The Bookish Games is an online version of the party game Mafia. If you haven’t played Mafia before, here’s a small passage from the Wikipedia page that explains the basics:
Mafia, also known as Werewolf, is a party game created by Dmitry Davidoff in 1986 modelling a conflict between two groups: an informed minority (the mafia), and an uninformed majority (the innocents). At the start of the game, each player is secretly assigned a role affiliated with one of these teams. The game has two alternating phases: one, during which the mafia may covertly “murder” an innocent, and two, in which surviving players debate the identities of the mafia and vote to eliminate a suspect. The game continues until all of the mafia have been eliminated or until the mafia outnumbers the innocents.
The game takes place here on the blog through the comment sections of each post. In the comments, the good guys have to try and guess who is on their team and vote out the Mafia. At the same time, the Mafia tries to blend in with the good guys, swaying votes away from their teammates and waiting for each Day to end so that they can kill off a player during the Night.
As these are The Bookish Games, each Mafia game created on this site is directly inspired by a popular book. While reading the book chosen is not a requirement in order to participate in The Bookish Games, it may provide an advantage as characters and plot devices from the books are often directly incorporated into the game set-up.
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