In a valley that is only a white spot on most maps, there is a small, insignificant village. For some time now, strange things are taking place there. The Mafia is haunting it.
Night after night the Mafia kills a villager. The evil villains remain undetected and by day they live as harmless neighbors among the inhabitants. The villagers have to find out, who among them is a member of the Mafia before the whole village has been eliminated.
“Mafia – the Party Game” is a game for large groups, ideally between 7 to 20 players. It is all about the fight of good and evil, light and darkness, Yin and Yang, egg and chicken. The game is liked by many people because of its lively discussins and because everybody suspects everybody else to be a part of the Mafia zu sein.
How Does The Game Work?
It is said that there are people out there who don’t know how to play “Mafia. I made the following movie for them…
Mafia was invented in 1986 in Russia by Dimitry Davidoff. There are a lot of commercial and non-commercial versions around, for example: “The Werewolves of Miller’s Hollow” or “Ultimate Werewolf”. The game principle is the same in all editions, the rules are downloadable on zillions of websites.
In my version of Mafia there are many characters and roles that you won’t find in any other game. Take for example the two sisters Nastjenka und Wastjenka, who have been inseparable since birth, because they are Siamese twins. Although they’ve always wanted to do things their own way, it’s hard for them to disengage themselves from one another, If that emotional balance is disturbed from outside, it will have terrible consequences for the village community.
The Freemasons of the time-honored lodge of the “Silver Egg Whisk” pay homage to the eternal mystery of stirring and blending of different ingredients to form a new whole. Their unity makes them protect one another – and they will never suspect one of their fellow brethren to be a member of the Mafia .
There are more villagers, tough guys, gentle nuns and other characters who want to make life difficult for the Mafia .
There’s the Pig Rider, a farmer who loves his animals dearly and spends a lot of time with them. He can’t part from his favourite pig. Every morning he rides through the village on his pig. Because of that inner connection, his pig has developed a sense of danger, especially if someone from the Mafia is getting too close. Then, the pig will squeal.
There is also Sister Innocentia. She is said to be able to communicate with the souls of dead saints, to see fairies and energetic color spectra above the heads of others. She heals sicknesses with urine, but only if there’s no lemonade in the village. In short: she is an angel from heaven.
There’s also the Guy with a Syringe. Because he has been exposed to a lot of hallucinogenic substances, sniffed at too many mushrooms and smoked too many dried leaves of plants from his balcony, he has turned into a very dangerous character. Whenever he is threatened, he defends himself with his syringe.
As you can see, there are quite a few interesting characters in the game who add depth to the original “Werewolf”. More expansions will follow.
Every single character of the game has been drawn by hand and then colorized in Photoshop. You can see all of them in the “Mafiart Gallery”.
Click on the name of the characters below to get to know the different roles. You can see all of them in the “Mafiart Gallery”.
The villagers don’t have any special abilities. Their only weapons are their keen sense of suspicious behavior and their ability to persuade others of their innocence.
The members of the Mafia work together and kill a villager every night. During the day they try to hide their true identity. While doing that, they shouldn’t work together too obviously with their fellow Mafia friends, because they could be detected more easily then.
It can happen that the Mafia can’t decide on a victim. That’s where the boss comes in. He can always decide who’s going to get killed, even if the rest of the Mafia doesn’t agree. Furthermore, he looks like an innocent villager to the detective.
The detective is on the villager’s side. His special ability allows him to wake up once every night and point at a player. The moderator nods, if that player is a member of the Mafia. That doesn’t apply to the boss, however.
The hunter is an old gun freak who never leaves the house without his shotgun. If he is killed by the Mafia or lynched by the villagers, he may point at another player who is going to die with him and drops out of the game.
The procuress has the power to make two players fall in love with one another. At the beginning of the first night, she points at two players of her choice. If one of those two gets killed, the other player dies from lovesickness as well.
This terrible old granny is sneaking around the village at night and tries to find out about her neighbors’ secrets. When the Mafia wakes up, she may blink but shouldn’t be caught in the act because then she’ll surely be the next victim.
The mad scientist has brewed two powerful drinks in his laboratory, a healing potion that protects a victim of the Mafia and a poison that can kill another player.
The bodyguard can pick a player at night, who is now protected. If the Mafia wants to kill that player, nothing happens.
The dropout is an ex-criminal who has taken on a new identity. During the first night, the dropout may look at two additional cards and pick one of them. The card he has chosen is his new identity for the rest of the game.
Nastjenka and Wastjenka (2x)
The two sisters Nastjenka and Wastjenka have been inseparable since their birth because they are Siamese twins. If one of them dies, the other sister will take vengeance and kill a player of her choice in the following night.
The Freemasons (3x)
The Freemasons of the time-honored lodge of the “Silver Egg Whisk” pay homage to the eternal mystery of stirring and blending of different ingredients to form a new whole. Their unity makes them protect one another – and they will never suspect one of their fellow masons to be part of the Mafia.
The Grand Master is the chairman of the lodge. At the beginning of the game, he can secretly appoint one of the players to join the lodge. The other masons don’t know who among them is just a chosen outsider.
The tough guy tenaciously clingst to life. He’s never been ill and it is very difficult to kill him. If the Mafia chooses him during the night, he’ll survive the next day and can participate in the discussion and voting of the villagers. He’ll die at the end of the day.
Innocentia is like an angel and highly respected in the village. She can oly be killed by the Mafia, she may neither be lynched by the village nor killed by the mad scientist.
The pig rider is a farmer who dearly loves his animals and rides through the village on his favourite pig every day. The animal warns him, if there is any dangerous person nearby. If the player sits next to a member of the Mafia in the morning, the moderator has to squeal.
Guy with a Syringe
If the guy with a syringe gets killed by the Mafia, he infects the member of the Mafia who is closest to his right. That player is going to die at the end of the following night because of the infection.
The village policeman tries to investigate as many villagers at once as possible. If he fails, he has to quit his service. Every night he points at a player. If that player or one of his neighbors belongs to the Mafia, the moderator nods. If they are innocent, though, the village policeman may not awake again at any following night.
The Doner vendor is a hardworking innocent man who has been living in the village for many years and tries to integrate well. Since he’s a foreigner, he is fundamentally suspicious to everyone. To the detective or village policeman it always looks as if he is a member of the Mafia.