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Multiple Crime Families

PostPosted: 09 Dec 2017, 05:40
by Parabellum
The Mafia Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mafia_(party_game)#cite_ref-79 references a variant wherein there are multiple crime families with separate victory conditions. Has anyone played a game like that? It sounds awesome!

Re: Multiple Crime Families

PostPosted: 09 Dec 2017, 10:50
by shadowface
Parabellum wrote:The Mafia Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mafia_(party_game)#cite_ref-79 references a variant wherein there are multiple crime families with separate victory conditions. Has anyone played a game like that? It sounds awesome!

:evil: Can we not go there?

I played a game like this, not here, but it was the most brutally unbalanced game I've played in my life. 4 town : 4 scum A : 4 scum B. No one, not even the scum, knew that there were 2 factions of scum, though. I was an innocent townie, and Day 1 I led a lynch on scum. Day 2 I led a lynch on scum. By this point I felt great and I thought I'd have the game practically won, but the next day the game was called because one scumteam had control. Basically instead of fighting each other, the scum had just killed the townies and the townies had accidentally killed one scumteam off instead of somehow knowing to spread it around :P

This was one of the only times I've actually been moderately pissed off after a game, because I was totally powerless as town and could have done nothing to win. Weird game - I'm sure this kind of game could be run properly but my experience with this hasn't been great so far. I think you'd have to incentivize the scumteams to kill each other, or at least tell them that they've got a rival!

Re: Multiple Crime Families

PostPosted: 09 Dec 2017, 11:03
by Strategus
Sounds like that was just the way that game was designed. The overall principle sounds fun, if the GM can balance the game.

Re: Multiple Crime Families

PostPosted: 09 Dec 2017, 11:41
by nanooktheeskimo
Sounds like there were way too many scum in that game in comparison to the number of town.

Re: Multiple Crime Families

PostPosted: 09 Dec 2017, 13:28
by Pootleflump
We bought 'Ultimate Werewolf'' last Christmas. I think it's an evolution of Mafia. So much fun. We played it for days. It's easy, quick to play and there's a narrator app you can download as the gamesmaster which allows everyone to take part. It's better with more players, ideally 5 or more.

I'm on the look out for this year's boardgame, if anyone has any recommendations...... Terraforming Mars was also last year's purchase....

For other 'social interaction' games, Pandemic is fun (1hour-ish to play). So is Robinson Cruse, Adventures on Cursed Island (2-hours-ish).

HAPPY CHRISTMAS!! :D

PF (aka Board-Game-Geek)

Re: Multiple Crime Families

PostPosted: 09 Dec 2017, 13:45
by Pootleflump

Re: Multiple Crime Families

PostPosted: 09 Dec 2017, 19:13
by mhsmith0
lol multiball
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Re: Multiple Crime Families

PostPosted: 09 Dec 2017, 21:58
by shadowface
GPD wrote:Sounds like that was just the way that game was designed. The overall principle sounds fun, if the GM can balance the game.

nanooktheeskimo wrote:Sounds like there were way too many scum in that game in comparison to the number of town.

Agreed and agreed. That's what I get for hastily signing up for an 'experimental' game run by a new GM :D I think 2:2:8 might have been closer to balanced. And reveal the ratios before the game so the scum are trying to find each other - if the scum genuinely believe that someone is scum they might want to nightkill them. So then the scum are actually scumhunting, so they look less like scum, so it's going to be a really tough game to crack. That could be quite fun actually.

Re: Multiple Crime Families

PostPosted: 09 Dec 2017, 22:14
by shadowface
Pootleflump wrote:We bought 'Ultimate Werewolf'' last Christmas. I think it's an evolution of Mafia. So much fun. We played it for days. It's easy, quick to play and there's a narrator app you can download as the gamesmaster which allows everyone to take part. It's better with more players, ideally 5 or more.

I'm on the look out for this year's boardgame, if anyone has any recommendations...... Terraforming Mars was also last year's purchase....

For other 'social interaction' games, Pandemic is fun (1hour-ish to play). So is Robinson Cruse, Adventures on Cursed Island (2-hours-ish).

HAPPY CHRISTMAS!! :D

PF (aka Board-Game-Geek)


We play our own version of Spyfall sometimes, which is pretty fun. We don't have the actual game, but we just have one of the players come up with the setting by finding a picture of something online during a night phase. Choosing the place is actually everyone's favorite role.

You should try a forum game of Mafia with us here if you're into these games :)

Re: Multiple Crime Families

PostPosted: 09 Dec 2017, 23:54
by condude1
I'm a fan of third party roles - very powerful lone wolves with unique VCs. Second scumteams add a whole world of hurt for balancing though.