Have you ever wondered how people who you see every day might react when put in a difficult situation? What about such aspect of human behavior as lying? There are many games out there but recently the ones we play are computerized. How about a game where all your friends could come together? Mafia! What are you thinking right now? Probably, Italy, Sicily, Soprano, Cosa Nostra. Would you enjoy playing a real life, face to face game which involves lying, pretending, convincing, and persuading, but never had a chance to play one?
Players divide into two teams: 7 Red Players – Citizens/Innocents and 3 Black Players - Mafiosi. One of the 7 red cards is the Sheriff’s card, the leader of the Red Team. The leader of the Black Team is the Don. When all 10 players pick their cards and find out what their colors are, the game begins. During the first night, while everyone else is asleep with their masks on, the Black Players have exactly 1 minute to meet each other and agree on the order in which they are going to eliminate the Red Team members. The first day follows. All players have 1 minute to talk one after another. Each person can put a nomination of the person he thinks acts the most “Black” and take him out of the game during voting. Another night begins after all players have talked. During this and the following nights the Mafiosi go hunting or shooting with their eyes closed, having memorized the numbers of the red players they agreed to eliminate during the very first night. The Host says ‘Mafia goes hunting’ and starts to list the numbers of all players at the table in order they sit. If all 3 Mafiosi shoot at the same time, imitating shooting with their fingers, at the same person, the player is killed. If any of the Mafia players shoots at another number or doesn’t shoot at all, the host records “a miss”. Then, as the Host says, Don wakes up and looks for Sheriff. He shows the Host any number behind which the Sheriff is hiding according to his guesses. The Host either confirms or denies the Don’s choice. Now the Sheriff wakes up and looks for Mafia in the same manner. After Sheriff falls asleep, another day starts all over again. The Red Team wins when all Black Players are eliminated from the table. The Black Team wins if equal numbers of Black and Red Players stay in the game.