A million extreme pardons I beg of ye, but would anyone here mind linking me to some kind of explanation? I've always wanted to play a Mafia game, but every time I check it out, I get more and more confused. @n@
The basics are pretty much what Niccea said. To elaborate, there are typically three teams in a standard Mafia game:
Townies-whoever's left after the other two teams are filled
Mafia-4 to 5
Serial killer-1 to 2
Each one is tying to kill the other two. Roles tend look like this:
-Mayor (runs the town and declares double lynches)
-Pardoner (Pardons people)
-Vigilante (kills once a night)
-Paramedics (protects a person from one attack a night)
-Detective (Has abilities that help him gather clues as to who is who)
-Paranoid (kills the first person to come in contact with him each night whether the protect or kill)
-Secret Keeper (Knows the role of another pro-town player)
-Godfather (runs the mafia, can cancel a lynch or double lynch once)
-Mad Hatter (places and triggers bombs, if killed all bombs in circulation go off)
-Hit men (kills once a night)
-Serial Killer (kills once a night)
Every action leaves clues behind that are based off of profiles, comics and several other aspects about the players' online persona. Players solve these clues to figure out who they need to kill. The mafia and the serial killer(s) have the advantage because they know who is on their team unlike the townies.
Most Game Masters run using a themed game where the roles just have different names to suit the theme. Some Game Masters mod the game, combining, adding, and removing roles. And a few Game Masters run games where the mechanics have changed.
This game is the modded variety. Heavily modded actually. In every other game of Mafia here there's only been one goal, kill the other two teams. This game has a primary goal: kill the other teams, and a secondary goal: capture the downed pilot. The interaction between the teams is also more complex. the townies are trying to kill everyone on the other two teams, except the downed pilot and the black marketeer. Same for the serial killer. The mafia (the rebel cell) wants to kill everyone else except the downed pilot.
Hopefully, I've helped lessen your confusion and haven't scared you away with my mega post. Most of the roles are pretty self explanatory, and I hope you decide to join, because honestly the best way to learn is to jump right in!
@ Randomdudegamer: YAY! You're back!