"Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead." - Benjamin Franklin
MafiaMafia is a party game created in 1986. It has one group of players secretly be the Mafia and another be innocent civilians. Every night the Mafia take out an innocent civilian. During the day, the civilians must deduce which are hidden Mafia members. This is social deduction at it's simplest. Players begin wild unsupported accusations from the very beginning. Players are keenly watching others for reactions or lack of reactions. There are many variations of this simple theme from werewolves to assassins.
I have very fond memories of playing this game with people I just met. People of all ages and walk of life understand deception is the key to this game. This leads to fantastic moments where the kind unobtrusive Mother has deceived everyone and has secretly been assassinating all of her children. This is a fantastic game to bring people into the mechanic. However this game does require a moderator, someone who does not play in the game but ensures the rules are carried out.
For a description on how to play this public domain game and even get your own free copy, view our post on it by clicking here.