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How To Play Mafia

Such a great classic! Everyone sits on chairs in a circle with their eyes VERY shut. Leader taps the head of a person who will be mafia (or 2-3 mafia if lots of people). Then the leader announces next person to be tapped is a doctor, then the next is a detective. Now all eyes can open.

Each round goes like this:

The leader (narrator) asks all to shut their eyes, then asks the mafia to open his(their) eyes and point out who they want to kill. They close their eyes again and the doctor is allowed to open his/hers. They point at someone to be immune to the attack. Next the detective opens his/her eyes and points at someone who they think is guilty. The narrator nods yes or no to the accused for the detective. Now, all eyes open. The narrator tells a creative story of the murder that took place last night. If doctor saved the right person, they say the person was saved and otherwise that person has a dramatic death scene. Now the youth get to accuse people and try to plead their innocence. Eventually leader helps figure out who they think is guilty and puts the person up for trial. By a show of hands, see if a majority think that person is mafia. If so, and they are not mafia they die. If they are mafia, the town wins. The game continues with murder after murder until any and all mafia are caught.

Materials Needed

none needed

Submitted by Carla on 3 Nov 2009 12:00:00

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We play this game too, but we use a deck of cards just incase people are prone to cheating. The King is the Cop or detective, the queen is at doctor, the ace is the mafia, and the rest of the cards are just towns people. My kids really love this game, and it is all about decieving.

Posted by Malory on 5 Nov 2009 at 12:44:03

There is a very good description of how this game is played on Wikipedia. There are several variations. Enjoy! I love this game!

Posted by Lauren on 15 Jun 2010 at 12:06:04

One the best games! It's only down-fall is that some people take a while to wrap their heads around the rules.

Posted by Ben on 5 Aug 2011 at 2:05:43

This game is awesome! It takes a while to play though

Posted by Evelyn on 5 Aug 2011 at 10:16:30

Fun game. Im a teen and have played this game many times with friends. Love it :)

Posted by Courtney on 10 Aug 2012 at 11:22:38

Fun game. Im a teen and have played this game many times with friends. Love it :)

Posted by Courtney on 10 Aug 2012 at 1:17:41

Be warned, this game is about the ability to deceive. For those youth groups where they have banned games such as cheat because they encourage deception this game should be on the same list.
But if this is not an issue with your youth group, then I hope you enjoy this game.

Posted by Wolfling on 20 Sep 2016 at 7:20:25


Posted by fasilK on 9 Aug 2018 at 5:08:26

i like this

Posted by hearmealay on 9 Aug 2018 at 5:09:24

this game was so fun. i played it at youth group not in the dark but still it was so much fun. the best way to play is to tell your friend to stay with you and they do. it turns out that you are the mofia. you can get them to come with you and when you are alone with your friend you can get her and she has no idea what just happened.

Posted by hannah bone on 16 Aug 2019 at 3:19:39

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