A relaxed, drama, camp, night game
- Standard (15 - 45 mins)
- No cost
- No Mess
- No Prep
- Video Call
How To Play Mafia
Mafia is a classic campfire game played at many youth camps, summer camps and scout camps before. In some ways, it's quite a simple game but only after understanding the structure and complexities with how the different roles interact with one another.
Everyone will need to be sitting in a circle - this can be on the ground, on chair or logs around a campfire. Before starting the game, ensure all the rules and roles are explained clearly. The better everyone understands the game, the more straightforward the game will run.
Leader - the narrator and game-master who leads the game play and gives instructions.
Mafia - works in secret to take our villagers
Doctor - can save people
Detective - learns player identities in secret
Villagers - everyone else who will try to figure out who the mafia is and vote them out
Everyone sits on chairs in a circle with their eyes shut. The leader taps the head of a person or people who will be mafia. 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 their eyes and point out who they want to kill. They close their eyes again.
Next the doctor is allowed to open their eyes. They point at someone to be immune to attack. The doctor then closes their eyes again.
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. The detective then closes their eyes again.
Now, all eyes open. The narrator tells a creative story of the murder that took place last night. If the doctor saved the right person, they say the person was saved. If not, 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, or all the villagers are dead.
on 3 November 2009