the game is active, and do nothing else, what does that show to the other people? Are you going to be doing anything with the game, or are you just going to waste people’s time? Why play in the game if all you are going to do is that?
Posts that serve no purpose in helpful the discussions or what is going on is counterproductive, no matter what alignment you are on! If you are Innocent, then you are not scum hunting or getting leads started. If you are Mafia, then you are not trying to get information squeezed out of the Innocents that may be helpful for your alignment.
On the other hand, don’t post your role, power, and security numbers with your posts! There is a lot of things that should not be exposed directly to people. You can communicate with other players through Personal Messages (PMs) or in QuickTopics (if you have one/they are permitted), which will prevent other alignments from knowing certain topics that you don’t want exposed. Be warned that players can use that information and publicly state it as an argument, so be weary of what you say.
All in all, you can be active, but don’t waste people’s time with pointless posts. There is always something that you can comment on in a game, such as your thoughts of how the current lynch is going, why you are not voting, what leads you are formulate but not ready to execute (example, I think Person A has been suspicious because of their vote yesterday, but it’s not enough for me to vote them). All of these things may seem irrelevant, but other people can use that to further develop it and piece together, because – as I said before – the more information you have about the game, the more likely you will succeed.
There are many ways to getting information in the game, but most of these fall under the umbrella term known as “Analyzing”. There are many ways that you can analyze information throughout the game, so the best way is to train your eye for certain things. I will briefly explain a few ways that you can better see posts/discussions and how you can use it more productively.
You can analyze by lining up information. If someone is slipping up on what they are saying, then it will show. If they voted person A on the first day, and then on Day 5 they said that they have never voted that person, then call out that lie! You track someone during the night and find they visit the person that was nightkilled? Interrogate them! This will prompt discussions and will force them to defend themselves or else they will most likely get attacked with votes. The stronger the player, the more tight their story will be, so you need to try to search for any flaws or inconsistencies, and do not be afraid to argue against them, since many players can be deceiving!
As for those that are on the scum side, collecting as much information will allow you better sidestep interrogations and make stronger arguments as to your innocence, and if they keep on questioning you, keep up the story. Try to keep it just vague enough to where you can slide bits of info in places as you need to keep your story from falling at the seams, and do your best not to stray from your original story! Of course, you must do your best to protect your scum buddies, but in many cases, that does not always work out. When all comes to a lost, try to take the road that does the less damage, so if you need to cut a scum mate to save the squad, then do it. Don’t just willy-nilly throw your buds under the bus, so save that as a last resort.
With that, I hope you have an amazing month and enjoy the rest of the ‘Shroom. It’s always well-written by fantastic people, so don’t miss out!