What is This?


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. During each Day, the good guys aim to vote out the players who are not on their team by analysing comments, voting history, and using information gathered from the Night. The Mafia, on the other hand, uses the Day to mislead the Town’s attempts at finding them while also trying to blend in. It’s a game of deduction and deceptive, and wickedly fun.

For an in-depth explanation of how we have adjusted the Mafia game to work here on The Bookish Games website, please visit the How to Play page. We were greatly inspired by mafiascum.

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.

We encourage new participants to join so if this looks like something you would be interested in playing please add your name to our mailing list to be notified when sign-ups for our next edition go live or follow us on Twitter. You must be a confirmed player in order to comment on any post.


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