One of my friends showed me a new game this weekend called Town of Salem.
Town of Salem is a Flash game produced by Blank Media Games that you play in your web browser. The company recently finished a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund mobile versions of the game, an independent PC client, and translations to play the game in other languages. The Kickstarter just finished so those projects are all still in the works.
The game is a more fleshed out version of the party game, Mafia.
For those of you who haven’t played Mafia, it’s pretty simple. All the players sit in a circle and are secretly assigned roles.
The game is effectively split into two teams, the Mafia and the Townies.
The Mafia want to take over the town by killing everyone and the Townies want to live, which means hanging the Mafia members after a swift trial.
There are fewer Mafia than Townies, but the Townies don’t know who the Mafia are.
The game is played in a series of days and nights. The party game simulates night by having everyone close their eyes and put their heads down.
At night the Mafia wake up and silently decide who to kill that night by pointing at people and gesturing wildly. In Town of Salem they can still talk by typing to each other secretly.
In the morning that person is dead and the Townies can vote to hang someone for the murder.
There are a few other roles that occasionally get included in the party game. The Doctor can heal someone each night and prevent the Mafia from killing them. The Sheriff can investigate someone and find out if they’re Mafia or not. Other stuff like that.
Town of Salem gives a special role to everyone. There are Mayors, Lookouts, Escorts, Mediums, Framers, Jesters, Executioners, Jailors. Tons of roles! There’s so many that a wiki page was created to keep track of them.
Town of Salem takes all the intrigue and guess work of Mafia and turns it into an easy to pick up internet game.
Each game has fifteen players. There are a couple different modes, but the classic mode has 3 Mafia members, 3 Neutral people who have their own agenda outside of killing all the Townies or all the Mafia, and 9 Townies that want to eliminate all the evil people like the Mafia or the Serial Killer role.
The game is just like the party game. People die each night and the Townies try to figure out who did it while the Mafia spread misinformation among the townsfolk.
Its a lot of fun and super quick to play as well. You can try it out at Blank Media Games if you’re interested. I’ve also posted a Youtube clip of one of my games with my friends for your viewing pleasure.