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Mafia

A murder mystery game where players must try to identify the mafia membes.
Materials
None
How To Play
Players sit in a circle and one player is the facilitator. The facilitator tells everyone to go to sleep (put their head down) and selects (taps on the head) 2 mafia members. The facilitator does the same for 1 doctor and 1 detective.

The facilitator then tells the mafia members to wake up (put their head up). The facilitator asks the mafia members who they want to kill and the two, using non-verbals, decide upon one person. The facilitator then tells the mafia to go to sleep.

The facilitator then tells the doctor to wake up. The facilitator asks the doctor who he or she wants to save, the doctor points, and then the facilitator tells the doctor to go to sleep.

The facilitator then tells the detective to wake up and asks the detective who he or she wants to arrest. The detective points, and then the facilitator tells the detective to wake up.

The facilitator then tells the townspeople (everyone) to wake up. The facilitator then tells the story of what happened last night. The facilitator can come up with an elaborate story of what happened but the basic storyline is one of the following:

- The mafia killed someone
- The doctor saved someone
- The detective caught someone

The townspeople can then vote on who they think the mafia member in the circle is. After making an accusation, the facilitator can call for a vote. If more than 50 percent vote to remove that member, then that member, regardless of if he or she was the mafia, is killed. From that point on, that member watches the game and sees all the actions that occur while the townspeople are asleep.

If one or two of the mafia members are the last in the game, the mafia win. If the mafia members are eliminated before the townspeople, the townspeople win.
64 Ratings
64 Ratings

Played this game all the time in collage. lots of fun. We used cards to deturman if you were a towns person, detective, doctor or mafia -Mindy (Dec 6, 2009)


this is the best game ever! we play it all the time in youth! but we use cards to dtermine who is who. black cards are mafia, red king is detective, red queen is doctor, and red cards are citizens! -hannah (Jan 25, 2010)


ohh i play this so many times in university camps i was the one who set up this gams -cindy (Jun 9, 2010)


Great game the youth love it. We play with an Angel instead of a doctor. -Billy (Dec 2, 2010)


its a great game -bree (Feb 25, 2013)


This is a super fun game! We play mafia all the time in advisory, and it's so funny when people dramatically die in the morning! -Katie (Nov 2, 2013)


long game if you have a lot of kids. used to play this in college a lot. takes a lot of creativity to figure out how to kill people off differently each time. haha. good stuff. -M@ (Sep 30, 2014)


we call it "assassin" but every time I introduce this game to a group of kids, they never want to play anything else! Great game! -Jen... (Mar 10, 2015)


We LOVE this game! But instead of a doctor we play with an angel:) -Lily (Jun 12, 2015)


what is the game mafa -leeah (Apr 12, 2016)


Easy to use game with awesome game pieces I bought from MafiaGameNight.com. I got it on Amazon but it $2 cheaper on their site. -JT (Oct 25, 2016)


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Age Size Categories Duration
11 to 14
15 to 17
18+
6 - 15
16 - 30
Circle
Indoor
Quick and Easy
Elimination
16 - 30
31 - 60